The UPLB Housing Office-Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (UHO-OVCCA) officially turned over the administrative supervision of the university’s student housing services and facilities, which include 10 on-campus dormitories, to the newly created Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), effective June 10, 2020.
The Office of the Chancellor (OC) formalized the transfer through Administrative Order No. 2020:195, establishing OVCSA’s Office of Student Housing (OSH) out of UHO’s Student Housing Division (SHD).
In its supervision of the SHD from 2014 to 2020, UHO, through its current chief Zoilo D. Belano, Jr. and former chief Dr. Cesar B. Quicoy, worked closely with the UPLB Alliance of Dormitory Associations (ADA) in ensuring the psycho-social well-being of dormers, notably through programs such as edible landscaping and PasADAhan, an inter-dorm sports festival and pageant.
Aside from dorm renovations and repairs, UHO was also able to implement other infrastructure projects, particularly the installation of CCTV and biometric systems for security, WiFi Internet service and computer rooms, and indoor recreational facilities.
During the Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), UHO also attended to the needs of over 1,000 stranded on-campus students, while OVCSA attended to the ones living off-campus. UHO also took in students living in non-UPLB on-campus housing facilities, such as those of YMCA-LB, NCPC, FNP, SEARCA, and IRRI.
Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs, and Chief Belano turned over all pertinent documents, funds, manpower, and projects to Atty. Eleno O. Peralta, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Ronilo Jose D. Flores, director of OSH, in a meeting held at OVCCA on June 3.
Meanwhile, UHO retains its function of managing the university’s staff housing services and facilities. These include about 250 staff and 30 private housing units. UHO also regulates the housing occupancy of the university’s allied agencies.
It also assists OC in reacquiring UPLB’s properties to be converted to staff housing units. (Miguel Victor T. Durian)