Jeffrey C. Voloso, a fifth year BS Accountancy student from the Division of Management, UP Visayas Tacloban College, was among the 12 college students and 10 young professionals from the Philippines who took part in the recently-concluded Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program. The program, with the theme "Economics – Small and Medium Enterprises," was held on January 29 to February 7, 2017 at various locations in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.
The delegates from the Philippines, along with the other delegates from the ASEAN region, were welcomed by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo upon their arrival. They were then divided into sub-groups, with Voloso joining the group that took part in the activities in Osaka.
His group learned about regional industries and future developments on economic cooperation between Japan and the ASEAN region at the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation (EMCI) and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
The group also visited the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Business Information-center Osaka (MOBIO), a government-supported facility which exhibits innovative manufacturing products and technology developed by local inventors.
“The faculty members are the most important resource of UP and they are expected to excel.”
So said newly-elected UP Faculty Regent Dr. Patricia Arinto who was in the UP Visayas Miagao campus in the morning of February 2, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo city campus in the afternoon, to meet and consult with the faculty members.
Arinto set the tone by saying that the gathering is really just a “getting to know you” meeting. Nevertheless, the faculty members present were able to raise some issues and concerns. In a nutshell, these are as follows:
Faculty Regent Patricia B. Arinto gave a lecture on January 30 to February 1, 2017 at Teaching and Learning Resource Center (TLRC), UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo. She was the invited resource person for the Forum and Workshop on Interdisciplinary Module Writing and Development of Teaching Modules.
During the workshop, the teacher-participants shared some of their strategies and concerns regarding the use of interdisciplinary approach inside the classroom. The workshop focused on the development of self-access resource-based learning modules as a supplementary material in class.
Prof. Marilou Ang-Lopez from the School of Technology (SOTECH) and Prof. Gerald Quinitio from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) shared that they had been using interdisciplinary teaching strategies in their Food Technology and Fisheries classes.
According to Division of Social Sciences faculty members Mr. Ruchie Mark Pototanon of Miagao campus, and Prof. Dakila Kim Yee of Tacloban College, the workshop introduced new teaching strategies and approaches that can be used by teachers to present lessons which students can easily understand.
The UPV Department of Chemistry hosted the 2017 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad (PNCO) Regional Eliminations for Region VI and the Negros Island Region (NIR) at the GCEB Training Rooms, UPV Iloilo City campus last February 4, 2017. The competition is an annual event that is held in cooperation with the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas wherein the main objective is to promote Chemistry to high school students. The event also serves as a venue to select regional delegates who will compete in the national elimination round which will be held this coming April. The national winners will then represent the Philippines to the International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in Thailand on July 6-15, 2017.
The Philippine Science High School Western Visayas campus took all three spots for Region VI with Ms. Joan Catolico, Ms. Regine Bastareche and Mr. Pefer John Flores taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. Mr. Meschael John Calinao of Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School took the top prize for the Negros Island Region. Mr. Dionick San Agustin of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos took 2nd place while Ms. Kathryn Marie Sigaya of Don Bosco Technical Institute – Victorias placed 3rd.
The top winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the book “CHEMSEARCH & CHEMPUZZLE” plus one set of the card game “CHEMTRUMP” courtesy of the author, Dr. Vivian Topor. The rest of the winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the same book. All six winners will represent their respective regions to the national elimination round with Ms. Erika Eunice Salvador and Mr. Kevin Clyde Ong acting as head coaches for the delegates from Region VI and NIR, respectively.
Dr. Danilo Ortillo of the UPV Department of Chemistry served as the PNCO Regional Coordinator for both Region VI and the NIR for the third time this year. The event was attended by the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry, the delegates and their respective coaches and students from the Master of Chemistry program.