Prof. Sofia Aliño-Logarta’s column in Cebu Daily News/inquirer.net
When Liza became the dean of UP Cebu, she declared that she actually wanted this position of leadership. Such simple directness was very refreshing.
In this beginning, she had set her task clearly: “to generate resources for expansion plans and to transform UP Cebu into a vibrant and dynamic institution of higher learning.”
UP Cebu had actually been working to become a constituent unit of UP. This would mean greater autonomy in formulating its vision and mission as well as more freedom in the management of its resources. Its faculty and staff would then have first priority in availing of grants and other opportunities, instead of having to wait for those in the mother unit. But of course, this was also very demanding in terms of meeting the requirements of a constituent unit. This was the major challenge which Atty. Liza Corro confronted head on.
Her many achievements actually changed UP Cebu not only physically but also in spirit. When I arrived for the investiture, I immediately sensed the good morale among the faculty and staff. This is not surprising because their administrator had been appreciated as an outstanding president of Rotary’s Gloria Maris — all-female Rotary Chapter. She had been an effective president of the UP Law Alumni Association. As president of the UP Alumni Association Cebu Chapter, she was among those who institutionalized “Tatak UP” to give recognition to Cebu-based UP graduates. When she was president of the Federacion International de Abogadas (FIDA), she sat in the Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission; she suggested that something be done about women arrested for petty crimes and suffering in jail. She became president of the Legal Alternatives for Women Center, (LAW) Inc. when the organization was troubled with many challenges. She faced them serenely and used the law to the maximum in dealing with the concerns, and so LAW Center, Inc. transcended these problems.
In one of his visits to UP Cebu, then UP president Alfredo Pascual said that he hoped that UP would model good governance and effective management. I believe that Atty. Liza had adopted such an objective. In her investiture speech as she looked back at her performance in the past, she narrated how she worked to erase the stereotype of a government functionary. She exerted effort to speed up processes and used her knowledge of the law to move confidently and efficiently with her duties.
Together with the endeavor to establish professionalism in the unit’s operations, there is the adherence to UP’s principles of leadership in academic instruction and research always with consideration of community service in the various transformations that have been introduced.
After settling down in front of the library, I viewed on the TV screen our colleagues who were in different continents, with greetings and gratitude for the event’s honoree for she had been very instrumental in providing them with these opportunities for professional growth.
UP Cebu, the eighth constituent unit of our national university, and the Cebu community are blessed to have an inspired and inspiring first chancellor. Like Mother Teresa whom she quoted, she will do good no matter what!
‘Always serve the country’ —Corro
“I vow to uphold academic excellence and steer the University of the Philippines Cebu in its mission of delivering quality education, research, and service to the country and the global community.”
These were the words of lawyer Liza Corro, the last dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu as she was officially installed as the school’s first chancellor in a ceremony on Monday, April 3, 2017.
UP president Danilo Concepcion, in the presence of the university’s Board of Regents vested Corro with an academic collar and a medallion—marks of honor and excellence in the investiture rites held in UP Cebu’s Performing Arts Hall in Lahug, Cebu City.
He also gave her a mace, a symbol of the authority of her office.
“I hope our energy, motivation, and desire to serve our country will never wane,” the chancellor said in her acceptance speech.
“Yes, sometimes, we might commit mistakes along the way, or there will be obstacles more difficult to deal with, but I hope we’ll never lose the spirit of public service that brought us here in the first place.”
The ceremony was a culmination of UP Cebu’s ascension to the status of eighth constituent unit of the Philippines’ national and premier university along with Manila, Diliman, Los Baños, Visayas, Baguio, Mindanao, and Open University.
The Board of Regents granted UP Cebu this status in 2016, 99 years since it opened.
Representatives of various sectors in the UP Cebu community read messages for Corro during the rites witnessed by former UP president Alfredo Pascual and at least 250 guests from academia, the government and industries.
Van Owen Sesaldo, head of UP Cebu’s information technology center said Corro helped the administrative staff build teamwork through different activities that enabled them to “collaborate, talk and work together efficiently.”
“It’s the little things that you do that make us, in the administrative unit, feel valued,” said Sesaldo, who spoke for the administrative, research, extension and professional staff.
Justine Raphael Luis Balane, former student council chairperson delivered a wish list to the chancellor that included a workshop for fine arts studnets, a review of rental fees and protocols for the use of school facilities, disclosure of plans for sports facilities and more funding for gender equality advocates.
Balane also said students want the chancellor to hear them out in her first week in office.
The chancellor is meeting student representatives on April 6, 2017.
Prof. Tiffany Adelaine Tan, UP Cebu School of Management dean spoke for the faculty.
She complimented the the chancellor for moving forward and challenging the good with the best.
Speaking for the alumni, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said UP does not just aim for scholastic excellence, but also for social responsibility.
“UP belongs to the people. Therefore we, her offspring, belong to the people,” Davide said.
“For this reason, we owe the people and the Philippines, a constant service.”
He also said he hopes UP Cebu will collaborate with the provincial government in sustainable development programs.
Corro said she will rise to the challenge.
Corro assailed the poor public servant as a stereotype, saying public servants are dedicated to their profession as she sees them in the UP system.
“We hope to harness the very best of modern technology in extending public service in order to tackle bureaucracy,” she said.
“It is our hope to become the data science center wherein they can provide all useful and complete information that can be easily accessed and used as a tool for public service.”
WRITER RUTHY VALDEZ, UP Cebu Mass Communication student, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
As her investiture as University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu’s first chancellor drew near, lawyer Liza Corro reflected on the new constituent university’s place in the community.
“We should not be closed in on ourselves,” Corro said in an interview.
“Our mandate as the University of the Philippines is not just teaching and research. It also includes public service.”
With her investiture on Monday, April 3, 2017, Corro said she envisions a UP Cebu with more research centers that benefit the community, internationalized students, and pedagogical tools in aid of learning and teaching.
The chancellor recounted UP Cebu’s most important achievements in public service.
“In a very short span of time, we were able to establish the shared service facilities,” she said.
“These did not just limit the university to the teachers and students, but also opened it to the community.”
The facilities include the Technology Business Incubator (TBI), Digital Media Production Center, Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), Go Negosyo Center, and Coworking Space.
TBI is a space made available by UP Cebu and the Department of Trade and Industry where entrepreneurs are encouraged to start enterprises based on technology.
The Digital Media Production Center is a music production laboratory.
The Fabrication Laboratory attached to the College of Communication, Art, and Design houses advanced technologies in product design.
Go Negosyo Center provides access to services for micro, small, and medium enterprises. Coworking Space provides shared working space.
Coming of age
As UP Cebu opened community programs, it also went through the process of becoming a constituent university of the UP System.
“It was not an overnight process,” she said. “It was long and laborious. We even experienced meeting on at least three days just to reach our target.”
Corro crafted the proposal and consulted stakeholders to determine what UP Cebu will be as a constituent university.
The proposal was submitted to the University Council, UP’s Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and President’s Advisory Council for endorsement.
Previously a campus of UP in the Visayas, UP Cebu was designated an autonomous unit on Sept. 24, 2010.
It became a constitudent university of the UP System on Oct. 27, 2016 upon the UP Board of Regents’ approval of the endorsed proposals.
This means UP Cebu now shares equal status with other constituent universities of the system such as UP Diliman, Manila, Baguio, Los Baños, Open University, Visayas and Mindanao.
“A lot of government agencies are not yet aware that UP Cebu is a constituent University,” Corro said.
“The investiture is a way of letting everyone know that we are a Constituent University.”
The investiture rite with UP System’s president, Danilo Concepcion starts 4:15 p.m. at the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall in Lahug, Cebu City.
The guest list includes former UP president Alfredo Pascual, members of the UP Board of Regents, the university’s vice presidents, chancellors and vice chancellors of the UP System’s constituent universities and the leaders of University of San Carlos, University of Cebu and Shu-Te University in Taiwan.
The honorary consuls of South Korea and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, representatives of Cabinet departments, members of the Philippine Congress, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide and other officials will also witness the event./WRITER MICHAEL ANGELO ALEGRE, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
The technology business incubator (TBI) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu was recognized with a Gawad Pangulo award for excellence in public service by the Office of the President of the UP System on Jan. 30, 2017.
The TBI’s manager, Prof. Jedaiah Joel Lumagbas of UP Cebu’s College of Science and marketing specialist Jeffrey Montecillo, along with Chancellor Liza Corro of UP Cebu received the award from then UP president Alfredo Pascual in a ceremony at the UP Diliman Executive House in Quezon City.
“UP Cebu TBI is the most sustainable and operational” of the ones opened by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the country, said Montecillos quoting secretary Fortunato dela Peña of the DOST.
The theme of the awards, “Galing UP, Lingkod Bayan” turned the spotlight towards initiatives that exemplify “dangal (honor)” and “husay (excellence).”
Nominees were rated for project sustainability, replicability, public service, enhanced research and economic impact, Montecillo said.
Startups that graduated from UP Cebu TBI joined the Philippines’ small and medium enterprise sector that employs almost 70 percent of the country’s work force.
Nambal, Greater Heights Educational Solutions and Artisko Digital Music Content Production are some of the thriving enterprises that started out in the UP Cebu TBI.
Nambal is a free, online health information system for patients and doctors to keep medical to keep medical records with the help of the Nambal Health Card.
Greater Heights Educational Solutions offers online review services online to help students reach their full potential.
Artisko Digital Music Content Production provides services such as video and digital content production, rehearsal studios, songwriting workshops, music forums and music curation.
UP Cebu TBI has been replicated in a business incubator administered by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation of Information Technology in Bacolod City, Montecillos said.
Turning seven this December, this facility currently has at least 14 tenants in UP Cebu’s Lahug campus and another two in the campus at Cebu City’s South Road Properties.
TBI representatives from across the country met in mid-March in Makati City, Montecillo said, to learn from one another’s best practices. Professor Lumagbas is representing UP Cebu. A restructuring of TBI programs aimed at improving each stage of incubation is forthcoming./WRITERS AMY MACALINAO AND MELANIE RUTH BOLO, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
The administration of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu under chancellor Liza Corro has earmarked at least P250 million for infrastructure projects in the runup to the school’s centennary that starts in May 2017.
The projects include the construction of new buildings for the College of Science and School of Management and a new students’ dormitory. The football field will be upgraded and the iconic Oblation sculpture will be replaced.
“These are not just venues of learning,” Corro said, referring to the new school buildings. “But we aim for them to become research centers.”
Work is ongoing on the first four floors of the seven-story Sciences building behind the clinic in the school’s Lahug campus. The project costs P150 milllion, Corro said.
The building will be operational in February 2018.
Two new buildings have been apportioned to the School of Management (SOM), the first behind the Undergraduate Studies building and the other on the current site of the SOM classrooms.
The first building, two stories high with a roof deck has been completed. The second building will also be two stories high.
A Product Design building for the College of Communication, Art, and Design is the priority infrastructure in the 2018 budget proposal, Corro said.
If approved, this building will rise on the current parking lot of the Arts and Sciences building.
The Greenovate Dormitory for students will be renovated for P5 million in the summer of 2017, Corro said.
A separate P-55 million students’ dormitory will also be built behind the UP Cebu Guesthouse.
These will enable UP Cebu to host 380 students on campus by the end of this year, an increase from its current capacity of 120 students.
Monument, other amenities
The Oblation statue in the Lahug campus will be replaced with a P-4 million sculpture similar to the Oblation in the South Road Properties (SRP) campus, Corro said.
The fences around the SRP campus will be improved for P3 million.
Construction of a 17-million Technology Innovation Center (TIC) is ongoing beside the UP Cebu Library. The center, to be finished in September will be linked to the Performing Arts Hall that is above the library.
The football field behind the Cebu Cultural Center will be upgraded to professional standards for P16.4 million./WRITER MICHAEL ANGELO ALEGRE, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
Members of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu community will participate in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour event on March 25.
In a memorandum, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro ordered faculty, staff, dormitory residents, and students from different colleges to switch off lights and power sources from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on that day.
According to Corro, Earth Hour is a great avenue to remind UP Cebu constituents to conserve energy.
In line with the event, she asked university constituents to “be vigilant in conserving energy” and water consumption.
Corro also stressed “the need to optimize resources because of the limited funds.”
UP Cebu participation is in partnership with WWF Philippines and other constituent units of the UP System across the Philippines who were enjoined to observe the hour-long non-use of electrical power in a memorandum from UP System president Danilo Concepcion.
Earth Hour is an annual global movement participated in by countries from all over the world and spearheaded by WWF every 25th of March.
Participants are encouraged to switch off lights to minimize power use at home or in business establishments for at least one hour.
According to the WWF Website, the movement was begun as a commitment to the planet to reduce energy consumption and to take action to combat climate change.
Earth Hour marks its 10th anniversary on March 25, 2017.
Suggestions for Conservation
With UP Cebu’s effort to conserve energy, Prof. Patricia Nazareno of the College of Science (COS) also suggested in an interview the installation of harvesters in school buildings to catch rainwater for use in flushing toilets, watering plants, and cleaning the campus.
Prof. Crina Tañongon of the College of Communication, Art, and Design and researcher Cora Jane Lawas of the Central Visayas Studies Center backed Nazareno’s suggestion.
Tañongon added that solar panels should also be installed on rooftops to help generate more energy. She also said that applying net meters from the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) could help reduce energy consumption.
Prof. Marilou Busano of the School of Management said “responsible budgeting or accounting is necessary”. She said Veco and water meters should be set installed in every unit to monitor water and energy use, pointing out that this “creates a deterring effect on waste but is a proactive approach to conserve power and water”.
As part of environmental stewardship, Nazareno said she no longer prints her syllabi but only gives soft copies to her students, while COS professors print examinations on blank sides of used papers and do not use air conditioners when there is only one person in a room./WRITER ANDREA MAY SO, EDITED BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, PHOTO FROM
A depiction of the problem of child labor was adjudged the winner of the 41st annual Jose Joya art competition at the gallery named after the artist in the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu last Feb. 15.
Jurors chose senior fine arts major Ferdinand Aragon’s “Beast of Burden” for the top prize in the tilt that featured the best student works of the previous year.
The victory was Aragon’s third consecutive one. He bested second placer Cleanne Padilla with her work titled “It’s Too Early For You To Bloom, Rosie” — a piece that hints at teenage motherhood — and third placer Tyroon Mike Nuñez with his animated piece dubbed “Handumanan sa mga Batan-on (Souvenirs of the Youth).”
“It did not sink in immediately that I had won the Jose Joya Award for the third time,” Aragon said in a statement to the UP Cebu Public Information Office.
“I’m just thankful to God for bestowing upon me this gift of art that I can use for His glory.”
The works of seven other student artists were also rexognized as finalists. They are Ave Rothe Marie Mayol, Marriane Lourdez Abenoja, Daniele Astrid Nazareno, John Michael Pujante, Ninniane Sojor, Precille Love Terante, and Sitara Beatriz Enguerra.
This year’s top three artists received medals and certificates conferred by UP Cebu chancellor Liza Corro, professor J. Karl Roque — director of the Joya gallery, and juror Lucilo Sagayno of the University of San Carlos fine arts program.
Aragon’s entry, a paper mosaic is part of a series in his undergraduate thesis. Working with the medium has been difficult, he said, adding that he does not know anyone in the local art scene who specializes in the use of paper for mosaics.
For Aragon, previous triumphs did not diminish the pressure to produce excellent work.
“Even if I were not a previous awardee, being a senior means people always expect something great from me,” he added.
He feels that coming up with content cannot be done by force.
“I’d like to believe that the message of a painting is born rather than made,” he said.
Professor Roque congratulated the participants of the exhibit and the organizers — the Fine Arts Students’ Organization. He encouraged those who did not receive any citation to keep working and to vie for the prize again next year.
Chancellor Corro expressed pride in the fine arts majors and noted that the centerpiece of her office, “Island Girl” is a Joya award winner.
Dean Jocelyn Pinzon of the College of Communication, Art, and Design commended the fine arts students and paid tribute to art as a statement about the cultural and historical contexts of the artist and his or her creation.
The Joya contest is over but all entries are on exhibit at the eponymous gallery until March 10.
The late Jose Joya was conferred the title of National Artist in Visual Arts in 2003.
He served as UP College of Fine Arts dean from 1970 to 1978 and won several awards including the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila in 1971.
According to the website of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Joya “distinguished himself by creating an authentic Filipino abstract idiom that transcended foreign influences… He espoused the value of kinetic energy and spontaneity in painting which became significant artistic values in Philippine art.”/MARIA ARNIE BENITO AND UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
As the Philippines enters the 31st anniversary of the four-day 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, academic, government and industry leaders will gather at the premier state university to craft a roadmap for improved national conditions.
The School of Management of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu will host the forum titled “The academe, government, and industry: Synergies for a better Philippines” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 1 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Hall.
The event is the opening salvo of UP Cebu’s countdown to its centenary in May 2018. It falls on the 31st year since events that led to the peaceful overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos broke out.
UP Cebu was established on May 3, 1918, making it UP’s oldest regional unit. Its Board of Regents recently pronounced it the eighth constituent unit of the UP system along with UP Diliman, Manila, Baguio, Los Baños, Open University, Visayas and Mindanao.
In the forum, Fr. Dionisio Miranda, president of the University of San Carlos will speak on behalf of the academe.
Central Visayas directors Freddie Bernal of the Commission on Higher Education and Asteria Caberte of the Department of Trade and Industry will speak for the government together with lawyer Mark Tolentino, Cebu provincial administrator.
Melanie Ng, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will represent industries.
Dean Venus Empuerto of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s School of Business and Management, Glenn Anthony Soco of the Mandaue Chamber of commerce and industry are among those who will deliver reactions.
Delegates from University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of Cebu, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of the Visayas, University of San Carlos and Southwestern University will be on hand.
The UP Cebu School of Management that organized the event is headed by acting dean Tiffany Tan./WAYNE MATTHEW MARTE AND UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
In one of his first public acts, lawyer Danilo Concepcion, the new president of the University of the Philippines (UP) will deliver a message at the opening of a graduate design program — part of the events leading to this year’s Cebu City Charter Day.
Concepcion, who succeeds Alfredo Pascual at the helm of the country’s national university accepted UP Cebu’s invitation to speak during the debut of its Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Design (MAAAD) program at the UP Professional Schools in Cebu City’s South Road Properties (SRP) on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
The rollout of the MAAAD program is another step in UP’s journey towards global competitiveness under Concepcion’s six-year term that began on Feb. 10, 2017.
The MAAAD is a two-year international graduate degree program. Professors from Taiwan’s Shu-Te University (STU) will teach the program’s core courses, while a team of teachers from both STU and UP Cebu’s College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) will handle electives.
Concepcion, with his history of leadership in the public and private sector, himself benefited from studies abroad, having graduated as a Chevening scholar with a master of laws from the University of London in 1986.
MAAAD students will travel to Shu-Te University in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan to defend their thesis and participate in graduation ceremonies. Kaohsiung is Cebu City’s sister city.
According to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, the city government facilitated the collaboration of the Philippine and Taiwanese universities, apart from donating the land on which UP’s SRP campus sits.
The two universities are expected to showcase excellence in art and design. Shu-Te University is a leading institution in Southern Taiwan that promotes professional, advanced design with a broad perspective on technology, art and culture.
“Nothing beats an education from an institution recognized by the company you want to work for,” Mayor Osmeña said, referring to industry recognition for UP and STU. He also said the MAAAD program would be a great opportunity for Cebuanos interested in working abroad.
The MAAAD opening rites that start at 3 p.m. will also feature messages from Osmeña, internationally-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue, UP Cebu chancellor Liza Corro, CCAD dean Jocelyn Pinzon, STU chair professor Eing Ming Wu and STU former president Chu Yuan Hsiang.
The event will culminate with a video presentation and a press conference./MARIA ARNIE BENITO AND THE UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE