Over two hundred scholars, cultural workers, artists, business management experts, and social and natural scientists from the Philippines, Brunei, USA, Liberia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, and Australia gathered for Pagtib-ong: The UPV International Conference on Intangible Heritage on May 25 and 26, 2017 at Casa Real (The Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol) in Iloilo City, Philippines.
Pagtib-ong (a Hiligaynon word meaning to raise or lift up) aptly captured the goals of the two-day event which are to celebrate cultural distinctiveness and find commonalities among the different countries that joined the first international conference of such kind in the country.
Fifty nine conference papers and presentations were made in the four plenary sessions and six parallel sessions. Each parallel session consisted of three clusters with a maximum of four speakers each. The sessions were structured according to topics with scholarly presentations complemented by experience sharing and artist talk. A two-session satellite conference on intangible political spaces specifically dealing with intangible cultural heritage and foreign relations was simultaneously held at St. Anne’s Hall of Assumption School Iloilo City. Conclusions of said satellite event were shared at the last plenary session (a five-person panel discussion) of the conference.
The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the country’s blueprint of actions for nutrition improvement, was launched on May 2, 2017 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City.
Health Secretary and National Nutrition Council Governing Board Chair Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial led the ceremonial turnover of PPAN 2017-2022 to the Iloilo Province represented by Governor and Chair of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. This turnover was symbolic of the services provided under the PPAN, wherein the Iloilo province is one of the 38 priority areas of PPAN because of the large numbers of stunted children. Based on the National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2015, 33.4% or 3.8 million children are stunted while 7.1% or 807,057 are wasted. It also showed that overnutrition manifesting as overweight and obesity are emerging health concerns among children and a major problem among adults with 18 million Filipinos who are overweight and obese.
UP Cebu Phil-LiDAR 1 & 2 Projects turned over 475 maps, including 48 maps for the Province of Iloilo on May 18 & 19, 2017 at the UP Visayas Auditorium, Iloilo City. The maps given to the Iloilo Province consisted of 10 hazard maps and 38 resource maps for agriculture and renewable energy sources.
Present during the turnover were UP System Vice Pres. for Administration Nestor G. Yunque, UP System Vice Pres. for Development Elvira Zamora, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza D. Corro, UP Cebu Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya, UP Cebu Phil-LiDAR 2 Project Leader Prof. Judith R. Silapan, DOST Region VI Director Engr. Rowen Gelonga, Iloilo Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias, Mayor of Balasan, Iloilo Manuel Ganzon, Deputy Administrator for Administration of the Office of the Civil Defense Kristoffer James Purisima, Asst. Regional Director of NEDA 6 Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan, UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Raul R. Olaguer, and UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn T. Belleza. Representatives from different municipalities of Region VI were also present to accept and witness the turnover of the maps.
Bringing health services closer to the community through the 2nd Annual Medical, Surgical and Dental Mission
The Health Services Unit in cooperation with Dagyaw sa Kaaraydan (Volunteer for Healing) conducted the 2nd Medical, Surgical and Dental Mission at Relocation I, Brgy. Lumangan, Miagao Iloilo on May 21, 2017. Other than the members of the Dagyaw sa Kaaraydan medical mission team, there were also doctors and nurses who volunteered to participate. This activity is a way of sharing generosity and volunteerism for the people of the community concerning their health.
In the Medical consultation conducted there were 87 patient, 57 of which were adults and 30 were children. There were 30 patients for the dental service and 31 for the circumcision. The REAL Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Center provided supplies and services for Random Blood Sugar (RBS) and Blood Typing Test prior to medical consultation. There were 35 patients who availed of the RBS while 37 for blood typing.
Through the help of our donors and sponsors, patients specifically those who have undergone circumcision were given complete dose of medicines. Other patients were also given initial dose and multi-vitamins.
The services were extended to residents of Brgy. Igpajo, Brgy. Sag-on and Brgy. Bugtong Lumangan.
The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas awards the Gawad Paz Benitez to UP Visayas Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia P. Magos, during its 43rd Congress on April 29, 2017 at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.
Dr. Magos was cited “for her life devoted as a researcher, teacher, and extension worker in the field of socio-cultural anthropology. She is instrumental in establishing the School for Living Tradtion in the Village of Garangan in the mountain of Central Panay that revitalized the epic chanting and other indigenous art like the ancient tradition of needle work called panubok of the Panay Bukidnon. As the head researcher and chief translator of the Sugidanon or the Panay Epics, published by the University of the Philippines Press, she did not only make available these masterpieces to the Filipinos but also to the whole world in need of great narratives to remind us of our humanity.”
UMPIL or the Writers Union of the Philippines is an organization of Filipino Writers that promote Philippine literature.This year’s chair is Dr. Michael M. Coroza while the Secretary General is Dr. John Iremil A. Teodoro.