“Building a Science Nation: Utilizing Science Knowledge to Cope with Global Health Problems.”  This was the theme for this year’s Science Day Celebration conducted by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) - Physical Science Department of West Visayas State University (WVSU) on September 5, 2015.

             The event was spearheaded by Prof. Grace A. Manajero, Head of Physical Science Department, together with the faculty members and Physical Science students. Various activities comprised the half-day celebration. Inclusive on these were Fun Run, Opening Program, Zumba Dance and Public Research Forum. The official declaration of the opening of the celebration was done by Dr. Leah Mae C. Cabalfin, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences.

Students who joined the aforementioned celebration were from the College of Communication (COC), College of Arts and Sciences, College of PESCAR, College of Education (COE) College of Business and Management (CBM) and College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

The PESCAR students garnered the first prize for both men and women categories in Fun Run and also seized the champion in the Zumba dance Competition.

The Public Research Forum played the most significant part of the celebration that had put an emphasis to the theme which is handling global dilemmas regarding health issues through the use of science. The results of the study “Cigarette Smoking in Iloilo City Schools: Smokers’ Profile, Awareness, Intervention, and Enforcement” conducted by CAS professors, Dr. Agatha Senina, Prof. Grace A. Manajero, Prof. Eileen Loreno, and Prof. Richelle Tuvillo  were presented and discussed through the course. Dr. Venus P. Diaz served as the moderator in the open forum.

A set of forum reactors had graced the event, namely: Mr. Iñigo D. Garingalao, Executive Director of ICAST; Senior Health Program Officer of Department of Health (DOH) Region VI, Mr. John Richard La Pascua; Ms. Clarissa G. Zamora, OIC Supt., DepEd Iloilo Division; and Mr. Jason Troy Bajar, President of the CPU- Republic.

The forum wrapped up the 2016 Science Month celebration of the WVSU-CAS and was even featured in two local newspapers such as Panay News and The Daily Guardian.//  Written By: April Grace R. Padilla

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

The Physical Science Department would like to extend their outmost gratitude to those who in one way or another had helped in the success of  this event. To the faculty members, students, officers, Department of Health (DOH), ICAST, DepEd, CPU Republic, and to those people whom we failed to mention, our wholehearted thanks.