CSSP-Workshop on Integrating Service-Learning (CSSP-WISe)

Academic Service-Learning (ASL) aims to integrate teaching, research and extension by engaging students in community-work, while also highlighting the applications of their subject matter and potentially generating knowledge on the outcomes for both the community and university. Some members of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) have begun using this approach in their respective classes, albeit independently, and have observed benefits for both students and the communities served. To further enhance Service-Learning in the CSSP, a whole day workshop entitled “CSSP-Workshop on Integrating Service-Learning (CSSP-WISe)” was held on April 25, 2016 at PH 207 to extend this pedagogical approach to more faculty members of the college and create a holistic program that simultaneously enriches our teaching, research and extension work. This workshop was initiated by Office of Service-Learning and Outreach-Pahinungod (OSLO-Pahinungod) under the direction of the Office of the Dean of the CSSP.

Twenty-seven (27) faculty members from the different departments of the College attended the workshop. They were welcomed to the workshop by Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, Dean of CSSP. Dr. Aguiling-Dalisay further emphasized the importance of the workshop in achieving the CSSP Vision 2020 and that is to become “a vibrant community of faculty, research and extension personnel, students, staff, and alumni who proactively contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and are engaged with global issues and concerns.” Several speakers shared their experiences to their fellow faculty members of the college. Prof. Jay Yacat of the Psychology Department gave an orientation of what service-learning is and how it is done in an academic institution. Meanwhile, Profs. Bernard Caslib and Emmanuel Garcia, of the Departments of Philosophy and of Geography, respectively, shared how service-learning is done in their respective classes. It was followed by a sharing of Prof. Danielle Ochoa of the Psychology Department on the advantages of employing SL in research, teaching, and extension. Prof. Victor Obedecin of College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) discussed some of the procedures and ethics that should be observed when engaging with the community. The lectures and sharing of experiences were followed by a brainstorming on how to integrate ASL in the faculty or department’s respective disciplines and courses. Dr. Jake Rom Cadag, the current coordinator of OSLO-Pahinungod, then discussed the roles of the office in the promotion of SL in the college. Culminating in the respective departments’ analyses of strengths, needs, opportunities, and challenges in implementing ASL, the workshop was successfully implemented. And to ensure that ASL will be integrated in the faculty’s syllabus or teaching methodology, a follow-up workshop will be conducted in June 2016. 



Dr. Jorge Tigno: NRCP Achievement Awardee

Dr. Jorge V. Tigno, professor and the current chairperson of the Department of Political Science, was among the thirteen Filipino researchers/scientists who received the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Achievement Award during the NRCP Annual Scientific Conference and 83rd General Membership Assembly held last March 16, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The NRCP was formed pursuant to Republic Act 4120, an act creating a national research council of the Philippine islands for the promotion of research work along scientific lines. This organization aims to promote and support basic research for the continuing improvement of the research capability of individual or group scientists, as well as foster linkages with local and international scientific organizations for enhanced cooperation in the development and sharing of scientific information.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards are given annually to active NRCP members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective scientific fields.

Dr. Jorge V. Tigno was honored for his pioneering and continuous contribution in research related to the international migration of Filipinos, and his researches have been published in both local and international journals. Dr. Tigno was also recognized for being a conscientious and active professor who has mentored other researchers in the field of social sciences. Moreover, he had served and helped strengthen several professional organizations in the following capacities: as the NRCP Social Sciences Chair (2008-2010), and as elected President (2003-2005) of the Philippine Political Science Association or PPSA.

Dr. Tigno is a Regular Member of the NRCP Division of Social Sciences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Source: NRCP website and WikiPilipinas



“Meet, Greet, and Pick” Book Fair 2016

Written By: Darius L. Martinez

A week-long celebration for the love of reading is happening now at the main lobby of Palma Hall building inside UP Diliman. Dubbed as “Meet, Greet, and Pick” Book Fair 2016 is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Associate Dean for Research & Publication (OADRP) of the UP CSSP and the Social Science Division (SSD) of the UP Main Library. The book fair commenced last Monday, April 11, and will conclude this Friday, April 15.

According to Assoc. Dean Josefina Natividad of the OADRP, “The Book Fair 2016 project with Mr. Rhoel Rondilla, Head Librarian of the SSD, aims primarily to bring closer to the academic community such as UP Diliman book fairs usually held in malls like SM Mega Mall.” And because Palma Hall is the heart of the university, it is the perfect venue for bookworms to meet, greet, and pick from a variety of literature collections and academic readings. Latest publications both here and abroad are being showcased all under one roof.

Assoc. Dean Natividad explains further that faculty members of the university can 1) purchase books for their personal or academic use; and 2) recommend references and academic materials to the UP Main Library. The library of the university, on the other hand, will purchase any recommendations subject to approval. Also in the light of the recent fire incident that gutted the historic Faculty Center, CSSP and CAL faculty members hopefully find at the book fair references or any academic reading materials which they can use for their classes or for the rebuilding of their personal and/or academic information data bank.

For a fee of P2500, the following have gathered to support the event— ForeFront Book Company, Inc; Golden Movers Service, Inc.; Fast Books Educational Supplier, Inc.; Libtech Source Philippines, Inc; Emerald Group Publishing Limited; New Century Books; Linar Educational Materials, Inc; and Mega Texts Phil., Inc.

The Research & Publication and the Diliman Review, both publication offices of CSSP, participated in the event as well.


From left to right: The OADRP team Ms. Angie Varela, Associate Dean Josefina Natividad & Ms. Peye Raña

Mr. Darius Martinez from Diliman Review


Second CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference Attracts 48 Presenters

The conference attendees at the lobby of Lagmay Hall. Seated are Dr. del Pilar, Dean Dalisay, and Psychology Department Chair Dr. Lynna Marie Sycip.

The second edition of the CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference was held at Palma Hall and Lagmay Hall last March 11 and 12, 2016, with Dr. Leslie Bauzon and Dr. Percival Almoro, leading figures in the social and natural sciences in the Philippines, as plenary speakers.  Dr. Bauzon was the first to hold the deanship of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (1983-1989), and is currently the chair of Division of Social Sciences of the Natural Research Council of the Philippines.  Dr. Almoro is Professor of Physics at the National Institute of Physics, and holds the rank of Scientist I in the UP Scientific Productivity System.  Dr. Bauzon spoke about the necessity of studying the historical dimension of current social problems in order to arrive at more viable solutions.  Dr. Almoro shared best practices in mentoring culled from the experience of faculty and students at the National Institute of Physics.  According to him, scientific productivity is increased when mentoring is takes place within a group setting.  The next day, 48 presentations were made in eighteen sessions distributed throughout the day.  The plenary session was held at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in Palma Hall, while the parallel sessions were held at Lagmay Hall (formerly Palma Hall Annex), which houses the Department of Psychology.  Over a hundred students attended the two-day affair.  Dr. Gregorio E. H. del Pilar, Coordinator of the Graduate Program chaired the Organizing Committee, with Ma.  Corinna Escartin,  a second year MA Sociology student as Co-Chair.  Dr. Josefina Natividad, Associate Dean for Research and Publications, was Chair of the Scientific Committee.  After successfully holding the conference at the Department of Psychology building, there are plans to hold the third conference next year at the Population Institute, and the fourth conference in 2018 at the Department of Philosophy’s new locale at the Second Pavilion of Palma Hall.       

The plenary speakers pose at the entrance of Guerrero Theater. L-R: Dr. Gregorio E. H. del Pilar, Dr. Josefina N. Natividad, Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, Dr. Leslie Bauzon, and Dr. Percival Almoro

The graduate students volunteers in the Organizing Committee pose with Sociology graduate students volunteers: From fourth from left: Regine Carmelli Reyes, Ma. Corinna Escartin (Organizing Committee Co-Chair), Racine Maniego, Joefer Maninang, Felip Biongan.




CSSP faculty database launched

The CSSP Faculty Information Online (CSSP FIO), an online faculty database project, was launched on February 16 at the Palma Hall Main Lobby as part of the opening program for the 2016 CSSP Week celebration.

Dr. Perseville U. Mendoza, the CSSP Computer Laboratory Coordinator, gave a brief history and an overview of the faculty database project, which can be traced back to 2003.  He then showed how to access the actual webpage via the CSSP website homepage (web.kssp.upd.edu.ph).

The CSSP FIO initial search features include faculty listing by department, listing by academic rank, and listing by the first letter of faculty last name or searching by any part of the faculty name. Most especially, the database can be searched according to expertise or specialization, which is particularly helpful to those who are seeking experts and scholars whom they might need for consultations and interviews. The CSSP FIO page displays the recent research projects and publications of the CSSP faculty. It also displays recent awards, grants, scholarships, and other several distinctions received by the CSSP faculty.

All faculty members have an account in the CSSP FIO. The database allows the individual faculty to manage their own information, from encoding to updating their own data. It also has a security feature that gives the faculty control over what to display in public, and which information to remain confidential.

In addition to the plain listing of search results, faculty names may be “clickable”, if set or allowed by the individual faculty. This means that the names become links that, upon clicking, will direct the search to the individual web pages.

Technically, the CSSP FIO as a database application is just in its initial beta version. Being in its infancy, feedback not only from the individual faculty users, but also from the general website visitors is most welcome. Please email your remarks, comments, and/or suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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