The Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology (IMFO) and the UP Fisheries Guild (UPFG) of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas provided a series of training to assist in the management of the declared marine protected areas (MPAs) in the municipality of Miagao on May 2-5, 2017 at UP Visayas Miagao campus.
The “Miagao MPA Management and Community Capacity Building Extension Program” were participated in by the representatives of the Miagao Municipal Agriculture Office, Bantay Dagat, Miagao Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC), volunteer community divers, fisherfolk organizations, barangay officials, and fishing community of the barangays with MPAs namely: Brgys. Damilisan, Calampitao-Gines, and Lanutan. The activity also aimed to establish the regular monitoring of the status of the declared MPA sites and to strengthen the fisherfolk organizations in these barangays.
The BS Chemical Engineering program of the UP Visayas School of Technology (SoTech) continues to perform well as it scored a 90.91% passing rate in the May 2017 Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam.
The new chemical engineers are the following: CARMELO CABIGONA CABANILLA, KRISTY MAE MANTATAO DONASCO, EL NIÑO BRAVO ESTORES, JORGE ALBERTO HARADJI ILEJAY, CLARENCE PACIFICO LOPEZ, LOREJANE SINAYON PABUALAN, JEARIE MAE BELL GARCIA PO, GLEVEE EVIOTA RABACA, RODGIN GRACE DE RAMA REGENCIA, VIENA MAE ESCARE VILLARUZ.
Since SoTech started offering the BS Chemical Engineering program in 2007, it has been scoring a high passing percentage in the licensure exam.
The University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a Workshop-Forum on Quality Assurance (QA) for UPV Academic Programs on May 29-30, 2017 at the GCEB Training Rooms, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.
Dr. Philip Ian S. Padilla, former Faculty Regent, delivered Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions. This preceded the forum on Stakeholder’s Expectations and Experiences moderated by Prof. Ma. Elisa Baliao. Resource Persons invited for the forum were the following: 1) Ms. Marie Pearl Marjorie Doronila, HR Recruitment Specialist, Reed Elsevier Philippines; 2) Dr. Amado Saquido, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Asia and the Pacific; 3) Engr. Neil Ravena, Iloilo Government; 4) Mr. John Marlou Salido, Chairman, College of Management Student Council; 5) Prof. Severa Katalbas, Associate Dean, UPV College of Arts and Sciences; 6) Dr. Gail Tan-Ilagan, Professor of Psychology, Ateneo de Davao University; and 7) Mr. Robert Sason, Entrepreneur and UPV Alumnus.
Over two hundred scholars, cultural workers, artists, business management experts, and social and natural scientists from the Philippines, Brunei, USA, Liberia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, and Australia gathered for Pagtib-ong: The UPV International Conference on Intangible Heritage on May 25 and 26, 2017 at Casa Real (The Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol) in Iloilo City, Philippines.
Pagtib-ong (a Hiligaynon word meaning to raise or lift up) aptly captured the goals of the two-day event which are to celebrate cultural distinctiveness and find commonalities among the different countries that joined the first international conference of such kind in the country.
Fifty nine conference papers and presentations were made in the four plenary sessions and six parallel sessions. Each parallel session consisted of three clusters with a maximum of four speakers each. The sessions were structured according to topics with scholarly presentations complemented by experience sharing and artist talk. A two-session satellite conference on intangible political spaces specifically dealing with intangible cultural heritage and foreign relations was simultaneously held at St. Anne’s Hall of Assumption School Iloilo City. Conclusions of said satellite event were shared at the last plenary session (a five-person panel discussion) of the conference.
The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the country’s blueprint of actions for nutrition improvement, was launched on May 2, 2017 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City.
Health Secretary and National Nutrition Council Governing Board Chair Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial led the ceremonial turnover of PPAN 2017-2022 to the Iloilo Province represented by Governor and Chair of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. This turnover was symbolic of the services provided under the PPAN, wherein the Iloilo province is one of the 38 priority areas of PPAN because of the large numbers of stunted children. Based on the National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2015, 33.4% or 3.8 million children are stunted while 7.1% or 807,057 are wasted. It also showed that overnutrition manifesting as overweight and obesity are emerging health concerns among children and a major problem among adults with 18 million Filipinos who are overweight and obese.