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UP President to Class of 2016: Serve the Nation, Heed Rizal’s Call

The UP Manila graduates of 2016 shift their UP Sablay as UP President Alfredo E. Pascual officiates the awarding of titles and conferment of degrees. Photo by Jonathan Madrid
University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual reminded the Class of 2016 that “we have a country to serve,” as he advised them of what it meant to live a meaningful and purposeful life, in his speech at the UP Manila (UPM) 107th Commencement Exercises held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on June 17, 2016.
The University conferred degrees and titles to 1,241 UPM graduates, 167 of whom received …

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UPD graduates 4,552 in its 105th Commencement Exercises

Graduates of UP Diliman applaud after they shifted their Sablays to the left shoulder – an act marking the formal completion of studies in the university.
The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), under the leadership of Chancellor Michael L. Tan, conferred academic distinctions and degrees to 4,552 graduates this year, 30 of whom earned summa cum laude honors, during the University’s 105th General Commencement Exercises on June 26, 2016 at the UPD Ampitheater in Diliman, Quezon City. “Summa cum laude”, Latin for “with the greatest honors”, is the highest academic distinction given to graduates with a weighted average grade (WAG) …

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Railways and Train Commuters in NCR

Protesters against the Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit fare hikes. Photo from Bulatlat.com
The Philippine population officially hit 100 million last July 27 with NCR as the country’s most densely populated region.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported NCR population to be at 11.9 million as of July 2013.3 PSA data revealed that of the said total population, 51 percent were female, nearly two-thirds were of voting age, most were high school graduates (vis-a-vis college, ranking second, and elementary ranking third, as the highest level of educational attainment of top three segments), around 5.26 million were in the labor force, …

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UP CWS Extends Psychosocial Support, Commits to Rebuild

The UP Center for Women’s Studies in UP Diliman.
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), a UP system-wide office, was among the immediate responders to extend relief and psychosocial support to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda last November.
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, director of the UP CWS and professor at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), shared some of her insights and recommendations for the UP community.
Cut the bureaucracy
According to Claudio “cutting the bureaucracy in times of disasters” to be able to immediately address the needs of survivors is “one of the most …

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Project Lightline

Tugon ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan sa mga Nasalanta ng Kalamidad
Ayon kay Dr. Giovanni Tapang ng UP National Institute of Physics, ang mga mag-aaral ng UP ay marami pang maitutulong sa mga tinamaan ng kalamidad, dagdag sa relief operation, weather and climate prediction, civil work, preparedness and response, at iba pang uring suporta na naging karaniwan nang kaparaanan. Isang halimbawa nito ay ang Project Lightline, kung saan ginamit ng mga estudyante ang kanilang natutunan sa klase upang makagawa ng mga emergency charger para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda noong Nobyembre 2013.
Sinabi ni Propesor Tapang na maaaring makagawa ng ibang …

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Pork in LGUs

Interview with Quezon City Representative Alfredo D. Vargas III and Barangay UP Chairperson Isabelita P. Gravides
Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. Photo from wikicommons.
With billions of pesos worth of Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or “pork —Filipino taxpayers’ money—allegedly released through cities, provinces and barangays, as reported by the Commission on Audit and national media from August to November 2013 at the height of the pork barrel scandal, UP FORUM asked first-term Representative Alfredo D. Vargas III (5th district, Quezon City) and incumbent Barangay Chairperson Isabelita P. Gravides (Brgy. UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City) their thoughts on the use of discretionary …

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Financing Global Climate Action

Rich Countries Should Pay Up
Several organizations led by Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP), the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMJC) and  the Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC) held a picket outside the Dusit Thani Hotel, venue of a United Nations (UN) meeting of experts for the Long-Term Finance (LTF) programme under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last July 16 in Makati City, Philippines.
The protesters submitted to the UN body a statement calling for developed or richer countries to “pay up their climate bill” by funding the adaptation and mitigation efforts of poorer countries.
They said that while developing countries …

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