CSSP holds annual faculty conference

Eighty-six (86) members of the faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) - University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) gathered during the Faculty Planning Conference held on 10-12 June 2016, in Baguio City. With the theme, “KKK: Kumperensya ng Kaguruan tungkol sa K-12,” the conference aimed to lay out concrete plans of action at the College and Department levels in the coming academic years when the peak of the K-12 program will be felt in the different aspects of University operations.

The three-day conference commenced with the welcome remarks of Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. In her speech, she looked back on the past faculty conference, where the CSSP Vision 2020 was formed and strategies in attaining the goals were devised. This year’s conference served to address pressing national issues that concern the implementation of the K-12 program and how the College would respond to the transition years when UPD would accept Senior High School graduates for the first time.

The first plenary titled, “Present Scenario,” immediately followed after Dean Aguiling-Dalisay’s welcom remarks. This involved a presentation on CHED K-12 Transition Program and DepEd qualification standards for academic and core subject teachers delivered by Associate Dean for Research and Publications Dr. Josefina Natividad and a panel discussion focusing on the CSSP involvement in the K-12. The panel was composed of Department of Sociology Chair Dr. Manuel Victor Sapitula, Dr. Ma. Ela Atienza of the Department of Political Science, and former Deans of CSSP Dr. Zosimo Lee and Dr. Elizabeth Ventura.

The second plenary tackled student admissions, course demand and teaching load. This included a short presentation of data from the Departments regarding the prospective number of enrollees, students to be admitted, courses to be offered, and activities of the faculty such as research, teaching, and extension service.

The first and second workshops focusing on Department plans and College plans, respectively, in light of the upcoming transition years were also conducted. All sessions and workshops proceeded to an open forum where the delegates gave suggestions and comments, and posed clarificatory questions regarding the presentations.

Over the past years, the CSSP has regularly conducted annual faculty conferences to discuss issues that concern the College as well as provide a suitable venue for interaction and possible collaboration for the members of the faculty. Last year’s faculty conference was held in Clark, Pampanga, with the theme, “Pasundayag Tungo sa Haraya 2020.”





On Being Well: Opening Up My Unique Potential

The UP Department of Psychology and Office of Service-Learning and Outreach-Pahinungod (OSLO-Pahinungod) in collaboration with The CSSP-Wellness Center, UPDDP Wellness Committee, and the UPD-Office of Counseling and Guidance conducted a workshop entitled “On Being Well: Opening Up My Unique Potential.” This workshop was held on May 16, 2016 and was facilitated by Dr. Les Spencer, an Australian psychotherapist with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from James Cook University.  Dr. Spencer is known for his ability to weave into his practice of therapy insights from research and travels, exploring healing ways of SE Asia Australasia Oceania and observing Indigenous Psychologies in Action. More specifically, the workshop sets up capacities for:

  1. Opening up our unique potential
  2. Enhancing sensory acuity in engaging with others
  3. Developing heightened sensory perception
  4. Experiencing heightened wellbeing
  5. Having good work and social life balance
  6. Acquiring tools on self-care and caring for others
  7. Appreciating personal thriving as a means to satisfying and successful relationships/work engagements
  8. Being a Superb Role-Model  on Self Care for myself and peers

Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, Dean of CSSP, welcomed the participants of the workshop and talked about the importance of ensuring our wellbeing for us to be able to perform our roles as public servants and volunteers. With Twenty-six (26) people attending, Dr. Spencer discussed, in a whole-day workshop, how to become a channel of a happier and healthier community by being first the happy and healthy “you.” Through various activities on self-awareness, participants were taught to connect with themselves—with their body and mind—with a view of actualizing their potentials. Various tools were also introduced on how we can help ourselves while helping others as well. The workshop hopes to have developed among the participants a positive outlook on seeing themselves and seeing others. Many stories based on actual experiences of the lecturer were also shared by Dr. Spencer. Some of the faculty members and staff of the Department of Psychology and  OSLO-Pahinungod including Dr. Violeta Bautista, Dr. Lynna-Marie Sycip, Dr. Anna Daisy Carlota, Ms. Divine Love Salvador, Dr. Jake Rom Cadag and Mr. Vonn Golfo assisted Dr. Spencer in the conduct of the whole-day workshop.


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


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