UP must look at gaps, divides that require bridges

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Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Inquirer.net - By Erika Sauler

Dr. Tan affirmation

MANILA, Philippines—“To build and sustain the university that is 106 years old, we need to look at the gaps, the divides that require bridges,” University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan said during the affirmation rites held on Friday at the University Theater in Quezon City.

The UP Board of Regents affirmed Tan as the 10th chancellor of the Diliman campus in official rites held eight months after his appointment.

In his speech, Tan proposed to build bridges in seven areas: mind and body gap, academic silos, class divide, environment, constituent universities, the UP Integrated School and the UP Extension Program, and the outside world.

“We want to remain safe and smug in our Diliman Republic, but that means abdicating our duty to serve others,” said Tan who is also an Inquirer columnist. “UP cannot be a world unto itself. We have a responsibility as well to the world outside—to Quezon City, to the nation, to Asean, to the world.”

A medical anthropologist and former dean of the College of Social Sciences  and Philosophy, he urged a transdisciplinary approach to academics to  make the students, regardless of their major, appreciate their heritage natural resources.

Chinese boats harvest giant clams, corals

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Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Inquirer.net - By Nikko Dizon

BIG HAUL AT DISPUTED SHOAL Giant clams and corals, harvested from Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) off the coast of Zambales province, are stacked on the deck and hold of a Chinese ship (inset), as a small Chinese boat scrapes the coral reef bed. China and the Philippines both claim the shoal, which lies within the Philippine exclusive economic zone. INQSnap this page for more photos. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA  Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/99921/chinese-boats-harvest-giant-clams-corals#ixzz2xmFGWGxv  Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

BAJO DE MASINLOC, Zambales—In this uninhabited shoal, you see the most beautiful hues of green and blue in the waters of the West Philippine Sea. Glistening clear water defines the base of the rocks and reefs. At low tide, fishermen actually walk on them.

PDI columnist appointed UP chancellor

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Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Inquirer.net - By Julie M. Aurelio, Inquirer Research

An Inquirer columnist, Dr. Michael Tan, has been appointed chancellor of the University of the Philippines flagship campus in Diliman.

Tan, dean of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, was elected chancellor on Thursday at a meeting of the Board of Regents.

A medical anthropologist, the 61-year-old Tan won seven out of 10 votes while two other contenders got two and one.

The new chancellor will serve from March 1 this year to Feb. 28, 2017, the UP administration said in a statement.

The two other contenders for the position were incumbent Diliman chancellor Caesar Saloma, who got two votes, and Sylvia Claudio of the Center for Women's Studies, who got one vote.

Federalism in the Philippines: Does it Fit? Political Anthropologist Castro says "Yes, but..."

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Written by UP OrgASM - Organization of Area Studies Majors

It has been quite some time since some of Filipinos have been considering a federal system in governance. It stems from the fact that a unitary one suffers from the perennial problems in our society. Considering the regionalist mentality of many Filipinos,  Dr. Nestor Castro gave some apprehensions that the government's neglect of ethnic groups may lead to a problem with representation.