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         A forum to commemorate the first anniversary of the Lacub incident in Abra province was held at the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) Sarmiento Hall on September 4, 2015. 

 

     The incident happened in September 4 and 5 last year when seven individuals suspected by the Philippine military to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and two civilians were killed in an alleged fire-fight between government troops and NPA members, earlier reports stated. 

 

     In the forum, Randy Malayao, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant to the peace talks, discussed the ongoing civil war in the Philippines and the importance of the International Humanitarian Law and the peace talks. 

 

     “Ang International Humanitarian Law ay mga kulumpon ng mga batas na naglalayong maibsan yung epekto ng armadong tunggalian. Ito ay nagbibigay proteksyon sa mga tao na hindi naman talaga sangkot sa armadong labanan o wala nang kakayahang lumaban,” Malayao said. 

 

    Other speakers were Nelson Salvador, Janice Lee Monte-Hernandez and Cynthia Dacanay-Jaramillo. They talked about people’s actions for justice, local and legal remedies and internationalizing the call for justice, respectively. 

 

     “Matagal nang hinihintay ng masa ang pagbabago... Hangga't walang tunay na pagbabago at hustisya ay walang tunay na kapayapaan at kalayaan ang ating Inang bayan,” said Hernandez, quoting Kennedy Bangibang, NDFP consultant for Cordillera affairs. 

 

    The forum ended with a propped action at the Oblation grounds. It was attended by students from UPB and members of different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cordillera. 

 

    The event was sponsored by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance together with Hustisya-Northern Luzon, League of Filipino Students-UP Baguio, UPB Outcrop and Amnesty International–UP Baguio. (JOYCE PASCUA/CRISTINE VIDUYA)

 

     The Cordillera Studies Center (CSC) of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) held on August 29 a public lecture on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for the Cordillera Uplands at the College of Social Sciences Audio-Visual Room (CSS AVR).

 

      SRI is a sustainable method of growing rice that, if closely followed by farmers, will result in much more productive tillers and healthier roots. This involves simple methods such as transplanting of rice seedling on the two-leaf stage, planting one seedling on a 25 by 25 centimeter grid per hill, taking care of the rice seedling to avoid seedling damage, drying the soil intermittently, controlling weeds using a rotary weeder and using lots of compost instead of commercial fertilizers.

 

     Roberto Verzola, the SRI Pilipinas national coordinator delivered the lecture. He encouraged farmers to shift from their traditional practices by undertaking the SRI method in planting rice.

 

     He said SRI method promotes lower costs and debt-free farming, which will benefit poor farmers. In addition, SRI can be easily understood by farmers if properly explained and can improve their performance.

 

     Verzola also enumerated other benefits of SRI including climate change mitigation and adaptation. He said SRI reduces reliance of farmers on fossil-fuel based chemicals and thus promotes food security and mitigation of global warming.

 

     The lecture was attended by the Department of Agriculture Cordillera Administrative Region (DA CAR) representatives, Mountain Province State Polytechnic College representatives, as well as professors and students of UPB.  (JOYCE PASCUA)

“We, the people of Baguio, want a city where residents’ well-being is paramount, where governance is built on genuine consultation with, and active and continuous participation of the people.” So begins the People’s Statement, a document that will be launched and freely distributed on August 31, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. in the University of the Philippines auditorium, or Bulwagang Juan Luna, in a citizens’ event dubbed “Pushing for the Baguio We Want.” The event is open to all concerned residents, youth, and multi-sectoral representatives in the city.

 

Aside from the launching of the People’s Statement and the Baguio We Want Agenda, three simultaneous workshops will be held at “Pushing for the Baguio We Want” (PBWW). In the workshop on “The Electoral Process and the Government Leaders We Want in 2016”, participants will set a concrete criteria against which voters can measure local politicians. Courses of action for clean elections will be discussed. In the workshop on “How to Engage the Government and Participate in Governance,” tips will be shared on how to make citizens’ voices heard by government, how to communicate with different government units, and how and where to get public information. Finally, in the workshop on “Increasing Support and Participation for the Baguio We Want”, the focus will be on generating mass support for the principles set forth in the People’s Statement.

 

PBWW is a follow-up to the successful People’s Summit held last February 25, 2015, which saw over 500 participants gathering to discuss the future of the city. At the People’s Summit, participants responded to the questions, “What do we want?” and “What can we do?” in ten (10) cluster workshops on Heritage, Community Participation, Governance and Legislation, Well-being and Mobility, Land Use and Zoning, Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT), Local Businesses and Tourism, Waste Management, Air and Noise Pollution, and Trees and Water. The results of these workshops will be presented at PWWB. Representatives from active clusters will report on concrete actions taken so far, and plans for the future.

 

Bishop Carlito Cenzon stands as the convenor of both the People’s Summit and PBWW. PBWW is free and open to the public. Baguio boys and girls of all ages, students, and registered voters are strongly encouraged to participate.

 

 

     The University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) hosted another leg of a people’s summit dubbed “The Baguio We Want” on August 31 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna.

 

     Organized by Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon together with the Baguio Diocese, Baguio Heritage Foundation, Baguio Citizens’ No waste Initiative, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Pine Cone Movement, Save 182, and Tongtongan ti Umili,   this people’s summit was a continuation of the summit held last February 25, 2015.

 

     The agenda of the summit was to get achievement reports from different clusters regarding issues raised on the previous summit. These issues are: citizen participation in elections; environmental problems such as protection of trees and water resources, and proper waste management; strict enforcement of land use and zoning policies; and awareness in heritage preservation.

 

     “Don’t stop with just identifying the problems, but also identify solutions,” Karlo Altomonte, co-convenor of the summit, said.

 

     Three simultaneous workshops were held after the report and these were on “The Electoral Process and the Government Leaders We Want in 2016,” How to Engage the Government and Participate in Governance,” and “Increasing Support and Participation for the Baguio We Want.”

 

     Dr. Raymundo D. Rovillos, UPB chancellor, facilitated one of the workshops.

 

     “UP, being a national university, should be involved on the issues affecting the city that hosts us. We are part of the city. We cannot be isolated from it so we have to be engaged in society,” he said.

 

     The event ended with the participants giving out Baguio We Want publication booklets in a walk rally from UPB to People’s Park. More than 200 concerned citizens attended the event.   

 

     "Stories of participation are always uplifting because they have been our hopes for the future," said Bishop Cenzon. (JOYCE PASCUA/LOUISE MANIEGO)

    

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     Established through the initiative of UP alumni in Baguio and Benguet, the University of the Philippines in Baguio was inaugurated as a degree-granting unit of the University on 22 April 1961. A land grant worked out by alumni, the City Council, and by then UP President Vicente Cinco situated the College on its present location, a pine-clad hill offering a scenic view of Baguio. The College went on to make its presence felt as it served as the site of the National Arts Festivals in the coming years. Moves were made to strengthen its research capabilities, culminating in the institution of the Cordillera Studies Center in 1983. Directions towards autonomy began with strategic planning in 1996. The following years saw the College working assiduously in the reformulation and strengthening of its academic programs, primarily. Administration of the College likewise oversaw the development in infrastructure and improvement of services and facilities. Such growth led to the elevation of UP College Baguio to full autonomous status, granted by the Board of Regents in December 2002. UP Baguio is now the seventh constituent university of the UP System.


Vision

     As a constituent university of the University of the Philippines System, U.P. Baguio will sustain its lead position in the delivery of tertiary education in the north.

    It will continue to nurture and develop innovative programs in the arts and sciences. It will also continue to develop the niche it has created over the past decades in Cordillera Studies.


Mission

     Our mission, therefore, as a unit of the U.P. System and as the leading institution of higher learning in Northern Luzon, is to spearhead the offering of the highest standard of education and to contribute to the overall upgrading of the quality of instruction in the region.

     We seek to create an impact by informing our programs with a regional perspective, at the same time that these are informed by a national and global outlook.

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