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1st Mindanao Symposium on the Future of Agrifood Systems

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in News

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The "Mindanao Symposium on the Future of Agrifood Systems," on 16 November 2023 at the Acacia Hotel Davao, will gather local experts from various higher education institutions and stakeholders from government and other institutions to discuss the future of agrifood systems. The event is organized by the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) in partnership with Visayas State University (VSU) and the Agri-Aqua Value Chain Laboratory.

Acad. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines and UPMin professor emeritus, will headline the event as the plenary speaker. Drawing on his vast experience as a pioneering researcher and advocate for plant breeding, genetically modified crops, underutilized bioresources, and sustainable modern agriculture, he will talk about "Pathways to the Transformation of Philippine Food Systems."

Another highlight of the Mindanao Symposium is a roundtable discussion on the topic featuring the following esteemed panelists: UPMin agricultural economist and former chancellor Prof. Larry N. Digal; UPMin horticulturist Prof. Emma Ruth V. Bayogan; VSU economist Prof. Moises Neil V. Seriño; Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) assistant director Meliza F. Abeleda; and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) executive director Undersecretary Janet M. Lopoz.

The invited panelists will bring to the fore their various perspectives on agrifood systems in relation to the rise of Industry 4.0, impacts of conflicts in Mindanao, environmental trade-offs, and the role of R&D in regional and national development. It is hoped that these discussions will lead to a fruitful discussion on potential solutions to the agrifood system challenges of today and spur innovative research that can address the concerns of tomorrow.

Participants of the symposium will also learn about various advances in agrifood system R&D through special sessions featuring outputs from the Agri-Aqua Value Chain Laboratory, a project by UP Mindanao funded by PCAARRD, and the Mindanao leg of the Roadshow of John Dillon Fellowship (JDF) Projects conducted by Philippine scholars (2021–23 cohort), projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and brought to different parts of the country through the efforts of VSU. Researches from various higher education institutions (HEIs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) will also be presented in oral and poster sessions.

The "Mindanao Symposium on the Future of Agrifood Systems" is the first of many research communication events that will be organized by the UPMin Office of Research, in partnership with various institutions in the country, to bring together scholars and stakeholders to discuss topics in line with the R&D niche areas of the university, namely: (1) Sustainable Agrifood Systems, (2) Biocultural Diversity, (3) Smart and Sustainable Environments, (4) Health, (5) Sports Development, and (6) Innovation.

The current Mindanao Symposium is also made possible with the support of the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) and the Southern Mindanao Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMAARDEC).

Mathematical Society of the Philippines Davao Region Chapter holds Convention

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MSP-Logo-1-1024x1024The Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) Davao Region Chapter held the 2023 MSP Davao Region Research Convention on October 20-21, 2023, at the Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao. The Convention was supported by the University of the Philippines Mindanao's Society of Math Majors (UPMin SMM) and the Ateneo de Davao Mathematics Society (AdDaMS).

Working under the theme "Rekindling Mathematical Minds: Uniting Mathematicians and Research Enthusiasts in the Region," the  Convention's primary objective is to provide an avenue for local mathematics practitioners and researchers to convene and share their studies and specialties to the conference attendees and the local scholar community.

The Research Convention aims to encourage the re-establishment of a mathematical community in the Davao Region following the revival of the MSP Davao Region chapter earlier this year after a decade of recess and after the challenges brought by the pandemic.

The Convention organizing committee is composed of faculty members from prominent high schools and universities across the Davao Region, led by Davao-based mathematicians and math educators. 

The MSP-Davao Research Convention is being organized in cooperation with the Mindanao Center for Disease Watch and Analytics (DiWA) of the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) and the Risk Management and Enhanced Survival Analysis Integrated through Longitudinal Infectious Disease Data and Statistical Epidemiological Model Using Clinical Risk Factors (RESILIEMC) of the Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MMCM),

The Mathematical Society of the Philippines is the premier professional organization promoting mathematics research and education. Aligning to that mission, the MSP Davao Region chapter aims to promote interest in and awareness of mathematics and its applications, propagate knowledge in mathematics and mathematics education, and promote mathematical research in the region.

The 2023 MSP Davao Board is composed of Dr. May Anne E. Mata (President) and Dr. Rommel Real, PhD (Vice-President) from the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin), Ms. Parlene Iris Aranjuez (Secretary) from Davao del Norte State College (DNSC), Mr. Ronald Gica (Treasurer) from the Philippine Science High School - Southern Mindanao Campus (PSHS - SMC), Dr. Ariel C. Pedrano (Auditor) and Dr. Eveyth P. Deligero from the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Ms. Cola Jane Baguio from Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MMCM), Mr. Joseph Belida from Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), and Ms. Edna A. Cenita from Davao del Sur State College (DSSC).

Previous events held by the MSP Davao members include the planning meeting for the reactivation of the MSP Davao Region chapter (November 26, 2022), the first face-to-face MSP Davao Region board members meeting (January 21, 2023), the election of MSP Davao Region officers (February 15, 2023), and the co-hosting of MSP Lecture Series 1 in Honor of Prof. Severino Gervacio (April 1, 2023).

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