31 January 2019

Department of Geography conducts dialogue with CRS-Manila for possible research collaborations

by Marion Tinio

The Department of Geography hosted members of the Catholic Relief Services Philippines (CRS Philippines) on January 23, 2019 for a dialog about possible research writing collaborations. The dialog is an avenue for sharing data and information from success stories of CRS-Manila by members of the Department of Geography.

CRS Philippines presented stories of Project SUCCESS (Strengthening Urban Communities’ Capacity to Endure Severe Shocks), Savings  and Internal Lending Communities (SILC), solid waste management initiatives, and community-based disaster risk reduction and management. Present from the CRS Philippines team were Marino Deocariza, Program Manager; Jove Benosa, Deputy Program Manager; Adrian Badiable, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager; and Marell Wong, MEAL Officer.

Faculty members of the Department shared insights about the usability and possible offshoots of existing available and accessible information. Led by Dr. Yany Lopez, Chair of the Department, members of the Department of Geography faculty present were Prof. Darlene Gutierrez, Dr. Vanessa Anacta, Asst. Prof. Marion Tinio, and Asst. Prof. Emmanual Garcia.

Also present in the dialog is Assoc. Prof. Aldrin Lee, Associate Dean for Research and Publications of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP).

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.

DOST-SEI includes BS Geography as a priority S&T program covered by Undergraduate Scholarships, effective First Semester AY 2019-2020

by: Marion Micah Tinio

The BS Geography program has been included as a priority S&T program covered by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Scholarships, effective First Semester of Academic Year 2019-2020.

In a letter addressed to Chancellor Michael Tan dated January 9, 2019, Director Josette Biyo of the DOST-SEI detailed that the National Technical and Selection Committee and the Advisory Committee on S&T Scholarships approved the request for the inclusion of BS Geography among S&T programs covered under the S&T Scholarship Program in meetings held on 27 November 2018 and 10 December 2018, respectively.

The DOST-SEI offers the S&T Undergraduate Scholarships Program “to stimulate and entice talented Filipino youths to pursue lifetime productive careers in science and technology and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources which can steer the country towards national progress.”

The approval of the DOST-SEI exhibits the importance and relevance of the discipline of geography in the education of the Filipino youth.