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SEARCA awards professorial chair grant to CFOS-IA professor

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) awarded Dr. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar with the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair on May 2017. The award was given in recognition of his exemplary performance in research in the field of aquaculture for AY 2017-2018.

Traifalgar is an Associate Professor and UP Scientist I of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. His professorial chair lecture will be on “Probiotic Bacteria from Tilapia Green Water and Bio floc Culture Systems: An Eco-friendly Approach in the Prevention and Management of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) Disease Affecting the Philippine Shrimp Aquaculture.”

Started in 2011, the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair was established to give due recognition to Southeast Asian experts in the academe who have outstanding accomplishments in the field of social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.

GDP conducts Gender Sensitivity Training for Ibajay LGU


The UPV Gender and Development Program conducted a 2-day Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) for Local Government Officials and Department Heads of the Municipality of Ibajay, Aklan on June 1-2, 2017 at Casa Pilar Beach Resort, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. The activity was participated in by 27 top LGU and department heads as well as local government officials of the municipality.

The 2-day GST sought to provide the participants with an understanding of the basic concepts on gender relations and dynamics and to increase their awareness of the various global and Philippine initiatives toward gender equality and elimination of violence against women and children.

Dr. Mary Barby P. Badayos-Jover, GDP Director and a member of the Philippine Commission on Women’s National GAD Resource Pool, Dr. Gay Defiesta, Coordinator of the UPV Anti-Sexual Harassment Office and Atty. Sharon Millan, member of the UPV GAD Focal Point System’s Technical Working Group served as resource speakers.

Gender and Development (GAD) mainstreaming has been an ongoing priority of the Philippine government. Thus, a number of policies have been put in place to mainstream gender sensitivity within government institutions, including local government units (LGUs). Such policies include the creation of GAD Focal Point system, the annual GAD Plan and Budget, as well as relevant laws like the Magna Carta of Women and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act.

The fulfillment of all these and other GAD mainstreaming mandates and mechanisms are expected to be carried out at the municipal and even barangay levels. It is therefore imperative that local government officials and employees are aware of issues related to gender relations as well as the capacity to carry out interventions that will address gender-based discrimination and ensure gender-fairness in work relations and service delivery.​ (Source: GDP)

IFPT conducts smoked bangus training to OFW families of Dumangas, Iloilo


The Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, conducted a two-day training in processing smoked bangus for members of the Federation of OFW Family Circle of Dumangas, Iloilo on May 30-31, 2017 at UPV Miagao campus.

The Institute gave lectures and hands-on training to the participants on smoking bangus. Dr. Jose Peralta, IFPT Director, welcomed the participants and lectured on fish handling and fish spoilage. Prof. Loda Nacional talked about the principles of fish smoking while Prof. Rhoda Mae Simora discussed the use of analytical services support laboratory.

The participants were introduced to the IFPT processing laboratory with the assistance of Ms. Rosana Alama and Mr. Joebert Eclar. They had experienced ‘hands-on’ the preparation of solution for hamonado, soaking of boneless hamonado and chilling, preparation of brine solution and soaking of bangus, smoking, packaging and storage.

The participants were former overseas Filipino workers, wives, mothers, spouses or relatives of OFWs of said municipality. The training was in coordination with the Iloilo Provincial government to assist the organization in establishing livelihood for its members.

UPVTC prof and student clinch top awards in photo and video competitions

UPV Tacloban’s Assistant Professor Pierce Docena’s photo essay entitled “Traveling in Tongues” was recently chosen as grand winner of Lakaw Visayas, an online photo essay competition on Visayan culture and heritage sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Negros Museum. He received his award during a short ceremony on the night of June 3, 2017 at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City.

Docena’s entry was initially chosen as one of the five finalists that competed for online votes through Facebook and was eventually declared grand winner after the scores from the NCCA judges were added to the online votes. In his photo essay, Docena talked about how his two-week solo backpacking trip around the Visayas at the start of the year 2017 helped him gain deeper appreciation for Visayan languages. From Tacloban City, Docena explored the three regions of Visayas by visiting Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, Tibiao and Mararison Island in Antique, Boracay, and Kalibo.

Meanwhile, Stacky John Fernandez was chosen as grand winner of Instatour, a virtual tour guiding competition. A UPV BS Applied Mathematics alumnus, Fernandez featured various sites of Iloilo in a five-minute video that earned the highest number of video engagements on Facebook. Both Docena and Fernandez received travel cameras and other souvenir prizes during the awarding. (Source: UPVTC)

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