The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) funded program “Tourism Studies on Island-Based Opportunities for Growth in Western Visayas – (TSIBOG)” commenced last July 2021 with seven research projects under its wing. One of these is the project “Bridging the Past, Sailing toward the Future: History to the (and by the People).”  The project partnered with the Local Government Unit of Ibajay, Aklan and the Department of Education – Division of Aklan to train elementary and secondary teachers, tourism and planning officers, and people’s organizations in doing historical research and promoting cultural heritage tourism in the Municipality of Ibajay.

The University of the Philippines Visayas Project Development Assistant for Mass Media and Communication of the Office of the Chancellor, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Humanities partner with Rappler and MovePH for the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) webinar series entitled “Digital Media, Technology, and Society.” This four-part webinar series aims to engage teachers, students, and leaders to be critical and discerning online and intends to engage audience so they can better navigate and deal with the disruptive impact of technological innovation in addressing urgent issues and crises in media and democracy.

To enrich the remote learning environment in UP Visayas, the Teaching and Learning Resource Center facilitated training for three non-consecutive days on online teaching principles and applications under its Teach S.M.A.R.T. (Strategies, Methods, Approaches, Rudiments, and Theories) program.

The Teach S.M.A.R.T. training aimed to address potential challenges that online teachers face and upskill faculty members and lecturers of UP Visayas to deliver a more organized and resource-based teaching strategy by discussing key concepts on teaching pedagogies that can be utilized in remote learning.

“ACTI(on) Research Project stands for Assistance, Collaborations, Trainings, and Other Interventions (ACTI) on Research. It is a public service initiative aiming to improve the basic education outcomes through research-related extension activities,” explained Mx. John Bert C. Tutisura, one of the Project Managers.

The Project is a collaboration among faculty members, staff, and students of the College of Arts and Sciences, specifically co-headed by the Division of Professional Education and the Community Outreach Program/BIDANI (COP/BIDANI). 

The BHLMP aims to build the capacity of the barangay health leaders in strengthening their local health system, promoting community participation and empowerment, and contributing to better health outcomes of the municipality. 

The training was organized by the Dumalag municipal government  led by Mayor Amado Eriberto V. Castro, Jr., Dr. Ana Mae F. Belasoto, the Municipal Health Officer, and Mr. Juan Faduga, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator. 

Student developers from the University of the Philippines win big in the global Google Developer Student Clubs’ (DSC) 2021 Solution Challenge for their application called “Project Island Response and Intervention for Systematic Evacuation (i-RISE)” which aims to bridge the information gap between local government units, disaster risk management offices, and the island communities of Tubigon, Bohol using Google products.

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Visayas received P92.6 million from the Department of Budget and Management to enhance its biosurveillance through timely whole genome sequencing (WGS) of clinical samples.

WGS is vital to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response of the government. It can be used to detect new variants, if the variants are causing the spike in cases in certain areas, and if there are already local transmissions of the variants.

The clinical trial on tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta) as a potential adjunctive treatment for mild and moderate cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is nearing completion, according to Dr. Philip Ian Padilla, vice chancellor for academic affairs of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).

Padilla, a professor of Microbiology, is the principal investigator of the trial – a collaborative effort of UPV, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, Philippine Red Cross-Manila, and Quezon Institute.