by Anna Razel L. Ramirez
taken from the University of the Philippines Visayas website
UP Visayas, represented by its Chancellor, Dr. Rommel A. Espinosa entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for Institutional Cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region VI, represented by its Regional Director, Dr. Minda Brigolo on April 24, 2012 at the UPV Iloilo City campus.
The MOU stipulated that both parties will agree on the following:
1. To collaborate in undertaking programs, projects, and other related activities whenever and wherever feasible opportunities present themselves;
2. To collaborate on short-term training of qualified personnel from DSWD Region VI;
3. To exchange materials, publications, information and methodology but in consonance with the Intellectual Property Rights Law and Techno logy Transfer Act;
4. To execute separate agreements in writing for any particular undertaking jointly implemented, wherein sharing of responsibilities shall be specified.
In his message, Chancellor Espinosa underscored that this initial partnership will enhance training and research of both institutions. “It is an organic match – given UPV’s thrust on public service and DSWD’s efforts at bringing academic expertise in the way it conducts its key business.”
DSWD’s empirical data and guaranteed access to remote communities in the region and UPV’s expertise from its faculty researchers with advanced degrees and years of practice in community immersion and theoretical grounding is complementary and beneficial for both institutions as they serve as front liners in the in the country’s community development efforts. “With solid theory, rich data and dedicated commitment to scientific research, DSWD with UPV’s help can be instrumental in the formulation and implementation of sound public policies that matter to the community,” Espinosa added.
Director Rigoli for her part revealed the DSWD right now is going through reforms especially in their delivery of service and looks forward to this collaboration. “Share our data and you use your expertise… this is a rich ground to marry our efforts to make things happen.”
Also present during the MOU signing were Ms. Delia Bagolcol, DSWD – VI Technical Assistance Division Chief; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emilia Yap, CAS Dean Ma. Luisa Mabunay, Division of Social Sciences Chairperson, Dr. Rosalie Hall, UPV faculty and staff, and staff members from DSWD.