Plenary speaker Dr. Divine Love Salvador discusses the challenges of an integrated research-and-practice agenda. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.

The UP Padayon Public Service Office organized its 3rd Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCON 3) which opened on October 16 at the UP Visayas auditorium in Iloilo City. The three-day conference took up the theme, “Public service through academe-community partnership: Addressing challenges on health, environment, gender, culture & education, and other key issues”.

A Pahinungod volunteer lives up to the spirit of The Oblation. (Photo courtesy of UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod)

Seeing signs of diminishing social responsibility among students in the early 1990s, UP instituted a program to encourage volunteer service to underserved communities. The underlying belief was that UP’s soul resided in connecting to the people, i.e., public service that went beyond mere fulfillment of requirements to something more integral and committed.