The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), U.P. Visayas through the College Public Service Program Office and the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Aklan State University (ASU) conducted a forum on “Revisiting CRM Initiatives in Batan Bay” on February 16, 2017 at the ASU New Washington campus, Aklan Province.
Local government officials and fisherfolks of the province of Aklan and municipalities of Altavas, Batan, New Washington, research development and extension personnel of ASU and LGUs of Balete, Aklan comprised the participants of the forum. Representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were also present during the event.
The forum was conducted to review and verify coastal resource management (CRM) initiatives implemented in Batan Bay; to determine strategies and approaches employed in promoting CRM among Batan Bay stakeholders; to describe responses of stakeholders to CRM initiatives in Batan Bay; and to identify issues that arose in the implementation of CRM initiatives in Batan Bay.
The UP Visayas community gathered at the UPV auditorium of the City campus on February 11, 2017 for the 23rd UPV Employees Cooperative Annual General Assembly (GA).
The two-part GA started with the talk of Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, Chief Cooperative Development Specialist, Provincial Cooperative Development Office, and Province of Iloilo. Cangrejo emphasized that is more profitable to invest in cooperatives than in keeping money in the bank for the following reasons: members get more patronage refund and dividends from cooperatives than in a bank and even from GSIS, the coop can be the member’s savings and retirement program plan, and the member’s money in the cooperative is invested in a profitable business and for which he/she, as coop a member, has a say on how the business should be run.
With a noted plateauing in the income of UPVEC, Atty. Cangrejo also encouraged it to expand its business and diversify into safe investments such as real estates and franchises.
“We need to continue promoting the culture of saving and investment through cooperatives and secure the future of members by investing their money well,” he pointed out.
“Pagpasidungog, Pagdayaw, Pagpasalamat - to honor, to praise, to thank…these are the thoughts and emotions echoed by UP Visayas as it gathered its faculty, REPS, staff and students for a tribute to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 15, 2017 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City.
A 5-minute video produced by the Information and Publications Office opened the tribute that highlighted the achievements of the Pascual administration.
All sectors of the community – the students, faculty, staff, REPS expressed their acts of pagpasidungog, pagdayaw, pagpasalamat, through speeches, songs, dances, a violin solo and a skit.
President Pascual, whose moniker is PAEP in the UP community, also received a two-foot statue of the sea goddess, Luyong Kabig, as a gift in grateful appreciation for his most valuable support to the mandate of UP Visayas in protecting the sea and its marine life. According to the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay, “Luyong Kabig is a goddes of the undersea world. She is a powerful deity governing all sea creatures including Bagsang, the seven-headed sea snake. She is both wise and strong because she settled a long conflict between two brave people – Labaw Donggon from the terrestrial world and Masangladon from the undersea world.”
President Alfredo Pascual, the 20th President of the University of the Philippine turned over the presidency to the 21st President, Atty. Danilo Concepcion on February 10, 2017 at the Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
President Pascual’s Term was marked by strategic initiatives that launched UP on the path of a great university in the 21st century. He implemented bold reforms and programs to transform UP into a research intensive university, internationalize it as a global university, and strengthen it as a public service university. He formalized quality assurance of degree programs, incentivized faculty performance and development and ensured access of qualified students with financial difficulty.
President Concepcion was Dean of the UP College of Law before he was elected by the UP Board of Regents on November 15, 2016. President Concepcion, or Danicon as he is fondly called, is widely respected as one of the Philippines’ leading authorities in corporate law, specifically corporate governance, rehabilitation, and insolvency.
In his vision statement President said that the “task of the next president is to ensure that UP remains to its ideals. The essence of UP, he explained, is not merely to transmit knowledge, but to serve the nation; and this sense of mission should pervade all fronts of the univerisity’s functions from educating its students, to caring for its personnel, to defining its role in nation building... Honor and excellence with compassion should be the next UP President’s clarion call to encourage the UP community in serving the Filipino people.”
It was the Municipal Board of Iloilo that made representations to the University of the Philippines to open a UP brand of education in the province. On December 18, 1945 the Board authorized a resolution for the opening of a branch of UP in Iloilo, donating what was then the Iloilo City Hall to be its site. In 1947 the University of the Philippines Iloilo College (UPIC) opened its doors in Iloilo City.
UPIC started with a Lower Division for 3rdand 4thyear high school students and an Upper Division for 1st year and second year college levels. Back then, those who finished the two years of study were given an Associate in Arts certificate and had to go to UP Diliman, other UP units or other higher education institutions to earn or finish a baccalaureate degree.
Seven years after, UPIC earned the status of being a full-fledged college and was renamed UP College Iloilo (UPCI) in 1954; offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as a four-year high school education through the UP High School in Iloilo.
Fast forward to 2017, UPCI now renamed UP Visayas, boasts of not one but three campuses located in Iloilo City, Miagao, Iloilo and Tacloban City. Its five degree-granting units continue to offer the UP brand of education marked by a high standard of academic excellence from its undergraduate to graduate programs in fisheries education, the arts and sciences, environment and technology, and management.