CSSP Graduate Assembly Welcomes Graduate Students


The Office of the Graduate Program (OGP) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) held its annual Graduate Student Assembly on October 14, 2016 at the Health and Wellness Center of the Pavilion 1 building of Palma Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 in the evening. Every year, the Graduate Student Assembly aims to welcome the students of all the graduate programs of CSSP.  The assembly also provides guides and inspirational messages that may deem relevant to the graduate students throughout the course of their studies.

The event began with an opening message from Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD welcoming the graduate students to the college. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay also introduced the various members of the administrative team of CSSP to the audience of students. The dean also introduced the Chancellor of University of the Philippines, Dr. Michael L. Tan, who paid a surprise visit to the assembly. Chancellor Tan was invited to speak, and narrated stories about experiences of being a past graduate student and of teaching graduate courses in the social sciences.

After the dean’s welcoming remarks, the Associate Dean for Research and Publications, Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar, gave a short talk entitled “Honor and Excellence”. Dr. del Pilar emphasized the need and mandate of graduate students to uphold ethical research practices especially through the prohibition of plagiarism. These are all in line with the official motto of the university.

The third speaker was the coordinator of the OGP, Dr. Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval. Dr. Yasol-Naval delivered the general rules and guidelines of the graduate program. These policies include the regulations regarding enrolment, processes involved in the writing of thesis dissertations, pertinent deadlines concerning the student’s stay during the program, among others.

An intermission number then took place. The former dean of the College of Music, Dr. Ramon G. Acoymo, sang various classical compositions from the musical traditions of the West and of the Philippines. The singer and professor earned several standing ovations. Dr. Acoymo also interacted with the audience in between performances, producing more applauses.

A thirty-minute audio-visual program in the form of a video presentation was presented after the intermission number. This was prepared by the OGP to give a visual introduction of the college spaces, landmarks, and departments. The video also featured interviews from Dean Aguiling-Dalisay, Dr. Yasol-Naval, and the various chairpersons and graduate coordinators from every department in CSSP. The chairpersons and graduate coordinators, from the perspective of their respective departments, shared insights regarding their discipline’s contributions to society, information about the department’s history, and how their disciplines have assisted in the development of social sciences and philosophy. While the audio-visual program was being presented, the audience partook in a small ­salu-salo.

The assembly officially ended with the singing of the “UP Naming Mahal”. The over-all facilitators of the event were Mr. John Felip Biongan and the coordinator of the Office of Student Affairs, Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu.


Chancellor Michael L. Tan narrating experiences about graduate school in the social sciences

Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay welcoming the students to CSSP

Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar giving his talk on “Honor and Excellence”


Dr. Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval reminding the students of the graduate program’s policies


Dr. Ramon G. Acoymo serenading the audience

Graduate students having a discussion during the “salu-salo”


The Dean with Dr. Acoymo, the CSSP administrative team and staff, the graduate assembly committee, and student volunteers


Presentation on Seafarers International Research Center (SIRC) Cardiff University, UK

An information session about the programs, projects, and published researches of the Seafarers International Research Center was conducted last November 18, 2016, 11:30-01:00 PM at Palma Hall 207. This activity was initiated by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in coordination with Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. 

The information session was part of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Philippines and Cardiff University. Professor Helen Sampson, Director of the SIRC served as the resource person. Aside from the programs, project, and published researches, Prof. Sampson also talked about the website of SIRC (www.sirc.cf.ac.uk) which can be a good resource for researchers. She also mentioned stories about their alumni who are now successful in their various fields such as the academe, law, and maritime industry. She encouraged the participants to explore fellowship and scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their graduate studies in Cardiff University. 

The information session was attended by students and faculty from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Dr. Nelson Turgo, a research associate of SIRC and also a former faculty of the College of Arts and Letters was also present during the presentation on SIRC.

Some of the questions that the participants asked the speaker during the open forum were about possible research collaborations between SIRC and UP, impacts of the SIRC researches to existing international laws, possible research topics on seafarers that Philosophy scholars/researches may work on, and the impact of the Brexit to SIRC. 

The speaker also shared about her book, “International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century”. The book may be an important resource for researchers, especially in the field of social sciences, who are interested in the method of ethnography.




CSSP Dean as Keynote Speaker in the First Colleges and University Public Service Conference

The Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, served as keynote speaker in the First Colleges and University Public Service Conference (CUPSCon1) held on 26-27 November 2015 at the University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Laguna. An advocate of public service, and the woman behind Pahinungod, Dean Aguiling- Dalisay shared information on the state of public service in the UP and other universities in the country. She also shared actual experiences and struggles of mainstreaming extension work.
Representatives from the CSSP Office of Service-Learning, Outreach-Pahinungod (Mr. Vonn Golfo) with Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs Herman Joseph S. Kraft, the CSSP National Service and Training Program (NSTP Coordinator Arlyn P. Macapinlac and Prof. Engelbert Prim) with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ma. Theresa T. Payongayong, and the Department of Geography (Department Chair Daniel Mabazza, who presented his paper together with Mr. Kevin Vega) also attended the two-day conference.
The CUPSCon1 brought together higher education institutions (HEIs) who are engaged in community and public service. It enabled HEIs to share their experiences in implementing policies or projects that benefit sectors outside their respective college/university community especially in government, the private sector especially the small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), civil society including non-government and people’s organizations, marginalized/underserved communities, and the general public.
The conference was supported by the Office of the President of the University of the Philippines, the Office of the Dean of UP Cebu, the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs of UP and organized through the cooperation of UP Cebu Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod, UP Visayas Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod, UP Open University Information Office, UP Mindanao Office of Extension and Community Services and the University of the Philippines Padayon Public Service Office.


The 23rd Pahinungod Inception Anniversary Fun Run

On September 25, 2016, the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman joined in the annual fun run of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod of UP Manila in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Pahinungod program within the UP system. The fun run took place at the academic oval of the UP Diliman campus with the gun start beginning at 6:00 in the morning. UP Manila Pahinungod regularly celebrates their anniversaries with the aim of gathering past and present Pahinungod volunteers of the UP system in a reunion-themed event.

It will be recalled that in September 1993, a Committee on Volunteer Service was formed to study the proposed idea of a volunteer service program which gathers system-wide human resources to public service. This eventually paved the way for the formal launching of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod or Oblation Corps on February 28, 1994. Every year thereafter, Pahinungod has marked the month of September for the celebration of its founding anniversary. Even after the dissolution of the program in the UP System, campuses like UP Manila, UP Los Baños, and UP Visayas, which continued with their respective Pahinungod programs, still observe the program’s anniversary every September.

With the recent creation of a college-based Service-Learning, Outreach-Pahinungod (SLO-Pahinungod), CSSP is continually reaching out to the various Pahinungod programs of the UP system especially through the participation of Pahinungod events such as the annual fun run. Members of the CSSP administrative team who attended the event include Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD; Associate Dean for Research and Publication, Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar; and the coordinator of the Office of the SLO-Pahinungod, Asst. Prof. Francisco Rosario, Jr. Also present in the event were delegates from UPLB Pahinungod. After the run, the volunteers proceeded to the Executive House where they feasted on a generous breakfast sponsored by UP President, Alfredo E. Pascual.


2015 Kumperensiya ng Kaguruan: Pasundayag Tungo sa Haraya 2020

Matagumpay na idinaos ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya ang Kumperensya ng Kaguruan 2015 na may temang Pasundayag Tungo sa Haraya 2020. Ginanap ito noong ika-23-24 ng Hulyo 2015 sa Holiday Inn Clark Pampanga. Pinangunahan ito ni Dekano Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay kasama ang mga panauhing tagapagsalita na sina Prop. Carolina Hernandez, Prop. Ponciano Bennagen, Prop. Josefina Natividad, Prop. Ricardo Jose, Prop. Ma. Luisa Camagay, Bise-Tsanselor Nestor Castro, at Tsanselor Michael Tan.

Sa pagsisimula ng Taong Pang-akademiko 2014-2015, nagbahagi ng mga gawain, proyekto, at planong aksyon ang iba’t ibang komite at sentro ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya (KAPP) sa aktibidad na “Pasundayag 2014.” Sinundan ito ng inisyal na ulat at update ng mga komite matapos ang unang semestre. Nagpatuloy ang pagkilos ng mga komite at sentro sa ikalawang semestre.

Isang taon matapos ang Pasundayag 2014, idinaos ang Kumperensya ng Kaguruan upang higit na patatagin ang kolehiyo sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalitaw (pasundayag) ng mga kakayanan nito sa larangan ng agham panlipunan at pilosopiya; pagtampok ng mga nasabing kakayanan bilang bahagi ng pambansang unibersidad at pagsasakatuparan ng Haraya 2020 (Vision 2020).

Tumagal ng dalawang araw ang kumperensya mula Hulyo 23 hanggang Hulyo 24. Iginugol ang unang araw sa pagbabahagi ng papel ng walong tagapagsalita. Hinati sa dalawang sesyong plenaryo, isa sa umaga at isa sa hapon, ang unang araw. Naglaan din ng panahon para sa malayang talakayan matapos ang bawat sesyong plenaryo.

Iginugol naman ang ikalawang araw para sa mga pangkatang palihan upang matalakay ang mga narinig na lektura sa unang araw at isaisip ito sa pag-uusap kaugnay ng pagsasakatuparan ng Haraya 2020. Ibinahagi ang mga napag-usapan ng mga pangkat sa huling sesyon ng ikalawang araw. Sa kabuuan, 84 katao ang dumalo sa kumperensya.


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