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University of the Philippines Community Newspaper V O L U M E X X XIII
JULY 2 0 12
DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY
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Takbo para sa hustisya, isinagawa sa UPD Academic Oval
UPLB, NAST refute Greenpeace claims on Bt eggplants
UP Los Baños (UPLB) and the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) denounced in a press conference allegations by the environment advocacy group Greenpeace in a petition it filed before the Supreme Court that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplants are dangerous to human health. The press conference was held last
Sa “Run for Your Life” na malinaw na hindi isang “fun run”, ang kanilang bawat hakbang ay paghahabol para sa katarungan at pagtatanggol sa karapatang pantao ng bawat Pilipino.
Day in Support of Victims of Torture tuwing Hunyo 26. Napakasakit para kay Erlinda Cadapan ang anim na taon nang paghahanap kay Sherlyn. Ayon sa kanya, ang anak niya ang tumatakbo noon para sa panlipunang katarungan. Ngayon, siya naman ang tumatakbo, naghahanap, at umaasang matagpuang buhay pa ang kanilang nawawalang anak. Sinabi ni Cadapan, “si Sherlyn ay kumilos hindi para sa kanyang sarili. Kumilos siya para sa sambayanan. Kaya ngayon, habang wala pa ang aking anak, ipagpapatuloy ko ang kanyang Continued on page 9
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Mga estudyante, nanawagang itaas ang badyet sa mga batayang serbisyo
“This is the institution we turn to when we want to find some of the greatest unheralded heroes of our bureaucracy.” These words of congratulations for the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) by President Benigno Aquino III were delivered at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City during an international conference with the theme “Public Administration and
President Aquino delivering his NCPAG anniversary speech
Progress made in women’s access to justice, but more work must be done
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International conference commemorates NCPAG 60th anniversary Andre Encarnacion
Photo by El Bacani
eUP personnel undergo workshop
In line with the competency-building initiative of the eUP project, members of the eUP Core Technical Committee, along with other eUP personnel, underwent a three-day workshop on project management from June 18 to 20. The workshop, held at the Abelardo G. Samonte Hall Operations Room of UP Los Baños (UPLB), stressed the importance of developing human resources as a major
being spread by critics about Bt eggplants and biotechnology in general. UPLB scientists led by Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz; Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) and ofﬁcial spokesperson of UPLB on biotechnology and biosafety concerns; Dr. Desiree Hautea, regional coordinator of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII), and head of the Fruit and Shoot Borer-Resistant (FSBR)/Bt eggplant project; and Dr. Emil Javier, NAST president, served as the press conference resource persons. Also present in the event were university officials, researchers and scientists. In a prepared statement, Cruz said that UPLB remains committed to conducting unbiased ﬁeld trials of Bt eggplants. He also said the university will continue to promote the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology to achieve and sustain food security and a sustainable and safe environment. Cruz stressed that “ecological balance and environmental safety are nonnegotiable core values of the university in the conduct of research. It is committed
May 15 at the Trader’s Hotel in Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. UPLB organized the media event in response to the Supreme Court’s decision last May 2 to partially grant the petition of Greenpeace to stop the ﬁeld-testing of Bt eggplant in several provinces in the country. UPLB ofﬁcials and experts also denied some misconceptions and misinformation
Photo by Jun Madrid
Ang nagpapatuloy na kawalan ng hustisya at ang paghahanap ng katarungan para sa mga biktima ng operasyong militar ay muling itinampok sa ikalawang “Run for Your Life” na ginanap sa UP Diliman (UPD) Academic Oval noong Hunyo 22. Kabilang sina Erlinda Cadapan at Concepcion Empeño, mga ina ng dinukot na estudyante ng UPD na sina Sherlyn Cadapan at Karen Empeño, sa halos 100 kataong lumahok sa pagtakbo. Ipinaliwanag ng mga nag-organisa ng nasabing aktibidad ang kalagayan ng karapatang pantao sa bansa at simbolikong hinabol, hinuli at kinalaboso nila ang karakter ng puganteng ex-Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. upang isalarawan ang kanilang panawagan. Ayon kay Cristina Palabay, tagapagsalita ng Karapatan, nasa 96 na biktima ng tortyur, 76 na biktima ng pulitikal na pamamaslang, 9 na biktima ng pagdukot at 363 bilanggong pulitikal na ang kanilang naitatala sa loob ng dalawang taon ng pamahalaang Aquino. Sinabi ni Palabay na si Palparan ang mukha ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao at ng impunity o kawalan ng hustisya sa bansa. Wala pang naparusahan sa paglabag sa Anti-Torture Law habang nagpapatuloy ang paglabag ng mga sundalo sa karapatang pantao, dagdag niya. Ayon kay Cristina Guevarra, tagapagsalita ng grupong Hustisya!, sina Karen at Sherlyn ay dinukot noong Hunyo 26, 2006 habang nagsasagawa ng pag-aaral sa isang komunidad sa Hagonoy, Bulacan at tinortyur ng mga sundalo sa ilalim ni Hen. Palparan. Sinabi ni Guevarra na layunin ng mga aktibidad tulad ng “Run for Your Life” na hanapin ang mga biktimang tulad nina Karen at Sherlyn at papanagutin ang mga salarin sa mga pagdukot at pagtortyur sa kanila. Ito rin ay nataon sa paggunita sa UN International
Mervin John C. de Roma
Governance: Tradition and Transformation.” It ran from July 27 to 29 and attracted students, scholars and representatives from various sectors in celebration of the 60th year of the NCPAG. The conference focused on three sub-themes: “Public Administration and Governance Education: Pedagogy, Tradition and Emerging Challenges”; “Excellence, Professionalization, Innovation, and Transformation”; and “Public Service: Today and the Future.” “I have always been a ﬁrm believer that the mission of government is to take actions to create fair outcomes for society; and among the jobs of a president is the efﬁcient allocation of resources so that government can achieve those outcomes,” added Aquino, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. While talking about the importance of inclusive growth and anti-corruption in pursuing social cohesion, he also praised the college for its contributions to the country since its establishment in 1952. “Through the years the [NCPAG] has done more than its share of producing graduates who contribute to nation building and who help nurture institutions Continued on page 3
Lessons in ISSI’s First Distinguished Entrepreneurship Leadership Forum
UP Law prof explores judicialized vs. populist governance in Phl
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Sa pagkakatanda ko, sa isang artikulo sa Philippine Free Press na nabasa ko sa Bacolod, una kong nakilala si Maita Gomez. Si Quijano de Manila, ang ginamit na pangalan ni Nick Joaquin sa kanyang mga isinusulat sa Free Press, ang sumulat ng artikulo tungkol kay Maita pagkatapos siyang mahirang na Miss Philippines. Bukod sa maganda (isa siya sa Manila’s Five Prettiest noon na featured din sa Free Press), lumitaw na matalas at matalino si Maita. Maalam sa mga nangyayari sa pulitika ng bansa. Beauty and brains, ika nga. Nang tinanong siya ano ang pusibleng kinabukasan para sa kanya, ang naging sagot niya ay Pangulo ng Pilipinas! Sa UP Diliman, isa sa mga campus beauties si Maita—matangkad, balingkinitan at napakaganda ng mukha. Madalas sa bandang Pavilion 1 ko siya nakikita dahil pre-med yata ang kanyang kurso. Siyempre, hindi kami tuwirang nagkakilala noon. Altasosyedad ang kinabilangan ni Maita—hindi lang dahil sa angking ganda, modelo ni Pitoy Moreno, laman ng “society pages” (ngayon ay Lifestyle pages na kuno) kundi galing sa pamilyang hacendero na taga-Pangasinan. Kung napukaw man siya ng kaganapan ng First Quarter Storm ng 1970 o ng UP Commune ng 1971, hindi siya naging bahagi ng aking nilanguyan na organisasyon. Aletheia yata ang una niyang sinalihang makabayang organisasyon. Panahon na ng batas militar nang nagkasama kami ng mga ilang araw sa kanayunan. Alamat na si Maita—ang beauty queen na niyakap ang pambansang demokratikong kilusan at piniling magunderground para labanan ang diktadurang Marcos. Sa kanayunan, kung saan ang parachute na itim na ginawang pantalon ang unisex na gamit, designer pants ang dating ng mga ito kapag si Maita ang may suot. Ka Dolor ang pagkakakilala kay Maita ng mga magsasaka sa isang baryong matagaltagal na kanyang tinigilan. Nang napunta ako roon, may katagalan nang nailipat si Maita sa ibang larangan. Pero maraming kwento ang mga tagaroon sa kanya. Inalagaan siyang mabuti ng samahan ng magsasaka at ng
samahan ng kababaihan dahil mahusay ang kanyang pakikisalamuha sa kanila. Mabilis siyang ikinukubli kapag may dumarating na hindi tagaroon dahil pansinin nga ang kanyang anyo. Ang misteryo ng katauhan ni Ka Dolor ay nadiskubre nang sa pamimili ng mga tagabaryo sa poblacion, ang nakabalot sa biniling tuyo na dilis ay cover ng isang lumang magasin na si Maita ang nakalarawan. Pagkatapos ng martial law, nang magkasama kami ni Maita sa GABRIELA at sa pagtatayo ng KAIBA (Kababaihan para sa Inang Bayan) bilang partidong pampulitika na puro kababaihan, nakwento ko sa kanya ang magiliw na paggunita sa kanya ng mga kasama sa baryong yaon. Tandang-tanda niya ang naturang baryo dahil dito raw siya dinalaw ng kanyang anak na si Melissa na sa panahon ng pagtigil roon ay sumulat sa kanyang Lola. Ibinahagi ni Melissa ang masasaya niyang karanasan at ang iba’t ibang putahe na natikman niya— ulang (fresh water shrimps), labuyo (wild chicken), at sawa! Di ko ma-imagine kung ano ang naging reaksyon ng ina ni Maita sa ganitong sulat ng apo pero malinaw sa kwentong ito ang tindig ni Maita kaugnay ng kahalagahan na maintindihan ng kanyang anak ang kilusang kanyang niyakap.
Sa pagkakulong ko sa Crame noong 1984, ang WOMB, ang Women for the Ouster of Marcos and Boycott, ang isa sa masugid na nangampanya para sa aking paglaya. Isa si Maita sa mga palaban at militanteng kababaihang bumuo ng WOMB. At sa panahon ng EDSA 1, makakatanggap ako ng maiksing sulat mula kina Maita, Irene at Gigi at sa iba pang kababaihan ng WOMB –“huwag kayong mag-alaala sa inyong kaligtasan sa loob ng bilangguan, narito kami sa labas, kasama ang libu-libong mamamayan.” Pagkatapos nang mapatalsik si Marcos noong 1986, magsasama kami ni Maita sa GABRIELA, sa KAIBA, sa Institute of Women’s Studies ni Sister Mary John. Dito, makikilala ko ang kanyang selfdeprecating humor. Sabi niya, sa mga papeles na kailangang ilagay niya ang kanyang civil status—single, married, widowed, separated, etcetera—gusto niyang ilagay ang all of the above! Di matatawaran ang generosity ni Maita. Bukas ang kanyang apartment sa Malate sa mga aktibistang naliligaw sa banda roon pagkatapos ng mga habulan sa US Embassy o kaya sa rali sa Lawton. Noong dadalo ako sa ika-25 anibersaryo ng kasal ng isa sa aking mga kapatid na gagawin sa California at
Mga estudyante, nanawagang itaas ang badyet sa mga batayang serbisyo Arbeen Acuña
Naglunsad naman ng walkout ang mga estudyante ng UPD noong Hulyo 13. Nagtipon ang mga ito sa Palma Hall at naglunsad ng snake rally sa loob ng nasabing gusali. Matapos ang maikling programa, limang jeep na puno ng mga estudyante ang bumiyahe papuntang Mendiola upang makiisa sa ang iba pang
pribado at publikong pamantasan. Noong Hulyo 19, nagkaroon rin ng street painting sa harap ng Palma Hall ang mga estudyante na nanghimok ng mga kapwa estudyante na irehistro ang panawagan para sa mas mataas na badyet sa edukasyon sa State of the Nation Address ni Benigno Aguino III sa Hulyo 23. Kuha ni El Bacani
Naglunsad ng kilos-protesta noong Hunyo 21 ang mga estudyante ng UP Diliman (UPD) at UP Manila (UPM) sa opisina ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) upang manawagan ng mas mataas na badyet sa edukasyon. Ang mga estudyante ng UPD ay nagtipon muna sa Palma Hall at nagtungong Morayta, at mula rito ay nagmartsa patungong DBM. May katulad ding mga pagkilos sa pinakamalapit na mga opisina ng DBM sa ibang UP unit. Ayon kay Student Regent Cleve Arguelles, nangako ang DBM ng mas mataas na badyet sa edukasyon sa taong ito, pero dapat maging mapagbantay kung tutuparin ang pangakong ito. Nilinaw rin niyang hindi nakikipag-agawan ng badyet ang state universities and colleges (SUCs) sa batayang edukasyon. “Ang hinihingan natin ng budget ay yung mga hindi naaappropriate sa mamamayan tulad ng debt servicing at military spending.” Dagdag pa ni Arguelles, “Higit limang taon na tayong kinakaltasan. Ibig sabihin mao-offset lang kung sakali (ng dagdag na budget) yung kinaltas for the past years.”
Nagtipon ang mga estudyante ng UP Diliman sa AS Steps sa itinakdang araw ng walkout, bago bumiyahe patungong Mendiola.
ako’y nangangailangan ng pormal na damit, nilapitan ko si Maita. Ibinukas niya sa akin ang kanyang closet ng mga damit. Hindi ito siksik ng kung anu-anong kasuotan. Iilan lang ang laman nito pero de kalidad, simple at elegante ang mga ito. At may napili nga ako na kumasya sa akin at ito ang nagamit ko sa bonggang silver wedding anniversary ng aking kapatid. Noong unang bahagi ng 1990s, nagdesisyun si Maita na ituloy ang kanyang naudlot na pag-aaral. Pumasok siya sa non-formal education program ng PUP kung saan nabigyan ng credit ang kanyang mga isinulat (kabilang na ang talambuhay ni Lorie Barros, ang isang mahusay na pagsalaysay sa kasaysayan ng kilusan ng kababaihan sa Pilipinas na bahagi ng dokumentasyon ng kanyang presentasyon sa isang kongreso ng GABRIELA). Kagyat siya na nag-enrol sa School of Economics ng UP kung saan natapos niya ang kanyang masterado—Master in Development Economics. Magtuturo siya ng ilang panahon sa UP Manila. Maging bahagi ng IBON at bandang huli ay magpokus sa pananaliksik laluna sa isyu ng mining. Patuloy ang kanyang pakikisangkot sa kilusan. Regular siyang kalahok ng martsa sa paggunita sa araw ng kababaihan tuwing Marso 8. Nahalal siyang kagawad ng National Council ng SELDA, ang samahan ng mga ex-political detainees. At co-chair siya ng Makabayan, ang koalisyon ng mga progresibong party list. Nagbigay si Maita ng espesyal na pagkalinga sa mga kabataang aktibista. Ang kanyang apartment sa Malate, na malapit sa UP Manila, ay lalaging bukas sa mga kasamahan at kaibigan ng kanyang mga anak, partikular si Pog at si Michael. Ipinagmalaki niya ang napiling oryentasyong sekswal ng kanyang anak; at ang pagiging aktibista ng isa pa habang estudyante pa lamang sa high school. Kaya nga di nakapagtataka na ganito ang isa sa mga naging post ni Michael sa Facebook sa araw ng pagkamatay ng kanyang ina: “2005, hindi ako pumasok sa letran hs para pumunta sa isang pagkilos sa US embassy. Kinabukasan lumabas ang larawan na ito sa dyaryo, pag-uwi ko nakita kong ginupit na ito ng nanay ko at inilagay sa aming ref. bumisita ang kapitbahay agad niyang tinuro ang larawan sa ref: ‘anak ko yan!’” Makulay ang buhay at pakikibaka ni Maita, ang bagong Gabriela, isang buhay na umaayon sa pagsalarawan ni Laurie Barros noong 1971: “The new woman, the new Filipina, is ﬁrst and foremost a militant…She is a woman who has discovered the exalting realm of responsibility, a woman fully engaged in the making of history…” (Ma. Lorena Barros, “Liberated Women II” in Pugad Lawin, Taon 18 Blg 3, Enero-Pebrero 1971: 32) Tulad ni Lorie Barros, malinaw kay Maita ang bukal ng ganitong paninindigang maging bahagi sa paglikha ng kasaysayan. Sa pagkaalaala ng isa sa mga kasamahan ni Maita sa pinakahuling National Executive Council meeting ng Makabayan kung saan pinag-uusapan ang tagline sa posibleng pagkandidato ni Teddy Casiño sa pagka Senador, inihapag ni Maita ang ganito: “Walang masama sa kaliwa; mabuti ang kaliwa.” Angkop na angkop ito na maging epitaph ni Maita, mahal na kasama, kabaro’t kaibigan! Maita, sa puso ng sambayanan, itatayo ang iyong bantayog!!
Housing programs for UP discussed with PAGIBIG
Balitang Unyon Renegotiation para sa economics package, tapos na Nagtapos ang paghaharap ng administrasyon at ng dalawang union ng UP noong Hulyo 4, ng taong kasalukuyan. Nagsara ang dalawang panel bilang kasunduan sa nilalaman ng economic beneﬁts sa apat na sakong bigas kada taon sa halagang P1,500.00/sako, at P4,000 Christmas Grocery Allowance. Matatandaan na humiling ang unyon na madagdagan pa ng kahit kaunting halaga ang P1,500/sako na siyang offer ng administrasyon, at gawin itong P1,650. Ang nasabing karagdagang halaga ay sapat sana para sa isang kaban na may bigat na 50 kilo. Ito ay batay sa nakaraang halaga ng naunang rice subsidy, na tumimbang lamang ng 46 kilo sa halagang P1,500 o P32.50/kilo. Subalit nanatili ang admin panel sa kanilang offer na halaga. Ipinabatid ng panel na wala nang maari pang idagdag dito dahil umano sa kakapusan ng pondo. Naging matingkad sa usapin ang
Floyd Padilla, OADAA-CSSP
kakulangan ng pinansya ng UP Mindanao upang ipatupad ang mga nasabing benepisyo. Kagyat namang binigyang-diin ng dalawang unyon ang ganitong usapin at sinabi na dapat ay kilanlin ito ng UP System at isadiwa ang One UP policy. Sa pagpapatuloy ng usapan ay inilatag ng kabilang panel ang mga potensyal na maaring pagkunan ng pondo. At ayon sa kanila, ito ay maaring kunin sa matitipid na gastusin partikular sa bayarin sa kuryente, tubig at iba pang may kaugnayan dito kasama na ang posibleng makuhang pakinabang sa mga idle asset o ng mga nakatiwangwang na lupain. Saglit na humingi ng break ang unyon upang pag usapan kung tanggap ba ang nasabing panukala, at ganoon din naman ang ginawa ng kabilang panel. Sa muling paghaharap ay nagpahayag ang Workers Alliance ng pakikiisa sa pagtitipid at responsableng paggamit ng mga nasabing utilities. Subalit nagpahiwatig
Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc
Tinatalakay ng mga lider at miyembro ng All-UP Workers Union ang mga suliraning panlipunan at kung paano sama-samang haharapin ang mga ito. Ginanap ang seminar at palihan noong Hunyo 1 sa awditoryum ng Kolehiyo ng Komunikasyong Pangmadla, UP Diliman.
percent of the total number of UPD personnel, both teaching and non-teaching, are enjoying the limited university housing program. A small part of this number are retirees who refuse to leave the campus, insisting “they want to die in UP.” The CSSP Office of the Associate Dean for Administration, Student Affairs and Extension (OADASEA), under Prof. Neil Martial Santillan, in a joint effort with the All-UP Workers Union and the Home
Development Mutual Fund/ PAGIBIG Fund, organized the three-hour seminar. In attendance were around 90 university employees. Lucena joined Abad-Flores in giving UP employees updates on the housing initiatives of the university. The organizers and participants of the seminar agreed to hold a housing fair for university personnel involving developers that can meet their demands and ﬁnancial capacity.
International conference commemorates NCPAG 60th anniversary
Photo by Bong Arboleda
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in government and in civil society,” he added. Before his keynote message, a panel consisting of NCPAG Dean Edna Estefania Co, former Dean Alex Brillantes Jr., Prof. Nestor Pilar, former UP President Jose Abueva and Prof. Proserﬁna Domingo Tapales reﬂected on the 60-year history of the NCPAG and its future. While most of the panelists narrated the legacy and contributions of the college, Brillantes identiﬁed four aspects of what he called an “identity crisis” in the Philippine study of public administration and governance. He identiﬁed these as the excessive inﬂuence of Western theories and ideas, the disconnect between theory and practice, the perception that the study of public administration had little impact on the real world, and the study
din ito ng pagtutol at pagsalungat sa anumang balakin na iugnay ang nasabing pagkukunan ng pondo sa pagkomersyal at pagsapribado ng mga serbisyo. Tinanggap ng admin panel ang pahayag ng mga unyon at nagpaabot na pagkatapos ng pulong na iyon ay ipapaabot na nila sa administrasyon ang napagkaisahan ng dalawang panel bilang pagpapatuloy ng proseso. Kaakibat naman sa katanungan ng mga tao hinggil sa implementasyon ng Service Recognition Pay (SRP) sa Diliman, nagpahayag si Vice-Chancellor Virginia Yap na nakakita na ng pondo ang kanilang administrasyon at nakatakda nang maaprubahan ito ngayong buwan para sa allotment. Bilang pagtatapos ay nag pahayag ang dalawang unyon ng kalungkutan sa kinahinatnan ng paghaharap at iginiit na lamang na dapat ito ay ipatupad na sa taong kasalukuyan upang ganap na mapakinabangan.
Book on labor laws now out
Kuha ni Bong Arboleda
Officials of both the national government and UP have expressed conﬁdence that it’s just a matter of time before ongoing negotiations among various groups deliver roofs over the heads of many university employees. In a seminar initiated by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) at UP Diliman (UPD) last June 25, PAGIBIG Fund President and Executive Director Darlene Marie Berberabe assured university personnel that her ofﬁce is formulating more programs and policies as well as incentives that will beneﬁt more PAGIBIG members. The former professor of Philosophy added that, unlike in the previous years, even minimum wage earners from both public and private sectors are now covered by programs formulated by her ofﬁce. On the university’s end, UPD’s Housing Ofﬁce, under its director, Prof Gerardo Lucena, is developing housing projects. UPD Vice-Chancellor Melania Abad-Flores reported that an estimated 1,200 housing units may be in place before the end of her term. Both off-campus and on-campus housing projects are currently being looked into by the UP administration. Flores assured the employees that not only the teaching personnel will have priority. Housing will also be available to non-teaching staff, including “retireable” and retired employees. Berberabe also reported that, beginning July 2012, PAGIBIG has increased the maximum amount that can be borrowed by government employees from P2 million to P6 million. CSSP Dean Michael Tan illustrated the realities faced by most government employees in acquiring real property during his opening remarks. Tan said he attempted to purchase a condominium unit in Quezon City but was turned down a couple of times by real estate developers based on his pay slip as a professor in the university. Even his honoraria as a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and for consultancy work did not help. The dean pointed out that it was about time university employees had more options in owning homes. Flores admitted that only about 25
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Former Law Dean Froilan Bacungan signs copies of his book after the launch.
of institutions which has been the popular practice since the days of the economist Douglass North. Abueva, on the other hand, spoke about prevailing conditions in the country, calling them “the sorry state of our social, political, and economic underdevelopment and malaise.” At the same time, he encouraged
the NCPAG to do more to improve politics, policy and government. To accomplish this, he suggested more collaboration between the NCPAG and the Department of Political Science, which for 60 years “have been separated, with very little interaction, to our mutual disadvantage.” Abueva also advocated the creation of a
Labor and Social Legislation: An Updated Systematic Presentation by Froilan Bacungan, former dean of the UP College of Law, was launched last June 22 at Malcolm Hall, UP Diliman. Bacungan said he wrote the book in a format that would “ensure the easy understanding and comprehension of Labor Law and Social Welfare legislation. “The latest rules and regulations such as those of the Philippine Overseas Employment [Administraion] Rules for Land-based and Seafarers Recruitment and Employment, and the 2010 Omnibus Rules and Regulations Implementing the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 as amended by Republic Act 10022 have also been included,” Bacungan says in the preface. In addition, the book features abstracts of the latest rulings of the Supreme Court on important labor cases. The book is the latest release from the College of Law’s Centennial Textbook Writing Project, which aims to promote legal scholarship by encouraging the faculty to write textbooks on their ﬁelds of expertise. “Moreover, it is intended to further develop legal education by disseminating high quality legal materials that may be used not only by professors and students of law but likewise, by legal practitioners as well as anyone interested in the law,” according to College-supplied information. Bacungan has been teaching Labor Law and Constitutional Law for five decades. He has served as International Labor Organization labor relations and labor law expert to the governments of Thailand and Pakistan. He is currently a consultant of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment. new general textbook in Philippine Public Administration, improvements in the quality and publication of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration, and more critical assessments of important aspects of government such as the presidency, the Central Bank, and the media as an institution Continued on page 12
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Progress made in women’s access to justice, but more work must be done
Photo by Bong Arboleda
Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta
(From left to right, starting from the lady in bright sari) Ms Sultan Nasira Khan, project director and Joint Secretary of the Legislative and Parliamentary Division (LPAD) for the Ministry of Law Justice And Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) of Bangladesh; Mohammad Shahidul Haque, secretary of LPAD-MoLJPA; Remedios Rikken, chair of the Phil Commission on Women (PCW); Nharleen Santos-Millar, chief of the Policy Development and Advocacy Division of PCW, and other local and foreign participants discuss practical and implementable measures to make the Philippine justice system work for Filipino women, based on the ten recommendations of UN Women, during one of the workshop sessions.
“The past century has seen a transformation in women’s legal rights, with countries in every region expanding the scope of women’s legal entitlements. Nevertheless, for most of the world’s women, the laws that exist on paper do not translate to equality and justice.” So begins the Executive Summary of the Progress of the World’s Women 2011-2012 Report, the ﬁrst report produced by the UN Women during the ﬁrst year since the new United Nations entity became operational. Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, dean of the UP Asian Center and second vice-president of the UP Center for Women Studies Foundation, Inc., presented the ﬁndings of the Progress of the World’s Women 2011-2012 Report at the National Forum on Women and Justice in the Philippines before an audience consisting of representatives from national government agencies, members of the academe both here and abroad, NGOs and women’s movement organizations, and international guests. The forum was held the GT-Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman last May 24. She cited data from the report indicating that two-thirds of the world’s countries have laws in place against domestic violence, which she described “an extraordinary shift even
from 10 years ago.” However, many countries still do not explicitly criminalize rape within marriage, and in 17 out of 41 countries, a quarter or more people think that it is justiﬁable for a man to beat his wife. In Southeast Asia, 14 out of 17 countries and territories in the region already have a law against domestic violence in place, and six of these have laws against marital rape, including the Philippines. “This shift is important not only because of the protection it affords women, but also because it signals awareness on the part of government to regulate the private sphere as well as the public domain,” said Sobritchea. She added that extending the protection of the rule of law for women also calls for securing women’s economic rights, especially since 53 percent of working women worldwide work in the informal sector and in vulnerable employment. “We of course know that women in the informal sector are less protected by law. This is a serious challenge for us in the Philippines.” Sobritchea also noted that while laws and implementation matter, so does the delivery of justice by the courts through legal aid, such as the assistance provided by organizations of women lawyers and women’s groups to
women who otherwise cannot afford to take their cases to court. For the cases that do make it to court, one-stop shops providing free medical care and legal aid for women survivors of violence are a low-cost means to ensure that these women enter the justice system supported and with sufﬁcient knowledge of court processes, thus helping reduce the high attrition and low conviction rates. Sobritchea also recommended that more work be undertaken in reforming penal institutions, beginning with a gender analysis of all the detention sites that would “create powerful information that can help us promote restorative justice and prevent the abuse of women and children in particular in detention.” Later, the participants of the forum conducted workshops to come up with recommendations on how to implement the Progress Report’s “Ten Recommendations to Make Justice Systems Work for Women,” namely: 1) Support women’s legal organizations; 2) Support one-stop shops and specialized services to reduce attrition in the justice chain; 3) Implement gendersensitive law reform; 4) Use quotas to boost the number of women legislators; 5) Put women on the front line of law enforcement; 6) Train judges and monitor decisions; 7) Increase women’s access to courts and truth commissions during and after conﬂict; 8) Implement gender-responsive reparations programs; 9) Invest in women’s access to justice; and 10) Put gender equality at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals. The recommendations generated during the forum will be included in the “Access to Justice” chapter of the Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Gender Equality (WEDGE) Plan initiated by the Philippine Commission on Women. In her message, UN Women Philippines National Coordinator Aida Jean Manipon cited the most signiﬁcant barriers to women’s access to justice, namely: the culture of law, including laws and justice systems that are patriarchal in nature and often rooted in discriminatory gender biases; the approach to equality, with justice systems unable to take into consideration the holistic dimension of women’s rights; religion, culture and
The digital age reminds us of how far science and technology have developed to make lives simpler. Its inception dates back to the 1940s when a British mathematician and logician completed a detailed design of the ﬁrst ever computing machine. His name is Alan Mathis Turing. The Department of Computer Science of the UP College of Engineering, in partnership with the UP Center for Women’s Studies (UCWS) and Gay Geeks Philippines, commemorated Turing’s birth centennial (1912-2012) last June 26. As part of the Alan Turing Week celebration, the event, dubbed “Alan Turing: Britain’s Greatest Code Breaker, ” consisted of a public screening of a documentary on the different aspects of Alan Turing’s life, followed by a discussion-forum at the Accenture Ideas Exchange Room of the UP Alumni Engineers Centennial Hall. Dr. Adrian Roy Valdez, chairperson of the Department of Computer Science, delivered the welcome address, which emphasized the impact of Turing’s contributions to the digital age. The documentary showcased Alan Turing not only as a scientist whose life was not only made interesting by his time
spent in the laboratory, but also by his being a multidimensional individual who was a pioneer in many scientiﬁc discoveries and a wartime hero, and a victim of prejudice. He worked silently on various scientiﬁc explorations and his breakthroughs in research-- which included the Turing machine, Morphogenesis, which studied the mathematical relation of patterns developed in living organisms—earned him the title of father of computer science and artiﬁcial intelligence. Another remarkable contribution from Turing was his signiﬁcant role in breaking the Enigma Code during World War II, thus shortening the war and saving many lives. His career as a mathematician ended when he was criminally charged in 1952 with committing homosexual acts. Turing died at the age of 41, two years after his conviction. The forum delved on the signiﬁcant areas of Turing’s life. It was deemed important in the forum to look at Turing’s life because he was also a victim of a human rights violation. Prof. Eric Julian Manalastas, deputy director of UCWS, moderated the forum and discussion while speakers Dr. Fidel
R. Nemenzo of the Science and Society Program, College of Science, Prof. Don Vito Valle of Gay Geeks Philippines and Angie Umbac of Rainbow Rights Project Inc. led the panel discussion. The event was capped with the closing remarks of Dr. Sylvia EstradaClaudio, director of the UCWS.
LGBT Pride March held on campus. The UP Pride March last June 28 passes by the Oblation Plaza at Quezon Hall, UP Diliman. It was one of the highlights of the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month in UP Diliman.
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Alan Turing birth centennial commemorated
fundamentalism that inﬂuence the justice system and create barriers to women’s access to justice; and structural, behavioral and other barriers, including the culture of impunity, non-recognition of women’s human rights, lack of education and awareness among women about their rights, and lack of adequate enforcement and infrastructure that undermine the effectiveness of the justice system. She added that the Philippines has been cited in the international community for its own good practices and achievements in the pursuit of gender equality. Some of these achievements and initiatives were discussed by two of the forum’s three plenary speakers—Prof. Leo Battad of the UP College of Law, who spoke on “National Initiatives to Promote Gender Initiatives through Legislative Reforms,” and Prof. Myrna Feliciano, executive director of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Ofﬁce of the Supreme Court, who discussed “National Initiatives to Promote the Gender Responsiveness of the Justice System.” As first plenary speaker, Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies, gave an overview on “Women and Justice, Gender and the MDGs,” exhorting the audience to take a broad view of women’s rights and women’s access to justice beyond the legal and justice systems, and reminding the audience that everything, including laws, culture and systems, can be subjected to a gendered analysis, beginning with women’s idea of what justice is. Commission on Human Rights Chair Loretta Ann Rosales delivered the keynote address during the forum, while Philippine Commission on Women Chair Remedios Rikken gave the welcome message. One representative each from the women’s organizations and NGOs, the Philippine National Police, the UP Women Lawyer’s Circle and the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave their responses to the plenary speakers, followed by the closing remarks from former Ambassador and Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Rosario Manalo and a synthesis and discussion by Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa.
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Pambansang kumperensya New media, tools and platforms sa historiograpiya, idinaos for communication Fred Dabu
Four veteran journalists from Spain and the Philippines gave students from different universities in Metro Manila a glimpse of how new technologies and the Internet are shaping the media landscape in the forum “New Media, New Journalism: The impact of Web 2.0 and beyond on the news media” held at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman last June 27.
of telling stories to enable the public to use their senses (sight, hearing, touch). Citing the fast-growing number of smart phone users who access multimedia content while they are mobile, he said “new media deserve (their) own interface.” Alampay showed the infographics page they made about Hacienda Luisita, which gives people visual approximations of the controversial land’s expanse. He said they thought the page would help most people, who have not seen an hacienda and seem unaffected about the issue, how they could relate. He also showed a timeline, with photos and audio clips of radio reports, about the 1986 EDSA People Power to illustrate how the small radio station, Radio Veritas / Radyo Bandido, became instrumental in uniting two million people at EDSA and ushering in a new administration, when the media networks were still government-controlled, and mobile or internet technology did not yet exist.
Idinaos ang Ikalawang Pambansang Kumperensya sa Historiograpiyang Pilipino na may temang “Paglawak ng mga Sanggunian sa Kasaysayang Pilipino” sa Bulwagang Juan Luna, UP Baguio (UPB) noong Abril 26 hanggang 28. Pangunahin itong inilunsad ng Departamento ng Kasaysayan ng UP Diliman (UPD), sa ilalim ng tagapangulong si Dr. Maria Bernadette Abrera. Katuwang naman ang Departamento ng Kasaysayan at Pilosopiya ng UPB sa pangunguna ni Dr. Leah Abayao. Sinuportahan ito ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, ang National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) at National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Ang mga tagapagsalita sa mga plenaryo at sesyon ay binubuo ng mga premyadong historyador ng bansa na may kanyakanyang kadalubhasaan iba’t ibang larangan ng kasaysayan. Dinaluhan ito ng humigit-kumulang 70 gurong nagtuturo ng kasaysayan at agham panlipunan sa pampubliko at pribadong paaralan mula elementarya hanggang kolehiyo na nagbuhat pa sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Ang kumperensya ay inorganisa sa layong ibahagi sa mga gurong delegado ang iba’t ibang klase ng sangguniang makatutulong nang malaki sa pagtuturo at pagpapayaman ng kaalaman sa disiplina ng kasaysayan. Napapanahon ang mga paksang tinalakay kaugnay ng mga kasalukuyang hamon at estado ng mga pag-aaral sa kasaysayang panglokal at pambansa. Ayon kay Dr. Abrera, ang paglawak ng mga sanggunian sa kasaysayan ay katumbas ng paglaya nito, lalo na’t ang tunguhin ng disiplina ay ang pagbubuo ng bayan. Binigyang-diin niya ang napapanahong pagdaraos ng kumperensya kaugnay ng nakahandang pagbabago ng kurikulum mula elementarya hanggang sekondaryang antas, o ang tinatawag na K-12. Nakapaloob sa reporma sa edukasyon ang pagpapataas ng lebel ng pagtuturo at kaalaman sa kasaysayan, na tumutugma sa pangunahing layunin ng kumperensya. Sa unang araw ay nagbigay ng keynote address ang tagapangulo ng NHCP at propesor ng kasaysayan sa UPD na si Maria Serena Diokno. Tinalakay niya ang mga teorya at mga kilalang historyador kaugnay ng lumalabas na kakulangan sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan gaya ng papel ng heograpiya; ang halaga ng oras/panahon; ang mga uri ng batis o sanggunian at ang paraan ng paggamit dito ng historyador na may epekto sa nabuong kaalaman natin sa nakalipas; kung para kanino ang kasaysayan; at kung paano ito mailalapit sa publiko.
ang importansya ng Archivo Histórico Nacional ng Madrid bilang pangunahing lugar-saliksikan hinggil sa gobyerno at pamamahalang kolonyal sa Pilipinas noong ika-19 na dantaon. Ang kalusugang pampubliko naman ng bansa noong kolonisasyong Amerikano ang pinaksa ng presentasyon ni Dr. Celestina Boncan ng UP Manila (UPM). Nakalagak sa Rockefeller Archive Center, isang pribadong sinupan, ang mga koleksyon ng dokumentong pumapatungkol dito. Bago maitala ang isang makasaysayang pangyayari at maipasok bilang dokumento sa sinupan, ito ay naipreserba muna sa alaala ng nakasaksi. Ang mahigpit na relasyon ng alaala at kasaysayan sa konteksto ng Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig ang naging pokus ng presentasyon ni Dr. Ricardo Jose sa ikalawang plenaryo. Sapagkat ang katumpakan ng alaala ay nababawasan sa daloy ng panahon, ito ay maaaring maging problematiko bilang sanggunian. Isang pangangailangan ngayon ang paggamit ng ibang materyal o alternatibong sanggunian (e.g., larawan, pelikula, relika, atbp.) sa pagpapalitaw/ pagpapatibay ng katotohanan sa kasaysayan.
Si Prop. Victorino Manalo, direktor ng Pambansang Sinupan ng Pilipinas, ang nagsalita sa unang plenaryo. Ang kanyang lektura ay nagbigay-tuon sa mga binabalak na programa ng institusyon, partikular na sa pakikipagugnayan sa Espanya at Mehiko, para sa pagkalap ng mga bagong batis pangkasaysayan. Ipinaalam niya rin ang mga nakakasang proyekto gaya ng pagtatatag ng mga sinupang rehiyonal kung saan nabanggit niya ang inisyatibo ng UPB sa pagtatayo ng sinupan para sa Kordilyera at Hilagang Luzon. Upang mas mapalawig pa ang pananaliksik pangkasaysayan sa mga sinupan, ibinahagi sa unang sesyon ang mga sinupang nasa ibayong-dagat. Inilahad ni Prop. Grace Liza Concepcion ng University of Asia and the Pacific
‘Alulong’ wins top prize at 1st UPOU Video Competition
Kasaysayan sa Sinupan at sa Alaala
Relika, Gusali, at Sining sa Pagbubuo ng Kasaysayan
Ang mga di-nakasulat na batis na ito ang mga lekturang bumuo sa ikalawang sesyon. Ang mga relika o artipak bilang sangguniang arkeyolohikal na tinalakay ni Prop. Michael Armand Canilao ay mga pisikal na ebidensya sa maagang paninirahan sa baybayin ng Continued on page 11
Multimedia content and worldwide interaction
Radio journalist Libertad Paloma of Cadena SER, Spain’s leading radio network, said that new media coexist with traditional media. She said “new journalism” expands the media practitioners’ reach to a global scope and promotes greater interaction with audiences. Paloma described how the Internet gives radio journalists more tools to present more information to the public. She said unlike in the days before the Web, they can now share photos, videos, web links, and documents online in addition to their radio broadcasts, while giving the audience the chance to interact directly and instantly with journalists. Paloma said the Internet allows media professionals to produce and air radio programs online. “We produce podcasts,” she said, which allows the audience to listen to programs whenever and wherever they prefer. Roby Alampay, editor-in-chief of TV5’s InterAksyon.com, said the network strives to provide information that engages the audience to help the public understand current events. He said the new media challenge journalists to develop new forms
Instant everything and global trends
Rappler editor-at-large and Journalism for Nation Building Foundation director Marites Danguilan Vitug said we are living in interesting times, in an age of “instant everything,” where new media bring both good and bad effects. She said information and opinions are instantly posted, emailed, tweeted and shared in many ways, across various platforms, making us beneﬁciaries and victims (of disinformation) as well. Vitug said new media makes investigative stories “more interesting” with the aid of audio-visual materials, wherein journalists Continued on page 16
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Forum on Cadiz charter mark Phl-Spanish Friendship Day. The opening ceremonies of the forum “From Cadiz to Malolos: The Philippines and the Spanish Constitution of 1812” featured institutional messages from Justice Francisco Perez de los Cobos of the Constitutional Court of Spain, Dr. Maria Serena Diokno (not in photo) of the National Historical Commission (NHCP) and President Alfredo Pascual. Photo also shows Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq. The event was organized by the Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Fundacion Kapatiran Sandugo, the NHCP and the UP Diliman (UPD) Department of History. Photos were taken at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UPD last June 28.
The winners of the 1 st UP Open University (UPOU) Digital Video Competition were announced during a ceremony at the UPOU Headquarters last June 18 as part of the university’s celebration of UP’s 104 th foundation day. Maria Gabriela Magpusao’s “Alulong” was awarded the top prize by the board of judges composed of UPOU Development Communication professor Alexander Flor, UP Film Center Director Arminda Santiago, Cinema Evaluation Board Member Bum Tenorio, Indie Film editor Dempster Samarista, and Philippine High School for the Arts Visual Arts instructor Marc Cosico. “Alulong” is about a man’s attempt to
ﬂee from the guilt and trauma of a crime he witnessed, only to ﬁnd out he can never escape from his tainted past and heart. The second prize went to “Duga sang Kasakit (The Value of Struggle)” by Jethro Missael Cañas, which was also recognized as the Most Gender Sensitive Video. The third prize was given to Alejandro Zamora’s “Arnel a.k.a. Sakay.” Magpusao and Zamora are graduates of Associate in Arts. Cañas is a Master of Development Communication student. The judges also recognized the f o l l ow i n g e n t r i e s : “ D i s k a r t e ” by Gaudencio Dimaano, “Padausdos” by Teodoro Segundo, “Alamat ng Kasoy - A Famous Filipino Folklore” by Alan Dean, and “2012: Basura, It’s About Time” by
Abigail Boluso. At the awarding ceremonies, Santiago expressed satisfaction with the creativity of the entries as well as the diversity of the genres adopted by the contestants. The entries submitted this year were in the narrative, documentary, animation, music video, and experimental genres. According to Dr. Primo Garcia, chair of the UPOU Cultural Committee, the digital video competition was organized to provide UPOU students, alumni, faculty, and staff members with the platform to express and develop their artistic talents as well as hone their skills in the creative use of digital technologies. The winners received cash prizes and certiﬁcates of recognition.
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Executive Staff of UP Baguio meet the press Victoria Costina Photo courtesy of Ti Similla
Sectors unite behind UP Baguio vision Corazon Abansi
The faculty, administrative staff, REPS, students and alumni of UP Baguio (UPB) conducted a two-day Strategic Planning Workshop (SPW) last May 28 and 29 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna to chart the directions of the university for the next three to ﬁve years. UPB Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos delivered the opening message and provided an overview of the SPW. The objectives of the SPW were to have a collective understanding of the current status of the university in terms of academic programs, research, extension and public service, administration, and alumni work; determine ways on how to better respond to the institution’s vision, mission and goals (VMG); to agree on what core values will contribute to the attainment of the VMG; and identify ways to promote stronger collaboration and linkages among UPB units, and with the UP System. The Macro Perspective
The Micro Setting
The local setting was laid out by UPB Vice-Chancellor for Administration Jessica Cariño who revisited UPB’s milestones from the time UPB was still a college under UP Diliman to the time it gained status as an autonomous constituent university. Rovillos discussed his vision and proposed plans for UPB. As an arts and science university, UPB must be guided by sustainability science in its research program and must be the lead institution in indigenous studies in the Philippines, with Cordillera studies as its special niche. In addition to excellence in curriculum and instruction, Rovillos emphasized the pursuit of indigenous studies in almost all programs. UPB must also contribute to policy development in the Cordilleras and Northern Luzon. UPB’s current status in academics was reviewed by Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Wilfredo Alangui who presented the results of the Internal Academic Assessment System for the colleges, conducted in three periods – 2005, 2010 and 2012. Highlights for important sectors such as the administrative staff and REPS, students and alumni were also presented by their respective representatives, as well as the status of various programs of UPB. College and Sectoral Caucuses
Against the backdrop of the ﬁrst day, the three colleges and sectors conducted their respective caucuses to set directions in the next three to ﬁve years. The groups were tasked to provide specific target outcomes, measurable indicators for outcome and strategies/inputs to realize the target outcomes. This is in cognizance of the fact that resources are limited and must be allocated in a number of major directions that will maximize results. In the areas of instr uction and curriculum, the three colleges targeted outcomes on improved teaching pedagogy and offering of enterprising programs. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) will review teaching load and preparations, study the optimal class size, look at faculty items, explore the concept of teaching assistants, and require a higher probability of improved academic credentials when hiring faculty. Teaching effectiveness as measured by the SET will be reviewed including the instrument, while other inputs will be considered such as external peer evaluation and teaching portfolio. The College of Arts and Communication (CAC) will intensify its faculty development program, engage in mentoring faculty and explore e-learning. A new graduate program (MA in Communication) will be offered. The College of Science (CS) will engage in curriculum review for its various undergraduate programs and will offer a master’s program in Environment and Restoration Biology and a doctoral program in Mathematics. CS will also review the RGEP, the Human Kinetics Program, and its shifting policy. Directions for research focused on improved research productivity and increased publication outputs. CAC will hold research workshops and seminars while CS will develop research discussion Continued on page 16
Rovillos and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Wilfredo Alangui take questions from the press.
After taking their oath of ofﬁce, members of the UP Baguio (UPB) Executive Staff under the new administration of Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos met with representatives from various media outﬁts in Baguio City last June 20 to discuss UPB’s strategic plans for the next three to ﬁve years. In attendance were journalists and other media personnel from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Baguio Midland Courier, Sun Star Baguio, Northern Dispatch, Baguio Chronicle, ABS-CBN, DZWT, Bombo Radyo, and DZMM. Questions from the ﬂoor centered on the greening projects of UPB; plans for expansion; research programs of UPB that impact Baguio and the Cordillera; issues on UP Drive and the present trafﬁc scheme; and UPB’s involvement in the Save 182 movement. Rovillos led the Executive Staff in reporting that the administration is directing moves at retrofitting existing campus structures so that these will be energyefﬁcient and adaptive to climate change. Other plans include a “zero-waste” scenario on campus. Curricula will continue to be
informed by environmental consciousness. UPB also reported that it will work within existing space but has long-term plans to establish research stations in Burgos, La Union, Sto. Tomas, and Sabkil. Among various researches being undertaken at UPB in all of its three colleges are vulnerability assessments of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-TubaTublay (BLISTT) area that will inﬂuence climate change adaptation policies by local government UPB will continue to lobby for the city government’s reversal of the trafﬁc scheme at UP Drive that has adversely affected UPB due to noise and air pollution. The campus remains supportive of the opposition to expansion of SM at Luneta Hill; research on the history of Luneta Hill as a heritage area of Baguio City is now being undertaken. The journalists present asked that UPB professors make themselves available for consultation and policy advice on local issues and community concerns. Rovillos said that a directory of faculty, including their areas of expertise, will be made available to the local media. (Ti Similla)
Spanish Lit scholar joins UPB
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Ofﬁcials from the UP System provided a macro perspective on the ﬁrst day of the SPW by discussing the UP Strategic Plan 2011-2017, UP as a Research University, The Padayon UP Initiative and UP’s Mandate as a Public Service University, Tatak UP and the eUP Project. Vice-President for Development Elvira Zamora presented the UP Strategic Plan 2011-2017. She emphasized that the university must seize the leadership in the making of a globally competitive Philippines and, more urgently, should focus on addressing the problems of the country that for decades have resisted solutions. Vice-President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion presented the programs that will make UP a research university. She encouraged the faculty to publish in ISIlisted journals and discussed the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Grant from her ofﬁce that encourages interdisciplinary and inter-CU research programs that will lead to publication outputs. Vice-President for Public Affairs J. Prospero De Vera III reminded the participants that as the national university, UP is mandated to provide various forms of community, public and volunteer service, as well as technical assistance to government, the private sector and civil society. Moreover, UP has scientiﬁc and policy-research capabilities as well as the network of key organizations and individuals that can improve the prevention and management of disasters in the country. Tatak UP, presented by Dr. Rey Garcia, highlighted the presence of an office that will provide assistance in marketing new ideas and innovative technological inventions; the ofﬁce is also an inventor’s resource for patenting, copyrights, and trademarks. In today’s competitive market, one must not only have a great idea, but know step by step how to move the idea through the entire commercialization process to the end consumer. The eUP Project aims to design, develop and implement integrated, interconnected and har monized Infor mation and Communication Technolog y (ICT) systems and infrastructure across all UP campuses. This project will help promote administrative efficiency and help create an enabling environment that is conducive to academic excellence. The project ofﬁcially started in January this year and has the following components:
policy formulation, organization and mobilization; benchmarking and ICT audit; information systems development and deployment; infrastructure development; ICT competency building.
Casanova with (from left) Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Wilfredo Alangui, ViceChancellor for Administration Jessica Cariño (), College of Arts and Communication Dean Anna Christie Torres and Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos at the welcome reception
UP Baguio (UPB) recently welcomed a literary scholar from the University of Salford at Manchester as Visiting Professor to teach BLL 197 or Selected Topics in Language and Literature. Dr. Maria del Rocio Ortuña-Casanova holds a First Class BA (hons.) in Spanish Studies, a First Class (hons.) in English Studies at the University of Alicante, an MA in Spanish Literature at the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Spanish Literature at the University of Salamanca. She also completed a postgraduate course in didactics at the University of Barcelona. At present she is lector at the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University
of Salford. Among her research interests are religious cultural history and its relationship to surrealist poetry in Spain. One study she did was “Biblical References in the Early Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca,” under a scholarship awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. The Talastasan Lecture Series Committee of the College of Arts and Communication has scheduled public lectures by Casanova, which includes “Spanish and Latin American Modernism and 1898” last July 18 and “Latin American Fiction: Post-boom, McOndo, Crack Literature” on August 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bulwagang Juan Luna, UPB.
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The program’s highlight was the awarding of the Gawad Chancellor to faculty and staff members who have greatly contributed to the university through their exemplary performance. T he Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Faculty was awarded to Dr. Melinda Bandalaria, dean of the Faculty of Infor mation and Communication Studies. The Outstanding REPS Award went to Alvie Simonette Alip, University Researcher. Pura Amoloza, Supply and Property Management Ofﬁce chief, was named outstanding administrative staff (supervisory). Celestino Quiña Jr., driver, was chosen as outstanding staff (non-supervisory). The one-day celebration ended with a Fun Run organized by the UPOU Gender Committee.
UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel Espinosa cites the country’s accomplishments despite its young age and asked Iloilo populace headed by its government ofﬁcials and employees to be heroes themselves. He spoke as guest of honor during the Iloilo City Hall’s celebration of Philippine Independence last June 12. Becoming heroes includes respecting people and the environment. “Part of our independence as a country is the gift of our land and water territories,” he says. (Anna Razel L. Ramirez)
UPV joins Panay Bukidnon Arts Festival Anna Razel L. Ramirez
UP Visayas (UPV) experts contributed to the success of a festival honoring the art of Panay Bukidnon last May 18 at the Mary Immaculate Academy in Calinog, Iloilo. The Panay Bukidnon Arts Festival showcased traditional arts including music, dance, costuming, weaponry, food, and medicinal herbs of the Bukidnon peoples of Central Iloilo. The event also brought together scholars, researchers, government ofﬁcials, artists, and various arts and culture enthusiasts with the aim of reliving traditions. Students and mentors of the School for Living Tradition (SLT), who were the main participants during the event, showed various presentations and performances. Dr. Alicia Magos, UP professor emeritus and anthropologist who spearheaded the study of the Panay Bukidnons, participated in a roundtable discussion on synchronizing Panay Bukidnon culture with education, the government, NGOs and the public. The other panelists were National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe De Leon Jr.; UPV Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS) Director Melanie Padilla; National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) Legal Counsel Romulo Caballero; Paquito Cataluña of the Department of Education (DepEd); and Mines and Geosciences BureauRegion VI’s Dr. Leilanie Suerte. Workshops on the various art forms such as embroidery, music and dance,
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“UP has seen it all. It has been a witness to the unfolding of much of the country’s modern history. From the nation’s highest high to its lowest low, UP has been an active participant either as an institution or through the active engagement of its students, graduates, and academics.” This was how UPOU Chancellor Grace Alfonso described UP during UPOU’s celebration of the National University’s 104th founding anniversary at the UPOU headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. UPOU’s celebration of UP’s anniversary started with a ﬂag ceremony led by Alfonso and participated in by faculty and staff members. A colloquium on synchronous pedagogies for distance education was also held at the UP Oblation Hall. The diversity of tools in using synchronous modes of communication in e-learning were discussed like the Prezi as discussed by Roberto Figueroa; the BigBlueBotton by Dr. Jean Saludadez; Skype, Yahoo Messenger and Chikka by Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao and Dr. Melinda Bandalaria; and the WizIQ by Asst. Prof. Al Librero. The discussion was synthesized by Prof. Patricia Arinto. Simultaneous to the colloquium was the ﬁlm showing of the video “Pamantasang Hirang” at the UPOU Audiovisual Room. In the afternoon, the Faculty of Management Development Studies organized a Green Recyclables Fair, as part of its Green UPOU Campaign. A short anniversary program was held afterwards. In her welcome message, Alfonso extolled the achievements of the university. “In a country oppressed by a feudalistic mind set, UP has espoused and guarded its core values – humanism, democracy, honor, excellence, and academic freedom,” she said. “UP has valued diversity of ideas and has provided space for healthy debates and other discourses. UP has produced the most number of national leaders, national artists, and national scientists. It is considered to be the leading producer of scientiﬁc research in the country,” she added. UP Service Awards were given to Alvie Simonette Alip, Felix Bautista, Arturo Corpuz, Luisa Gelisan, Juvy Lizette Gervacio, Elvy Pamulaklakin and Tessie Tamayao, for having rendered 5, 10 and 15 years of service. The winners of the 1st UPOU Digital video competition were also announced at the program. (See related article.)
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UPOU celebrates UP’s 104th anniversary
Artists of living traditions from Panay and Bukidnon
metal weaponry, and epic chanting were conducted. A forum on “Managing the Schools of Living Tradition” generated suggestions and experiences from Magos, Datu Vic Saway (Tala-andig), Mary Ann Bungaoen (Kalinga), Maria Todi (T’Boli), Delﬁn Salidao (Ibawilon), Cenia Lastrilla (Agcalaga), Federico Caballero and Rocel Casipe (Masaroy), and Dr. Maria Christine Muyco. Magos authenticated the existence of the Panay Bukidnon in her anthropological studies that started in 1993 and has since built SLTs in different communities in Central Panay that propagated the endangered Bukidnon culture. Muyco is currently working with her to nurture the
schools in coordination with the NCCA, NCIP, The Balay Patawili, Inc., LGUs and CWVS. An opening ritual that gave a glimpse of a rich cultural tradition was done by the Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee Federico Caballero; the Council of elders from Barangays Masaroy, Agcalaga, and Garangan; SLT leaders Lastrilla and Casipe; and 2004 Outstanding Indigenous Leader Romulo Caballero. Mayor Alex Centina of the Municipality of Calinog and Sr. Arlene Nacionales, Principal of the Mary Immaculate Academy, Calinog, Iloilo welcomed the participants in the festival.
UPV and Miagao celebrate 2nd Friendship Day As in May last year, UP Visayas (UPV) and the Municipality of Miagao marked Friendship Day last May 31. Ofﬁcials from Miagao led by Mayor Julieta Flores and from UPV led by Chancellor Rommel Espinosa joined their constituents in the one-day affair which started with a Mass at the Sto. Tomas de Villanova Parish Church. A soft launch of the Miagao Museum located in the right wing of the church followed. An opening program at the town plaza also marked the friendship day which also featured friendly games (larong pinoy and ball games) between the two institutions. A Mini Food Conference organized by the UPV School of Technology and the
Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences capped the day. It featured four speakers: one from the local food industry, and three who offered technical advice on product support, development, and improvement. Anita Datuon of Brgy. Kirayan Tacas, Miagao, shared her experience as a bayibayi maker. Bayi-bayi is one of Miagao’s foremost native food delicacies. Johanna Jamero, a business development service provider, talked about her work experience as a food technolog y graduate and discussed the challenges and gaps in the food business industry. She also emphasized the need for a town to feature only one, stand-out product it would be
known for. Gemma Tabiano, Food and Drug Senior Regulation Ofﬁcer II of the Food and Drug Administration, talked about food safety requirements and the advantage of a licensed food business as it has implications on product safety and is preferred by consumers or the buying public. Rachel Nufable, Senior Trade and Development Specialist from the Department of Trade and Industry–Iloilo, discussed the policies and procedures that entrepreneurs have to go through in order to operate a food business enterprise. Organizers of the food conference hope that the event gave the Miagao food industry entrepreneurs invaluable tips on how to run and improve their business.
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Lyncen M. Fernandez
One of the traditional games played by university and Miagao residents.
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Lessons in ISSI’s First Distinguished Entrepreneurship Leadership Forum Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta
the quality of life of their workers. Castro-Bituin shared other tips for would-be entrepreneurs, such as using indigenous materials and techniques as much as possible, giving special attention to the marketing side of the business, and always asking yourself how to make life easier for the others in your own “back yard.” As to the threat of other businesses copying your products, Castro-Bituin recommends ensuring that your own products are authentically and correctly made and of superior quality, attributes that cannot be duplicated. Former UP Regent and Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, in speaking about “Accelerating Enterprising Philippines,” shared her and Senator Manuel Villar’s experience in growing their sand and gravel dealership into a massive real estate business. Some of her entrepreneurial lessons gleaned from this experience include saving a portion of your earnings and investing this in better technology to grow your business, and preparing for growth by taking a course in Business Administration or an MBA. For young people wishing to become entrepreneurs, Villar recommends applying as employees in a small business in the ﬁeld they are interested and learning every
aspect of the business. In addition, she reminded the audience, many of whom were entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs, that under Republic Act No. 9178 or the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) Act of 2002, all barangay micro and small business enterprises are exempt from income tax and the various local taxes, fees and charges imposed by local governments. RA 9178 also includes other incentives for small and micro businesses. In terms of social entrepreneurship, Villar said that instead of cash dole-outs or capital loans, social entrepreneurship proponents should instead provide people and communities with the technology and the training they need to start and operate their own business and livelihood. ISSI Director, Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF) Executive Director and UP Assistant Vice-President for Administration Nestor Rañeses emceed the event and delivered the welcome remarks, while UP Vice-President for Development Elvira Zamora delivered the inspirational message on behalf of UP President Alfredo Pascual. SERDEF President Dr. Paterno Viloria and SERDEF Chairman Francisco Floro gave the opening and closing remarks, respectively. Photo by Jun Madrid
See a need, fill a need. Push your employees to excel by training them how to do their jobs very well and treating them as part of your family. Seek support from government and its agencies, including universities such as UP, for affordable technologies and techniques as well as funding and capital loans that are lowinterest and have long payment plans. Do not let lack of capital be a hindrance to your dream to become an entrepreneur; if you find a market niche or a need, plus the technology to supply that need, plus well-trained people to operate the technology, then capital will follow. Be disciplined, and be prepared to work hard. To be competitive in the long run, keep in mind that it is all about productivity, productivity, productivity. And remember, the g oal of entrepreneurship is to improve lives. Making a proﬁt is only secondary to ﬁlling a need. Do so, and proﬁt will follow. These were the words of wisdom imparted by Myrna Castro-Bituin, owner and founder of Betis Crafts, Inc., and former Rep. Cynthia Villar, president of the Villar Foundation, during the First Distinguished Entrepreneurship Leadership Forum: “Accelerating Enterprising Philippines,” held last May 16 at UP Diliman’s (UPD) Institute of Small-Scale Industries (ISSI). Castro-Bituin, who spoke on “Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship,” described the journey of Betis Crafts, Inc. from a small woodcrafts business to a furniture manufacturing and export business whose products have become highly popular in the international market, particularly the US. However, according to her, “the best part of my story as an entrepreneur is how my four children, who witnessed in early childhood our struggle to earn a little proﬁt from woodcraft, have grown into the business quietly learning the ropes.” Her children now head each of the four conglomerated companies under Betis Crafts, Inc., having learned from their parents to focus on production capability and labor skills while working to improve
Villar talks about social entrepreneurship that excludes dole-outs and capital loans.
Agribusiness economics conference draws global participants
UPV organizes technology business incubation camp Anna Razel L. Ramirez
The Small Enterprise and Entreprene urial Development Services –Technology Business Incubator (SEEDS-TBI) of UP Visayas (UPV) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted a boot camp from May 15 to 17 at the UPV Iloilo City campus. Dubbed “Ready, Get Set, Grow!” the event connected start-up teams with business mentors. To transform initial concepts into viable businesses through a series of interactive talks, mentoring sessions and business plan writing workshops was the camp’s goal. It also aimed to help aspiring technopreneurs clarify their ideas and translate these into viable product/service concepts; learn the basic skills in business planning and pitching; and formulate their initial business plan. Dr. Reynaldo Garcia, professor and director of the Technology Transfer and Business Development ofﬁce of the UP System, and Jethro Estimo, co-founder of pindoco.com and incubatee of UP Cebu– DOST CebuInit TBI were the resource persons for the event. The boot camp also featured mentors who discussed various topics on technology development: UPV-College of Management professors John Lorenz Belanio on “Leveling of Expectations”; Rowena Gelvezon on “Marketing Your Superior Customer Value”; Prof. Louise Annette Escoto on “Organizing People and Processes”; Dean Joy Lizada on “Systematizing your Physical Necessities”; Arthur Barrido Jr. on “Financing your Start-Up”; Rebecca Tagamolila on “Doing it the Legal Way”; Reynold Tan on “Putting it All Together”; and Ayala TBI Network senior manager and lead Mercedes Barcelona on “Jumpstarting Your Idea and Mary Rose Bañares on “Convincing your Audience.” A memorandum of understanding was signed by the project partners, which is composed of the UPV, DOST, Department of Trade and Industry, the City Government of Iloilo, the Provincial Government of Iloilo, the Iloilo Federation for Information Technology, and the Iloilo Business Club.
UP Mindanao (UPMin) held the 4th Agribusiness Economics Conference last July 10 and 11 in Davao City, on the theme “Globalizing Food Chains and the Emerging Economies: Agribusiness Potentials and Issues.” UPMin Chancellor Gilda Rivero delivered the opening remarks. The keynote speaker was Dr. Maria Fay RolaRubzen of Curtin University, Western Australia, who talked on “Globalizing Agribusiness Chains: Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Economies.” Prof. Maria Antonia “Maoi” Arroyo, CEO and president of Hybridigm Consulting Inc., talked on “Capitalizing on the Global Demand for Philippine Natural Ingredients.” The conference participants were from universities and organizations in Australia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Turkey, Uganda and the
United States. The 4th Agribusiness Economics Conference was organized by the UPMin Office of Research in cooperation with the UPMin School of Management, and the support of the Australian Centre for Inter national Ag ricultural Re s e a r c h ( AC I A R ) . T h e complete set of photos will be posted in http://www. facebook.com/pages/4thAgribusiness-Economics-Co nference/159844817451844 . The list of topics discussed is available in http:// www.upmin.edu.ph/index. php?option=com_content&v iew=article&id=797:the-4thagribusiness-economics-confe rence&catid=1&Itemid=19
UPMin signs MOA with DA for cattle project. UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda Rivero shakes hands with Department of Agriculture-XI Ofﬁcer-in-Charge Cresencio Maghanoy after signing a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the Mindanao Cattle Development Research and Experimental Project. Under the terms of the MOA, the DA-XI will transfer P1,343,825 to UP Mindanao for the production of genetically-improved miniature breed of beef cattle. The project aims to attain genetic independence for the sustainable beef and dairy cattle growth and development, and help improve the quality of life of marginalized cattle raisers in the region. (Rene Estremera)
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UP legal counsel lectures on IPR policy and guidelines Lyncen M. Fernandez
Pulumbarit also covered copyright rules on students’ theses/dissertations and grants, explaining that as far as theses and dissertations are concerned, they own the copyright. However, the students grant UP a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and publicly distribute copies of their theses/dissertations. They may request non-disclosure and withholding of access to their thesis/ dissertation if they will file application/s for patent and protection of other IPRs. She said that colleges, departments, and institutes may withhold public access to thesis/ dissertation and defense proceedings if thesis/ dissertation contains conﬁdential and/or proprietary information on a “patentable” or “registrable” invention.
Pulumbarit warned students that in an academic community such as UP, plagiarism is considered a serious offense. She reminded them of the importance of properly crediting and/or citing their sources in the writing of their papers and/or theses/dissertations. She cited the case of a graduate student whose PhD diploma was withdrawn by the UP Board of Regents for “massive lifting from published sources” in the her dissertation (UP vs. Court of Appeals and Arokiaswamy, G.R. No. 134625, Aug. 31, 1999; Sept. 18, 2002; Dec. 2, 2002). UP did not seek to discipline the respondent (Arokiaswamy), but the university, through the BOR, sought to protect its academic integrity by withdrawing from the respondent an
academic degree she obtained by fraud. Further on, Pulumbarit reiterated that the UP name, logo, symbols, and icons are registered and protected trademarks of UP and that their use, manufacture, sale, offer to sell, distribution and marketing without UP permission/ licensing is prohibited. The Ofﬁce of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development organized the lecture. Further information on IP and IPR matters can be obtained at: Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, University of the Philippines System, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101, with telephone numbers (02) 928-2665, 981-8500 loc. 2542 and email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (With sources from the Ofﬁce of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development) Photo by El Bacani
Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarit, legal counsel of the UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, was in the UP Visayas (UPV) Miagao campus last June 6 for the talk “Policy and Guidelines on Intellectual Properties and Intellectual Property Rights.” She explained that intellectual proper ty rights and protection is covered by the state under Article XIV, Section 13 of The Philippine Constitution that says: “The State shall protect and secure the exclusive rights of scientists, inventors, artists, and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations, particularly when beneﬁcial to the people, for such period as may be provided by law.” Other laws that govern or are related to intellectual property (IP) and intellectual property rights (IPR) are: RA No. 8293 - Intellectual Property Code, RA No. 8439 - Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other S&T Personnel in the Government, RA No. 9502 – Cheaper Medicine Act, and RA No. 10055 Technology Transfer Act of 2009. In addition, Pulumbarit said the Philippines needs to protect its IP and IPR and while abiding with policies and guidelines in the international community. She emphasized that UP must strengthen its guidelines on IP and IPR because, as the national university of the country, it is tasked to explore and safe-keep knowledge and be the repository of such. It is also UP’s responsibility to provide and ensure access to public knowledge for the public good while recognizing the IPR of authors and inventors to ensure accountability and accessibility of knowledge and technologies.
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ginawa. Ako po ay magpapatuloy sa paghahanap ng katarungan at paghahanap ng kalayaan ng ating bayan.” “Sana lahat tayo ay magtulungtulong sa pag-aresto kay retired general Palparan,” dagdag pa niya. Ayon kay Noel Marquina, pangulo ng All-UP Workers Union ng UPD, nakikiisa ang mga kawani at guro ng UP at umaasa rin UP-Ayala town center starts construction. Ayala Land Inc.’s (ALI) project director Vic Ahorro and siyang makakamtan ang hustisya head of innovation Joel Luna, UP President Fred Pascual, ALI President Tony Aquino, Councilor Allan sa darating na panahon kahit na Reyes, ALI head of commercial business development and strategic planning Cora Dizon and head ‘di umano ay kinukupkop ng mga of commercial business operations and support services Rowena Tomeldan, and Quezon City Hall’s Manny Sabalza line up. kapwa sundalo si Palparan. Ipinahayag naman ni Danilo Arao, katuwang na propesor sa UPD Kolehiyo ng Komunikasyong Pangmadla, na mayroon pang ibang mga mula sa UP na biktima rin ng paglabag sa Lyncen M. Fernandez and Marjorie Cajeben karapatang pantao noong panunungkulan ni Pang. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. UP Visayas (UPV) hosted a training interacted and shared their knowledge, skills An actual treatment of bamboo pole, Ayon kay Arao, “ang panawagan para demonstration on bamboo treatment in its and experience on bamboo treatment. crushed bamboo panels (tadtad) and kina Karen at Sherlyn ay panawagan para bamboo treatment facility last May 4 in the Glenda Dagdag, vice-president of slats (bitlag) followed the lecture. Dagdag sa mga libu-libong biktima ng pulitikal main campus in Miagao, Iloilo. Bamboo International, a manufacturer supervised the trainees in their handsna pamamaslang, pandurukot at iba As part of the series “Bamboo for and exporter of bamboo products, served on participation of treating the bamboo pang porma ng paglabag sa karapatang Sustainable Communities: A localized as resource person. She formerly served materials. pantao.” training workshop on bamboo as as a consultant to the UPV Bamboo Attending from UPV were Prof. Alice “Sina Karen at Sherlyn ay dinukot alternative building technology for urban Enterprise Development Project (BEDP). Prieto-Carolino, who was the former dahil sa kanilang pakikipaglaban para sa poor communities,” the demonstration Dagdag discussed the different traditional project leader of the BEDP now called kapakanan ng nakararaming mamamayan. was organized by the Homeless People’s and moder n methods of bamboo the Community-based Bamboo Enterprise Ganoon din po ang kinasapitan ni James Federation of the Philippines Inc. treatment, highlighting the applicability to (CBBE), and the staff of CBBE and the Balao ng UP Baguio (na dinukot at (HPFPI) - Western Visayas Chapter led communities, and the longevity of effects Ofﬁce of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning kasalukuyan pa ring nawawala). Sina by Sonia Cadornigara, the Technical and affordability of chemicals in modern and Development who jointly facilitated Maricon Montajes at Ericson Acosta, Assistance Movement for the People and methods of treatment. the workshop. bagama’t alam natin kung nasaan sila, ang the Environment Inc. (TAMPEI) led kanilang kalayaan ay patuloy na sinisikil,” by Arch. Villa Mae Libutaque, and the ayon kay Arao. Philippine Action for Community-led Ipinaliwanag din niya na ang karapatang Shelter Initiatives. pantao ay mayroong sosyo-ekonomikong The training workshop was also dimensyon. “Ang pakikipaglaban ng mga a part of the group’s exploratory estudyante para sa mas mataas na badyet research on bamboo, now considered sa edukasyon ay malinaw na may kaakibat as another viable building material ding kaugnayan sa ating ipinaglalaban sa for the construction of 41 low-cost ngayon,” dagdag pa niya. housing units under the CommunityIbinahagi naman ni Kabataan Partyled Infrastructure Finance Facility list Rep. Raymond Palatino na naabutan (CLIFF) project that will construct niya sa UPD sina Sherlyn at Karen noong a resettlement area in La Paz, Iloilo binubuo ang alyansang Stand-UP. city. Sinabi ni Palatino na “tama lang na Qualified beneficiaries of the singilin si Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang CLIFF housing project, community kawalan ng tugon, kawalan ng aksyon at members, and technical professionals kawalan ng programa para itaguyod ang from various HPFPI sub-regions were karapatang pantao.” the workshop participants who also A bamboo specialist prepares chemicals for treating bamboo.
UPV hosts bamboo treatment demo
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Parangal inalay kina Albarillo at Amay. Isang multi-sektoral na parangal ang inorganisa ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan noong Hulyo 6 sa Delaney Hall, Parish of the Holy Sacriﬁce, UP Diliman para sa miyembro nitong naging kalihim at tagapagsalita sa Southern Tagalog na si Arman Albarillo at si Darwin Amay mula sa Anakpawis. Pinagpugayan silang itinuring na martir ng bayan sa mga testimonya at pagtanghal ng mga awit at tula ng kanilang mga kaanak, kaibigan at tagasuporta.
Mga Kuha ni Jun Madrid
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Photos of homecoming-awards night and UPAA Board induction by Bong Arboleda, Photos of MOU signing and Executive House, dinner by Jun Madrid, Photos of Alumni Council Meeting by El Bacani
Photo by Bong Arboleda
UP Press launches Garcellano’s book of poems. “Everything is flitting and vanishing,” said Prof. Edel Garcellano during the launch of Vanishing History & Other Poems last July 12 at CM Recto Hall. Reading excerpts from the book are Bonifacio Ilagan and Alex Dacanay, who recited “Lifewatch (For Monico Atienza)” and “Zero-Sum” respectively. Former students hosted the event and also read pieces from the book. Prof. Choy Pangilinan introduced Garcellano describing his caliber as one that does not aid the existing order. Pangilinan described Garcellano’s poetry as pessimistic and cynical, but necessary to the struggle and that he can never be categorized among poets who only went with the ﬂow of time.
Alumni return to UP. A ﬂurry of activities marked the UP alumni month of June, including the induction of the new UP Alumni Association Board of Directors by President Alfredo Pascual, a signing of an agreement with a media network for coverage of homecoming activities, the Alumni Council Meeting with UP chancellors as resource persons, a dinner at the Executive House in UP Diliman for the UPAA 2012 awardees, and the Grand Alumni Homecoming and Reunion where the jubilarians presented production numbers and UPAA awardees received their trophies. Except for the dinner for the awardees, all events were held at the Bahay ng Alumni. In photo is this year’s UPAA Most Distinguished Alumna Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert, shown with Lifetime Achievement awardee Justice Seraﬁn Cuevas, their family and friends. The other Lifetime Achievement awardees were lawyer Felipe Gozon, Secretary Enrique Ona, Dr. Ernesto Tabujara, Fredesvinda Almeda-Consunji, Gov. Bellaﬂor Angara-Castillo, lawyer Gregoria Cruz-Arnaldo, Dr. Phoebe Dauz-Williams, and Dr. Macrina Tamayo-Zafaralla. The awardees for outstanding achievement in various ﬁelds are Dr. Delﬁn Suministrado (Agricultural Engineering Education and Research); Arch. Philip Recto (Architecture); Lydia Benitez-Brown, Prof. Ma. Theresa Manahan-Jazmines, and Eduardo Lingao (Communication); Ronald Arguelles and Dr. Cecilia Beltran-Daranciang (Culture and the Arts); Dr. Ranier Adarve (Educational Innovation); Peter Tan-Chi (Entrepreneurship and Employment Creation); Dr. Carolina Pagaduan-Araullo (Equality and Social Cohesion); Emmeline Verzosa (Gender Equality and Women Empowerment); Secretary Jesse Robredo (Good Governance); Ambassador Willy Gaa (International Relations); Dr. Patricio Faylon, Dr. Felicisimo Ople Jr., Dr. Eduardo Padlan, Erlinda Paje-Rillo and Dr. Luis Rey Velasco (Science and Technology); and engineer Ferdinand Catabay (Technology and Enterprise Production Management). There were six UPAA Presidential Service Awardees and 21 families recognized as MultiGeneration UP Alumni Family awardees.
UPV profs serve in 1st Philippine Int’l River Summit committee
Lyncen M. Fernandez
Eighteen faculty members and one University Research Associate of UP Visayas (UPV) served in the technical working committee for the parallel and scientiﬁc sessions of the 1st Philippine International River Summit held from May 30 to June 1, 2012 at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Jaro, Iloilo City. The event was attended by hundreds of scientiﬁc experts and river managers from the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam along with civil society groups and the academe. The gathering provided a venue for discussing the preservation and management of rivers and water systems, sharing best practices on how to rehabilitate them, and how to involve the private sector and the community to attain such goals. President Benigno Aquino Jr. graced the last day of the summit. He also inaugurated the P 11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project II, a large-scale reservoir dam expected to irrigate and beneﬁt agricultural production in Iloilo. Dr. Ressurrecion B. Sadaba of the UPV Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (DBS-CAS), was the overall technical session chair. The technical committee for parallel sessions was organized into four clusters based on issues. They were biodiversity conservation management; climate change and disaster risk reduction; river/river basin governance; and water quality management. Dr. Nathaniel Añasco, director of the UPV Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, College of Fisheries (IMFO-
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L’Oreal-Unesco women of science in RP awardees Stephanie Cabigao
CFOS), was the chair and moderator for the technical committee for the scientiﬁc session. Summit participants recommended that March 22 of every year be marked as Philippine River Day, that the summit be held every year with rotational hosting by volunteer local government units, that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) fast-track the completion of the master plan for 18 priority river basins, that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) prioritize water resources and river restoration projects, and that rivers be developed as eco-tourism and biodiversity sites.
Dr. Ma. Cecilia Conaco and Dr. Aletta Yñiguez, both of the Marine Science Institute (MSI) at UP Diliman (UPD), are the two outstanding contemporary women scientists who will receive the 2011-2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO award For Women in Science (FWIS) in the Philippines. The award, conferred by the UNESCO and the Department of Science and Technology, entitles each of them to a P400,000 international fellowship research grant from L’Oreal. Conaco, 34, a “Balik-scientist,” was awarded for her research proposal “Dynamic Gene Regulation in Marine Sponges.” She completed her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Stony Brook University,
CFOS-IA prof is 2012 PRC outstanding professional in ﬁsheries Marie June C. Esprela Prof. Valeriano Cor re Jr. of the Institute of Aquaculture (IA), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas (UPV) is the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) 2012 Outstanding Professional in the ﬁeld of ﬁsheries. Corre is the Station Head of the Brackishwater Aquaculture Center in
Leganes, Iloilo, and the program leader of the “Integ rated and Sustainable Development Program for the Shrimp Industry” of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The awarding ceremony for PRC’s outstanding professionals was held last June 22 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.
Prof. chair established in honor of engineer’s mom. Dr. Victor Sandoval (BSEE’55) (center) signs the deed of donation for the Concepcion Hidalgo Sandoval Professorial Chair for the UP Diliman College of Engineering (UPDCOE) with Dr. Leopoldo Abis, president of the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation Inc. (left), while COE Dean Aura Matias (right) looks on. The Concepcion Hidalgo Sandoval Professorial Chair, which was named after Sandoval’s mother, amounts to P120,000 a year for six consecutive years.
New York. She is also a recipient of the Excellence in Neuroscience Research Award of the Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara. The project aims to identify novel sponge genes and the mechanisms that allow the organism to monitor and adapt to its environment which help the public better understand the impact of ecological change on marine life. It will also provide insights into the development of technologies for the synthesis or isolation of bioactive compounds. Yñiguez’s research proposal is “Enhancing Robustness of Plankton Models and Monitoring Systems by Understanding Fine-scale Biophysical Processes.” Her completion of her PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami in Florida, where she is also a recipient of Maytag Fellowship, sparked her interest in improving models of primary production of harmful algal blooms. Her project aims to help validate and increase the reliability of real-time monitoring platforms and remotely sensed data that will be part of a bloomforecasting system in target sites in the country. The judges were led by Prof. Lourdes Cruz, the ﬁrst woman from the AsiaPaciﬁc to have received the prestigious international L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science in 2010. In the two years of the L’OréalUnesco Award for Women in Science in the Philippines, the awardees have been afﬁliated with UP. Last year’s fellows were Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria and Dr. Laura David, both of UPD.
UP profs represent Phl in int’l communication confab Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc
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Ilokos Sur mula pa noong ika-12 siglo. Istrukturang arkitektural naman ang itinuring na dokumento ni Prop. Regalado Jose ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan ng Simbahan ng Paoay sa Ilokos Norte. Ang dalawang uri ng sangguniang pangkasaysayan ay aktuwal na nakikita at nahahawakan. Sa kabilang dako, ang mga gawang-sining, bagaman nakikita rin, ay representasyon lamang ng mga tunay na artipak o bagay. Magkagayon pa man, iginiit ni Dr. Patrick Flores na ang mga ito, gaya ng mga pinta ni Simon Flores, ay “isang pamamaraan ng paglikha ng kasaysayan.” Ang diskurso ng ugnayang siningkasaysayan ay ipinagpatuloy sa ikalawang araw ng kumperensya. Sinimulan ito sa ikatlong plenaryo kung saan tinukoy ang sining ng musika at sayaw na mahalaga sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan, ayon kay Dr. Flora Elena Mirano, dekana ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UPD. Ang musika ay naging daluyan ng mga konsepto, pagpapahalaga, at kulturang nakapaloob sa
isang tiyak na panahon sa ating kasaysayan. Sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanghal nito at ng sayaw, napanunumbalik sa kasalukuyan ang kalinangang nagtataglay ng kaisipan o paniniwalang historikal. Malalimang Pagsusuri
Ang ikatlong sesyon ay nakatuon sa pagpapalawig ng pagsusuri sa mga batis. Si Dr. Teresita Alcantara ay nagbahagi hinggil sa papel ng pagsasalin ng mga dokumento sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan. Bunsod ng kakulangan sa pagsasalin, nananatiling “hindi pa ganap na malinaw ang tunay na kasaysayan” nating mga Pilipino. Sentral naman sa panayam ni Prop. Nancy Gabriel ng Kolehiyo ng San Beda ang kasaysayang pasalita bilang mabisang metodo sa pagsusulat ng kasaysayan ng kababaihan sa Tondo. Ang mga kapuluan naman ng Mariana, Carolina at Palau ang binigyang-pansin ni Dr. Augusto De Viana ng UST, kaugnay ng ating kasaysayan. Kontrolado ang mga ito ng pamahalaang Kastila sa ating bansa na nagpatapon ng maraming Pilipinong
sa huli ay maninirahan dito. Bahagya pa lamang itong napagtutuunan ng atensyon ng mga historyador, gayundin ang estado ng pag-aaral ng kasaysayan ng medisina na isinalaysay ni Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta. Ayon sa kanya, samu’t sari na ang mga publikasyong nailabas hinggil dito, subalit malaki pa rin ang puwang na dapat punan sa pananaliksik sa mga tradisyonal na gamot sa ating bansa. Samantala, di mabilang ang mga akdang produkto ng pagmamasid ng mga dayuhang manlalakbay sa Pilipinas noong ika-19 na siglo, na ang ilan ay ibinahagi ni Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay sa ikaapat na plenaryo. Sa panahong nabanggit, masigasig ang mga Europeo sa pagtuklas ng mga kaalaman sa apat na sulok ng daigdig. Magkakaiba ang kanilang pinagmulan na may kanyakanyang agenda sa pagpunta sa bansa. Sa huli, nakapag-ambag sila ng mga pagaaral sa kolonya hinggil sa ekonomiya, agham, etnograpiya, atbp. na nagpayaman sa ating kasalukuyang kaalaman sa Pilipinas sa nasabing siglo. (Ti Ti Similla Similla)
Three UP professors attended the 9th Biennial Conference of the Paciﬁc and Asian Communication Association held in Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea from July 3 to 5, 2012. Two of them received awards for their papers. Dr. Carmencita del Villar of UP Diliman (UPD), Dr. Pamela Custodio of UP Los Baños (UPLB) and Dr. Jean Saludadez of UP Open University (UPOU) were the only Filipinos to attend the conference, which had more than 200 participants from China, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, US, and Australia. Del Villar, the current Secretary-General of the World Communication Association, won Best Paper for “Intercultural Sensitivity of Filipinos in Multinational Corporations in the Philippines.” Custodio won the award for Excellent Paper for her “Agency and Power in the Local Naming of Grassrootsbred Rice Varieties.” The conference participants consisted of professors, students, researchers and practitioners of media and communication at the Paciﬁc–Asia region. With its theme, “Culture, Communication, and New Vision in Asia,” the convention was open to all interdisciplinary themes relevant to communication.
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‘Lumun-lumun,’ other breakthroughs discussed in biodiversity symposium Andre Encarnacion
A new method of catching deep sea snails was one of several important breakthroughs revealed to an audience of academics, students, industry leaders and public servants during the UP Ofﬁce of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs’ 4 th OVPAA Research Symposium on “Biodiversity and Genomics.” The June 14 symposium featured the research ﬁndings of eight internationally recognized scientists from ﬁelds that ranged from herpetology to human genetics. Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Distinguished Professor of Biology from the University of Utah, focused on seashells, a passion of his since childhood. “Why is the Philippines important in terms of biodiversity?” he
asked in his lecture “Using Molecular Genetics and Genomics to Investigate the Biodiversity of Venomous Philippine Mollusks.” The answer, he says, is both biologic and geologic in nature. He used as example cone snails, a highly venomous species of snail, to illustrate the complex biodiversity found in the county. Cone snails, according to Olivera, specialize in hunting various prey – usually ﬁsh, worms and other snails. They kill with a “very complex pharmacological cocktail” containing peptides acting like cobra venom and like the tetrodotoxin found in puffer ﬁsh. By isolating all the venom components that paralyze ﬁsh, Olivera and his team
discovered 10 different toxins, each able to paralyze prey by targeting different parts of the body. “Fifty million years ago they also discovered the principle of combination drug therapy,” Olivera says of the cone snails. “(They) never do anything with the same pharmacological agent.” What surprised Olivera and his team was the lack of overlap between cone snail species – all the peptides were different despite the species’ being closely related. This diversity has yielded great beneﬁts – in the form of one FDA-approved drug that blocks calcium channels and ﬁve others that have reached human clinical trials. Cone snails are not the only venomous
English scholar skeptical about Green Climate Fund Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc
Resources’ (DENR) Climate Change Ofﬁce; Engr. Glenn Marcelo Noble, planning and policy chief of the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau; and Naderev Saño, Climate Change Commission chief of the Ofﬁce of the President. Raflores asked about alternatives to the GCF. Noble said that while there are flaws, the GCF provides “an avenue to implement our plans in government.” For example, several abandoned mines in Samar were rehabilitated, with P40 million used to reduce acid mine drainage, using global development funds. Saño expressed agreement with Bracking’s points and assured her that as Philippine representative to GCF discussions, “Your warnings will be on top of our mind.” GCF was launched in Durban in December 2011 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which Bracking accuses of being subject to regulatory capture by the carbon trading industry. Further design meetings are still being held.
snails in the country. The smaller Turrid snails, he said, were much more biodiverse, with around 12,000 species. They are comparably more difﬁcult to study because of their small size and the great depths where they live. Because of a thriving hobby industry in Japan, ﬁshermen in Bohol have developed the “lumun-lumun” method, which involves submerging a tangle of old nets to the bottom of the ocean for a number of months. During this time, these nets become an ecosystem in their own right, serving as a habitat for very small animals. What scientists found when these are harvested was a gold mine for biodiversity research. At a depth of about 50-meters, over a thousand specimens were collected – 155 of these snails, and over 30 of them turrids. “We can now get hundreds of species of these little guys very, very easily,” Olivera said proudly. Another peculiar discovery from the “lumun-lumun” method was the nearlack of overlap among turrids species at different depths – different depths yielded different species. After confirming the similar complexity of turrid snail venom, Olivera afﬁrmed the importance of looking into the function of these peptides and the overall signiﬁcant effects of microbiology on biodiversity. The symposium included lectures on the importance and contributions of DNA barcoding of Philippine species by Drs. Jonas Quilang and Ian Kendrich Fontanilla from the Institute of Biology, and estimations of species diversity based on extensive ﬁeld studies by Dr. Sarah Bush of the University of Utah and Dr. Rafe Brown of the University of Kansas. Dr. Mark Yandell of the University of Utah discussed the signiﬁcance of next generation sequencing software to current research; Dr. Margo Haygood of the Oregon Health and Science University discussed the biodiversity-based drug discoveries in the Philippines; and Dr. Richard Sucgang of the Baylor College of Medicine discussed how to address the complexity of bacterial drug resistance.
Bracking explains her stand on GCF.
International development policy and management scholar Sarah Bracking of the University of Manchester exposed ﬂaws in the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) operations design and argued for more “command and control” measures to address climate change during a lecture at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance last June 26. Bracking argued that a climate change solution following the neo-liberalist framework will not work. “Financialized solutions to public policy problems, which use marketbased mechanisms… have not generated a record of good performance as yet. There is no reason to think, so far, that the various ongoing experiments with the ﬁnancialisation of nature and pollution will fare any better since they do not challenge the underlying structures of global economy and stratiﬁed social power which lie at the root of these issues,” she explained. Discussing the most likely political economy to be assumed by the GCF, Bracking feared that “the classic Chomskian
motto of ‘the socialization of risk and the privatization of proﬁt’ that characterizes the operating core of capitalism is reproduced in the operating modalities of the Fund.” The GCF’s designated trustee is the World Bank, “who can comingle GCF ﬁnance with its own monies for investment purposes.” There is need for measures to place direct sanctions against environmentallyharmful practices, as opposed to offsetting measures which, Bracking contends, are based on illusion. “The financialization and trade in aspects of nature is not a measure which can reduce emissions – it may even act perversely to maintain and increase them under the illusion that this damage can be ‘offset’”. After the lecture, titled “Private Equity Funds and the Green Climate Fund: How Successful are Financial Institutions at Delivering Development and Managing Environmental Harm?” Bracking got feedback from Dr. Lilia Raﬂores, coordinator of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural
of good government. “What role should NCPAG assume for the university?” Abueva asked. “As an institution specializing in the study and advocacy of good leadership and good governance, the NCPAG should be a working model of these ideals in the university. We must ask ourselves... are we a model of democratic and collegial academic leadership and government today?”
Other government participants in the conference were Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo, Commission on Human Rights Chair Loretta Rosales, Civil Service Commission Chair Francisco Duque, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Presidential Adviser Nereus Acosta, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin Abalos, and UP President Alfredo Pascual.
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President Pascual escorts President Aquino toward the stage.
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NCTS conducts training course on road safety audit Engr. Sheila Flor D. Javier and Mary Kristen C. Clamor
a special session on International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). The course was ﬁrst offered from September 13 to 17, 2010 at the Toyota Training Room. It was attended by 20 participants – 11 from the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and nine from the Tollways Management Corporation (TMC). The second was conducted from August 22 to 26, 2011, involving participants from various local government units (LGUs) and private institutions with
the hope of promoting safety in their locality. Attendees were from Skyway Operations Maintenance Corporation, Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO) and Public Transport Management Ofﬁce of General Trias City, Trafﬁc Engineering Center of MMDA, Tagiug City’s Trafﬁc Management Ofﬁce, South Asia Transport and Communication of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippine Skylander’s Inc./Public Estates Authority Tollway Corporation (PEATC), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)
and Manila Toll Expressway Systems (MATES). The third was conducted from April 16 to 22, 2012 at the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) in Ortigas, Pasig, attended by 25 TRB personnel. They had two road safety audits of existing roads: one in a portion of Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway and the other in one portion of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Coastal Road). The course is ideally offered by the NCTS twice a year.
Jose Maceda Project Series launched Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo
“Without the brain that [Jose] Maceda— as a teacher and scholar—stands for, [the] UP College of Music is not worth a grain of salt,” Dean Jose Beunconsejo declared during the launch of the Jose Maceda Project Series last June 27, in line with the 15th anniversary of the Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE). The Center was the brainchild of Maceda, who was named National Artist for Music in 1997. Titled “Strata: Spheres of Enlightenment,” the launch was also the ﬁrst installment in the project series that aims to “promote the legacy of Maceda in new music composition and ethnomusicology” through various activities in the next ﬁve years. According to Prof. Verne de la Peña, member of the UPCE advisory board, these activities will include performances of Maceda’s compositions; exhibits of his photographs, notes, scores, and other memorabilia that document his creative process and ﬁeld research; symposia and publications. The event featured two paper presenters, University Professor Emeritus and UPCE Executive Director Ramon P. Santos and UPCE Fellow Neal Matherne. Two of Maceda’s compositions, “Music for Two Pianos and Four Percussion Groups” and “Music for Two Pianos and Four Winds” were also performed with Prof. Joseﬁno Toledo as conductor. Santos discussed “The Legacy of Jose Maceda to the Musics of Asia,” in which he states that Maceda’s compositions “can only be accurately identiﬁed as anything but western in its conceptual orientation as well as sonic manifestation” even as western music “catalyz[ed] his transformation as musician and thinker.” Furthermore, he said that Maceda’s legacy is the search for “alternative directions in modern musical expressions.”
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The National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) of UP Diliman held the Road Safety Workshop for Provincial Road Management Facilities (PRMF) Partner Provinces from June 4 to 8 at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Quezon City. Participants in the Road Safety Workshop were provincial planning ofﬁcers, provincial engineers, and provincial administrators. There were also participants from the Depar tment of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Facility Managing Contractor (FMC). The participants came from the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Bohol, Bukidnon, Guimaras, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Aklan, Davao del Norte and Lanao del Norte. The main purpose of the workshop was to orient the partner provinces on the principles and rationale of road safety, as well as to enable the partner provinces to work out strategies on mainstreaming road safety in their road management systems. Consistent with this, the workshop also aimed to guide each province to formulate a national road safety action plan. The participants completed four presentations: on their respective road safety issues, an action plan (RSAP) draft, audit ﬁndings and recommendations, and re-entry action plan (REAP). For field work they audited the provincial roads of Montalban, Rizal. Guest speakers were Director Melvin Navarro of the Planning Service of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Engr. Renato Reyes and Cesar Fadri also from DPWH; Engr. Emilio Llavor from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Assistant Secretary Dante Lantin from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC); Dr. Noriel Christopher Tiglao from UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG); Engr. Steve Cases Jr., former deputy director of NCTS; Dr. Jose Regin Regidor from UP Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE); Dr. Hilario Sean Palmiano from ICE; Engr. Aileen Mappala, head of TEM/TP of NCTS; Dr. Ricardo Sigua from ICE; and Jun Bataoel from PRMF. As of June 2012, the Center had conducted three training courses on Road Safety Audit (RSA). The modules of the training course are fundamentals of RSA, road safety facilities, geometric design of highways and intersections, RSA guidelines and procedures, RSA application on existing or operational road, accident analysis, and
Santos discusses the legacy of Maceda to the musics of Asia.
While he employed western musical instruments, Maceda’s compositions deconstr ucted the “linear musical structures” these instruments are used for. “Distemperament,” for example, separates the “orchestral force… from the “symphony orchestra’s ideal temperament [of] harmonic coherence, acoustical balance, [and] contrasts and complementation by the various instrumental timbres and instrumental groupings.” Matherne, a PhD candidate at the University of California Riverside, presented “Maceda: Ethnomusicologist as Composer, Composer as Ethnomusicologist.” Matherne describes Maceda’s career as a composer “as a free play of native signiﬁers that does not necessarily exclude western frameworks but instead uses them to test the possibilities of a different approach to music from an Asian perspective, a Southeast Asian perspective or a Filipino perspective.”
As an ethnomusicologist, he “addressed the need to reexamine the neglected aspects of Southeast Asian music.” Since the late 1970s, Matherne said Maceda “devoted most of his research to examining Southeast Asian music, in terms of a continuous and contiguous musical cultural area.” This was deﬁned by the “focus on such Southeast Asian principles… such as droning, particular indigenous world views and time conceptions.” Matherne added that as a preservationist and archivist, Maceda “believed that the native music of the Philippines and later, Southeast Asia, in its entirety, needs to be preserved.” “Strata: Spheres of Enlightenment” also included the launch of Santos’ Laon-laon: Perspectives in Transmission and Pedagogy of Musical Traditions in Postcolonial Southeast Asia published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House and Musika Jornal 8, a UPCE publication.
US Rotary Clubs donate books to UP Rotary International Past District Governor and UP alumnus Salvador “Bading” Angala (center, in green attire) hands over some of the academic text books donated by Rotary Clubs in Portland, Oregon, USA, to faculty members of the UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics. The delivery of the textbooks, with a total weight of 20 tons and shipped in a huge container van to the Mintal Gym, was witnessed by RC Calinan President and UP Mindanao Professor Antonio Obsioma and Rotarian Jing Magno. (Rene Estremera)
The University Library of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) is a major beneﬁciary of books donated by the Rotary Clubs (RCs) of Oregon, USA through its “Books for the World Project” as coordinated by its proponent Dr. Joyce M.P. Lockard, who graduated from UP in 1967. The books, consisting of used and new ones, are higher education reference materials consisting of 120,000 volumes collected from various schools and academic institutions in Oregon, USA. Around 25,000 of these were donated to UPD’s University Library. The donated books were shipped in four 40-foot container vans to be distributed to various schools districts and colleges in the country through the local RCs in Quezon City; San Pablo City, Laguna; Dagupan, Pangasinan; and Davao City. The donations were sponsored by Ken Dailey, president of the Beaverton RC, and Debbie Hart Hartman, president of the RC of Portland Westside, both of Rotary District 5100 of Oregon, USA.
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component in the success of any project. In the workshop, project plans for the different information systems (ISs) including Student Academic IS, Human Resources IS, Financial Management IS, and Supplies, Property and Campus Management IS were further developed with the help of project management tools and strategies. Facilitating the workshop was Prof. Lemuel Braña, eUP deputy team leader for quality assurance. Also present in the event were Dr. Jaime Caro, UP assistant vice-president for development and eUP deputy project director, Prof. Nestor Rañeses, UP assistant vice-president for administration, Prof. Dante Vergara, eUP team leader for policies and standards, and Prof. Paulo Paje, eUP team leader for training.
Sa pangunguna ng AllUP Academic Employees Union Diliman Chapter, isang kapihan ang idinaos noong Hulyo 20 sa Bulwagang Claro M. Recto, UP Diliman upang talakayin ang mga hamon at suliranin ng K+12. Pangunahing tagapagsalita si Dr. Merle Tan, Convenor for K+12 in Science, at Rep. Antonio Tinio ng ACT Partylist at reactor sina Dr. Ramon Guillermo at Felix Pariñas (una at pangalawa sa panel sa larawan), mga pambansang pangulo ng unyon ng mga akademikong empleyado at manggagawa.
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eUP personnel undergo workshop
Education Secretary Armin Luistro speaks before delegates to the 7th International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED) on July 28, at the College of Education, UP Diliman. The 7th ICTED was a three-day gathering of educators, academics, school administrators and policy-makers, discussing challenges and new trends in education. It was a “venue for sharing ideas …on how teacher education can best serve society.” For more information on the conference, please visit: http://educ.upd.edu. ph/?page_id=544
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The Asian Cultural Council has awarded UP professor and Dulaang UP artistic director Alexander Cortez with a threemonth fellowship to the United States. The fellowship is in recognition of his outstanding body of work and signiﬁcant contributions in theater. Cortez will observe contemporary US theater practices and trends in academebased theater and professional groups. It involves watching plays, attending lectures, and symposiums related to theater. There are also meetings with theater department heads in Columbia University, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California in Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Northwestern University. The Asian Cultural Council is an organization which fosters cultural exchange between the US and Asia. Fellowships are open to artists of various interests including theatre, dance, the visual arts, film and music. Cortez has a master’s degree in Theater Arts and a PhD in Philippine Studies from UP Diliman (UPD). He is a UPD Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts professor.
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UP prof receives Asian Cultural Council fellowship
INDIEpendensya. King Catoy of Mayday Multimedia shows samples of public service announcements (PSA) to inspire participants to submit entries to the INDIEpendensya Film Festival student competition and noncompetition categories. The selected PSAs will be screened from September 14 to 16. The winner of the competition will be announced on the festival’s ﬁnal night. INDIEpendensya is a collaborative project of Mayday Multimedia and PinoyMedia Center. More details and updates are available at http://indiependensya. wordpress.com/.
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validated by the courts. Pangalangan said Filipinos empowered after 1986 the Constitutionally-created watchdog agencies, such as the Commission on Audit, Commission on Human Rights, Sandiganbayan, and the courts led by the Supreme Court, and insulated them from the pressures of politics to be able to transcend politics. He explained this move as a negation of the previous government’s authoritarian setup, from the Marcos
to the Aquino presidency. He also said the “theory of constructive resignation” was invented in 2001 which the courts upheld as their resolution to the change of administration from the Estrada to the Arroyo presidency. During the open forum, as response to the question on patronage politics, Senator and former UP President Edgardo Angara criticized the absence of genuine political parties in the country. He said “the country
has to get its political party system right, otherwise it will remain hostage to the rich and the moneyed clans.” “Until we do something about our party system, I think we will be having this feast and famine economic cycle, this boom and bust, but never a regular economic and social development that will reduce poverty to an acceptable level that we can call ourselves a mature representative democracy,” Angara said.
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UP Law prof explores judicialized vs. populist governance in Phl
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Pangalangan notes that the Philippines has weak institutions.
“We have turned to the courts as crutches,” said UP College of Law professor Raul Pangalangan, as he presented his critique of judicialized governance in the Philippines during the UP President Edgardo J. Angara (UPPEJA) Fellowship Paper Presentation last June 14 at the Malcolm Theater of UP Diliman. According to Pangalangan, this mode of governance has partly helped Philippine society cope with political changes. Pangalangan’s “Judicialized Governance and Populist Democracy - The Asian Experience in Constitutional Adjudication” explored the dilemma of having a “government by the Judiciary” that notably developed after the 1986 People Power revolt up to the present. He said that Filipinos have “increasingly turned to the courts to decide the most contentious social, moral and political issues.” With the recent impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, Pangalangan hinted at a shift of political power back to the elected representatives, or the political
branches of government. He said that “the gloriﬁcation of judicial power was suddenly clipped. It was suddenly stopped, all with one event, a trial by which the political branches of government, the Congress and the Senate, reasserted themselves against the Court. And this time they prevailed.” Prof. Marilou Nicolas, executive director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, said Pangalangan’s analysis of institutions and of the shifting centers of power was an eye-opener for the audience. Judicialized vs. populist governance
Pangalangan explained two modes of governance: “judicialized,” or one based on institutions and rules; and on the opposite end, the “populist,” or one based on the raw power of the sovereign people in a democratic setup. He said that although the judicialized setup is criticized in the US as the “counter-majoritarian” difﬁculty of judicial review, having this set up in Philippines may be considered a good
thing. He said the counter-majoritarian view of judicial review was meant to protect the political minority from the tyranny of the majority. He contrasted the Constitutional anti-populist approach with the populist approach recognized abroad. Pangalangan also discussed judicialized governance in Korea, Indonesia and Thailand. He explained that the Philippines is not the only Asian country that has taken the counter-majoritarian shift. Pangalangan noted that the Philippines has weak institutions. “Because of weak institutions, we have turned to the courts as crutches. We rely on the courts to make decisions which we are unable to make for ourselves in our sovereign political capacity,” he said. According to Pangalangan, judicialized governance may be seen as a corrective mechanism for democracy’s failings, or at worst, the abdication of a people’s raw power to make hard choices. “In other words, instead of asking the sovereign people to make decisions, we ask unelected judges to make the decisions in our behalf,” he said. For Pangalangan, instead of the courts or judges, the duly elected representatives of the sovereign people should make the political and economic decisions. “Let the people, through their duly authorized elected ofﬁcers, make their free choice,” he said. However, he also warned that since the people can be manipulated for self-serving ends, as we should be equally wary about the manipulation of the courts. He also discussed several ironies which transpired during the People Power revolts of 1986 and 2001 involving political forces and the courts. Although unconstitutional, both revolts have been direct political exercises of the people and were later on Continued from page 14
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in conducting responsible research on safe and beneﬁcial technologies.” Javier, on the other hand, maintained that there is “no scientiﬁc basis” to the contention raised by Greenpeace in its petition that Bt eggplant is dangerous to humans, and particularly damaging to the liver and kidneys. According to him, the effects that Bt eggplant purportedly had on experimental mice are not comparable with the effects on human beings. He said the pure protein crystals from the Bt eggplant administered to mice was done by injection, unlike humans who ingest the protein crystals in the eggplant orally. A human being must eat 2,000 kilograms of raw eggplant a day to receive this kind of experimental result, he explained. “International regulatory bodies have dismissed these studies alleging that genetically modiﬁed crops are harmful to humans,” Javier further said. Ebora made it clear that the Supreme Cour t has not issued a temporar y environmental protection order to stop the ﬁeld tests of Bt eggplant at UPLB in cooperation with other state universities. “We will continue with our experiments as we are conﬁdent that we did not violate any rules.”
Pascual meets with students. President Pascual meets student leaders in a dialogue to clarify issues related to the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) last June 8 at Quezon Hall, UP Diliman. Pascual was joined by Vice-President for Planning and Finance Lisa Grace Bersales and Assistant VicePresident for Public Affairs Danilo Arao.
Javier expressed conﬁdence that the Supreme Court will consider the scientiﬁc side regarding the petition for the writ of kalikasan and writ of continuing mandamus against Bt eggplant multilocation ﬁeld trials. “The weight of the evidence is in favor of biotechnology,” he asserted as he cautioned that an unfavorable decision from the court on the matter may result in a big blow to all biotechnology research in the country, which in turn, will have huge implications in the country’s development
The Institute of Human Rights (IHR) of the UP Law Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the Writ of Amparo with Professor Paolo Cardinal of the University of Macau and Senior Legal Adviser to the Macau Legislative Assembly. The RTD was chaired by IHR director Prof Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan and attended by retired Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna, responsible for the introduction of the Writ of Amparo in the Philippine legal system, CHR Chiarperson Loretta Ann Rosales, Dean Raul C. Pangalangan, other faculty members and representatives of government and NGOs as well as students. Cardinal presented his paper entitled A Panoramic View on the World of the Amparo of Fundamental Rights vi-a-vis the Philippine Amparo –Old Problems, New Reforms. The discussion focused mainly on the comparison of the Philippine Amparo with the Amparo in other jurisdictions. He praised the unique features of the Philippine Amparo, especially its applicability not only to public ofﬁcials but also to private individuals, the prohibition on general denial of custody, the burden of proof and standard of diligence, the absence of docket fees for the ﬁling of the petition, and the grant of jurisdiction to hear Amparo cases to various courts. However, despite the current potency of the Rule on Amparo, Cardinal identiﬁed certain prospects of reform. Among the changes which may be introduced are the possibility of turning Amparo into legislation, the enlargement of the scope of the fundamental rights included, and the relaxation on the rule on standing. Cardinal emphasized that the Amparo Rule is a work in progress. Photo by Jun Madrid
UPLB, NAST refute Greenpeace claims on Bt eggplants
IHR hosts roundtable discussion on Writ of Amparo
and future. Hautea, on the other hand, noted that it is the excessive and improper use of chemical insecticides which are the real health hazards. According to her, eggplants are typically sprayed with insecticide on the average of 80 times per season, or every other day, just to rid farms of borers. Some even dip the unharvested eggplants in a cocktail mix of chemicals just to ensure marketable produce and income. According to her, eggplant is the most consumed vegetable in the country
because it is very affordable. Around 20,000 to 21,000 hectares of land in the Philippines are planted with eggplant at present. “Eggplant yield losses from 51 to 73 percent due to FSB have been reported in the country,” she said, adding that in Pangasinan alone, 95 percent of eggplant production is discarded due to insect infestation. Hautea afﬁrmed that the Bt eggplant will increase the yield of smallscale farmers by 10 percent without the use of insecticides.
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Sectors unite behind UP Baguio vision
Te a m U P c o m p o s e d o f Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electronics & Electrical Engineering (EEE) students from UP Diliman (UPD) presents the electric car it invented to President Alfredo Pascual and UPD Chancellor Caesar Saloma last June 6 at Quezon Hall, UPD, before flying to Sepang, Malaysia for Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2012. For more details and how to support Team UP, please visit http://teamup-sem. linuxbypod.com/. You can also get updates by “liking” the page on Facebook (https://www. facebook.com/eKOTSE)
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groups and will explore the establishment of a research laboratory and ﬁeld stations. CSS will start on building a critical mass of researchers in the college. Extension and public service plans include developing new programs and improving existing ones. CSS intends to cascade the initiatives from Social Science Research Extension Institute to the department and discipline level. The administrative staff highlighted administrative efﬁciency, particularly in budget and security services, ﬁnancial sustainability through resource generation, savings, ownership of assets/properties, and automation of records and processes/ services through eUP. The REPS emphasized their commitment to effectively assist the colleges. Specifically, the guidance services will focus on learning issues of students and the development of localized psychological tests as well as the conduct of action-research that will feed into the provision of services. Library services will prioritize automation of records, maximum utilization of e-resources, and up-to-date procurement of library materials. The alumni sector looked at outcomes in terms of support to faculty through professorial chairs, support to students through scholarships, work on an endowment fund, and an updated database of alumni. Students prioritized better communication, rational student activities in view of limited space and facilities, a complete data base of students and access to scholarship. All colleges and sectors desire to be in a green campus and recognized the importance of well-being and happiness at work. Various projects and activities were identiﬁed to minimize wastes, conserve resources and preserve the environment of the campus. Different indicators of happiness and well-being were also presented. Core values are implicit in various strategies and programs. All sectors responded, using the inputs provided by ofﬁcials from UP System and UPB. The presentations showed common areas and issues that can serve as springboards for more detailed and refined discussions at the college and sectoral levels. (Ti Similla)
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can run a series of reports about their chosen topics. She said this hybrid of old and new media brings amateurs, citizen journalists and professionals together and gives them the opportunity to help each other in keeping the public up to date. Juan José Téllez of Canal Sur, the Public Multi Media Network of the Autonomous Region of Andalucia, discussed the changes journalists must adapt to in the context of global political, economic and cultural crises. He noted that media, at times, fail to decide which information is vital to the public. He urged the audience to look carefully at the information presented in the news and to analyze what is happening. According to Téllez, the old media give less attention to deeplyrooted problems and instead focus on surface crises. He also noted emerging trends arising from the new media, such as the syndication of the journalists’ job for a low price and the increasing need for a public media that upholds information as a right and a public interest. The principles stay the same
According to Vitug, despite the novelty of the new forms, the old principles of journalism remain in force. She said new media practitioners should still adhere to facts, accuracy over speed, veriﬁcation of the reports, fairness (impartial and ethical practice), and immediate correction of any mistake. Paloma said the new forms of communication increase the speed and the stress of providing reports, since the use of new technologies also require journalists to perform more work in uploading ﬁles and updating the multimedia content.
UAAP Diamond Season opens. The 75th Season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) games opened last July 14 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. This year’s UAAP season, which carries the theme “Unbreakable at 75,” is hosted by the National University (NU). President Pascual, UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma and College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronualdo Dizer joined former President Fidel Ramos, an NU alumnus, in the program. A plaque of appreciation was also given to UAAP Board of Trustees member Dr. Leilani Gonzalo, former CHK dean. The ceremonies included performances from the cheer squads of the participating universities and an oath of sportsmanship by the athletes.
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