UP to release annual incentives for employees starting Feb. 14

UP to release annual incentives for employees starting Feb. 14

The University of the Philippines (UP) has announced that its employees can expect the first tranche of their annual incentive grant (AIG) to be credited to their payroll accounts beginning Wednesday, February 14.

According to a memorandum dated February 7 from UP Vice President for Administration Augustus Resurreccion, the AIG is a way to recognize “the dedication, productivity, and creativity of its faculty and staff in fulfilling the University’s goals”.

Qualified UP personnel expected to render at least four months of service to the University by the end of May 2024 are eligible to receive P7,000 each, on top of their basic compensation and other benefits.

Newly hires who have served less than four months in the University, will only be entitled to a prorated share of the grant’s first tranche, depending on the number of months served starting this year. They are eligible to receive up to P5,250.

The same rule applies to employees who have rendered active service but were separated or are expected to be separated from the University by the end of May.

Part-timers will also receive a share of the incentives, but they will only receive half of the benefits of full-time personnel, proportionate to their months of service.

University workers who are under preventive suspension, suspended or separated from the service for cause, on leave, absent without official leave, and hired without employer-employee relations are exempt.

Resurreccion mentioned that the payment of AIG shall be sourced from the constituent university’s revolving fund or savings from its internal operating budget.

“For those whose salaries are paid from other sources [except the General Fund], AIG shall be charged against the same funding source as their salaries, subject to all applicable government accounting and auditing rules and regulations,” he added.

UP marks Nat’l Children’s Day of Broadcasting with colloquium re-airing

UP marks Nat’l Children’s Day of Broadcasting with colloquium re-airing

The University of the Philippines (UP) Department of Broadcast Communication commemorated the National Children’s Day of Broadcasting on Sunday, December 10 with a replay of its colloquium titled “‘Pag Mulát Ang Matá: A Colloquium on Children’s Television in the Philippines” on college radio DZUP’s channels.

The colloquium was the opening event of the Department’s celebration of 70 years of television in the Philippines. It featured discussions with notable creators and producers of children’s TV, including multi-awarded Palanca author of children’s books Augie Rivera, Department of Science and Technology Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal, and National Council for Children’s Television Chairperson Dr. Luis Gatmaitan.

Topics ranged from the rewards and challenges of children’s program production to the current state of children’s televisual media in the country.

“Television shows for children used to be a staple of local channels in the country up until the mid-2000s. Early local programs included variety and gag shows such as Uncle Bob’s Lucky 7 Club on weekends and Kaluskos Musmos during primetime programming blocks. Foreign educational programs in the 70s such as Sesame Street, and The Electric Company, and animated series were also popular fare for children growing up in an era of appointment viewing,” the Department said in a statement.

“After Martial Law, Philippine television was awash with locally-produced live-action programs for children, led by Batibot, a program meant to complement early childhood education curricula, and the Knowledge Channel’s Epol Apple, Wansapanataym, Bayani, and Sineskwela, among others,” it added.

“Art programs such as Art Angel, Art Is Kool, and Art Jam supplemented kids’ interests in arts. Variety and feature programs such as Ang TV!, Chikiting Patrol, and 5 and Up, among others, entertained kids with experiential stories,” it continued.

Editor’s Note: The colloquium may be rewatched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0bBfWtEgcE on DZUP’s YouTube channel.

‘Mr. Shooli’ receives UP’s Gawad Plaridel

‘Mr. Shooli’ receives UP’s Gawad Plaridel

Following a hiatus of over three years, the University of the Philippines (UP) conferred the Gawad Plaridel on actor, satirist, and advertising creative Manuel “Jun” Urbano Jr. or “Mr. Shooli” in a ceremony at the UP Cine Adarna, October 11.

Urbano was recognized “for directing well-made and memorable television ads, which highlighted typical Filipino characters and situations; propounded positive values like love of country… concern for indigenous peoples and our brothers in the regions; and featured Filipino personalities who made the country proud through their international achievements.”

He was also cited “for creating the TV series ‘Mongolian Barbecue’, which became a conduit for enlightening and conscientizing the public, and giving them a critical understanding of current urgent social issues through interviews with known government officials.”

In his welcome remarks, UP College of Mass Communication (CMC) Dean Fernando Paragas said he considers Urbano’s contributions to Philippine media and society a ‘gift.’

“We present to you our gift of an event that honors Mr. Manuel Urbano Jr. whose lifelong work of speaking truth to power through humor is in itself a gift to all of us.”

UP President Angelo Jimenez expressed his admiration for Urbano, saying that “his continuing commitment to the highest levels of excellence and professionalism, and his precious contributions to Philippine media spanning decades… make him worthy of the recognition.”

Instead of a traditional lecture, Urbano went as his character Mr. Shooli who provided a poignant commentary on the Philippines’ historical and current sociopolitical landscape.

“Ang main problem ninyo politiko. Ang politiko ninyo hindi na public service. Self-service na. [Ang mga] politiko ninyo pagkatapos maging presidente, tatakbo pang mayor. Ayaw mawalan ng puwesto,” he said.

(Your main problem is politicians. Your politicians are no longer doing public service. They are self-serving. Your politicians, after becoming president, will even run for mayor. They do not want to lose their position.)

“Ngayon, mga politiko ninyo hindi kagalang-galang—kagulang-gulang! Ano nangyari? ‘Di ba kayo pumipili sa tao? What happened to you? Wala nang marunong pumili ng kandidato sa inyo? Alam mo [pagkakaiba ng] ordinary thief sa political thief? Iyong ordinary thief, siya pipili. Ikaw pagnanakawan niya. Ang political thief, kayo ang pumipili.”

(Now, your politicians are not honorable—they are utterly exploitative! What happened? Don’t you choose them? What happened to you? Is there no one among you who knows how to choose a candidate? Do you know the difference between an ordinary thief and a political thief? The ordinary thief chooses. He chooses you when he robs. But with the political thief, you are the ones who choose.)

Drawing inspiration from his father, National Artist Manuel Conde, Urbano said there is value in using humor to communicate serious messages. He recounted his father’s advice: “If you want the patient to get well because he is very sick and he doesn’t want to take the bitter medicine for him to get well, give him a joke. Patawanin mo. ‘Pag bukás na iyong kaniyang bibig sakâ mo ipasok iyong gamot.”

(If you want the patient to get well because he is very sick and he doesn’t want to take the bitter medicine for him to get well, give him a joke. Make him laugh. Once his mouth is open, that is when you administer the medicine.)

“And that’s what I’m doing to you,” Urbano added.

“When I tell you your faults through comedy, tatawa ka. Iyan ang formula ko.”

(When I tell you your faults through comedy, you’ll laugh. That’s my formula.)

He then urged the youth to play an instrumental role in the nation’s future. “This country is your country. The future of this country is your future. Try to work on it,” he said.

He also emphasized the significant influence media holds in society, highlighting its impact on shaping public perception. “Iyang course na iyan, ang laki ng influence niyan sa pag-iisip ng tao. Nagiging [writer sa] newspaper kayo; nagiging announcer kayo. Huwag kayong magpa-troll. Use your knowledge to improve the country.”

(That course has a significant influence on people’s way of thinking. You can become writers for newspapers; you can become announcers. Don’t let yourselves be trolled. Use your knowledge to improve the country.)

Even at the age of 84, Urbano continues to leverage Mr. Shooli’s character on his digital platforms, actively combating misinformation through satire and interviews.

Aside from Jimenez and Paragas, this year’s UP Gawad Plaridel awarding ceremony was attended by other University officials, including Vice President for Public Affairs Roland Tolentino, UP Diliman Chancellor Edgardo Carlo Vistan II, UP Cebu Chancellor Leo Malagar, UP Visayas Chancellor Clement Camposano, UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roehl Jamon, and UP CMC officials.

The Gawad Plaridel is UP’s highest award for outstanding practitioners, paying tribute to exemplary media practitioners who embody both integrity and excellence across varied fields. The award is named in honor of propagandist Marcelo H. del Pilar, also known by his pseudonym “Plaridel.”

Past recipients include Eugenia Apostol (2004), Vilma Santos-Recto (2005), Fidela Magpayo (2006), Cheche Lazaro (2007), Pachico Seares (2008), Kidlat Tahimik (2009), Eloisa Cruz Canlas (2011), Rosa Rosal (2012), Jose Lacaba (2013), Nora Aunor (2014), Ricky Lee (2015), Francisca Custodio (2016), Tina Monzon-Palma (2017), Jessica Soho (2018), and Bonifacio Ilagan (2019). — With reports from Rex Espiritu, Samir Liao, and Max Salvador

Vistan visits UP CMC, commits to supporting programs

Vistan visits UP CMC, commits to supporting programs

University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Chancellor Edgardo Carlo Vistan II paid a visit to the UP College of Mass Communication (CMC) on Friday, April 28 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of CMC’s elevation as a college.

The event was a chance for faculty and staff to connect with the Chancellor. CMC Dean Fernando Paragas also briefly discussed the College’s objectives, on-going projects, and needs to Vistan.

During the visit, Vistan shared his commitment to supporting the College and its students. “I look forward to helping you address [your concerns]. After all, we’re just near each other: your office and our office,” the Chancellor said.

“This will not be the only time we will do this. Just let me know if you need to talk to me, whether in smaller groups or as a community,” he added.

He also discussed the College’s popular programs and explored ways to expand its intake. “Let’s talk about that because the population of the Philippines is not getting any smaller. And we do need to provide our students, our youth more options for making a living.”

Paragas also toured Vistan around CMC.

Malacañang declares April 21 a regular holiday for Eid’l Fitr

Malacañang declares April 21 a regular holiday for Eid’l Fitr

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has declared next Friday, April 21 a regular holiday throughout the Philippines in observance of Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadan, a Muslim holiday.

The proclamation, according to Marcos, will “bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, and to allow the entire Filipino nation to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of [the holiday].”

In 2002, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9177 which amended the Revised Administrative Code of 1987 to include Eid’l Fitr in the list of national holidays.

According to the same law, the approximate date of Islamic holidays may be determined “in accordance with the Islamic calendar or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.”

Muslim Filipinos comprise about six percent of the country’s population, based on data from the 2020 census.

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