Consolacion Multipurpse Cooperative taps SoM faculty for operations review

Consolacion Multipurpose Cooperative’s (CMPC), accredited and classified by the Cooperative Development Authority as a large primary cooperative, tapped Professor Jesus Cinco, Jr.’s expertise recently to conduct a review of CMPC’s operations for the period January to June 2018.   The results of the review were presented in the Government Center of the Municipality of Consolacion on 15 September 2018.  It was attended by about 25 participants representing the Board of Directors, committees and the management staff.

Photo 1. Participants to the Operations Review of CMPC’s Operations for the 1st half of 2018 consisted of 28 participants representing the Board of Directors, Committees and the Management Staff

Photo 2. Awarding of the Certificate of Recognition as Resource Speaker from Consolacion Multipurpose Cooperative’s BOD Chairperson Evangeline Puao (15 Sept 2018, Operations Review—1st Half of 2018, Government Center, Municipality of Consolacion, Cebu).

Research Presentation of Dr. Sia


Dr. Sia attended and presented her joint research paper on Organizational Citizenship Behavior (with colleagues Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan & Dr. Lanndon Ocampo) to a SouthEast Asian audience of academic researchers during the 23rd International Society for Business Innovation and Technology Management (ISBITM) Conference held in BE Resort in Mactan, Cebu. While there, aside from presenting her body of research, she was also able to listen and network to researches of other academics, some of whom are editors of academic journals.

Together with Dr. Sia in the picture above are co-author Dr. Ocampo of CTU and a delegate from Taiwan, Dr. Tseng.

Public Service

Professor Jesus Cinco, Jr. was the resource speaker at Consolacion Multipurpose Cooperative’s Strategic Planning Session which considered the outputs of the October 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop. It was attended by 27 participants which included seven members of the Board, 14 Committee Members, and six department heads of the Management Staff. The event was held on 26 May 2018 at Vice Mayor’s Function Room, Government Extension Office of the Municipality of Consolacion, Cebu.

Certificate of Appreciation was given to Professor Cinco by CMPC’s Chairperson, Evangeline Puao, assisted by the Vice-Chairperson an Education Committee Chairperson, Janice D. Ceballos.

Dr. Tan goes to MSU-IIT

The Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension of the Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Dr. Jinky Bornales, invited Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan to a roundtable discussion with selected faculty of MSU-IIT’s College of Business Administration & Accountancy (CBAA). The objective of the invitation was to start a possible academic or research collaboration between the two universities.

On 10 May 2018, Dr. Pamela Resurreccion, the Graduate Program Coordinator, served as the host of the event. Dr. Polaus Bari, the Dean of CBAA, opened the activity with a warm welcome, followed by Dr. Resurreccion’s brief background of their University and College. After which, Dr. Tan was called to share her thoughts on engaging in collaborative research. The roundtable discussion lasted for 2 hours.

The next step for the collaboration to move forward is for both the universities to forge a Memorandum Of Agreement between UP Cebu and MSU-IIT.

SoM Faculty Passes Exam: Now a Certified Business Intelligence and Analytical Professional

Professor Jesus Cinco, Jr. completed two certification exams on Business Analytics given by the University of the Philippines (UP) National Engineering Center in July 2017 and in January 2018.  After passing the two examinations covering six 3-day modules on business intelligence and analytics, Professor Cinco is now a Certified Business Intelligence Analyst, as well as a Certified Business Intelligence and Analytics Professional.

This recent achievement supports the School of Management’s objective to implement the revised Bachelor of Science curriculum which will be implemented in August AY 2018-2019.  In the revised BSM curriculum, one of the two additional major management courses introduced is Mgt 188 (Fundamentals of Business Analytics).  Mgt 188 will be offered as a course on the second semester of the third year of study for the first batch of K-12 entrants to UP Cebu.  To ensure that the remaining two batches of students under the old BSM curriculum get an introduction to business analytics, SoM plans to offer two sections of Mgt 197 (Special Topics on Management) on the first semester of AY 2018-2019.

July 2017 Accomplishment Report

Prof. Chaves Participates in the Big Data for Health Conference as Workshop Rapporteur

Prof. Mary Gretchen F. Chaves participated in the “Big Data for Health Conference and Workshops for the Asia-Pacific” last 4 and 5 July 2017 held at the Harolds Hotel, Cebu City.  Co-organized by the Asia eHealth Information Network, the University of the Philippines Manila and UP Cebu hosted the conference together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.  The meeting gathered experts in big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning where they shared their latest researches, efforts, technologies in the area of health information, medical education, and industry collaborations.

Prof. Chaves served as the rapporteur in one of the workshops entitled “Datathon to support Cross-Disciplinary Education and Research,” mentored by Dr. Tom Pollard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and co-facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Ko (National University Hospital of Singapore) and Dr. Mataroria Lyndon (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).  In the workshop, the participants were exposed to the datathon methodology, where they collaborated with each other in teams, and tackled real clinical issues and problems where healthcare analytics are supposed to be modeled to provide solutions.

On the same month, Prof. Chaves flew to Cagayan de Oro City to facilitate a training/workshop on interdisciplinary research proposal writing on 26 – 27 July 2017 at the Dynasty Court Hotel.  The activity was participated by 19 faculty members mostly from higher education institutions. The two-day training covered issues on general research proposal writing, but with emphasis on interdisciplinary research.  The objectives of the said training included the following: to learn a new framework for interdisciplinary research, to design research proposals for interdisciplinary research, to explore fund grants for interdisciplinary research, and to learn strategies to pass the requirements of research funders.   The training/workshop was organized by the Asian Association for Interdisciplinary Research Inc.

Prof Juni Cinco attended the three-day training on “Forecasting and Time Series Analysis” taught and held at the National Engineering Center (NEC), UP Diliman. This training involved the discussion of several forecasting techniques and the use of R software in facilitating the processing of data for forecasting purposes. At the end of each major topic, an exercise and a case were done to apply what was learned. The picture below shows Prof Cinco with the other attendees.


On 22 July 2017, the MBA program had its freshmen orientation as it starts the new academic year. The orientation covered the rules and policies that each MBA student should know about the program. This activity was also the time that the upperclassmen welcomed the incoming MBA first-year students. Through the orientation, the students were also able to familiarize with the revised MBA program as well as prepare them for the journey ahead.

As an extra boost of motivation, the 2017 MBA graduates, namely Sofia Lou Montanes and Wevarlee Patosa, took time off their busy schedules and provided testimonies through their journey as an MBA student.

To fully commemorate the orientation, the 2017 Elections were conducted to give new faces the opportunity to lead the new academic year. Congratulations to the newly elected AY 2017-2018 MBA Student Council and congratulations to all the first year MBA students! The activity was held at the UP Professional Schools at the SRP.

Enjoy the ride!

President – Anthony Ceniza

Secretary – Vanesa Oberes

Treasurer – Renie Jaime Hilvano

First Year Representative – Lovely Geralde

Second Year Representative – Miky Encarnacion

Third Year Representative – Rocsan Bacalan

Two SoM faculty completes CHED’s Executive Development Program

Last 6 July 2017, Deputy Executive Director Mr. Napoleon B. Imperial informed two UP Cebu School of Management faculty members that they were selected to be part of the 2017 Philippine Higher Education Career System (Phil HECS) Executive Development Program (EDP) (see Annex A).  The Phil HECS EDP is a collaboration between the Commission for Higher Education (CHED), Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and the Philippines Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC). The program is aimed to prepare selected SUC officials to lead a State University and College (SUC) (see Annex B). For this second batch, there were more than 125 applicants who submitted their application, and of which a little over 40 were selected to participate in the program. However, only 35 candidates joined the 2017 batch. The program started on 19 July 2017 and officially ended on 20 October 2017 (see Annex C).


Figure 1 shows the class picture of the second batch of the Phil HECS EDP. UP Cebu School of Management participants were Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan and Dr. Marie Jane Matero.

Figure 1: Candidates for the second batch Phil HECS EDP.  UP Cebu SoM faculty members Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan (3rd row, 3rd from the left) and Dr. Marie Jane Matero (middle section, middle row) were selected to be part of the program. Sitting at the center is CHED Commissioner Dr. Patricia Licuanan. On Dr. Licuanan’s left are DED Napoleon Imperial, Former UP President Dr. Emerlinda Roman, Kalayaan College President Dr. Oliva Domingo and DAP trainer Ms. Baby. To the right of Dr. Licuanan are Holy Angel President Dr. Luis Calingo, SVP DAP Dr. Magdalena Mendoza, Former CHED Dr. Alex Brilliantes and DAP, Ms. Mendoza.


The intensive program consisted of eight residential modules, university dynamics laboratory, and a proposal for an innovative project. These modules, activities, and plan are aimed to produce SUC Executives that demonstrate the six PHIL HECS competencies. The competencies are the following: to think strategically and creatively, to lead a globally competitive HEI, to build collaborative and inclusive working relationships, to generate and manage financial and other resources, to nurture a high-performing learning institution, and to manage self and works towards one’s full potential.


At the end of the program, each candidate is to present his/her HIT plan or the Higher Education Institution Innovative and Transformative Plan. The DAP, CHED, and PASUC awarded Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan a Certificate of Distinction, recognition for ‘her excellent’ HIT plan entitled “UP Cebu Data Science Center High-Performance Computing Data Center and Analytics.” CHED presented the award during the colloquium of the Phil HECS EDP on 20 October 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel in Pasig City. DBM Secretary Dr. Benjamin Diokno, CHED Chair Licuanan were amongst the guests of the final EDP activity.  Figures 2 and 3 show the culminating event.

Figure 2: The DAP, CHED, and PASUC awarded Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan (rightmost) with a certificate of distinction for her HIT plan entitled “UP Cebu Data Science CenterHigh – Performance Computing Data Center and Analytics. Together with her are (from left) PASUC representative, CHED DED Napoleon Imperial, DBM Dr. Benjamin Diokno, CHED Chair Dr. Patricia Licuanan (behind another awardee and her partner), DAP Chancellor Orly Mercado.

Figure 3: Culmination picture of the 35 candidates after three months of EDP.

May 2017 Accomplishments

Faculty Development:


Professor Jesus Cinco, Jr. participated in two of the 6-module Business Intelligence and Analytics Certification Program offered by the National Engineering Center at UP Diliman, Quezon City. Module 1 (Introduction to Business Intelligence) was held from 13 to 15 March 2017 while Module 2 (Data Warehousing) was held from 3 to 5 May 2017. The remaining four modules are scheduled in June to August 2017.

School of Management’s decision to retool its faculty through its Academic Program Improvement effort is intended to support the recently revised Bachelor of Management (BSM) which will be offered starting on the First Semester of Academic Year 2018-2019. The revised BSM Program incorporates a 3-unit Business Analytics course, among other curriculum revision initiatives, to ensure the continued marketability of its undergraduate students.

Faculty Participation:


Professor Mary Gretchen Chaves, DBA was invited by DTI 7 Assistant Regional Director Nelia F. Navarro to participate in the regional meeting of the APO Philippines alumni, organized for the planning of the confederation of the various chapters of the APO alumni in the country, as well as for the sharing of updates on the activities of the alumni. APO is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1961 as part of a productivity initiative to drive greater economic development in the Asia and the Pacific region.

Organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines which serves as the implementing arm of the APO in the Philippines, in cooperation with the DTI Region 7 Office, the forum was conducted at the Golden Prince Hotel last 3 May 2017. DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte and Provincial Tourism Officer Boboi Costas shared their respective experiences in the Hawaii cultural tourism and the Aloguinsan eco-tourism efforts of the local government and the local community in collaboratively promoting their local tourism programs.

During the workshop on sectoral support to productivity efforts of future APO endeavors, Prof. Chaves was selected as rapporteur of the academe sector (including representatives from the University of San Carlos) to present academe’s role in productivity programs.


The DaanProfessor Ernesto Yap attended the BSP Economic and Financial Learning Program entitled “Gearing Up for External Competitiveness” last 16 May 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Cebu City. The conference was to inform the attendees on the developments in the global environment, the management of foreign exchange risks, and the improvement of the country’s external competitiveness.bantayan Torta group proposed a new logo and business card design, aside from posters, and social media advertising.

Harvard Business School FIELD Global Immersion

Professor Tiffany Adelaine Tan, PhD was invited by the Office of International Linkages to screen, interview and select 20 Management and Business Graduate students from the 8 UP Constituent Units to participate in the Harvard Business School (HBS) FIELD Global Immersion, held on 04 May 2017 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. The HBS activity was joined by 60 Harvard MBA students, in collaboration with selected Philippine based business organizations, to report on their field projects and experience. The role of the UP students were to provide feedback and share insights on the Philippine market.


Professors Marie Jane Matero, DPA and Tiffany Adelaine Tan, PhD applied for the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) 2017 Philippine Higher Education Career System Executive Development Program (Phil-HECS EDP). The EDP is to recruit, select, and develop senior executives in the Philippine higher education sector based on merit. The program also aims to prepare participants to lead a State University and College (SUC). The tests and assessment were done in May.

Graduate Student Participation:

                             HBS FIELD Global Immersion

Mr. Melvin Clomata and Mr. Rocsan Bacalan were 2 of the 20 MBA students who were selected (among the 40 nominees across 8 UP CUs) to participate in the In-country session of Harvard Business School FIELD Global Immersion held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City last 04 May 2017.
Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) is a required course for HBS first-year MBA students. The goal is to enable students to work in small but diverse teams and help solve challenges of its Global Partner organizations.

Prof. David J. Collis gave an executive background of Harvard Business School program and its human-centered design methodology. He also presented a Customer Interaction Debrief to all participants.

During the session, Harvard Business School students presented their findings and immersed in an academic collaboration with UP students in a brainstorming activity. The results of the collaboration are expected to support the students to develop new ideas, and present their findings to senior management of its Global Partner organization.

The event gave opportunity to students to network, share experiences, learn from each country’s economic climate, enhance one’s cultural intelligence

Below is a group picture of all UP delegates with Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza (center from the back), Chairman – Office of International Linkages.

MBA Bridge Courses:

Mr. Alexis Arn Ceniza, CPA, MBA handled the Managerial Accounting bridge course for those who were qualified in the MBA program. The people who attended this workshop were those who had no accounting courses in their undergraduate program. The workshop exposed students to the basic theories of accounting to help them read and understand financial statements, which are always used for decision-making.

Fablab group suggested poster designs and taglines.

The Daanbantayan Torta group proposed a new logo and business card design, aside from posters, and social media advertising.

The Bogo Pintos group proposed a new logo design and outdoor advertising campaign.

Cebu Tourism group suggested an online activity called “Bakit List”

April 2017 Accomplishments

Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves participated in the 2017 International Symposium on Business and Management held at the Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan on 4-6 April 2017. She also chaired a session at the event.

Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves also is a 2016 faculty grant awardee

One of the highlights of this month is the Inauguration of the School of Management. The inauguration was held on 22 April 2017. The event started off with a press conference followed (Figure 1) by the blessing of the new building and a little program for the guests.






Figure 1: During the press conference, from left (left picture): Dean Tiffany Adelaine Tan, Chancellor Liza Corro, UP System EVP Theodoro Herbosa and Alumni Yvonne Gomos together with the Press and guests Msgr. Dakay, and SoM Prof. Jeff McFarland (right picture).

The program was short and sweet (Figure 2). As her welcome address, Dr. Tiffany Adelaine Tan, Dean of the School of Management, gave the rationale for the event, which is mainly to invite its alumni to join SoM in its pursuit of its vision – to be the leading regional educational institution for managers. This was followed by the ribbon cutting with Dean Tan, EVP Herbosa and Chancellor Corro. (Figure 3).

Figure 2: Inauguration Program

There were around 100 alumni (from both the undergraduate and graduate programs) who attended the inauguration (Figure 4). EVP Herbosa was the keynote speaker, in which he offered his support to the School as it moves forward towards achieving its vision and mission (Figure 5). Two alumni were invited to speak in the event. Mr. Francis Sollano (batch 2009) thanked his former teachers for their time and effort to teach him (and their batch) (Figure 6). Prof. Yvonne Gomos (batch 1982), on the other hand, brought back everyone to the time when the School of Management was just a program under the undergraduate program to being a Management Division (Figure 6). Chancellor Liza Corro also joined the event to give the closing remark (Figure 7).

Figure 3: Dean Tan, with EVP Herbosa and Chancellor Corro for the ribbon cutting.

Figure 4: Faculty and alumni during the inauguration

Figure 5: Keynote speaker EVP Herbosa

Figure 6: Guest speakers alumni Francis Sollano and Prof Yvonne Gomos

Figure 7: Chancellor Corro giving her closing remarks


The voice participants are: (right) Rommel Cahucom, Hannah Sajonia, Mary Rose Telamo, Faye Tangaro, Angelica Galario, Geamarie Gealon, Jose Paterno Montesclaros, and Cleofe Ibale
The Judges in the Voice in Management season 3
Prize Winner goes to Angelica Galario

The SoM held its annual bridge course for the 2017 MBA passers. For the month of April, two courses were offered, Economics facilitated by Prof Tiffany Adelaine Tan. PhD on 01 and 08 April and Financial Accounting facilitated by Prof Jovelyn Yu, CPA, MBA on 28 and 29 April 2017.

March 2017 Accomplishment Report

On the 4th March of 2017, the Youth Speak Forum- Cebu powered by AIESEC UP Cebu Org invited Dr. Mary Gretchen F. Chaves as Resource Speaker held at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall, Cebu City.

Research Output of First Quarter of 2017:

ISI/Scopus-indexed Publications:

Castillo, C.N., Degamo, F.K., Gitgano, F.T, Loo, L.A., Pacaanas, S.M., Toroy, N., Ocampo, C.O. & Sia, L. (2017).Appropriate criteria set for personnel promotion across organizational levels using analytic hierarchy process (AHP), .

Ocampo, Lanndon (2017).Novel approach for manufacturing supply chain analysis using fuzzy supply inoperability input-output model.

Ocampo, L. (2017). Supply input-output economics in process prioritizing of interdependent manufacturing systems.

Ocampo, L. (2017).The Impact of Firm Size in the Foundation of Sustainable Manufacturing Strategy Infrastructural Decisions Under Uncertainty. .

Ocampo, L., & Clark, E.E. (2017). Integrating sustainability and manufacturing strategy into a unifying framework. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development 8(1): 1-16.

Non- ISI, Peer-reviewed Publications:

Barte, R. (2017). Test of Benford’s Law and Approximate Distribution on Bi-Ready Disbursement Voucher (DV) Amounts.

Tan, T.A. (2017). An empirical study to evaluate the impact of demographic variables to complaint behavior of customers in a dine-in restaurant industry: A case of graduate students.

Last March 4, 2017, UP Cebu JFINEX attended the Philippine Financial Summit organized by the UP Junior Finance Association that aims to spread financial literacy among the youth.

Various speakers were present in the summit including Ms. Annalyn Sevilla (Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring), Mr. John Christian Bisnar (Co-Founder and CEO of Investagrams), Mr. Joselito Florendo (Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines), Ms. Therese April Trinidad-Perez (Mutual Funds Channel Manager of Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc.), Mr. Joel Mari Yu (Managing Director for Cebu Investment Promotions Center of DTI), and Mr. Wilson Maxino (COO of Green Earth Management Philippine Corp and Hooven Philippines, Inc.).

5th International Conference on Project and Program Management

On 24 March 2017, the School of Management (SoM) of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UPC) and Japan-based International Association of Project and Program Management (IAP2M) organized the 5th International Conference on Project and Program Management. The conference was held at the Performing Arts Hall (PAH) of UPC.

The conference was well attended by researchers from both Japan and the Philippines. A total of 16 papers were presented during the conference, mostly coming from Japan. Junior and graduating students of SoM, UPC were also invited to learn from the paper presentation and most specially from the keynote speakers, which included the UP System’s Vice President for Planning, Dr. Elvira Zamora.

The pictures below show some of the activities that transpired during the conference.

Figure 1: Dr. Shigenobu Ohara welcomed the delegates from Japan and Philippines.


Figure 2: Delegates from Japanese and Philippine Universities.

Figure 3: Delegates attended the break out sessions.
Figure 4: The workforce behind the success of the conference.

Academic Program Improvement on An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Enhancing Data Analysis, 29 March 2017 held at UP Cebu School of Management Lounge, Cebu City

Knowledge and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a third dimension in data analysis, particularly in discovering and understanding spatial patterns that may be present in data gathered for marketing, operations, finance or human resource-related research. Recognition of any spatial patterns from geographically referenced data could provide a fresh insight into the formulation of business/functional area strategies thereby enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of organizations. It is worthy to note that the use of this tool has become practical today because of the availability and/or affordability of open source GIS software and data gathering technologies.

SoM Faculty
Giving out Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Florencio Campomanes as Resource Speaker together with Dean Tiffany Tan and Prof. Jesus C. Cinco, Jr.