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DULA Cheerdance 2015 (videos)

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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BS Architecture (above, left) emerged champions in the UP Mindanao Cheerdance Competition held in the opening of the DULA 2015 university sports festival. BS Agribusiness Economics (middle) won second place, while defending champion, BS Biology, was in third place.

Trailing the winners were BS Food Technology, BS Computer Science, BS Applied Mathematics, and BA Communication Arts.
The judges were Jade Naya, Arturo Ensalada, and Cresilda Calero. 


Halalan 2016 (introductions on video)

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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     The University of the Philippines as a system is initiating the Halalan 2016 Project, under the leadership of the Vice President for Public Affairs. The objectives of the Project are to provide voter education, disseminate election-related findings and analyses, and public engagement with candidates. Read the Project concept note here for your closer study and reference. Having been appointed as point-person for UP Mindanao, the Public Relations Officer seeks proposals for election-related activities from the units, student organizations, and the alumni sector. Please respond through the email address .

SEE THE PRESENTATIONS ON VIDEO: Dr. Jean Franco, Proj. chair. video clip 1 of 2 (4 mins.); Dr. Jean Franco, clip 2 of 2 (9 mins.)ABS-CBN's Arlene Burgos; GMA's Cel Rosales-Amores; TV5's Davis Jude Sta. Ana; UP's Vice-Pres. for Public Affairs for J. Prospero de Vera, part 1 of 2, Introduction to the Project; VP de Vera, part 2 of 2: How to be Non-Partisan; UP Your Vote of the UP Diliman Student Council;   

UP Mindanao Halalan 2016 initial plans are:

  1. Popularization of Halalan 2016: Promote awareness of Halalan 2016 to the university constituents and the community; encourage wider involvement and participation in the discussion; support and amplify activities initiated by university constituents and the community (from RA Estremera, Office of the Chancellor)
  2. Voters Education Forum: Invite resource speakers, constituents and the community to a forum on the election, and disseminate the outputs and resolutions from the forum to the media (from Office of Extension and Commmunity Service)
  3. The ComElec Debates: Invite constituents and the community to view the ComElec-organized debates and to give feedback.  Disseminate the outputs through media (from JN Sagadal, Office of the Chancellor)
  4. Blueprint for a Viable Philippines: Repeat the project “Blueprint for a Viable Philippines”, conceived by Nemenzo, David, Constantino, et al, in 2005. The project aims to identify citizens who know the issues best and let them tell us their choice (from AG Moran, Dept. of Social Sciences)
  5. Legislative bills-writing: An exercise wherein students, or the community, write laws which they want to be included in the laws of the land. Disseminate the outputs to the public and to candidates (from E. Nabayra, Dept. of Social Sciences)

Present at the Briefing were (seated, left-right) UP Padayon Director Nelson Cainghog, UP Information Office Deputy Director Frances Cabana, TV5 News Operations Head Mr. David Jude Sta. Ana, Halalan 2016 Chairperson Dr. Jean Franco, UP Vice-Pres. for Public Affairs J. Prospero de Vera, ABS-CBN Social Media and Mobile Integrated News Head Ms. Arlene Burgos, and GMA Asst. Vice-Pres. for Regional News and Public Affairs Expansion and Production Services Ms. Cel Rosales-Amores, together with information and public relations officers from UP Los Banos, UP Visayas, UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Manila, UP Mindanao, UP Diliman, UP Open University, the UP Diliman Student Council, and the UP System Information Office.

Search for the next Chancellor (updated)

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

     University President Alfredo Pascual issued a memorandum dated 21 September instituting a search process for the next chancellor of UP Mindanao. The memo states, "The term of office of the Chancellor of UP Mindanao will end on 28 FEBRUARY 2016. This Memorandum is hereby issued to commence a search process for the next Chancellor of UP Mindanao pursuant to Section 18 of RA 9500 which provides that: 'The Chancellor of the constituent university shall be elected by the Board upon nomination of the President of the University, following a process of consultation with the constituents of the constituent university based on standards and guidelines set by the Board.'"

UPDATE: The timetable has been adjusted, please click on this link.

     The timetable for the search process were set down as follows: Nominations to the Search Committee, 6-16 October 2015; constitution of the Search Committee, 21-23 October; last day to submit nominations for Chancellor, 6 November 2015; submission of the report of the Search Committee to the President, 27 November; Meeting of the Board of Regents to choose the next Chancellor, 28 January 2016.

     Regarding the Search Committee, the memo states, "Crucial to the process is the creation of a Search Committee whose members shall consist of men and women of unquestionable, unassailable integrity who enjoy the respect of their constituents and maintain the highest regard for the interests of the University.

     The Search Committee is not a COMELEC whose job is to count votes. It is a fact-finding body whose job is to gather all relevant information for the President and the Board of Regents.

     The Search Committee shall consist of two (2) senior faculty members (Associate Professor/Full Professor/University Professor/Emeritus Professor); and one (1) junior faculty member (Assistant Professor/Instructor); one (1) REPS; one (1) administrative staff; one (1) student; and a representative of the UP President (from outside the constituent university).

     Nominations for membership in the Search Committee may be made by any individual, group or groups in each constituent university (faculty, students, REPS, administrative personnel, and alumni).

     Nominations to the Search Committee shall be sent through fax, e-mail, mail or messenger to the Office of the Secretary of the University, UNIVERSITY HOTEL, GUERRERO ST. COR. AGLIPAY, UP CAMPUS, DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY not later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 16 OCTOBER 2015. (Each nomination shall be accomplished using the nomination form included in the attached PDF document)

     The UP President shall appoint the members of the Search Committee on or before Friday, 23 OCTOBER 2015.

"Regarding the nomination process for the Chancellorship, the memo states, "a nominee MUST possess the following qualifications: Commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the University; Distinction in the nominee's chosen field of expertise coupled with a generalist view and an appreciation of other disciplines; a Filipino citizen with a strong nationalist commitment; a demonstrated observance of the principles of collegiality and democratic process; with unquestionable moral integrity; with academic leadership and administrative skills; and a willingness to serve as Chancellor on a full-time basis for the full term of three years."

     Also, "the nominee need not be presently connected with the University. He/She, however, must have previous ties with the university (e.g., as a graduate or former faculty member)." Regarding who may nominate, the memo states, "any person or a group in the university is encouraged to submit their nomination."

     The memo enumerates the documents required of the nominee and details of the search process.    

     Finally, "The nomination papers must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the University, University Hotel, Guerrero St. Cor. Aglipay, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City or to the Chair of the Search Committee not later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 6 November 2015."  

A copy of the memorandum with nomination forms is available by clicking the link below: Click Here

PhD degree program launched, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

DSC 0122     University of the Philippines President Alfredo Pascual was in U.P. Mindanao on 11 September for the Launching and Inaugural Lecture of the U.P. Los Baños PhD Development Studies degree program offering in Davao City.
     President Pascual, in his message, described the day's event as a turning point for UP and the country for seeing the partnership of the two U.P. constituent universities working in new and creative ways in the spirit of "One UP". He acknowledged the presence of Mr. Ricardo Lagdameo of ANFLOCOR, a private sector group helping develop another UP campus in Panabo City, and further informed the audience of the existence of the UP Manila School of Health Sciences in Koronadal that he hoped would produce doctors who will stay to serve their home communities.
     He recalled that in his grade school geography, Mindanao was already called "The Land of Promise". He proposed to call Mindanao "the land of great promise" and a promise which the country needed to honor. The reasons, he stated, were that "more than 21.5 million people, or more than one-fifth of the Philippine population, including 27 indigenous peoples groups, live in Mindanao. As a 'food basket', one-third of the land area is devoted to agriculture, delivering 40% of the country's food requirement." He cited a 2010 study that said that mineral resources in Mindanao are valued at 312-Billion US Dollars, or 40% of the country's mineral reserves. "The people on Mindanao are literally sitting on a pot of gold" he said. In an aside, he added, "That is why we have to get going with responsible mining, but that is not happening." He said that efforts were needed to explain to people that the country needs these mineral resources and that "the children of the future might be ill-prepared to receive their legacy unless resources are generated out of these hidden treasures." He went on to enumerate the renewable energy sources of Mindanao from agricultural residues and biomass. He cited Siargao and Davao Oriental as ideal sites for ocean energy, and Surigao for wind power. He also mentioned a proposal for a solar farm in a U.P. Mindanao land reservation.
     Despite these, he noted that Mindanao was impeded by long-standing issues of poverty, inequality, corruption, and violence. He proposed that new solutions are needed that are innovative and inter-disciplinary.
     The UPLB Graduate School offering, he said, is ideal for its being comprehensive--bringing the rigor of the natural and social sciences, cutting across development issues--from the campus that is known for its expertise in forestry, agriculture, environmental science, culture,  ecology, and governance. He noted the possible contribution of UP Baguio for its similar experiences in the Cordilleras. The president reported that in  a recent world university ranking of 5,000 universities, the U.P. development studies program was in the 51st-100th-place.
     He predicted that the new degree offering, now made available in the Mindanao region, would make an impact in the Mindanao community, in research and by producing more  development experts who will create high-impact solutions that are sustainable and inclusive. He pledged that his office would continue to support similar initiatives from the UP constituent universities.
     He closed by congratulating the two constituent universities represented by UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, the UPLB Graduate School led by Dean Jose Camacho, and the faculty members associated with the new program. The president, likewise, congratulated the 16 enrolled students in the PhD program--which includes faculty members from Xavier University, University of Mindanao, San Pedro College, and U.P. Mindanao--and that he looked forward to seeing the research proposals from the class.
     The president's talk was followed by the Inaugural Lecture titled, "Inclusive Development with Identity" delivered by Prof. Raymondo Rovillos, chancellor of UP Baguio. See more photos here, po!     

View the video of Pres. Pascual by testing this link, po!

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