School of Management

Prof. Gomez is SOM Dean, 2020

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SOM Gomez 1RZD20At its 1354th Meeting held on 24 September 2020, the Board of Regents APPROVED the following agenda matters:


1. Appointment of Dr. JOSE V. CAMACHO, JR. as Chancellor, UP Los Baños, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

2. Appointment of Dr. CARMENCITA D. PADILLA as Chancellor, UP Manila, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

3. Appointment of Dr. CLEMENT C. CAMPOSANO as Chancellor, UP Visayas, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

4. Appointment of Dr. AURELIA LUZVIMINDA V. GOMEZ as Dean, School of Management, UP Mindanao, effective 24 September 2020 until 23 September 2023.

(source: Notice of BOR Resolutions at  its 1354th BOR Meeting held on 24 September 2020)


The nomination letter for Prof. Gomez introduced her, thus:

Prof. Gomez has been with UP Mindanao since 2001 teaching in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs of the School of Management (SOM). She acquired her Ph.D. (Natural Resource Management) from Charles Darwin University, Australia with the Australian Leadership Award scholarship. 

As an academic, she had published several articles in peer-reviewed journals which include the SEAMO-SEARCA, Banwa, and the Food and Agriculture Organization journal. She is also involved in various research projects that are funded both by national and international reputable agencies such as the Commission on Higher Education (under CHEd DARE TO) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

In 2009, Prof. Gomez was awarded the “Gawad Tsanselor para sa Pinakamahusay na Guro.” She is also a recipient of numerous Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant awards from 2005 to 2008 and more recently the One UP Faculty Grant for Teaching and Public Service (2019-2021). Moreover, she is also instrumental in the creation of the BS Agribusiness Economics Program upon its inception in 2005.

Prof. Gomez also served in different capacities as an administrator and is also a member of different college and university committees. At various times, she served as SOM’s representative to the UAPFC (formerly UAPB), member of the University Research Ethics Committee and the University Council Committees, among others. She was the college secretary of SOM from AY2005-2006 to AY2007-2008, the University Registrar from September 2015 to February 2019, and the incumbent Vice Chancellor for Administration, since March 2019. Moreover, her commitment to service transcends the confines of the University and extends to the wider community. She had served as a resource person to various organizations (government and non-government), specifically relating to strategic planning and natural resource management.



BSABE student in international debate, 2020

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A team from the UP Mindanao Debate Society won over Filipino and Malaysian teams to emerge as champions in the first edition of The Novice Debate (TND) 2020, organized by Way of Life Consolidated Education (WOLCE) and held online via Zoom on 15-16 August 2020. Frederick Omalza (BS Biology 2019) and Michael John Galendez (2BS Agribusiness Economics) triumphed in a 5-2 split decision with their convincing opposition to a motion for capable individuals to forgo non-essential activities in times of crisis.
“We argued that people in vulnerable situations need alternatives to avoid psychological degradation and for people to help in ways they can be most effective,” said Galendez.
On the road to the championship, Omalza and Galendez, carrying the team name “JaoKiks,” survived the rigorous elimination rounds to join the top 16 teams in the quarterfinals where they won a consensus decision in their opposition to a motion that preferred a world without a concept of fate and destiny. 
In the semifinals, the UP Mindanao team won a unanimous decision over Malaysian teams in opposing a motion for the US to intervene in the India-China conflict. 
“We argued that the US should not intervene because it has the potential to give a strategic excuse for the Chinese Communist Party to legitimize further military actions in the Himalayas,” said Galendez. 
The unanimous decision allowed them to proceed to the grand finals, and eventually capture the championship title. 
TND was done in the British Parliamentary format which saw 40 teams from various debate institutions all over Asia to compete against each other in motions spanning from philosophy, law, international relations and crises, to pop culture, technology, and tourism. A Novice, according to the organizers, is one who has not participated in any of the identified major international debate tournaments.  (Source: UP Mindanao Debate Society)

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