AADU matters

UPLB is Now a Member of the AUN-EEC with Dr. Nina Cadiz as its Official Representative

AUNEEC 1st Assembly

Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, the Director of the Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU), was designated by Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. as UPLB’s official representative to ASEAN University Network- Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC) on 21 April 2021.

Dr. Cadiz attended the first AUN-EEC General Assembly (GA) hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) last 12 May 2021 (via Zoom), as part of AUN-EEC’s planned activities this year. The GA aimed to kickoff this year’s goals to have interactions and future collaborations with member ASEAN universities. The keynote speech and plenary sharing were the highlights of the GA. The keynote message was delivered by Dr. Charlotte Kendra Gotangco, the Director of Ateneo Institute of Sustainability (AIS), explaining the disconnect in ecological education and culture (EEC). Meanwhile, the plenary sharing by the participants was an output of a small group activity which focused on the urgent issues related to EEC. Dr. Cadiz presented their group’s output and emphasized on the need for awareness, application and action, and implementation of policies related to EEC.

AUN-EEC is a thematic network that serves as a platform for cooperation among universities in the region to create and share knowledge and resources on educational practices that promote and cultivate a sustainable lifestyle and culture (“Ecological Education and Culture in ASEAN: An Overview,” n.d.). It was initiated by ADMU with Dr. Maria Asunta C. Cuyegekeng, also from ADMU, as its Director. Other planned activities of AUN-EEC this year are a conference on 04 August 2021 (online), webinar on habits for a sustainable lifestyle on 06 October 2021 (online), and webinar on best practices on ecological education on 01 December 2021 (online). (KAEBlanco)

Ecological Education and Culture in ASEAN: An Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://auneec.ateneo.edu.

AADU’s dedicated Administrative Assistant—Ms. Emlyn A. Umali


Emz is one of the pioneer staff members of AADU, who enjoys its peaceful work atmosphere. Being an administrative assistant enabled her to extend and explore her capabilities as well as empower her through her limitations. AADU has taught her to be output-oriented, proving her dedication to her duties and responsibilities. To cool down, she enjoys cooking, malling, and eating for and with her family.

Emz is a BS Agriculture graduate of UPLB. (KAEBlanco)

Ms. Maria Kristelle R. Malveda is AADU’s ever-reliable Administrative Officer


Kristelle finds happiness in giving and helping others. This is perhaps one of the reasons why she chose to be an administrative officer in AADU as she finds fulfillment in “helping the University elevate its position and gain its reputation among higher education institutions”. Thanks to her love for exercising, her happy pill, she is always ready to assist in AADU’s operations and activities.

Kristelle is a BS Nutrition graduate of UPLB and a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian. (KAEBlanco)

UPLB's QA office is AADU!

The UPLB Academic Assessment and Development Unit (AADU) is the University’s quality assurance (QA) arm. Under the supervision of the Office of the Chancellor, it aims to institutionalize and strengthen the UPLB’s QA by performing the major functions of quality assurance; internal assessments; information process development; database management; and documentation of QA development and implementation. Upon its approval by the Board of Regents on its 1340th meeting on 03 December 2018, AADU has since conducted capability building, and program assessments.

The office is housed at the International House Bldg., Jose B. Juliano Avenue, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna.

AADU is headed by Dr. Nina M. Cadiz as its Director, a professor of the Institute of Biological Sciences, who ensures the office is geared towards the fulfillment of its mandate. She oversees the implementation of QA measures as recommended by the Chancellor and the UPLB Academic Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (AADAC); leads in developing linkages with other QA organizations and networks; enforces strict compliance to university assessments and other QA programs; and leads QA Coordinators from different colleges/schools of UPLB. Dr. Cadiz is an ASEAN assessor herself.

To date, AADU is staffed by Ms. Maria R. Malveda, Administrative Officer I, and Ms. Emlyn A. Umali, Administrative Assistant II, who aid in the clerical and logistical needs of the operations and activities of the office. Two Project Development Associates (PDAs) also assist in the operation of AADU in terms of database management and promotion of QA and the office: Asst. Prof. Reginal Neil C. Recario of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) and Asst. Prof. Katrina Anne E. Blanco of the Department of Humanities, both under the College of Arts and Science (CAS).

Under the wing of Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr., AADU is playing its part in future-proofing UPLB by ensuring quality in every program, operational systems, and services of the institution in terms of education, research, and public service. When it comes to quality, AADU-it! (KAE Blanco)

Who's New at AADU

aProf. Katrina Anne E. Blanco joins AADU as new PDA!


Asst. Prof. Katrina Anne E. Blanco of the Department of Humanities-CAS, is the new addition in at AADU. She started her journey with us on January 2021 and will be at AADU until December 2021.

As AADU’s newest project development associate (PDA), Kat will channel her passion for language and communication to write articles for AADU’s website, prepare various communications and reports, and create promotional materials. Given her training experience in the corporate world, she will also assist in the planning and conduct of workshops, training, and benchmarking related to QA.

Kat believes that there is opportunity in everything—to learn, share, and touch people’s lives—and she always try to find a silver lining in whatever situation she is in, traits that make her persistent and diligent in things she does. Being part of the AADU family is a perfect breather for her to experience something new beyond teaching.

She is a full-fledged UPLB alumna, having finished BA Communication Arts (major in Speech Communication) and MA Communication Arts (major in Writing, cognate in Education Management). As a faculty member of the Department of Humanities, her research works focuses on human communication and classroom instruction, and has been tutoring international students under the Language Instruction Towards Excellence Program (LITE).

Kat, ironically, is more of a dog person than a cat person, although she finds herself mesmerized by cats. She has a pack of seven dogs. (KAE Blanco)

Who's New at AADU

aProf. Reginald Neil Recario is renewed as PDA of AADU!


Asst. Prof. Reginald Neil Recario of the Institute of Computer Science-CAS, has been renewed as PDA at AADU from January to December 2021.

For someone who is into computer and IT, it is not surprising that Reg is renewed as PDA at AADU. He is our go-to person when it comes to anything about and related to computers, from the preferred specs for a desktop to the best brand for a Wi-Fi router. But, Reg’s task in AADU goes beyond these minute missions. As PDA, he is primarily responsible in maintaining the office’s webpage and is currently working on the database of AADU.

He lives by the phrase “Never stop learning,” thus the PDA stint is a welcomed surprise as he believes that there is always “something new to learn outside of my field and of the university in general”. He knows how to balance work and personal life as he works with grace under pressure, squeezing in watching Netflix series and YouTube videos during his leisure time.

Reg is a bonafide UPLB alumnus, having finished BS Computer Science and Master of Information Technology. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) who ensures fun, relatable, and socially relevant learning. His research work focuses on databases, artificial intelligence, software engineering, computer vision, natural language processing, and data science. (KAE Blanco)

External Links