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Search for the next Chancellor (updated)

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

     University President Alfredo Pascual issued a memorandum dated 21 September instituting a search process for the next chancellor of UP Mindanao. The memo states, "The term of office of the Chancellor of UP Mindanao will end on 28 FEBRUARY 2016. This Memorandum is hereby issued to commence a search process for the next Chancellor of UP Mindanao pursuant to Section 18 of RA 9500 which provides that: 'The Chancellor of the constituent university shall be elected by the Board upon nomination of the President of the University, following a process of consultation with the constituents of the constituent university based on standards and guidelines set by the Board.'"

UPDATE: The timetable has been adjusted, please click on this link.

     The timetable for the search process were set down as follows: Nominations to the Search Committee, 6-16 October 2015; constitution of the Search Committee, 21-23 October; last day to submit nominations for Chancellor, 6 November 2015; submission of the report of the Search Committee to the President, 27 November; Meeting of the Board of Regents to choose the next Chancellor, 28 January 2016.

     Regarding the Search Committee, the memo states, "Crucial to the process is the creation of a Search Committee whose members shall consist of men and women of unquestionable, unassailable integrity who enjoy the respect of their constituents and maintain the highest regard for the interests of the University.

     The Search Committee is not a COMELEC whose job is to count votes. It is a fact-finding body whose job is to gather all relevant information for the President and the Board of Regents.

     The Search Committee shall consist of two (2) senior faculty members (Associate Professor/Full Professor/University Professor/Emeritus Professor); and one (1) junior faculty member (Assistant Professor/Instructor); one (1) REPS; one (1) administrative staff; one (1) student; and a representative of the UP President (from outside the constituent university).

     Nominations for membership in the Search Committee may be made by any individual, group or groups in each constituent university (faculty, students, REPS, administrative personnel, and alumni).

     Nominations to the Search Committee shall be sent through fax, e-mail, mail or messenger to the Office of the Secretary of the University, UNIVERSITY HOTEL, GUERRERO ST. COR. AGLIPAY, UP CAMPUS, DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY not later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 16 OCTOBER 2015. (Each nomination shall be accomplished using the nomination form included in the attached PDF document)

     The UP President shall appoint the members of the Search Committee on or before Friday, 23 OCTOBER 2015.

"Regarding the nomination process for the Chancellorship, the memo states, "a nominee MUST possess the following qualifications: Commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the University; Distinction in the nominee's chosen field of expertise coupled with a generalist view and an appreciation of other disciplines; a Filipino citizen with a strong nationalist commitment; a demonstrated observance of the principles of collegiality and democratic process; with unquestionable moral integrity; with academic leadership and administrative skills; and a willingness to serve as Chancellor on a full-time basis for the full term of three years."

     Also, "the nominee need not be presently connected with the University. He/She, however, must have previous ties with the university (e.g., as a graduate or former faculty member)." Regarding who may nominate, the memo states, "any person or a group in the university is encouraged to submit their nomination."

     The memo enumerates the documents required of the nominee and details of the search process.    

     Finally, "The nomination papers must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the University, University Hotel, Guerrero St. Cor. Aglipay, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City or to the Chair of the Search Committee not later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 6 November 2015."  

A copy of the memorandum with nomination forms is available by clicking the link below: Click Here

Regional Invention Contest & Exhibit, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

     The Department of Science and Technology-Region XI will be hosting the 2015 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE 2015) on October 1-3, 2015 at the Activity Area, Ground Floor, NCCC Mall in Matina, Davao City.
     Students and faculty members may visit the exhibits or submit entries for the College Category of the Sibol Competition and for the Creative Research Competition for faculty and professionals. The contest is for new and innovative projects or models that possess features and characteristics that may have significant contribution to the promotion of S&T innovations that are not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare. Entries should be related to science, technology, engineering, medicine (non-biological/microbiological processes), health and environment. Winners will be awarded cash prizes up to P20,000.00 and will represent the region to the 2016 National Invention Contest and Expo (NICE) to be held in Manila next year.
     Entry forms and contest rules are available at the DOST XI Regional Office or may be downloaded from the TAPI-DOST website ( Deadline for submission of entries will be on September 25, 2015. For additional information, kindly contact the RICE 2015 Secretariat at 221-5428 or visit the RICE 2015 website at

Fiction contest in Bisaya, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

Fiction story writers who are residents of Mindanao are invited to compete in the 3rd Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya. A contestant may have only one (1) entry. The story should be original  (written by the contestant, in Bisaya/Binisaya), unpublished (not yet printed), and must not have won any awards or used as thesis or workshop material. The printed story must be from ten to twenty pages only (printed using Times New Roman font size 12 points on Letter-size paper with paragraphs printed in double-space). Send entry to: The Public Relations Officer, Administration Bldg., U.P. Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City 8022. The entry envelope should contain: three copies of the story; a separate paper signed by the contestant stating that he/she is the author, and that the story has not been published, awarded, or used as thesis or workshop material; and the contestant's mailing address, e-mail, and cellular phone number.  An electronic copy of the entry in Rich Text Format (RTF) should be sent by email to: davaowritersguild-at-yahoo-dot-com-dot-ph (). Non-compliant entries will be disqualified. The criteria are: Language (25%), Technique (25%), Relevance (25%), and Overall Impact (25%). Cash prizes are: P5,000.00; P3,000.00; and P2,000.00, with corresponding Certificates of Award. Winners will be notified. The decision of the judges is final. The deadline for submission is 09 November 2015. Awarding is on 21 November in Seda Hotel, Davao City. This contest is organized by the Davao Writers Guild.

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