FEU PPC forum tackles student safety in U-Belt

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The common dangerous and unsound impression of Manila streets, particularly in areas around the University Belt, is debunked in a forum organized by the Far Eastern University Public Policy Center (FEU-PPC).

Titled “YOU-Belt Watch: A Forum on Safe Urban Mobility and Accessibility,” the event elaborates on the findings of FEU-PPC’s recent case study, which audited the safety levels of key locations around U-belt. Panelists from private and government offices guide the conversation through their expert opinions on transport, infrastructure and legislation.

“Urban safety is linked to many civil concerns such as traffic congestion, commercial growth, and most importantly civilian welfare,” says FEU-PPC Research Fellow Robert Anthony Siy. “By analyzing the safety and security rate of our locality, it becomes much easier for us to contribute in developing measures that help in the overall improvement of our community.”

FEU-PPC’s audit show that contrary to the perilous reputation of Manila, the city manifests many safety qualities. Auditors highlighted the pleasant urban design of pathways, availability of pedestrian crossings, and frequent presence and activity of public transport even late at night.

The fieldwork was undertaken by FEU students using the My SafetiPin App. It is a map-based mobile application that collates and disseminates safety-related information about cities through crowdsourced scoring method.

Participants covered 10 areas, including the most commonly perceived unsafe sites such as Quiapo, Sampaloc and Recto-Avenida. They went on-ground with FEU NSTP faculties, medics and security representatives from 8:00PM to 9:30PM to evaluate the locations during the transition from rush to down hours at the most dangerous time of the day.

The audit scoring is based on nine parameters: lighting, openness, visibility, people density, security, walk path, transportation, gender diversity, and overall vicinity feel. The parameters determine the areas of improvement that will be the focus of forthcoming researches and action plans.

“This forum is only the start of several initiatives we want to roll out this year to help our community and protect our stakeholders, especially the students,” says FEU-PPC Executive Director Julia Andrea Abad. “This project is part of our mission to create comprehensive solutions that address the needs of our community, as aligned with the Aspiration 2020. We will continue to partner with the local government and other private bodies to create more safe spaces in U-belt.”

Panelists Landscape and Architect and Urban Planner Paulo Alcaraz, LPU Executive Assistant to the President Paolo Laurel and FEU-PPC Research Fellow Robert Anthony Siy.

Panelists Landscape and Architect and Urban Planner Paulo Alcaraz, LPU Executive Assistant to the President Paolo Laurel and FEU-PPC Research Fellow Robert Anthony Siy.

FEU lands 4th in 2019 March MedTech board

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Far Eastern University posted a rating of 95.41% in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination. Based on the official release from the Professional Regulation Commission, FEU produced a total of 205 new Registered Medical Technologists and finished as fourth best Top Performing School.

Overall, 2,801 takers out of 4,092 hurdled the latest licensure board for a national rating of 68.45%.

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ITHM makes strong showing in 2019 Tourism Congress

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FEU Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management placed 3rd runner up overall in the 13th Annual National Tourism and Hospitality Students’ Congress and Skills Olympics held last February 18 and March 1, 2019. Several hospitality related competitions were conducted to showcase the tourism and hospitality skills of the students in the event, which carried the theme “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all” and was attended by over 20 participating schools around the country.

“It is truly a manifestation of the strengthened curriculum of the institute and enriched co-curricular activities to ensure students are provided with industry-relevant skills to realize one of the foundations of FEU’s Aspiration 2020 which is Academic Excellence,” according to FEU ITHM Dean Dr. Joy Sheelah Baraero-Era.

FEU Institute of Technology launches first Innovation Center in U-Belt

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Spanning 1,170 square-meters, the hub houses 14 specialized function rooms equipped with the latest tech learning tools. It offers a 360-degree support program for projects with commercial potential and significant societal impact.

“There are many creative Filipinos that only need the right resources to materialize their vision,” says FEU President Dr. Michael Alba. “We acknowledge the potential of these young minds and the strength of their abilities, which is why we created the Innovation Center. I am positive that through this new platform, our creative students and teachers will be able to have breakthroughs that will benefit society immensely.”

The facility will serve as a think-tank and incubation center for business ideas. Project proposals will undergo market validation, product development and prototyping, and intellectual property and management assistance to ensure maximized commercial potential and competitive Technology Readiness Level (TRL).

Complementing the comprehensive programs are the top-notch equipment at the Innovation Center. It boasts of high-speed internet connection that can accommodate complex operations on various software including Canvas, an online Learning Management System. It has a high capacity storage system that can host different computer science and IT projects.

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Moving forward, FEU plans to acquire a 3D Printer for pretotyping, hybrid and Electrical Transient and Analysis Program (ETAP) to aid in engineering research. Partnerships with industry experts are also in line to help improve the program offerings of the laboratory. The hub is currently exclusive and free for FEU students and faculty. Its doors will eventually open to other interested parties once guidelines are set.

“It is our mission to create a community of leaders and innovators for nation building,” adds Dr. Alba. “By capitalizing on the technical expertise of mentors and tapping the increasingly diversifying start-up ecosystem, we want to empower our students and teachers to be the sparks for change in the world.”

FEU, OMNI Aviation sign training pact

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Far Eastern University recently signed a partnership with OMNI Aviation Corp – Omni Airline Training Academy. Under the agreement, OMNI Aviation will offer Cabin and Ground Crew Training for students of the FEU Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance.

The program is designed to help broaden knowledge horizons and expand career choices of IABF students.

OMNI Aviation President/COO Steven Cesar G. Vitara said his company is very interested to expand the program to other FEU institutes in the future.

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FEU debater to represent PH in 2019 English Speaking Union

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Far Eastern University’s John Rafael Faustino emerged as the 2019 champion of the Search for Philippine Representative to the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) of the English Speaking Union (ESU) held on February 9 in FEU Makati.

The AB English Language major and senior debater of the Oratorical and Debate Council (ORADEC) bested 97 contenders from all over the country. The competition organized by ESU Philippines and hosted by FEU Student Development had four levels of screening: the heats, semifinals, pre-finals, and the grand finals. Of the 97, only 21 speakers advanced to the next round, then 7, and finally 3. The first three rounds were run last February 2. Faustino defeated Hannah Banocnoc of the University of the Phililpines Diliman and Wynona Galvez of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The theme of the elimination rounds is “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance” while the grand finals theme is “Nature is a common language.”

Faustino will be the fourth FEU-ORADEC speaker who will carry the Philippine flag in London for the international contest. His predecessors are Ryan Kaliph Buenafe in 2001, Weber Amores in 2007, and One Carlo Diaz in 2017.

Faustino received coaching from Felyrose Manaois, Joeven Castro, Etheldreda Ferrer-Dadulla, and Lourdes Ignacio who are faculty members of the Institute of Arts and Sciences.

The IPSC is arguably the world’s most prestigious public speaking tilt that uses the English language. The Philippines has been participating in this competition since 2001. Last year’s winner Jazmin Jabines of UP Diliman emerged as the global champion.

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#FEU91 Message from the Chair

Chair Emeritus Dr Lourdes Reyes Montinola, Members of the Nicanor Reyes family, Trustees

Of FEU, Dr Michael Alba, Distinguished Faculty, Administrators, Students, and Alumni from our extensive FEU Community, Ladies and Gentlemen

Today, Feb 4, marks the first time we will be celebrating the Founder’s Wreath Laying Ceremony – our 91st – in February , or close to the date Nicanor Reyes and family perished in 1945 during the Liberation of Manila.

2018 marked our 90th Founding Anniversary, and what a year it was.

Globally, it was an Authoritarian year and a transition year. Time Magazine featured a Cover story on four strongmen – Vladimir Putin of Russia, Viktor Orban of Hungary, Recep Erdogan of Turkey, and our own Rodrigo Duterte – without naming Xi Jin Ping of China and others. President Donald Trump had a historic summit meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Renowned paraplegic physicist Stephen Hawking of “ The Theory of Everything” , celebrated Chefs Paul Bocuse, Anthony Bourdain, and Joel Robuchon, as well as French designer Givenchy passed away. Paradoxically, Crazy Rich Asians was an unexpected star Hollywood movie, while Asian American Naomi Osaka upset Serena Williams to win the tennis US Open. Apple became the first company to reach $ 1 trillion in market capitalisation, but Stock Markets worldwide lost significant value in a nervous and volatile year.

Locally, probably the most memorable Political Will event was the closure of Boracay for six months for Sustainable Tourism purposes. The TRAIN tax law for individuals passed and was fairly or unfairly criticised for a spike in inflation in the third quarter. Despite this, President Duterte’s approval rating climbed back to 74%, indicating that the general public favoured his authoritarian decisions over his public rantings. Nice year end bonuses were Catriona Gray winning the Miss Universe title, and the Balenciga bells being returned to Manila. A number of Philippine heavyweights passed on, including Senator Ed Angara, cultural icons Pitoy Moreno, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, and Augusto Villalon, as well as taipans George Ty and Jon Aboitiz.

FEU itself had a busy 90th Anniversary year in the midst of the K-12 transition. We had our first graduates from Senior High School, but we continue to have only two years in tertiary – this time, freshmen and juniors. We finished a Roosevelt Rodriguez building, and we started Senior High School and Tertiary classes in a partially completed new FEU Alabang campus. We honoured 28 Anniversary Alumni in the academic, sports, and cultural field, and we bestowed a Doctor of Business Engineering on King Tamaraw Ramon S Ang. We showed a “Be Brave” video on Nicanor Reyes, artistically lighted our Quezon Boulevard Art Deco building, and launched an FEU Art Book entitled “Silanganan” by Cid Reyes.

Our Chair Emeritus Dr Lourdes Reyes Montinola received a Go Negosyo Legacy Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for “being a well published and multi awarded author and an Educator for Genertions. Sadly, previous trustee Elizabeth Melchor and present trustee Robert Kuan both passed away.

Effectively , 2018’s (90th Anniversary theme was “Future Ready Learning in Tumultuous Times”.

Looking forward, 2019’s theme should be “ Preparing to Fulfill Aspiration 2020 in Challenging Times.”

Globally , geo politics such as the US government 30 day shutdown, the continuing Brexit saga , “Yellow Vests” in France, and Chinese US trade tensions have been bracketed by extreme cold in the Midwest – Chicago, at – 30 degrees was colder than Mount Everest or Antartica.

Locally, Mindanao has strongly voted in plebiscite for a Bangsamoro Organic Law creating a new Bangsamoro Autonomous region in Mindanao , and senatorial elections are due in May. Public debate centres around lowering th criminal age from 15 to 12 years old. The country’s Build , Build, Build infrastructure program continues , and it appears that the Philippines remains one of the more economically progressive countries in Asia.

For FEU, looking forward, the focus will be on Execution. A January 2019 Planning Session followed a May 2018 Strategic Planning Session. Key 2019 initiatives will be to renew our University Autonomous status, and to integrate FEU Alabang and Diliman into FEU Tech.

Roosevelt College will open tertiary offerings, while FEU Cavite will consider two year Associate Degree courses.

Building additional revenue generating classrooms will continue, and we expect FEU Alabang , Roosevelt Marikina, and Lerma buildings to be completed in the near future.

Overall, we are reviewing our progress towards Aspiration 2020, and we feel confident that we will achieve most of our goals in the Regulatory, Matched, and Adaptive Excellence areas.

We see a long year ahead, but we are also confident that we will rise to overcome our new challenges.

Thank you all for taking the time to be with us here this morning.

 

Aurelio R Montinola III
Chair, Board of Trustees
Feb 4, 2019

Remembering Henry Sy, Sr.

Henry Sy, Sr. was conferred the Outstanding Alumni Award during the University’s 75th Founding Anniversary.

Henry Sy, Sr. was conferred the Outstanding Alumni Award during the University’s 75th Founding Anniversary.

On behalf of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Group of Schools and the FEU Community, we wish to offer our condolences and sympathies to the family of Mr. Henry Sy, Sr.

Mr. Sy has been universally and appropriately praised as a Visionary and as an Entrepreneur par Excellence in the fields of Retail, Banking, and Property Development.

He epitomized the working student who came from humble beginnings. We are fortunate and honored that he graduated from FEU in 1950 with the degree of Associate of Arts in Commercial Studies.

Mr. Sy next saw a private sector opportunity to help in the field of education and invested in Far Eastern University in 1989. We are appreciative of his wise guidance and support through quality Board of Director nominees and a past FEU President.

Over the years, SM Foundation has funded a large number of scholars nationwide. We at FEU are thankful for the 102 Student scholars funded by SM Foundation who studied at FEU Manila and for the 186 student scholars who finished at FEU Institute of Technology.

Mr. Sy is one of our most renowned FEU alumni, and we are grateful for all his contributions to his alma mater and to the country. He was conferred the Outstanding Alumni Award during the University’s 75th Founding Anniversary.

May he rest in peace and may his spirit live on.

Aurelio Montinola III
Chair
and the FEU Board of Trustees

Henry Sy, Sr. along with other FEU alumni who were feted during the 75th Founding Anniversary.

Henry Sy, Sr. along with other FEU alumni who were feted during the 75th Founding Anniversary.

Henry Sy, Sr.  and family  during a visit in FEU on 2006.

Henry Sy, Sr. and family during a visit in FEU in 2006.

Henry Sy, Sr. with FEU Chair Emeritus Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola and former FEU President Dr. Lydia B. Echauz.

Henry Sy, Sr. with FEU Chair Emeritus Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola and former FEU President Dr. Lydia B. Echauz.

FEU President Lydia B. Echauz with Henry Sy, Sr

Henry Sy, Sr. takes a tour of his beloved alma mater with then-FEU President Lydia B. Echauz.

Henry Sy, Sr. takes a tour of his beloved alma mater with then-FEU President Lydia B. Echauz.