Polytechnic University of the Philippines http://www.pup.edu.ph/ News and articles from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Copyright 1998-2024 Polytechnic University of the Philippines. All rights reserved. en-ph Thu, 23 May 2024 05:30:12 GMT https://www.pup.edu.ph/rss/news/ PUPWebSite 10 InfoCore Engine 3.0 PUP Communication Management Office webmaster@pup.edu.ph PIA and PUP formalizes partnership Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The University sought the support of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in expanding collaborative work with government media stations and government information organizations through a partnership agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies was signed on May 17.</p> <p>PUP President Manuel Muhi hopes that through this agreement, the PUP Community benefits tremendously from PIA’s goal of disseminating information about government programs, projects, and services to the Filipino public as the country’s chief information arm.</p> <p>“We have been friends with PIA for long and so we are always looking forward to institutionalizing our collaborative work with them. We hope to mutually benefit from this engagement, and we are also keen in working with other government agencies. As the country’s polytechnic university, we intend to bring impactful programs to our stakeholders through these mutual agreements,” Dr. Muhi shared in an email interview.</p> <p>PIA Director-General Jose Torres, Jr. expressed his pleasure for the partnership and its development-centric provisions, stating “tuwang-tuwa po ako na inimbitahan at inanyayahan ang PIA na maging katuwang ng PUP sa pagsulong po ng edukasyon.” (<em>I’m very happy to be invited and for PIA to be invited, as well, to partner with PUP in advancing education here in our country</em>)</p> <p>In the MOU signing ceremony, PIA has pledged to become the University’s partner in formulating instructional and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials, help in forging new associations with government TV and Radio stations, and assist in PUP’s extension programs. PIA also committed to link PUP resources via its website and become partners in combatting misinformation and disinformation. A renewed internship agreement for incoming junior and senior college students from various fields has also been forged, while PIA also agreed to promote the activities for the University’s 120th Founding Anniversary this year as well as its other notable endeavors, across all its platforms.</p> <p>On the other hand, Sintang Paaralan will assist PIA in providing for education and career development for its employees through the Open University System (OUS). PUP will also assist and provide resource persons and subject-matter experts (SMEs) to various PIA-led advocacy campaigns, press conferences, and capacity-building activities.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=8qwpKkdJnyQ%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 21 May 2024 14:06:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=8qwpKkdJnyQ%3d DEET Students launches first solar-powered charging station Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Diploma of Electrical Engineering Technology (DEET) students from the Institute of Technology (ITECH) have developed the first solar-generated charging station in the University. Dubbed “iSkOLAR” charging station, this project was launched on May 14, 2024, in ITECH Grounds at Pureza St., Manila.</p> <p>The research team of Ferline Joy Nohay, Javezel Obenza, Jennie Rose Oswa, Chelsey Reyes, and John Paul Teope aims to create a green technology charging station that is sustainable and removes carbon footprint coming from electricity generation—factors needed to protect the environment.</p> <p>Funded by climate justice organization 350 Pilipinas and supported by the PUP Center for Environmental Studies (CES), iSkOLAR charging station uses renewable energy generated by solar-powered batteries to charge electrical devices such as cellphones and laptops for 45 minutes. After that, the system will undergo a cool down period of five (5) minutes to store more solar energy for future usage, creating a sustainable cycle of eco-friendly electric consumption.</p> <p>“Our actions today determine what we have and what the world wants us to do. Ang lahat po ay ginagawa natin para maibalik siya [sa nature]. If you do good po sa Nature, magba-bounce back po ito sa atin,” Teope said when asked of the significance of the project.</p> <p>(“Our actions today determine what we have and what the world wants us to do. We are doing everything we can to give back to her [nature]. If you do good at our nature, it will bounce back to us tremendously.”)</p> <p>In addition, the team hoped that future PUPians will capitalize on their project in order to present newer ideas that will help in improving the iSkOLAR charging station such as better equipment and a longer charging span.</p> <p>University President Manuel M. Muhi also attended the launching ceremony to test the stations himself, praising the student’s ingenuity and the project’s advocacy.</p> <p>“Isang manifestation ito that PUP is adhering sa tinatawag natin na fossil-free university. I’m pretty sure that PUP is taking this lead, especially ngayon na tumataas ang presyo ng [fuel] at bumababa ang [supply] ng fuel ngayon. Kaya kailangan talaga we need to look for alternatives, katulad ng mga ganito [charging station]”, he said.</p> <p>(This is the manifestation that PUP is adhering to what we call a fossil-free university. I’m pretty sure that PUP is taking this lead, especially today when fuel prices are rising while its supply decreases. That’s why we need to look for alternatives, just like this [charging station].)</p> <p>CES Chief Jimmy Fernando noted that this project is a sign of the University’s support in following the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the 7th Goal that focuses on affordable and clean energy.</p> <p>“Ito ay palatandaan na ang commitment ng PUP sa green innovation ay naka-align at naka-direksyon sa Sustainable Development. Talagang ito ang konkretong halimbawa natin”, Fernando stated.</p> <p>(This is the reminder that PUP’s commitment to green innovation is aligned and directed towards Sustainable Development. This is truly the most concrete example.)</p> <p>ITECH Dean Ramir Cruz, meanwhile, declared that this project is the proof of PUP and its student’s unwavering dedication in acquiring great knowledge to help their fellow Filipinos.</p> <p>“Patunay lamang ito na isinasabuhay natin ang Himno ng PUP na itong ating mga ginagawa ay mula sa PUP at ito ay ibabalik natin para sa bayan.”</p> <p>(This is the proof that we practiced the preaches of the PUP Hymn that everything that we (PUP) are doing are our means to give back to our country).</p> <p><img alt="DEET Students launches first solar-powered charging station" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/W6WnSK7/2024-05-16-deet-students-launches-first-solar-powered-charging-station-1.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=JEI1Z9v4T3A%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Thu, 16 May 2024 16:24:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=JEI1Z9v4T3A%3d Ecossential Foods Corp partners with PUP Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The University has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ecossential Foods Corp. (EFC) on May 10, 2024, at its Metro Manila Office in Pasig City to provide career development opportunities for PUP students. Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, Prof. Tomas O. Testor led the PUP delegation in this undertaking.</p> <p>In the MOA Signing Ceremony, both parties have agreed to enter a Community Partnership Program to conduct activities such as Internships, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Student Immersions, Exchange of Knowledge on Information Sharing. This also includes Training for Faculty and Staff and Employee Success Stories, as well as EFC’s participation at university-led initiatives including Career Talk, Mock Recruitment, Job Fair, and Job Posting.</p> <p>EFC President Stewart L. Ong stated that the company is keen on doing their part in nation-building by providing more employment and developing future industry leaders in the country.</p> <p>“We hope that this takes the partnership to a whole new level because we believe that for us to be able to grow as a business, we really need competent and good leaders and good managers and good people. Basically, we believe that PUP, through the years, has top-notch graduates and we hope that we create inspiration. So, <em>ayun ang ambag ng aming munting kompanya sa nation-building ng Pilipinas (So, this is the contribution of our small company towards the nation building)</em>,” Ong stated.</p> <p>In addition, Ong heaped praises for Sintang Paaralan given their excellent student development. The company experienced the strength of PUPians as they work in different capacities in EFC such as HR, Sales, Supply Chain, Finance, and IT departments.</p> <p>“We know that PUP has produced top notch graduate. In our company, we have hired several PUP alumni, and we are very happy so far with the experience, with the output of PUPians,” he said.</p> <p>Alumni Relations and Career Development Office (ARCDO) Director Engr. Florinda H. Oquindo hopes that with this agreement and the other signed MOAs, the University will experience a great breakthrough in career and student development for the benefit of the Iskolar ng Bayan.</p> <p>“Our aim here is to really strengthen our linkages and partnership with different industries because this will help us broaden our avenues, the opportunities that will help with the career development of our students.”</p> <p>Aside from Oquindo and Ong, the PUP delegation include Career Development and Placement Services Chief Prof. Jane S. Pulma; and Alumni Relations Services Chief Prof. Ma. Joepe A. Solosa joined this event. Participating for the side of EFC are Human Resources & Organizational Development and Corporate Services Director Rhodora Tan, Audit and Compliance Manager Roland Cortez, and National Transport and Customer Service Manager EJ Santos.</p> <p>Ecossential Foods Corp. is a national distribution company that centers on delivering fast-moving consumer goods in the Philippines. Founded in 2005, the company aims fully on “providing essential, everyday products to respond to the needs of Filipinos.”</p> <p><img alt="Ecossential Foods Corp partners with PUP" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/n7PKtd7/2024-05-13-ecossential-foods-corp-partners-with-pup-1.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=eGR1%2bERmveM%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 13 May 2024 17:36:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=eGR1%2bERmveM%3d CCIS, CE co-hosts first Amazon Web Services Student Community Day in the PH Dr. Benilda Eleonor V. Comendador, News, College of Computer and Information Sciences <br/><p>The PUP College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS) and the PUP College of Engineering (COE) co-hosted the inaugural Amazon Web Services (AWS) Student Community Day in the Philippines on April 17, 2024, held at the Bulwagang Balagtas.</p> <p>Occurring for the first time in the Philippines, the event focused on addressing the gap between academia and industry by emphasizing relevant skills and career advice, while encouraging students to explore cloud computing as a viable career path, adhering to the occasion’s theme of “The Academic Advocacy of Bridging IT Industry Gap”.</p> <p>The first-time event aims to cultivate a strong sense of community among Cloud Club members, fostering collaboration, networking, and knowledge exchange, launch and sustain a mentorship program effectively, connecting students with seasoned professionals who can offer guidance in their AWS journey. Expanding the event’s reach to students outside the club, it is envisioned to promote diversity and inclusiveness within the AWS community, and encourage attendees to envision their future careers in cloud computing and inspire them to explore innovative solutions using AWS.</p> <p>Led by Cloud Captains of the AWS Cloud Club-PUP, the AWS Student Community Day is attended by members of the AWS Cloud Club members Philippines, student delegates from all over the country, online attendees and face-to-face, creating an inclusive and collaborative learning environment for everyone.</p> <p>Esteemed speakers graced the event with their insights in tow. Speakers include College of Computer and Information Sciences Dean, Dr. Benilda Eleonor V. Comendador who shared her opening remarks; AWS Cloud Club University Captain, AWS Cloud Club Regional Captain, and CCIS Student Isaeus B. Guiang also gave his take regarding the occasion; Country Manager of AWS Philippines, Jerry Jimenez Bongco presented his welcome notes.</p> <p>Further, AWS Ambassador Raphael Jambalos discussed anecdotal and informative points in his talk “A Day in a Life as a Cloud Developer and How to Become One”; Senior Solutions Architect Paul Sears then raised several key points in his “Into the Cloud: Lessons on becoming an AWS Solutions Architect”; six (6) University Captains of the AWS Cloud Club then conferred to explore the topic of Community Building; AWS Cloud Club Co-Captain revealed to the listeners the “Basic of the Basics to AWS”; Edukasyon.ph Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the AWS Hero for Community Raphael Quisumbing talked about the “AWS Community of the Philippines” and AWS Hero for Machine Learning Mr. Arvin Lat concluded the event with his closing remarks.</p> <p>Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Amazon Dr. Werner Vogels appeared for a Fireside Chat to share his annual predictions and the role of the students in the growing Cloud technology with Jerry Bongco serving as the moderator, enhancing the event’s prestige while enriching the learning experience for attendees. His presence underscores the importance of industry-academia partnerships and reinforces the transformative impact of cloud computing on the future of technology and innovation.</p> <p>The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Club Community Day (formerly known as Student Symposia) is an annual student-led event held worldwide which consist of technical discussions, workshops, and hands-on labs led by expert AWS users and industry leaders from around the world. It provides a peer-to-peer educational experience, helping aspiring developers with a venue for them to acquire AWS knowledge from one another. The first Filipino event was joined by 700 individual comprised of PUP, non-PUP, and online attendees.</p> <p><img alt="CCIS, CE co-hosts first Amazon Web Services Student Community Day in the PH" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/W5XBCr8/2024-05-07-ccis-ce-co-hosts-first-amazon-web-services-student-community-day-in-the-ph-1.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=w4Wxdl7IlDQ%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 07 May 2024 15:20:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=w4Wxdl7IlDQ%3d CTHTM enhances its Tourism Curriculum in 3rd ECOVIP Replication Workshop ECOVIP Dissemination Committee, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) recently concluded its third replication workshop led by Regina Zuniga and Yolanda Montances from the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management. The workshop aimed to enhance the syllabus of Entrepreneurship in Tourism, aligning it with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).</p> <p>Under the guidance of Zuniga and Montances, who attended the third Training of Trainers in Can Tho, Vietnam, faculty members collaborated to revamp the curriculum, ensuring that it addresses the current needs of the tourism sector while promoting sustainability. The workshop was part of PUP’s ongoing efforts to continuously improve its programs and align them with global standards. The enhanced syllabus now incorporates key aspects of entrepreneurship that are vital for sustainable tourism development. It emphasizes concepts such as social responsibility, environmental conservation, and community engagement, all of which are aligned with the UN SDGs.</p> <p>By integrating these principles into the curriculum, PUP aims to produce graduates who are not only skilled entrepreneurs but also responsible stewards of the environment and advocates for social change. One of the significant outcomes of the workshop was the establishment of a committee dedicated to enhancing other core subjects within the Tourism and Hospitality Management program. This committee will explore opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship principles into various courses, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for the complexities of the industry.</p> <p><sub>*Supported by assistive AI</sub></p> <p><img alt="CTHTM enhances its Tourism Curriculum in 3rd ECOVIP Replication Workshop" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/bRSJj9z/2024-04-26-cthtm-enhances-its-tourism-curriculum-in-3rd-ecovip-replication-workshop-1.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xhIA49TiNfk%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 26 Apr 2024 14:23:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=xhIA49TiNfk%3d Partners hold Sintang Lakbay Tour for Earth Day Jan Vincent Lanuza, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The PUP Center for Environmental Studies, in partnership with the 350 Pilipinas, Renato Constantino Foundation, Research Institute for Culture and Language (RICL), Research Institute for Human and Social Development (RIHSD), PUP Department of History, PUP College of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (CADBE), and the National Service Training Program Office (NSTPO) organized the Sintang Lakbay: Siklistang Sinta Environmental and Historical Bike/ Walk Tour last April 22. It is part of the University’s 120th Anniversary festivities and also in celebration of the annual Earth Day.</p> <p>With the theme of “Towards Inclusive and Pro-People Mobility, Sustainability, and History-Conscious Community,” the event serves as means to promote climate action in response to the growing global environmental concerns whilst integrating the important role of history towards societal development.</p> <p>In an interview with 350 Pilipinas, PUP President Manuel M. Muhi noted the significance of this occasion, saying “We are determined to echo the Constantino Foundation’s call to ‘remember better’ by demonstrating the many ways the planet’s carbon history can be fully and effectively integrated with Philippine history, culture, and the sciences. Likewise, our partnership with 350 Pilipinas helps set the university’s strategic direction by advancing pragmatic yet long-term climate policy reform in energy and transport.”</p> <p>“The public can expect more exciting activities from PUP in the coming months, because these are partnerships that will help our academic programs further bloom even as we contribute to realizing long-term resilience and sustainable development in the country,” Dr. Muhi added.</p> <p>Employee and student organizations such as the PUP Padyakeros, PUP Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral (SKM), and the PUP Office of Student Regent (OSR) also attended the collaborative event.</p> <p>In conjunction with the Sintang Lakbay, the NSTPO also held ECOWALK 2024: Lakad-Alay ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan para sa Kalikasan in support of the advocacy held by the said bike/walk tour.</p> <p>The itinerary of the Sintang Lakbay bike/walk tour started at the PUP Obelisk followed by multiple stops at PUP Antique House at the Institute of Technology (ITech) Building, LRT Pureza Station, Hipodromo Street, Sta. Mesa Fire Station, Prudente ambush site at Magsaysay Boulevard, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church before finally returning at the University grounds.</p> <p>As mentioned by Renato Redentor “Red” Constantino, Managing Director of the Renato Constantino Foundation, a second bike/walk tour will be held on June 16 and a third one that will be announced in the future, both occurring at the University.</p> <p>Following the bike/walk tour, a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University and 350 Pilipinas, as well as with the Renato Constantino Foundation was held to provide more educational and career chances to students. This is in accordance with the free quality education of the Sintang Paaralan.</p> <p>During the MOU signing between 350 Pilipinas, an agreement was inked centering on “the preservation, conservation, and revitalization of the environment and reduction of its carbon footprint and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”</p> <p>Under the PUP-350 Pilipinas partnership, the University have agreed to collaborate and create campaigns and activities that focused on climate action, provide spaces for a Solar-powered charging station for the students, and assist its partner in any way that suits their needs (trainings). Meanwhile, 350 Pilipinas consented in providing PUP trainings and seminars that concerns climate, climate Justice, inclusive mobility, decarbonization, renewable energy, and Solar Tek Pak.</p> <p>Afterwards, a dialogue regarding a proposed MOU between the University and the Renato Constantino Foundation was arranged, centering on Siento Beinte Project—an initiative that focused on history tours, crowdsourcing history, and unruly mycelia lectures. All these promote the concept of a Usable History, breaking new grounds in activism and politics and use “climate change to argue for a full-throated defense of history and the nationalist alternative, using art, poetry, culinary memory, theology, geography, the sciences, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, and so on.”</p> <p>Through this partnership, the two parties will commit on playing substantial roles in shifting the fight against climate change through history awareness and restoration.</p> <p>Currently, the PUP-Renato Constantino Foundation MOU remained under review with the legal team of latter, waiting for finalization and signing.</p> <p>350 Pilipinas is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers supporting the Philippine climate movement and aims to “create a secure and promising future by empowering individuals and communities, fostering justice, prosperity, and equality, all while ensuring a climate-safe environment.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Renato Constantino Foundation is an organization that continues the legacy of the esteemed Filipino historian in nationalist historiography by initiating, sponsoring, or financing programs and projects for its advancement.</p> <p><img alt="Partners hold Sintang Lakbay Tour for Earth Day" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/hX8BPzk/2024-04-25-partners-hold-sintang-lakbay-tour-for-earth-day-1.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Partners hold Sintang Lakbay Tour for Earth Day" class="image image-full" src="https://i.ibb.co/59WcCSp/2024-04-25-partners-hold-sintang-lakbay-tour-for-earth-day-2.jpg" /></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=9TPog7fN1TU%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Thu, 25 Apr 2024 17:20:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=9TPog7fN1TU%3d Ilog Pasiglahin collaborates with PUP to rehabilitate Pasig River Melanie Jimenez-Reyes, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>The Pasig River is recognized as a vital waterway in Manila, and its significance is acknowledged by many. Among those are PUP and Ilog Pasiglahin, who recently stepped up to provide rehabilitation projects and environmental activities. Both parties signed a memorandum of agreement on April 14 to initiate environmental activities and rehabilitation projects for the Pasig River.</p> <p>Ilog Pasiglahin, a coalition of urban planners, students, churches, architects, and environmental advocates, in partnership with the university’s National Service Training Program (NSTP), will organize dialogues, seminars, art exhibits, and clean-up drives tailored to the conditions and needs of stakeholders in the adjacent areas of the Pasig River.</p> <p>“With this MOU, we would like to formalize our partnership with PUP as a river champion, but we would also like to explore other ways that we can collaborate, especially considering extreme climate conditions,” said Joven Jacolbia, a PUP alumnus and a co-founder of Ilog Pasiglahin.</p> <p>“Importantly, we’d like to instill awareness and develop the love and care of young people towards the Pasig River. Sana mahalin nila ang Pasig River,” he added.</p> <p>According to Jacolbia, Ilog Pasiglahin was founded during the hype of the issue of PAREX when San Miguel Corp. (SMC) decided to construct the P81.53-billion Pasig River Expressway (PAREx) but later abandoned the project due to concerns raised by civil society about its potential harmful impact on the environment.</p> <p>PUP, on the other hand, pledged to provide expertise, coordination, materials, and equipment to support the projects.</p> <p>The signing was graced by President Manuel Muhi, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Emanuel C. De Guzman, National Service Training and Program (NTSP) director, Dir. Jovelina Jacolbia.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=sKVyR4GiKls%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 10:07:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=sKVyR4GiKls%3d Journalism student to participate in JIYI 2024 Melanie Jimenez, News, Communication Management Office <br/><p>Sharona Nicole Semilla, a journalism student from the College of Communication, has been selected as a delegate for the Japan International Youth Innovation Summit 2024. The summit, scheduled to be held from April 17 to 19 in Tokyo, Japan, is renowned for bringing together young minds from across the globe to foster innovation, collaboration, and positive change.</p> <p>Semilla’s essay, which highlighted her passion for journalism and commitment to addressing global issues, resonated strongly with the selection committee. Her advocacy for press freedom and her dedication to amplifying marginalized voices impressed the judges, earning her a spot among the summit’s distinguished delegates.</p> <p>“I am deeply honored to have been selected to participate in the Japan International Youth Innovation Summit,” says Semilla. “This opportunity represents not only a personal milestone but also a chance to represent my country and my field of study on the global stage.”</p> <p>In addition to her essay, Semilla’s extensive student leadership experiences played a pivotal role in her selection. As the Acting Managing Editor of The Communicator in 2023 and Vice President for Internal Affairs of the PUP Journalism Guild from 2023 to 2024, Semilla demonstrated a passion for driving positive change within her community.</p> <p>“I believe that my experiences in student leadership have equipped me with the skills and mindset necessary to contribute meaningfully to the summit,” Semilla explains. “I am eager to collaborate with fellow delegates and explore innovative solutions to the pressing challenges facing our world today.”</p> <p>Beyond leadership roles, she was also recognized as one of the Merit awardees for the 2022 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest.</p> <p>Through her participation in the summit, she hopes to gain deeper insights into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to the dialogue surrounding their implementation and impact.</p> <p>“Journalism is not just about reporting the news; it’s about giving a voice to the voiceless and fostering empathy and understanding,” Semilla said in an interview.</p> <p>“I believe that by engaging with fellow delegates and sharing our diverse perspectives, we can cultivate a greater sense of global solidarity and drive positive change.” she added.</p> <p>According to Semilla, delegates must also attend to a series online workshops prior to the Tokyo Summit.</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=gygJzkerag4%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:26:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=gygJzkerag4%3d Re-elected Univ President Muhi details infrastructure development plans for PUP Joselle Bernard Fernandez, News, PUP Campus Journalists <br/><p>Highlighting his infrastructure development plans, reappointed University President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi outlined his visions for the campus as he begins another four-year term of office on Monday, March 24, at the oath-taking ceremony held at the University Avenue in the presence of various faculty members, staff, and students in attendance.</p> <p>Also present in Muhi’s oath-taking were Executive Committee officials, with Prof. Alberto C. Guillo, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Planning and Finance, Rodrigo R. Quilingan, PUP Unyon ng Nagkakaisang Kawani (UNAKA) President, and John Andrew Dela Cruz, PUP Education on Wheels student, expressing their warmest greetings for the second term of President Muhi.</p> <p>Among the infrastructure projects that Muhi plans for his next term are the construction of a new dormitory (Condotel Building B) at PUP Oval, a student center, and the installation of footbridges connecting the buildings to the Philippine National Railway (PNR) Sta. Mesa Station, which he believes will enhance the quality of education that PUP offers for students.</p> <p><strong>Improving infrastructures in PUP</strong><br /> Muhi, a civil engineer by profession, said that among the many plans of his administration for the whole PUP system is to prioritize infrastructure development across all PUP campuses.</p> <p>“Isa sa mga programs natin is ’yong improvement ng mga facilities, mga laboratories not only on the main campus but also sa mga campuses na outside Sta. Mesa,” he said.</p> <p>(One of the programs that we have is the improvement of the facilities and laboratories not only on the main campus but also on the campuses outside Sta. Mesa.)</p> <p>According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), seven projects are currently ongoing within the University, including the renovation of the main building in the Sta. Mesa Campus, which started its construction in 2021, and the construction of the Open University System (OUS) building, a four-story structure expected to be completed by July or August this year.</p> <p>Ongoing works are also underway for the new extension of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) building, which would be located between the antique house and the current CEA building, consolidating all engineering, technology, and science courses.</p> <p>“’Yang Engineering, Architecture [building] na ’yan, gagawin nating parang Science, Engineering and Technology Hub ’yan. Diyan na lang natin lahat sila pagsasama-samahin para andoon ’yong grupo ng mga researchers,” Muhi stated.</p> <p>(The Engineering, Architecture [building], we will make them as a Science, Engineering and Technology Hub where we will put them together so researchers will be grouped there.)</p> <p><strong>Convenient and accessible infrastructures</strong><br /> Muli also added his plans to establish a new dormitory (Condotel Building B) on the oval grounds of PUP Main Campus, which has an ongoing market study on the PUP Student Information System (SIS) as of writing, to get the student’s insight in the planning and actual construction of the proposed project.</p> <p>Muhi said that this initiative aims to enhance the convenience and accessibility for students attending classes at the campus in the coming years.</p> <p>Moreover, he also plans to renovate the old PUP Condotel located near the CEA building once “issues with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) have been settled.”</p> <p>Also, he sees the creation of a new six-story student center that would cater to all student services.</p> <p>Furthermore, Muhi said he is also studying the plan to create linkages that would be accessible to its workers and students—connecting the buildings up to the PNR Sta. Mesa Station through footbridges.</p> <p>“Actually isang plano ko pa ay ang interconnectivity of the buildings so yung West wing ay ikokonekta sa gagawin nating Union ng mga Mag-aaral (Student Center),” he added.</p> <p>(Actually, one more plan I have is the interconnectivity of the buildings, so the west wing will be connected to the Student Center we will make.)</p> <p><strong>High hopes</strong><br /> Muhi said he will be closely monitoring the progress of these infrastructure projects and that he expects them to be completed and constructed during his term.</p> <p>“I am hoping that during my second term, ay matapos lahat ng ito (these projects will all be completed),” he said.</p> <p>As hybrid learning is still ongoing due to the lack of classrooms and facilities at the University, he believes that these projects will not only address this issue but also significantly enhance the quality of education for students.</p> <p>Additionally, he mentioned that funds had already been allocated for the projects, and some are still in the process of seeking funding. “Ginagawan natin ng paraan pero yung iba meron ng [nakalaan].”</p> <p>(We are finding ways, but some of it were already allocated)</p> <p>“Marami tayong kailangang gawin, gustong gawin para makapagbigay ng kalidad na edukasyon para sa mas maraming kabataan na gustong mag-aral sa ating Sintang Paaralan… Sa tulong ng bawat isa, kayang-kaya natin makamit ang mataas na antas ng tagumpay,” he said.</p> <p>(We have a lot of things to do to give a quality education to each student who aspires to study on this beloved campus… We can achieve a higher level of success with each other’s help.)</p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=jLLTB652wAE%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 12 Apr 2024 16:27:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=jLLTB652wAE%3d 1,488 students march for Mid-year graduation Angela Domingo, News, PUP Campus Journalists <br/><p>1,488 graduates from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines marched during the Mid-year Commencement Exercises for the Academic Year 2023-2024 on Friday, March 22, at the PUP Oval.</p> <p>Tanglaw ng Bayan Awardee, Hon. Philip A. Varilla, also the Assistant Secretary for the Infostructure Management Department of Information and Communications Technology, was the event’s guest speaker.</p> <p>Varilla addressed his life after graduating, his hardships, and how he overcame the obstacles he encountered.</p> <p>“Thirty-seven years ago, I was in the same place as you are about to graduate in my undergraduate course. We were happy and excited to enter the workforce”, he quipped.</p> <p>“I failed and failed. But I believed that I just needed to try and try,” Varilla said.</p> <p><strong>Declaring fulfillment</strong><br /> The honorable academic awardees and their parents received their medals and certificates distributed by the University’s President Dr. Manuel Muhi.</p> <p>Leading the graduating batch, Paula Grace Ann Barrientos Belista, Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, left an aspiring speech for the graduates.</p> <p>“These black gowns not only symbolize our academic pursuit, but also the personal growth and transformation we have undergone,” Belista said. “Sintang Paaralan, our beloved institution, has been the catalyst of growth, the harbor of our dreams, and the bedrock of our education.”</p> <p>“Let us be torchbearers, lighting the way for the future generations of PUPians. Indeed, Mula sa ’yo, para sa Bayan,” the Magna Cum Laude graduate added.</p> <p>This was followed by Muhi leading the conferment of diplomas to over (number) of graduates, assisted by the Executive Vice President, Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors, University Registrar, and Chairpersons of PUP.</p> <p><strong>Success amidst long-time struggle</strong><br /> Belista, along with other graduates, expressed their sincere sentiments and overall experiences as an Iskolar ng Bayan who completed their college endeavor.</p> <p>“I’ll quote, ’gamitin ’yong karunungan mula sa Sintang Paaralan para sa Bayan’, dahil tayo, as a scholar, hindi lang tayo nandito para tuparin ang mga pangarap natin, naririto tayo for a greater good,” Margarette Montejo stated.</p> <p>(I’ll quote, ’use the knowledge from Sintang Paaralan for the Nation’, because us, as a scholar, we are not just here to accomplish our dreams, we are here for the greater good.)</p> <p>Looking back on their lives as PUPians, the graduates wholeheartedly expressed their messages for those who are aspiring to be among the Iskolar ng Bayan.</p> <p>“Sa mga gustong pumasok sa Sintang Paaralan, bukod sa mag-aral nang mabuti, maging mulat tayo sa sistema na nakapaloob sa pamantasan pati sa labas nito,” Paula Magpantay said.</p> <p>(To those who want to enter Sintang Paaralan, aside from studying well, let us be open-minded to the systems instilled inside, and even outside, of the university.)</p> <p>The midyear commencement event was concluded with a Thanksgiving Message from Dr. Edmond Fuertes Clemente, Doctor in Educational Management of the Open University System.</p> <p>A community of accomplished graduates pledged their loyalty and sang the PUP Hymn that ended the ceremony.</p> <p><em><strong>ERRATUM:</strong> We have erroneously stated that the total of Mid-Year Commencement Exercises graduates was 1,488. The correct number of graduates according to the the Office of the University Registrar is 974, with 514 of them coming from PUP Sta. Mesa alone. We apologize for the oversight.</em></p> <br/><a href="http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=1rtZc8Vt0es%3d">View this article in PUPWebSite</a> Fri, 12 Apr 2024 16:24:00 GMT http://www.pup.edu.ph/news/?go=1rtZc8Vt0es%3d