Research Reports

Monthly Accomplishment Report – September 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
September 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates

1. As of September 2016, 5 faculty members have received 7 International Publication Awards from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for their ISI/Scopus-indexed Publications.

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2. The office organized its 3rd research presentation of the year last 7 September 2016. The following are the researches presented by the faculty members:

ADAA Ritchelita Galapate, CVSC Director Yuleta Orillo, panelist Prof. Judith Silapan, research presenters Prof. Bensig, Prof. Maglangit, Prof. Edullantes, and Prof. Maglangit. and second panelist Prof. Mae Claire Jabines. (From L-R)

ADAA Ritchelita Galapate, CVSC Director Yuleta Orillo, panelist Prof. Judith Silapan, research presenters Prof. Bensig, Prof. Maglangit, Prof. Edullantes, and Prof. Maglangit. and second panelist Prof. Mae Claire Jabines. (From L-R)

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Student attendees of the research presentation with the faculty members.

Student attendees of the research presentation with the faculty members.

3. Prof. Eukene Bensig submitted the final report of her Faculty Grant 2015 paper, “Coliform and Physicochemical factors of Buhisan, Bulacao and Lahug Rivers, Cebu, Philippines.” The research was published in WALIA 32 (S1): 28-30.

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4. 4 publications were reported by three faculty members from Sciences and Social Sciences Clusters:

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5. 8 faculty members and 1 REPs (research and extension and personnel services) reported their paper or poster presentations in national/international conferences or creative work:

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6. Prof. Famador’s research presentation, “Idenfitification of Possible Infarction on the Cross section of Cardiac Muscle Tissue Using Color Segmentation and Difference of Gaussian,” received the Best Presentation Award in Japan.

Prof. Sandra Mae Famador

Prof. Sandra Mae Famador

7. 2 faculty members submitted the final reports of their faculty grant paper/creative work on 20 September 2016:

• Prof. Roque on his Faculty Grant 2011: Gawad Joya: Joya Awardees’ (1976-2016) Art Exhibit

• Prof. Ma. Rowena Mende on her Faculty Grant 2012: Communicating the urgency of climate change: Effects of message elaboration, mode of communication, and gender on behavioral intentions toward climate change mitigation

8. The office endorsed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs 4 UP Cebu research proposals from the Arts and Humanities Cluster, Sciences Cluster, and Social Sciences Cluster that were submitted for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant.

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ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Supported activity

The office assisted the Department of Computer Science in its international conference last 21-22 September 2016 in UP Cebu. The conference entitled, “Workshop on Computation: Theory and Practice 2016,” was attended by more than 50 participants.

Participants of the WCTP 2016.

Participants of the WCTP 2016.

2. Other intervening activities

The research staff represented the University as a member of the Regional Search Committee for the 2016 Search for Outstanding Volunteer. The committee interviewed the nominees last 29 September 2016 in NEDA Region 7. For this year, the committee endorsed three regional nominees: National Outstanding Volunteer Award for Individual (Adult), National Outstanding Volunteer Award for Organization (Non-Profit), and Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other members of the Search for Outstanding Volunteer-Regional Screening Committee (SOV-RSC) Region 7 are the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 7), as chair, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA 7), the Civil Service Commission (CSC 7), and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., representing the Non-Government Organization (NGO).

(Photos from Facebook account of Minerva Newman)

(Photos from Facebook account of Minerva Newman)

UP Cebu representative with region 7 representatives from NEDA, DSWD, and PIA.

UP Cebu representative with region 7 representatives from NEDA, DSWD, and PIA.

3. Gawad Dekana 2016 Recognition

The entire staff of the research office was recognized during the Gawad Dekana 2016 last 23 September 2016. The Gawad Dekana is a yearly event in celebration of UP Cebu’s autonomy.

Director Yuleta Orillo was recognized for her 25 years of service in UP Cebu. University Research Associate Cora Jane Lawas received a Special Citation for finishing her Master of Science in Geoinformation Science with specialization in Natural Resource Management in University Twente, The Netherlands. The research staff, Julie Nieva, was awarded as the Outstanding Employee and also received a Special Citation for graduating Master of Business Administration in UP Cebu.

Monthly Accomplishment Report – August 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
August 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates

1. Dr. Belinda Espiritu reported her publication “Negative media portrayal of Islam.” The research was published in Media Development 63: 15-19.

2. Prof. Kim Bondoc reported his publication “Climate Change Awareness among Students in the Secondary Level.” The research was published in European Academic Journal 3 (3): 2714-2730 last June 2015.

3. The office endorsed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs three UP Cebu research proposals from the Business Management and Sciences Cluster submitted for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant.
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4. Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya presented the research “Identifying surface impoundments on LiDAR generated DEMs to identify dengue prone areas” during The 3rd International Symposium on Environment and Health in Galway, Ireland, last August 14-20, 2016. The research is an output of the LiDAR project and was presented with Isballea Pauline Quijano, Jao Hallen Bañados, and Chito Patiño.

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Supported activity

The office assisted the Social Sciences Cluster in the preparations for their activity “UP OIL World Experts Lecture Series Programme” held in UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall on 24-25 August 2016.

2. Administrative accomplishment

The staff and university research associate attended the Performance Based Bonus (PBB) 2016 meeting in UP Diliman last 5 August 2016.

CVSC 2016 Accomplishment as of 1 August 2016

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Monthly Accomplishment Report – July 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
July 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates
1. Prof. Brisneve Edullantes submitted his research proposal “Spatiotemporal patterns of phytoplankton photophysiology and primary productivity in an altered river estuary.” The research is funded under the Faculty Grant 2015.

2. Dr. Catherine Rodel submitted the completion of her Faculty Grant 2015 funded creative work entitled, “Music of the Night: Serenata @ 16 goes Broadway.”

3. Mr. Jason Baguia presented the research, “Warrior, Peacemaker: Media Depiction of Christian
Religious Actors in Kenyan and Philippine 2013 Election Coverage” during the International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference 2016 in the Lecture Theater 1, Attenborough Building, University of Leicester in the Religion, Communication and Culture, on 29 July 2016. The paper was co-written by Muthoki Mumo and Ole Krogsgaard.

4. Prof. Rhenozo Barte reported his paper, “Test and Demonstration of a Benford’s Law and Approximate Distribution of DV Amounts,” that was presented during the SBE International Conference on Business and Economy (SBE-ICBE) 2016 in Michael Richartz Building Tourism Center, School of Business and Economics, University of San Carlos, Cebu, on 12 February 2016.

5. Prof. Anna Marie Talam reported 2 international research presentations:

• “Weathering the “Push and Pull” Factors of Labor Mitigation: Filipinos Across East Asian Borders” was presented during the 2016 SEAA (Society for East Asian Anthropology) Hong Kong Conference in The Chinese University of Hong Kong last 19-22 June 2016.

• “A Journey of Bundles and Tasks: From Hinterland to the City’s Marketplace” was presented during the 2016 International Conference on Business and Social Sciences (ICBASS) in Kyoto, Japan, last 29-31 March 2016.

6. Phil-LIDAR Program 1 reported 1 international research presentation and 1 international poster presentation:

• “Spatial Analysis of High Residential Density Areas Vis-a-Vis Disaster Response in Two Cities of Western Visayas, Philippines” was presented during the H-City International Conference on Geographies of Health and Living in Cities in Hong Kong last 21-24 June 2016. It was written by Chito Patiño, Olavides, R., and Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya.

• “Running to Safety: Analysis of Disaster susceptibility of Neighborhoods and Proximity of Safety Facilities in Silay City, Philippines” was presented as a poster presentation during XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress in Prague, Czech Republic last 12-19 July 2016. It was written by Chito Patiño, Naressa Belle Saripada, Olavides, R., and Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya.

7. The following research studies reported in July 2016 were accomplished by faculty members in the previous year:

• Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves published her paper on “The Integration of Sustainability in the Business Curricula of Cebu Universities and Colleges: A Review” in the Journal of Ecology and Conservation 16: 179-201.

• Atty. Liza Corro’s research paper, “The Twenty-First Century Education: Promoting the Learner-Focused Paradigm,” was included as in the international proceeding of the 2015 International Conference Workshop for Teachers and Administrators: The 21st Century Education of Promoting the Learner-Focused Paradigm in Traveller’s Hotel, Subic Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, on 28 October 2015.

• Phil-LIDAr Program 1 presented the paper, “Flood Risk Exposure Determination Using Feature Extraction,” during the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Manila, on 19-23 October 2015. The paper was written by Naressa Belle Saripada, Jao Hallen Bañados, Chito Patiño, and Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya.

8. Prof. Mae Claire Jabines submitted the hard copy of her research, “Fiesta and Tourism: Exploring the Role of a Socio cultural Activity towards the Development of Local Tourism in the Province of Bohol, Philippines,” that was published in 2014 as a chapter of the book, “Rethinking Asian Tourism: Culture, Encounters and Local Responses.”

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Hosted activity
The office assisted the Sciences Cluster in organizing “A Lecture on Computational Trust” by Dr. Jean-Marc Seigneur last 12 July 2016. Dr. Seigneur is a senior lecturer and research manager from the University of Geneva.

Dr. Seigneur with Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya, Sciences Cluster Chairperson, and Sciences 	Cluster students.   (Photo from Dr. Seigneur)

Dr. Seigneur with Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya, Sciences Cluster Chairperson, and Sciences Cluster students. (Photo from Dr. Seigneur)

Midyear Report 2016

Midyear Report 2016

Monthly Accomplishment Report – June 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
June 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates
Six faculty members presented their research outputs last 7 June 2016 in UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. The research presentation was panelled by Prof. Henry Francis Espiritu and Prof. Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya of the Social Sciences Cluster.

Research presenters with panel members and CVSC director, Yuleta Orillo.

Research presenters with panel members and CVSC director, Yuleta Orillo.


1. Prof. Kaira Zoe Alburo-Cañete presented her research “Breast is Best? A Feminist Re-reading of Breastfeeding Policies and Practices in the Philippines.” The research is funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant (RCWG) 2014 and is awaiting publication.

2. Prof. Zenaida Ligan-Ashburn presented her paper funded under the Faculty Grant 2015 entitled, ‘“Swimming with Whale Sharks: A case study of the whale shark tourism in Tanawan, Oslob, Cebu.”

3. Prof. Ernesto Yap presented his full paper on “A Model of Trust and Collaboration in a Fresh Vegetable Supply Chain in Central Philippines.” The paper attempts to refute the claim that farmers are the most grossly disadvantaged group among all members of the supply chain for fresh vegetables in the Philippines “by presenting a model of a mountain barangay in Central Philippines and identifying the different economic, socio-cultural and environmental factors present that enable farmers to enjoy optimal prices for their produce.” The paper is in completion of his Faculty Grant 2014.

4. Dr. Aurelio Vilbar completed his Faculty Grant 2013 paper entitled, “Developing Reciprocity, Intercultural Communicative Competence, Learning through International Service Learning” on June 10, 2016. The paper discussed the International Service Learning (ISL) Program conducted by the Language Education in Otemae University (OU), Japan and the University of the Philippines Cebu High School (UPCHS) in Cebu, Philippines in 2015. “Adapting the service learning frameworks of Ash and Clayton (2009) and Kendall (1990),” the paper aimed to assess the impact of ISL on the community partners’ content learning, intercultural competence and receptivity.”

5. Prof. Ma. Rowena Mende presented her Faculty Grant 2012 paper on “Communicating the urgency of climate change: Effects of message elaboration, mode of communication, and gender on behavioral intentions toward climate change mitigation.”

6. Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia presented her published paper, “Emotional Labor and Its Influence on Employees’ Work and Personal Life.” The research paper “sought to examine the effects of acting on a regular basis on the part of the employees of several international dining franchises in Cebu, Philippines, whether it leads to emotional exhaustion, stress, or it affects their productivity, relationship with co-workers and family, or influences their decision to quit their jobs.”

7. Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves submitted a copy of her manuscript, “Mainstreaming the Management of Innovation in the Curriculum: A Review on Cebu Universities’ Business and Management Programs,” in completion of her Faculty Grant 2015. The paper “investigates the currency of forty (40) undergraduate business and management curriculum offered by eight (8) higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Cebu, Philippines in the area of the subject/course offer on “management of innovation.”

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Hosted activity
Around 30 faculty members attended the two-day Multidisciplinary Research Proposal Writeshop with Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion as the keynote speaker and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Conaco from the UP Department of Psychology as the resource speaker.

The workshop brought together the UP Cebu faculty members from the four clusters to engage with each other in identifying topics for collaborative research and drafting multidisciplinary research proposals for submissions to identified funding sources.

The workshop was held last 16-17 June 2016 in Montebello Villa Hotel.

Participants of the Multidisciplinary Research Proposal Writeshop with VP Gisela Concepcion and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Conaco.

Participants of the Multidisciplinary Research Proposal Writeshop with VP Gisela Concepcion and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Conaco.


2. Assisted activity
The office prepared the certifications for the participants during the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Workshop. At least 10 faculty members attended the workshop on 20-21 June 2015 in UP Cebu’s Room 116. The activity was organized by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Monthly Accomplishment Report – May 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
May 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates
1. Mr. Regleto Imbong submitted a copy of his research “Badiouian Philosophy, Critical Pedagogy, and the K12: Suturing the Educational with the Political” that was published in the Philosophical Association of Visayas and Mindanao (Phavisminda) Journal Volume 14. The paper addresses philosophical and pedagogical concerns that emerge as consequence to the current educational reforms in the Philippines.

2. Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia submitted her proof of publication for her paper that “sought to examine the effects of acting on a regular basis on the part of the employees of several international dining franchises in Cebu, Philippines, whether it leads to emotional exhaustion, stress, or it affects their productivity, relationship with co-workers and family, or influences their decision to quit their jobs.” “Emotional Labor and Its Influence on Employees’ Work and Personal Life” will be published in the International Journal of Applied Industrial Engineering (IJAIE) Volume 3 No. 1.

3. Dr. Catherine Rodel presented her creative work entitled, “Music of the Night: Serenata @ 16 goes Broadway,” last 28 May 2016, at the Centerstage of SM Seaside, Cebu.

4. A certificate of completion was issued to Prof. Kurt Junshean Espinosa for his faculty grant paper that was completed last 25 April 2016. The paper, “Distributed representations for spatio-temporal topic modelling and sentiment analysis,” was presented during the 12th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium in Siliman University, Dumaguete on 22-23 April 2016.

5. Atty. Liza D. Corro submitted a copy of her published research “Challenges of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Disaster Relief Response and Early Recovery in a Municipality in Cebu, Philippines, in the Aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan).” The paper was published in the Public Policy Journal (2016) Volume 14.

6. Mr. Ronald Pernia presented his research “When LGUs establish “Schools for the Poor”: The politics of higher education in two local government fund colleges in Cebu” during the Philippine Political Science Association 2015 International Conference in Legazpi City on 21-22 April 2016.

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Assisted activity
1. The office assisted in the Academic Clinic attended by faculty members of the four clusters and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion on 5 May 2016.

2. The office assisted in the creation of promotional material to inform the public that UP Cebu has been authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to be a Delivering Higher Education Institution (DHEI) for the following programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, MS Computer Science, and MS Environmental Studies starting AY 2016-17.

UP Cebu DHEI

UP Cebu DHEI

Monthly Accomplishment Report – April 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
April 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates
1. Rochelle Haidee Ybañez submitted her Faculty Grant proposal on “Detection of gastrointestinal
parasites in commercial swine farms in Cebu, Philippines.”

Prof. Ybañez also reported to the research office her research publications from December 2015 to 2016.
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2. Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia submitted her proof of publication to complete her research, “The Influence of Organizational Justice on Job Satisfaction in a Hotel Setting.” The paper “examined the relationship between organizational justice and job satisfaction of managers, supervisors, and staff in a hotel setting situated in one of the major cities outside Metro Manila, Philippines, namely Metropolitan Cebu.” The research paper will be published in the DLSU Business and Economics Review Vol. 26 No. 1, July 2016 issue.

With the completion of the above research, Dr. Sia commenced her next research that was approved for funding using the balance of the 2013 and 2014 Research Funds. She presented her research “Emotional Labor and Its Influence on Employees’ Work and Personal Life” last April 14, 2016.

3. Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves presented her research “Mainstreaming the Management of Innovation in the Curriculum: A Review on Cebu Universities’ Business and Management Programs” during the 2016 International Symposium on Business and Management (ISBM 2016) in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand on 6-8 April 2016. The paper “investigates the currency of forty (40) undergraduate business and management curriculum offered by eight (8) higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Cebu, Philippines in the area of the subject/course offer on “management of innovation.”

4. Prof. Kurt Junshean Espinosa presented his research “Distributed representations for spatio-temporal topic modelling and sentiment analysis” during the 12th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium in Siliman University, Dumaguete on 22-23 April 2016. This is in completion to his Faculty Grant 2013. The paper “proposes to use distributed representations for spatio-temporal topic modelling as it captures phrases in the corpus better than Latent Dirichlet Allocation. Initial results on integrating this into an overall framework for sentiment analysis and research directions are presented.”

5. The office endorsed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs three UP Cebu research proposals from the Sciences Cluster submitted for the Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant.
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ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
1. Hosted activity

1. The office organized a Research Publication Workshop on 20 April 2016 with Dr. Diu Seng See, Southeast Asia Solution Consultant of Thomson Reuters, as the guest speaker. Dr. See’s discussion emphasized in publishing scientific works as more than just writing a good paper. The workshop included an understanding of the variety of tools in the whole process of publication such discovery, writing, submission, etc., and took into consideration the different perspectives of many stakeholders and their varying interests. It was attended by 20 REPs and faculty members.

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Monthly Accomplishment Report – March 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
March 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates

1. Dr. Lorna Almocera received an IPA for her publication, “On the bifurcations and multiple endemic states of a single strain HIV mode.” The research was published in Acta Mathematicae Applicatae Sinica, English Series, 30 (4): 913-930, October 2014.

2. Three research proposals funded under the Faculty Grant 2015 were submitted.

2.1. Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves submitted her proposal, “Mainstreaming the Management of Innovation in the Curriculum: A Review on Cebu Universities’ Business and Management Programs.” The paper has been accepted for presentation to the 2016 International Symposium on Business and Management (ISBM 2016) in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand on 6-8 April 2016.

2.2 Prof. Zenaida Ligan-Ashburn submitted her capsule proposal for her research on “Swimming with Whale Sharks: A Case Study of the Whale Shark Tourism in Tanawan, Oslob, Cebu.” T

2.3. Dr. Catherine Rodel submitted her proposal for her creative work, “Music of the Night: Serenata @ 16 goes Broadway.”

3. Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez submitted her proposal entitled, “Legislation from the Ground: An
assessment and capability building for Cebu City’s Barangay LGUs, for strengthening regulatory powers for community transformation.” This research is funded under the API of Social Sciences Cluster.


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Conference attended

1. The research director and staff attended the two-day University Research Conference of the University of San Carlos on 11-12 March 2016 at the Michael Richartz Tourism Center, USC-Talamban Campus.

Day 1’s keynote speaker was Dr. Napoleon Juanillo, Jr., director of the Office of Planning, Research, and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In his presentation, Dr. Juanillo emphasized the role of universities in knowledge and innovation production loop which is to produce and transmit advanced knowledge. Juanillo also urged faculty members to work together. Some additional information from Juanillo’s presentation are as follows:

• Philippines has 1,935 HEIs (227 public and 1,708 private) with 3.8M students (1.7M in public and 2.1Min private); this means that there are 3.8M possible inventors, researchers, etc.

• In the Global Innovation Index of the Southeast Asia and Oceana regions, Singapore tops the list with a score of 59.2; Philippines is ranked 15th of 17 listed countries with a score of 29.9; Cambodia follows Philippines with a score of 28.7 and Myanmar with 19.6; however, Juanillo commented that Cambodia and Myanmar, with their ancient culture, will catch up with the rest of the ASEAN nations

• On the number of researches produced in the ASEAN scope, Philippines is ranked 7 out of 10 countries producing an estimate of 81 researches per million population, with 102M estimated population and 1,935 number of HEIs; Singapore is ranked first with 6,927 estimated researches produced per million population, with 5.3M estimated population, and 4 HEIs

The Day 2 speaker was David Hall, chief of party of the USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE). Hall enumerated ecosystem, critical mass, demand and timelines, and strategy and tools as factors needed for a knowledge-driven economy. Part of the ecosystem is a reform of procurement rules for research activities needed to achieve speed, efficiency, and relevance. For the ecosystem to be useful, it has to be right. Its emphasis on community extension is to know what people need. Critical mass includes a forward strategy that is departmental and strategy. Timeliness refers to the relevance in the business and industry. Tools involves thinking within the discipline but also acknowledging that the discipline is limited.

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Monthly Accomplishment Report – February 2016

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
February 2016
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates

1. Dr. Aurelio Vilbar submitted his paper “Developing Reciprocity, Intercultural Communicative Competence, and Content Learning through International Service Learning.” The paper is funded under the Faculty Grant 2013 and was already reviewed by Dr. Belinda Espiritu and Prof. Zenaida Ligan-Ashburn.

2. Prof Ernesto Yap submitted his full paper funded under the Faculty Grant 2014. “A Model of Trust and Collaboration in a Fresh Vegetable Supply Chain in Central Philippines” attempts to refute the claim that farmers are the most grossly disadvantaged group among all members of the supply chain for fresh vegetables in the Philippines by presenting a model of a mountain barangay in Central Philippines and identifying the economic, socio-cultural and environmental factors present that enable farmers to enjoy optimal prices for their produce.

3. Five out of twelve Faculty Grant 2015 awardees submitted their full research papers or proposals.

3.1) Prof. Fleurdeliz Maglangit submitted her full paper on “Nitrate and Total Phosphorus Levels in Buhisan, Bulacao and Lahug Rivers, Cebu, Philippines.” The study aims “to provide baseline data by assessing the nitrates and Total Phosphorus (TP) levels which could be used as a basis for management options” of the mentioned rivers. The paper was also accepted for oral presentation in the 5th International Conference on Emerging Trends in Scientific Research in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 27-28 February 2016.

3.2) Dr. Catherine Rodel is expected to present her creative work on 23 April 2016 entitled “Music of the Night: Serenata @ 16 goes Broadway.”

3.3) Dr. Weena Jade Gera submitted her proposal on “Allocating accountabilities for septage management in Cebu City: Opportunities and risks.”

3.4) Prof. Eukene Bensig submitted her full paper on “Correlation of Coliform Levels and Physico-Chemical Factors of Buhisan, Bulacao and Lahug Rivers, Cebu, Philippines.” The study was “conducted to evaluate the relationship of coliforms and physic-chemical parameters such as biological oxygen demand (BOD), conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), nitrate, pH, phosphate, salinity, temperature, total dissolved solids (TDS) and total suspended solids (TSS) from the water samples taken from Buhisan, Bulacao and Lahug rivers in Cebu, Philippines.”

3.5) Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez’s submitted her study on “The social construction of concepts “tabo-tabo” (auction market), “utang” (debt), “kulang” (owe), “baylo” (exchange), “binayloay” (barter), and “sibo” (borrow): In tracing back the history of “tabo-tabo” (auction market) redistribution, reciprocity and kinship ranks, symmetry and centricity in auction markets of Cebu Province.”

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Supported Activities

1. CVSC assisted the Biology Program of the Sciences Cluster in their three program activities for February.

1.1) The office took care of the accommodation, catering, and venue reservation for the Philippine Genome Center of the UP System in their one-day lecture on bioinformatics entitled, “Introduction to Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis.” The training was conducted on 26 February 2016 in the Union Building of UP Cebu.

1.2) The office took care of the venue reservation in ILC-AVR and certificate of appreciation for Dr. Ruth Leeney for her lecture on “Searching for sawfishes: the world’s most endangered family of sharks and rays” on 29 February 2016. Dr. Leeney is a post-doctoral research fellow from the Biological Sciences of the Simon Fraser University.

1.3) The office took care of the tarp design and certificate of appreciation for Dr. Yoshifumi Nishikawa. Dr. Nishikawa gave a lecture on “Toxoplasmosis: A Neglected Zoonosis” on 3 March 2016.