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Geography in the Field: A Course-Based Extension Program

Participatory 3D Mapping project of Geog 192 students led by Mr. Emmanuel Garcia with the local participants of Paracale, Camarines Norte in partnership with UNICEF.
Geography focuses on the study of the earth as the home of humans. A holistic discipline, it examines human-environment interactions, spatial processes, and the development of places and localities. It studies the physical and human processes of the earth and investigates how these produce different landscapes. It uses geographic techniques such as spatial analysis, cartography, geographic information science (GIScience), remote sensing, and statistical methods to explore and comprehend the complexities of natural and cultural systems and …

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The UP Manila Community Health and Development Program (UP CHDP)

A workshop group during a Barangay Assembly in San Juan in 2006. This was one of several groups that were discussing “My Vision Of A Healthy Community.” Photo courtesy of Dr. Anthony G.H. Cordero.
The UP CHDP is the UP Manila unit mandated by the University to enter into partnerships with Philippine municipalities to set up and maintain community-based health programs (CBHPs) that will benefit both parties. It provides the site for UP faculty, staff and students’ curricular (academic) immersion and service activities.
In 2007, the UP CHDP was revived by then UP Manila Chancellor Ramon L. Arcadio. The UP CHDP Conceptual …

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BIDANI: A Strategy for Promoting Local Development and Nutrition Improvement

BMIS as a tool for nutrition-in-development, i.e. capacity development for BMIS electronic system and spotmapping. Photo courtesy of Ms. Lorna Garcia.
Malnutrition is a multi-faceted problem and cannot be solved only by health and nutrition practitioners. It needs multidisciplinary and multisectoral but integrative approaches in order to minimize if not solve this problem. The causes of malnutrition, being multiple and complex, are better addressed with the collaborative efforts of several disciplines.
One concrete example is the malnutrition problem due to poverty in an upland area. The people are poor despite planting cash crops under the forest trees. Their productivity is low because …

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