The UP Visayas (UPV) College of Management (CM) inaugurated its new building in the Iloilo City campus on August 14.
With a budget of P24 million, CM not only renovated the existing two-story structure but extended it to add more rooms and space to accommodate its growing population and expanded graduate program offerings.
Just last year, its Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning program, a joint undertaking between CM and the UP Diliman (UPD) School of Urban and Regional Planning, was elevated to a Master in Urban and Regional Planning program. The College has also been offering the Doctor of Public Administration program in partnership with the UPD National College of Public Administration and Governance since 2013.
Former UP president, Alfredo Pascual, who spoke at the event, was acknowledged by CM Dean Mary Ann Gumban as instrumental in the infrastructure development initiative by allocating the needed funds. In his message, Pascual emphasized how management was integral to any operation and when executed properly and with efficiency, could lead to the success of any organization.
“I believe that better facilities provide the enabling environment for our faculty to teach better, our students to learn better, and our staff to work better,” said UP President Danilo Concepcion. He highlighted the importance of keeping the campus physical environment clean, orderly, and well-maintained as it was a reflection on the people that occupy and use the facilities and grounds.
“Ating tandaan na ang mga lugar at bagay na napapabayaan ay nagpapakita ng kawalan ng kahalagahan nito sa ating mga gawain. Kung gayon, nakaaapekto rin ito sa pagpapahalaga natin sa ating trabaho at sa kung ano man ang nais nating makamtan.” (Let us remember that places and things that are not well kept show their lack of importance to our work. In that case, it affects how we value our work and whatever we want to achieve.)
Concepcion also directed UPV officials to inform him of their needs to ensure the proper maintenance of campus grounds, facilities, and equipment. Since it was his first time in UPV, he announced that he would be coming back to inspect campus units and offices, as he had done with UP Diliman.
Commission on Higher Education Commissioner J. Prospero De Vera III echoed Concepcion’s desire for a clean and well kept physical environment. Apart from his congratulations, De Vera encouraged not only UPV but the whole University to continue to enhance its engagements with other state and local universities and colleges to further strengthen Philippine higher education.
UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa welcomed Concepcion’s directive and in response to De Vera, said that UPV would, in fact, be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iloilo Science and Technology University after the inauguration. The MOU would formalize the partnership between both institutions in undertaking collaborative graduate research, instruction, training, and public service or extension programs.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who was represented by his brother Jay Victor Mabilog, also congratulated UPV, lauding its achievements and wishing for its continued success. He was confident that UPV would remain an influential and relevant institution in the development of the city and its citizens. The mayor is an alumnus of the UP High School in Iloilo and a former president of the UP Alumni Association-Iloilo. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)