The University of the Philippines’ history of public service antedates the UP Charter of 2008, which declares UP as a “public service university.” The UP Charter of 2008 (RA 9500) mandates that UP as the national university shall “lead as a public service university by providing various forms of community, public and volunteer service, as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, the private sector, and civil society, while maintaining its standards of excellence.”

The impressively crafted stage at UPLB's Baker Hall reflects the CU's commitment to food security. (Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO)

Members of the UP Los Baños community packed the historic Charles Fuller Baker Hall on March 6, 2018 to celebrate its 109th Foundation Day. While the celebration was an opportunity to reflect on UPLB’s vital role in research in public service, it also served as a venue to honor the administrative, research and teaching personnel who distinguished themselves through excellent service.

So what’s a tall 26-year-old bachelor doing in the scenic but remote municipality of San Isidro, Bohol, a town of rice fields, banana and coconut groves, 32 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City?
Adrian Sampang is no stranger to the town’s 9,800 people, being the only doctor-to-the-barrio (DTTB) assigned in the community for the past eight months.

She always cleaned the fish her mother Amelia bought. It was a chore she loved doing. Little did the young Raquel Barros Del Rosario know she was preparing for a future as Dr. Raquel B. Del Rosario-Fortun, the first Filipino woman forensic pathologist.