Congratulations to our very own UP Serenata for winning the BEST INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTEST PIECE and for being the 2nd PLACE in the 2nd UP Gawad Pangulo Choral Competition!!!
Choral trainor/conductor: Dr. Catherine M. Rodel
Special thanks to Paolo Panagsagan (Piano student from the UP College of Music), our pianist for the piece Kausa Nabasa Ang Tubig.
(Photo by Asst Prof. Kim Bondoc)
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.
A Sociological Caravan will take place in February 3, 2017, at the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding of sociological methods to go about writing an article to prepare participants for the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) Conference and the International Sociological Association (ISA) on the theme “Sociology of Justice” which will happen this October 2017.
This is to encourage local participants to read papers and be able to join in the panels that will be set up in the October Conference.
PHOEBE ZOE MARIA U. SANCHEZ, Ph. D.
CSS-UP Cebu Faculty Member and PSS/ISA 2017 Convener
(Association of Pacific Rim Universities hold 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop)
By Euchrissa Theresa Ladrera for UP Cebu Public Information Office
(Fotos by Elisha Judy Tabaque)
TO DISCUSS the progress of gender mainstreaming as strategy for promoting gender equality and challenges of women leadership in the academe, senior university leaders, researchers and administrators from four Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) member universities convened at the 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop, Wednesday.
Launched in June 2013, APWiL serves as a platform for sharing practices in advancing women’s participation in the academe and research as well as in bridging the gender gap in higher education through policy development.
This year’s two-day workshop, which is centered on the theme, “Making Numbers Matter: Sustaining the Next Generation of Women Academic Leaders,” is hosted by the University of the Philippines through the Office of International Linkages (UP OIL), a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs mandated to explore areas of linkages with foreign and local institutions.
The workshop aims to continue the discussions on previous APWiL workshops on the necessity of gender quotas, issues of merit and excellence, and implicit gender bias as well as to explore ways of addressing the gaps and drawbacks of women leadership in the academe.
Outgoing UP President Alfredo Pascual, through Professor Joselito Florendo, UP Vice President for Planning and Finance, recognized the university’s role as an instrument for gender equality and justice starting in its own campuses.
“Universities as leaders of many disciplines and researchers have the means and the obligation to study and to provide solutions to the societal issues and the challenges of development. Examining the ways of achieving development is paramount so that it will become faster, sustainable and inclusive,” Pascual said.
Aside from its national mandate, Pascual also recognized UP’s mandate to be the country’s global research and regional university.
“It is incumbent upon UP to channel the successes of our country to efforts of other countries to make gains in the same fields,” Pascual said, highlighting UP’s role in the country’s great success on gender equality.
He also acknowledged the successful history of women leadership since the year 1912, citing that half of the university’s major administrative positions was held by women.
“For change to be true, it must always come from within,” Pascual said, calling APRU universities to uphold gender equality and justice as essential within their spheres of influence.
Gender Equity in US Higher Education
Meanwhile, Dr. Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement of the University of California, Los Angeles, introduced the idea of the “pipeline myth” during her discussion of gender equity in US higher education.
“Women graduated at a higher rate than men across all racial groups, which increases women’s representation in the pipeline,” Fan said.
She also interpreted the “glass ceiling” as a two-dimensional concept that refers to intangible barriers preventing women to rise to senior level positions as well as a reflection of the persistent pay gap between men and women at the same faculty rank.
According to Fan, among all public sectors, the academe is the only one with a declining number of women leaders.
“Women do not hold associate professor or full professor positions at the same rate as men appears. They are also not ascending to leadership positions,” she said.
State of Gender Mainstreaming in Tertiary Education and Women’s Academic Leadership
Dr. Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres, Professor Emeritus from the University of the Philippines Diliman and executive director of the Philippine Social Science Council, defined gender mainstreaming as putting gender equality in the center of policy, plans, structures, research and teaching.
“To mainstream is to introduce separate courses on women if it’s possible, but also to say that the perspective that is carried into the women’s studies course is also adapted in the other courses of the university,” Torres said.
In her lecture, Dr. Helen Lockey, Director of Educational and Institutional Intelligence of University of Hongkong pointed out that the greatest difficulty women face in moving to senior-level roles is a “double-burden.”
“The double burden is that, we hold on a job and we hold on the family as well, something that men don’t have to manage, Lockey said.
She also highlighted that family background could influence women’s leadership capacity.
“Women who have been mentored achieve greater successful careers,” she said.
To achieve gender parity, Lockey cited initial steps such as women-friendly policies, talks and seminars for women and researches assessing the classification of the jobs offered to men and women
in the university.
During the panel discussion, Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, Chairperson and Technical Working Panel on Gender and Women’s Studies, Commission on Higher Education stressed that consultative process, listening skills and participatory planning are essential to the survival of women academic leaders.
“I also value the attitude and the norms in my university. While there’s a lot of patriarchal narratives, there is respect on academic excellence,” Sobritchea said, adding that women should assert for the post they deserve to get in the academe.
Continuing Challenges to Equity and Promotion of Women to Key Leadership Positions
Through the concept of “glass ceiling and glass floor,” Dr. Michael Tan, Chancellor of UP Diliman differentiates male and female approaches towards academic leadership.
“If you are male, you do it by storming the barricade. While women need to be much more careful because they are the ones on a glass floor. They have to thread carefully and softly and not make too much noise,” Tan said.
Continuing Gender Equity Issues in Academic Disciplines To wrap up the presentations, Dr. Robyn Overall, Emeritus Professor and Chair of Women in Science, University of Sydney and Dr. Merlyne Paunlagui, Director, Center for Strategic Planning and Policy studies illustrated gender equity in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“In an environment where things are changing, it is important to be able to think outside the box. To do that, we have to optimize diverse opinions to harness researches done in a team,” Overall said, stressing that diverse teams deliver better results than homogeneous teams.
In an interview, Dr. Rhodora Bucoy, Charperson of the Philippine Commission on Women, shared that APWil workshop is a platform to share practices on gender equity with other foreign universities.
“Through this workshop, we hope to be able to come up with concrete steps to address the socalled, glass ceilings and better schemes based on the experience of AustraliA and other countries,” Bucoy said.
The second leg of the APWil workshop continues today at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Representatives from the different APRU-APWil universities hope to come up with action plans for pursuing collaborative research projects and training collaborations among APRU member universities in order to develop the next generation of women academic leaders.
¬Accomplishment Report in September 2016
Prof. Marie Jane Matero was invited by the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) as one of the resource speakers during its 4th Case Writing Workshop held on 7th September 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu¬¬¬ City, Philippines.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) invited UP Cebu to participate in its efforts to improve the country’s Business Administration programs. Faculty and staff of BMC attended the activity entitled “Zonal Public Hearing/Consultation on the Proposed Revised Policies, Standards and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs for BS Business Administration, BS Entrepreneurship and BS Office Administration and Proposed PSG for Graduate Program in Business Administration” held on 9 September 2016 at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City.
The following BMC faculty and staff who attended this public hearing were:
Prof. Mary Gretchen F. Chaves, DBA- BSM Coordinator
Prof. Stevenson Q. Yu, CPA, MBA- MBA Coordinator
Ms. Marve Deiparine, Graduate Program Staff
Prof. Leahlizbeth A. Sia presented to the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) her research paper entitled “Emotional Labor: Its Influence an Employees’ Work and Personal Life in a Philippine Franchise Dining Industry” during PAP’s 53rd Annual Convention “Strengthening the Bond of Research & Practice in Philippine Psyhology” held from 14-16 September 2016 at Fontana Convention Center, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Prof. Leahlizbeth A. Sia was invited by the University of San Carlos (USC) to be Chair of the Panel in the Proposal Presentation and Oral Defense of the Thesis entitled: A multiple case study approach towards identifying practices for food manufacturing SMEs with fuzzy hybrid MADM” held at the OR and Simulation Lab of USC – Talamban Campus, Cebu City in September 2016
Management Class Activities and Community Service
From 9 – 11 September 2016, the entire Management 173 class went to Kool Adventure Camp in Balamban and went through a 3-day youth development program. The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) was tapped by Prof. Tiffany Adelaine Tan to help bring out the creativity of the students in an outdoor adventure. Figure below shows students cooking their own breakfast, on the trail and in reflection.
On 24 – 25 September 2016, Prof. Tan and Ms. Estela Fernandez, together with Arts and Humanities lecturer Ms. Christy Manguerra and 20 Management 173 students travelled to Bantayan Island to conduct a situational analysis of the island. The UP Cebu group was hosted by Mr. Allan Monreal, the President of the DamgosaKaugmaon, a non-government organization (NGO) helping the communities in the island. Figure 6 shows the Management students with Mr. Monreal in different locations of Bantayan Island.
Chancellor Liza Corro with her BM 162 students conducted an extension work entitled ” Empowerment of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of Pinamugahan and Neighboring Municipalities” on 24 September 2016 at the Monteray Farms Resort, Pinamugahan, Cebu.
Academic Program Improvement:
The API on the proposal to conduct a case study writing workshop was able to achieve the first of two parts of case narrative writing:
1. the faculty agreed to collectively publish a “case book” material that puts together the outcomes of the case narratives written;
2. Prof. Chaves shared her knowledge and experience, and provided some tips on writing business case study writing;
3. each individual faculty (who were earlier encouraged to prepare the narrative materials) started to write the draft of their respective case studies in the fields of management where they may be able to use the case study materials;
4. the faculty were able to collegially consult with each other in terms of “cliniquing” to improve the narrative substance and form; and
5. the faculty agreed to continue a month after the second part on the case writing workshop
The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) launched its 18-month countdown for its Centennial Celebration earlier at 1:30 p.m in the university’s Performing Arts Hall (PAH).
UP Cebu will turn 100 this 2018. The school was established in 1918 to serve as a satellite unit for UP Diliman, the flagship campus of the entire UP System. It is the oldest UP campus outside Luzon.
Present in the event is UP’s Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, Jose Wendell Capili, who will give a speech on recognizing UP Cebu as an institution ‘of public service by being a hub of excellence in research, creative design and information technology’.
Last October 27, the UP Board of Regents allowed UP Cebu to elevate its status as an autonomous unit to a constituent university, which took effect immediately.
As a constituent university, all four departments of UP Cebu will be elevated to colleges and schools with Atty. Liza Corro heading the entire university as its chancellor.
Statement from the Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents on UP Presidency Candidates
On 23 September 2016, the UP Board of Regents received the nominations for the following for the position of UP President:
- Consolacion R. Alaras
- Danilo L. Concepcion
- Gisela P. Concepcion
- J. Prospero E. De Vera III
- Rowena Cristina L. Guevara
- Orlando S. Mercado
- Benito M. Pacheco
- Roger D. Posadas
- Caesar A. Saloma
- Michael L. Tan
At a special meeting of the Board of Regents held on 1 October 2016, the Board conducted a preliminary screening and evaluation of the nominees based solely on the following minimum requirements: 1) holder of a Master’s degree; doctorate preferred; 2) substantial academic experience at the tertiary level; 3) should be able to serve the full term of six (6) years before reaching the age of 70; and 4) no conviction for administrative and criminal offenses. Based on this, the Board then unanimously accepted the nominations of the following as candidates for the UP Presidency:
- Danilo L. Concepcion
- Gisela P. Concepcion
- J. Prospero E. De Vera III
- Rowena Cristina L. Guevara
- Benito M. Pacheco
- Caesar A. Saloma
Four (4) of the ten (10) nominees were not included in the list of candidates for the UP Presidency due to the fact that they did not meet the minimum requirement that a candidate “should be able to serve the full term of six (6) years before reaching the age of 70.”
The Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to uphold this requirement, after due deliberations, was based on the following legal grounds:
- Under Republic Act No. 9500 (the UP Charter of 2008), Section (j), the Board of Regents is given the power to elect the University President based on standards and guidelines set by the Board of Regents itself. Clearly, the Board of Regents is expressly granted the power to set the standards or requirements in electing the UP President.
- The UP Charter of 2008 is silent on the age requirement or limit for the UP President.
The old UP Charter (Act 1870), likewise, was also silent on the age limit for the UP President. Yet the Board of Regents was empowered then as now to set the age limit for the position, which it did set at 70 years old in 1961 by way of a Board Resolution at its 686th meeting held on 14 June 1961. The age limit of 70 years old now forms part of UP’s University Code.
- The age limit of 70 years old has been in existence since 14 June 1961. Such age limit was last observed during the time of UP President Francisco Nemenzo who was elected for a term of 6 years (from 6 August 1999 to 5 August 2005) but had to resign upon reaching the age of 70 on 9 February 2005, a few months before the expiration of his term.
- There are general legislations that provide for the age limit of 70 years old. For instance, RA 8292 (the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997) states that the term of the President of a state college or university may be extended beyond the age of retirement (65 years old) but not later than the age of 70 years old.
- Regarding the requirement for serving the full term of six (6) years, the UP Charter of 2008 (RA 9500) provides the basis. Section 13 (j) of the UP Charter clearly states, among others, the Powers and Duties of the Board of Regents, as follows:
Section 13 (j): “To elect the President of the University for a single term of six (6) years following a process of democratic consultation with the university community based on standards and guidelines set by the Board. In the event of a vacancy, the Board shall elect a President who shall serve a full term.”
- In addition, Section 14 (paragraph 2) of the UP Charter provides:
Section 14 (paragraph 2): “The President of the University shall be appointed by the Board and shall serve for a single term of six (6) years.”
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Edna Estifania A. Co, DPA
Vice President for Public Affairs