22 years of service Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
22 years of service Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
22 years of service Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
Walking across rice fields at Padre Burgos, Quezon Province.
Senior volunteers in action.
Review for College Entrance Test and Career Orientation (RECET) at Cabanatuan Nueva Ecija.
Prof. Lubuguin teaching English at Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.
Flying paper airplanes with FEU volunteers at Bitin elementary school.
Storytelling with props at Bangyas Elementary School.
Immersion Program: Mayoyao, Ifugao in partnership with UP Manila Pahinungod.

UPLB Pahinungod celebrates its 20th Inception Anniversary

LOS BANOS, Laguna, Oct. 10 (UPLB) – “UP has not lost its soul, the Pahinungod has proven so.” These were the words of the former UP President Emil Javier as he received his award as Emeritus of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod.

To celebrate the 20th Inception Anniversary of the UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod with the theme “Honoring Heritage, Building Legacies”, the university volunteer service program held a recognition ceremony titled, “Icons and Inspirations: A Homage to 20 Outstanding Personalities and Institutions in UPLB Pahinungod’s History” on Sept. 27 at the Makiling Ballroom Hall in Student Union Building, UPLB.

UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Director Katrina Ross Tan said that it is important to celebrate the 20 years of inception of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod/ Oblation Corps. She mentioned that only UPLB and UP Manila have retained the volunteer service program after the Pahinungod System Office was abolished in 2001.

“In one of our meetings with the staff and volunteers,” Tan said, “we have come up to an idea of giving recognition to 20 personalities and institutions that became our partners in the last two decades”.

She said that at first it became a challenge to choose whom they will give recognitions. Four categories were conceptualized: Emeritus, Fellows, Luminaries and Communities. This is to recognize personalities and institutions that became their partners and have lived the spirit of volunteerism throughout their constant interaction.

The Emeritus are the people who served as the founders and leaders of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod. They are Dr. Emil Q.  Javier, the 17th UP President in 1994 and led the cause of volunteerism to the UP system; Dr. Ledevina Cariño, the first system director of the UP Pahinungod; Dr. Ma. Luisa C. Doronila, UP Vice President for Public Affairs in 1994 and the one who led the trainings of the first Pahinungod staff and volunteers; Dr. Roger Cuyno, the first UP Mindanao Chancellor and founded the Uganayan ng Pahinungod there; and Prof. Severino E. Quevas, the first director of the UPLB volunteer program.

The Fellows are the individuals and institutions that became pro-active partners of the program. They are the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Geothermal Production Corp. Inc, Municipal LGU of Libon, Albay and Ms. Debbie Glynn- Manangkil.

The Luminaries are the people who have served as volunteers and staff of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod and are continuously doing volunteer works even after their affiliation with the office. These individuals are: Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, Dr. Mario S. Devilla, Prof. Romel A. Daya, Ms. Annaliza Petilla-Gonzales and Ms. Ma. Lourie C. Victor.

The Communities are farmer cooperatives, women groups, organizations, and local government units that served as long-standing partners of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod. These are: Brgy. Sipa, Padre Burgos, Quezon; Nabunturan, Compostella Valley; Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan; Province of Oriental Mindoro; and Brgy. Ilog, Infanta , Quezon.

Tan said that the event is the first step in institutionalizing volunteer recognition in the university. This is to give face to the volunteers who are continuously rendering service without expecting something in return.

Tracing the History

Has UP lost its soul?

This was the question that directly criticized the University and that led to the inception of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod back in September 1993 and later its institution in February 1994. In the critical study on Knowledge, Attitude and Values conducted by Dr. Ma. Luisa C. Doronilla and Dr.Ledevina Cariño in 1992, it was found out that leadership, work ethic and academic excellence are the values that UP students and faculty members considered important, holding the social responsibility at the bottom of the list.

Led by the UP President Emil S. Javier that time, the UP administration responded “No” to the question while establishing the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod/ Oblation Corps throughout the UP system. It aimed to extend the students’ responsibility beyond the four corners of the classroom by engaging them in volunteer work to the underserved communities.

Today the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod/ Oblation Corps is under the supervision of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The volunteer service program aspires to perform its role in contributing to the holistic education of UPLB students. As Tan said, “its mandate is to give the students an avenue to develop their values while enriching their intellect.”

The volunteer service program conducts regular community services, deploying its volunteers to underserved communities. These community service programs are: Technical Assistance Program, Affirmative Action Program, Youth and Women Development Program, Education and Literacy Program, and Immersion-Mission Program.


A Call for Volunteers

“It is important that this early, [UP] students should have the idea of service to others, setting this value on the top of the hierarchy,” Dr. Javier said during the awarding ceremony.

He said that volunteerism is recognized as a proper function of the university. Being volunteers, the students are able to develop their values making them ready to serve the society after they graduate.

Tan said that as the UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod celebrates its 20th inception anniversary, the volunteer service program is in the process of strengthening its programs and publicity to encourage students to become volunteers and fulfil their social responsibility as iskolar ng bayan. (MRManlangit/College of DevCom, UPLB)

Bahay ng Pahinungod

University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna 4031, Philippines
Tel. No. (049) 536-0505
Email: pahinungod@uplb.edu.ph