Saturday, June 25, 2016

Three GeneSoc members, among the newly inducted members of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Newly inducted ΦKΦ members 
(L-R: Morel Dominic D. Umipon, Heway Christian A. Serra,
and Rochelle B. Sarmiento)
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Three members of The UPLB Genetics Society (GeneSoc), together with the other “upper 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors, outstanding graduate students, faculty, administrators, professional staff and alumni,” attended the Induction Ceremony for new members of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi last June 4, 2016 at the SEARCA Umali Auditorium in the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.

New Phi Kappa Phi Members

Morel Dominic D. Umipon
Umipon of Batch Proteasome is ranked 3rd (Junior Category) among the 2015 Top 43 CAS Outstanding Students. He is under the BS Biology Major in Cell and Molecular Biology program of the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), UPLB. He is also the current Education Committee Head of GeneSoc.

Rochelle B. Sarmiento
Sarmiento of Batch Polylinker is also among the 2015 Top 43 CAS Outstanding Students, ranking 4th (Junior Category). She is also under the BS Biology program of IBS, UPLB, majoring in Genetics. She was the former Outreach Committee Head and the current Public Relations Committee Head of GeneSoc. 

Heway Christian A. Serra
Serra of Batch Phagemids is a BS Agriculture Major in Agronomy student. He was the Technicals Committee Head of GeneSoc's National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) 2014. Aside from Phi Kappa Phi, Serra has also been recently inducted as a new member of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society last May 3, 2016 at University of the Philippines, Diliman. 

2015 Phi Kappa Phi Inductee of GeneSoc
Paul Jhon Diezon during the 2015 ΦKΦ Induction
Ceremony in UP Diliman

Paul Jhon Diezon
Diezon of Batch Phagemids is a BS Biology Major in Cell and Molecular Biology student. He was a former Councilor and the current Vice-Chairperson of the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Student Council (CAS SC). He was also the former Editor-in-Chief of Genews during AY 2014-15. Diezon is also among the 2015 Top 43 CAS Outstanding Students, ranking 4th (Senior Category).

The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ) is among the oldest and most respected academic honor societies with more than 1.25 million members in its global network. Membership to this honor society is highly competitive and is by invitation only, requiring nomination and approval by the respective chapters of the honor society. 

The University of the Philippines Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 045, was established on January 17, 1933 by 14 scholars. The chapter has initiated 9, 757 members to date. 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

GeneSoc to spearhead a three-day Community Youth Training Program in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija

by GENEWS Team

Standing firm on its commitment to promoting health-related advocacies, The UPLB Genetics Society (GeneSoc) is set to lead the engagement of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) -Philippines with the community youth in a pilot project called K4Health Community Youth Training Program this June 7-9 in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija.

Rooted to the meaning of K4, "Kabataan Kabalikat ng Komunidad para sa Kalusugan,” the said training program aims to organize and establish a community VYLH core group in the host local government unit under the direct supervision of the Local Government Unit's (LGU) Health Officer.

Further, the training program will feature a joint orientation session of the youth with the Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) of Nampicuan. Recognizing the BSPOs' importance in sustaining the Infant and Child Health Program of the municipality, making them knowledgeable of this health campaign initiative and gaining their consent will facilitate the establishment of an enabling environment for the community youth.

In the spirit of volunteerism, this program was organized in partnership with VYLH-Philippines, Municipality of Nampicuan in Nueva Ecija, Department of Health Central Luzon Regional Office (DOH Region III), Newborn Screening Center-Central Luzon (NSC-CL), and Institute of Human Genetics-National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila.

In preparing for the said Community Youth Training Program, GeneSoc developed a project proposal that was reviewed by VYLH-Philippines and the Municipal Health Officer of Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija. Separate preparatory training activities in partnership with Ugnayan ng Pahinungod - UP Los Baños and VYLH-Philippines were also held last June 1 and 5. The sessions covered community youth organization and facilitation skills, and advocacy presentation and messaging, respectively. These were done in order to ensure the readiness of GeneSoc members in conducting the three-day activity.

GeneSoc, along with its partners, hopes that the first VYLH – LGU partnership of this kind will be replicated in other locations in the country upon its pilot implementation in Nampicuan.

GeneSoc's History with VYLH-Philippines

After being handpicked by then Institute of Human Genetics-National Institutes of Health, UP Manila Director Dr. Carmencita Padilla in 2008, The UPLB Genetics Society became the pioneer youth organization and convenor of an advocacy-awareness program focusing on promoting folic acid supplementation for the prevention of birth defects. The campaign subsequently led to the formation of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines (VYLH-Philippines) in 2009. Since then, GeneSoc has remained committed to the campaign and in representing the university-based youth network in UP Los Baños.

For more information regarding K4Health Training Program, please visit