Dr. Victor B. Ella is a distinguished Professor of Land and Water Resources Engineering at the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology (CEAT), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). A former Dean of CEAT, he currently holds the rank of… Read More
The week was off to a good start on January 15, 2018, a sunny Monday morning, as CEAT faculty, staff and some CEAT Student Council members attended the “Usap Tayo: Mental Health Awareness Seminar” at the EE auditorium. Guests from the Rotary Club of Los Baños (RCLB) also graced the event with their presence.
The said event was hosted by Engr. Micah A. Ramirez, a faculty member of the IE Department and member of the CEAT Faculty-Student Relations Committee. The current CEAT dean, Dr. Arnold R. Elepaño, gave a warm opening remark and acknowledged the presence of the guests from the Rotary Club of Los Baños (RCLB), especially the guest speaker for the day, Dr. Alexandra Jean C. Palis, the University Health Service’ Psychiatrist. Before the talk, the former president of the RCLB, Dr. Donald S. de Padua, introduced the guest speaker. Dr. Palis then talked about mental health awareness, focusing on letting the audience understand what goes on in the mind of a person undergoing mental health issues and how this affects the person’s life; how affected individuals could cope with these and how other people could help to show support. After the talk, Ms. Jamie Louise Batalon shared her experiences while battling mental health issues, stressing on the struggle she went through and how she managed to get through each experience. The seminar ended with a closing remark given by Ms. Yasmin C. Andal, president of the RCLB.
The seminar was initiated by CEAT Dean, Dr. Elepaño, through meetings with the Faculty-Student Relations Committee of CEAT, in the hope of helping the students cope with the stress of academic and personal life. This later on led to meetings with the Office of the Student Affairs and the Rotary Club of Los Baños. Through the joint collaboration with the Makiling Medical Health Society, the seminar came to fruition.
Contributed by: Asst. Prof. Annie Liza C. Pintor
College of Engineering &
UP Los Baños, College 4031