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Consultative Forum for UP's Next 100 Years

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

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ORIGINAL POST: A “Consultative Forum on the Roadmap of UP’s Next 100 Years” will be conducted by UP Mindanao on Friday, April 17, 2009 at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. The Forum will gather inputs from the stakeholders of UP Mindanao and bring these to a UP system-wide conference to be held in the month of May. The Keynote Address to the Forum will be given by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and 1st District (Davao City) Congressman Prospero C. Nograles. The Plenary Speakers are UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda C. Rivero, Mindanao Business Council Chairman Vicente T. Lao, MindaNews Executive Director Carolyn O. Arguillas and Davao City Councilor Ma. Belen Sunga-Acosta. The Panel of Reactors for the different speakers includes businessmen Sebastian L. Angliongto and Mr. Luciano Frederick Puyod III, Ateneo de Davao Univ. Director Fr. Albert E. Alejo, S.J. and Atty. Pedro P. Morales Jr., among others. To serve among the Moderators for the various Open Forums are DLPC Executive Vice President Manuel M. Orig, Davao Doctor’s Hospital Medical Director Dr. Celia C. Castillo and former NEDA Regional Director Nicasio Angelo J. Agustin. Synthesis of the Forum will be provided by UP Mindanao Research Director Larry N. Digal and the Closing Remarks will be delivered by former National Power Corp. President Guido Alfredo A. Delgado. According to UP Mindanao Vice-Chancellor for Administration Prof. Miguel D. Soledad, “the holding of the Consultative Forum will ensure that the dreams, wishes and expectations of the Mindanao constituency will be brought into the UP System planning table”. The upcoming UP System-wide strategic planning itself is a result of the 2008 Centennial Lecture Series wherein various speakers proposed thrusts and directions for UP in the future.

 

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Making Science Work For You (2009)

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A forum titled "Making Science Work for You" will be held at the UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics on February 25, 2009. The theme of the forum is "science-based agriculture" and it will include a presentation of the book “The Unfolding Gene Revolution” by Dr Eufemio Rasco, winner of the 2008 Outstanding Book Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology. The forum is sponsored by the Initiative for Farm Advocacy and Resource Management (IFARM) in cooperation with Croplife Philippines. The program follows:  
Welcome Message: Dr. Dulce Flores for Dr. Reynaldo Abad, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, UP Mindanao
"Towards Good Agriculture Practice-Compliant Mango Production": Dr. Calixto Protacio, Professor of Horticulture, UP in Los Banos; Chairman, IFARM
"Coconut: Challenges and Opportunities in Production and Processing": Dr. Renato Labadan, ‘71 TOYM awardee (Agriculture Science); Author, “Coconut: the Philippine Money  Tree”, 2006 National Book Awardee from the Manila Critics’ Circle  and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
"The FPA and its role in Regulating the Agchem Industry": Dr. Dario Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director, Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA)
"Global Positioning System New Technology for Farm Application": Dr. Emily Fabregar, Head, Technical Committee, PBGEA
The Book “The Unfolding Gene Revolution”/New Research: Dr. Eufemio Rasco Jr., Professor, UP Mindanao; Plant Breeder; ’84 TOYM Awardee
Closing Remarks: Sim Cuyson, Executive Director, Croplife

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Impact of Climate Change on Food Security (2008)

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UP Mindanao hosted the "Lecture-Forum on Impact of Climate Change on Food Security" on September 25, 2008 at the School of Management, Inigo St., Davao City. The objective of the Forum was to know and understand the impact of climate change on food security and discuss possible mitigating measures. Speakers in the Forum were Rey Teves, executive director of TACDRUP, UPMin Prof. Antonio Obsioma, Dr. Roger Concepcion of Manila Observatory, and UPMin Prof. Myfel Joseph Paluga. Among those who attended were City Councilor Conde Baluran, Chairman of the Sanggunian Committee on Agriculture, Councilor Leo Avila, an active environmentalist, Fr. Daniel J. McNamara S.J., an expert on atmospheric pollution, Pia Zamora of TACDRUP (Technical Assistance Center for the Development of Urban and Rural Poor) and representatives from the City Mayor's Office, Dept. of Agriculture, Kinaiyahan Foundation and NCCC Cares.

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"Viability of a Peace Agreement between GRP and MILF" (2008)

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The public is invited to a public forum on "The Viability of a Peace Agreement between the GRP and the MILF" on August 20 (Wednesday), 1:00-6:00 p.m. to be beamed live via video-conferencing from the UP College of Law to the CHSS Audio-Visual Room, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City.     UP College of Law Dean Marvic M.V.F. Leonen and IID Executive Director Augusto "Gus" Miclat Jr. will open the program that includes Ret. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, Chairperson, GRP Negotiating Panel, who will talk on "Government Perspective: Legal and Political Impediments and How can the Government Overcome the Challenges?", and Mohagher Iqbal (to be confirmed), Chair, MILF Negotiating Panel who will talk on "MILF Perspective: Framework, Process, Timetable for Implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement." Dean Leonen will talk on "The Legal Perspective: The Law on Ancestral Domains and Governance". The panel of reactors will be composed of Timuoy Noval Lambo, Subanon Traditional Leader, Atty. Adel Tamano, President, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Teresita Quintos Deles, former Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process. Synthesis and closing will be done by Karen Tanada of Mindanao Peace Weavers.

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Transport Sector Forum for Climate Change (2008)

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The Transport Sector Forum, “Setting Local Directions in the Transport Sector for Climate Change” was held Friday, July 4, 2008 at the School of Management (SOM) with Davao City Councilor Pilar C. Braga, Chair of the Davao City Council–Committee on Energy and Transportation, as Convenor. Speakers were Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J., Ph.D., Engr. Benjamin Estrellado of DOST XI and Prof. Roberto P. Alabado III of SOM. Emcee was Betty T. Cabazares, Exec. Dir. of Kinaiyahan Foundation. Prof. Jessie Manuta of Ateneo de Davao Univ. introduced Fr. McNamara. Open Forum Facilitator was Prof. Ruth U. Gamboa of UPMin. Participating in the forum were Nilo Dolor, Fernando Bautista of SEMDDOC, Joseph Elambre, Charito Juranes of Route 11, Leo Tan, Ed Jamero of NETO, Thom Escoro of , Tony Boquiren of the City Administrator’s Office, Jezreel Babatid of Coun. Acosta’s Office, Francisco Ramos of UPAAD, Samuel Lasay, Edith Duterte of Transmission, Jose Salvador, Joel Pardillo of DENR, MM Llaneza, Herminio Ariola of Dept. of Energy, Raquel Abella, Carolina Domingo of the Sanggunian Panglungsod, Jee Rose Calderon of City Planning and Dev’t Office, Elvi Tamayo, Leah Vidal of ADDU, Gloria Paring of Motormall, Pierre Ryan Tan of Mabuhay Taxi, Nina Ingle of WCSP, Juland Suazo, Neriza Agbuya of FPE, Anthony Tatel of MinJODCA, Nonoy Cabazares of Tower, NCCC Cares, Photographer Edgar Arro of Mindanao Times and Rachelle Bisnar of AVL. Closing remarks were given  by UPMin Vice Chancellor for Administration Prof. Miguel D. Soledad. With the three lectures, the participants developed an appreciation of the issues arising from greenhouse gases (GHG), particularly that GHG makes the earth warmer; that the transport sector contributes to greenhouse emissions (GHE), ranking 3rd by contributing 19% of GHE; and that GHG poses risks to human health. The forum participants agreed on five potential strategies: 1. A motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS); 2. Use 4-stroke tricycles, not 2-stroke one; 3. use railway or bus system; 4. Use diesel particulate trap; 5. adopt a combo, or combination of the abovementioned strategies.

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