UP prexy gets close look at admin issues, UPV

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President Danilo Concepcion raises a token of appreciation given to him by the organizers of the UP System-wide Administrative Management and Staff Conference 2018 led by Staff Regent Analiza Fulvadora and Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
President Danilo Concepcion raises a token of appreciation given to him by the organizers of the UP System-wide Administrative Management and Staff Conference 2018 led by Staff Regent Analiza Fulvadora and Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion visited UP Visayas (UPV) on July 13 and 14, 2018, consulting with administrative personnel representatives of the UP System, inaugurating new UPV structures, and checking on the remote UPV Marine Biological Station on Taklong Island, Guimaras.

Concepcion attended the second day of the triennial UP System-wide Administrative Management and Staff Conference held in the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Auditorium in the UPV Miag-ao campus, where he listened and reacted to the reporting of workshop output on administrative staff concerns.

He spoke of his favoring administrative staff directorship of administrative offices. He endorsed equal opportunity for research and free studies for the administrative staff, but urged them to initiate the proposals. He also expressed support for automatic promotion for those qualified, and for raising University revenues to be able to buy land for faculty and staff housing.

 

The new UP Visayas Faculty and Staff Housing before the ribbon cutting, with UP President Danilo Concepcion and (from left) UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, UP Visayas Chancellor Mary Ann Gumban, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, UP Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque, UP Assistant Vice President for Administration Ariel Betan, and UP Mindanao Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
The new UP Visayas Faculty and Staff Housing before the ribbon cutting, with UP President Danilo Concepcion and (from left) UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Gumban, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, UP Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque, UP Assistant Vice President for Administration Ariel Betan, and UP Mindanao Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion (3rd from left) and UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran (center) cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new UP Visayas Faculty and Staff Housing, with (from left to right) UP Vice President Nestor Yunque, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Gumban, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, and UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP President Danilo Concepcion (3rd from left) and UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran (center) cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new UP Visayas Faculty and Staff Housing, with (from left to right) UP Vice President Nestor Yunque, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Gumban, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, and UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

He said he would find more money to regularize employees. “I will not back down on this promise,” he pointed out, referring to his UP presidential nomination platform. Concepcion also assured the administrative personnel of the University’s legal protection in cases filed against them for performing their official duties.

“We should trust each other. I am one with you,” the President told more than 150 administrative personnel delegates, assuring them he would look after their welfare in his decisions.

The dialogue ended with Concepcion’s plea to uphold the Filipino characteristic of malasakit. “Magmalasakit sa Unibersidad na pinanggagalingan ng ating kaligayahan, kabuhayan, at karangalan. Magmalasakit sa propesyon, sa sarili, sa isa’t isa,” he said.

 

President Danilo Concepcion sings "UP Naming Mahal" with other UP officials and organizers and delegates of the UP System-wide Administrative Management and Staff Conference 2018. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
President Danilo Concepcion sings “UP Naming Mahal” with other UP officials and organizers and delegates of the UP System-wide Administrative Management and Staff Conference 2018. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

The President proceeded to inaugurate the Graduate Students Office, consisting of two laboratories and working spaces for up to 57 graduate students; and the new Faculty and Staff Housing, a condominium-style structure, with 49 two-room and single-room units.

On the next day, Concepcion took the multi-modal trip to the UPV’s Marine Biological Station (MBS) in the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve off the far southern coast of Guimaras island, where he met with UPV Division of Biological Sciences Chair Frances Nievales and UPV-MBS Head Ma. Celia Malay.

The President was briefed on the problems of the marine reserve in general, which include illegal fishing, the influx of visitors, and solid waste; and the biological station, in particular, which include administration, logistics, and communication.

 

UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran explains the map of Guimaras Province to UP President Danilo Concepcion during the latter's visit to the UP Visayas Marine Biological Station on Taklong Island, Guimaras. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran explains the map of Guimaras Province to UP President Danilo Concepcion during the latter’s visit to the UP Visayas Marine Biological Station on Taklong Island, Guimaras. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion on a boat docked at the mangrove entrance of the UP Visayas Marine Biological Station on Taklong Island. With him are (from left) UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Gumban, Lorena Yunque of the Philippine Commission on Women, UP Assistant Vice President for Administration Ariel Betan, former UP Vice President for Administration Maragtas Amante, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, and UP Los Baños Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administration Genaro Cuaresma. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP President Danilo Concepcion on a boat docked at the mangrove entrance of the UP Visayas Marine Biological Station on Taklong Island. With him are (from left) UP Visayas Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Gumban, Lorena Yunque of the Philippine Commission on Women, UP Assistant Vice President for Administration Ariel Betan, former UP Vice President for Administration Maragtas Amante, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, and UP Los Baños Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administration Genaro Cuaresma. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Concepcion is only the second UP president to set foot on the island after Emerlinda Roman. The late UP President Edgardo Angara made the trip when he was Senate President, according to UPV officials.

On his way to the Taklong island jump-off from the Jordan, Guimaras port, he met with Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz and Imelda Fernandez of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project. The three belong to the same Agricultural Engineering batch in Araneta University. (Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO)