May 2016 Public Affairs

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2016 050116 PUBLIC AFF CAL 2May 2016 in UP Mindanao is the end of the Second Semester of Academic Year 2015-2016. Undergraduate classes end on 14 May and Final Examinations are on 16-21 May.
     In the Master of Management tri-mester program, registration and classes for the 3rd Term begins on 7 May.
     In research, a seminar on post-harvest handling of agricultural produce will be given to the Obu-Manuvu workers in the agro-forestry project in the Marilog-Arakan Land Reservation. On 13-14 May is the Mindanao Development Studies Seminar in UP Mindanao, organized by the UP Los Banos Graduate School.
     International engagements will be in Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) for a capacity-building course on synthetic biology, and in Busan, Korea where anthropology students will present research papers in the 7th World Fisheries Congress.
     In extension and public service, the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble performs "Pagsalop sa Adlaw", a dance-concert based on the photos of Gene Boyd Lumawag, on 5 May, 6pm, in Abreeza Mall, Davao City.
     On 7 May, communication arts students will hold a seminar for the community on managing and avoiding heat-stroke, to be held at the Bgy. Mintal Hall at 1pm. The interested public are welcome to attend or observe all events.

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Results: Pulso ng UPMin mock-elections, 2016

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The "Pulso ng UP Mindanao" mock-election results showed Mayor Rodrigo Duterte winning a landslide with 70% of votes casted. Senator Miriam Santiago came in second with 20% of the votes. Trailing were Mary Grace Natividad Poe-Lllamanzares (.06%), Manuel Roxas II (.04%), and Jejomar Binay and Roy Seneres (.02%).  

Among vice-presidentiables, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano led with 53% of votes while Congw. Maria Leonor Robredo came in second with 25% of votes. Trailing were Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (8%), Francis Joseph Escudero (2.2%), Antonio Trillanes (2.1%), and Gregorio Honasan II (.07%)          

Among the senatorial candidates, at number 1 to number 13 were Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baranguel, Richard Gordon, Neri Colmenares, Francis Pangilinan, Sergio Osmena III, Franklin Drilon, Panfilo Lacson Sr., Ralph Recto, Leila de Lima, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, and Teofisto Guingona III.

In the party-list roster, the parties who got 2% or more of vote casted were (in descending order) Kabataan Party-List, Gabriela Womens's Party, Akbayan Citizen's Action Party, Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta, ACT Teachers Party-List, Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms, Global Workers and Family Federation, and Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan.

In the local congressional posts, the incumbents led the number of votes in their respective districts, while Alberto Ungab led Karlo Bello in the third district.  
Among the candidates for Davao City offices, the Duterte siblings led the counts for Mayor and Vice-Mayor. For councilor in the 1st District, in the number 1-9 positions were Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta, Leah Librado-Yap, Bonifacio Militar, J. Melchor Quitain, Pilar Braga, Leonardo Avila III and Edgar Ibuyan Jr. (tied), Joanne Bonguyan, and Nilo Abellera Jr.

For councilor in the 2nd District, leading were Maria Cherry Ann Bonguyan and Danilo Dayanghirang (tied), AlRyan Alejandre and April Marie Dayap (tied), Marissa Salvador Abella, Jimmy Dureza, Diosdado Angelo Mahipus Sr., and Dante Apostol and Mar Masanguid (tied).

For councilor in the 3rd District, leading were Bernard Al-ag, Jesus Zozobrado Jr., Luzviminda Ilagan and Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz (tied), Victorio Advincula Jr. and Conrado Baluran (tied), Rene Elias Lopez and Antoinette Principe-Castrodes (tied), and Joselle Villafuerte.   

A total of  438 faculty, students and staff voted, representing 29% of the electorate, from 27-29 April, using automated software created by a student in the BS Computer Science program.

Panagtigom: A Forum for Candidates

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DSC 0054     Senator and presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago visited UP Mindanao on April 20 as a guest in the Panagtigom Forum for Presidential Candidates. “UP Mindanao, you have called me and I have come!” declared the Senator to cheers from the approximately 1,500 students and other sectors that filled up the University Atrium.
     The Senator introduced her program by saying, “I would like to talk about research and development for inclusive growth. All candidates eloquently promise inclusive growth but stutter when asked to explain it. The answer is simple. We must invest in people. We need to educate them. Take care of their health and feed them so that they will become productive members of a growing workforce. Only by investing in people can you truly make growth inclusive. Education will be a cornerstone of my administration”, she said. “We continue to support the K-12 program and also make sure that it is in sync with our efforts in the technical, vocational education and training.”
     She introduced the proposal for the Knowledge-based Development and Governance, saying “a recent research study in the University of the Philippines found that we must complement education with research and development, in order to make our human capital highly competitive. I wholeheartedly adopt UP's proposal of investing more heavily in R&D. The first budget proposal we will submit to Congress will have R&D allocation equivalent to one percent of the Gross Domestic Product, which we will steadily increase to two percent of GDP by our last year in office.”
     The Senator also entertained the audience with her witty “pick-up lines”, such as “Kung maging subject ka, sana ikaw ang pinaka-mahirap. (“Bakit?”, replied the audience as one) Para sa iyo lang ako babagsak!” (See the video of her speech here and here)

WP 20160413 16 38 57 Pro     Atty. Jay Layug, representative of Vice President Jejomar Binay, served as guest speaker in the first "Panagtigom: Forum with Presidential Candidates" on April 13 in UP Mindanao. Atty. Layug, discussed the "pillars" of a Binay presidency to the audience of 200-400 persons, composed of Bgy. Mintal and Bgy. Bago Oshiro officials and UP Mindanao constituents, who listened from 3-5:30pm.
     Foremost of the "pillars" were the expanded Pantawid Pamilya Program to include senior citizens, free and subsidized health care and services, free education for all to include school supplies, abolition of income tax for persons earning P30,000 and below, and the protection for overseas contract workers.
     Atty. Layug further explained VP Binay's program for agriculture, infrastructure, and energy. More issues were raised in the open forum on faculty training, indigenous peoples, the Bangsamoro Basic Law, economic sabotage, the West Philippine Sea dispute, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), genuine agrarian reform, and foreign investors in relation to local industry.  
     The next to be the guest in the Panagtigom Forum is Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who will visit on April 20, 2pm. Visit the Facebook page "UPMin sa Halalan 2016 here!


April Public Affairs Calendar, 2016

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IN APRIL 2016 in UP Mindanao, classes enter the final term of the 2nd Semester of 2015-2016. Pre-registration for academic year 2016-2017 begins on April 18.
On April 2 the newly-created UP Mindanao Swimming Varsity begins its competition track record in the 79th Araw ng Dabaw Swimming Competition.
The BS Food Technology curriculum for 2018 onward will be the subject of a workshop on April 4 and will be presented to BSFT students on April 18.
Also on April 4 onward is the Donation Drive for Farmers of North Cotabato at the Elias B. Lopez Hall Dormitory.
Piniliay 2016 Student Council Elections is in April. Filing of Candidacy ends on April 11; the Campaign Period is on April 11-26 and Election Day is on April 27.
On April 18 is the Capacity-building workshop on RA 9184 (Gov't Procurement).
On April 21 is UPelikula: Screenings of "Esoterika: Manila" and "Honor Thy Father".  
A Career Placement Orientation and Pre-employment Seminar for graduating students will be held on April 22, followed by a Job Fair with the Dept. of Labor and Employment and the Davao City Placement and Employment Service Office on April 25.
For National Literature Month, on April 23 is the "Kumbira" spoken word readings, with dance and visual art interpretations, at People's Park, 6pm.    
On April 25 is the Post-harvest Seminar for IP Vegetable Farmers in the Marilog Land Reservation.
Basic papers for the appointment of faculty members for Academic Year 2016-2017 will be due on April 29.
On April 30, 4-5pm, is the Kumbira spoken word readings on DXLL OneRadio FM at 94.7 Mhz.
"Juan Discoberi", the science program, broadcasts every Saturday, 10am-12nn at DXRA Radyo ni Juan at 783 khz.   
In the "UP sa Halalan 2016" public service project, on April 7 at Lorenzo Hall are "Ina, Kapatid, Anak: Forum on Political Dynasties" and at 5:30pm is the "Mock Debate on the Mining Law" between UP Debate Society and Panalipdan.
On April 13, 3pm, at the Atrium is the first "Panagtigom: A Forum for Presidential Candidates" featuring the representative of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Atty. Jay Layug.
On April 24 is the public live stream of the 3rd Presidential Debate to be provided by SPARCS computer science students in Lorenzo Hall.
On April 27-29 is the "Pulso ng UPMin" automated mock-elections from the University Student Council and Omega Alpha, and other student orgs.
On May 5 is the visit by presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the second "Panagtigom" Forum.
All events are open to the interested public. (This update as of 8 April)

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UPMin sa Halalan 2016, April

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DSC 0766UP sa Halalan 2016 is the theme in April in UP Mindanao.     

On April 7 is "Ina, Kapatid, Anak", a forum on political dynasties from Pulos student organization.
On April 13 is the first "Panagtigom: A Forum for Presidential and other Candidates" featuring the representative of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Atty. Jay Layug.  
April 24 is the public live stream of the 3rd Presidential Debate to be provided by SPARCS computer science students in Lorenzo Hall.
On April 27-29 is the "Pulso ng UPMin" automated mock-elections from the University Student Council and Omega Alpha, and.
On May 5 is the visit by presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the second "Panagtigom" Forum.

Other Halalan events are fun and issue-oriented such as:
"What is Neo-liberalism" lecture on April 1  
"Exhibition Debate on Environmental Issues" from Debate Society
"Anti-discrimination Forum" from Pulos and Mentefuwaley
"Freedom of Information Act Forum" and  
"Students Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill Forum" from Pulos
"Trivia Night on Social Issues" from Alpha Phi Omega
"Open Notes" a comments billboard from CSM student council
"Essay-writing contest on Lumad Issues" from Betans.

All presidential candidates were invited to the "Panagtigom" in keeping with the "open door" policy of UP Mindanao towards all candidates and parties. Visit the UP Mindanao sa Halalan 2016 page here.

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