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.
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.
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.
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)