UP Visayas participated in the China-ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN) President Forum and Workshop on Marine and Aquatic Technology hosted by Ocean University of China (OUC) on April 11-14, 2017 at Qingdao, Shandong, China.
UPV, as an Associate Member of ASEAN-FEN, through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) was represented by Prof. Encarnacion Emilia Santos-Yap, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Prof. Crispino A. Saclauso, Dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences..
Saclauso said “the membership of UPV in the ASEAN FEN augurs well with its internationalization program. To sustain our international network, UPV as a constituent unit (CU) has to allocate resources to meet its commitments and to enable open and constant dialogues with our partners for mutual recognition towards enhanced mobility of manpower across Asia and the world.”
UP Visayas (UPV) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ocean University of China (OUC) on academic cooperation on April 12, 2017.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Encarnacion Emilia Santos-Yap signed the MOU in behalf of the University of the Philippines Visayas. The signing took place during the China –ASEAN FEN President Forum and Workshop on Marine and Aquatic Technology at OUC, Qingdao, Shandong, China. UPV was one of the four (4) ASEAN Universities that signed an MOU with OUC – the leading university in China with particular strength in oceanography and fisheries science.
The MOU provides, among others, Program for ASEAN Outstanding Young Scientists to work in China, Program for Cultivation of ASEAN Outstanding Female Post Doctors, and International Training Course on Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Technology (20 slots).
Yap was accompanied by Prof. Crispino A. Saclauso, Dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) and represented UP Visayas in the said conference. UPV is one of the Associate Members of ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN FEN), through CFOS. The conference was participates in by delegates from four regional organizations: ASEAN FEN, China-ASEAN Center for Joint Research and Promotion of Marine Aquaculture Technology, Consortium of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Sciences, and European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform as well as 24 other Asian universities and three institutions.
The National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (WINFISH) held the Induction of its 2016-2018 Board of Trustees and Turnover Ceremony on April 10, 2017 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. The said event was organized in cooperation with UP Visayas Gender and Development Program and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region VI. Dr. Lucille M. Nava, Congressional Representative from the Lone District of Guimaras acted as the inducting officer.
Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa gave his welcome message during the event and expressed the commitment of UPV to continue in strengthening its efforts to better serve and promote inclusive development for women and men in fisheries and aquaculture. The said event also served as a venue for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between UP Visayas and WINFISH, establishing UPV-GDP as the WINFISH Secretariat and UPV as host institution. The MOA was signed by Chancellor Espinosa and the newly-inducted President of WINFISH, Regional Director Remia A. Aparri of BFAR Region VI.
Furthermore, a Strategic Operational/Action Planning was done the following day which was participated by the newly-inducted BOT officers and other members of WINFISH.
WINFISH is a network of professionals and individuals interested in improving the status of women especially in the fisheries industries. It is considered as one of the extension networks of UPV GDP, along with Ugsad Regional Gender Resource Center and the Balay Balay Child Minding Center. The GDP has served as the secretariat of WINFISH for the past 17 years and continues to facilitate the implementation of its programs, activities and projects.
The UP Ichthyophilic Society (UPIS), an academic-based student organization from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has always been mindful that UP, as a state-funded institution, has a moral obligation to give back to the community through various kinds of public service endeavors.
Now on its 3rd medical mission run, entitled, “Tagapagtaguyod ng Sector ng Pangisdaan,” UPIS It was able to provide medical, dental and circumcision services to 117 beneficiaries coming from 23 barangays of Miagao, Iloilo. It was held on April 29, 2017 at the Covered Court of the UP Visayas Miagao campus.
UPIS partnered with: the Asian Medical Students’ Association-WVSU, the Order of Asclepius-WVSU, St. Therese-MTCC Hospital, the 31st (Bayanihan)(INF) Brigade 31D, the 82nd Infantry (Bantay Laya) Battalion 31D, Dental Team 1, and the Municipality of Miagao.
In addition, UPIS also teamed up with other UPV student organizations that included the following: Sigma Beta Sorority and Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (Kappa Gamma Chapter), Public Health Pub and the UP Vanguard Fraternity.
Sponsors of the event were the following: Pascual Pharma Corporation, Pascual Laboratories, Inc., Cathay Drugs, DOH Region 6, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and the Miagao Rural Health Unit. (With sources from UP Ichthyophilic Society)
UPV Office of Alumni Relations started yet another event for the alumni. The Alumni Café Jam is an afternoon of fun and music organized by UPV OAR and sponsored by various alumni groups, classes, batches or associations. It is a small gathering set in an intimate musical al fresco jamming session at the Alumni Terrace aimed at strengthening alumni groups, associations, classes or batches by giving them a venue to meet and reminisce on their good old UP days.
The kick-off session held on March 24, 2017, sponsored by UP High School Batch ’92, was a great success. Among those who graced the event were UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Prof. Evelyn Belleza, UPV friend for the arts, Prof. Dea Doromal, members of UP Hamili/Hamilia Alumni Association, organizers of the upcoming Tuklad Trail Run – Pretty Farm Boys, and UPAA officers and members of the Board of Directors. UPHS Batch ’92 Class President and also UPAA President Rosendo Arandela, III headed the first session.
The launch paved the way for other individuals and groups to signify sponsoring the next few months’ sessions. These include UP Hamili/Hamilia Alumni Association, UPHS Batch ’89, and SoTech Alumni Association, among others.