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UPD Convocation 2014: vice chancellors take centerstage

(FEB. 24)—It was the Vice Chancellors’ turn to shine.

Five members of the Office of the Chancellor’s executive staff took centerstage to present the 3-year accomplishments of the UP Diliman (UPD) administraton in five key areas at the 2014 Convocation held Feb. 18, 4 p.m. at the University Theater.

The third in a series initiated by UPD chancellor Caesar A. Saloma in December 2011, the convocation sought “to inform the faculty, students, alumni and partners about the present state of UPD and the programs that were started and implemented to build a more nurturing and enabling campus.”

Saloma was appointed ninth chancellor of UPD on March 2, 2011.

Opening the program, Saloma briefly cited the numbers for UPD as of Dec. 31, 2013: 1,525 regular faculty members, 1,398 administrative staff and 421 research, extension and professional services (REPS) personnel serving the needs of more than 24,600 students in the current academic year 2013-2014.

Proceeding quickly, he introduced his executive team “who will report on the accomplishments of their respective offices in the last three years.” The officers, in the order of their presentation, were: Dr. Ronald S. Banzon on academic affairs; Prof. Ma. Corazon J. Tan on student affairs, Prof. Melania L. Flores on community affairs; Prof. Virginia C. Yap on administration and Dr. Benito M. Pacheco on research and development.

The vice chancellors' reports were in response to the chancellor’s two questions, namely: what is new in your office and what are the programs your office is busy with.

Musical numbers performed by campus-based groups paced the vice chancellors’ presentations. These groups were: the UP Brass Quintet, UP Cherubim and Seraphim, Baihana and the UP Madrigal Singers. The UP Staff Chorale Society led the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.

After the vice chancellors’ presentation, Saloma closed the program by acknowledging the offices under his supervision. These are the UP Diliman Information Office, Diliman Legal Office, UP Diliman Police, University Computer Center, UP Theater Complex, Gender Office, UP Diliman NSTP Office, Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (OICA), Balay Internasyonal and the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment.

He also said because of time constraints, he could only enumerate a few of the contributions of these offices in the 3-year period. Some of these were: setting the official UPD time, as reflected in the UPD portal; the siren to signal 8 a.m., 12 nn, 1 p.m and 5 p.m. on weekdays; flag-raising and retreat rites at the Oblation Plaza in the first Mondays and last Fridays, respectively, of every month; the publication of the UPD primer which contains “an accurately scaled and updated map of the 493-hectare UP Diliman campus together with other vital information regarding our colleges and campus landmarks;” and the creation of a UPD Safety and Welfare Committee composed of representatives from the faculty, staff and students “to enhance the safety and welfare of our employees and students as well as campus visitors.”

Capping the program, Saloma said “Administration is difficult work. But we have gained new insights and learned valuable lessons during the course of performing our duties as administrators in the past three years. This new knowledge will serve us well and the University in the future.”

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OVCSA: Access to education and student services

OVCCA: Taking the lead in public service

OVCA: UPD revenues up since 2011; workforce with more benefits

OVCRD: A commitment to advance R&D

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