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5th Staff Regent, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

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: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1629286070477321

Dibabawon get cacao training, 2017

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TRAINING ON BASIC CACAO PRODUCTION and a Farmers' Field Visit was held on July 14 in Tagum City for members of the Dibabawon indigenous people of Compostela Valley Province.

Some 40 male and 11 female Dibabawon farmers, representing 200 beneficiaries of the Laak Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAMPCO), participated.

The training provided basic knowledge and technologies on cacao production and for an increased appreciation and understanding of the economic opportunities available from cacao production.

Assistance was provided by the Dept. of Agriculture for the supply of cacao seedlings from its Cacao Double-Up Program. The cacao grower Kennemer Foods International opened up its Cacao Center for the farmers' visit.

The training and visit also served to strengthen the linkage between the University of the Philippines Mindanao, which manages a Land Reservation located in the province, and the Dibabawon Tribe and Barangay Council of Kidawa, located in Laak Municipality, Compostela Valley.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1625310297541565

Debate Society in national competition, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society competed in a national debate for the first time in the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship held on June 2-7, 2017 in UP Diliman. Some 54 teams representing 25 universities and colleges competed. Ateneo de Manila University emerged as champions in the grand finals against De La Salle University. UPMin Team A ranked 23rd among all teams with 4 wins and 3 losses while UPMin Team B earned 2 wins and faced 5 losses.

Round 1 was on education. UPMin A took the opposition but lost to Mindanao State University-Iligan Team A to the motion "This house believes that states should stop imposing a national curricula".

Round 2 was on the Philippine state. UPMin A took on the affirmative side and won over Far Eastern University Team B on the motion "This house believes that the Philippine Government should actively discourage OFWs from becoming domestic helpers".

Round 3 was about sports where UPMin A faced San Beda College Team C. UPMin A won in its opposition to the motion "This house believes that city governments should stop subsidizing the creation of sports arenas."

Round 4 was about International Relations. UPMin A took on the opposition but lost against Xavier University Team A on the motion "This house regrets the influence of the anti-intervention rhetoric in the resolution of the Syrian crisis".

Round 5 was on Health. UPMin A took on the side of government but lost to College of Saint Benilde Team A on the motion "This house believes that doctors should stop prescribing placebos".  

Round 6 was about Protest. UPMin A took on the side of government and won over Bulacan State University Team A on the motion "This house celebrates the Kadamay housing protest".

Round 7 was about Media. UPMin A took the affirmative and won over Miriam College Team A on the motion "This house regrets the use of political correctness in media".

Media Reception for Food Security, 2017

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A Media Reception and Forum on Food Security for Sustainable Development was hosted by UP-Mindanao on July 6. In the opening, UP Vice-President for Public Affairs Jose "Butch" Dalisay delivered a message from UP President Danilo Concepcion whom he said would have been interested to hear the talks as "a man of science, having been an agricultural engineer before becoming a lawyer." Through these forums, continued VP Dalisay, UP aimed to "bridge the gap between the academe and the general public".       

UP-Mindanao faculty members reported on their research studies in the forum proper. Prof. Juma Novie Alviola presented "Utilization of sago flour to improve the nutritional profile of selected food products". The study focused on flours from sago, kamote, rice, munggo, cardaba, and wheat. The study considered the prices, and the combinations of glutens, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and antioxidants, for the best nutritional outcomes. She also mentioned the uses of sago starch for lactic acid, cosmetics, glucose, and animal feeds, and of the sago palm to alleviate global warming and climate change.

Prof. Emma Bayogan presented the study, "Post-harvest of pummelo fruit treated with chitosan and i-methylcyclopropene". The study aims to reduce crop losses--that currently average about 35% of farm produce--through the use of these low-cost compounds. Pummelo, being a high-value crop in the region, had much longer shelf-life and maintained its sweetness and juiciness after being given the right measure of these compounds.

Prof. Cleto Nañola, for his part, reported on "Exploring the connectivity of reef fish populations along eastern and southern coast of Mindanao". These are the "isdang bato"--the damselfish, parrotfish, and surgeon fish found in the coral reefs of Sarangani Bay, Davao Gulf, and Pujada Bay. The study recommended regulations that would limit commercial fishing to fully-grown fishes and the protection of coral reefs in order to avoid depletion of the local fish population.

The open forum heard questions from the media persons who attended: Boom Castillo (Sun Star Davao), Yas Ocampo (Mindanao Times/Manila Bulletin), Joe Palabao (Business Week Mindanao/ Mindanao Daily), Nitz Escarpe (DXRP/Radyo Pilipinas Dabaw), Arnold Colama and Cy Bermudez (Radyo ni Juan), Bien Abanos (DXGN), Angelita "Alma" Mahinay (DXOW/DXKT), Roan Abasolo (City Info. Office), Rhodamae Hernandez and Bong Alis (Peoples Television), and Paulo Rizal (Davao Today).

The lead organizer, UP College of Mass Communication, was represented by Dean Elena Pernia, Odette Portus, Aleli Quirante, Rica Abad, and Ben Bunquin. The UP Mindanao participants were led by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291104901361129/?active_tab=discussion

27 pass June Architect Exam, 2017

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP-Mindanao) Architecture program achieved another 100%-passing mark in the June 2017 Architect Licensure Examinations.

A total of 27 new architects were produced, namely: Anna Tricia L. Acuña; Stefanie  N. Aquino; Samantha V. Arbotante; Somayyah G. Batuampar; Kristin Rona L. Batuigas; Aldeah B. Belotindos; Vanessa B. Bonghanoy; Lyndon John B. Cabahug; Joseph John O. Cahatian; Genevieve Miche D. Catog; Neice Joy D. Ching; Meryll Cameline G. Cid; Jhaneen Ealyza S. Cocal; Juliene Caress V. Cossid; Mary Kesselyn D. Cubero; Glea Czarina I. Geyrozaga; Faith A. Lejarso; Junel G. Nuñez; Therese Ann L. Quiray; Joanna Eve Alexandria O. Ramos; Mariel C. Sacala; Hannah Gayle M. Salarda; Keith David M. Salarda; Mottie Idansanka P. Santos; Hazel L. Soberano; Oliver D. Telmo; Katherine A. Vosotros.

The program has maintained its 100%-passing rate in the board exams through the years and has produced seven board top-notchers.

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