UPD hosts basic education summit

March 05, 2024
Officials and practitioners from all over the UP system gathered at the Student Union Building in UP Diliman (UPD) for a two-day conference on the state and future of basic education in the University. Suma’t Suri: UP Basic Education Summit 2024 had attendees from most basic education institutions in the UP system, namely UP Integrated School in UPD, UP Rural High School in UP Los Baños, UP High School Cebu in UP Cebu, and UP High School in UP Visayas in Iloilo. Day 1 Participants and guests. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO Representatives from the UPD College of Home Economics Department of Family Life and Child Development and the UP Visayas Balay Balay Child Minding Center of the Gender and Development Program also attended. Speaking at the summit, Faculty Regent Carl Marc Ramota said this is the first time faculty representatives from UP’s early childhood and basic education units have been gathered to a summit “that will focus on the issues, concerns, and even aspirations of rank-and-file educators” which he said need to be addressed. “Hindi tumutugon o tumutugma iyong marami sa mga polisiya at proseso sa antas ng sa tunay na sitwasyon at pangangailangan ng ating mga kaguruan sa basic education,” Ramota said. Ramota speaks to the participants. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO Delivering the keynote speech was Ruby Anna Bernardo, union president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Partylist National Capital Region. Bernardo said the neoliberalism present in the country’s basic education system is one of its major ills. She proposed seven solutions that would solve the ills of basic education in the country: Itaas ang sweldo ng mga guro at kawani, dagdag at mas maayos na benepisyo ng mga guro at kawani, punan ang matinding kakulangan upang maresolba ang krisis sa pagkatuto, ibasura ang Charter Change at tugunan ang mga pangangailangan sa edukasyon at isa pang serbisyong panlipunan, doblehin ang badyet sa edukasyon at gawing katumbas ng 6% ng gross domestic product, kilalanin at igalang ang karapatan sa pag-uunyon, at itaguyod ang makabayan, siyentipiko, progresibo, at libreng edukasyon. Organized by the All UP Academic Employees Union (AUPAEU)-National, AUPAEU-Los Baños, and the Office of the Faculty Regent, the summit was held from Feb. 29 to March 1.

UPD honored by PS-DBM

March 05, 2024
UP Diliman (UPD) was recently honored by the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) for its support to the agency and for being among its primary stakeholders at the ONE in Procurement and Service 2024, with the theme Transformative Public Service in the Digital Age. UPD was one of the four agencies that received the Sigasig Award. Ofilada (fourth from left) receives award for UPD from PS-DBM officials including Santiago (third from left) and Pangandaman (fifth from left). Photo from UP Procurement Facebook page Lawyer Flor Rissa L. Ofilada, director of the UP Procurement Office (UPPO), received the award on behalf of UPD from DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman and PS-DBM Executive Director Dennis S. Santiago. The Sigasig Award is described by the PS-DBM as the award that “recognizes the determination of awardees in actually having procurement projects posted in the PhilGEPS (Philippine Government Electronic Procurement Systems).” UPD’s Sigasig Award from PS-DBM. Photo from UP Procurement Facebook page The PS-DBM further stated that they “honor the agencies that diligently publish and update their PhilGEPS posting.” In her Facebook post, Ofilada said the award is for everyone who worked on Diliman procurement, including UPD Chancellor Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II, Vice Chancellor for Administration Adeline A. Pacia, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Carl Michael F. Odulio, and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Raquel B. Florendo. She also thanked “the UPPO team for working hard to get things done the right way.” The other agencies that were given the same award were the 114th Contracting Office for Infrastructure, AFPPS; the City of Himamaylan, Negros Occidental; and the Home Development Mutual Fund-Corporate Headquarters. The appreciation event of PS-DBM for client agencies was held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Feb. 29.


Learning new stories to live by

February 07, 2024
Arran Stibbe, PhD, said the Philippines should protect its language diversity and its many traditional and indigenous cultures. An ecolinguist and a professor in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, Stibbe said the country’s languages and cultures contain ecological wisdom. Stibbe. Photo from Stibbe’s Facebook account In the study Traditional Ecological Knowledge Versus Ecological Wisdom: Are They Dissimilar in Cultural Landscape Research? by Rosyi Damayanti T. Manningtyas and Katsunori Furuya, ecological wisdom is defined as “the best expertise of pure improvisation for and from ecological practice that enables a person or community to make not only ethical judgments, but also take circumspect action on ecological practices.” The study was published on the MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) website, a scholarly, open-access publication, accessed on Jan. 24. Ecological wisdom is important in constructing positive new stories for people to live by, in place of the current stories that Stibbe described as “stories of industrial civilization that are putting the planet on a path towards disaster.” Stibbe’s presentation. Screenshot of the webinar He mentioned that in the industrial civilization, the texts in newspapers, magazines, advertising, and even in economic textbooks influence culture. “These texts have an influence on our culture,” Stibbe said. He further explained that the hidden messages in these texts “are implanted very deeply in our consciousness and influence how we think, how we talk, and how we act.” He then posed the questions “Are these stories encouraging us to act in ways that create an equal and sustainable society? Or, are they negative stories which are encouraging us to consume too much and create an unfair society?” Stibbe explained that to avoid the possibility of collapse, and avoid the grim projections for 2050 (i.e. world population to increase to 9.7 billion and tripled chemical pollution), the industrial, consumerist, economic growth-driven civilization must transform itself into a sustainable civilization. Stibbe’s presentation. Screenshot of the webinar Quoting Ben Okri, the Nigerian-born British poet and novelist, Stibbe said, “Why stories? Stories are the secret reservoir of values. Change the stories that individuals or nations live by and you change the individuals and nations themselves.” According to Stibbe, ecological wisdom is embedded in languages and traditional cultures. “In the Philippines, you have many traditional cultures and indigenous cultures, and within those cultures, there is a lot of…

UPD, Batanes gov’t, and BSC sign MOU

February 07, 2024
UP Diliman (UPD), the Provincial Government of Batanes (PGB), and the Batanes State College (BSC) inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 30 at the BSC Amphitheater. This was another milestone in UPDs’ partnership with the island province since Batanes was chosen as a member of the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on 16 June 2023 (See for related story).   (From left) Tumanan, Resurreccion, Villa, Vistan, Durante, and Dela Santa. Photo from the Breathtaking Batanes Facebook page According to the MOU, the three parties shall engage in “research collaboration, extension projects, and similar undertakings related to the sustainability of the Batanes Islands and its membership in UNWTO-INSTO,” and shall cover the areas of “governance, resident satisfaction, destination economic benefits, employment and human resources, tourism seasonality and visitor satisfaction, energy management, solid waste management, wastewater management, climate change, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.” The MOU, which will be effective until 30 Oct. 2026, details the obligations and responsibilities of the parties (UPD, PGB, and BSC) and concerns on intellectual property right and publications, as well as on confidentiality. UPD Chancellor Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II remarked that this partnership with the Batanes local government and the BSC is an avenue for the University to offer its expertise and practice its public service in one of the country’s farthest regions. Vistan. Photo from the Breathtaking Batanes Facebook page Signatories of the MOU were Vistan for UPD, Batanes Provincial Governor Marilou H. Cayco (represented by Batanes Vice Governor Ignacio C. Villa) for PGB, and BSC President Djovi Regala Durante for the BSC. University officials that witnessed the MOU signing were Augustus C. Resurreccion, PhD, UP vice president for administration; Mary Anne Ramos Tumanan, PhD, project director of the Batanes Tourism and Hospitality Monitoring Center; and Edieser DL. Dela Santa, PhD, former dean of the UPD Asian Institute of Tourism. MOU signatories and witnesses. Photo from the Breathtaking Batanes Facebook page