The University of the Philippines (UP), led by the Office of the President, hosted a dinner to welcome participants of the Evidence-Based Approach (EBA) Fieldwork in the Philippines at UP Diliman’s Executive House on June 13, 2016.
The EBA Consortium is a collaboration of the top universities in the ASEAN region led by Keio University in Japan. It aims to develop human resources able to identify and solve issues based on evidence and analysis.
Students in the EBA Consortium are provided a digital communication platform where they can study together on a daily basis. The consortium encourages collaborative-problem solving among ASEAN member universities, as well as opportunities to provide solutions to long-standing problems of the region using “credible data” and “actual field experience”.
The current fieldwork participants include eighteen students from six universities and five countries, with the University of the Philippines Diliman representing the Philippines. The ten-day fieldwork will train participants via a workshop, and field visits to sites like Itogon, Benguet, where they will be exposed to environmental issues, chief of which are the degradation of surface water quality and challenges to solid waste management.
UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili welcomed the participants on behalf of UP President Alfredo Pascual. He was joined by deans from three Colleges: Dean Aura Matias of the College of Engineering, Dean Grace Aguiling-Dalisay of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and Dean Jocelyn Caragay of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD). Also present was the head of EBA Philippine Fieldwork, Dr. Augustus Resureccion of the Institute of Civil Engineering.