The UP Visayas College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (UPV-CFOS) has officially started the First Semester of the Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023 with the Opening Exercises held online via Zoom, Facebook lives streaming, and in-person at the AV Hall, CFOS, UPV Miagao campus last September 5, 2022.
Batch 2022 will be studying remotely, while the upperclassmen will have a blended mode of learning. The College held a consultation with its students on the conduct of classes for the BS Fisheries program last July 7, 2022, to present the different learning and teaching modes that will be implemented this academic year.
With the theme, “Padayon sa Gihapon,” the activity welcomed around 60 freshies and 209 continuing undergraduate students who are enrolled in the BS Fisheries program in the current academic year. There are 48 registered graduate students taking up MS in Fisheries (Aquaculture, Fisheries Biology, and Fish Processing Technology).
CFOS dean Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap and UPV Chancellor Clement C. Camposano addressed the new and returning students.
In their messages, Yap and Camposano underscored the importance of UP’s guiding principles, which are honor and excellence. Yap told the students that they must always think and consider the values of honor and excellence in everything that they do.
“Here in CFOS, we always make sure that we do things based on the values of honor and excellence, which are always geared towards not only for the service to the College and the University but also for the service of the fisheries industry and the Filipino people,” the Dean said.
Sharing his thoughts on what lies ahead with the recent mode of teaching and learning that resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, Chancellor Camposano advised the students to welcome change with a great deal of openness.
“We’re in a situation where we have to move forward and embrace change not because we don’t have any choice but because we believe that if we do this properly in a way where we master the courage and the confidence, we will benefit from it,” he said.
In addition to UP’s value of honor and excellence, Camposano emphasized the essence of service – service to humanity, service to the country, and service to the community.
The new students had a virtual tour of various CFOS facilities and were introduced to the four institutes, offices, faculty and staff, student organizations, research, public service, and e-Project activities of the College.
Dean Yap presented the vision, mission, core values, quality policy, and history, including the future plans of CFOS.
Ms. Julie Ann Claire Nique, a fourth-year BS Fisheries student, gave some suggestions and shared her experiences at the University.
Ms. Leaianne Cel Cordova spoke on behalf of her fellow freshies.
After the Opening Exercises was the Pagpasidungog, a CFOS recognition program, to honor undergraduate honorific scholars in the last three semesters.
Assisted by Ms. JosieLou Chan, CFOS Student Relations Officer, Assoc. Prof. Liah C. Catedrilla, College Secretary, led the distribution of the Certificates of Recognition to the academic awardees for the Second Semester of AY 2020-2021 and the First and Second Semesters of AY 2021-2022. (Ms. Lenilyn B. Gallos, CFOS)