Chancellor’s Corner

Chancellor Corro’s Investiture Speech

FOR GREATER SERVICE. Chancellor Liza Corro is greeted with applause in the processional to her investiture on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Performing Arts Hall of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu in Cebu City, Philippines. UP President Danilo Concepcion presided over the ceremony in the presence of the university's Board of Regents and at least 250 guests from the government, academia and the industries. (UP CEBU Mass Communication PHOTO/Trisha Maie Apa-ap)

FOR GREATER SERVICE. Chancellor Liza Corro is greeted with applause in the processional to her investiture on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Performing Arts Hall of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu in Cebu City, Philippines. UP President Danilo Concepcion presided over the ceremony in the presence of the university’s Board of Regents and at least 250 guests from the government, academia and the industries. (UP CEBU Mass Communication PHOTO/Trisha Maie Apa-ap)

President Danilo L. Concepcion Co-Chair of the Board of Regents and President of the University of the Philippines, Honorable members of the Board of Regents, UP System officials, Hon. Hilario Davide, Governor of the Province of Cebu, and his wife, Government Officials, AFP representatives, Consular officials, University Presidents, our partner school Shu-Te University’s representative, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and Deans from all the CUs of the University of the Philippines, my colleagues in UP Cebu, my family, guests and friends, it is a great honor and a privilege for me, personally, and for the whole of UP Cebu, to have you on the occasion of my Investiture as the First Chancellor of UP Cebu. For after its 99 years of existence, UP Cebu finally has a Chancellor to represent its status as a constituent university.

It is indeed a special honor for me to have the majority of the Honorable members of the Board of Regents in attendance in my Investiture. Likewise , with all the 6 Chancellors of the University of the Philippines present, I feel like a Bunso, with all the kuya and ate around. I think, just like a bunso, our parents and older siblings will have a soft spot for us, as manifested by their full force presence here with us.

To my family and my UP Cebu family, dako nakong dungog ug pasalamat sa inyong pagsalig sa ako, usa ka Cebuano nga nahimong unang Tsanselor sa UP Cebu.

UP Cebu, is the youngest, among the 8 constituent units of the University of the Philippines, and the oldest regional unit at the same time. Youngest, for we were granted our constituent unit status only last October 27, 2016, converting UP Cebu into a full university, with 4 Colleges: the College of Science, College of Social Sciences, College of Communication, Art and Design and the School of Management. UP Cebu is the oldest among the regional units, for we started as a regional unit of UP Diliman on May 3, 1918. We are turning 100 years old next year.

This includes the 10 years down UP Cebu’s history, when we were closed down, when no budget was allocated for UP Cebu under the Government Appropriations Act. This happened when a Cebuano politician was angered by the outcry of UP Cebu students over the acts of armed, bearded goons of powerful Cebuano politicians during the presidential election in the late 40s. UP Cebu students lampooned these politicians in editorial cartoons of their campus paper, “The Junior Collegian”, thus, getting the ire of then powerful politicians of Cebu.

And no, I am not going to mention to you who were those politicians who got so antagonized and caused UP Cebu’s closure. It is for you to do your own research on that. But yes, UP Cebu’s history is also intertwined with Cebu’s political history.

Actually, I was thinking we should not have an Investiture anymore since “nakakabawas lang” sa MOOE ng UP Cebu. But seriously, this is for us UP, as part of our tradition, and for UP Cebu to celebrate our establishment as a constituent university, and our forthcoming 100 years of existence. We here in UP Cebu, had agreed as part of our 100 years’ celebration, to have an 18 month run-up of activities beginning November of last year, with the unifying theme: UP Cebu in its 100 years of Public Service. So let me share with you my thoughts and what I feel about “Challenges and Opportunities in Public Service”.

The concept of “public service” I am referring to, is one about being able to provide service to the public, and knowing what makes good service, and what does not. It is one wherein you work with the government, either as a politician, or an appointive official, or as a career personnel, because you believe, that this is where you know you can make a difference.

It is about us having a mission, and turning our vision into a reality, in the arena of government service where we are in. I think this purpose of what public service is, resonates, in most of us here.

For most of us here, can you remember the exact moment you chose to go into public service?

Did it happen right away upon graduation, or even before you had graduated in school? Or was it along the way in your career, when you realized after an encounter with a politician, or a poor and lousy service from a government career personnel, when you said to yourself, ‘I know I can do better than what they are providing me’, and “I can contribute a lot more for the betterment, not just of the services provided to us, but to the conditions of the government employees themselves”? Or was it after your retirement, and it dawned on you that the public can benefit from the wealth of experience you had gained in your earlier career in life?

In my case, it was not the usual route I took. UP Cebu was then in difficult times when I was nominated by UP Cebu Alumni, and my appointment was approved then in December 2012 by UP’s Board of Regents to become the 9th Dean of UP Cebu. My lifelong learning and experiences, as a corporate lawyer and a civic leader, fortunately honed me in what I needed to do inside the academe.

As the well-known Greek Philosopher Aristotle said, “everything happens for a reason.” And that every experience in our life was designed to shape us, and reform us, into the greatest version that we can be. We will always be an evolving person, growing, learning and experiencing, regardless of our age. Then along the way, we realize, that this is where we fit, and where we can make a difference. To quote Steve Jobs, we cannot connect the dots looking forward, we can only connect them looking backwards. And we have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in our future.”

Presently, I had been tasked to safeguard the ideals of this institution, but likewise, to be a visionary at the same time. This, is quite a feat, but I will rise, to the challenge.

For those who joined before in government service, I believe salary rates was not much of a consideration, because government pay was not that competitive with the private sector. Unlike now, especially after passage of the salary standardization law, government employment had become so attractive, if salary is the consideration in joining government service.

Not only then there was disparity in the salary, there was, or still is, likewise, a perception of an inferior service rendered by employees, in public sector. There is a common perception, that employees in private sector provide better services. And so, employees from private sector had to be brought in, to bring in their work ethics, and culture, into the public sector.

Although right now, pay may be high, but I know a case of a parent’s ambivalence, in letting a son join the government service. Because she knows the son will start off as a contractual, or what we commonly know as Job Order or J.O., with no idea when a government item will be available, even though how well qualified, and outstanding, an employee might be. It is not uncommon, that there are some, who get regularized after 5 or 11 or 21 years of public employment, before they would finally get an item, in the government’s plantilla.

I know my people here in UP Cebu are listening right now, hoping, I can relay and mention, to the Chancellors of other UP units, na baka kayâ puede kaming makahiram ng ITEMS in the meantime, while you are not using them? Hiram lang, then these will be returned once DBM releases new items for us, complete with internal agreements to document the loan, and of course, its return.

For those new in government service, there is a certain feeling that things take so slow to accomplish, even though how much we want to fast track them. There will always be the “red tape”, to ensure policies are being followed. Sure, there are agencies who have one-stop shop. And there are the exceptions, those who really do not have the “malasakit”, to provide excellent service. But what I am talking about is the majority, those who strive to render their best, and outstanding service, whether they get, or they do not get, a performance based bonus.

Very often, it is the policy at fault and not the people who work for them. The thought of making a wrong decision which will violate auditing rules, with grave consequences, slows people down.

We want to ensure we make the right decisions, and all the needed signatures appear in the document. Maybe, I am just lucky, and probably, so as as with you who are lawyers, for it gives us the feeling of confidence when we make decisions and affix our signatures, due to our familiarity with the law. But a lot of people do not possess this advantage, that lawyers have. I know that different government agencies, like us, we try to capacitate our people so they can effectively manage, the daunting challenge of expediting procurement. We know suppliers, and contractors, are wary in providing, and supporting our procurement needs, because they say, we take forever, in settling our accounts.

What do I do here in UP Cebu, which you might also be doing in other government agencies, is, we try to capacitate our people. Commonly in government offices, a lawyer is appointed to become the head of the bids and awards committee. But here in our University, our BAC is headed by a Doctor, and not the usual doctors which abound in a university. Our BAC head is a Doctor of Medicine, but she is a government procurement policy board or GPPB certified. Our Vice-Chancellor for Administration is also a lawyer, which doubly gives me, more confidence, that papers have been properly reviewed, after they had been cleared also from the Office of Legal Affairs.

Yes, we do a lot of multi-tasking here in UP Cebu, and for UP, in general.

Because of the multi-tasking, UP employees are loaded, and burdened. There are employees who decline to accept additional administrative functions. But there are also some, who feel slighted when they do not get appointed, to positions they like. But afterwards, I notice a sigh of relief, that no additional functions had been given to them. Here inside the University, if no added function is provided, especially for faculty, means more time to do research, publications and extension works. And this translates to better chances for promotion.

In the desire for public service to be more fast and efficient, there are clients and colleagues at the same time, who have the impression, that those who work in the public sector are burdens, rather than dedicated professionals, who work hard to improve the quality of people’s lives. This leads to the stereotype, that public sector provides poor service, while private sector provides, fast and efficient service. That is why we hear statements like bringing in, the private sector efficiency to the public sector, to teach them how to perform better. Do not get me wrong. Yes, we want to bring in, to the public service all the best practices happening in the private sector, like streamlined management, cost-saving strategies and increased efficiencies of employees.

Right now, it is not so much a problem in accessing government funding, but it is our absorptive capacity, and being able to spend in an expeditious way, the funds provided to us. We must not only be able to obligate, but likewise, we should really be able to disburse the funds. How we spend, is as important now, as to how much we spend, and when we get to spend it. Anyhow, this is a happy problem for us.

I believe that to have faith in people, as being basically good and smart, is necessary. And this trust will bear good outcomes. I believe that most public servants are dedicated to what they do, given a leader who will inspire and motivate them, and who will value, and respect them. And of course, if public servants are provided with clear and categorical policies to execute their jobs, with enough flexibility to exercise their innovativeness and creativity, and if given the right resources, to provide a good service.

You might say, if there are cynics among you here, where are these dedicated public servants I am talking about? I see them here in UP Cebu, and in the whole of UP. I do see them, without doubt.

I know, you too have them in your respective government offices.

So today, I acknowledge, and give tribute to my constituents, and to UP as a whole, its officials and employees, past and present, for delivering excellent education, and for all of its accomplishments as a national university. I offer this occasion as a tribute for all public servants who dedicate their lives to public service. Today, I celebrate public service, together with my co-public servants.

You might think this is self-serving. I don’t think there is anything self-serving, in matters of acknowledging accomplishments, where, it is due. I hope we can continue to encourage and attract talented, knowledgeable and genuinely committed professionals to public service.

Yes, there are public and civil servants who redefine objectives, for personal and party gain, or to cater to the interests of the provider, and not the citizen. This does not only happen to politicians, it can happen anywhere, even for us here in the University. To counter, political will is needed in taking action that is for the good of public service, regardless of its negative impact on the voters, and on the appointing authority, and not in the short horizon view to ensure re-appointment or re-election.

Public service being a public trust, accountability and transparency plays an important aspect. So together with it goes greater public scrutiny, greatly aided by media. Having many media people as alumni of UP Cebu, I consider them as an opportunity for us. Although sometimes I would wonder, why is it, when I disallow Oblation Run inside UP Cebu campus during a final examination period last year, it gets more media mileage, than as against, the turn-over of hazard and resource maps produced by UP Cebu’s team for the Light Intensive and Detection Ranging or LIDAR team?

Maybe, we just need to let the general public know on what good things are happening inside the campus, and not just presume, that they know what we provide and what we can do for them. Because there are a lot of opportunities and good things we can do, being in the public service.

The reason why we are all here today, is because you all bear witness to this formal Installation to the official function of a Chancellor. This is called Investiture, from the word “investire”. It comes from a latin word whose etymology is the word, “vestis” which means robe or clothing, and as a verb, “vestire” or to clothe one with a rank, or endow, with authority. And this is familiar to us among Cebuanos, because we use the word “vestida” in reference to a dress. We say, pag bestida na diha, when we want someone to dress up already.

But I would like to take up another meaning that this event connotes, which is that of investment, or the laying out of money or capital in order to gain more money or profit, when we invest. And public service is one such avenue.

Public service is an opportunity for investment, in the hope we get returns out of it. And it can happen in public service, where it is used as a lever to generate jobs and growth.

We as UP officials, or for that matter, other government administrators, we provide the vision and the direction, and ultimately, it is our people’s execution and implementation, which will make its realization.

For UP Cebu, we visualize ourselves to be a lead university in pioneering research, ICT driven innovations, creative design, responsible governance, and community service in Central Visayas and the global community.

While being true to our mandate as the national university to provide excellent teaching, research and extension, I look at the opportunities available, on how we can give better returns, not just to our institution, but to the whole community as well. And I see this in us by being responsive to all those challenges in public service. Even if we are UP, the national university, it is incumbent upon us, that we should not rest on our laurels and depend on our reputation. As our Former President Alfredo Pascual is known to say: “We must succeed, not because we have a reputation to keep, but because we have a country to serve.”

It is therefore our duty, to innovate, and be creative enough, to fit our services and our programs, to the challenges of today, and the future. This is best articulated in UP Cebu’s tagline, we are “Nurtured to Create, Inspired to Innovate and Destined to Serve.”

How will we make a difference in our mandate as an institution of higher learning whose mandate is also to provide public service?

It is not only BPOs and Call Centers who provide shared services facilities. We here in UP Cebu does that too. As levers for growth and jobs, UP Cebu has institutionalized shared services facilities or SSFs. These SSFs do not only serve as learning laboratories and research facilities for our faculty and students, but likewise, these serve the community.

This can be seen in the UP Cebu’s Technology Transfer and Business Development Office or TTBDO, under which are our Technology Business Incubation (TBI) Facility, supported by the DOST, which helps out start-up companies become viable business entities. The TBI is supported by 2 SSFs, called the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) and Technology Transfer Office (TTO), which help protect the intellectual property rights of the creator and its commercialization. For the creatives here in Cebu, and nearby provinces and regions, we host the DTI-UP Cebu Fablab where you can create, test and prototype your designs. Or if you are a singer or a musician, there is the Digital Media Production Center, where you can sing you heart out and record it at the same time so you can submit your composition to the Visayan Pop competition if you are interested. There is also the Go Negosyo Center which can assist in scaling up the businesses of micro, small and medium enterprises, and the Co-Working Space, for those who do not have a permanent office to work on. All these facilities, are available, to the public community.

As a young constituent university, we strive for transformational researches, which will impact our community. This hablon sablay we are wearing, are woven either in Baguio or in Iloilo. We hope that we, soon, will not have to go far. From Governor Davide’s own town in Argao, we are currently doing a study on its weaving industry, both to safeguard it, as a cultural heritage and for cross-cultural collaboration on craft design and development. Recently, CHED awarded to UP Cebu, thru its College of Science, a substantial amount for the setting-up of a Regional Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Research; and Cebu being a coastal province, rich in biodiversity, we are doing a study on the Biorefinery of seaweeds for production of high value natural products for biomedical applications and animal feeds;

For climate resiliency, innovation and sustainability, aside from the ongoing hazard mapping and resource assessment under the LIDAR projects, we are likewise doing a “Geomapping and Nutrient Analysis of wild Edible Plants as Food Alternatives in Disaster-Prone Areas in the Central and Eastern Visayas Regions in the Philippines”.

These are just examples of our transformational research initiatives.
As part of our continuous innovative search, for ways to serve the region with relevant academic programs, we are currently offering degree programs, in collaboration with other UP constituent units. We are currently hosting a doctoral degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, both from UP Diliman; a master’s degree in pure Math from UP Los Baños; and just recently, we got the approval to adopt UPLB’s Master’s in Information Technology; and the latest, a transnational program for a Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Design from Shu-Te University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This is to cater to our creative industries in Cebu and the region. These programs are in addition to our existing UP Cebu undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

And lastly, we hope to harness, the very best of modern technology in extending public service, in order to tackle bureaucracy.

It is our hope to become the Data Science Center, wherein we can provide all useful and complete information, that can be easily accessed, and used, as a tool for public service. This is now in the offing, with the support of another government agency. I believe, digital transformation will provide leaps and bounds to efficiency in government service. It will give people at all levels of government, the tools to use for their confidence, and for them to unleash their ingenuity in solving problems, all for continuous improvement. It likewise becomes an enabler of choice, for better, and informed decision making.

We have just signed also our Memorandum of Agreement for Social Watch, with UP Cebu to set up the People’s Public Finance Institute, as our way in helping out for better governance, and enhanced accountability of our public servants.

The reward for public service is something intangible, but as Einstein had said, the life of a public servant is a life worthwhile, which gives immense satisfaction and gratification. I know a lot of us in this hall feel the same way.

We signed up for government service because we want to help people. I hope our energy, our motivation, and our desire to serve our country will never wane. Yes, sometimes, we might commit mistakes along the way, or there will be obstacles more difficult to hurdle, which will really make us feel low. But I hope, we will never lose the spirit of service, that brought us here in the first place. Let me end this talk with a quote on some few verses in Mother Teresa’s poem “Do It Anyway”, which goes this way:

“If you are kind,
People may accuse you
of selfish ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
give the world
the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It was never between you
and them anyway.”

In the name of public service, as the First Chancellor of UP Cebu, I wish for many realized opportunities for UP Cebu and for our local and global community.

Padayon UP Cebu, Padayon Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!

Disaster Risk Reduction, Innovation and Sustainability: Preparing Cebu for the “Big One

In behalf of UP Cebu, I would like to welcome you all, starting off with Her Excellency Marion Derckx and her Spouse Sjief Ijzermans, the Honorary Consul of Netherlands to Cebu, Consul Gordon Joseph, who we would like to greet at the same time today for his …:

Before, the Province of Cebu is one of the safest places to be, in terms of typhoons, earthquakes and flooding.  In fact, flooding was really unheard of here in Cebu, and rainy season is very predictable, which is beginning in June, when classes are about to start for the regular semester.

In 2014, the whole of the University of the Philippines system all over the country proposed to shift our academic calendar from June-March, to August-May.  At the start, part of the argument for those opposing the shift was that August was when it is the height of the rainy season.  However, this argument fell flat and could not persuade us anymore, especially here in Cebu, for it seemed like rainy season became the whole year round.

And yes, when it comes to typhoons, they used to be very far and few in between, and of such an intensity which we were used to already.  But this was changed in 2013.  It was the year when we had a double whammy.  We were hit in October 15, 2013  by an earthquake with a 6.4 intensity, which luckily, resulted only into minor damages to our buildings here in Cebu, though we cannot say the same thing for our neighboring province of Bohol which was devastated, including their heritage churches, thus greatly affecting their tourism based economy.

Without us having gotten over yet the paranoia due to all the earthquake aftershocks, in less than a month, on November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda, international code name Haiyan swept us here in Central and Eastern Visayas, leaving several towns here in Northern Cebu practically devastated.

One consolation we had then, was that the whole international community came to our rescue and contributed to our immediate recovery and rehabilitation.  Relief goods, housing materials and several other support for livelihood, came in droves, for which we are very grateful. And there even seemed to be a competition among the different international organizations in providing relief and rehabilitation support for us at that time, which became the subject of my research paper how important coordination is, in implementing relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Everyone is now very conscious that we can no longer take our climate and environment for granted.  But what was very timely then in 2013, without us foreseeing then the devastating earthquake and Supertyphoon Yolanda, it was the same year when we embarked in one of our biggest research projects in DRRM.  This was the Philippine Light Intensive Detection and Ranging projects, or Phil-LIDAR 1 and 2, where we do the hazard mapping and resource assessment of the Western Visayas region, with the support of the Department of Science and Technology.  To date, I believe, we had turned over around 30 resource maps both for agri and coastal to 30 cities and municipalities in the Western Visayas region.  Our project leaders will talk about this in a while.

In the whole of the University of the Philippines, as member of the Asian Pacific Rim Universities, we annually take part in the initiatives of the APRU-IRIDES Multi-Hazards Summer School in Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, of which I am an alumna of this summer program.  And just recently, UP’s Board of Regents established the Resilience Institute of the University of the Philippines for DRRM.  Faculty and staff in the whole UP System all over the Philippines, regardless of their fields of expertise,  are given additional assignments as research and extension fellows, with functions and programs relating to multi-hazard, multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral, comprehensive DRRM, to do the following:

(1) Research and Creative Works: by undertaking policy research, action research, and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work; (2) Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations; (3) Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System; (4) Institution Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change for  disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region.

So by co-hosting this symposium this afternoon with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, we are very happy to perform our mandate for institution building to be an agent of change for disaster resilience.  But more than that, I am personally happy, that the help of the international community, through the Kingdom of Netherlands,  to make us here in Cebu and in the Philippines disaster resilient, does not start and end only when a calamity strikes us.  Through the innovations they are now going to generously share with us, we can look forward to a more sustainable disaster resiliency programs.
Thank you and let us all enjoy and learn from all our generous and distinguished speakers we have this afternoon.

Chancellor Corro’s MAAAD Launch Speech

I would like to greet and welcome our beloved Mayor of Cebu City, Mayor Tomas Osmena, our newly installed President Danilo Concepcion, Shu-Te’s Former President Chu who ably facilitated that STU’s program gets to be hosted here by us here in UP Cebu, UP’s Board of Regents Member, Staff Regent Alexis Mejia, Kenneth Cobonpue-RDC Region 7 Chair, UP VPs Dalisay and Yunque, STU Chair Prof. Eing Min Wu, Dr. Lu, Dean of College of Design of STU, Former Chancellor UP OU Gigi Alfonso, Colleagues in UP Cebu, faculty, staff and students, Representatives from the Creative Industry, Business Chambers, academe. I would like to welcome you all to this second campus of the University of the Philippines Cebu.

I would like to thank everyone who responded to our invitation to join us here today in the official launching of the newest addition to the roster of graduate programs of UP Cebu, the Master of Asss in Applied Arts and Design Program which we will host in behalf of the Shu-Te University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, of the Republic of China, a multi-awarded university in the field of design.

UP Cebu and Shu-Te are two universities bound to become sister universities, like we had been betrothed. In May 2016, UP System officials, led by our former president, went to Kaohsiung to visit different Southern Taiwan Universities and for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement of UP with the SATU or Southern Alliance of Taiwanese Universities.

We send a lot of faculty for their graduate studies in different parts of the world, many of them are in Europe and US universities and Australia, with UP spending millions to support their tuition, transportation and accommodation, among others, in our pursuit to provide them excellent education. And in the process when they come back, they will return this service, through the excellent education they will provide to our very own students.

UP Officials say we send our faculty to far away countries in other continents, when within our own region, there are excellent universities which can serve the purpose as well. So that educational mission by UP to Southern Taiwan was born.

When presentations were made by the Chancellors of different UP units to officials of STU, then STU Pres. Chu only addressed questions to the presentation I did for UP Cebu, manifesting STU’s interest in us.

As it turns out, then Chancellor Gigi Alfonso of UP Open University had relayed ahead to STU officials that UP Cebu was on the lookout for a partner university for our planned offering of a masters degree in the field of arts and design. By the way, Chancellor Gigi is the one who did our Oblation Statue that you see outside of this building.

You see, as early as in 2014, we in UP Cebu had been wanting to provide a graduate program in the field of arts, particularly in applied arts and design. When I brought this up with Chancellor Gigi, she told me she has in mind just the right university for us, with a strong track record in design, then referring to STU.

After that May visit made by UP to Kaohsiung, everything followed so fast. STU officials reciprocated our visit. In fact, they made about 3 different visits to us here in UP Cebu last year, aside from the visit they did to UP System officials in Diliman.

Maybe, this seeming familiarity between us two universities, is due to the existing relationship of Cebu and Kaohsiung, which dates back to as early as 80’s the 2 cities being sister cities. For those who do not know, there is a road somewhere in the North Reclamation Area which is called Kaohsiung. I presume, this was a testament to the sister city relationship between the 2 cities. Of course, you are not a Cebuano, if you do not know of the Kaohsiung buses donated to Cebu City. These buses are of big help to my students who get to avail of them oftentimes.

So after the 2 cities had bound themselves together, now it’s their respective universities. Both cities have a commonality in the undeniably strong presence of a culture and creative economy.
I would therefore like to acknowledge and thank the efforts of all the stakeholders that contributed in making this program come into fruition, the City of Cebu, UP System, Shu-Te University

I thank Mayor Osmena, for facilitating this collaboration. We are holding this event as part of our joining the City Government of Cebu in its Charter Day Celebration.

What better way to have this program initiated and launched but here in UP’s second campus in the SRP, whose lot was donated by the Cebu City government around 8 years ago, under Mayor Osmena’s administration.

This program is borne out of the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, from the City Government, UP System, Shu-te University, our creative industry in Cebu, and UP Cebu’s constituents. UP Cebu is proud and honored to be the conduit of these various endeavors. Details of this program will be discussed by the Acting Dean of UP Cebu’s College of Communication and Design.

This program is a testament of UP Cebu’s commitment to be a center of excellence for research, creative design and information technology – especially in promoting education within an industry that distinguishes Cebu from the rest of the country. We are just aligning our program offering to the core-competence of our host city, Cebu. We are making the most of our city’s strengths and creative talents, by offering this program. This is to complement and to harness what Cebu is known for.

But beyond that, this program offering is borne out of the desire of UP as a national university to provide relevance to its region and community, and contribute to the sustainable development and inclusive growth which we all aspire. This is timely, since we are going to celebrate UP Cebu’s 100 years as a public institution.

Cebu is known to be home to 700 copyright based industries or simply put, creative industries. This I believe is even a 2015 statistics, and possibly just covers the formal sector and does not include the informal economy, outside of those regulated and accounted for. This program is our way of harnessing our advantage in this sector, by providing this local capacity building through this knowledge generation under this graduate program offering. Through this, we leverage on our advantage, and increase our global competitiveness.

Right in front of UP Cebu Lahug campus, who is not familiar with the bamboo furniture maker, who had been there longer than many of us? The Santo Niño carvings, our famous haute couture clothes designer. UP Cebu is just aligning its vision to the core-competence of our very own host city of Cebu. Who will deny it, Cebuanos are so artistic. Cebuanos’ creativity are so intertwined in our every day lives. Who will deny it, that at one point, many of us here had been touched by Cebuanos creativity. Do you recall in the 70s the craze for puka shells fashion accessories, and rattan furnitures, then later on stone furnitures? We have a very strong arts craft in Cebu and the region as well.

Creative Economy Report of 2013 Special Edition, Widening Local Development Pathways by UNESCO and UNDP states that “investing in culture and the creative sector as a driver of social development can also lead to results that contribute in the overall well being of communities. UNESCO’s work over the years has demonstrated that when the creative sector becomes part of an overall development and growth strategy, it can contribute to the revitalization of the national economy where hybrid and dynamic economic and cultural exchanges occur and innovation is nurtured.”

Investments in identity, innovation and creativity can help to build new development pathways for individuals, local communities and countries. These new pathways are constructed when they are nurtured within an enabling environment based on fundamental values, which include sustainability.

We recognize the importance and power of the cultural and creative sectors as engines of sustainable human development. That is why we are offering MAAAD.
It is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, not just in terms of income generation but also for job creation and export earnings.

A much greater proportion of the world’s intellectual and creative resources is now being invested in the creative economy. And this is exactly what we, in UP Cebu, in collaboration with STU is doing. In partnership with Shu-Te University, UP Cebu envisions to be a primary figure in this field for the years to come.

Thank you.

THE ACADEME, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY – Synergies for a Better Philippines

Let me greet and welcome the following speakers to this Academe, Government and Industry Forum, who graciously accepted our invitation:

For the Academe – USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda and CHED Regional Director, Dr. Freddie T. Bernal; Local Government – DTI Reg. Dir. Asteria C. Caberte and Cebu Prov. Admin. Atty. Mark C. Tolentino; for the Industry – Cebu Business Chamber of Commerce Inc. Pres., Ms. Melanie T. Ng; and our Panel Reactors – USPF Dean of School of Business, Dr. Venus Empuerto & Mandaue Chamber of Commerce Inc. Pres., Mr. Glenn Anthony Soco, Colleagues, Faculty, Students and Staff, a pleasant afternoon.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the efforts of all those who contributed in making this forum possible, especially the students and faculty of the School of Management, one of the 4 recently created colleges of UP Cebu.

This event is in line with our 18 month run-up to UP Cebu’s 100 years of existence, since its founding on May 3, 2018, as a junior college of UP Diliman. Practically, UP Cebu is both the youngest and the oldest among UP units. Oldest, because UP Cebu is the oldest regional unit outside of UP Diliman. But youngest in the UP System at the same time, for we had just been granted our constituent university status last 27 October 2016, resulting into the conversion of 4 of our academic clusters into 4 colleges, one of which is the School of Management, the host college for this event.

We have chosen for the 18 month run-up various activities, with the uniting theme of: UP Cebu in its 100 Years of Public Service. This is just appropriate, as a national university, whose function is not solely on teaching and research, but likewise on public service and extension.

Right now, UP Cebu is home to various shared services facilities which do not only serve as research centers and laboratories for our students and faculty, but are likewise here to serve the public and the community as a whole. We have the DOST-UP Cebu Technology Business Incubation facility, which was just recently awarded by the UP President with the Gawad Pangulo Excellence in Public Service. We are host to the second ever here in the Visayas region, the Digital Fabrication Laboratory or FABLAB, thru the initial support of the Department of Trade and Industry, and which recently, got an approved funding support from the DOST. Likewise, DTI had located here inside UP Cebu its first academe based GNCPlus, which consists of its Go Negosyo Center with a co-working space. But aside from that, we are also home to the Digital Media Production Center, through the DTI’s grant to a cooperative called ARTISTKO, where musicians can find very affordable means of producing their musical compositions. We likewise have with us, the Innovation Technology Support Office or ITSO, which provides support to intellectual property right protection. Aside from the Shared Services Facilities I had mentioned, we have 2 LIDAR Centers awarded by the DOST, for hazard mapping and resource assessment in Western Visayas.

And this is not to mention the various support that the Commission on Higher Education consistently is providing us. By the way, just last Monday, we launched a new graduate program on Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Design, which we are hosting for Shu-Te University, of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as our way of supporting the creative economy of Cebu.

All those facilities and activities I just mentioned, are clear manifestations of academe, government and industry synergy. In those facilities and activities I just mentioned, these 3 pillars of academe, government and industry are in strong collaboration and cooperation. These support we in UP Cebu had been getting from these different government agencies, through this enabling ecosystem located in one place, like a one-stop shop, we know, is not just for us but in order for us to provide better service to the public.

Today’s forum gives the 3 pillars opportunity to converse on how to forge common beneficial direction for a better Philippines. But what will make us better? Is it a green Philippines, at the expense of the loss of livelihood of the workers in the mining industry? Can an economy anchored on its culture and creativity ever be scaled up? With the industry continuously growing, changing and ever more demanding, will our graduates be fully equipped to meet these demands? Is it equitable to provide free tuition across the board, regardless of their parents’ income? And how will this solution impact on private HEIs? How can the Philippines ever continue to be globally competitive and be at par with the current trends in the global market? Are we producing the right graduates, that will result into good jobs or better businesses, for strong and sustainable growth?

Stepping up our game, providing new pathways, be it in the academe, the industry or the government, and us working together and collaborating closely, is sure one way for us to reach our goal of a better Philippines. As we say in UP Cebu, let us CREATE, INNOVATE and SERVE.

And everything starts with a dialogue. Let us talk, which is what we will do today, in this Forum.

JOYA AWARD & EXHIBIT

Let me greet a pleasant evening to Dr. Joji Pinzon, Acting Dean of the College of Communication, Art and Design or CCAD,  JTJ Gallery Director Prof. Karl Roque, our Joya Award judges, faculty, parents of our students, our students who are here with us, guests, good evening.  I welcome you all to the 41st Jose T. Joya Award and 42nd Students’ Exhibit.

The Joya Award is an Annual Event  that we in UP Cebu, and I personally,  always look forward to every year.  I make it a point to attend your activity to see your output for the academic year.  And it gives me great satisfaction to see your paintings and finished products.  As some parents would say, makabayad na mu sa inyong parents for all their sacrifices in sending you to school upon seeing your wonderful output.

For those who had never been to my Office of the Chancellor, the main art piece in my office is a mosaic painting made by a Fine Arts student of titled Island Girl.  It is made of minute shells that stick to mangrove trees with its natural colors retained.  It depicts the face of a  smiling girl.  A lot of my guests mistake it to be me, maybe its because of the laughing eyes and enchanting smile in the painting, and the not so pointed noise, or in Bisaya, a little bit of piyanga nose or maybe pixie-like nose instead.

That is why, I am always proud to point it out to my guests  who would go to my office, that it was done by our Fine Arts student, who was also a finalist of the Jose Joya Award.

Before,  I can recall, whenever you would have your Annual Joya awards and Student Exhibit, the fine arts students are like in a frenzy, of course, to finish their art pieces, as well as on where to source the money to pay for the cost of  their venue and for the cocktails.  They are lucky if they get to have a sponsor.  But of course, the grant from Jose Joya was most of the time there, and with the guidance of Prof. Karl and the rest of Fine Arts faculty, the students then are always able to weather and successfully host the event.

But then later on, UP Cebu’s Arts and Culture committee funds supplemented the funding for this event.  Then came the annual funding support that UP Cebu provided for the FASO.  Then now,   finally, you have your own gallery, the Jose T. Joya Gallery which we just inaugurated less than a year ago.  So all these really helped in minimizing or practically removing all the expenses of our students in order for them to mount their exhibit.  And to top it all, they now have a professional gallery of  their own where they can exhibit their art works.

Always remember this, UP Cebu is here to support and turn you into real fine and excellent artists. We encourage and nurture your creativity and innovativeness, which are skills we believe will never go out of style, and hard to find,  and will always be sought after.  And it is this which will provide you leverage and help you out and us, UP Cebu and your community,  in making us globally competitive.

I believe that the creative community, like Cebu which is known to have a very rich copyright based industries, or creative industries, is contributing a lot to the Cebuano economy. So especially for us here in our region, the Creative Industry is one major pathway we can traverse for our economic development.

So, to our dear students,  we are helping you hone your skills for we believe  we are not just helping you, but through you, we are helping our region as well.  By this public service that we have done, we ourselves affirm the relevance of our academic programs, in particular, right now, through the UP Cebu Fine Arts program.

Again, my congratulations to CCAD, its students, exhibitors and winners on this occasion of the Jose Joya Award and Student Competition.

Chancellor Corro’s PAEP Tribute Speech

It’s been 4 years since President Alfredo Pascual, UP’s 20th President administered my investiture as the 9th Dean of UP Cebu. But unknown to many of you, that was not my first official function with PAEP.

In 2011, when a groundbreaking was had for the first infrastructure for UP Cebu, under PAEP’s administration, the SRP Academic Bldg, I was already there to assist PAEP in the groundbreaking. I was there then as UP Cebu Alumni Association president. Little did I know, that it was not just the start of a new building, but a start of my relationship with UP and my association with then new President, Alfredo Pascual, in contributing to the foundation of another era in UP Cebu, that, in its becoming a constituent university.

Have you heard of the pamahiin, kung ano ‘yong unang ginawa mo sa taon, yon ang palaging mangyayari sa buong taon. Isn’t it, we do not want to spend at the start of the year, otherwise, we fear that for the whole year, we will be spending money? So having that groundbreaking bodes well for us in UP Cebu, for construction do abound now in UP Cebu and which will still continue to be finished, even after PAEP’s term. In fact, in the SRP Campus, the eLib building stands as one iconic building in the SRP area. We have 4 simultaneous ongoing constructions, including the guest house in Diliman, while we will also have 3 new constructions to commence, within this first quarter, or maybe 4, should we get luckier with the granting of the Execution Pending Appeal from the court for our High School Building. And this is not to mention yet, that another 2 new buildings will be bidded out this year. And this does not include yet the upgrading of the football field into a professional level And finally, we will have an Oblation with a much better physique and 6 pack-abs, since it will also be replaced, together with a better designed Oblation Park.

During the start of my term in 2013, we all know UP Cebu saw a drastic and sudden increase in its budget, particularly in its MOOE, which, thanks to PAEP, he increased almost 4-fold.

When I was interviewing people in the CDMO, since I want to understand how they managed all their construction pressures in the prior years, they told me it was easy, because for so long a time, there were no new infras in UP Cebu. It started happening only upon the assumption of President Pascual. And when they came, it was like an avalanche, which might be an exaggeration, but true.

Fear and uncertainties from UP Cebu’s constituents abound then when President Pascual took UP’s helm in 2011, due to varying reasons which a lot of you have an idea why. In the same manner, 8 days from now, with a new President taking over, and just like in anything new, we have trepidations on what is to come. The new President is my brother in the law profession, as we say in the legal community. But he is a fraternity brother of Pres. Pascual. So let us hope we get a good endorsement from PAEP to President Concepcion.

Just like in any job application, we secure endorsements from those whom we know, do believe in us. And I say, President Pascual, not only did he keep his faith in us in UP Cebu, but more than that, he pushed us to achieve, and lead us, to where he knows we should go.

I would like to paraphrase a passage in Kahlil Gibran’s poem about “Children” in his book the Prophet: President Pascual is the bow that UP used, from which we, his constituents in UP Cebu, as living arrows, were sent forth to accomplish our dreams and aspirations. He is the bow that was bent with might, so that we in UP Cebu will go swift and far, as manifested by UP’s Cebu’s elevation to a full constituent university.

If only I can picture it out and share with you on how President Pascual, relentlessly defended us to the rest of the members of the Board of Regents on why we should be granted our constituent university status. That, Mr. President, we sincerely appreciate.

The elevation to becoming a full constituent university is just actually a consequence of all that we had become. We know we would not have become a CU, if we did not have all those achievements to boast of, for the past years. And all these we accomplished by virtue of the enabling environment that President Pascual had provided us.

In the past 5 years, figures will attest to the trajectory increase in UP Cebu’s accomplishments in its research and publications, including in the field of creative works. We saw how our collaborations increased with international universities, and here locally, with different government agencies. We became recipients of several fundings, and laboratories and research offices were set up within UP Cebu. All these happened, under the watch and active representation of Pres. Pascual before our co-government institutions. He is our best ambassador of goodwill.

Other HEI’s here in Cebu, now regard us as a threat in terms of faculty recruitment, when they see how UP, under the helm of PAEP, had been sending our faculty to other countries with full support to pursue their advanced graduate studies.

Even for students, they not only are given the opportunity to receive stipends if deserving, on top of discounts they receive under the ST Program. But President Pascual likewise opened up the doors for the students to widen their horizons and increase their cultural quotient, through MOVE-UP and COOPERATE Programs, where they get to study in international universities with substantial support from UP.

Actually, PAEP has a strong camaraderie with a lot of the young workforce, foremost of which are his young staff in the Office of the President, and even the AVP for Student Affairs. PAEP, easily blends with them, except for his “salt and pepper” or I might say his grey hair which easily gives him away when he is in the younger group.
And of course, the very high step salary grades increases under his administration’s call for merit promotion which many of us were recipients of. There is also the One UP Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant. I am sure, there are many of us here who were not able to keep track anymore on what is the title of the funds they had received. But, they just keep on receiving the financial incentives that kept coming one after another under PAEP’s term, which everyone enjoyed, including those who continue to rally and to question these financial incentives. These are the same people who question the eUP, despite all the benefits they are reaping. But just like the world wide web or the internet being the great equalizer, it is the eUP which became our equalizer vis-à-vis the bigger CUs in the UP System.

If you come to think of it, it is through these One UP concept, and the processes instituted by President Pascual for operational efficiency, which elevated UP Cebu into equal footing with the bigger CUs like UP Diliman, UPLB and UP Manila, or we do not need to go far, like UP Visayas. If you do not know or realize it, UP Cebu’s vote in the PAC is as good as the vote from UP Diliman.

Through President Pascual’s leadership, he made our journey lighter and pleasurable due to his foresight and innovativeness, coupled with the patience and generosity which he demonstrates. I would like to say, his patience abounds, considering all the eccentricities of his officials, including us, his chancellors. But in his own way, he was able to orchestrate us all. This just really shows his statesmanship. I don’t know, Mr. President, sino ang mas mahirap dalhin, us your Chancellors or your Vice-Presidents? Do you know that at the start of my term, I had to suffer from being transferred from one end to the other end of the conference table in the President’s Advisory Council meeting, just so to diffuse the constant friendly bickerings and arguments between 2 of his officials both seated next to him, which he patiently allows. And one of those officials is responsible for why we will now soon have our Guest House in UP Diliman, which is about to be finished around this March. It’s like a villa in a beach resort concept, to reflect UP Cebu’s character.

Just like his salt and pepper or white hair which gives him away in a crowd of young people, it is only his blushings which gave him away as to the state of his mind in the heat of his officials’ arguments.

In the light of genuine public service, PAEP is willing to withstand criticisms in order to achieve honor and excellence for which UP stands for. Pursuant to PAEP’s tagline “We must succeed not because we have a reputation to keep, but because we have a country to serve.” President Alfredo Pascual, you best articulate for us UP Cebu’s tagline: You nurtured us to create, inspired us to innovate, and for all the sacrifices you had devoted and withstood for UP, truly, you are destined to serve.

Mr. President, it is indeed a privilege and an honor working in UP, under your administration. In behalf of the UP Cebu’s constituents, truly and sincerely, maraming salamat sa lahat ng tulong na inyong inabot para sa UP Cebu. Just like the Oblation, thank you for having offered your services sa UP Na Ating Mahal!

Chancellor’s Speech in DTI SlingShot Maker 2017 – “Building Communities to Accelerate the Innovation Economy”

DTI officials, makers movement, enablers, the Cebuano local makers’ community, creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and heads of academic institutions, participants, welcome and maayong buntag!

UP Cebu, together with the rest of the UP constituent units just tarted its school for this second semester. This is just actually our second week of classes.

A lot of you must have experience during start of classes when parents will mostly tell you to study well so you will get good grades, so you can find a high paying job. Very seldom do you hear parents motivate a child with an encouragement, to study hard so he or she, will become a scientist, a businessman or entrepreneur. Going into business and embarking on your own enterprise, or becoming researchers, and advancing in the field of studies especially in sciences, are options, we, in UP, strongly encourage after graduation from the University.

Here in UP Cebu, we encourage and nurture an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our tagline articulates it for us: “Nurtured to Create, Inspired to Innovate and Destined to Serve”. This is best manifested thru our academe based shared services’ facilities or SSFs. These shared services facilities cater, and provide opportunities internally for our students, faculty and staff, for them to harness their innovative talents and entrepreneurial skills. And as part of our public service, externally, for our alumni and the whole community as a whole, these SSFs, provide the real life laboratories where they can do test runs of their ideas.

UP Cebu, as an academic institution is fortunate, to collaborate with other government institutions who are of the same min in giving value to the innovative and entrepreneurial culture. Here in UP Cebu, we are host to both DTI and DOST sponsored facilities, consisting of: the DTI’s UP Cebu FabLab, Go Negosyo Center and Co-working Space, and the Creative Digital Media Production Center where Cebuano musicians are given the support to produce their compositions. While for DOST, under the umbrella of UP Cebu’s Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (or TTBDO), we host the Technology Business Incubation Center, together with the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) and the Technology Transfer Office (or TTO). The latter two offices are being assisted by the Intellectual Property Office (IPOPhil). Of course, these are aside from the other DOST sponsored project we host here in UP Cebu, called the Light Intensive Detection and Ranging or LIDAR projects.

The sustainability of these SSFs, are more assured for having been located inside a university. We have tried and tested this under our Technology Business Incubation model which we call the CEBUinIT, which first started in 2009. CEBUinIT has assisted various start-up companies, which have graduated and are now commercially operating, while for others, have averted their losses, after they learned the non-viability of their business models. In here, we provide our faculty coordinators with administrative load credits and/or honorarium for running these SSFs. We conduct and host, and participate in various activities to encourage the creativity and innovativeness of our students and community.

For those who may not be familiar with Cebu, Cebu is a hub for around 200 BPO’s, sea and air transports and high and low manufacturing, and is home to around 700 copyright based industries, or better known as creative industries. As they say, Cebuanos are very creative and artistic.

We regularly conduct here Idea Challenge and for a few times ahd hosted Start-up Weekend. I recall in on Start-up Weekend I attended, wherein one participating group, introduced innovations ot the AirBnB. But this time, instead of regular guests and travellers to be hosted thru sharing of spaces, their concept was sharing of spaces for funeral wake. Can you imaging your house’s garage, or your vacation house in the province, earning income, by regularly hosting a wake? It might be a crazy idea right now for us. but that’s how innovative ideas re regarded at the onset of there conceptualizations. The doomsayers will always be fast to tell you, “you’ll never make it”, like the Gulliver’s Island.

I recall a few times I was using somebody else’s laptop and I was swiping a spot on the screen, but it never moves, only to remember it is not a touch screen laptop, nor like our smart touch screen phones. One time, while watching TV, i wanted to transfer channel and kept on pressing the control, but it doesn’t move, only to find out I was using my cellphone as the remote control. Or how I wanted to open up my car, and it just won’t, because again it was my cellphone I was using as a remote. Oh well, anyway there ar enow keyless cars.

These are some of the wonders of modern day gadgets and technology which we never had before, but which we all had gotten used to nowadays, and had made our everyday live easier.

If we al pool in our efforts and talent, through policies and support for our makers’ talent, to heighten their movements’ “cause”, I believe, it will just be a matter of time that we create the innovative community culture. Not only it will provide us solutions to day-to-day problems, but it will necessarily result into high value products and services. And these high value products and services, needless to say, make us more competitive in attracting investors. Where the talents and skills are more knowledge based and not easily replicated, ti gives us more leverage and competitive edge. And we can expect, that where there are more investors, the more it will generate quality employment. And with its multiplier effects, it will surely redound into a highly beneficial economy for all of us.

SO YOU, THE MAKERS’ COMMUNITY, START-UPS, CREATIVE ENTREPS, AND OF COURSE THE ACADEME, LET US ALL PITCH IN, TO ACCELERATE IN TURNING OUR COUNTRY INTO AN INNOVATION CENTERED ECONOMY.

CHRISTMAS 2016 MESSAGE “HUGPONG TANG MAGLAWIG SA GATUSANG TUIG” or “KAPIT-KAMAY, ISANG SAKAY, SA SANDAANG PAGLALAKBAY!”

A blessed and joyous Christmas to all of us!

Our Christmas theme is very apt for where UP Cebu is, right now. This is the first Christmas we are celebrating after we had achieved the status as a full constituent university. And in a year and a half, we will soon be celebrating the 100 th year of founding of UP Cebu.

All these would have never happened if we did not join hands and unite our efforts to move in one direction.

Where we are now is a manifestation of what, and who we are, and how we envision ourselves to be. We are a creature of our own vision. And we can be as great and successful only, depending on how we envision ourselves to be, and how we put it into action. Please take note of this: Leaders provide only the enabling environment, but you are the lead actors and actresses. Leaders come and go, and administrators change, but it is the same hopes, talents and aspirations from you that will remain and persist.

Yes, there may be moments either in your personal life or here in UP Cebu, that will bring you down and which may cause you to wonder and think that life is not going the way you want it to be. But let not distractions and criticisms pull you down. In fact, always treat all these as challenges to make ourselves better. Let us block out all the negativities, and truly embrace the spirit of “hope”, wherein we wait for wonderful things that the future has to offer. But we must always bear in mind at the same time of what the past has taught us, and with a grateful and humble heart at the same time acknowledge the beautiful gifts that we had received.

Remember, with positive thoughts and the desire always to do good, which is the public service essence of our institution, then we will be able to accomplish what we aspire and envision us to be. “Maghugpong lang ta sa atong paglawig siguradong makab-ot natong tanan ang atong mga pangandoy!”

May you all be, always brimming with hope, that we will be able to accomplish what we envision UP Cebu to be, in the years to come!

Again, I wish you all and your families, a blessed and joyous Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

Acceptance speech of UP Cebu Acting Chancellor Atty. Liza D. Corro during the Launching of the Go-Negosyo Center, Co-Working Space and Fabrication Laboratory in UP Cebu

DTI Sec. Adrian Cristobal, together with the officials of the Department of Trade and Industry; UP System officials, representing our president Alfredo Pascual, VP for Program and Development Elvira Zamora; board of regents secretary and University Registrar Lilian Delas Llagas; and all officials from the University of the Philippines, both from UP System and UP Cebu, our special guest from the Shu-Te University of Taiwan, Chair Professor Dr. Eimin Wu; representatives from different universities; government agencies; industry sector creative and designers, guests, friends, good morning.

UP Cebu is in a very unique and privileged position. The setting up inside our Lahug campus of DTI’s digital fabrication laboratory, Go-Negosyo Center and Co-working Space, together with our very own existing technology business incubation, or TBI facility called UPCebuInIT and innovation technology support office or ITSO, totally completes the collaborative support ecosystem needed by our MSMEs, be it from the ideation stage to prototyping their products and in providing the support environment to prepare their business in becoming commercially viable.

Likewise, from the academe side, these facilities provide as a practical research laboratory for both our student and faculty, where they can study and apply in practical terms the synergism between the creativity and IT skills for Filipinos and, in particular, the Cebuanos. This is particularly important for us in UP Cebu, where our niches and strengths are in computer science and in creative designs.

Undeniaby, Cebu is a hub for creative industries, and at the same time, for IT and BPO industries. Through these two industries, we do not only see them driving UP employment and contributing to the Philippine economy, but likewise, with the support of FabLab, we are looking forward to the ability of our designers to be able to create products resulting from disruptive and innovative technologies, since our graduates and workforce now will be gaining a more competitive edge, having skills which are more knowledge-based. It is our over-all outlook improving human life through these facilities.

With strong research components, and introduction of studies on new technology, prosthetics products in relation to health management, and robotics for automation initiatives, re areas we are looking forward in the near future, to be produced here in DTI-UP Cebu FabLab. Truly, these facilities provide us the avenue to comply with the three mandates of UP as a national university, on teaching, research and, lastly, public service.

So, in behalf, of the whole UP, we accept the facilities and equipment that DTI had so much generously set up inside the UP Cebu campus and we extend our profound gratitude to DTI.

Thank you.

UP President’s statement on the status of UP Cebu and the authority of its dean

From the Office of the President of the University of the Philippines System: a statement on the status of UP Cebu and the authority of its dean.
PAEP Statement