Faculty Regent Lourdes Abadingo came to UP Mindanao on September 19, 2013 for a dialogue with the faculty members. She was welcomed by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, VCAA Karen Cayamanda, and former UP Manila colleague Ricardo de Ungria. In the forum, Prof. Adela Ellson, president of the All UP Academic Employees Union, initiated the preliminary discussions which led the regent to remark that many of the issues and concerns raised were similar to the other constituent universities: Productivity-based Bonus; promotion rules and differing rates among CUs; a better selection process for academic officials; overload rates; guidelines and possible incentives for extension work; the absence of earning points for faculty members holding administrative positions; confusion over the correct academic guidebook; absence of "banking" for earned academic points; the need for an improved grievance mechanism; taxes; housing, and enhanced medical benefits. The foremost concern raised as being unique to UP Mindanao was the lack of items and its effects, such as: promotion constraints; demoralization; unattractive compensation for prospective faculty members; loss of incentives/multipliers for off-hours service; gaps in service record caused by study leave; loss of vacation time; disparity of credit for human kinetics, laboratory, and NSTP faculty; disparity of required points for departments with postgraduate programs and those without; and the effect of K-12. Some of the suggestions were: to avail of PhD Fund to pay substitute faculty; convert the lump sum to regular items; and for single faculty members to marry in order to decrease tax payments. Some of the agreements were: to avail of the Phd modernization program; that all faculty members paid from lump sum should write the university president. The regent asked the union president to help in crafting appropriate actions to address the other concerns: to reiterate housing needs; a doctor for the infirmary; improved API guidelines to include equipment; fixed appropriation for wellness, among other concerns.