The University of the Philippines Press launched Kalampay, Book 5 of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay on May 27, 2016 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman Quezon City. Kalampay was launched with 13 new other titles published by the UP Press.
UP Press Director J. Neil Garcia and Prof. Jerry Los Baños presented the book to Anna Razel L. Ramirez, Associate Researcher and overall project coordinator for publications of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay.
Kalampay tells the story of Matan-ayon (Ayon), the beautiful wife of Labaw Donggon (Abaw), who was lured to the go to the protruding back of the kalampay (crab), which posed as a little island with inviting ripe betel nut trees. The kalampay was sent by the powerful Masangladon, a man who is interested with Matan-ayon and who lives in Panibyungan – a place underneath that leads to the seaworld.
Federico Caballero chanted Kalampay, which was researched more than 20 years ago by anthropologist and UP Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia Magos and associate researcher, Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. The book published the epic chants which were translated into the nearest Kinaray-a, Filipino and English.
Suguidanon is a long narrative delivered in the form of chants and tells stories about romance and battles in a maritime setting. Probably one of the longest in Southeast Asia, the publication of the Suguidanon was made possible through the support of UP Visayas administration and the University of the Philippines System.
The UP Visayas School of Technology (SoTecH) continues to perform well in the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam, scoring a 100% passing percentage in the recently released May 2016 result.
Despite being a young program offered only in 2007 and producing its first batch in 2012, the BS Chemical Engineering degree program has always managed to be above the national passing percentage of 64.13%. It is often the top performing school in Visayas. For example, the first batch that took the exam in October 2012 had a 90.91% passing rate while the second batch that took the exam in March 2013 had a 100% passing score.
The new Chemical Engineers are: LURENCE JOHN SAGO-AN ARGUEZ, JOELLINE ANN DUHAYLUNGSOD ATES, CHARLES VON BACABAC LAOC, ZANIEL JOHN CACERES BARLUADO, JEMIMAH DEPASUPIL BORJA, MARY ANNE MILLENDES CORTEZ, JULI FRANCISCO FERNANDO, PAUL RAY-AN ARIPIO GONZAGA, JOSEPH RYAN PANES LOZADA, MARC TROI DEO BIÑAS MANLAPIG, and MAE LANN JOY GAMUYAO TAYONA.
Sotech Dean Emeliza Lozada expressed elation over the results of the licensure exam and vows to continue the plan to improve the laboratory facilities of the School. (With sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/uploaded/documents/CHEM0516ps_j.pdf)
UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Undersecretary Andre C. Palacios, Executive Director of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Center on May 20, 2016 at the AV Hall, GCEB, UP Visayas , Iloilo City campus.
The PPP Center of the Philippines has the primary mandate to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP programs and projects; and provide technical assistance to national government agencies (NGAs), government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), state colleges and universities (SUCs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector to sustain national economic growth.
In the agreement, the PPP will partner with UP Visayas as its Local Capability Building Institution (LCBI) in the provision of capacity building interventions to LGUs in various locations. The PPP Center, on the other hand, will provide the initial trainer’s training to UPV and will assist in updating its expertise on PPP to help position it as an adjunct learning center on PPP.
The All UP Workers Union in cooperation with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Human Resource Development Office of U.P. Visayas organized two forums for government employees including those working in UP on May 13, 2016 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.
Director Rodolfo B. Encajonado of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 6 discussed the benefits the civil servants are entitled to as mandated by the government. He also talked about the different leave privileges allowed by CSC that include the following: vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, rehabilitation leave for job-related injuries, solo-parent leave, special leave privileges, anti-violence against women and children, special calamity leave, and special leave benefit for women. This is in addition to the current leave privileges enjoyed by UP employees because of the Collective Negotiation Agreement between UP and the AUPWU.
Atty. Stanley F. Alayon, Attorney IV of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) in Iloilo presented the different programs that Pag-ibig offers to its members and these are: housing loans, multi-purpose loans, calamity loans, and provident savings. According to Alayaon, Pag-ibig fund also offers housing loan restructuring programs.
Moreover, he said that the Pag-ibig loyalty card that was recently introduced will allow participating members to avail of discounts from Pag-ibig partner institutions and establishments, including school tuitions and medicine costs. To know more about its programs, Alayon encouraged the audience to visit the HDMF official site at http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph.
A total of 156 circumcision operations on boys, ages 6-13 years-old, 10 dental procedures, medical consultations and provisions of medicines to 12 patients were accomplished by UP Visayas through the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), UPV-Health Services Unit and the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter).
The blistering heat on the Saturday of May 14, 2016 did not deter the volunteer doctors and nurses of APhio and UPV from delivering these services. They were joined by three medical volunteers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Camp Monteclaro, Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo. ACNA President Alexander Garcia, responsible for overseeing and facilitating the funds for the project, as well as Prof. Pepito “Sonny” Fernandez, Jr. who was the project proponent and coordinator, were present during the event.
On December 18, 2015, UPV, APO-ACNA, through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), partnered together to adopt Barangay Malagyan in Miagao Iloilo. The service project chose Malagyan, the biggest relocation site of residents affected by the establishment of UPV in Miagao, as the recipient of a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services both for adults and children.
On January 16, 2016, the first feeding program for 50 children was conducted as well as the medical and dental services at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center. The feeding program also included the giving out of multivitamins to the children and is done every Saturday at the Health Center. Meanwhile the dental and medical services are held every month. The service project will run for a year. The circumcision procedure was an additional service given to Brgy. Malagyan in response to its request.