23 May 2020

Dear Fellow Alumni:

Ma upay nga adlaw ha iyo nga tanan.

I am writing you on the occasion of the 47th founding anniversary of our Alma Mater. While every anniversary is special, this year’s anniversary is unique as it takes place in the midst of a global pandemic. Hence our anniversary theme of “URUGUP para han Kaupayan han Katilingban nga Kalibutan”.

UP Tacloban’s response to COVID-19

The word urugop as you know means solidarity. The College adopted the word, rendered in the UP colors of green and maroon, in the early days of COVID-19 crisis as a rallying cry for all members of our community — students and alumni, faculty and staff, our families and neighborhoods, and the people of Eastern Visayas. With the URUGUP spirit the College constituency launched several public service initiatives in response to the pandemic as follows:

  • URUGUP Helpdesk initially for UP Tacloban students needing assistance and support from the College. This led to a small donation drive to provide food packs for several students who were stranded in boarding houses.
  • UPVTC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services online for medical front liners organized by our Psychology faculty.
  • URUGUP alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer) production by our Chemistry faculty and researchers for free distribution to health care facilities and frontline service providers in Region 8
  • Pasundayag Paghilom ha Panahon han COVID-19 Songs and Poetry for Healing Video Performance Series of the Division of Humanities and  UP An Balangaw Performing Arts Group
  • UPVTC Puso project by a group of volunteer faculty and staff to provide washable face masks to medical front liners and hygiene kits to tricycle drivers; food packs to poor households in selected barangays; food packs and cash donations to UP Tacloban security personnel; and washable face masks to inmates and jail guards of the Tacloban City Jail women’s dormitory.
  • A position paper by a group of faculty members on “how to win against COVID-19” addressed to the Tacloban City government.

These initiatives have been well received not only by the beneficiaries but also by the general public and across the UP System.

Celebrating our 47th founding anniversary

It is fortuitous that the lockdown in Tacloban City was lifted on the week of the College’s 47th anniversary. While we are unable to celebrate with the usual mass gatherings, we nonetheless have the opportunity to express in a creative and meaningful way our solidarity with one another, with the people of Eastern Visayas, and with the whole world. This is the intent of our line-up of anniversary activities which we hope you can join virtually by following our posts on the UPV Tacloban College Facebook page.

We released this morning the UP Tacloban 47th anniversary APV through which we aim to highlight our pursuit of excellence and public service through the years.

We also launched today the Pagsurumpay Online Task Series with an online panel discussion on “Context, Opportunities, and Challenges for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the time of COVID-19” by the Psychology faculty. As you know pagsurumpay means to connector put several pieces (such as stories and ideas) together, or to make multiple connections. Aside from the intellectual work of the faculty, I hope that the series can also feature talks by alumni in key fields and disciplines. 

The Kalungganayan Community Vegetable Garden which we are cultivating at the UP Tacloban campus is a kind of practical demonstration of a sustainable mode of development, one that promotes food security and environmental conservation. The term kalungganayan as you know means benefit, bringing in abundance or wealth or livelihood to people, blessing or grace.

Our commitment to excellence and equity

Alongside our efforts to contribute to knowledge generation through basic and applied research particularly on issues that are relevant to the Eastern Visayas region, and our public service programs in partnership with the national government agencies, local government units, non-government organization, and the private sector, we continue to train the region’s best and brightest through our various degree programs in the humanities, social science, natural science and mathematics, and management.

One of the challenges brought about by the pandemic is the need to rapidly shift to technology-supported teaching and learning to ensure academic continuity during the community quarantine and in “the new normal” where social distancing is necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. However, from the survey of student’s access to personal computers (whether desktop, laptops, or smartphones) and internet connectivity we found that at least 150 students (~20% of 715 respondents) do not have their own computers. They also have little to no access to the internet, which they need to receive course packages, communicate with their teachers and fellow learners (e.g. through on-line discussions), and submit their assignments. So we have decided to embark on the URUGUP Students TechPack Fund Drive to provide essential IT equipment and tools for learning to students in need (“tech pack” is a play on the word “food Pack”). We hope you will support this project for the benefit of the next generation of UP Tacloban alumni.

As we work towards making UP Tacloban the next autonomous unit (and constituent university) of the UP System, it is necessary for the College to establish itself firmly as an academic pacesetter and a leading advocate and catalyst of sustainable development by strengthening its curricula, adopting innovative teaching methods, conducting interdisciplinary research, and engaging with the surrounding communities through public service, and doing so with excellence and equity. We look to you, our alumni, as an important partner in this critical mission.


Yours in solidarity for the well-being of our community and the world.

Patricia B. Arinto (BA Comm Arts 1989)


UP Tacloban Debater Clinches Best Speaker; Team Secures 2nd Place at Public Health Debates

UP Tacloban Debater Clinches Best Speaker; Team Secures 2nd Place at Public Health Debates

UP Tacloban Debater Clinches Best Speaker; Team Secures 2nd Place at Public Health Debates

Michael Jay Matol, BS Accountancy 5, was named overall best speaker of the Public Health Debates held at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City last August 12 to 13, 2018 as part of the highlights of the Ideas Positive Youth Forum (IPYFPH 2018).

Matol and his teammates, Freddie Mark Fallore (BS Accountancy 5) and Chastine Villar (BASS Political Science 4), debaters from the UP Tacloban Debate Society (UPTDS) represented UP Tacloban and reached grand finals where they were awarded second place while the debate team from UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus won first place.

Debate motions centered on issues on public health such as the mandatory public health on college curriculums, basic health infrastructure and medical health research, STD disclosure, “healthy camps”, public medical resources allocation, and the rise of AI in the medical field in the Philippines were among the topics that the participating teams debated on. Teams competed in the Asian Parliamentary format, where two teams composed of three speakers argue and defend their stances.

Hosanna Aliposa (BS Management 4), Leonardo Dimatangal Jr. (BASS Political Science 4), and Jeffrae Albert Isaac Damayo (BS Biology 4) of UPTDS also competed in the said event.

The Public Health Debates served as one of the activities in the IPYFPH 2018, a nationwide event geared at raising the awareness of youth on public health. IPYFPH 2018 was endorsed by the National Youth Commission as part of its simultaneous celebration of the International Youth Day every August 12 of the year. The forum was on its third run, being first launched in 2016 gathering hundreds of youth from all over the country. IPYFPH 2018 was designed to assimilate the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through interactive activities and exhibitions.

Privacy Notice for University of the Philippines Personnel

Privacy Notice for University of the Philippines Personnel

A MEMORANDUM NO. RPB 2019-11-115 dated 11 November 2019 from Chancellor RICARDO P. BABARAN, requesting for the Posting of the UP Privacy Notice for Personnel and Submission of Signed Data Privacy Consent Form in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173. AN ACT PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL INFORMATION IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CREATING FOR THIS PURPOSE A NATIONAL PRIVACY COMMISSION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA)

A copy of the MEMORANDUM and the PRIVACY NOTICE FOR PERSONNEL can be viewed here.

REIS Day 2019 – Lectures and Map Exhibit

REIS Day 2019 – Lectures and Map Exhibit

The Regional Environmental Information System (REIS), one of the service arms of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) celebrated the International GIS Day 2019 last November 11-15, 2019. It hosted this year theme “Teaching the World using GIS” where spatial data using Geographic Information System (GIS) has been utilized as a tool for various local environmental plans and concerns in the Eastern Visayas region. It has been an indispensable tool for researchers and advocates for the preservation of natural resources and the environment for sustainable development programs.

Visitors where introduced to various maps and lectures showcasing the highlights of Eastern Visayas landscape and the story it tells about the human impact on environment, threats, and, the relations of organism to one another to their physical surroundings as described by the various speakers in their lectures.

As an example, landscape analysis and its patchiness regarding the Leyte Sab-a Basin and its complexity was discussed by a representative from the National Development Authority. A map was presented to give a visual expanse of these unique landscape covering an area of 3,088 hectares and considered as the largest water catchment in Leyte (Haribon Foundation, 1988)

Moreover, mapping of mangroves using an unmanned aerial vehicle such as drones, and photogrammetry software allows easy collection of aerial photo where this is employed in mapping mangrove areas along Leyte Gulf, Matarinao Bay and Maqueda Bay in Eastern Visayas.
These and other highlights were the activities during the REIS Day 2019.

For more information regarding these events, click here.

UPV Tacloban College hosts ICFAS 2019

UPV Tacloban College hosts ICFAS 2019

The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College recently hosted the 5th International conference last November 6-7, 2019, at Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, concerning the Fisheries and Aquatic Industries. Several keynote speakers were invited from the neighboring countries in Asia and Bangladesh to talk on diverse scholarly issues that would bring together their shared experiences and research results.

These interdisciplinary studies and findings will be presented to other researchers, educators, students, and, practitioners on recent innovations and concerns as well as the challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in their respective fields. The research findings will serve as a means to understand the various issues and increase public awareness in the fisheries and aquatic industries.

University of the Philippine Tacloban College did the honors for the ICFAS 2019 International Conference with the support of the Office of the International Linkages of the UP System and in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8.

Link for ICFAS 2019 Speakers.

Learn more About the Conference.

About UPV Professor Emeritus Merlie Alunan

About UPV Professor Emeritus Merlie Alunan

Contributed by Prof. Joycie D. Alegre —

Merlie M. Alunan, Professor Emeritus of theUniversity of Philippines Visayas, is indefatigable even after retirement from service as Professor in UP Visayas Tacloban College. Prof. Alunan has recently won for her book Susumaton: Oral Narratives of Leyte (Ateneo de Manila University Press) the National Book Award 2017 for Anthology in Waray from the National Book Development Board and Manila Critics’Circle.  Previous to that, she received the  2016   National Book Award for Translation for Sa Atong Dila, Introduction to Visayan Literature, University of the Philippines Press, 2015.

Ma’amMerlie, as she is fondly called by her students or Mom Merlie to many writers she mentored, continues to write poetry in English and Cebuano for which she has six times garnered the prestigious Carlos Palanca Awards.  She has also received the significant literary awards in the Philippines given by other reputable groups such as the Free Press Literary Award for Poetry and the UMPIL(Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas) Gawad Balagtas.

International recognition for her work includes her being the first Filipino to receive the Sunthorn Phu Award for ASEAN Poets in 2013 by the Kingdom of Thailand.  Much earlier she received Honorable Mention of the Lillian Jerome Thornton Award.  She has served as Writer in Residence in the National  University of Singapore (2012) and as Distinguished Professor Lecturer of the Asian Universities Network (AUN), University of Sains,  Penang, Malaysia (2000) She also traveled to India on invitation of the Sahitya Akademi of the India Ministry of Culture to read her poetry in seven major cities as the Ananda Coomaraswamy Fellow for Literature in 2012.  Her own home city of Tacloban has honored her with the SANGYAW Achievement Award.     

Prof.Alunan has received the UP Visayas  Chancellor’s Award for Creative Work1997.  The UP system endowed her with the CENTENNIAL MEDALLION for the publication of Amina Among the Angels and Fern Garden Women Writing in the South among the 100-books target of the UP Press in honor of the Centennial of Philippine Independence and by the Government of the Philippines through the National Commission of the Philippines with the Ani ng Dangal.

She has significantly contributed to the growth of Philippine literature with her involvement in creative writing workshops, particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao,  In other academic home base, she co-founded the UPV Creative Writing program. The revival of writing in the Waray language may be credited to the workshops she organized in the UPVTC. Her mentees are now in the forefront of literary education in the region.

Her recent poetry book Running with Ghosts (Ateneo de Naga University Press) has been launched in June this year.  Another book Tinalunay – Hinugpong ngaPanurat nga Winaray, an anthology of Waray poetry (University of the Philippines Press) will be launched soon. Both are current finalists to the National Book Awards.   

Ma’am Merlie continues to grace cultural events, conducts seminars and reads poetry to young and old udiences in whatever season of her life.