JARED PHILIP MARQUEZ CONDEZ leads the 2017 graduating batch of the School of Technology as he graduates cum laude with a GWA of 1.516 with the course Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Jared was born on April 10, 1996 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Gaining honors is not new to Jared as he graduated honorable mention in elementary and salutatorian in high school both from Saint Joseph Academy in Bugasong, Antique.
He was also a frequent partcipant in quiz bowls and clinching awards at that. He was 6th placer during the 77th Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers’ National Convention Quiz Bowl held on February 17-20, 2016 at Eco-village, Boracay, Aklan. He was participant in the 2015 Students’ National Chemical Engineering Conference Quiz Bowl held on November 14-16, 2015 at UP Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila. He also won 3rd place in the 10th Chamical Engineering Week Quiz Bowl held on September 17, 2016 Central Philippine University, Iloilo City.
“When I first entered UPV, my initial thought was to channel all my energies toward academics because I thought that the high grades I will get would define my fate in the real world after college. This mindset did not stay long and was debunked when I realized that a UP education is so much more than having good grades. I saw that UP produces not just capable individuals but it molds competent intellectuals with a sense of purpose particularly in improving the lives of the Filipino people.”
So says, Josielou Chan, a BS Fisheries major from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences who earned the highest GWA of 1.568 among her peers, graduating as cum laude.
Chan, who is from Tagbilaran City, Bohol, added that she came to the realization that it is possible to become a good student and still be of service to the community during her early weeks in the University. She embraced this conviction and became very active in the UP Fisheries Guild (UPFG) which opened an opportunity for her to, according to her words: “give back to my country in simple ways that a student can. “ She likewise said that her involvement with the student organizations convinced her that she chose the right degree program and made her come to an understanding on how she can contribute to the country’s development.
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While the rest of the country’s student population has gone back to school, UP Visayas will have its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the UPV Covered Court, Miagao campus.
Hon. Delia Domingo Albert, former Ambassador to Australia and Germany will be the commencement Speaker.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, the University has also organized PARANGAL, a commencement concert in honor of the graduates, their parents, alumni, and benefactors. The event will feature sensational singing group, Acapellago, to be held on Wednesday, 6:00 PM at the Auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.
A University Recognition Program for graduating honorific scholars and special achievement awardees called PAPURI will also be held at the auditorium on June 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM. Engr. Cris Jacob A. Dabad, an alumnus of UPV (BS Chemical Engineering, 2013) will give the inspirational message. Meanwhile, the Baccalaureate Exercises will also be held on the same day at the same venue at 3:00 PM. Judge Anne Beatrice Aguana Balmaceda is the featured speaker.
Meanwhile, the UP Visayas Tacloban College has scheduled its Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2017 inside its campus at 4:00 PM with Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara as the commencement speaker.
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.
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)