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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.

Chancellor Digal's remarks at the UPLB CEM Alumni Day, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni


Remarks of University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Chancellor Larry N. Digal at the College of Economics and Management (CEM) Discussion Forum: Leadership in the New Normal, held on July 29, 2021, at the CEM Alumni Day, UP Los Baños


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 Good morning to Chancy Cora [UP Baguio Chancellor Corazon L. Abansi], Chancy Dong [UPLB Chancellor Jose V. Camacho Jr.], Dean Agham [CEM Dean Cuevas], and to my friends and colleagues at the College of Economics and Management (CEM) and to all those who are viewing or listening to this discussion forum. 

I’m pleased to be part of the founding anniversary celebration of CEM to share my views on leadership in the new normal and how CEM helped me in shaping my leadership skills and career. My views on leadership in the new normal are based on my own experience as a leader, particularly as a chancellor of UP Mindanao. Unlike Chancy Cora and Chancy Dong, I became chancellor before COVID hit us. My term started last March 1, 2019, so I was only operating for a year under a normal situation and the second year onwards under the new normal or COVID situation. And the second part of the sharing here is how the challenges, including opportunities, changed for UP Mindanao under this new normal and adjustments we made, as well as the insights I learned as a leader during this very difficult time for the university, and actually for all of us. 

Before COVID, UP  Mindanao launched an ambitious attempt to grow the university. Maybe you do not know that UP Mindanao is the smallest among the eight UP constituent universities (CU), particularly in terms of the number of manpower, teaching and non-teaching staff, the number of students, and budget. Another reason why the growth is slow, and part of it, is its age. We are relatively young compared to other UP CUs. Yes, we have a lot of opportunities to address the wicked problems here in Mindanao, particularly poverty and conflict. We have done a lot to address these given our limited resources since our birth 26 years ago, but we need more resources to do more. So we launched an ambitious expansion program under my term. This meant revising our vision, our mission, our goals, and mapping new strategies and priorities. We were very particular about the process in doing these, engaging both internal and external stakeholders, including experts, to comment on our plans. We even presented our expansion program in the Regional Alumni Institute assembly to mobilize support from the alumni and pioneers of UP Mindanao. We followed that up with a roadshow. Together with the prominent alumni and UP System officials, we presented our programs to secretaries of DBM, NEDA, and other government agencies. This was in November 2019, a few months before COVID struck. 

Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni


The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO), in collaboration with the SUSTAIN-IPTBM project, will be holding a five-day learning series for the improvement of knowledge, understanding, and the application of technology transfer commercialization among UP Mindanao constituents.

To start the Technology Commercialization Learning Series, TTBDO is inviting university faculty members, students, researchers, and staff to join the webinar on The Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (RA 10055) on 11 August 2021 (Wednesday), 09:00 – 11:00 AM via Zoom Cloud Meeting.
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Through this webinar, participants will learn about the government policy that aims to promote and facilitate the transfer, dissemination, and effective use, management, and commercialization of intellectual property, technology, and knowledge resulting from R&D funded by the government for the benefit of national economy and taxpayers, and hopefully encourage the UP Mindanao research community to put forward their research outputs for actual application and public use. 

Hiring Technology and ICT professionals, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

URGENT: The Office of the University Registrar is looking to hire two (2) Senior Technology Management Aides and six (6) Junior ICT Assistants for its data migration project. Interested and qualified professionals are encouraged to send in their applications as soon as possible.



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