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· Serve as a regional and global university in cooperation with international and scientific unions, networks of universities scholarly and professional associations in the AsiaPacific region and around the world;
· Provide democratic governance in the University based on collegially, representation accountability, transparency and active participation of its constituents, and promote the holding fora for students, faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), staff and alumni to discuss non-academic issues affecting the university.
A proposal to reduce air pollution in Baguio City’s central business district (CBD) was presented on September 14 at the University of the Philippines Baguio-College of Social Sciences Audio Visual Room (UPB-CSS AVR).
The proposal was the result of a joint research initiative by professors from UP Baguio and UP Los Baños.
UP Baguio Professor of Economics, Dr. Achilles C. Costales, talked about how air pollution can increase the risk of acquiring respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer in adults and children of Baguio City. He also discussed the costs of illnesses when a person is exposed to elevated levels of air pollution.
Afterwards, UP Los Baños Associate Professor of Economics, Maria Angeles Catelo, shared her findings on the feasibility of installing an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system, a driverless transport ran by electricity, in Baguio CBD in the hopes of creating an alternative mode of transportation that can reduce air pollution in Baguio City.
“We hope to make our humble vision [gear] towards maintaining the pine scent air in Baguio we love,” said Catelo.
Towards the end of the presentation, discussants gave their remarks on the study. The discussants were Dr. Lorelei C. Mendoza, UPB professor of Economics; Dr. Donnabel Tubera, Baguio City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head; and Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) regional director.
The event was organized by the UPB Governance and Public Policy Program, headed by Prof. Arellano Colongon, Jr., of the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC). It was attended by representatives of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), DOST, civil service groups, city government, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Baguio citizens and UPB professors and students. (LOUISE MANIEGO, JOYCE PASCUA and CRISTINE VIDUYA) As of September 14, 2015
Photo by Joyce Pascua
The EIDR-Towards Good Water Governance for Development Project, and Governance & Public Policy Program of Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio conducted an action planning workshop for the adopters of the Balili River in the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet. In cooperation with the municipal government represented by Mayor Edna C. Tabanda, the CSC collaborated with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office led by Dwight Daodao in conducting a one-day workshop held at the Strawberry Valley Hotel on September 29, 2015. Mayor Edna Tabanda and Vice Mayor Romeo K. Salda graced the activity.
Prof. Jessica K. Cariño, EIDR-Water Governance Project Expert, discussed the various aspects that constitute the problem of the Balili River System from Baguio City to La Trinidad to Sablan. She emphasized the important role of citizens and challenged them as volunteers and partners of the government in addressing the problem. The planning workshop that was facilitated by GPP Program Head Arellano A. Colongon, Jr. generated a work plan for the period October 2015 to September 2016 that included regular clean-up activities and information campaign directed at changing the behavior of community members that are located near the river. Around 70 participants from the private sector, CSOs, academe, and the local government of La Trinidad participated in the workshop. They committed to achieve a cleaner Balili River by the next Balili River Day in September 2016.
The EIDR - Towards Good Water Governance for Development Project represented by Dr. Corazon Abansi engaged the municipal government of La Trinidad in the latter’s environmental efforts as part of the CSC and UP Baguio’s commitment to be of service to the Cordillera Region. (Toto Colongon and Ning Doble)