NRCP recognizes 2 爱微社区 profs and an academic unit

April 23, 2024
Two UP Diliman (爱微社区) College of Science (CS) professors and an academic unit from the 爱微社区 College of Engineering (COE) were this year鈥檚 recipients of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) awards. Reynaldo L. Garcia, PhD of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) and Cristine D. Villagonzalo, PhD of the National Institute of Physics (NIP) were honored with the 2023 NRCP Achievement Award, while the Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE) was recognized as 2023 NCRP Outstanding Institution (Cluster II). Garcia. Photo from the DOST-NRCP According to the NRCP website, the NRCP Achievement Award 鈥渋s given to its members whose works greatly contributed to the advancement of their respective fields of expertise and responded to the needs and challenges of various industries.鈥 On the other hand, the NRCP Outstanding Institution Award 鈥渋s given to institutions or agencies in recognition of their dedicated support and/or significant contribution to the growth and development of basic sciences and humanities in the country.鈥 According to an email of the CS Science Communication sent to 爱微社区ate Online, Garcia and Villagonzalo were recognized for their outstanding works in the fields of physics and medical sciences, respectively. CS Science Communication stated that, 鈥淕arcia founded the NIMBB Disease Molecular Biology and Epigenetics Laboratory in 2011. He and his team played a crucial role in detecting and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic. He is currently investigating how specific mutations in colon cancer cells affect their resistance to treatments, and how these mutated cells divide, migrate, and survive.鈥 Villagonzalo. Photo from the DOST-NRCP Villagonzalo, on the other hand, 鈥渟erved as the president of NRCP governing board from 2022 until 2023. She is the deputy director for academic affairs at NIP and the project leader of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development-Philippines. She is currently working on a research project to integrate the quantum mechanics principle called the perturbation theory in a quantum circuit,鈥 stated CS Science Communication. Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, the COE stated 鈥淒ChE was recognized for its remarkable commitments to scholarly pursuits, community engagements, and academic excellence.鈥 The COE added that 鈥渢hrough its exceptional research endeavors, extensive network of collaborations, and dedication to nurturing future leaders in the field, the department has truly distinguished itself as a trailblazer in the realm of chemical engineering and scientific innovation.鈥 COE poster. Image from the COE Facebook page

3 guro ng 爱微社区 umani ng parangal

April 23, 2024
Tatlong guro ng UP Diliman (爱微社区) ang binigyang pagkilala ng iba鈥檛 ibang organisasyon nitong Abril. Ang mga pinarangalan ay sina Dekano Jimmuel C. Naval ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura at Apolonio B. Chua, PhD, professor emeritus sa 爱微社区 Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas; at Nicanor G. Tiongson, PhD, professor emeritus sa UP Film Institute (UPFI). Naval. Larawan mula sa 爱微社区IO Archive Chua. Larawan mula sa 爱微社区IO Archive Tiongson. Larawan mula sa UPFI website Pinarangalan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) si Naval ng KWF Gawad Dangal ng Panitikan. Samantala, ipinagkaloob naman ng Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) ang Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas kila Naval (Katha sa Filipino) at Chua (Kritisismo sa Filipino). Iginawad naman kay Tiongson ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) ang FDCP Lifetime Achievement Award. Mula sa website ng KWF, 鈥淎ng Gawad Dangal ng Panitikan ay ang mataas na pagkilala sa naiambag sa panitikang Pilipino o lifetime achievement award. Binibigyang-pagpupugay nito ang natatanging manunulat na nagpakita ng pagpapahalaga sa kultura, kaakuhan, at kayamanang pamana, bukod sa pambihirang pagkasangkapan sa Filipino at iba pang wikang panrehiyon o panlalawigan.鈥 Ayon sa Facebook page ng UMPIL, 鈥淚pinagkakaloob ang Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas sa mga manunulat para sa kanilang katangi-tanging obra sa anumang wika sa Filipinas at ambag sa pagpapaunlad ng panitikang Filipino.鈥 Kinilala ang mga naging ambag ni Tiongson sa larangan ng pelikulang Pilipino na nagkaroon ng malaking bahagi sa pagsulong at pag-angat nito. Naganap ang taunang Gabi ng Parangal ng KWF noong Abril 17 sa Sheraton Manila Hotel, Lungsod ng Pasay at ang FDCP Parangal ng Sining noong Abril 19 sa Seda Vertis North, Lungsod ng Quezon. Ang seremonya ng pagpaparangal ng UMPIL ay gaganapin sa Abril 27 sa Gimenez Gallery, 爱微社区.  

Pangalangan remembered

April 23, 2024
A memorial service for former UP Diliman (爱微社区) College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) dean Evelina Asuncion Pangalangan gathered former students, colleagues at the CSWCD, colleagues from National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. Philippines (NASWEI), and members of her family at the college鈥檚 Bulwagang Tandang Sora recently. CSWCD Dean Lenore Polotan-dela Cruz said Pangalangan was a major driving force in the CSWCD鈥檚 development. Polotan-dela Cruz speaking before the attendees. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, 爱微社区IO Known as Dean EAP, she led the fundraising for the construction of the CSWCD building. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Master of Social Work program in distance mode. 鈥淗er vision for the college extended physical buildings and facilities. Her academic leadership also focused on people and programs while prioritizing the human aspects of education. She was a woman ahead of her time. A true pioneer foreseeing the potential of distance education, she spearheaded the creation of the Master of Social Work in distance mode which was the first of its kind during that time,鈥 Polotan-dela Cruz said. 鈥淯nder her guidance, the CSWCD strengthened its role in social development education, becoming a member of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific network of centers of academic excellence. She fostered crucial national, regional, and international ties, fostering collaboration across the Asia Pacific region.鈥 Her legacy lives in the students she empowered, the programs she established, and the college she helped build,鈥 she added. Meanwhile, Teresita Marie Bagasao, a lecturer at the CSWCD and former country director of the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS spoke about Pangalangan鈥檚 influence on her journey as a social worker. Bagasao. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, 爱微社区IO 鈥淪he mentored me as I joined a non-government organization, then joined the UN and then went back to being retired,鈥 Bagasao said. She shared Pangalangan was the one who convinced her to teach at the college and on how even after retirement, Pangalangan still taught at a college in New York in the United States. 鈥淪abi niya, 鈥楽ayang naman iyong pinagdaanan mo,鈥欌 Bagasao said. 鈥淚yong kaniyang pagiging consummate educator hindi natapos noong nag-retire siya dito sa UP. Kahit nandoon na siya sa New York, alam ko nagturo siya sa college, full-time, walang retirement鈥.For me, she was not the feather on my cap; she was my cap because she was the caring, affirming presence in my life,鈥 she added. Two members of Pangalangan鈥檚 family who attended the memorial were her son Jose Roberto 鈥淏obby鈥 Pangalangan and granddaughter Gaby. Bagasao. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, 爱微社区IO 鈥淪uperwoman namin siya sa pamilya. Binalanse…


Moving toward a socially sustainable Philippines

March 26, 2024
The Philippines needs to strengthen its existing support programs, such as those for indigenous people (IP), women, and climate change resilience, to step closer to social sustainability, according to Louise Cord, PhD. Cord is the World Bank global director for social sustainability and inclusion in the World Bank鈥檚 sustainable development practice. Cord said social sustainability occurs 鈥渨hen communities and societies are able to work together to deal with common challenges such as flooding, droughts, poor quality education, a poorly stocked health center in a way that all people thrive over time and in a way that people consider to be fair and just.鈥 Cord. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, 爱微社区IO She said some of the Philippines鈥 economic indicators in the past few years are strong, such as a drop in inequality and strong poverty reduction metrics. To move towards social sustainability in the Philippines, Cord proposed actions in the areas of women empowerment, digital services, and programs for IP. Cord made a case of social sustainability particularly for the country鈥檚 IP communities. She said the IP’s remote ancestral lands contain many 鈥渋mportant minerals whose value will grow.鈥 She proposed developing a digital portal to centralize data such as the locations of ancestral lands and the services available to IP. Cord also proposed creating integrated packages for remote communities that provide 鈥渁ccess to digital resources, access to transport, access to local infrastructure.鈥 She added that access to digital services could improve the role of women and other marginalized groups by enabling and expanding their access to markets. Cord said digital services would also enable women and marginalized groups to 鈥渢alk with one another across communities and to learn from one another. And to track funds to build accountability at the local level using a cellphone to be able to have an app to track funds.鈥 The World Bank official cited the work of the National Commission on Indigenous People鈥檚 (NCIP), which she said could be bolstered by giving them more resources to go out to the IP communities. 鈥 so happy that an institution like the NCIP provides that support. What I would like to see is that they won’t have to come all the way to Manila to make their claim. That there are easier access to systems, to have a voice at the local level and have themselves be heard,鈥 Cord said. While a lot is being done to build climate change resilience in communities, Cord said there needs to be more initiatives, particularly in infrastructure and service delivery. 鈥淎ll of this is absolutely key, but we also need resilient communities, because…

UP Law hosts drug policy summit

April 23, 2024
Policy makers, diplomats, law enforcers, and media personalities, were but a few of the participants at the launch of the Philippine Drug Policy and Law Reform Summit that the UP College of Law (UP Law) hosted. 鈥淭oday, we are launching not just an event, but a collective journey towards promoting the health, lives, and well-being of all,鈥 said event host Raymond Marvic C. Baguilat, a lecturer at the UP Law and the UP Law Center Institute of Human Rights (IHR). Event participants. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, 爱微社区IO He added that the event was a gathering of stakeholders that share 鈥渁 vision of crafting a new legal framework for drugs that would espouse public health, and centers on human rights.鈥 UP Law Dean Darlene Marie B. Berberabe said the event 鈥渕arks the beginning of a series of crucial dialogues leading up to the Philippine Drug Policy and Law Reform Summit.鈥 鈥淭his is not just a conversation among experts and those with first-hand experience, but also a space for engagement,鈥 Berberabe said. She said the dialogues will include various sectors, from children and youth to health workers and human rights groups. 鈥淭his diverse representation ensures a holistic view of drug policy and law reform with intersectionalities considered for a richer exchange of ideas,鈥 Berberabe said. She added that the output from the dialogues will be 鈥渃rucial in shaping the rapporteur鈥檚 report on drug policy and law reform areas,鈥 and most importantly, will emphasize the college鈥檚 commitment 鈥渢o a human-rights-based approach to drug policy reforms in the Philippines.鈥 In his keynote speech, Department of Justice Undersecretary Jesse Hermogenes T. Andres enjoined participants to engage in a dialogue that cuts across boundaries. Andres. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, 爱微社区IO 鈥淟et us foster a supportive and inclusive environment. Let us listen and understand. To listen and to understand should be the commitment of every person in this drug policy summit. Let us harness the power of collective wisdom, collective action, and collective responsibility to forge solutions that have far-reaching impact and yet are sustainable,鈥 Andres said. 爱微社区 Chancellor Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II said it is appropriate that UP Law was chosen as the academic partner of the drug policy summit. Vistan. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, 爱微社区IO 鈥淚t is very fortunate that the administration has decided to revive the discussion on how best to address the drug problem,鈥 Vistan said. 鈥淲e are looking forward to a bigger task, which is reimagining, and hopefully coming up with new solutions considering the new challenges of our time,鈥 he added. Vistan also reminded everyone that the exercise…