The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) conducted “Inquirer Town Hall” with the theme “Iloilo Boom: Model or Mirage?” on September 17, 2016 at the Cinematheque, UP Visayas Iloilo City campus. The panel discussion which was moderated by John Nery of the PDI was held in preparation for the next presidential debate that will take place on March 20, 2016 at the UP Cebu College in Cebu City.
Four panel discussants tackled different issues that revolve around the theme. Architech Manuel Tingson focused on Iloilo heritage conservation and Iloilo River development, and UPV Professor Rhodella Ibabao talked about urbanization and its effect to a developing city. Mr. Joemarie Agriam of the Iloilo Chamber of Commerce talked about the rate of dollar remittances in Western Visayas vis-à-vis the booming realty business in Iloilo City, while Mr. Gilbert Altura of NEDA discussed Iloilo City’s competitiveness as compared to other cities in terms of good governance, infrastructure and support.
The event was organized by the PDI Iloilo in cooperation with UP Alumni Association- Iloilo Chapter, Office of Alumni Relations. The event was supported by the UPV sa Halalan 2016 Committee.
“The age of machismo is over. Now is the era of equality. Our partner is really our ‘better half,’” says, Prof. Nestor Yunque, UPV Vice Chancellor for Administration who welcomed the attendees of the forum on “Depression and Violence against Women and Children.”
The event was held on March 9, 2016, at the auditorium of the Iloilo City campus as one of the activities that the UPV Gender and Development Program (GDP) has organized in line with the celebration of Women’s Month.
Pampered, fed and entertained. This was how the UPV community in Miagao felt, particularly the women during the cook off, boodle lunch and pampering activities held on March 8, 2016 at the administration building of the Miagao campus in observance of the International Women’s Day.
Dr. Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV Gender and Development Program (GDP), welcomed the faculty, staff and students that gathered at the lobby and briefly explained the history of the women’s movement and what it has accomplished for today’s women. Among others, this included the right to vote, having humane working conditions, equal pay and benefits, to name a few. However, Jover pointed out that there is still a long way to go when it comes to equal pay and opportunities for women.
The Institute of Fish Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS) of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas held a lecture-forum on “Maritime Law Enforcement” at the Conference Room, Umali Hall, CFOS, UP VIsayas, Miagao campus on March 9, 2016.
CFOS Dean Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso welcomed the speaker and participants to the activity. In his message, he said that the lecture-forum objectives are to increase the awareness of various stakeholders on RA10654 known as An Act to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, Amending RA 8550 otherwise known as “The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998;” and to improve existing monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) plans and programs of the local government units to effectively manage their fishery resources. According to him, he hopes that the students of fisheries will learn the value of a good MCS program for a successful coastal resource program; and that the faculty and researches of the College will be inspired to conduct studies related to MCS.
“Dreamweavers: Portraits of Women Across Cultures” opened on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 as part of the UP Visayas Gender and Development Program’s Women’s Month Celebration.
The exhibit features cubist paintings of women by Mr. John Ray Hontanar, a faculty member of the Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences. The said exhibit aims to celebrate the multi-faceted beauty of tribal women as T’boli weavers, babaylans, kalinga tattoo makers, Maranao dancers, Manobo women, among others.
Before unveiling the exhibit, Dr.Mary Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV Gender Development Program delivered a message on the importance of having an International Women’s Day celebration. Hontanar highlighted the role of feminism in achieving a just and equal society. He also said that men, women, and the LGBT should work hand-in-hand in destroying the oppressive tradition of silence.
“Dreamweavers” is open for viewing at the Humanities Exhibit Area March 31, 2016. (By: Enrique N. Legaspi III)
The 1st Visayas Forum on Economy and Environment was held on March 3, 2016 at the UP Visayas Miagao campus.
“We are pleased that the Economy and Environment Group – Philippines of the Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (EEG-REAP) has approached UP Visayas to embark on this partnership in capacity building and transdiciplinary research on economy and the environment,” says UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa who welcomed the guests and participants of the forum.
He said that the venture supports UPV’s stated mission to “lead in and advocate for the sustainable development of the Visayas region and of the nation within the changing world order.”
Dr. Gem B. Castillo, National Director, EEG Philippines and President of REAP, was the keynote speaker of the forum who gave a brief background about the organization.
He said that the group was established in 2015 as part of the Resources and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (REAP). It focuses on building capacity for transdisciplinary research and promoting regional collaboration in addressing global and local economic and environmental challenges. It is a partner-member of the Economy and Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). The partner countries of EEPSEA include Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Lower Mekong Sub-region countries of Thailand, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.
The All UP Workers Union-Iloilo Chapter, in coordination with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Human Resources Development Office conducted a lecture forum on “Updates on Philhealth Benefits” on March 2, 2016 at the GCEB Conference Room of the UPV Iloilo City campus.
Prof. Nestor G. Yunque, in his welcome remarks stated that the forum is important in order for the UPV personnel to know better about Philhealth coverage that they and their families are entitled to.
Ms. Janimhe C. Jalbuna, Officer-in-Charge of the Public Affairs Unit of Philhealth Regional Office 6, gave a run down of coverage that can be claimed from Philhealth, which include the following: inpatient benefits; outpatient benefits; and Z benefits, which are intended for very serious and expensive to treat medical conditions including cancers, heart surgeries and implants; and MDG Benefits which are for long term treatment and recovery such as malaria and HIV cases.
According to Jalbuna, to avail of these benefits, one should ensure that Member Data Record is updated. She said that the Philhealth website http://www.philhealth.gov.ph can also be accessed for additional information.
Ms. Sydna Lozada, President of the AUPWU, VCA Nestor Yunque and HRDO Chief Ella Tidon gave the Certificate of the Appreciation to Ms. Jalbuna.
The School of Technology Alumni Association continues to roar with the induction of its new officers. The oath taking ceremony was held on February 26, 2016 at the UP Visayas Alumni Terrace, Iloilo City.
Ms. Johanna Chavoso-Jamero leads the new set of officers who took oath as President. She is joined by Mr. Rio Pineda as Vice-President, Ms. Jenny Vi Rizardo as Secretary, Ms. Rolly Janapon as Auditor, Ms. Reah Gepes and Mr. John Vincent Armada as Alumni Coordinators, and Mr. Francisco Alegado, Ms. Maria Alicia Beba, Mr. Dan Marie Del Mundo, Mr. Johannes Magpusao, Ms. Sarah Dela Pena, Mr. Eric Almaquer, Ms. Anne Dominique Gesulgon, Ms. Altia Frayco, and Ms. Aileen Septimo as Representatives.
“To the people of Panay, who continue to provide me with substantial inspiration and to Mother Rosario, who continues to inspire them.” This is the dedication stated in Mr. Matthew J. Riley’s book, The Life and times of Mother Rosario Arroyo, servant of God (2015),” one of his works published through the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines, Molo, Iloilo City.
Mr. Matthew J. Riley is a native of Antioch, California, and has served as lecturer in California State University East Bay. In the Philippines, Mr. Riley resides in Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City. His appreciation and love of the Philippine history and culture is exemplified in his recent projects / researches, which focus on Panay and the Panayanons’ way of life. He has been with U.P. Visayas as lecturer in History since the 2nd semester, 2013-2014 and up to the present handling courses related to Cultural History of the Philippines, World Civilizations, Ancient, Medieval and Modern Europe, Russia and Latin America.
It may be quite ironic that through the eyes of a foreigner the Filipino history and culture is appreciated and internalized. He initiated a book drive from his alma mater, the California State University East Bay, where 162 books (on philosophy, history, ethics, and religion) and 186 journals (on American History) were sent by Ms. Linda Ivey, Department of History Chair.