Student Organizations and Activities Division

Student Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD) established, with Ms. Virgie Leomo as its first head, on 1974 during the administration of Dr. Dulce Miranda as OIC in OSA.

Our Vision
To be the central unit catering to the activities and welfare of students that fully understands and brings out their maximum potential as compassionate leaders and united student organizations with sustainable, innovative, and creative programs.
Our Mission
To create programs and initiatives that will develop well-rounded student leaders and proactive student organizations as catalysts for a progressive and globally competitive university.
Our Mandate
SOAD serves as the University's coordinating center for activities concerning students and organizations. It is tasked to ensure that the students' organizational resources are well-utilized to achieve a well-rounded studentry. It promotes servant leadership, community exposures and services, national and global consciousness, democratic ideals and convictions, and zeal for the pursuit of academic excellence. It envisions itself as a proactive service unit pioneering paperless knowledge management practices through the efficient and effective use of participatory/interpersonal communication and information technology. SOAD plans, organizes, and supervises student activities to enrich students’ socio-cultural values and leadership capabilities.
Our Staff
NAZARENO, ALLEN, LAMARCA
Head

CASQUETE, JIMBY, E
Program Support Assistant

LADO, JICKERSON, PITOGO
Program Development Associate

MOJICA, MARITES, E
Administrative Officer

Programs for New Freshman
  • Campus Tour
    The campus tour is an annual activity spearheaded by the Student Organizations and Activities Division, which aims to make the incoming UPLB freshmen students familiar with the key buildings and landmarks in the University. Student volunteers from various student groups serve as tour guides.
  • AlmOSAlan
    Student organizations’ breakfast treat for new freshmen.
  • Opening Convocation
    This event aims to introduce to the incoming new freshmen the various services they can avail of from the different departments of the University. This is also an opportune time for Freshmen to meet and know the Officers of the Central Administration, Deans and Directors of the various colleges, units, and offices of the University.
  • Freshmen Night
    Welcome treat for the New Freshmen. It will be for New Freshmen to be acquainted with each other before starting their academic journey in the university.

Programs for all UPLB constituents
  • UPLB USC-CSC Election
    Facilitation of the Central Electoral Board meeting and provision of assistance during election
  • UPLB Loyalty Day
    Facilitation of the student's and student organization's participation in the activity
  • SURPASS
    Screen, Select, Send UPLB Representatives to Programs and Awards Support System (e.g., JRMSP, ARC YLC TAYO Awards, , IGLC, JENESYS, Ideas Positive,, etc.)
  • Other Collaborators
    Mini-concert, Filscap Campus Caravan.

Programs for Student Organizations
  • Org. Orientation (OO)
    Annual activity spearheaded by SOAD as one of the major requirements for org recognition. This aims to reiterate policies and guidelines being implemented pertaining to student orgs activities.
  • SOADvisers Forum
    This is to foster our relationship in monitoring the activities of student organizations and promoting the essence of being an Iskolar ng Bayan through guided actions and decisions.
  • SOADmin Forum
    With the aim of drafting a unified policy on facility usage. This is the first forum to invite all building administrators and/or representatives to discuss about current and future policy on facility usage.
  • Student Org Leaders' Assembly (SOLA)
    Monthly reminder of SOAD policies and programs

Services
  • Org Recognition
    Facilitation of processing, verification, and recognition.
  • Recommending Approval of AP and LOI
    Activity Permit (AP) for internal activities Letter of Information (LOI) for external activities.
  • Issuance of Certificates
    Certificate may serve as proof of org recognition, membership, officership, or advisorship.
  • Conflict Mediation
    Conflicts between organizations and Conflicts among organizations.
UPLB Delegate to the Japan-East Asian Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS): Social Journalism Course
The National Youth Commission (NYC) of the Republic of the Philippines, together with the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) of the Republic of Japan conducted the third batch of Japan-East Asian Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS): Social Journalism Course on 14-21 March 2017.

Nathan P. Felix, a first year BA Communication Arts student from the College of Arts and Sciences, was among the twenty-five delegates to the program which was held in Japan. Felix is one of the eight students representing the University of the Philippine System.The Philippine delegation is comprised of students who are highly exceptional in the fields of communication arts, broadcasting, journalism, film, and advertising. These students are carefully picked and screened by the NYC.

The main objective of the program is to promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and participating countries and regions to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation. During the program, the delegates took part in various activities, including, keynote lectures and breakout sessions, institutional visits to museums, universities, factories and companies, courtesy call to a local government, traditional culture experience, homestay, and performance of action plan.
SOAD-OSA as Coordinator on the conduct of The ARC Young Leaders Camp (ARCYLC)
The ARC Young Leaders Camp (ARCYLC) was an annual camp organized by the Royal Crown Cola (RC Cola). The camp took place in Shercon Resort's Hotel, Laiya Batangas. It was a three-day camp that aims to lead, create, and change. Nathan P. Felix and Ana Mariz Z. Pineda, BA Communication Arts and BS Development Communication from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Development Communication respectively represented our university. Among the guest speakers of the event were Anna Oposa who discussed how she inspire people through her courageous efforts in environmental conservation, Jay Jaboneta who discussed how he made an impact to help school kids with the help of social media, and Bryan McClelland who discussed perseverance, creativity and passion. The event was facilitated by Maan Mencias, Garp Punsalan, Dhino Geges, Jess Villamor, and PJ Lanot. The camp was concluded with a scheme that all groups are tasked to present a feasible project for a cause. Also before the end of the camp, a batch election was made and Mr. Felix won the presidency. “This opportunity made me realize that we should never marginalize those sectors who have the capacity to fight for their rights as they gear towards neoliberalism, upholding honor and excellence.” The camp hones the leadership traits of the students in order for them to acquire teamwork, discipline, excellence, resourcefulness, and integrity.
SOAD conducts Forum for Unified Policy on Facility Usage
With the aim of drafting a unified policy on facility usage, a forum entitled “Unity in Diversity: Unified Policy to Use Facilities by Recognized Student Organizations" was conducted by the Student Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD) on 24 February 2017 at the Makiling Hall, 2/F SU Building.

Having 37 representatives, mostly building administrators, the experiences, concerns, and suggestions of almost all, if not all, the departments and/or colleges have been laid.

This is the first forum to invite all building administrators and/or representatives to discuss about current and future policy on facility usage. The activity is referred to be both informative and inspirational by the participants since everyone learned from those who speak up during the open forum. To provide context, a brief history and current policy of SOAD was first made known to the representatives before proceeding to the open forum.

The ideas and suggestions sought from the said forum have been the main agenda of the 2nd Student Organization Leaders Assembly (SOLA) last February 27. SOLA is conducted every last Monday of each month to update student organizations about SOAD’s activities and policies.
SOAD UNVEILS NEW LOGO
The Student Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD) unveiled its new logo during the 1st Student Orgs Leaders Assembly (SOLA) on 30 January 2017 at the Makiling Hall, 2/F SU Building. A total of 74 student-representatives from different organizations attended the said assembly.

The new SOAD logo is represented by the oblation which symbolizes selfless service to country, the helping hands which symbolizes OSA’s support to the organizations and the unity among organizations.

While the old SOAD logo was in black and white, the new logo is in different colors which symbolize energy and altruism. Nevertheless, the message of the logo is the same: that passionately serving its subordinates, with fair attention, is the top priority of the office.

The old SOAD logo was created during the term of Ms. Janett A. Dolor, as head with the help of SOAD volunteers. It was then the term of Dr. Eduardo A. Dacanay as OSA director when each division head was obliged to have their own logo that will represents their duties and responsibilities.

On the other hand, SOLA will be conducted every last Monday of each month. It will serve as an avenue to update organization’s representatives of the office’s programs to assist them and to remind them of the things they have to accomplish prior to the conduct of their organization’s activities.
Academic Organization Dominate UPLB Student Organizations
Academic organization comprise the bulk of student organizations recognized in 2016. Out of the total 167 organizations, 73 are academic organizations, followed by 38 socio-civic organizations. The life sciences have the most number of academic organizations which are mostly based in the Institute of Biological Sciences.

There are 5 of student organizations representing the specializations of Life Sciences, Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology). Socio-civic, cultural and varsitarian categories have 38, 16 and 13 organizations, respectively.

While fraternities and sororities have eight and ten organizations each. Meanwhile, the least number of organizations fall under the categories of religious, sports and recreation, political and international organizations.
UPLB Welcomes New Freshman and Transferees
As a form of welcome to the new freshmen, together with transferees, different activities have been launched by the Students Organizations and Activities Division - Office of the Student Affairs (SOAD-OSA), at the start of the first semester.

A campus tour was conducted on August 2, 7-10AM, to make the new freshman, together with the transferees, acquainted with the location of their future classes. Around 20 volunteers from the University Student Council and Victory Christian Fellowship helped in facilitating 62 participants.

AlmOSAlan, where different organizations prepare and serve breakfast to 55 new freshmen, was conducted on August 3, 7AM onwards on the NCAS Lobby. Immediately after AlmOSAlan, the new freshmen participated in the opening convocation held at the NCAS Auditorium until almost lunch time.

During the convocation, inspirational words were given by the guest speaker Prof. Jonas George Soriano, a UPLB BS Agribusiness graduate, and now
the managing director of the Institute for Quality Productivity of the Development Academy of the Philippines and deputy executive director in the Office of the Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines. Also, the topnotcher of this batch (new freshman), Joseph Patrick Cristobal, taking up BS Industrial Engineering, talked about the challenges that they, he together with the new freshmen, expect to be going through.

To conclude the day, a freshmen night was held at the Makiling Hall, SU building, at around 6-8PM.

There were a total of 61 new freshmen and 118 transferees for the first semester of the academic year 2016-2017. The decrease in the number of freshmen was due to the implementation of K12 curriculum.
Launch of LOVE Campaign during the Org Leaders’ Summit
National Youth Commissioner Percival Cendaña inspired the 39 UPLB student leaders on June 5 -- the first day of the leadership summit hosted by the Student Organizations and Activities Division- Office of Student Affairs (SOAD-OSA) by sharing his reflections as a former UP student leader and prevailing issues to the Filipino youth and young leaders.

Moreover, LOVE or Let Org-related Violence End Campaign is also formally launched in the said summit and almost all of the participants signed the peace covenant on the huge tarpaulin sheet that was put up in the hall. The other topics discussed were the implementing rules and regulations on Anti-hazing Law, Community Awareness on Academic Readiness and Emotional Stability (CARES; a program of Counselling and Testing Division-OSA).

As a response to the messages, the group of student leaders compose of heads or representatives of student council and organizations, not only enumerate the challenges and issues facing the students and student organizations, but also draft solutions and alternative guidelines particularly on the organization recognition process and hazing prevention. Sir Jickerson Lado, head of SOAD-OSA, Dr. Nina Cadiz, director of OSA and Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, assure the student leaders that their suggestions will be considered in evaluating the present guidelines and in drafting new ones.

The said summit, conducted at the BP International Hotel, Jamboree Site, Los Baños, Laguna on June 5-6, 2017, was the second leadership summit conducted by the office; the first one being held at Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Tagaytay City in 2014. It is being planned to have an annual leadership summit to regularly consult with student leaders and continuously improve their skills.

The participants are randomly selected to represent the different type of organizations while a representative from each college student council and university student council are requested. The preparation period lasted for about four months since the original schedule was last March 24-25 at DAP but was moved due to the moratorium on field trips and educational tours released by CHED late last February.

PUBLISHED PAPERS
  • Prevalence and Progression of Gender Roles and EMpowerment among UPLB Student Organizations: A five - year Assessment
    OSA caters to the extra-curricular activities of the students in UPLB through the Student Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD). SOAD serves as the university’s coordination center for student organizations and their activities. It facilitates the recognition of student organizations, formulates and implements policies and guidelines affecting organizations’ welfare and discipline, monitors and oversees the activities of student organizations to ensure that their resources are widely used in fulfilling their goals and objectives. In addition, the office plans, organizes, and supervises specific activities aimed at enriching the students’ socio-cultural values and leadership capabilities.

    During the first semester of the academic year 2016-2017, a total of 5,672 students or 44.14% of the UPLB students’ population are members of recognized student organization. This pool of students is an integral part of the university. The collective efforts from members provide enriching activities that cater not just to UPLB constituents but even to people and institutions outside the university. About 88% of the activities of the student organizations were conducted for UPLB students and the remaining 12% were for people outside the university. Student organizations also help shape university policies directly and indirectly.

    With its depths and essentiality, there are currently no available study that evaluates gender roles and empowerment among UPLB student organizations. Hence, a research with an aim of assessing gender and development of students who are members of organization is indeed necessary.

    This study will seek the mechanisms on how student organizations empower its members through identifying the gender-based roles and analyzing the gender-based profile of its members and leaders. It will also dissect the progression in the policies they adhere to, and the activities they conduct.

    Outputs from this study can be used by the university and student organizations to assess their current program management and implementation of activities, as well as in crafting policies and services, in the context of gender empowerment and development.