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Coach trains in social inclusion, 2017

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U.P. Mindanao Dept. of Human Kinetics Instructor and Swim Team Coach Albert Francis Ramos participated in the Inclusion Through Sports (ITS) training program held on 4-11 July 2017 in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya. The ITS program is for sports coaches and youth workers and organized by the Italian non-government organization Mine Vaganti and organizations in eleven other countries.

This program uses sport designed as non-formal education to impart skills and competencies and enhance social inclusion of young people. A number of simple games--called "methodologies"--have been devised by the trainers to foster cooperation and participation while honing athletic skills.

Mr. Ramos contributed to the creation of the methodology "Tic-Tac-Shuttle"--similar to the game of tic-tac-toe but played in an open space--that develops quick movement and teamwork.         

Another methodology he contributed to is "Pac-man", wherein players move along lines on the ground--similar to the "Pac-man" computer game--to change direction with every encounter, which promotes strategic thinking and fun.

The ITS program and its methodologies have been adopted in the countries of Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, China/Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramos' participation in the 2017 training is a continuation of his involvement since the July 2016 training in Senegal. He will join the delegation in the presentation of the ITS to co-funders, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28-30.

Debate Society in national competition, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society competed in a national debate for the first time in the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship held on June 2-7, 2017 in UP Diliman. Some 54 teams representing 25 universities and colleges competed. Ateneo de Manila University emerged as champions in the grand finals against De La Salle University. UPMin Team A ranked 23rd among all teams with 4 wins and 3 losses while UPMin Team B earned 2 wins and faced 5 losses.

Round 1 was on education. UPMin A took the opposition but lost to Mindanao State University-Iligan Team A to the motion "This house believes that states should stop imposing a national curricula".

Round 2 was on the Philippine state. UPMin A took on the affirmative side and won over Far Eastern University Team B on the motion "This house believes that the Philippine Government should actively discourage OFWs from becoming domestic helpers".

Round 3 was about sports where UPMin A faced San Beda College Team C. UPMin A won in its opposition to the motion "This house believes that city governments should stop subsidizing the creation of sports arenas."

Round 4 was about International Relations. UPMin A took on the opposition but lost against Xavier University Team A on the motion "This house regrets the influence of the anti-intervention rhetoric in the resolution of the Syrian crisis".

Round 5 was on Health. UPMin A took on the side of government but lost to College of Saint Benilde Team A on the motion "This house believes that doctors should stop prescribing placebos".  

Round 6 was about Protest. UPMin A took on the side of government and won over Bulacan State University Team A on the motion "This house celebrates the Kadamay housing protest".

Round 7 was about Media. UPMin A took the affirmative and won over Miriam College Team A on the motion "This house regrets the use of political correctness in media".

18 July Staff Regent Election, 2017

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017, is the UP System-wide election for the 5th Staff Regent. The elected person will occupy a seat in the UP Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body in the University. This seat represents the sector of the non-teaching personnel. This sector is composed of the administrative personnel and the REPS (Research, Extension, and Professional Services) personnel. The regent will serve a term of two years. 

This election is historic for UP Mindanao because the 5th Staff Regent will come from this Constituent University. This opportunity originates from the policy of this sector to practice rotation; to rotate the opportunity to nominate among the eight Constituent Universities. On this occasion it is turn of UP Mindanao and UP Cebu. The nominees in the upcoming election both come from UP-Mindanao.

The nominees for 5th Staff Regent are:

- Ms. Analiza S. Fulvadora, Scholarship Affairs Officer-Office of Student Affairs, UP Mindanao administative personnel

- Dr. Briccio M. Merced Jr., University Librarian-University Library, UP Mindanao REPS personnel 

All administrative and REPS personnel are enjoined to participate in the upcoming election.                 

Media Reception for Food Security, 2017

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A Media Reception and Forum on Food Security for Sustainable Development was hosted by UP-Mindanao on July 6. In the opening, UP Vice-President for Public Affairs Jose "Butch" Dalisay delivered a message from UP President Danilo Concepcion whom he said would have been interested to hear the talks as "a man of science, having been an agricultural engineer before becoming a lawyer." Through these forums, continued VP Dalisay, UP aimed to "bridge the gap between the academe and the general public".       

UP-Mindanao faculty members reported on their research studies in the forum proper. Prof. Juma Novie Alviola presented "Utilization of sago flour to improve the nutritional profile of selected food products". The study focused on flours from sago, kamote, rice, munggo, cardaba, and wheat. The study considered the prices, and the combinations of glutens, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and antioxidants, for the best nutritional outcomes. She also mentioned the uses of sago starch for lactic acid, cosmetics, glucose, and animal feeds, and of the sago palm to alleviate global warming and climate change.

Prof. Emma Bayogan presented the study, "Post-harvest of pummelo fruit treated with chitosan and i-methylcyclopropene". The study aims to reduce crop losses--that currently average about 35% of farm produce--through the use of these low-cost compounds. Pummelo, being a high-value crop in the region, had much longer shelf-life and maintained its sweetness and juiciness after being given the right measure of these compounds.

Prof. Cleto Nañola, for his part, reported on "Exploring the connectivity of reef fish populations along eastern and southern coast of Mindanao". These are the "isdang bato"--the damselfish, parrotfish, and surgeon fish found in the coral reefs of Sarangani Bay, Davao Gulf, and Pujada Bay. The study recommended regulations that would limit commercial fishing to fully-grown fishes and the protection of coral reefs in order to avoid depletion of the local fish population.

The open forum heard questions from the media persons who attended: Boom Castillo (Sun Star Davao), Yas Ocampo (Mindanao Times/Manila Bulletin), Joe Palabao (Business Week Mindanao/ Mindanao Daily), Nitz Escarpe (DXRP/Radyo Pilipinas Dabaw), Arnold Colama and Cy Bermudez (Radyo ni Juan), Bien Abanos (DXGN), Angelita "Alma" Mahinay (DXOW/DXKT), Roan Abasolo (City Info. Office), Rhodamae Hernandez and Bong Alis (Peoples Television), and Paulo Rizal (Davao Today).

The lead organizer, UP College of Mass Communication, was represented by Dean Elena Pernia, Odette Portus, Aleli Quirante, Rica Abad, and Ben Bunquin. The UP Mindanao participants were led by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291104901361129/?active_tab=discussion

Chocolate Processors' Forum, 2017

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CHOCOLATE PROCESSORS' FORUM, organized by Davao City Agriculturist's Office, was held in UP Mindanao on 26 May with the participation of some 66 stakeholders.

City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, in her message read by City Agriculturist OIC Leuterio, underscored agriculture and food security as being among the ten priority sectors of the "Biyaheng DO30" program of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. She expressed confidence that the goal for "Davao City as the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines" could be achieved with consultation, planning, and implementation by the stakeholders.

Chancellor Concepcion, in her Welcome Remarks, shared a vision for the Philippines to be positioned in the world chocolate market. OIC Leuterio, in his Opening Remarks, described the competitive advantage and gaps in the Davao City cacao industry.

Mr. Valente Turtur, Chairman of the National Cacao Industry Council presented the Philippine Cacao Industry Road Map, interspersed with his observations on current practices by cacao growers and processors and the dynamics of the local industry and international markets.

Mr. Semil Tuason of Casco Cacao Co. shared their cacao bean post-harvest and processing technologies, doubled-with a presentation on the process of making artisanal chocolate.
 
City Councilor Marissa Abella, Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Agriculture, gave her message of support on behalf of the Committee.  Cacao grower and award-winning chocolate producer Rosario Puentespina gave an inspirational message to the plenary and introduced her production manager as UP Mindanao BS Food Technology alumna Jenna Mae San Luis. 

Chocolate products by Forum participants were on display in the venue. Workshops on farm operations and chocolate production were held in the afternoon, enriched with the active participation of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry and the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office.

View the photos and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1551079378297991

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