Highlights of UP Padayon’s Report on UP Alumni Activities from October to December 2023

The UP Padayon Public Service Office recently released their October-December 2023 reports showing the various public service activities of UP Constituent Universities (UP CUs). These are highlights from the different alumni groups of each UP CU.


UP alumni organizations such as UP Baguio Alumni Volunteers and Friends (UPAVF) offered legal assistance to the general public.

UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) arranged Neurographica Art Therapy to promote mental health.

UP Alumni Association in British Columbia (UPAABC) initiated a scholarship program.

Photo from UPAABC website

UP Baguio University Student Council in collaboration with Sigma Delta Pi Sorority (EDT) and Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity (EKT) Alumni Association – UP Baguio Chapter held a “Kapihan” event for students.


The Office of Alumni Relations, the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA), and the UP College of Agriculture Class of 1960 initiated the Pili Drive Legacy Project, a project that aims to adorn the iconic Pili Drive with more pili trees.

Read more about the project on the UPLB website


The UP Manila College of Medicine ’98, UP Medical Alumni Association, and UP Manila College of Medicine Postgraduate Institute of Medicine partnering in the last quarter of 2023 to provide the public with several educational webinars covering various medical updates and themes.

Read More about the UP Med Webinar

Visit the UP Med Webinars Facebook page

Read the other CUs’ Report
UP Cebu
UP Diliman
UP Mindanao
UP Visayas

UP Padayon Public Service Office relies heavily on each CU’s social media and website for their report. If there are initiatives that are not posted but would like to be included in their report, please get in touch with them at [email protected].

UPLB awards personnel, highlights collaboration on 113th Foundation Day

UPLB celebrated its 113th Foundation Day by recognizing its retiring and outstanding personnel. Twelve individuals and 2 research and extension teams from the university’s administrative, faculty, and research and extension personnel were recognized in the awarding ceremony. UPLB also honored 355 retiring personnel, many of whom had served the university for decades. The special ceremony was held at Baker Hall on Mar. 4 and broadcasted on UPLB’s social media account.

Her Excellency Saskia de Lang, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Philippines, served as the guest speaker.

The 2022 UPLB Outstanding Administrative Personnel

The 2022 UPLB Outstanding REPS and Faculty Personnel

Dr. Randolph B. Trinidad, the 2022 UPLB Outstanding Administrative Personnel (professional personnel category) awardee, responded on behalf of the awardees and underscored the values of selflessness, sacrifice, and love among his fellow university personnel.

Trinidad shared stories to the audience about the personal sacrifices and challenges that many university personnel had to face to continue serving in the line of duty. He encouraged them to use adversity to keep growing and learning.

“We all have our own unique backgrounds. We all have our own struggles… But what’s essential is that we gather all those life lessons and values that come along the way,” he said.

“Embrace and utilize those values for you to transform into a better version of yourself. The world is constantly changing, and so are we! So, let’s keep on reinventing ourselves,” he continued.

Dr. Trinidad responds on behalf of the UPLB awardees

In his welcoming remarks, Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. spoke about the theme of UPLB’s Foundation Day celebration, “Fortifying Collaborations with Industry and Communities,” where he emphasized the importance of collaboration in future-proofing UPLB.

“Collaboration is the backbone of future-proofing. If there is one lesson that the world must have learned from this pandemic, it is that through collaboration we can achieve things that were thought impossible,” he said.

Chancellor Camacho discusses UPLB’s future-proofing initiatives at the ceremony

He mentioned UPLB’s future-proofing initiatives such as the “Accelerating Growth through One Research and Extension in Action” (UPLB AGORA) extension and research agenda, and the establishment of the UPLB Agro-Industrial Park and Information Technology Park, which he said aim to open more opportunities for collaboration among the University and its partners.

He identified the private sector, academic institutions, UPLB alumni, local government units and national agencies, global universities, multinational organizations, and states with whom UPLB wants to collaborate.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion also gave his message to the UPLB community and recognized UPLB’s role in producing professionals who have contributed to progress and development in various fields globally.

“Naging instrumento sila sa paglaganap ng bagong pananaw sa pamamahala ng agrikultura at agham na nasa pinaka puso ng modernisasyon. Paglilingkod sa bayan at kaunlaran ng bansa agad ang nagiging papel ng mga nagsisipagtapos at naglilingkod dito sa UPLB,” he said.

(“They have been instrumental in the spread of new perspectives on agricultural management and science which are at the heart of modernization. Public service and national development are immediately undertaken by those who graduate and work at UPLB.”)

President Concepcion addresses the awardees and guests of the convocation and awarding ceremony

In her message, Dutch Ambassador Saskia de Lang spoke about the partnerships that UPLB has had with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, among them Dutch academic exchange programs, the Institute of Plant Breeding’s (IPB) collaboration with the Dutch company East-West seed, and the Dairy Training and Research Institute’s partnership with FrieslandCampina or Alaska Milk Corporation.

Her Excellency Saskia de Lang of the Kingdom of the Netherlands gives the keynote address at the ceremony

She expressed the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ support and willingness for the continued partnership with UPLB in contributing toward achieving the sustainable development goals, particularly in food security, sustainability, and innovation.

“Together let’s make the Philippines and the world a more sustainable, a more resilient, a more livable and a better place,” she ended.

Ambassador de Lang is also the recipient of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis “Saskia de Lang” which is part of the IPB gumamela “Women in Diplomacy” series.

UPLB is celebrating its foundation day 113 years since it was established as the UP College of Agriculture on March 6, 1909. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)

Source: https://uplb.edu.ph/all-news/uplb-awards-personnel-highlights-collaboration-on-113th-foundation-day

3 from UPLB land in VetMed board exam top 10

Three from the UPLB College of Veterinary Medicine made it to top 10 positions in the Veterinarian Licensure Examination conducted by the Board of Veterinary Medicine in August and September 2021.

Gabriel Gonzaga Comota took the 1st place garnering a rating of 85.36, leading 275 other examinees from all over the country.

Carmela Marie Bongco Lizares came close behind at 2nd place with a rating of 84.52 while Patricia Roda Wilwayco placed 10th with a rating of 82.16.

A total of 720 took the board exam in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Koronadal, Legazpi, and Tuguegarao.

Source: https://uplb.edu.ph/all-news/3-from-uplb-land-in-vetmed-board-exam-top-10/

The University of the Philippines Is Getting a Billion-Peso Renovation Soon

To be carried out by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

PHOTO BY University of the Philippines Website

(SPOT.ph) The Department of Public Works and Highways announced on September 10 that they have signed a memorandum of agreement with the state-run University of the Philippines to undertake the implementation of 20 construction and renovation projects in the campuses. Total cost of all projects is at P2.76 billion.

These construction and renovation projects will include school building facilities, dormitory buildings, restrooms, a gymnasium, a water-impounding lagoon, various campus road works, and an environmental research and outreach center. The agreement covers 12 projects in UP Diliman, three in UP Los Baños, one each for UP Manila, UP Visayas, and UP Cebu, and an off-site facility in Puerto Galera.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be implementing the following construction projects:

UP Diliman

  • The rehabilitation and modernization of Gonzales Hall University Library
  • The construction of the University Health Service
  • The renovation of dormitory buildings such as Molave Residences Hall, Yakal Residence Hall, and the Kamia Residence Hall
  • The construction of the UP Diliman Multipurpose Hall
  • The Faculty and Staff Housing
  • The Faculty Center
  • The construction of the UP Gymnasium
  • Water-impounding lagoons
  • The Resilience Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • The building and renovation of public restrooms

UP Los Baños

  • The construction of Agronomy, Soils, and Horticulture Building Crop Protection Wing
  • The construction of Dormitory for Graduate Students
  • The construction of World-Class Multimedia Production Building

Additionally, the DPWH will be undertaking the following construction and renovation works for other campuses:

  • The Neuro Science Institute Building at UP Manila
  • The renovation of the Undergraduate Studies Building at UP Cebu
  • The construction of a 3.7-kilometer road network to the New Academic Core Zone at UP Visayas
  • Phase 1 of construction of the off-campus Puerto Galera Biodiversity and Environmental Research and Outreach Center

Written by Jeremiah Capacillo

Source: https://www.spot.ph/newsfeatures/the-latest-news-features/75068/dpwh-university-of-the-philippines-renovations-a00258-20180910