University of the Philippines Los Baños


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension held a forum on public service on Thursday,  12 March. The forum gathered participants from UPLB colleges and offices with the goal of defining public service in the context of UPLB extension initiatives and proposing a public service framework that would integrate UPLB’s instruction, research, and extension efforts toward fulfilling UPLB’s mandate to lead as a public service university.

Public service is one of the functions of the University. RA 9500 or the UP Charter provides that it should 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.

Chancellor Fernando Sanchez delivered an inspirational message, in which he said that the noble calling of public service must be upheld in order to achieve UPLB’s goal of becoming a globally competitive graduate and research university. “It has often been said that the noblest way to live one’s life is to live it in service to others. And as constituents of the University of the Philippines, we know this to be true and we will continue to uphold this noble calling as we strive to reach our goal of becoming instrumental in leading in the development of our country,” said Chancellor Sanchez.

He also reminded the participants that, “in planning for UPLB’s future, and in everything that you do, always keep a cool head, and a warm heart.”

The forum invited panelists to discuss and provide their inputs into the topic. The panelists are Dr. Rita P. Laude, a professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences; Dr. Virginia Cardenas, director for administration of SEARCA; Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship;  and Prof. Maria Teresa DV. Arejola, director of the Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts.

The public service forum culminated with a framework and the restructuring of proposals from the forum participants, all of which are for further study by the OVCRE. These and the Public Service initiatives of UPLB will be presented in Part II of the forum that is slated on the second week of April. (JLL Roble III)