Xavier Ateneo produces first graduates of Diploma in Human Resource Management

November 4, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Xavier Ateneo has joined hands with the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and launched its professional program called Diploma in Human Resource Management (DHRM) last June 2018. This program is in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Human Resource Management (AIHRM). There are five certificate courses under this diploma program which include: Human Resource Development, Human Resource Planning and Acquisition, Compensation Management, Labor Relations, and Organization Development. The program provides students with an excellent balance between theoretical understanding and practical insights into the current environment. Xavier Ateneo has successfully produced five new graduates of the program who attended the graduation ceremony of the Diploma in Human Resource Management at Isabela Ballroom, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Makati City, during the PMAP 650th General Membership Meeting last October 23, 2019. They are Liezl A Deloso, (freelance HR practitioner and consultant), Ferdinand Basilio E Esguerra (administration and HR head of The Abba’s Orchard School),  Gina Maris M Libot (managing partner and founder of Emerging Business Solutions) and two from Xavier Ateneo, Grace C Maniquiz (HR officer) and Rogelio A. Lee, Jr. (assistant professor of the Psychology Department).   The diploma program is aimed at developing greater knowledge and expertise in managing people across industries in Northern Mindanao. It is intended to complement the hands-on experience of current office administrators, business owners, HR practitioners and provide a more professional understanding and insights into the technical and operational matters associated with managing people and complying with labor laws. Program coordinator Rogelio Lee Jr.  says that, “DHRM builds on the technical and operational aspects of HR and addresses the demand and identified gaps in the market with the academic rigor of a higher diploma.” For the Xavier Ateneo pioneering batch, it took them more than a year to finish the whole program. Designed for working professionals, the program runs on Saturdays which started last June 16, 2018, and had its completion on September 21, 2019.  Five experts in the field of human resources served as program facilitators of the five courses: Dr Aster Daan (HR Development), Dr Marilu Dizon (HR Planning and Acquisition), Napoleon Trillanes Jr (Compensation Management), Dr Dulce Corazon Esperon (Labor Relations) and Aida May Bergado-De Guzman (Organization Development). Fr Rene Tacastacas SJ, former VP for Higher Education and Jhoanna Marie Mocorro, RPsy chair of the XU Psychology Department, discussed and planned the program where students can earn a credit of three units through each certificate. The Xavier Ateneo Academic Council headed by VP for higher education Dr Juliet Dalagan has recently approved a new specialized area of interest in industrial-organizational in the MA Psychology program this coming SY 2020-2021, where graduates of DHRM may continue their studies to degree level by applying credits learned.

Teacher Clariz Jane Lasala: ‘Being a teacher takes so much courage’

October 31, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Her photos may have gone viral on social media recently but it was her story that captured the hearts of the people.  Clariz Jane Lasala, a teacher from Butuan City, carried the baby of her young student while the latter was taking a test. The high school student could not find someone to take care of her baby at home so she brought her daughter to the classroom. “Ma’am, pwede ko mag-excuse sa quiz today, wala man g’yud makabantay sa akong baby?” begged the student. (Ma’am, may I be excused from the quiz today because no one will take care of my baby?) “Take the quiz and I’ll take care of your baby,” Teacher Clariz replied.  Their exchange was posted on Facebook and has soon been shared by netizens and the media, calling the act as "inspiring and courageous." “It was definitely something I would do in that kind of situation, seeing someone doing her part and exerting an effort … as a student would, naturally make you want to help,” Teacher Clariz shared. “I carried the baby for almost two hours while her mom took the exam but I didn’t feel any struggle while the baby was with me because I accepted the situation as a blessing.”  The event helped Teacher Clariz realize that being a teacher “doesn’t always equate to conducting quizzes, exams, and projects.”  She said: “I wanted her mom to know that she was not alone in her battle, especially at that moment. I want her to realize that whatever hardships she may go through as a student and as a mother, she will never be let down by the Man above.”  Many teenage moms face the stigma when they come to school with their baby in tow. But Teacher Clariz decided that she would volunteer to take care of the baby so her student could take the test along with her classmates. “For me, being a ‘teacher for others’ must be the ultimate goal of every individual that ought to educate because I strongly believe that teaching isn’t about how much we receive but it is all about how much we put into giving,” she said.  Teacher Clariz wanted to show her support to the student who strives hard to finish her studies despite the challenges of being a teenage mom. The family, friends, and netizens alike praised Teacher Clariz, saying that many would have misjudged and turned the student away as the baby would be a distraction in class. Teacher Clariz attributes Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, her alma mater, for the formation she has undergone: “Xavier Ateneo molded me to become a better person whose heart is filled with God's love and live by God's words. The institution didn't just give me the answers to my long wonders but it taught me how to make decisions without sacrificing my faith even in the toughest of times.”  She graduated with a degree in BS Business Administration major in Business Economics in March 2019. “Xavier Ateneo pushed me beyond my limits that made me become an individual that can be a person for and with others. It served as my home and sanctuary that nurtured my growth. It helped me find God in all things, to love and understand people with their own tales,” she shared.  “It helped me embody the principle of cura personalis (care for the whole person) to love ourselves and others. It helped me realize the values behind the wise words nemo dat quod non habet (no one gives what they don't have).” Her story has helped spread awareness for being a good role model as a teacher.  “We, teachers have so much to offer, we can do more and more for others. God gave us different missions and I think it’s time for us to do our part,” Teacher Clariz said. “Being a teacher takes so much courage because we have to deal with different personalities but if we will take the situation as a reason to grow and serve others, we will soon realize that being a teacher is indeed a blessing.

Ayala Coop kicks off “Be Juan Para Sa Kalusugan” program for zero hunger in Pampanga and Bataan

October 28, 2019

As part of its initiatives to promote health and wellness, the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Ayala Coop) is launching “Be Juan Para sa Kalusugan,” which seeks to provide nutritious fortified rice meals for hundreds of children in Pampanga and Bataan. Ruel T. Maranan, President of Ayala Foundation and Vice Chairman of Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative The Ayala Coop, in partnership with Ayala Foundation, kicked off the project as a volunteerism activity for its members, who came together to pack fortified rice for distribution to children from seven barangays in San Fernando, Pampanga. The event was held on October 25 at the Laus Events Place in San Fernando, Pampanga. The fortified rice will help feed 490 Grades 3-6 children from seven barangays in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga and some 300 school children from Bagac Elementary School, in the province of Bataan over a period of six months. The health status of the beneficiaries will be monitored with the help of Rise Against Hunger Philippines, which will supervise the feeding together with school partners and monitor the health status of the children. Said Ruel Maranan, vice chair of the Ayala Coop and president of Ayala Foundation: “Ayala has long been committed to contributing to national development. Through our business and social development initiatives, we continue to address existing and emerging needs of Filipinos, while also helping improve the lives of people and communities. Be Juan Para sa Kalusugan signifies our recognition of an important concern in the country—health and nutrition. Investing in nutrition is one way of investing in our people and their future.” Also actively supporting are Ayala Employee Relations Network (Ayala ERNet) and the Ayala Business Club of Central Luzon.   About the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative The Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative is one of the country’s top institution-based cooperatives, with total assets and members’ equity of more than PhP3 billion. It has a membership of over 37,000 nationwide, coming from over 121 Ayala companies.   About Ayala Foundation As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Community Leadership, Suitable and Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. For more information, visit

Three Xavier Ateneo Graduates Top Chemical Technician Exam

October 28, 2019

Known for its decades-long of academic excellence, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan has produced three topnotchers in the October 2019 Chemical Technician Licensure Exam (CTLE). Xavier Ateneo secured three spots in the top 10, with Dave N. Pangilinan at 5th place, Mathew B. Talipan at 7th, and Kimnard Joseph M. Duat at 10th. According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Xavier Ateneo holds a passing rate of 85.71% for having 36 board passers out of 42 test takers. The PRC reported that 2,298 out of 2,834 takers (81.09%) passed the CTBE, which was administered last October 10. For the Chemist Licensure Exam (CLE), four out of eight Xavier Ateneo test takers passed the exam, namely, Ivy Jane Caranzo, Caryl Mae Dorothy Dablio, Dave N. Pangilinan, and Angelika Uy. Across the country, there were 1,085 takers of the CLE, but only 457 passed the exam. The PRC conducted the Chemist Licensure Exam in Manila, Cagayan de Oro, and Cebu on October 8 and 9. Xavier Ateneo President Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ congratulated the new chemists and chemical technicians and wished them success in their future endeavors. He also recognized the hard work and perseverance of all Xavier Ateneans who took the CLE and CTLE. Yap extended his gratitude to the faculty members of the XU Department of Chemistry for their guidance and support to examinees. “We thank Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Judy P. Sendaydiego, Chemistry Department Chairwoman Dr. Analyn C. Asok, the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry for the guidance and support they have given to our students,” Yap said. Xavier Ateneo is home to the country's academic achievers and next-generation leaders. Every year, the university is hailed as one of the top-performing schools in board exams. In 2019 alone, Xavier Ateneo has produced topnotchers and board passers in the fields of Nursing, Medicine, Accountancy, and Civil Engineering, among others. Xavier Ateneo commits to uplifting the lives of Kagay-anons by providing them with quality education that would enable them to contribute to Cagayan de Oro’s socioeconomic growth.

Zero Hunger is bound to fail, says int’l coalition

October 17, 2019

On “World Food Day” today, an international movement of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates challenged the member states of the United Nations to change the policy framework on food and agriculture to truly eradicate hunger and malnutrition worldwide. According to the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), the worsening global hunger and undernourishment are tell-tale signs of the “counterproductive neoliberal framework” of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2), which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030. One in every nine people in the world are suffering from hunger in 2018 and one in every four of them do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019. “Zero Hunger is not just off track. It is bound to fail,” said Sylvia Mallari, global co-chairperson of PCFS. She said SDG 2 will never meet its target progress as long as the real causes of global hunger and undernourishment are not addressed. The PCFS official asserted that resources and energies should be channeled in ending landlessness and global land grabbing, man-made starvation in proxy wars and occupation, and the corporate control of food and agriculture. “The realignment of public investments and private capital to the infrastructure and high-tech solutions especially of small-scale food producers fall short and shallow in realizing Zero Hunger by 2030,” Mallari added. “Global inequality and corporate monopoly should be factored in as threats and not just as mere trends that affect the global hunger situation.” “Healthy diets for everyone are far from happening as long as the decisive actors of our food and agriculture systems maintain their foothold in adherence to neoliberal globalization,” she said, referring to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s theme for this year’s World Food Day, which was established to commemorate its founding. “There is hunger amid plenty. Unless food sovereignty takes center stage in our food and agriculture policies, we are far from achieving Zero Hunger in ten or twenty or even fifty years from now,” said the PCFS official. “They are fooling themselves in believing that neoliberal globalization will take us to a hunger-free world.” Meanwhile, PCFS global co-chairperson Razan Zuayter challenged the governments to scrutinize the role of the corporate private sector in their food and agriculture policies. She said the policy changes they demand only enable their continued investment and secure their immunity from violations. Zuayter cited, for example, Brazil’s inaction to the Amazon fires which were instigated and aggravated by the expansion of industrial cattle farms to increase their beef production and export. Meanwhile, trade liberalization in Asia has resulted in a rice crisis. Rice-producing countries such as the Philippines have relied on imports instead of local producers to supply their staple food, killing the local rice industry.  “Transnational corporations continue to monopolize the seed and pesticide industry and should not be treated as our partners for development. Their insatiable interest for profit has always undermined the rights and welfare of the marginalized,” Zuayter said. The PCFS official also called for the accountability of governments that use starvation as a weapon of modern warfare in conflict-stricken countries.

New HIV Prevention Drug Now Available in the Philippines

October 8, 2019

MANDALUYONG CITY – The Philippines has the fastest increasing rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in Asia, having 35 cases a day per latest Department of Health (DOH) data. Augmenting the government’s national HIV program initiatives, LoveYourself, Inc. recently introduced Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to boost HIV prevention in the country.  PrEP is a Food and Drug Administration-approved pill that lowers the risk of HIV infection by more than 90% when taken daily. “In other countries like Australia, the PrEP program of their government is widespread that the rate of HIV infection in their country has significantly gone down, and we hope to replicate that scenario here in the Philippines. We made this bold step to provide an additional layer of protection against HIV for Filipinos, complementing their use of condoms and lubricants to prevent HIV infection,” said LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakhan. A PrEP demonstration project conducted between 2017 and 2019 by LoveYourself in partnership with the DOH, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, The Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, amfAR, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization showed that this new HIV prevention method is safe and effective.  The research component of the demonstration project showed that participants of the program has experienced: 1.       No PrEP-related side effects 2.       No significant increase in sexually transmitted infections (STI) 3.       No seroconversions or no one from the project participants got HIV during the course of the study. Under its PrEP Pilipinas (PrEPPY) program, LoveYourself currently offers the medicine at its three community centers, namely: LoveYourself Anglo in Mandaluyong, Victoria by LoveYourself in Pasay, and LoveYourself White House in Cebu. In the weeks to come, PrEPPY services will be also available to Lily by LoveYourself in Parañaque and LoveYourself Welcome in Manila.  The PrEPPY program has a nationwide rollout, which is being implemented through a partnership with Hi-Precision Diagnostics. Interested individuals can take the basic PrEPPY services at any Hi-Precision across the country, while results interpretation will be conducted through a telemedicine, and once a client is eligible for PrEP, the medicine will be delivered to the client at their preferred address through a courier. “By offering PrEP, we hope to be able to put an end to HIV. More than that, it is not just a pill: this is another empowerment tool for us to enjoy the life we deserve to live,” Pagtakhan said.  As a frontrunner in providing PrEP services in the country, LoveYourself also leads the KalasagNetwork, which is a group of PrEP providers promoting knowledge sharing for a wider implementation of the new HIV prevention method throughout the nation. For more details on the PrEPPY program, visit LoveYourself is a community-based volunteer-driven non-profit organization that caters to a wide range of STI and HIV-related services, including education and prevention, testing and counseling, and treatment, support and care. The organization also offers transgender health services, and mental wellness initiatives. ###  


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