“Christmas is not about asking but about giving,” said Rev. Father Alfone Berbegal, speaker during the UP Visayas Team Building Day on December 20, 2016 at the auditorium of its Iloilo City campus.
Addressing a 400 plus audience made up of administrative staff, Research Extension and Professional Staff, and job hire employees, Fr. Berbegal elaborated three things about Christmas. First, that it is a joyful celebration of the birth of Christ, thus, we must make a conscious effort to think of him in the midst of all the festivities. Second, Christmas points out to God’s plan of salvation which is to reconcile us to him. Third, Christmas should point us to the Lord Jesus and he must therefore influence or change our life.
The Rev. Father is the Parochial Vicar of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Buenavista, Guimaras.
The Team Building Day grouped the employees into five team with designated colors coming from the University’s various offices and units. It allowed them to get to know their fellow workers through various team games. Hams, cash, gift cards, and other items were raffled off to cap the event.
UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque were present to grace the occasion.
And so it ends.
The service project that UP Visayas and Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), 2016 was completed and ended on December 17, 2016.
Brgy. Malagyan, Miagao was the identified beneficiary for a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services for adults and children which was launched on January 16, 2016.
The project served new born babies to up to age one, children from 2-5 years old and 6-8 years old who were regularly given multivitamins and grown-ups who availed of the free monthly medical and dental clinic. The 2-5 age group, comprising of 50 children, was the focus of the project and had a year-long feeding program conducted every Saturday.
Though not included in the project, but upon the request of the barangay through its Brgy. Captain Rose Mary F. Galvan, the project organized a circumcision procedure in May that served 153 boys, ages 6-13 years-old. This was done during the monthly medical and dental clinic which regularly served about 25 to 35 beneficiaries.
Brgy. Captain Galvan, along with the mothers of the children, expressed their appreciation to APhiO and UP Visayas.
Prof. Pepito R. Fernandez, Jr., faculty member of the Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas and the project proponent, likewise thanked the community for their cooperation that made the project a successful endeavour. He was also thankful that APhiO ACNA sustained the project to the very end.
The Balay balay Child Minding Center was inaugurated in the UP Visayas Miagao campus on December 15, 2016 six months after its ground-breaking ceremony in June this year.
Children of UPV employees under five years of age, as well as those from the Miagao community, along with their parents, UPV officials, and staff gathered at the site for its blessing and inauguration.
The one story Center features a comfort room for boys and girls, a kitchen and a stock room. More importantly, it sits on a wide open space area where the children can run around and play although a fence has been put around the building to also keep the children safe. It is under the management of the UPV Gender and Development Program (GDP).
In a simple ceremony, Dr. Mary Barby Badayos-Jover, GDP Director, thanked the UPV administration, and the Campus Development Maintenance Office who oversaw the construction of the building.
The BBCMC is a service mandated by Executive Order No. 340. Section 1 of the EO says that all national government agencies and government-owned and-controlled corporations shall provide day care services to children of their employees under five years of age and should be provided either within their office facilities or in the areas accessible to the parents.
Two BS Accountancy students of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) were among the top 25 finalists in the 2016 Search for Outstanding Accounting Students of the Philippines (SOASP).
Fifth year students Alexis Eugene Castor and Clyde Jason Bustillo from the UPV Tacloban College and the UPV College of Management, respectively competed with 23 other accounting students from different parts of the country during the grand finals held at the Makati Diamond Residences on December 5, 2016.
Castor and Bustillo were named as among the top 25 SOASP finalists following a highly competitive screening process earlier this year with over 350 participants from 72 accountancy schools nationwide.
The two students were each awarded with a cash prize of P5,000 and a plaque of recognition for being part of the Top 25.
Vianca Pearl Amores from the University of San Carlos (USC) placed first in the grand finals, followed by Jessa Bermudo of USC, and Jenny Frialde of the Kingfisher School of Business and Finance.
Now on its 18th year, the SOASP is an annual nationwide competition sponsored by the P&A Foundation, in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Commerce and Industry (ACPACI). “It aims to identify the best and brightest accountancy students in the country, with most candidates emerging as CPA board placers,” according to the organizers.
It was an early Paskua celebration for UP Visayas whose highlight of activities was on December 9, 2016. This included the Liturgical Service during the late afternoon, the Lantern Parade that started at dusk, and Christmas Dinner and Program that capped the day’s event.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) continues its winning streak in the Big Lantern contest by bagging the 1st place again for three years in a row. The College of Management (CM) was 2nd while the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) was 3rd. It also won first prize for the Handheld Lantern competition followed by CFOS and CM at 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
In the Welcome Cheer Competition, the Clovers (academic group of the Division of Biological Sciences, CAS) won 1st place, followed by CM and the School of Technology (SoTech). Meanwhile, in the group performance competition, CAS and CFOS tied in 1st place, followed by SoTech and CM.
CAS emerged as the overall champion in all the contests.
Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, led the UPV community in marking the PASKUA activities from the Liturgical Service down to the Christmas program. He was joined by UPV officials namely Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, CAS Dean Resurreccion Sadaba, CFOS Dean Crispino Saclauso, SoTech Dean Emeliza Lozada and other officials of the administration.
The parade that were participated in by the students, faculty and staff of the various colleges, offices and units.
Ms. Christine Debbie Shanne Angeles and Ms. Harlene Cardos, fourth year BS Chemistry students of the College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Visayas are among the 12 students and 10 young professionals from different parts of Philippines who flew to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths or JENESYS program. The 2016 program was held from November 28 until December 6, 2016 with the theme “Economics: Manufacturing Technology.”
The JENESYS program is being implemented by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) to promote a global understanding of Japan and the participating countries to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
In partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC), Angeles and Cardos and the student delegates from the Philippines were able to explore Tokyo and Gifu prefectures as they experienced Japan’s industries, modern technologies, culture and tradition together with the delegates from India, Malaysia, and Singapore. They also visited local industries such as the Chikori Village and Kakuyama Seitosho and manufacturing companies such as Okuma Corporation and Feather Safety Razor Co., Ltd. According to them, their visit to historical landmarks such as Ogaki Castle and Ochobo Inari Shrine further enriched their knowledge about the Japanese culture.
The delegates also witnessed the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, martial art (iaido) and musical performance with the stringed musical instrument, koto. Moreover, they attended lectures on the Japanese culture, local government and economic organization and exchange.
At the end of the program, the participants presented their action plans to the organizers at the JICE office in Tokyo. They plan to share their experiences and learning in Japan through social media and online testimonies. (Sources: Ms. Harlene Cardos and Prof. Steve Janagap)
The UP Visayas Gender and Development Program organized a “Walk to End Violence Against Women (VAW)” on December 9, 2016 from its main campus in Miagao to the town proper and back. A public forum on RA 9262 or the “Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act” followed at the Interactive Learning Program audio-visual room.
“How can you protect yourself if you do not know your rights?” says retired PSUPT. Ma. Cecilia Detablan, guest speaker of the forum at the beginning of her talk. She expounded on the salient points of RA 9262.
Detablan, who is also the founder and President of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Advocates Network, said that protected by the law under this RA are women and children of abused women that are: legitimate, illegitimate, children under her care/custody, and children within or without the family abode. Those who are liable are husbands, ex/former husbands, boyfriends/ex-boyfriends, lesbian partners/ex-lesbian partners, any person with whom the woman has/had a dating relationship or sexual relationship.
The retired policewoman defined violence against women and their children as, “Any act or series of acts by any person against a woman covered by this Act which may result in or likely result in physical, sexual violence, psychological and economic violence.
The Miagao and Iloilo City campuses of UP Visayas marked the start of the holiday season through a simultaneous lighting of Christmas lights in both campuses during the early evening of December 2, 2016. Chancellor Rommel Espinosa led the simple ceremony along with Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque and Office of Student Affairs Director Ruben Gamala who is also the Co-Chair of the 2016 UPV PASKUA Committee.
At the Iloilo City campus, the lighting ceremony was led by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Resurreccion Sadaba, who chairs this year’s UPV PASKUA Committee, and UP High School in Iloilo Principal Lourdes Zamora.
On December 9, UPV will have its Christmas celebration that will start with a Liturgical Celebration at 4:00 pm at the administration building grounds in the Miagao campus. The Lantern Parade will follow which will go through the main streets of the town proper. A dinner fellowship and a Christmas program will end the night’s festivities.
The children of UPV employees will have their own Christmas party on December 17, 2016 at the Auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.
(standing, L-R) UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, TTBDO Director Dr. Luis Sison, and UPV Vice-Chancellor for Research & Extension Ricardo Babaran; (sitting, L-R) Ernestina M. Peralta, Prof. Valeriano Corre, and Prof. Francis Dimzon
Photo Credits: UP System Website
Prof. Valeriano L. Corre, retired faculty member of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (IA-CFOS) was a recipient of the 2nd Invention Disclosure Incentive Award given by the Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBDO) of the UP System.
Along with his co-inventors Prof. Victor Marco Emmanuel Ferriols (IA-CFOS), research assistants Ernesto del Rosario and Jan Michael Genesila, Prof. Francis Dimzon, faculty member of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, they were feted during the awarding ceremony on November 25, 2016 at the Executive House, UP Diliman. The group received a cash award of P40,000.00
Corre and his team invented the Remote Operated Automatic Bottom Feeder, one of the research outputs of the DOST-UPV Milkfish Program B: Improved Grow-out Technology for Sustainable Milkfish Industry funded by DOST-PCAARRD. The invention was filed last 11 December 2015 with Patent Application No.: 12/015000432under the Patent Protection Incentive Package (PPIP) Grant Program of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Ms. Ernestina M. Peralta of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology (CFOS), was also awarded for the “All Natural Oyster Powder” that she developed. This was as an output of her research funded by DOST-PCIEERD. She will receive P15,000.00 for the 1st tranche of the IDI. She is also one of the recipients of the IP Assistance Program granted by DOST-TAPI during the IP Audit conducted by Mr. Caezar Arceo and Engr. Mario Rance on August 23-24, 2016.