Eight public service programs of the University won this year’s Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service. UP President Danilo Concepcion handed out certificates and cash rewards to the winners in a ceremony on December 5, 2017 at the UP Institute of Biology Auditorium.
The awardees were:
- the “Geography Field School” of the UP Diliman Department of Geography;
- the “Capacity Building Program on Bridging Leadership toward Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development” of UP Visayas;
- the “iBuntis (Imaging Buntis) Program — The Use of Handheld Ultrasound Integrated to Smarthone to Avert Maternal Deaths in Two Regions in the Philippines” of the UP Manila College of Medicine;
- “Evidence-based Planning for Resilient Local Health Systems of the UP Visayas College of Arts and Sciences and the UP Manila College of Public Health and School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte;
- the “Summer Arts Extension Program” of the UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication and Committee on Culture and the Arts;
- the “Teacher Development Program through eLearning” of the UP Open University Faculty of Information and Communication Studies and Faculty of Education and the UP Los Baños Rural High School;
- the “Phil-LiDAR 2 Program: National Resource Inventory of the Philippines Using LiDAR and other Remotely-Sensed Data” of: the UP Diliman College of Engineering, Department of Geodetic Engineering, and Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry; the UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics; the UP Los Baños Institute of Biological Sciences; and the UP Cebu Department of Biology and Environmental Studies; and,
- the “Participatory Implementation of a National DOH Program (PhilPEN Strategy) as a Public Service Program” of: the UP Manila Community Health and Development Program, College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, and Department of Family and Community Medicine; and the UP Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development and College of Home Economics.
The UP Padayon Public Service Office under the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs administers the program, which is now on its second year.
The award looks at initiatives connected to or are part of the work of UP constituent universities. Concepcion said that compassion, which he envisions as a pillar of UP, should be integral in their study, teaching, and research, resulting in knowledge that is relevant to the nation.
He further said in his message that he looks at university public service as “excellent, honorable, true, fair, and humane”. He pointed out that it did not begin with the Charter, as public service had long been symbolized by UP’s iconic Oblation. “Ang Pahinungod at ang Unibersidad ay iisa,” he said.
The selection committee was composed of Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr., Professor Emeritus of Sociology Manuel Flores Bonifacio, Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Caragay, and Professor of History Jaime Veneracion. (Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO)