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Phil-LiDAR 2, 5th Map Turnover, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

The UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 research program held its 5th Map Turn-over Ceremony and Resource Mapping Forum in Davao City on May 30. Some 11 local government units from Region 11 received sets of agricultural, forest, coastal and bio-mass resource maps from the research program.

Davao City Councilor and Council Agriculture Committee Chairperson Marissa Abella, who graced the Forum, received a set of Davao City maps from Project Leader Prof. Annabelle Novero and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

Maps were turned over to representatives of General Santos City, the municipalities of Alabel and Glan of Sarangani Province, Pantukan, Maco, and Mawab of Compostela Valley Province, and Asuncion, Kapalong, New Corella, and Sto. Tomas of Davao del Norte Province.

In the Forum, Prof. Novero described the UP Mindanao program as part of a nation-wide program directed by the Dept. of Science and Technology, and project scientists presented how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) gathered and processed geographical data.

Councilor Abella called the map turn-over "timely for the Davao City Agricultural and Fisheries Development Plan", a sentiment echoed by Maribeth Kasten of GenSan City, "for our own Comprehensive Land Use Plan". Chancellor Concepcion described the program as "taxpayers' money well spent", while DOST-11 Asst. Director Elsie  Solidum called it "a contribution to science-based approaches to decision-making".

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Career Placement, 2017

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CAREER PLACEMENT ORIENTATION and Pre-Employment Seminar was held for graduating students on 27 April. Society of Agribusiness Economists student organization were co-organizers. Student Affairs Director Remigio Domingo, resource person Kelvin Villafuerte of TeleDevdelopment Services, and Vice-Chancellor Nilo Oponda were the opening speakers. Ms. Jessi Aligato (BA Communication Arts) and Irson Doria (BS Biology) served as emcees.

In the afternoon was "In The Real World of Work: An Alumni Forum" with: Mr. Ervin Abadesco (BA Anthropology, 2011), HR officer of San Miguel Corp.; Dr. Katrina Abraham-Abarcar (BS Biology, 2005), medical doctor; Mr. Xer Jason "Yas" Ocampo (BA English, 2008), reporter of Mindanao Times; and Mr. Edward Puyod (BA Social Science, 2000) of Phil. Greenfarm Corp., as guest speakers. 

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IT Rights Orientation, 2017

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An Information Technology Rights and Responsibilities Orientation was held on 9 March 2017 in Lorenzo Hall.  Major university offices such as the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of Research, and the Cash Office, plus the University Student Council and the CHSS Student Council were represented.  The speakers were Asst. Prof. Miguel Guillermo and Lecturer Kim Gargar from the Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science, and Krishna Balaga from the Information Technology Office. The salient points of the talk were:

1) It is recommended that constituents do not install pirated software, as they may damage computers and make these vulnerable to attacks.
2) Using free and open-source software will not only avoid possible legal issues, but will reduce overall dependency on large software companies.
3) With regard to the letter of Adobe Corp. to scan University computers, Adobe, being a private entity, cannot compel other private individuals or institutions to give them information or allow them access to networks and private users.  As of the moment, the IT Office will not allow a "sniffing tool" to be deployed over the University network to gain access to users of the network.
4) The IT Office is open to any inquiries regarding this, or other IT matters.

The All UP Academic Employees Union president, Asst. Prof. Andrea Malaya Ragragio, expressed thanks to the speakers and participants who attended. 

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Art works of Davao life, 2017

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Original paintings and prints from visual artist Teody Boylie "Bong" Perez are on public display in selected restaurants in Davao City throughout the month of March. According to the exhibit organizer Lynda Buenaobra, "Davao City life and icons are reflected in these depictions of landscapes, culture, and its residents. This is in line with our objectives to uphold appreciation for local life, patronage for local art, and contribute to the month-long celebration of the 80th Araw ng Dabaw. We wish to show the public this body of work that has earned this artist a Datu Bago Award, the highest award bestowed by Davao City for its citizens."

The certified prints and original paintings may be viewed or purchased in Balik Bukid restaurant in Quimpo Boulevard and Saging Repablik restaurant in Tionko Avenue. The exhibit is organized by the UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office on behalf of the artist, who is a faculty member of the UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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SOM Talks, 2017

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SOM Talks! An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series was held by School of Management on 9 February 2017 in Lorenzo Hall. Dean Larry Digal gave the Welcome Remarks. Asst. Prof. Aurelia Luzviminda Gomez gave Lecture 1 on "Total Economic Value of Mt. Apo Natural Park". Assoc. Prof. Pedro Alviola IV delivered Lecture 2, "the Effect of Soil Erosion on Rice Productivity and Its Impact on Household Welfare Levels". Mr. Lemuel Legado gave Lecture 3 on "Developing Safe Vegetable Protocol-the Upper New Sabang Experience". Asst. Prof. Thaddeus Acuna delivered Lecture 4, "Understanding Financial Statements".  View the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1433465803392683

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