A total of twenty-one student and faculty volunteers joined the Immersion Service Mission 2013 last October 25 to November 4.
The immersion sites were Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan; Brgy. Sipa, Padre Burgos, Quezon; and Sagada, Mountain Province. The program aims to expose the volunteers to real-life situations and at the same time, expected to learn from it and later serve the community.
Majority of the activities in Brgy. Sipa were directed towards teaching the children. On one hand, documentation of the community’s life history was assigned to the immersionists in Calauit. Immersionists in Sagada were introduced to organic farming and familiarization of small-scale mining activities.
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”.
The UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod conducted a forum titled, “Volunteerism in History and Contemporary Social Issues,” on Sept. 27 at the NCAS Auditorium as part of its celebration of 20th inception anniversary.
The forum featured talks on volunteerism in different contexts. Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, former Pahinungod System director and current chair of the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in UP Diliman, spoke about the history of Pahinungod in her lecture titled, “Volunteerism in UP: The Ugnayan ng Pahinungod in Retrospect”.
According to her, the term ‘pahinungod’ was suggested by a Surigao Mayor who attended the meeting when the UP volunteer program was being conceptualized. She said that ‘pahinungod’ is a Visayan term usually used in mass, describing how Christ offered himself as savior of humanity. The oblation is the university’s symbol of offering one’s self, and with this similarity came the birth of the name, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod.
Dr. Aguiling-Dalisay also talked about the continuous efforts of the institution in reaching its objectives from 20 years back until now. The institution’s objectives include sharing the university’s discoveries with others, learning from people outside the university, and building human character through its values education program. She said that volunteerism has become an instrument of UP in its goal of molding responsible future leaders of the country.