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BOR approves MOA for City Hospital in UP Mindanao

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

At its 1363rd Meeting held on 26 August 2021, the UP Board of Regents (BOR) APPROVED the Memorandum of Agreement between the University of the Philippines and the City Government of Davao City for the Establishment of the Davao City Public Hospital in UP Mindanao Campus. The BOR is composed of CHED Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III as chairperson, UP President Danilo Concepcion as co-chair, Senator Joel Villanueva, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Higher and Technical, and Vocational Education, Cong. Mark Go, the chairperson of the counterpart House committee, Alumni Regent Reynaldo Laserna, Faculty Regent Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, Student Regent Renee Louise Co, Staff Regent Mylah Pedrano, Regent Francis Laurel, Regent Maria Arlissa Aguiluz, and Regent Raul Pagdanganan.    

The approval was granted following the favorable review of the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs. The Memorandum of Agreement is summarized, as follows:

UP and the Davao City local government unit ("LGU") intend to work together for the creation of the Davao City Public Hospital. The details of this working relationship are set forth in a memorandum of agreement ("MOA") already signed by the incumbent city mayor, the Hon. Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao City has authorized Mayor Duterte to sign the said MOA. The Davao City budget officer, Ermelinda F. Gallego, had issued a certification that funds have been set aside for the said MOA, because the Davao City LGU has committed to fund the entire MOA, and the city legal officer has favorably endorsed the said MOA. 

According to the said MOA, the Davao City LGU's obligations include:

1. providing funds to develop, build, construct, implement, and maintain the said public hospital;

2. preparing the design and engineering plans which are subject to UP's approval;

3. developing the site; and

4. providing funds for hospital operations, among others.

UP's obligations include providing the land on which the hospital will be built. UP owns the land upon which the hospital will be erected. The hospital building will initially be owned by the Davao City LGU but after twenty-five years the ownership of the said building will automatically be transferred to UP.  UP will render technical assistance, and—together with the Davao City LGU — will provide policy and operational direction for the hospital.

 The MOA is not a lease but a public service of the Davao City LGU with the assistance of UP. On the part of UP, this MOA is not an income-generating plan. Based on the MOA, the establishment of the subject hospital shall be at no cost to UP.

 The MOA is in consonance with UP's plan to create a UP Mindanao College of Medicine and the use of UP property for public purposes is in line with its mandate. 

Events in August, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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#UPMin26 UP Mindanao celebrates its 26th Anniversary in 2021! Theme: "Paglatas sa pandemya: Malíg-on nga pagbangon ngádto sa bág-o nga panahon" (Transcending the pandemic: A resilient recovery towards the new normal). Key events this week are:

  • 23-30 August: UP Presidential Scholarship application 
  • 23-27 August: Summer Bridge Program
  • Webinar: 24-26 Aug. SikLab: Research, 8am
  • Webinar: 24-26 Aug. SikLab: Tech Transfer, 1pm
  • 25 August: Kumustahan for Freshies
  • 26 August: Jose V. Abueva Rites
  • 28 August: Provident Fund General Assembly
  • 28 August: UPAA Davao Online Induction 

Alumni Legacy Tiles, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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UP Alumni Association Davao (UPAAD) members installed another set of Legacy Tiles onto the UP Mindanao Oblation Plaza today (20 April 2021). Project chairman Roberto "Bo" Puentespina and Michael Gatela facilitated the installation activity led by chapter president Pedro "Bogs" Quitain III, chapter chairman Nap Concepcion and former UP Mindanao chancellor Sylvia "Beng" Concepcion, Ana and Dodie Gualberto, Maris and Khalil Guinomla, Mona Abad, Rene Estremera, and UP Los Banos Alumni Association Davao president and UPAAD ex-officio director Ramon Bien. The group also visited the prospective site of the Bahay Alumni at the eastern end of the campus.




'Prepare and master the trends in the new normal' : Dr. Javier challenges graduates of UP Mindanao

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni


"The new normal will be heavily influenced by the technological trends... which you, our graduates, need to prepare and master for our country's future," said Dr. Emil Q. Javier, the 23rd commencement speaker of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao held last July 13, 2021.

In his speech during the virtual graduation rites participated in by a total of 126 candidates, Dr. Javier urged the class of 2020 and 2021 to gear up in operating remotely and innovating with the new normal trends that will affect occupations and professions in different ways.

“COVID-19 is a novel experience for us in the Philippines. The challenge that comes is how young graduates prepare [them]selves for the disruptions and aftershocks that come after the pandemic,” he stated.

He added that, “The pandemic has really undoubtedly changed the way people live and work. These disruptions and transformations are most evident in the number of people working at home.” 

In preparing for the challenges in the new normal, he encouraged the graduates to take the lead by possessing digital, cognitive, problem-solving, and social and emotional skills to ensure direction and leadership not only in the workplaces, but in their respective communities.

He also shared the 10 very important trends in technology that the graduates should focus on, namely: the next generation of computing, the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots, distributed infrastructure, programming connectivity, the biotech revolution, next level process automation and visualization, clean technologies, nanotechnologies and the next generation of materials. “Our graduates [should] take note of those keywords because these are the trends that you must prepare for and try to master, not only for your own personal careers but part of your obligation as iskolar para sa bayan.”

Dr. Javier emphasized the accumulation and accessibility of the vaccines to inoculate at least 70 percent of our population to attain herd immunity as quickly as possible. “We are now in a real recession for the first time after so many years. The challenge is how do we carefully calibrate the deployment of vaccines as they become available, particularly for the seniors with comorbidities, the frontliners, [and] also to those centers of populations where infections are highest.”

He was optimistic in saying that “the quicker way of attaining health immunity in the country is by opening the schools.” He reinforced this by stating that “the young people are not immune to Covid-19. They will also be infected but experiences all over the world show that most young people are asymptomatic, or the expression of the disease is mild, and hospitalization and morbidities are very rare. We have to prioritize the vaccination of teachers and employees in the public school system.”

Dr. Emil Q. Javier is a plant geneticist and agronomist who served as the 17th President of the University of the Philippines and was conferred the rank of 42nd National Scientist of the Philippines for contributions in agriculture.

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