UPD prof chairs SAB-OPCW

July 19, 2024
Imee Su Martinez, PhD, a professor at the UP Diliman (UPD) Institute of Chemistry is the new chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Martinez. Photo from UPDIO archive. According to the Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands Facebook page, “Martinez was elected during the 38th session of the OPCW-SAB held from May 27 to 31 at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Martinez will assume the position beginning 2025.” OPCW, according to its website, “is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.” Composed of 193 member states, the organization’s mission is to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. On the other hand, the SAB “is an OPCW subsidiary body that enables the director-general to render specialized advice in science and technology to the conference, executive council, or state parties to the convention.” The OPCW logo. Image from the OPCW Facebook page Martinez is the current vice chairperson of the OPCW-SAB. She also serves as UP assistant vice president for academic affairs (Internationalization) and director of the Office of International Linkages. Specializing in physical and surface chemistry, Martinez obtained her PhD in chemistry from the University of Houston in Texas, USA in 2010 under the Robert Welch Foundation Research Fellowship. She was a post-doctoral fellow (2010-2011) at the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University-Evanston.

UPD, AFI sign MOA for scholarship grant

July 18, 2024
UP Diliman (UPD) recently entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI) for a scholarship grant. Through the Future Leaders, AFI’s scholarship program, 12 undergraduate students will receive scholarship assistance beginning the first semester of the Academic Year 2024-2025. (From left) Soza, Vistan, Mapa-Suplido, and Cruz. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO According to the MOA, the grantees will receive a monthly stipend of PHP 6,000, a one-time provision for gadget worth PHP20,000, and a board review subsidy worth PHP 15,000. The AFI may also provide the grantees learning sessions and internships, among others. Should a grantee graduate with a Latin honor, the AFI will provide additional financial assistance as incentive. The MOA further states that to qualify for the scholarship, an applicant “must have obtained a general weighted average of at least 2.0 or better with no grade of 5.0 or unremoved 4.0 or INC. in the semester immediately preceding the application, must be enrolled in 15 units at the time of the award of the grant and maintains the full load each semester, and must not be a recipient of any scholarship grant.” The MOA was signed by UPD Chancellor Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II and AFI Chief Operating Officer Maria Remedios Dominique Mapa-Suplido on July 15. Witnessing the signing were Marielle Antoinette H. Soza, officer-in-charge of the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Jowelle Ann R. Cruz of the AFI Future Leaders.


UPMV K9 conducts public service mission

July 08, 2024
The UP-MMDA -Vanguard K9 Corps (UPMV) recently held Luntian at Pula, a public service mission at the UP Diliman Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) Complex. Co-organized with the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter, the public service mission provided free pet vaccination and free medical services.  One of the pets lined up for vaccinations. Photo from the UPMV According the Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service, the one-day affair was able to vaccinate over 200 pets against rabies.  The pet vaccination drive was made possible through the UPMV’s veterinary partners: Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service; May Rulibeth Legayo-Javier, DVM; the 105th Squadron 4th Division CGAD National Capital Regio; the Veterinary Student Achievers Society; and the Veterinary Education and Training Society. The public service mission also had a blood donation drive, free health checkups and circumcisions, and a free legal clinic. Food and reading glasses were also given to the attendees.  Two volunteers from the Veterinary Education and Training Society vaccinate a pet against rabies. Photo from the UPMV Satellite stations of the Home Development Mutual Fund / PAG-IBIG Fund, the Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Philippine Identification System of the Philippine Statistics Authority were also available at the event.  Luntian at Pula was co-organized by the UP Cadet Alumni Organization, the UP Corps of Sponsors, Serving Hearts, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, UERM Beta Sigma Fraternity, UP Vanguard Gun Club, RiteMed, and JoeMag’s restaurant.  “Through events like this, we hope to remind pet owners that their own health is just as important as their pets’ and that taking care of ourselves is one of the best things we can do for our loved ones. The UPMV K9 Corps is deeply indebted to the UP Vanguard community for the opportunity to join forces in this advocacy,” said UPMV president Elah Tendero. “ Established in 2017, the UPMV is a multisectoral non-profit volunteer partnership and organization among the University of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, and UP Vanguard Inc.  One of their flagship programs is a series of obedience and search-and-rescue training workshops for civilian pet owners. The program has, to date, trained over a hundred pet-owner teams Luntian at Pula was held on June 29.—With a report from the UPMV