PolSci faculty wins GRADNAS award

July 10, 2024
Edcel John A. Ibarra, an assistant professor at the 红杏影院 (UPD) Department of Political Science, is this year鈥檚 recipient of the Aileen San Pablo Baviera Prize by the Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS) for his research paper Issue-Based Cooperation on Conflict Resolution in the South China Sea: Exploring Roles for ASEAN Beyond the Code of Conduct. Ibarra. Photo from the UPD Department of Political Science website In Ibarra鈥檚 research paper, he stated that 鈥渢he article offers an original framework that can be used to examine other aspects of conflict in the South China Sea or analyze similar multiparty conflicts.鈥 Among Ibarra鈥檚 research interests are territorial and maritime disputes, maritime security and ocean governance, and regional security. According to the GRADNAS website, the committee was impressed with the article 鈥渨hich contributes to the field of Southeast Asia-China international relations. The parsimonious framework supports a clear and systematic analysis of the South China Sea conflict, breaking up the conflict into different types of issues that might be addressed using different modes and with different aims in mind.鈥 The GRADNAS write-up further explains that Ibarra鈥檚 work 鈥渞esonates with the scholarship advocated by Aileen Baviera, in whose name this prize is offered.鈥 The GRADNAS website states that the Aileen San Pablo Baviera Prize is an award that recognizes 鈥渋mpactful academic publications on Southeast Asia-China relations.鈥 The award was named in honor of the late scholar and founding GRADNAS member who was known in the field of Philippine foreign policy and a China specialist, particularly in China鈥檚 international and security relations in Southeast Asia. Baviera was the dean of the UPD Asian Center from 2003 to 2009. GRADNAS logo. Image from the GRADNAS website The committee was composed of Evelyn Goh, DPIR, GRADNAS convener and Shedden professor of strategic policy studies at the Australian National University; Helen Nesadurai, PhD, a professor of political economy at Monash University Malaysia and a GRADNAS Senior Scholar Network member; and Alvin Camba, PhD, an assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a GRADNAS Emerging Scholars Network member. According to its website, GRADNAS 鈥減romotes Asian security research that effectively combines conceptual rigor and innovation with deep empirical analysis.鈥 Based at the Australian National University, the network is composed of 鈥渆stablished scholars from leading universities around the world鈥 and 鈥渁dvanced doctoral students and promising early career researchers in a series of programs for training, exchange, and research collaboration.鈥

COE holds consultations with HEIs

July 08, 2024
A delegation from the 红杏影院 (UPD) College of Engineering (COE) just finished the Visayas and Mindanao visits of its series of consultations with other higher education institutions (HEIs) about the shared challenges and opportunities they face in Philippine graduate engineering education. The latest of Exploratory Discussions on Collaborative Effort to Scale Up Graduate Engineering Education Nationwide, a series of consultations with HEIs, was held from June 27 to July 1 and was organized in partnership with UP Cebu. The delegation meets with participants from UP Cebu. Photo from the COE Among the topics the delegation discussed were the current practices of the COE and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). In turn, the participating HEIs shared their experiences, constraints, and potential solutions related to graduate engineering education.  These consultations were motivated by the need to increase the country鈥檚 capacity to produce more engineers with graduate degrees, which the delegation said, can be achieved by increasing the number of engineering graduate programs offered across the country. To meet these growing demands, the delegation proposed greater collaborative and academic resource sharing efforts across the HEIs aimed at enhancing graduate engineering education, research, and innovation for the country鈥檚 sustainable industrialization.  They added that these efforts should focus on increasing the country’s researcher density in engineering fields, expanding graduate programs, developing human capital and infrastructure, and promoting resource and opportunity sharing across the HEIs. The delegation at Caraga State University. Photo from the COE The series of consultations began on May 31 at UP Baguio followed by a visit to Caraga State University in Butuan City on June 27, then to UP Cebu on July 1 for the regional meeting. The delegation was led by COE Dean Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling along with COE Associate Dean for Public Engagement Rowaldo G. Del Mundo; Director Louis Angelo M. Danao of the National Graduate School of Engineering; COE Associate Dean for Research Roel M. Ocampo, project leader of the ERDT; Deputy Executive Director Czar Jakiri S. Sarmiento of the National Engineering Center; COE Information Officer Christian G. Arranz; and ERDT-Project Technical Specialist Joy B. Bolina.鈥擶ith a report from the COE

CPED launches book on food security

July 05, 2024
The Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) of the 红杏影院 (UPD) National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) recently launched the book Post-Pandemic Policy for Food Security. The book cover. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO The book is a two-volume compendium that focuses on policies needed for food security, especially in the context of the Philippines鈥 recovery from the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCPAG Dean Kristoffer B. Berse said the book is a testament to the college鈥檚 commitment to building a hunger-free nation. 鈥淲e come together to celebrate the fruition of the collaborative effort that aims to address one of the most pressing challenges, and that is the issue of food security. This book should equip our policy makers with a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of the pandemic and other disruptions on our country鈥檚 food and agricultural sector,鈥 Berse said. Meanwhile, UPD Chancellor Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II lauded NCPAG, CPED, and their partners for their meaningful publication addressing the issues of food insecurity, undernourishment, and malnutrition affecting many Filipinos. Vistan. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO 鈥淵our contributions are not only advancing academic discourse but are also providing practical solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Let us continue to work together to create a future where food security is a reality for all Filipinos,鈥 said Vistan. According to NCPAG, 鈥渢he book was prepared by the UP Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND), with funding assistance from the United States Agency for International Development.鈥 It is published by NCPAG and edited by CPED Director Enrico L. Basilio and UPPAF-RESPOND Team Leader Gilbert M. Llanto. The book launching was held on June 27 at the NCPAG International Center for Public Administration as part of the college鈥檚 72nd anniversary celebration. Attendees of the book launch. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽


Humanities Diliman Vol. 21 No. 1 now online

July 09, 2024
The January to June 2024 issue of Humanities Diliman is now available online. In her editor鈥檚 note, Ruth Jordana L. Pison, PhD said, 鈥淚n revisiting topics which are either often written about or taken for granted, the critical works in this collection stimulate discussions on cultural expressions, social media, politics, language, class, and taste.鈥 She added, 鈥淭he articles remind us to think deeply about familiar topics, which may at first appear as factual. In our age of misinformation and disinformation, worsened by what some would refer to as an 鈥榓ttention crisis,鈥 there is a sense of urgency to be critical of what is read, viewed, and listened to.鈥澛 Journal cover. Image from the Humanities Diliman website This issue contains six articles: What Was the Meaning of Duterte? (Fantasy and Normalized Emergency Post-EDSA) by Rizalino Noble Malabed, PhD of UP Los Ba帽os; The Rhetoric of Anti-Intellectualism: Facebook Pages in Duterte’s Propaganda Machine by Orville B. Tatcho, PhD of UP Baguio; Encircling Movements: Filipina Visual Artists and Kasibulan, 1970-2000 by Louise Anne M. Salas of 红杏影院 (UPD); Ang Pagtakas, Pagbalik, at Paghamon sa Realidad ng Panlipunang-Uri sa Konteksto ng Filipino Fandom by Andrea Ann I. Trinidad of Ateneo de Manila University; The Case of Ano: Language in the Formation of Kapwa by John Moses A. Chua of Far Eastern University Cavite; and Exhibit Curation for Sounds by Dayang Magdalena Nirvana T. Yraola, PhD of UPD. It also contains the book review Of Dreams, Destruction, and Donald(s): A Review of Mideo Cruz鈥檚 Meme Generators by Kevin Michael A. De Guzman, an independent researcher, and a film review by Felicidad A. Prudente, a musicologist, on Jos茅 S. Buenconsejo鈥檚 Music-Cultural Flows and Exchanges in Pulangi River, Maguindanao: The Making and Circulation of Gongs and Bamboo Music and Verbal Arts Along the Pulangi-Cotabato River. According to the journal鈥檚 website, 鈥淗umanities Diliman is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for the humanities. Published semi-annually and indexed in Scopus and ASEAN Citation Index (ACI), it is bilingual and both disciplinal and multi-disciplinary. Humanities Diliman promotes scholarship in the arts and humanities in the Philippines, as well as international synergies, especially with scholars of Southeast Asian studies.鈥

UPMV K9 conducts public service mission

July 08, 2024
The UP-MMDA -Vanguard K9 Corps (UPMV) recently held Luntian at Pula, a public service mission at the 红杏影院 Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) Complex. Co-organized with the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter, the public service mission provided free pet vaccination and free medical services.聽 One of the pets lined up for vaccinations. Photo from the UPMV According the Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service, the one-day affair was able to vaccinate over 200 pets against rabies.  The pet vaccination drive was made possible through the UPMV鈥檚 veterinary partners: Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service; May Rulibeth Legayo-Javier, DVM; the 105th Squadron 4th Division CGAD National Capital Regio; the Veterinary Student Achievers Society; and the Veterinary Education and Training Society. The public service mission also had a blood donation drive, free health checkups and circumcisions, and a free legal clinic. Food and reading glasses were also given to the attendees.  Two volunteers from the Veterinary Education and Training Society vaccinate a pet against rabies. Photo from the UPMV Satellite stations of the Home Development Mutual Fund / PAG-IBIG Fund, the Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Philippine Identification System of the Philippine Statistics Authority were also available at the event.  Luntian at Pula was co-organized by the UP Cadet Alumni Organization, the UP Corps of Sponsors, Serving Hearts, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, UERM Beta Sigma Fraternity, UP Vanguard Gun Club, RiteMed, and JoeMag’s restaurant.  鈥淭hrough events like this, we hope to remind pet owners that their own health is just as important as their pets鈥 and that taking care of ourselves is one of the best things we can do for our loved ones. The UPMV K9 Corps is deeply indebted to the UP Vanguard community for the opportunity to join forces in this advocacy,鈥 said UPMV president Elah Tendero. 鈥 Established in 2017, the UPMV is a multisectoral non-profit volunteer partnership and organization among the University of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, and UP Vanguard Inc.  One of their flagship programs is a series of obedience and search-and-rescue training workshops for civilian pet owners. The program has, to date, trained over a hundred pet-owner teams Luntian at Pula was held on June 29.鈥擶ith a report from the UPMV