The UP Charter of 2008 (RA 9500) mandates that UP as the national university shall 1) “lead as a public service university by providing various forms of community, public and volunteer service, as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, the private sector, and civil society, while maintaining its standards of excellence; 2) “harness the expertise of the members of its community and other individuals who regularly study the state of the nation in relation to its quest for national development in the primary area of politics and economics, among others identify key concerns and give advice and recommendations to Congress and the President of the Philippines,” and 3) “serve the Filipino nation and humanity” and “relate its activities to the needs of the Filipino people and their aspirations for social progress and transformation”.
The “public service” role of the University of the Philippines is being undertaken by the constituent universities (CUs), individual colleges in each CU, and specialized institutes and offices at the UP CU and UP System level through extension programs, volunteer programs such as Pahinungod, specialized studies and technical assistance undertaken as part of research activities or contracted services, or individual consultancy services by faculty members to the executive branch, judiciary, or Congress.
As a system however, UP’s “public service” role is not institutionally projected or disseminated to the difference “publics”. As UP President Alfredo E. Pascual noted in his investiture speech – “much of our accomplishments, champions and experts are not recognized even among ourselves, the general public, and the world.”
One major reason for the failure to institutionally project the University’s public service role is the fact that there is no office in the current administrative structure of the UP system tasked to perform this function. While the over-all responsibility falls within the functions of the Vice-President for Public Affairs, the two offices under his jurisdiction deal with information management (System Information Office) and alumni relations (Office of the Alumni Relations). There is clearly a need to create a Public Service Office at the UP System level toa ddress this problem.
THE PADAYON UP PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICE
The Office of the Unievrsity President, with the approval of the Board of Regents, shall establish a public service office to be called Padayon UP (The UP Public Service Office) that shall principally coordinate and mobilize the resources of the University to respond promptly and efficiently to the demands of public service and develop relevant networking and support from the different “publics” of the University.
The Padayon UP shall:
- Coordinate and monitor all public service modalities and volunteer programs throughout the UP System, help document the various public service activities of the University, and in cooperation with the UP Systme Information Office, disseminate these activities, programs and information to the UP community, other universities, policy makers, local governments, and the general public;
- Assist CU’s in initiating, implementing and evaluating public service initiatives toward developing a relevant, strategic, sustainable and systematic public service program consistent with the mandate of RA 9500 and promotion of One UP;
- Review the conduct of public service activities and programs and recommend to the President policies to ensure system-wide replication of successful programs, fund innovative activities, and create an award system for individuals and programs that increase institutional visibility for UP consistent with the promotion of One UP; and
- Transmit to appropriate agencies for timely legislative, executive, or private section action such policy studies emanating from UP CUs, research units, extension projects, including those generated from evaluation and impact assessments of public service projects.
The Padayon UP Public Service Office is the UP President’s action on the resolution of the 2009 Faculty Conference stating that UP must be both a research university and a public service university, with the present crises in the Philippines as a frame of reference for its public service activities.
The 2009 Faculty conference specifically recommended the establishment of a system-wide organization to coordinate public service and even allocate from 2% to 10% of UP’s income to its public service program. To this end, the UP Padayon Public Service Office shall develop a strategic public service framework and a system for designing, linking, and sustaining public service programs that are relevant, pragmatic, strategic, timely and pioneering.
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Flagship Programs and Projects
Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference
The First Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCon1) was the inaugural two-day conference on higher education public service which was organized by UP. Held last 16-17 November 2015 in UP Cebu and 26-27 November 2015 in UP Open University, it was attended by 229 participants coming from 74 Philippine Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) nationwide. With the theme “From the Ivory Tower to the Communities”, CUPSCon sought to bridge the gap between the academic and social responsibilities of PHEIs. The conference brought together PHEIs engaged in public service across different disciplines to share their experiences.
Partido State University Partnership
The University of the Philippines (UP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ParSU on 16 July 2015 that will remain in effect until August 2020. Under this MOU, UP will assist ParSU, a state university in the 4th District of Camarines Sur, to enhance its capacities and help it better achieve its mandate to “provide advanced instruction and training in the arts, philosophy, sciences, technology and other graduate and professional courses”.
UP sa Halalan 2016
The UP sa Halalan 2016 website is a project of the University of the Philippines System which aims to promote clean, honest and empowering elections in May 2016. This website is part of the UP sa Halalan 2016 Project involving various constituent units of the university in Diliman, Quezon City; Los Baños, Laguna; Manila (including the Schools of Health Sciences in Baler, Aurora, Palo, Leyte and Koronadal, South Cotabato; the Visayas (Iloilo City, Miagao and Tacloban City); Open University (in Los Baños, Laguna), Mindanao (in Mintal, Davao City); Baguio; and Cebu. The project is also undertaken by a team under the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs through the UP Padayon Public Service Office, and in collaboration with the ABS-CBN Corporation and GMA Network.
ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program 2016
The ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) was developed and implemented by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia – UKM), under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In its fourth year, the Program focused on the thematic area of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It was hosted by The University of the Philippines in partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University last August 1-26 2016 and was participated by fifty (50) youth volunteers and twenty (20) facilitators, staff, and lecturers from all over Southeast Asia.
3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference
The 3rd AsiaEngage Regional conference was hosted by the University of the Philippines together with Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University last November 21-23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. The conference had the theme, “Universities in an Integrating Regional Community: Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries, and Civil Society”. It aimed to highlight the momentous role of the universities in establishing the economic, politico-security and socio-cultural pillars of the ASEAN community. The conference was divided into four subthemes: University-Industry engagement, University-Communities engagement, University-Government engagement and University-Civil society engagement. The said themes aim to highlight Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Environment, Social Enterprise and Community Development, Health, Education, Youth & Under-served Communities, Information and Communication Technology as well as Heritage and Cultural Conservation.
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Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR)
You may access the OPCR for Padayon Public Service Office from July to December 2016 by clicking this link: UP Padayon OPCR II – 2016.