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UPCAT application, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

THE UP COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST 2018 (UPCAT 2018) is now open for application. The deadline for filing of applications is on September 1, 2017 (for applicants outside Metro Manila). UPCAT 2018 will be administered nationwide on 21-22 October 2017.

Qualified to apply for UPCAT 2018 are: Grade 12 senior high school students expecting to graduate before August 2018; high school graduates from 2017 or earlier; students who are PEPT Certified Eligible for admission to college; and must not have taken the UPCAT and any college courses before SY2018-2019.

Applicants are advised to read the detailed instructions and download the forms at the web site

SMAARRDEC is 30 in August, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

SMAARRDEC (Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium) celebrates its 30th Founding Anniversary and FIESTA 2017 in August.

On August 18, Friday, at 7AM will be a celebration of the Holy Mass at the Social Hall of the University of Southeastern Phils. (USeP) Main Campus, Davao City, and following at 9AM will be the Coconut-planting and other activities at the Dept. of Agriculture Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-SMIARC), in Manambulan, Tugbok, Davao City.

On August 23, Wednesday, will be a full day of events. At 8:30AM will be the start of the Motorcade from USeP grounds thru city streets, culminating in Abreeza Mall, Davao City.

At Abreeza Mall, at 10AM will be the Opening Ceremonies highlighted by the entrance parade of flags of consortium members and the opening of the SMAARRDEC FIESTA Exhibit. At 1PM will be the Forum on Technology-To-People, Business-Coaching, and Technology-Matching.

At 6PM will be the Stakeholders Appreciation Night at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. The highlight will be the presentation of awards and recognition.  

On August 24, Thursday, will be the SMAARRDEC 30th Regional Symposium on RDE Highlights (RSRDH), during mall hours, in Abreeza Mall. This is where new research and technologies, such as research from UP Mindanao, will be shown thru talks and posters.  

On August 25, Friday, also in Abreeza Mall, is the Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum from 10AM to 4PM. The culminating event from 4PM onward is the Awarding Ceremonies beginning with a body-painting show, to be followed by the awarding of winners for best research papers and posters and for the FIESTA pocket events and booths.

SMAARRDEC is composed of the national government agencies involved in science and technology, regional state colleges and universities, including UP Mindanao, and local and provincial government units.

Collection of student fees deferred, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

UP Mindanao deferred until August 25 its collection of student fees. The deferred payment schedule is in line with the memo issued by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion last July 31 on the guidelines for the assessment and collection of tuition and other fees for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018. The memo called for the use of the Scholarships and Financial Assistance (SFA) Online Application, which includes the Free Tuition 2017, Socialized Tuition System (STS), and Tulong-Dunong Program for 2017-2018 in the “assessment of tuition and other fees, and in providing financial support to students from low-income households.”

Pres. Danilo Concepcion’s July 31 memo superseded the memorandum issued last July 28 by UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Chancellor Concepcion’s memo for the deferment of “assessment and collection of student fees…until instruction from UP System is received” was made in preparation for the August 1-2 registration period.

Around 634 of the expected 700 incoming students for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018 applied to the SFA Online application. Of this number, 373 students applied for both free tuition subsidy, STS and Tulong-Dunong. About 261 students applied for STS only.

Results of the application will be released before 25 August 2017, the deadline for the collection of assessed fees.

The UP System plans to open the SFA Online Website for those who were not able to apply.

5th Staff Regent, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

MS. ANALIZA "Liza" FULVADORA, UP Mindanao Scholarships Officer, has been conferred as 5th Staff Regent to the UP Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body of the University of the Philippines. This is a culmination of the result of elections conducted on July 18 by non-teaching personnel across the entire UP System. She will represent the 8,700 members of this sector in the 11-person Board for a term of two years until June 30, 2019. Her selection is historic for being the first Staff Regent to come from UP Mindanao.

Her conferment was made in ceremonies held on July 27. A Turn-over of the Office of the Staff Regent was done between Mr. Alexis Mejia and Ms. Fulvadora. She took her Oath of Office as administered by Board co-chairperson Patricia Licuanan. She assumed her seat upon Call to Order and participated in the 1329th Meeting of the Board.

Regent Liza has pledged, in her vision paper, to pursue the regularization of casual and contractual employees, increased employee salaries and benefits, expanded service recognition, full implementation of the collective negotiation agreement with the UP administration, and democratic participation in policy-making.

In the BOR, Regent Liza will be in the company of the other sectoral regents, namely, Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, Alumni Regent Ramon Maronilla, and Student Regent Shari Oliquino; the three Malacañang-appointed regents, namely, Francis Laurel, Angelo Jimenez, and Frederick Farolan; the chairpersons of the Senate and House Education Committees, namely, Senator Francis Escudero and Congresswoman Ann Hofer; and the Board co-chairpersons, who are CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and UP President Danilo Concepcion.

Her path to the BOR began as president of the All UP Workers Union-UP Mindanao chapter. Because the current policy for the selection of the staff regent requires that the opportunity to be nominated be rotated among the eight UP constituent universities, Presidente Liza was nominated when the opportunity came for the cluster of UP Mindanao, UP Cebu, UP Baguio, and UP Open University.

Regent Liza has been with UP Mindanao since 1998 and has degrees in commerce, nursing, and special education.

See the photos here:

NCCA call for proposals, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts, led by Executive Director Rico Pableo with official Renee Talavera and UP Mindanao professor John Bengan, announced their call for proposals in a press conference in Davao City on July 24. 

According to Director Pableo, the call is for organizations, local government units, agencies, schools, and individuals to organize or create artistic and cultural projects in 2018 which the NCCA will fund through grants from the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts.

The fund grants are provided to encourage projects in the various arts and cultural enterprises that can contribute to the NCCA vision of "Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well being (Bukal ng pambansa at pandaigdigang kagalingan ang kalinangang Filipino)".
U.P. Mindanao professor John Bengan, president of the Davao Writers Guild and regional representative to the National Committee on Literary Arts, enumerated the literary projects qualified for funding support, namely: national and regional creative writing workshops; module design and training for literature teachers of senior and junior high schools; the printing of a completed research or the staging of a completed stage play; a ManunULAT-documentation of literary artists and their work through a video-documentary; and the Project Pangga literary conference, seminar, exhibit or performance focusing on under-represented sectors such as persons with disablilities or indigenous peoples.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is August 31. 

See the photo and video here, respectively: photo; video

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