UP sa Halalan 2016

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halalan-button-websiteThe 2016 national and local elections will be held on 9 May 2016. Experts argue that elections are needed to enforce the rule of law, foster a predictable administrative environment and promote inclusiveness. The coming elections, therefore, is a crucial part of our journey to political and economic stability. In line with this, it is important that stakeholders-the general public, the media, and academic institutions-are engaged in issues that will help select the next set of political leaders and the nation's agenda in the next six years. The University of the Philippines (UP), as the country's national university, must lead public discourse on the elections and the issues surrounding them. See: and


Public Events in December, 2015

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KASADYA201530     December in U.P. Mindanao is the semestral break. The Second Semester of Academic Year 2015-2016 begins on January 18.
    On December 7, the public is invited to view the Kasadya Parolan Christmas Lantern Parade in UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. To open the festivities, the "UPMin Got Talent" show will be at 2-4:30 PM at the Administration Bldg. Atrium. The Parade begins at 4:30 PM from the Administration Bldg., to proceed to the College of Science and Mathematics Kanluran Bldg., and back. The Kasadya Program begins at 5:30 PM featuring the presentation of individual Parol lanterns and the Christmas Dance Contest. Smart Communications will sponsor prizes.     
     On 2-3 December, the PHIL-LiDAR 2 team attends the PHIL-LiDAR 2 Resource Mapping Forum in UP Diliman and on 4 December is the 2nd National Map Turnover of Phil-Lidar 2, wherein UP Mindanao will turn over resource maps for six municipalities of Mati, Caraga, Baganga (Davao Oriental), Digos, Padada, and Hagonoy (Davao del Sur) at Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City.
     Also, on December 5-6, #UPHold Communications, composed of BA Communication Arts students, holds the Integrated Marketing Communications regional workshop-competition at Mindanao Training and Resource Center, DMSF campus, Davao City. The event participants will benefit from the recently-concluded PANAF IMC Students' Competition on November 28, where the Communication Arts students won 2nd Runner-up in the nation-wide PANAnaw Awards for their "PILI-PINAS" Halalan 2016 Advocacy Campaign and Jingle.
     Following on December 9 is the Student Communication Research in the Philippines (Student CoRePH) Conference, organized by the  UP Mindanao Communicators Guild on the theme, "New Voices, New Inquiries in Communication Research", featuring topics in health and development communication and media studies, to be held at Apo View Hotel.

Anthropology Student Conference-Workshop, 2015

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     Seventeen senior students of the BA Anthropology program presented research papers in the Anthropology Student Conference-Workshop 2015, featuring papers from the 2015 Field School.
     Serving as members of the reactors' panel were Prof. Ponciano Bennagen (former faculty of the UP Dept. of Anthropology and 1986 Philippine Constitutional Commissioner), Atty. Augusto Gatmaytan, PhD (Ateneo de Davao University), and Prof. Maria Mangahas (UP Diliman).
     The research papers were a result of month-long Anthropology Field Schools in three various
sites, namely: Magpet, North Cotabato; Malita, Davao Occidental; and Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.

Anthropology Field Schools 2015 / University of the Philippines Mindanao
Magpet, North Cotabato
Theme: Anthropology of an Obo Manobo community
Main research site: Barangay Manobo
1. Dealing with Threats, Fighting for Life: Concepts, Innovations, and Strategies of Water Protection in an Upland Obo-Manobo Village by Allin Joy Camile
2. Why are the machetes fed? Exploring the Obo-Manobo’s Value-ascription on Machetes by Eden Genesis G. Florendo
3. Exploring Health and Sickness among the Obo Manobo of Magpet, North Cotabato by Sharmaine Anne D. Jardinel
4. Tales of Catastrophes: Exploring the Obo-Manobo Concept of Disaster by Therese Claudine S. Tinio
5. From sagbot (grass) to silhig (broom): Tahitti (Thysanolaena maxima) as a high-valued crop of the Obo Manobo of Barangay Manobo, Magpet, North Cotabato by Kim Reina Toyongan

Malita, Davao Occidental
Theme: Anthropology of a Tagakaolo community
Main research site: Sitio Mote, Barangay Pinalpalan
1. Food for Life: Exploring the Tagakaolo Foodways and Notions of Life by Bea Kathryn Ll. Cobias
2. Medical Pluralism in a Tagakaolo Community by Rachelle Joy L. Eliseo
3. Communities and Waterways: Water Supply and its Role in the Relationship of the Tagakaolo and water by Pamela Denise Engalan
4. Changing Crops, Changing Ways: An Exploratory Study on the Changes in Corn (Zea mays) Production of the Tagakaolo in Malita, Davao Occidental by Janna Marie D. Pantonial
5. The Tagakaolo of Pinalpalan and their Justice System by Gia Samonte
6. To kill or not to kill: Effects of Rat Infestation among the Tagakaolo by Daniel Ray B. Villaruel

Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental
Theme: Anthropology of fishing
Main research sites: Barangays Montserrat, Nangan, and Lavigan
1. Exploring Dimensions of Human- Fish Relations in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental by Charlene I. Erbito
2. Mateo Monce and Lily of the Valley: The Social Life of Fishing Vessels in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental by Dianara C. Hinayon
3. Pamarilis: Technological Innovations and Ethnoecological Knowledge in Small-scale Tuna Fishing by Glenn Francis C. Lanticse
4. “Barter”: The Persistence of Illicit Trade in Commercial Fishing Industry by Cherry Jhane Mondilla
5. Part Fishers, Part Farmers: Livelihood Strategies in a Frontier Community by Deanna Joyce C. Neri
6. Ang Mga Kababayen-an sa Kabaybayon (Women of the Coast): Life Histories of Deep-Sea Women Fishers by Jecelyn Pastor

(Report from Jessie Varquez, Jr.)

Anthro. Perspectives on IP-related Violence, 2015

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A symposium on the Lumad situation entitled "Anthropological Perspectives on Indigenous Peoples-related Violence" was organized by the Dept. of Social Sciences on 05 November 2015. Asst. Prof. Andrea Malaya Ragragio gave the Opening Remarks and the context of the symposium. Asst. Prof. Raymundo Pavo spoke on "Academic Vows" such as its engagement with the public life and the habit of asking questions. Assoc. Prof. Myfel Paluga spoke on "History of Alamara Violence", from the history of Talaingod municipality and its dynamics, and the continuing themes of marginalization, self-determination, and the paramilitary phenomenon. Inst. Sheila Tampos spoke on "Ginhawa sa Pangayaw", or the concepts of emotion and resolution in Lumad armed revolts and revenge killings. Assoc. Prof. Antonio Moran gave remarks on "Catching Non-Lumads with their constructs down", refering to the audience and the challenge posed before them. Reactions were given by Mr. Tyrone Velez, Prof. Paluga, and  members of the audience.

Indigenous Peoples' Katarungang Pambarangay, 2015

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The "Seminar on Creating an Indigenous Peoples-Relevant Katarungang Pambarangay" was held on 30 October in UP Mindanao. UP College of Law Professor Solomon Lumba spoke on "Understanding the Katarungang Pambarangay: Justice at the Grassroots". Atty. Jose Jake Dumagan Jr, Regional Hearing Officer of the National Commission on Indigenous People-Region 11, spoke on "The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act: Responding to the Challenges of the Judiciary System". Atty. Ronnie Bulotano, Legal Officer of the NCIP-Davao City Provincial Office spoke on "Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices". Lipatuan Joel Unad, Obu Manuvu tribe representative to the Ancestral Domain Management Team, spoke on "The Indigenous Modes of Dispute-Resolution and the Indigenous Justice System". Present at the Seminar were officials from the barangays of Marilog, Bantol, Magsaysay, Dalag-lumot, Baguio, Bago Oshiro, Mintal, Tamugan (Davao City), and San Miguel (Arakan Municipality, North Cotabato Province). Prof. Nilo Oponda, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, gave the Welcome Remarks and Prof. Antonio Obsioma, VC for Administration, gave the Closing Remarks. a/Prof. Nelfa Glova (Dept. of Humanities) and Ms. Trina Faye Ladores (Legal Office) served as emcees. The Seminar was organized by Mr. Joel Sagadal, Land Management Officer (Office of the Chancellor) and Mr. Michael Gatela (Office of Extension and Community Service).

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