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UPV hosts annual national convention of math teachers
Anna Razel L. Ramirez
The University of the Philippines Visayas through the Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences hosted the Annual National Convention of the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) -Tertiary Level on August 16-17, 2012 at the UPV Iloilo City Campus. The theme of the convention was “Paradigms in Mathematics Education for Global Competitiveness.”
The event convened together mathematics educators and researchers from around the country and abroad who discussed the current issues and trends in the teaching and assessment of mathematics learning.
Among the invited speakers were Dr. Joseph D. Novak of Cornell University and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition; Dr. Mary Ann Huntley of Cornell University, USA; Dr. Yeap Ban Har of Singapore; Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo of the University of the Philippines-Diliman; Dr. Lourdes C. Zamora of UPV; Fr. Domingo Rafael A. Alimajen, Jr. of St Vincent Ferrer Seminary; Dr. Gaudencio C. Petalcorin, Jr. of Father Saturnino Urios University; and Dr. Rebecca C. Tolentino of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
In his message, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa emphasized that mathematics education is a fundamental and significant component in empowering the Filipinos with life skills and knowledge to become globally competitive citizens of this country. He said that it is imperative that high quality mathematics education is instilled and embedded in the culture of our young generation to attain a globally competitive Philippines.
Sister Iluminada Coronel, President of the MTAP urged the government to implement programs that would develop the esteem of our teachers to help them regain their love of the profession. She also encouraged teachers to train their students to do basic research and for these students to get involved in math investigation.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City welcomed the participants to Iloilo City. He stressed the role of mathematics in our everyday lives as well as its importance in the upliftment of society. Iloilo Province Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. underscored the value of teaching as the noblest and most fulfilling profession. He also cited the many wonders of this world that were discovered because of mathematicians. (With sources from Prof. Lindley Kent Faina)