Category Archives: UP Forum

Geography in the Field: A Course-Based Extension Program

Participatory 3D Mapping project of Geog 192 students led by Mr. Emmanuel Garcia with the local participants of Paracale, Camarines Norte in partnership with UNICEF.
Geography focuses on the study of the earth as the home of humans. A holistic discipline, it examines human-environment interactions, spatial processes, and the development of places and localities. It studies the physical and human processes of the earth and investigates how these produce different landscapes. It uses geographic techniques such as spatial analysis, cartography, geographic information science (GIScience), remote sensing, and statistical methods to explore and comprehend the complexities of natural and cultural systems and …

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The UP Manila Community Health and Development Program (UP CHDP)

A workshop group during a Barangay Assembly in San Juan in 2006. This was one of several groups that were discussing “My Vision Of A Healthy Community.” Photo courtesy of Dr. Anthony G.H. Cordero.
The UP CHDP is the UP Manila unit mandated by the University to enter into partnerships with Philippine municipalities to set up and maintain community-based health programs (CBHPs) that will benefit both parties. It provides the site for UP faculty, staff and students’ curricular (academic) immersion and service activities.
In 2007, the UP CHDP was revived by then UP Manila Chancellor Ramon L. Arcadio. The UP CHDP Conceptual …

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BIDANI: A Strategy for Promoting Local Development and Nutrition Improvement

BMIS as a tool for nutrition-in-development, i.e. capacity development for BMIS electronic system and spotmapping. Photo courtesy of Ms. Lorna Garcia.
Malnutrition is a multi-faceted problem and cannot be solved only by health and nutrition practitioners. It needs multidisciplinary and multisectoral but integrative approaches in order to minimize if not solve this problem. The causes of malnutrition, being multiple and complex, are better addressed with the collaborative efforts of several disciplines.
One concrete example is the malnutrition problem due to poverty in an upland area. The people are poor despite planting cash crops under the forest trees. Their productivity is low because …

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The UP Forum Roundtable Discussion: Public Service in Higher Education

Raul G. Bradecina, Ph.D.
SUC President III
Partido State University
Camarines Sur
The University of the Philippines is succeeding in making public service an essential part of the higher education program. For Partido State University, the public service arm of UP has enabled a budding and growing University to access UP’s expertise to capacitate its faculty members as well as help enhance PSU students’ competency in highly technical courses where faculty members having advanced degrees are lacking or inadequate. For instance, UP has been consistently sending its experts from the National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) to conduct lectures for our geology students.
UP has …

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Pagmamalasakit: Adhikain ng UP

Pagtanggap sa Paglilipat ng Tungkulin ni UP President Danilo Concepcion
09 February 2017; Quezon Hall, UP Diliman Campus
Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat!
Una sa lahat, hayaan ninyong ipakilala ko ang aking butihing maybahay, si Atty. Gaby Concepcion.
Pangalawa, hayaan po ninyong ipakilala ko sa inyo ang mga bubuo sa aking gabinete:
Executive Vice President – Dr. Teodoro Herbosa
VP for Academic Affairs – Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista
VP for Planning & Finance – Dr. Joselito Florendo
VP for Development – Dr. Elvira Zamora
VP for Administration – Prof. Nestor Yunque
VP for Public Affairs – Dr. Jose Dalisay, Jr.
VP for Legal Affairs – Atty. Hector Danny …

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The DNA Analysis Kit: Helping Sex Crime Victims Find Justice

Prototype version of the Sexual Assault Investigation Kit (SAIK).
Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women (VAW) in the country, ranking third among reported offenses at 13.1 percent from 1999 to 2009. But the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and other concerned organizations are aware that the reality is far more troubling than the figures indicate. The social and cultural stigmatization associated with rape has silenced many victims about their ordeals. Those who do report rape incidents to authorities face another set of difficulties—from an over-reliance on victim testimony to the psycho-sociological and economic costs of …

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In support of the Lumad children’s right to education

Photo by Nanette Tolentino / SOS-UPD
Members of the UP Diliman Chapter of the Save our Schools (SOS) Network (SOS-UPD) recently visited the Matigsalog Lumad community in Sitio Malungon, San Fernando, Bukidnon in Mindanao through the Ila-ila Lumad (getting-to-know the Lumad) interfaith program of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR).
The group, composed of UPD faculty, workers, students and researchers, joined other participants from the religious and non-government sectors to learn more about the culture, issues and needs of the Lumad. They observed the Manobo literacy and numeracy schools, or alternative schools in remote areas, and participated in the …

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Top UP public service programs hailed

President Alfredo Pascual, Vice President for Public Affairs Edna Estifania Co, and Selection Committee members Manuel Bonifacio, Jocelyn Caragay, and Jaime Veneracion, with the team from the UP Mindanao Office of the Chancellor’s Land Reservation Management Office behind the program Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Community Through Agricultural Projects, winner of the award, and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Photo by Jun Madrid, UPSIO.
Honors from the UP president were conferred on outstanding public service programs of the University at the first Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service awarding ceremony on January 30, 2017 at the UP Executive House …

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“UP Under the Sun”

Farmer-Scientist Davide
Restoring Dignity of Farmers
Dr. Romulo Davide.
At 82 years old, a person such as Romulo Davide already has a lot of feathers in his cap. He is a University of the Philippines Los Baños Professor Emeritus, and a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for his Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP) to which more than anything else, he is the enduring light to many farmers all over the country. In an interview with UP Forum, Davide shares how his award-winning project known as the Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP) speaks of his life in a continuum.
Just a kid from …

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UP Anti-Sexual Harassment Code

Approved by the UP Board of Regents on its 1324th Meeting, 26 January 2017
To download a copy of the UP Anti-Sexual Harassment Code, please click here.

Pursuant to its powers vested by law, the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines System hereby promulgates this Anti-Sexual Harassment Code within the jurisdiction of the University of the Philippines.
Section 1. Declaration of Policy. – The University values and upholds the dignity of every individual, and guarantees the full respect for human rights of all members of the UP community.
All forms of sexual harassment are unacceptable.
To this end, the University shall maintain …

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