RISE project is Gawad Pangulo Awardee for Excellence in Public Service

UP Visayas Foundation, Incorporated (UPVFI) – RISE (Bangon) Gigantes Project: Rehabilitation for Island Sustainability and Empowerment was named ‘Gawad Pangulo 2016 Awardee for Excellence in Public Service’ on January 30, 2017 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. President Alfredo Pascual gave the award to Project RISE Team Leader, Prof. Jorge Ebay and Chancellor Rommel Espinosa.

With Prof. Ebay in the project are Prof. Josephine Firmase, Mr. Jun Ramirez, Aprille Danilly Atienza, Junavy Ricopuerto, and Russell Sodusta.

The RISE Gigantes project covers four geographically isolated and disadvantaged barangays of the Municipality of Carles - Asluman, Gabi, Granada, and Lantangan - in the Gigantes Group of Islands. The project partners with community-based groups and schools in implementing coordinated rehabilitation programs that aim to achieve normalcy and enhance local capacities for disaster preparedness, prevention, and mitigation. 

Beyond the four barangays, RISE Gigantes also engages with other organizations (LGUs, regional government agencies, CSOs, and the academe, among others) to actively support community-based efforts for rehabilitation through resource sharing and other relevant collaborative undertakings. It aims to be at the forefront of efforts in promoting people’s interest, highlighting local realities and contexts, and linking them with broader development issues and agendas.

The project capitalizes on robust partnerships for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It utilizes these as platforms for pursuing small island resilience that is grounded on the principles of participation, inclusivity, empowerment, and sustainable development.

The RISE Gigantes project is implemented by UP Visayas through the UPV Foundation Incorporated and is largely supported by Christian Aid, UNICEF, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, the SURGE Project, Philippine Life Saving, and ICODE. (ARL with Sources from Rise Gigantes Webpage)

UP honors original UP Sablay weavers



They were ordinary folks eking out a living through their weaving skills using the traditional looms. They were the original weavers of the UP Sablay, the University’s official academic attire.

When the University of the Philippines decided to depart from the western-oriented toga worn by its graduates during graduation rites in the early 90s, it created a Sablay Committee to come up with an academic apparel that would reflect, among others, UP’s sense of nationalism.

From the design generated by the Sablay Committee, the weavers of Arevalo and Oton, Iloilo, submitted their own woven sample. This prompted a visit from Dr. Virginia Monje, one of the members of the Committee, to check the quality of their work and if the weavers can generate the expected numbers of Sablay needed by UP for its graduates nationwide.

The rest, as they say, was history.

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Workshop for the creation of MS Chemistry Program conducted


The Department of Chemistry faculty and staff who attended the three-day API workshop.

The CAS-Department of Chemistry conducted a workshop entitled “Planning for the Creation of the MS Chemistry Program,” at the Teaching and Learning Resource Center, UPV Miagao Campus last 25 – 27 January 2017. The activity is part of the Academic Program Improvement (API) of the department.

Attended by the faculty and staff of the department, the three-day workshop reviewed the capability of the Department of Chemistry to develop and offer a graduate program course on the Master of Science in Chemistry. It also evaluated the Department’s available resources which included, but not limited, to its faculty profile, library resources, stock room facility, laboratory standards, and instrumentation capacity.

Dr. Vivian A. Topor, Chair of the Curriculum of the department, presented the results of a survey which she conducted in 2013 which assessed the need for an MS Chemistry program in the region. She also shared the preliminary evaluation of the department’s faculty resource that would meet the requirements in creating the new program according to the policies and standards as stipulated in the CHED Memorandum Order No. 08 series of 2011.

Prof. Steve P. Janagap, Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry conducted an assessment of the capability of the Department to offer the MS Chemistry program. Mr. Leandro G. Gamarcha and Ms. Scarlet F. Dumalay, on the other hand, discussed the role of the Analytical Service Laboratory as a support unit. They likewise presented the inventory of available laboratory equipment and facilities.

On the second day of the workshop, Prof. Jay O. Martizano discussed the competency standards and curriculum requirements of the MS Chemistry program according to the CHED guidelines. This was followed by the identification of core and elective courses, as well as possible research thrusts.

The 3rd and final day of the workshop was devoted to setting of the guidelines for thesis writing and graduate seminar. A presentation of the proposed MS Chemistry program capped the three-day activity.

UP Antiqueños reenergize for 2017


San Jose, Antique, Philippines – The UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations (UPV-OAR) visited the UP Alumni Association Antique Chapter on January 2017 at the New Antique Capitol Building. Part of the visit under the “Kamusta Ka Iskolar ng Bayan” program was to reconnect with the alumni in the provinces, organize or reactivate alumni groups, and work with them in producing events. This with the hope of gathering more alumni to promote fellowship among the Isko and Iska in the Visayas, as well as to rekindle the deep rooted spirit of oblation that spells selfless service to the community and giving back to the university.

Antique now boasts of sprouting new commercial establishments in the town proper of San Jose. The popularity of the tourist attractions in the towns outside the capital, the ever-growing number of cultural events and festivals, and the dynamic promotion of local products all around the province have turned the province of Antique into a bustling community.

A number of UP alumni gathered to meet with UPV OAR to discuss future possibilities on how to contribute in this fast-paced development of the province. A set of officers was elected to handle the preparations for its upcoming events January 20, 2017. Heading this newly-energized UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Antique is its long time President, Mr. Nicolasito S. Calawag, Antique’s Provincial Agriculturist, who was again reelected for another term. Together with him are the other officers and members of the board: Mr. Erwin E. Ilaya as Vice President, Ms. Marilu B. Baculna as Secretary, Dr. Susan F. Atienza as Asst. Secretary, Ms. Emma O. Feranil as Treasurer, Ms. Susima Q. Nermal as Asst. Treasurer, Ms. Emmerald A. Villavert as Auditor, Mr. Kristoffer Ryan T. Gidaya as Asst. Auditor, Mr. Rey John M. Sandoy as Business Manager, Mr. Francisco P. Fullon, Jr. as Asst. Business Manager, Ms. Saredith Camiña-Sola as PIO, Mr. John Jowil D. Orquia as Asst. PIO, and Ms. Mary Joy Hiñola-Muescan, Mr. Richard C. Garcia, Ms. Lumen Marie Rose C. Quanico, Ms. Arlene A. Villaram, Mr. Joseph C. Negrillo, Ms. Jondale Mae A. Garcia, Ms. Roma P. Romero, and Mr. Eddie C. Gonzaga as members of the board. They were sworn in by Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of UPV OAR. The new officers will serve for a term of one year.

UPAA Antique Chapter is an independent organization and maintains close coordination with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations for projects, fund drives and other activities involving the university such as the yearly UP Alumni & Faculty Homecoming and other alumni related activities.

UPVTC psych students bag awards in PAPJA 2017 confab


The UPVTC Psych Circle delegates emerged victorious in the 30th Annual Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention held on 20 January 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City and on 21 January 2017 in various schools in Manila.

The UPVTC delegates won first place in the Outstanding Community Extension Project competition for their entry entitled “Implementation of the Katatagan Resilience Program among Tacloban Youth Scholars Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.” This was a project of the Applied Psychology class of Prof. Querima Deborah Jopson, in partnership with Save the Children - Eastern Leyte Program Office. Justine Ynnes Oballo and Rosemarie Sarte presented a summary of the project to the audience and received the plaque on behalf of the organization. The UP Visayas Miagao delegates landed in third place while St. Paul University Quezon City won second.

The UPVTC team also grabbed the third spot in the Inter-School Psychology Quiz Competition (ISPQC) after a series of grueling tie-breaker questions with Angeles University Foundation and Far Eastern University. A total of 58 schools from all over the Philippines joined this year’s ISPQC, with the University of the Philippines Clark Pampanga as champion and Bulacan State University in second place. UPVTC contestants Mar Augustine Chloey Lee, Victor Macasil Jr., and Janara Trixia Perez were trained by Psych Circle adviser Prof. Pierce Docena.

On the second day of the convention, the delegates were given the chance to attend a workshop of their choice, which were simultaneously conducted in De La Salle University Manila, Mapua Insititute of Technology, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of psychology students in the Philippines which serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship. This year’s convention centered on the importance of mental health in the Philippine society with around 8,000 delegates from all over the country.

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