Research Reports

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.
Table 1

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.
Table 2

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.

Certificate of Appearance

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.

Monthly Accomplishment Report – January 2016

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

ACADEMIC MATTERS

1. Research Updates

Four faculty members presented their research outputs last 20 January 2016 in UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. The research presentation was panelled by Dr. Belinda Espiritu (Arts and Humanities Clutster), Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves (Business Management Cluster), and Dr. Weena Jade Gera (Social Sciences Cluster).

1. Atty. Francis Michael Abad presented “The Crowning of Thorns: of princes, lions, and foxes: An analysis on the diminution of the efficacy of Machiavellianism in the Philippines.” The paper is “a textual analysis on certain principles embodied in Machiavelli’s “The Prince” based on historical and contemporary events surrounding the Philippine presidency, particularly the incumbencies of Arroyo and Aquino.” The research presentation completes Atty. Abad’s research that was funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant (RCWG) 2014. The paper was published in the International Journal of Social Sciences Research Vol. 3 No. 2 on December 2015.

Atty. Francis Michael Abad

Atty. Francis Michael Abad

2. Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan presented her two research papers. The first paper is “Influence of Demographic Variables on Customers’ Behavior in Cases of Service Failures.” The paper “examines the relationship between demographic variables and a customer’s complaint behavior and to assess the relationship between complaint behavior and customer intentions.” This is funded under the UP Cebu RCWG 2014. The second paper is “A study on the buying behavior of sari sari store owners in Metropolitan Cebu. It describes “the buying behavior of sari-sari store operators in Cebu City.” The second paper is funded under the Faculty Grant 2014. The final submission of this paper was submitted on 22 January 2016.

Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan

Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan

3. Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia presented the “The Influence of Organizational Justice on Job Satisfaction In A Hotel Setting.” The paper examines “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.” This is her partial fulfillment for hew research funding under the UPC RCWG 2014.

Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia

Dr. Leahlizbeth Sia

4. Mr. Gregg Lloren presented the result of his study on “Socio-Cultural Appropriation of Sex-Sell Billboard Ads: A Multimodal Study on the Grammar of Sexually Implicit Advertising Text and Images.” The paper analyzes “the grammar of visual language of Bench’s 2011 undergarment billboards featuring the Volcano Philippine Rugby Team as models.” The paper is also funded under the UPC RCWG 2014.

Mr. Gregg Lloren

Mr. Gregg Lloren

Presenters, panel members, and participants of CVSC’s first research presentation for 2016.

Presenters, panel members, and participants of CVSC’s first research presentation for 2016.

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Supported Activities

1. As the PBB Focal Person, the staff of CVSC worked the comments of the UP System Budget Office to finalize the unit’s submission in the PBB 2015.

2. The staff assisted in UP Cebu’s strategic planning in Balamban on 6-7 January 2016.

Monthly Accomplishment Report – December 2015

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
December 2015
Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

1. Supported Activities

1. The staff of CVSC has been appointed as the PBB Focal Person for UP Cebu. The staff coordinated with the Delivery Units to ensure that they have accomplished their targets and submitted the collated data with supporting documents to the UP System.

2. The office assisted the Biology Program in their API, wherein they invited Dr. Romulo de Castro as resource speaker for the seminar entitled, “Electronic Data Repositories for Biomedical Research.” Dr. de Castro is the Technology Lead for 3R Biosystems, a biotech start-up focused on a systems biology approach to cancer immune biomarker discovery. He is a Balik Scientist hosted by UP Manila, Mapua, and the Philippine Genome Center/Ethics Legal Social Impact (ELSI) Group. He is a life scientist with an extensive experience in basic biological research, scientific data curation, research program management and biomedical informatics.

Dr. de Castro with UP Cebu dean, Atty. Liza D. Corro, and faculty members of the Biology Program of the Sciences Cluster.

Dr. de Castro with UP Cebu dean, Atty. Liza D. Corro, and faculty members of the Biology Program of the Sciences Cluster.

Monthly Accomplishment Report – November 2015

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

November 2015

Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

  1. Research Updates

1. Mr. Gregg Lloren submitted his paper, “Socio-Cultural Appropriation of Sex-Sell Ads: A Multimodal Study on the Grammar of Sexually Implicit Advertising Text and Images.” It is funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant 2014. It is scheduled for presentation on January 2016.

2. Atty. Francis Michael Abad submitted his certificate of publication on 10 November 2015 for his paper, “The Crowning of Thorns: of princes, lions, and foxes: An analysis on the diminution of the efficacy of Machiavellianism in the Philippines.” It is a “textual analysis on certain principles embedded in Machiavelli’s “The Prince” based on historical and contemporary events surrounding the Philippine presidency, particularly the incumbencies of Arroyo and Aquino.” The paper will be published in the International Journal of Social Sciences Research Vol. 3 No. 2 on 15 December 2015. The paper is scheduled for presentation on January 2016.

3. Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan submitted the paper “Influence of Demographic Variables on Customer Complaining Behavior” on 7 November 2015. The paper is funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant 2014.

In addition, Dr. Tan also submitted on 27 November 2015 the paper entitled, “A study on the buying behavior of sari-sari store owners in Metropolitan Cebu.” The paper is funded under the Faculty Grant 2015.

The two papers are scheduled to be presented on January 2016.

4. Atty. Liza D. Corro presented the paper “Institutionalizing Public Service: Experiences and Insights” during the plenary panel session of the 1st Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference on 16-17 November 2015 at the Performing Arts Hall of UP Cebu.

5. Five faculty members also presented their research papers during the 1st CUPSCon. Dr. Aurelio Vilbar presented his paper “Integrating Research and Service-Learning in the Graduate School.” The paper, with Prof. Cherry Malaque and Kayumanggi Monsanto as co-authors, responds to the University’s trifold functions of instruction, research, and public service by aiming “to assess the impact of integrating service-learning project among graduate students using the framework of Ash and Clayton’s learning goals categories of service-learning.” It was presented during the Higher Education Public Service and Community Engagement session.

Prof. Sandra Mae Famador presented two papers entitled “Towards a Smart Boljoon, Cebu” (with Prof. Magnolia Laus and Dr. Neri Gantuangko as co-authors) and “Bridging the Gap Between the Academe and the Philippine National Crime Laboratory through Information and Communications Technology” during the Improving Governance and Law Enforcement through Information Technology parallel session. The first paper relays the request of the municipal council of Boljoon, Cebu to the Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod (OCEP) of UP Cebu “to assist them in their office automations and other local government unit (LGU) operations. The main objective of the continuing education program conducted was “to help the lawmakers craft municipal laws that employ modern technology to enhance LGU operations.” This resulted to speedy retrieval of resolutions that helped them evaluate passed resolutions and speed up the assessment of resolution. On the other hand, the second paper tackles on bridging the gap between the academe and PNP “to support the officers in their preparation for a full ICT-driven office and help them understand the emerging technologies.

Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves presented the paper, “Empowering the Micro-Entrepreneurs: Obra-Negosyo-Eskuwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment Program,” for the Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development session. The Obra-Negosyo-Eskuwela Countryside Enterprise Business Upliftment (ONE CEBU) program “showcased how a public-private-academe partnership can support the growth of small businesses and foster local economic development. It aimed at integrating growth and expansion interventions into small enterprises located in the countryside through the infusion of funds granted by the Cebu provincial government.”

Prof. Magnolia Laus (with Prof. Famador and Dr. Gantuangko as co-authors) presented the “Automation of Practice, Processes, and Techniques of Agricultural Projects in Bohol” during the Agricultural Development session. The main objective of the continuing education program was “o help the local officers plan an alternative income generation projects (IGP).” The alternative IGP was believed to be needed because there was a problem with agricultural production because the soil was no longer fertile and the agricultural sector was very much affected.

Lastly, Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez presented “The Validity of Academic Praxis: Reaching Out to Survival Communities” for the Environmental Conservation and Preservation. The paper discusses the everyday struggle of the Gibitngil Island community with their lack of a secure potable water supply. UP Cebu, joined by other various organizations such as Unilab Foundation, the Farmers Development Center (FARDEC), UP Cebu’s National Service Training Program (NSTP), and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in Cebu partnered with the Gibitngil Farmers and Fisher’s Association (GIFFA) to uplift the Gibitngil Island community.

Participants of the 1st CUPSCon held in UP Cebu on 16-17 November 2015.

Participants of the 1st CUPSCon held in UP Cebu on 16-17 November 2015.

6. Dr. Weena Jade Gera forwarded to the office a copy of her paper that has just been published on 26 November 2015. “Examining the Resilience of Public Participation Structures for Sustainable Mining in the Philippines” was published in the Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development by Springer International Publishing. The paper was presented last 7 October 2015 and the certificate of publication was submitted to the office last September 2015.

7. Prof. Zenaida Ligna-Ashburn presented her paper, “The Search for an Alternative Livelihood for the Affected Coastal Communities of the Municipality of Cordova, Mactan Island, Philippines,” during the School of Education Service-Learning Conference held in The University of Notre Dame, Australia, last 27-28 November 2015. The study examines the collision of two boats (MV St. Thomas Aquinas and Sulpicio Express Siete) that occurred on August 16, 2013. This “caused a massive oil spill affecting 500-hectare mangrove plantations and fishpens in the coastal areas of Cordova” and “damaged a vast area of the marine habitat of Cordova’s coastal areas where residents depended on fishing, goso and lato farming (both are edible seaweed called caragenan) and pagpanginhas (shellfish gleaning).” The study “will discuss the activities of the PS189 class (Environmental Politics and Policy) in response to the oil spill that involved holding a forum and conducting interviews leading to the formulation alternative livelihood programs for affected communities that were presented to the local government.”

8. Mr. Gregg Lloren submitted requested for funding for his research proposal, “Persuasive Text and Images in Kineikonic Mode: Probing and Deploying Messages Within 60 Seconds.” The proposal was approved for funding. Signatories are currently being completed for the process of the funding to officially commence.

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

  1. Supported Activities

The Central Visayas Studies Center assisted the Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod with the Padayon Office in organizing the 1st Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference. It was held in the Performing Arts Hall of UP Cebu on 16-17 November 2015. The public service conference was attended by 150 participants form different universities in Visayas and Mindanao.

Atty. Liza D. Corro receives her plaque of appreciation for her presentation during the plenary panel session. With her (from left) is UP Vice President for Public Affairs J. Prospero de Vera III, UP Cebu CVSC and OCEP Director Yuleta Orillo, and UP Padayon Public Service Office Director Nelson Cainghog.

Atty. Liza D. Corro receives her plaque of appreciation for her presentation during the plenary panel session. With her (from left) is UP Vice President for Public Affairs J. Prospero de Vera III, UP Cebu CVSC and OCEP Director Yuleta Orillo, and UP Padayon Public Service Office Director Nelson Cainghog.

  1. Operational/Administrative Advancement

The staff attended the SPCMIS training on 23 November 2015 at the UP Cebu CSU Laboratory.

 

Monthly Accomplishment Report – October 2015

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

October 2015

Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) Report

ACADEMIC MATTERS

  1. Research Updates

1.Dr. Jocelyn Pinzon reported on 5 October 2015 her paper  that was published in the South East Asia Research Vol. 23 No. 3, September 2015. “Remembering Philippine history: satire in popular songs” “examines how specific historical narratives of the Philippines are remembered in the domain of popular music.” It “puts forward two ways of remembering the nation’s history – the textbook and folk tradition.”

2. Dr. Weena Jade Gera presented her paper during the Research Presentations in Public Participation Structures for Mining, Media Self-regulation, Alternative Teaching, and Alumni Tracking on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. The research “Examining the Resilience of Public Participation Structures for Sustainable Mining in the Philippines” “analyzes the interplay of institutional-legal architecture, politico-structural conditions and civil society configurations and how it influences the resilience of public participation structures towards sustainable mining in the Philippines.” The research is funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant 2014.

3. Prof. Zenaida Ligan presented her research “An Alternative Approach to Teaching Political Science” during the Research Presentations in Public Participation Structures for Mining, Media Self-regulation, Alternative Teaching, and Alumni Tracking on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. The paper discusses “how a degree in Political Science is being taught in UP Cebu and offers it as model for the revision of political science curricula of the universities and colleges offering a degree in political science in Cebu.” Prof. Ligan submitted her final paper incorporating the comments of her reviewers on 9 October 2015. The paper is funded under the Faculty Grant 2014.

Dean Liza Corro and CVSC director Yuleta Orillo together with the research presenters during the research presentations on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1.

Dean Liza Corro and CVSC director Yuleta Orillo together with the research presenters during the research presentations on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1.

4. Prof. Ma. Theresa Tabada presented her paper entitled, “Media Self-regulation through Media Literacy: Insights from the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC)” during the Research Presentations in Public Participation Structures for Mining, Media Self-regulation, Alternative Teaching, and Alumni Tracking on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. The study “analyzed how the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) promotes self-regulation among the Cebu press and media literacy with the Cebu public.” The paper is funded under the UP Cebu Thesis Grant.

5. Prof. Nelia Ereno, together with Prof. Kurt Junshean Espinosa and Prof. Ryan Ciriaco Dulaca, presented the research paper on “Integrated Framework on Alumni Tracking, Individual Profiling for Automated Data Analytic and Engagement.” The alumni tracking system is significant for the university to remain updated on the employee whereabouts of its graduates. The paper was presented during the Research Presentations in Public Participation Structures for Mining, Media Self-regulation, Alternative Teaching, and Alumni Tracking on 7 October 2015 at the UP Cebu Audio Visual Room 1. It was also reported in The Freeman on 12 October 2015. The research is funded under the UP Cebu Research and Creative Work Grant 2013.

6. Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves submitted her final research paper on 8 October 2015 entitled “Improving Management Students’ Skills in Framing ‘Thought Provoking Questions: An Action Research.’” The paper presents “how a teaching intervention in an action research (AR) environment improved the learning processes and higher order thinking skills among undergraduate management students.” It concluded that AR “may be an effective mode of improving teaching methods in management education.” The paper is funded under the Faculty Grant 2014.

Prof. Ereno’s research on alumni tracking was reported in The Freeman on 12 October 2015.

Prof. Ereno’s research on alumni tracking was reported in The Freeman on 12 October 2015.