UPVTC Puso gives Cash Donation to UPVTC Security Guards

UPVTC Puso gives Cash Donation to UPVTC Security Guards

The UPVTC Puso group of volunteer faculty and staff and members of the All UP Academic Employees Union pooled resources to give a Php 1,000.00 cash donation to each of the 15 security guards in the UPVTC city campus and the 9 security guards at the UPVTC Sta. Elena property. The security guards are employees of a security agency under contract with the College. They and staff of UPVTC’s Security Office also received two UPVTC Puso face shields.

In the current COVID-19 crisis, our security personnel are valued frontliners who help keep the UPVTC community safe.

“Dako nga pasalamat ha iyo han mga guards naton pati kami. Thank you so much!” said Mr. Mario Martinez, head of the UPVTC Security Office.

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UP Tacloban Produces Alcohol-based Hand Rubs for Frontliners

UP Tacloban Produces Alcohol-based Hand Rubs for Frontliners

Through its URUGUP public service initiative, UPV Tacloban College has produced an alcohol-based hand rub following World Health Organization standards for donation to healthcare facilities and other frontline service providers in Eastern Visayas.

On 3 April, 20,000 mL, 5,000 mL, and 2,500 mL of the URUGUP 80% ethyl alcohol hand rub were donated to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), Maasin City Hospital, and Abuyog District Hospital, respectively. The UPVTC Security Office received two 300 mL bottles of 75% isopropyl alcohol and 1 gallon (about 3300 mL) of 80% ethyl alcohol hand rub on the same day.

On 4 April, 1500 mL of the URUGUP 75% isopropyl hand rub was turned over to personnel manning the entry and exit points of Tacloban City at San Juanico Bridge, Marasbaras, and Diversion Road near Imelda Village.

The local production of the alcohol-based antiseptic hand rub by a team of Chemistry faculty, researchers, and a volunteer alumnus is part of UP Tacloban’s URUGUP public service program in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The first batch was produced with funding support from the UP Tacloban and UP Visayas administration through the UP, Magbubunga Tayo! initiative, a collaboration with the UPV Foundation, Inc. With support from generous donors, the project team and the UPVTC community hope to produce more and help meet the need for disinfectants and hand sanitizers in healthcare and other frontline facilities in Region 8.

UPVTC URUGUP distributes Food and Hygiene Packs to stranded UPVTC students

UPVTC URUGUP distributes Food and Hygiene Packs to stranded UPVTC students

The UP Tacloban URUGUP Donation Team, in cooperation with the Student Council and the Office of Student Affairs, distributed relief packs to UPVTC students who were unable to return to their hometowns because of the enhanced community quarantine. The students are temporarily staying in boarding houses or with their friends and relatives.

The food and hygiene packs were donated by Congressman Florencio “Bem” Noel of AN WARAY Party-list, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Uy and Mr. Colai Go of Astra Mart.

This donation distribution is one of several UPVTC efforts to assist students, staff members, and other sectors affected by the challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis.

UPVTC Puso gives out Face Shields and Food Packs to Frontliners

UPVTC Puso gives out Face Shields and Food Packs to Frontliners

UPVTC Puso is a group of volunteer UP Tacloban faculty and staff who pooled their resources to make and donate washable face shields to frontliners in seven hospitals in Leyte and give food packs to poor households in four barangays (Utap, Sampaguita, Apitong, and Naganaga Lower Dam) in Tacloban City. The group also gave face shields and food packs to UPVTC security personnel and hygiene kits to 200 tricycle drivers who are members of DOTTA and TODA.

UPV Tacloban College’s Public Service Operation at Brgy. 107, Sta. Elena, Tacloban City

UPV Tacloban College’s Public Service Operation at Brgy. 107, Sta. Elena, Tacloban City

Three thousand shirts were donated by the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) to 381 families from the seven (7) zones of Brgy. 107, Santa Elena, Tacloban City last February 14. The barangay was among those communities heavily affected by Typhoon Ursula just two days before Christmas last year.
According to the Punong Barangay, Mrs. Letecia C. Olino, some of their houses were totally damaged by the strong winds, and their agricultural areas were washed-out by the heavy rains. She added that public facilities, which remained intact after Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013, were partially destroyed – to everyone’s surprise. 

That was the case with their basketball court, where the distribution of the shirts took place. She recounted how thankful she was when the Supervising Administrative Officer of UPVTC, Mr. Telesforo S. Sales notified sometime in the first week of February that UPVTC intended to donate shirts from Gaisano Davao, shipped all the way from UP Iloilo. Mrs. Olino then informed her constituents through their Public Service Announcement of the distribution and instructed each household to send a representative. Expressing her gratitude towards the UPVTC administration, Ma’am Letecia shared that their barangay is proud of being a part of the UP Santa Elena community.
       UPVTC Associate Dean, Prof. Arvin T. De Veyra, who joined in the distribution, reiterated the idea of the UPVTC Dean, Dr. Patricia B. Arinto, regarding Extension Programs led by the institution: if UP Tacloban seeks to provide other public welfare assistance or social awareness programs, it must first take place in our own neighborhood.

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.

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.