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BUeños return after 10-day Summer School Programs in VIVES UAS, Belgium

Students and faculty members from different programs returned after embarking on two 10-day summer school programs at the VIVES University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Belgium, from May 27 to June 13, 2024. 

Throughout the program, they engaged in a series of intensive workshops, lectures, practical sessions, and some site visits and cultural immersion activities hosted by VIVES UAS experts in their respective professional fields.  

Fourteen delegates took part in the International Summer School program on Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI) from May 27 to June 7, 2024. They were John Olan S. Gomez, Lean Jedfrey D. Deduque, Clyde Justine C. Nate, Yna Gabrielle P. Foronda, Jovic Francis B. Rayco, and Jhoanna Sherry T. Paraiso from BU College of Science; Krystal Denise M. Taclas, Jio Dominic Sales, and Engr. Nico O. Aspra from BU College of Industrial Technology; Denise C. Palma and Engr. Jocelyn R. Balisnomo from BU College of Engineering; and Paolo Simeon O. Satuito, Jeff Lawrence Nuda, and Prof. Arnold B. Platon from BU Polangui.

The delegates underwent an intensive curriculum that included lectures and practical applications on AI Fundamentals, AI Machine Learning, AI Industry, Data Science, AI Deep Learning, AI Ethics, Optimization, AI Model Deployment, and AI Edge and Cloud Deployment. The program also incorporated cultural tours around Bruges and Kortrijk, Belgium.

They were also tasked to apply the lessons learned from lectures to create a fully functional Project. Jed, Jovic, Jhoanna, Denise, and an international delegate developed a program that outputs a Spotify playlist based on the user’s outfit and weather. Also, An Object Detection and Depth Estimation program was formed by the joint efforts of Olan, Yna, Krystal, and Yna. The application identifies objects and translates them to text-to-speech for the visually impaired.

Meanwhile, the VIVES UAS Summer School program on the Circular Economy and Innovative Business Practices took place from June 2 to 13, 2024, where the delegates were able to immerse themselves in the latest trends in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and business development.

Through interactive lectures and dynamic brainstorming sessions, students delved into topics on AI in business, social entrepreneurship, principles of the circular economy, and financial planning and management for start-ups providing essential skills for budding entrepreneurs. It also included design thinking workshops and cultural excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also underscored the importance of strategic planning, sustainability, and financial agility, preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs to lead with innovation and responsibility.

The delegates for this program were Dr. Roscefe B. Dy, BU Guinobatan Dean, Prof. Alma O. Satimbre, BU Guinobatan Faculty, with student Janmark Isagguire; and Xander Louis Salceda, Ryzhelle Zayna Manila, Rosemarie Jao, and Jairus Alexis A. Rico from BU College of Business, Economics, and Management. 

📷: Jairus Alexis A. Rico

IPESR partakes in 2024 National Folk Dance workshop

Bicol University Institute of Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation (BUIPESR) delegates joined the five-day workshop on National Folk Dance at the City Sports Complex, Bulacan, from June 24 to 28, 2024. 

Led by Prof. Carina Sales, BUIPESR Director, the delegation engaged in intensive training sessions encompassing dance workshops, panel discussions, lecture demonstrations, forums, street dances, cultural shows, folk dance competitions, and regional presentations. 

Joining her were the following IPESR faculty members: Prof. Robert John Lood, Prof. Wilven Mendaza, Prof. Jarmi Diane Mandane, Prof. Jas Danielle Gonzales, and Prof. Mark Glenn Tejada, alongside professional lecturers John Lester Rosales, John Francis Revilla, and Micaela Czarina Mestiola, and student participants Janssen Bartolay, Janah Dayao, Sean Tyrese Fantastico, Eloisa Faye Bigueras, Francis Mabelin, Wenefredo Masong Jr., Antonia Sales, and John Paul Olivares.

Spearheaded by the Philippine Folk Dance Society (Samahang Tagapagtaguyod ng Katutubong Sayaw ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc.), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture Arts in partnership with the Holy Angel University and the City Government of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, the workshop aims to enhance competencies in teaching traditional Philippine and Asian dances among the participants. 

This opportunity paved the way for the establishment of the Philippine Folk Dance Society- Bicol University Chapter, duly accredited by the Philippine Folk Dance Society. For this upcoming school year, the organization will strive to attain accreditation from the BU. | by Arnold C. Noda – IO III, BUCPRO

📷: Philippine Folk Dance Society- Bicol University Chapter

DARPO seeks BU to assess poverty alleviation program

With a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Department of Agrarian Reform Sorsogon Provincial Office (DARPO) and Bicol University (BU), an impact evaluation study on DAR’s Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) program will be conducted by the university from March 1 to July 31, 2024. 

This agreement will assess the PAHP program’s effectiveness in achieving its goal of mitigating hunger, enhancing food security, and reducing poverty among Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). This also includes the development of a research design, the conduct of the study, the consolidation and analysis of the results, the presentation of the findings to DARPO, and the submission of a comprehensive report. 

The intellectual property rights of the research outputs will be jointly shared by BU and DARPO, ensuring mutual benefit and future utility of the findings. The agreement also includes a non-transferability clause without prior consent from both parties.

This will be carried out through BU’s Center for Policy Studies Development (CPSD), under the leadership of Director Dr. Elmer A. Lorenzana. Also present in the signing program were BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III, CPSD Technical Staff – Emmanuel M. Preña and Cherrylyn P. Labayo, Liza B. Repotente, OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) I, and Nida A. Santiago, PARPO II, DARPO Sorsogon. 

This partnership highlights the commitment of DARPO and BU to using research-driven approaches to enhance agrarian reform initiatives and improve the lives of agrarian communities in the region. | by Arnold C. Noda – IO III, BUCPRO

📷: Cherry Grace H. Calisin – IO II, BUCPRO

BU receives token for supporting NCAF 2024 during PASUC Executive Board Meeting

The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) officials held an Executive Board Meeting, at the Manila Prince Hotel, on June 4, 2024. Prof. Sonnie A. Ramos, BU Vice-President for Planning and Development, represented BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III, chairperson of the 2024 PASUC National Culture and the Arts Festival (NCAF) A token was given in appreciation of the support for the NCAF 2024.

DOLE inks pact with BU to collaborate on Kabuhayan Program

To support Filipinos in establishing and enhancing livelihood projects, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office V secures a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Bicol University (BU) for the implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP) or Kabuhayan Program, on May 29, 2024. 

The Kabuhayan Program is a flagship initiative of DOLE providing  financial assistance and training to help start-ups, expand or upgrade businesses, restore sources of income affected by disasters, and transform enterprises into sustainable communities. 

Through the BU Extension Management Division (BUEMD), the program will extend grants to selected and qualified organizations and individuals, complemented by skills training programs that will enhance the beneficiaries’ capabilities.

Present at the MOA signing were BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III; Imelda E. Romanillos, OIC DOLE Regional Director, Dr. Lany L. Maceda, BU VP for Research, Development, and Extension, Marilyn L. Luzuriaga, Chief-Labor and Employment Officer, along with other BU and DOLE officials and guests. 

This partnership marks a critical step towards empowering communities and advancing economic development in the region for establishing sustainable communities. | by Arnold C. Noda – IO III, BUCPRO

📷: Joshua Isaiah M. Codorniz, BUCPRO

BUeños off to summer school programs in VIVES UAS, Belgium

Sixteen BUeños across Bicol University embarked on a two-week summer school program at the VIVES University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Belgium, from May 27 to June 7, 2024. 

VIVES UAS has invited BU, as a partner university, for two specialized summer school programs: Industrial AI and Innovative Entrepreneurship. These programs were designed to provide students with hands-on experience and advanced knowledge in AI technologies and entrepreneurial skills.

Throughout the two weeks, BUeños engaged in a series of intensive workshops, lectures, and practical sessions led by VIVES UAS experts in their respective fields. 

For the Summer School Industrial AI program, 11 BUeños were deployed, where they focused on the latest AI trends and skills, AI Model deployment, AI EDGE, AI Ethics, and AI and Business, and were expected to pitch an AI project. They also visited companies for a more hands-on experience. 

The delegates were Krystal Denise M. Taclas (3rd Year/BID), Jio Dominic Sales (4th Year/Electrical Technology), Lean Jedfrey D. Deduque (3rd Year/BS Computer Science), Jhoanna Sherry T. Paraiso (2nd Year/BS Computer Science), Yna Gabrielle P. Foronda (3rd Year/BS Computer Science), John Olan S. Gomez (4th Year/BS Computer Science), Clyde Justine C. Nate (3rd Year/BS Computer Science), Jovic Francis B. Rayco (3rd Year/BS Chemical Engineering), Denise C. Palma (2nd Year/BS Computer Science), Paolo Simeon O. Satuito (3rd Year/BS Computer Engineering), and Jeff Lawrence Nuda (2nd Year/BSECE). 

They were accompanied by Prof. Nico O. Aspra, BU College of Industrial Technology faculty, Engr. Jocelyn R. Balisnomo, BU College of Engineering faculty, and Prof. Arnold B. Platon, BU Polangui faculty. 

Meanwhile, the Summer School Innovative Entrepreneurship program gave insights into AI applications in Business, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Circular Economy, Business Development, Business Ethics, Futureproof Workplaces, Social Economy, and Finances. The five BUeño delegates also paid a visit to select innovative companies. 

The delegates were Rhyzhelle Zayna Manila (3rd Year/BS Accountancy), Xander Louis Salceda (3rd Year/BS Accountancy), Rosemarie Jao (3rd Year/BS Accountancy), Jarus Alexis Rico (3rd Year/BSBA MM), and Janmark R. Isaguirre (2nd Year/BS Entrepreneurship).

They were joined by Dr. Roscefe B. Dy, BU Guinobatan Dean, and Prof. Alma O. Satimbre, BU Guinobatan Faculty.

Thanks to the efforts of the BU International Relations Office, headed by Dr. Dimson M. Rivero, this international exposure allowed the students to gain valuable knowledge and skills, which they can apply in their studies and future careers.

The program also fostered cultural exchange and strengthened the partnership between BU and VIVES UAS. | by Arnold C. Noda – IO III, BUCPRO

📷: Rosemarie Jao, Lean Jedfrey Deduque, Jairus Alexis Rico and John Olan Gomez