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Appointment of University Officials

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES SYSTEM
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE UNIVERSITY
AND OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS

4 June 2012

MEMORANDUM NO. OSU 12-17

                        For: Officers of Administration of the UP System, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors, Heads of Units, Faculty, REPS, Administrative, Personnel and Students

                        Subject: Appointment of University Officials

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This is to inform you that the BOARD OF REGENTS, at it’s 1280th meeting today, approved the appointment of the following.

UP Diliman

Dr. FLORA ELENA R. MIRANO as Dean, College of Arts and Letters, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Dr. ROLANDO B. TOLENTINO as Dean, College of Mass Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Asst. Prof. RONUALDO U. DIZER as Dean, College oh Human Kinetics, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Dr. MARION R. DELOS REYES as Dean, School of Urban and Regional Planning, effective 1 June until 31 May 2015

Dr. CYNTHIA PALMES-SALOMA as Director, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, effective 1 June 2012 until May 2015

UP Los Banos

Dr. MA. THERESA H. VELASCO as Dean, College of Development Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

UP Manila

Dr. AGNES D. MEJIA as Dean, College of Medicine, effective 24 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

UP Visayas

Prof. MARY ANN T. GUMBAN as Dean, College of Management, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

UP Baguio

Dr. WILFREDO V. ALANGUI as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective 12 April to serve at the pleasure of the Chancellor

Dr. JESSICA K. CARINO as Vice-Chancellor for Administration, effective 14 April 2012 to serve the pleasure of the Chancellor

Dr. ANNA CHRISTIE VILLARBA-TORRES as Dean, College of Arts and Communication, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Dr. LORELEI CRISOLOGO-MENDOZA as Dean, College of Social Sciences, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Dr. ROSEMARY M. GUTIERREZ as Dean, College of Science, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 May 2015

Dr. CORAZON ABANSI as Director, Student Affairs, effective 1 June 2012 until 31 October 2012

LILIAN A. DE LAS LLAGAS
Secretary of the University
and of the Board of Regents

On STFAP/Bracket B Certification Procedural Queries by Eds Gabral

Para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan na may student number na 2011 at 2012:

Ano ang mga kailangang i-submit?

-Bracket B Certification Form

-Vicinity Map

-ITR*

*Kung hindi pa naaacquire ang document na ito, maaari namang i-note ng OSSS na “to follow” na lamang. Given na mami-meet ang itinakdang deadline which is October 31.

What are the implications of this?

Kapag hindi nakapag-submit si student number 2011 or 2012 ng lahat ng documents, he/she will automatically be placed under Bracket A for the 2nd semester. Technically speaking, default bracket for the first sem is Bracket B. Pero para maiwasan na natin ang ganitong mga aberya at marami pang tanong, isabay na natin ang submission nito habang tayo ay nagri-register.

Para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan na may student number na 2007, 2008, 2009, at 2010:

Ang patakaran sa Bracket B Certification para sa inyo ay dedepende sa patakaran ng College Secretary ninyo. Clearly, wala naman nang kailangang isubmit sa OSSS. Kung pababalikin man kayo ng College Sec sa OSSS, sabihin niyo na “may memo na po at kayo na po, ang aming College Sec, ang bahala sa amin.”

Para naman sa mga miyembro ng VAAS:

Yes, kailangan din po ninyong magpasa ng Bracket B Certification. Dahil inaalala rin po natin ang inyong Bracket assignment once hindi na tayo bahagi ng line-up sa succeeding sem.

On STFAP:

Yes, extended ang deadline. Pero indefinite pa ito. Basta i-submit na po natin ang ating STFAP Application THIS JUNE (deadliest deadline could be the third week na siguro). So ayan, para po sa mga hindi nakaabot sa May 31 na deadline, don’t lose hope, keep on fighting. Manalangin tayo na dumating ang panahon na lahat ng Iskolar ng Bayan ay nasa Bracket E2 na.

**Para sa mga kumuha ng STFAP at hindi pa lumalabas ang bracket assignment at walang pambayad ng tuition in reality (kagaya ko), maaari po tayong mag-acquire ng loan mula sa OSSS. Bu then again, 70% to 80% lang ang maaari nating ma-loan dito kung kaya naman kailangan nating paluwalan ang remaining 20% to 30%. E minsan malaki-laki pa rin yun (umaabot ng libo to be precise). Sa ganitong kalagayan po, pwede naman tayong sumulat (bilang wala nang blue slip for late payment) sa OUR at mag-appeal for late payment nung remaining amount na yun. Once na lumabas naman na ang ating bracket assignment (Bracket E2 hopefully), dadaan naman tayo sa proseso ng refund.

So para hindi na tayo parating nasa aberya, mga Iskolar ng Bayan,  patuloy ang ating panawagan:

Education is a right. Fight for Greater State Subsidy!

By Mr. Eds Gabral

Student Regent Statement On ‘Revised’ STFAP Scheme

On the ‘Revised STFAP Scheme’

Office of the Student Regent

3 June 2012

Students from different UP units raised concerns again as they were welcomed by the issue of ‘Bracket B certification/Revised STFAP scheme’ as registration for the 1st semester for AY 2012-2013 starts. This was the same issue that has already been raised to the UP administration last year and favorably resolved thru a dialogue with the UP administration headed by President Alfredo Pascual, the Office of the Student Regent and sectoral representatives from UP Kilos Na.

Adjusting the Default Bracket

While implementation was deferred last year, this revised STFAP scheme shifts the “default bracket” or “base tuition” from Bracket B (P1000/unit for Diliman, Los Banos and Manila; P600 for Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao) to Bracket A (P1,500/unit for Diliman, Los Banos and Manila; P1000 for Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao). This means that students who did not apply to or failed the STFAP will have to pay the tuition fee for the highest bracket (Bracket A). The old scheme put everyone into Bracket B, automatically paying P1000 or P600 per credit unit, unless they apply for a lower bracket or they declare that they belong to the highest bracket. With the new scheme, students wishing to belong to Bracket B or to pay the supposed “base tuition”, have to submit a notarized Bracket B certification signed by the parent and the student together with a vicinity map of their residence, plus other documents* to the office concerned. Failure to submit the certification and other supplementary documents will put the students in Bracket A. This new process was observed in almost all UP units including regional. 

While it has been the position of the Office of the Student Regent and the systemwide-wide alliance of UP student councils KASAMA sa UP that there is a policy change with regards to STFAP especially the change in “default bracket,” it has been the position of the UP administration that there hasn’t been a change in the “default bracketing” because there is no “default bracket” or “base tuition” being followed in the university. The administration even stated that the idea of a “default bracket” only came up because there are no requirements needed to belong to this bracket; therefore many assumed that it is the “default bracket”. However, this position of the UP administration is inconsistent with the policy reports of then-UP President Emerlinda Roman (De Dios Report) used to propose the tuition and other fees increase (TOFI) including the changes in STFAP during 2006.

Is STFAP Working?

Aside from what was aforementioned, President Pascual asserts that there is no new scheme but rather a stricter implementation of STFAP to ensure that students will be honest about their socio-economic standing and that more financial aid applicant will be accommodated. However, the first phase of Office of the Student Regent’s STFAP Review and data from the Philippine Collegian proved otherwise.

In a study done by the Philippine Collegian, 1 out of 10 STFAP applicants during the year 2011 was dissatisfied with their approved bracket and appealed to be put into a lower bracket. Statistics also show that STFAP has consistently increased the number of students in Bracket A and decreased the number of students in lower brackets (Bracket D, E). Worse, even those who were put into lower brackets have to apply for a tuition loan (2out of 3).

On another note, almost all respondents in the first phase of the STFAP Review cited inconsistencies in the requirements and processes and difficulties and expensiveness in the processing of documents required.

Position & Analysis

It is the opinion and the stand of the Office of the Student Regent guided by the reports of the students in the different UP units that the new scheme/policy changes in STFAP effectively changed/raised the “default bracket” resulting to an increased “base tuition/tuition fee.” The high cost of UP education has always been the primary concern of the students as well as the general public weakening democratic access and compromising the public character of the university.

It is also in the opinion of the OSR guided by policy studies as well as direct surveys and inputs from the students that STFAP fails to meet its objective of financially aiding and assisting the students to cope with the high cost of UP education. STFAP has always served against the interest of the students acting as a smokescreen for increases in tuition, justifying the systematic and continuous abandonment of the government to its responsibility to provide enough subsidies, and transforming a public university into an income-generating institution that relies heavily on its own income.

In the immediate, the UP administration must defer the implementation of this new scheme pending policy consultation with other stakeholders as well as a comprehensive review of the STFAP taking into consideration the results of the studies of the different student institutions.

In the long-run, it is crucial that UP must understand that policies such as STFAP, utilization of idle assets, public-private partnerships and other income-generating schemes fit into the long-standing policy of the past and present governments to subscribe to the neoliberal policy of deregulating the education sector- abandoning the responsibility to provide subsidy and privatizing educational institutions.

In the end, the UP community must consider ‘enacting more systemic changes in its policies in order to concretely address the issues of democratic access but it should be done within the frame of demanding greater state support to UP; not through increased student fees in whatever form or guise.’ The pledge of the UP administration to strengthen the public character and public service nature of the university will always get full support from the ranks of the students in the context of democratic governance and uncompromised rights, interests and welfare of the students.

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Sources:

 

Statements and Reports from Student Regent Krissy Conti and UP Kilos Na

Philippine Collegian

KASAMA sa UP

*Raised during the 1280th BOR meeting, 4 June 2012**Meeting with President Alfredo Pascual, 5 June 2012- updates to follow

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM

From OVCSA Facebook Page
ATTENTION: UPD Freshmen
Freshman Welcome Assembly
13 June 2012
University Theater

7:30 – 11:00 AM
• College of Architecture
• College of Arts and Letters
• Asian Institute of Tourism
• College of Business Administration
• School of Economics
• College of Education
• College of Fine Arts
• College of Home Economics
• College of Human Kinetics
• School of Library and Information Science
• College of Mass Communication
• College of Music
• National College of Public Administration and Governance
• College of Social Work and Community Development
• School of Statistics

12:30 – 4:00 PM
• College of Engineering
• College of Science
• College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

UP STUDENT MANUAL CAMPAIGN

UP STUDENT MANUAL CAMPAIGN

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“The 2012 Student Manual  aims to make the campus life of each and every UP Diliman student into an enriching and unforgettable journey that will mold him or her into a faithful alumnus who is forever supportive of the Alma Mater…. Even before becoming Chancellor on 2 March 2011, I already found the need to craft a new Student Manual that corrects the inadequacies and shortcomings of our current system of instilling and upholding proper ethical behavior and responsible conduct among our students. As explained earlier, the coverage of the said Manual must extend beyond that of the present Student Guide to include the basic obligations and responsibilities of teachers to their students.To resolve allegations promptly and properly, UP Diliman needs to enhance the clarity of its operational definition of what constitutes student misconduct and other questionable practices that violate accepted ethical standards. While it needs to revise its system of penalties to make them more proportionate, the updated system must also provide students who have committed honest mistakes out of negligence or inexperience, with an opportunity to redeem themselves especially if they are minors or first‐time violators.”

UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Salomaas quoted from the preface 

Proposed contents

I. Preface
II. Scope
III. Interpretation
IV. Declaration of PrinciplesV. Students’ Rights
a.  Fundamental rights
b. Academic rights
c. Representation rights
d. Procedural rights

VI. Policies and Regulations
a. General Academic Policies
b. University Policy on Student Records
c. Revised IP Rights Policy (2011)
d. Approved acceptable policy for
Information Technology Resources
of the UP System
e. Policy on tuition fee consultations
f. Language Policy
g. Dormitory Policies
h. Library Policy
i. Research Policy
j. Religious Policy
k. UPD Revised Election Code (2009)
l. Participation in controversial activities
(2005 UP System Code)
m. UP Implementing Rules and
Regulations of the Anti-Sexual
Harassment Act of 1995

VII. Code of Student Conduct
a. General Principles
b. Responsibilities
c. Procedures
d. Service of Penalty
e. Records

VII. Student Services
a. Financial Aid
b. Student Housing
c. Guidance and Counselling
d. Career Placement Services
e. Health Services
f. Security Services
g. International Students
h. Student Development

IX. General Provisions

PROPOSED SCOPe

The 2012 Student Manual applies to all students of the University of the Philippines Diliman, including the Extension Program in San Fernando, Pampanga and Olongapo. All students are deemed to have agreed to rules, regulations and policies contained in this manual as a condition of enrolment in the University.This manual shall be interpreted in favor of human rights in issue, and consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of the University and principles of Philippine law. Provisions in this manual shall not be construed as to suppress or limit the enjoyment or exercise of rights and freedoms not enumerated herein.

Questions as to implementation, interpretation, and enforcement shall be addressed to student institutions and the University’s disciplinary authorities, without precluding recourse to external remedies available. Amendments to this manual require sufficient notification and conscious ratification of all parties involved.

From Office of the Student Regent Website
http://upstudentregent.weebly.com/up-student-manual-campaign.html

Statement of the Student Regent: Respect the students’ choice for chairperson of the UPLB USC

With full faith in the electorate of UP Los Banos, the Office of the Student Regent will recognize Ynik Ante the chairperson of their University Student Council. Ms Ante won the elections held 22-24 February 2012 by 36 votes.

 

The disqualification case against Ms Ante, who had unpaid tuition until the time of the election, should no longer be entertained by the College Electoral Board (CEB) of UP Los Banos for both technical and substantial grounds. Per records of the University Registrar, Ms Ante was enrolled last semester.

 

Late payment of tuition should not be used to undermine the position of any student committed to be involved so fully in UP’s academic and extra-curricular offerings. Such circumstance is one many UP students have found themselves in, with UP tuition’s rise to almost five times the minimum wage.

 

No law or precedent will correctly stand to the position to consider the election as if Ms Ante’s name had not been present on the ballot. Nullifying votes already cast for her nullifies the vote entirely. Thus, the proposal of the CEB to declare the runner up as chairperson is baseless.

 

For guidance in future elections, the OSR stands that the mere pendency of a disqualification case against a candidate who had been allowed into a ballot does not justify the suspension of proclamation after winning in the election. To hold otherwise would unduly encourage the filing of baseless and malicious petitions for disqualification if only to effect the suspension of the proclamation of the winning candidate. In the end, this defeats the sovereign will of the electorate and unduly benefits undeserving third parties.

 

We call on the CEB of UP Los Banos – all college secretaries and student council chairpersons – to uphold the UP tradition of open-mindedness and democracy, and to proclaim Ms Ante as chairperson of the UPLB USC as soon as possible.

 

Hopefully, this serves as a fitting challenge to Ms Ante, the students’ choice, along with the duly-elected USC, to pay off lost time and to release the distress and disappointment, with magnified commitment to serve their constituency.

 

All the best, for a better UP.

 

 

KRISSY CONTI

Outgoing Student Regent

 

CLEVE ARGUELLES

Incoming Student Regent

 

1 June 2012

 

Oblation exhibit at the OC foyer

The Oblation, UP’s most iconic symbol, is the focus of the current photo exhibit at the Office of the Chancellor Foyer.

Entitled “The Oblation through the Years,” the 5-panel exhibition presents glimpses of the important milestones and events in the statue and the University’s history, from its inception as commissioned by UP President Rafael Palma in the early 1920s, its creation by College of Fine Arts professor Guillermo Tolentino—who was later named National Artist for Sculpture, its unveiling at the Manila campus in 1935 and its transfer to Diliman in 1949.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

 

From University of the Philippines Diliman Website

UP ARCO wows FIMU

UP ARCO wows FIMU

(May 28)-The UP ARCO captured the hearts of the people of Belfort, France.

The UP ARCO is in Belfort, France to represent the Philippines for the first time at the Festival International de Musique Universitaire (FIMU) from 26 to 28 May.

In its second and last concert 27 May in the 3-day festival at the Atria, the audience gave the UP ARCO a prolonged feisty applause and standing ovation. The orchestra had to reciprocate the warm gesture reception by giving two encores.

M. Robert Belot, Belfort’s vice mayor and the city’s cultural head, was in the audience. Immediately after the inspired performance, he went to greet UP ARCO’s music director and conductor, Prof. Edna Marcil Martinez.

Belot expressed gratitude to Martinez for making it to the festival for the first time, the Philippines being the farthest country to be in the festival this year.

He commended the UP ARCO, saying the orchestra “has fine quality sound, technically adroit, and brought to the festival something unique and fresh.”

Because of the successful concert, the organizers have invited the UP ARCO to render another concert on the last day of the festival. –R.D.F.D.

 

From University of the Philippines Website

UP ARCO flies to France

UP ARCO flies to France
By Rubén D.F. Defeo

(May 21)–Finally, after months of hard work to raise travel funds, the UP ARCO, the string section of the UP Orchestra, flies today, May 21, for Paris en route to the Festival International de Music Universitaire or FIMU slated from May 26 to 28 in the old town of Belfort in France. The string orchestra’s participation marks the first time that a Filipino group has been invited to the festival and scores a landmark in the history of the country’s involvement in international music events.

In representing the Philippines in this reputable festival, the UP ARCO instinctively serves as the country’s music ambassador of goodwill. While the Philippines has already made sterling marks in choral music with our leading choruses earning critical acclaim in various parts of the world, not much can be said where our travelling chamber orchestras are concerned.

Dr. José S. Buenconsejo, Dean of the UP College of Music, states that to bring a student chamber orchestra in Europe is an extremely difficult task because of the high demand for musical maturity where classical music is concerned.  In very succinct terms, he says: “UP ARCO’s trip to Europe is a milestone in the history of Filipino achievement in classical music.  This project drives home the point that our instrumental music education at the tertiary level is at par with global standard and that the UP College of Music leads once more in the field of musical training, i.e., our students have already attained a very high level of musicianship and musicality that warranted the festival organizers to invite them in the first instance.”

Fully cognizant of this milestone, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued a call to benefactors to support the UP ARCO and “boost the confidence of nascent travelling string chamber groups in the Philippines to participate in international music festivals.”

Admittedly, fundraising for the UP ARCO’s European trip was not a picnic.  But fortunately, many heeded the call.  And to them, heartfelt gratitude is in order:  the Office of the President of the Philippines, the UP Office of the President, the UP Alumni Association, the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, the Dagupan City Council, the Department of Tourism, the Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines, Geopacific Resources, Inc., the Magill Memorial Church of Lucena City, MUSARFOUND, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Nexus Technologies, Inc., the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Rotary Club of Diliman, the Trans World Trading Co., Inc., the Philippine Gaming Corporation, Van Aarsen, Mr. Ramoncito Abad, Mr. Lito Carating, Ms. Beth Cristobal, Ms. Trina Davis, Atty. Antonio Pastor,  Ms. Chloe Romulo-Periquet and Congresswoman Linabelle Ruth Villarica, to mention a few.

Started in 1986, the FIMU, as the international festival of University music is more popularly known, is organized by the Belfort Town Council. It gathers student musicians and chorists from all over the world during the Whitsun weekend in May to perform in the old town of Belfort. Two hundred fifty concerts have been scheduled to happen during the 3-day festival.  As an urban event, FIMU is friendly and a venue for social bonding.  It is held largely in open spaces, thus sanctifying the old city of Belfort by making it alive with music.

FIMU as a festival feeds on diversity.  All music is represented—traditional, classical, jazz, electronic, avant-garde—with performers coming from every continent.  In 2010, more than 80,000 people listened to 142 bands and orchestras from 29 countries that included Algeria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Equador, Spain, the United States of America, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam. This year, the UP ARCO adds the Philippines as a participant in the festival.

One hundred and thirty two groups have been invited to perform this year.  Aside from the UP ARCO, there are several orchestras that will play during the festival.  Among them are the Barcelona Laptop Orchestra, the National Music Orchestra of Shanghai University, the Orchestra of Young Jazzmen of Burgundy, the Orchestra di Mandolini e Chitarre Il Plettro, the Accordion Orchestra of Sundgau, the Guitar Orchestra of Provence, the Orchestra of the University of Geneva and the University Symphony Orchestra of Budapest.

The UP ARCO is also scheduled to do concerts in other cities in Europe.  Prior to the Festival, it is slated for two performances in Paris.  On May 23, the string orchestra will have a concert at the Sainte Bernadette Church, organized by the Philippine Catholic Mission in France and spearheaded by Mr. Elpidio S. Caimoy, a UP alumnus and former faculty of the department of European Languages at the College of Arts and Letters.  On May 24, the UP ARCO is set to perform at the Cercle des Delegués in UNESCO Miollis, also in Paris, hosted by the Philippine Embassy in France with Ambassador Cristina G. Ortega and coordinated by Consul Rose Prospero.   After the festival, the UP ARCO hies off to Geneva, Switzerland for another concert on May 30 at the Notre Dame Church, organized by Ms. Amelia Bonacua.

The UP ARCO began during the term of the late Dean Reynaldo T. Paguio as College of Music dean when a string chamber orchestra was conceived to become one of the resident performing groups of the UP. Today, the UP ARCO is composed of select student artists of the strings and chamber music department of the College of Music and is under the musical directorship and guidance of Prof. Edna Marcil M. Martínez.  It stands independent from the orchestra class of the College of Music. It is the resident performing string orchestra of the University Theater, a privilege it enjoys together with the UP Orchestra.

The UP ARCO has likewise trained with Prof. Wilfredo Pasamba, one of the Philippines’ leading cello players, and Prof. Chona Noble, also from the college’s strings department.  It has performed major string orchestra works of Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten, Edvard Grieg, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sir Edward William Elgar.

The entourage of musicians going to Europe includes: Violin I:  Jonathan R. Tapac, Bernice Elaine U. Go, Harrel James R. De La Cruz, Patricia Isabel S. Bautista and Luisito R. Santos; Violin II:  Ramón Alfonso C. Soberano, Julianne G. Bonacua, Anna Janine O. Samaniego and Ashleigh Marian G. Cristobal; Viola:  Micah James C. Sanchez, Emlyn S. Ponce, Pamela Lee S. Almeda, Monic B. Cuevas and Christine N. Laron;  Cello:  Patrick John C. Espanto, José Enrico R. Tuazon and Samuel Emmanuel S. Altobar; and Double Bass:  Lawrence M. Palad, Micah Lejandro P. Villena and Jan Lester Dela Vega.

From University of the Philippines Website
News By Rubén D.F. Defeo

UP Diliman collaborates with University of Queensland

UP Diliman collaborates with University of Queensland


(From left to right) Mr. John Loader, SMI Manager of Human Resource; Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin, USEP president; Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, UPD chancellor; H.E. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines; Dr. Anna Ciccarelli, UQ Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International); Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, MSU-IIT chancellor; and Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan, MSU-GSC chancellor, in a commemorative photo session after signing the Certificate of Partnership at the Executive House on May 11.

(May 17)—The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the University of Queensland (UQ) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in February this year to develop, enhance and maintain “high calibre academic programs in mining engineering, metallurgical engineering, geology and other mining-related fields (including relevant environmental and social sciences) to service the needs of the mining industry in the Philippines, and more specifically in Mindanao, through cooperation in teaching, research and service to the community.”

UPD was represented by Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma while UQ was represented by its vice chancellor and president, Professor Deborah Terry.

The MOU aims to support the capacity-building initiatives of three universities in Mindanao, namely, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), Mindanao State University-General Santos City (MSU-GSC) and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).

The collaboration among the five universities was formalized with the signing of the Certificate of Partnership (CoP) on May 11 at the Executive House. The event was attended by H.E. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, and John Loader, Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) Human Resource manager.

Representing the academic institutions were Saloma for UPD, Dr. Anna Ciccarelli, deputy vice chancellor and vice president (International), for UQ, Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin, president, for USEP, Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan, chancellor, for MSU-GSC, and Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, chancellor, for MSU-IIT.

As stated in the MOU, the chief executive officers of UPD and UQ will each appoint one person to act as the Joint Manager who “may appoint administrative officers or working parties to manage the details of particular activities or programs specified in the MOU.”

Both institutions may undertake several activities such as “visits between universities by academic staff (faculty) and technical and administrative staff; sharing of academic materials; collaborative research and publication; joint organisation of conferences, seminars or academic meetings, special technical or administrative programs; joint production and delivery of courses and programs, and grant applications; and develop scholarship opportunities through government agencies and companies.”

The CoP signing was attended by more than 30 guests. Among the witnesses were UPD officials including Dr. Aura C. Matias, College of Engineering (CoE) dean, Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz, Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (DMMME), and Dr. Herman D. Mendoza, DMMME and PSLP representative for Mining and Metallurgy.

Other guests were Catherine Rees, First Secretary (Econ) of the Australian Embassy to the Philippines; Prof. David Mulligan, UQ Center for Mined Land Rehabilitation director, SMI; Dr. Marcelo M. Angelia, USEP vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Domingo M. Non, MSU-GSC Graduate Schools dean; Dr. Edgar W. Ignacio, MSU-IIT vice chancellor for academic affairs; Engr. Rodolfo Velasco, Mining, Environment and Safety Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief; and Artemio F. Disini, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines chairman.—H.C.P.

From University of the Philippines Diliman Website

http://www.upd.edu.ph/~updinfo/may12/index5.html


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