RDG Conference Report of Ronahlee A. Asuncion

Write up about the Conference The Symposium was attended by professors from various Universities. The papers presented focused on the key issues confronted by women who are either formally or informally employed. The symposium served as a venue to discuss and assess the situation of working women in the Pacific region and beyond. It also served as venue to foster collaborative pursuits among the participants from different Universities and organizations. Feedback on paper presented Considering the number of domestic workers in the country, it is high time that they be accorded with social protection. The paper deals with a very […]

RDG Conference Report of Maria Carmen V. Amarra

Write up about the Conference The conference had 97 participants, of whom 19 were from outside of China. There were 42 contributed talks over three days. The topics covered various applications of transitive groups on graphs, maps, designs and related structures. Feedback on paper presented The results presented by the grantee are part of her PhD. thesis. Since the conference honoree is her supervisor, the feed was generally good. Future directions of research presented The work done in the classification of symmetric diameter two graphs is far from complete. The grantee’s dissertation dealt with only few of the possible cases. […]

RDG Conference Report of Christian M. Alis

Write up about the Conference The European Conference on Complex Systems is a major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. This year is the 10th time this conference was held. Two days of this year’s conference were reserve for satellite meetings, which  covered a broad range of subjects on all aspects of Complex Systems. This year’s conference was organized by the  The Complex Systems Society and Feedback on paper presented Several attendees found the paper to be very interesting. At least three attendees approached me to tell me that and […]

UP has 800 new awards for professorial chairs and faculty grants

About 800 new Professorial Chair Awards and Faculty Grant Awards will be available to all academic units of the University of the Philippines starting this year. This was announced by UP President Alfredo E. Pascual on 18 January to the chancellors and officials of the UP Diliman, UP Manila, UP Los Banos, UP Open University, UP Visayas, UP College Cebu, UP Visayas, UP Baguio, and UP Mindanao with the launching of the One UP Professorial Chair Awards and the One UP Faculty Grant Awards. The awards have a funding allocation of P100 million per year from the earnings of the […]

2015 OVPAA Research Symposium to feature over 50 projects

Almost a year ago, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) organized a symposium to disseminate the results of 18 OVPAA-supported projects. The tradition continues this year with the 2015 OVPAA Research Symposium scheduled for November 12 and 13 at the Intel Center for Science Auditorium of the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. Proof to the energetic research environment in UP are the 57 plenary and parallel presentations, 20 of them on new projects, that had been lined up for the annual gathering. These projects are funded by the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program and the Balik PhD Program of […]

Singular rights-based approaches and monocentric institutions will not solve water conflicts

A complex layer of rights, players and interests characterize water laws in the Philippines. To the Last Drop: The Political Economy of Philippine Water Policy traced the dramatic changes in water laws in the Philippines, from the Marcos dictatorship to post-democratic transition: the inclusion of watershed, pollution and health concerns in policy; decentralization; openness to market solutions; state withdrawal from intervention to regulatory mode; more competition from private businesses in water sourcing and distribution; and adapting market benchmarks for the performance of water districts. But University of the Philippines researchers Rosalie Hall, Joy Lizada, Maria Helen Dayo, Corazon Abansi, Myra David and Agnes […]

In a rural community in Mindoro, ecological problems not only result in poverty but are also triggered by it

“Poverty is both a driver and a result of complex ecological problems.” This was the conclusion derived by Dr. Adrian Wagner of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Dr. David T. Yap of the School of Urban and Regional Planning of UP Diliman and Dr. Helen T. Yap of The Marine Institute of UP Diliman from examining interrelated socio-ecological variables in the coastal barangay of Udalo in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. In the recently published article “Drivers and consequences of land use patterns in a developing country rural community,” the three researchers noted the “gradient of political and economic power […]

UP researchers uncover the roots of the water sector’s sorry state

(This article originally appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on August 12 with the title “Who really owns water? Managing PH water supply better.”) DAYS BEFORE his final State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Aquino revealed something about water governance that should have given Filipinos pause. “The water sector was so complicated when I assumed office. I discovered that no less than 30 agencies take part in regulating the water sector,” Mr. Aquino recounted saying this when he visited Angat Dam in Bulacan on July 22. “What made that situation worse was these institutions acted independently, their respective plans were Made […]

With his Balik PhD grant, returning scientist builds a lab and shows what productivity means

With his Balik PhD grant, returning scientist builds a lab and shows what productivity means

Within two years, a team of researchers from the UP Diliman College of Engineering was able to build a working research laboratory and produce from it six ISI-listed journal articles and 12 papers for local and international conferences. Within this period, too, nine BS students and four MS students—all of whom were able to graduate this June— benefited from the laboratory for their theses. The success story is one that can make any lead researcher proud. Such is the case of Dr. Rinlee Butch Cervera, head of the project Fabrication and testing of an advanced nanoceramics synthetic apparatus for energy storage and alternative […]

EIDR program on water governance engages stakeholders in multi-sectoral discussions in Luzon and the Visayas

A water resource management plan was successfully outlined at the Training Workshop on Water Management held last 10-22 March 2015 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños. The 12-day workshop involved twenty participants from the local government units of six municipalities in Laguna, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, and LIMAS Marina. But the initiative that resulted in the draft management plan is only among the major offshoots of the program Towards Good Water Governance for Development: A Multi-Case Analysis, which previously led to three similar multi-sector discussions. In […]