The UP Mindanao Department of Architecture continued its record of achievement with another 100%-passing rate in the January 2017 Architect Licensure Exam. The new architects are Ellen Marie Bebelone, Karl Kevin Bernasor, Amor De Castro II, Patrick Deo Dela Cruz, Mich Lourence Jubelag, Hannah Liza Saquilabon, Alleyne Erika Santos, and Chrystele Santos.
A Groundbreaking, Time-Capsule Laying, and Inauguration Ceremonies were held for sports and academic facilities on February 3 at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex located in the UP Mindanao campus. UP President Alfredo Pascual and Philippine Sports Commission Chairperson William "Butch" Ramirez led the Groundbreaking for the Football Stadium Phase 2, the Aquatics Center Phase 1, and the Civil Works for the Football Field and Track Oval that was accompanied by the laying of a Time-Capsule. Groundbreakings were held for UP Mindanao's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Cultural Complex, the Center for Advancement of Research in Mindanao (CARIM) Building, the Research Development and Extension (RDE) Building, and the Faculty and Staff Housing.
This was followed by an Inauguration Ceremony of the Multi-Purpose Human Kinetics Building (Training Gym), highlighted by a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and messages from Chairperson William Ramirez, Mayor Sara Duterte, Congressman Alberto Ungab, former congressman Isidro Ungab, and President Pascual. (See more photos here)
Earlier in the day, a Parangal para kay President Alfredo E. Pascual was held in honor of the president whose term ends on February 9. Messages and other forms of appreciation were given by alumnus Sebastian Angliongto, Mayor Sara Duterte through representative Michael Aportadera, faculty representative Larry Digal, union leaders Michael Gatela and Analiza Fulvadora, Obu Manuvu leaders led by Datu Joel Unad, former congressman Isidro Ungab and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Presentations were given by the colleges, the Koro Kantahanay chorale, and the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble. The president, in his response, expressed his appreciation to everyone. (See more photos here)
"Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous People's Community through Agricultural Projects", an on-going program located in the UP Mindanao Marilog Land Reservation was given recognition with a "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service" in ceremonies held on January 30.
The plaque of award states, "University of the Philippines Office of the President presents this Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service to the Office of the Chancellor Land Reservation Management Office 'Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous Peoples Community through Agricultural Projects' University of the Philippines Mindanao, in recognition of its exemplary work contributing to the fulfillment of UP's mandate to lead as a public service university. Given this 30th day of January 2017 at the Executive House, University of the Philipines, Diliman, Quezon City, (signed) Alfredo E. Pascual, President".
According to Land Management Officer Joel Sagadal, the UP Mindanao project was one of six awardees selected from a field of more than 100 proponents from the Constituent Universities of the University of the Philippines System.
The project has the Obu-Manuvu indigenous people among its proponents and beneficiaries. The program began with an agro-forestry project with Kennemer Foods Inc. in 2011, and extended to making of banana chips and other food from agricultural produce, food packaging and labeling, natural farming techniques and organic fertilizer-making, and the production of cacao, cardava banana, strawberries, and vegetables.
Evaluators for the "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service" were UP VP for Public Affairs Edna Estifania Co (National College of Public Administration and Governance), Prof. Emeritus Manuel Flores Bonifacio (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy), Prof. Jocelyn Caragay (College of Social work and Community Development), and Prof. Jaime Veneracion (former chairman, Dept. of History).
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January in UP Mindanao serves as prelude to its 22nd Anniversary in February. The 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2016-2017 began on 16 January. The classes in the re-opened degree program in Urban and Regional Planning begins on 21 January.
The publication "Banwa Monograph Series 1: Mapping Sago" was released by the Office of Research. The Monograph contains 11 articles with Associate Professor Myfel D. Paluga (Dept. of Social Sciences) as Editor. Read the details here.
The Land Reservation project titled "Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous People's Community through Agricultural Projects" was selected as one of the awardees of the UP System's "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service". Land Reservations Officer Joel N. Sagadal, the project proponent, will represent UP Mindanao in the awarding ceremony on 30 January in UP Diliman, Quezon City.
In extension and public service, the Communicators Guild will hold "Pamamahayag: A Seminar-Workshop on Campus Journalism" for public high school students of Marahan and Marilog High Schools (Davao City) on 23 January. Read the details here.
In operations, an ISO 9001:2015 GQMSS Requirements and Documentation Seminar will be held on 25-27 January at the University Library. This is in compliance to Executive Order No. 605, the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP).
In research, 17 research papers will be presented in the "In-House Review 2017 of All UP Mindanao-Funded Research" on 30 January. An external panel of experts will hear and give feedback.
Also on 30 January is the Inter-School Statistics Quiz organized by the Society of Math Majors in the University Atrium.
In faculty development, Instructor Mylene P. Arcena (Dept. of Food Sci. and Chem.) departed in January 2017 to avail of a scholarship to the University of Otago, New Zealand.
In alumni affairs, the UP Mindanao BA Social Science Class of 2002--represented by Ms. Diocy Cloribel-Guilabtan, Mr. Jayneil Ancheta, and Dr. Ava Patricia Avila-Goldman--donated textbooks to the University Library on 6 January. See the photo here.
The UP Alumni Association Davao held elections for directors on 7 January. A total of 11 directors were elected, completing the board comprising of 18 seats. Read the details and see some photos here.
The UP Alumni Association Davao held elections for directors on 7 January 2017. Re-elected were Marie Glenn Cedeño-Sorila, Benny Corcolon, Michael Gatela, Joel Laserna, Trisha Lopena, John Carlo Tria, and Charmaine Valentin. Newly-elected were Vergel Jay Bautista, Carla Louise Bayquen, Kelly Marie Conlon, and Joel Sagadal. The elected directors will join continuing directors Amador Siapno, Sherwin Ramos, and John Labay, and the ex-officio directors, composed of immediate past president Roberto Puentespina, the presidents of the UPLB Alumni Association Davao and the UP Mindanao Alumni Association, and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. The current projects of UPAA-DAVAO are the improvement of the UP Mindanao Oblation Plaza, the Alumni Legacy Tiles for the Oblation Plaza, and the "Isang Libong Alumni" fellowships.