Mr. John Lorenzo Yambot has been very productive in the three years that he has been an instructor at INSTAT. He has already taught 10 different undergraduate courses, a high school statistics course at the UP Rural High School), and two national service training program (NSTP) courses. Mr. Yambot’s average rating over the most recent three academic years is the highest among the INSTAT junior faculty. He initiates and goes out of his way, spends extra hours in screening, training and reviewing UPLB contestants for the Philippine Statistics Quiz resulting in one national championship and one regional championship in 2013 and 2014. In 2013-2014, he coached and guided the INSTAT Student Team in the 1st SAS Academic and Analytics Contest in 2014 for the research paper entitled “Predicting the Currency Exchange Rate of US Dollars and Philippine Pesos Leveraging on Big Data coming from Google Trends” which garnered the first prize for the student category. As prize, he was given the opportunity to attend the SAS Global Forum in Washington, DC.
Mr. Yambot has also been actively engaged in many extension activities — as resource person in training courses offered by the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute and other government agencies, as organizer of the student faculty conference, as adviser of student organizations, among others.
Mr. Yambot is continuously exploring innovative approaches to teaching effectively. He implements positive reinforcement scheme in his class by rewarding students who excel academically. Aside from encouraging his students to do well in their studies, Mr. Yambot always tries his best to teach Statistics in a way that can be easily appreciated by his students. Delivering discussion in a lively manner and incorporating realistic and timely examples are some of his methods for students, especially in STAT1, to see the link between Statistics and their chosen fields.
Mr. Yambot has shown maturity beyond his age in ensuring that the tasks assigned to him, be it in the domain of instruction, research or administration, are done promptly to the best of his abilities. All of his accomplishments attest to his good work ethics, professionalism and outstanding performance.
As an administrative officer, Ms. Lita O. Averion or Tita Lits, is in-charge of addressing the administrative requirements in the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), assisting the Director in overseeing and supervising service functions. For a particular administrative problem, she presents to the Director or the Officer-In- Charge all the pertinent rules and regulations, and presents possible options or scenarios which results in uncomplicated decision-making. Considering the various tasks and responsibilities assigned to her, Tita Lits has the ability to adjust to change and handle new tasks, problems and situations. It is precisely because of the efficiency of the administrative staff headed by Tita Lits that the Institute continuously achieves its goals and objectives.
Tita Lits has also proven to be very trustworthy when it comes to financial matters. When a casual employee in-charge of preparing and filing financial documents, and providing assistance to the inventory of office supplies and equipment was terminated in January 2004, Tita Lits took on the vacated tasks. This enabled the university to save salary expenses of at least Eighteen Thousand Pesos (Php 18, 000.00) per month. Even with the additional responsibilities, Tita Lits continued to deliver quality services by ensuring that all of the financial matters are transparent and well-accounted for.
Aside from her commendable dedication to duty, Tita Lits underwent various seminars, and trainings both locally and internationally. In 2000, she finished her Master in Management, specializing in Development Management, in UPLB. She has likewise been actively involved in several research and extension projects of the Institute as support staff. As proof of her excellent service in the University, she received the Outstanding Service Award in 1987 by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics, and was recognized as the Outstanding Administrative Personnel by the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Tita Lits’ work ethics makes her a good example of an employee whose service is marked by a strong commitment to the University’s values of honor and excellence.
Despite her busy schedule in the Institute, she always finds time to give back to the Lord. She has assumed responsibilities in the Church, where she serves as lector/commentator and secretary to the parish council. She is also one of the partners in mission of the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association, Inc. which gives support to retired Jesuit priests and brothers. Truly a commendable woman of service, Tita Lits is a role model to other UPLB employees, not only because of her dedication to her work, but also because of her active and selfless support to her community.
THE UPLB PACS team won the 2nd place in this year’s PACSiklaban 2016, an annual Inter-Collegiate Chemistry Quiz Contest by the National Chemistry Students’ Congress, held last February 21 at the Adamson University.
The winning team was composed of Noel R. Maape, team captain, Annabelle B. Abulencia, Gio Ferson M. Bautista, Kris Lord T. Santos, Peter Dequina, Melvin Castrosanto and Andrew Tabilog. They were mentored by Ms. Jessa Marie V. Makabenta, who served as the head coach, Mr. John Michael O. Cue, Ms. Kristalle G. Cruz, Ms. Rochelle P. Ibabao, Mr. King Bryan C. Gabog, Mr. Jayoh A. Hernandez and Ms. Peñafrancia F. Monte – all faculty members from the Institute of Chemistry. They also received the guidance of IC Director, Dr. Hidelisa P. Hernandez.
The team from UP Manila emerged as the 1st placer, while Ateneo de Manila University settled with the third place. The other competing teams were De La Salle University, UP Diliman and University of Sto. Thomas.
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