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Highlights of November 2018

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ALUMNI who passed the Physicians Licensure Exam of September-October 2018; Results released on 6 November 2018:Janin Lou C. Billano BSB 2013; Gabriel Paulo G. Eleria BSB 2013; Rafael Nicholas C. Banga BSB 2013; Donna H. Labaniego BSB 2013; Lyle Wednesmay Malubay BSB 2013; Jan Reynald Shane A. Coquilla BSFT 2013; Lean Alessandro B. Carreon BSB 2012; Faith Jane A. Parba BSB 2012; Anjelica Izabelle F. Napala BSB 2012; Angelica Aisaiah G. Lagmay BSB 2012; Mikael N. Matunog BSCS 2011

7 NOVEMBER 2018 - "VOYAGES: The Inaugural Lectures 2018", a public offering, is on 7 November 2018 at Lorenzo Hall, Administration Building, University of the Philippines Mindanao. The event features lectures from some of the scholars in the UP Mindanao, working on fields as diverse as indigenous dance research, regional literature, philosophy, agricultural extension, e-sports, and nanotechnology. The speakers and their topics are: Raymundo Pavo on "Trisikad Diaries: Journeys through Social Space"; Rovi Gem Villame on "Laws of Attraction: Using Magnets to Attract Bacteria"; Jezreel Abarca on "So You Think You Can Dance? Notes on Indigenous Dance and Movement"; John Bengan on "The Historic and the Epic: Contemporary Fiction from Mindanao"; Albert Ramos on "Foolish Games? Or: Is e-Sports or Competitive Online Gaming a Real Sport?" and Anne Shangrila Fuentes "War and Peas: Helping Farmers in Conflict-Vulnerable Areas in Mindanao". Ilathala Performing Arts will perform a dance. "VOYAGES: The Inaugural Lectures 2018" is FREE and OPEN to the public. Registration starts at 8:00 AM. To register online, visit https://goo.gl/forms/YkkonTxmDkY0qot72   "VOYAGES: The Inaugural Lectures 2018" is organized by the Office of Research, in partnership with DUGONG-Antro student organization.

12-13 NOVEMBER 2018 - FORUM FOR THE NEXT CHANCELLOR. The term of office of the Chancellor of UP Mindanao is set to end on 28 February 2018. The Search Committee implemented the Call for Nominations on 13-26 October 2018. Posting of the Nominees' CV and vision papers were done on 29 October 2018. The Search Committee has set Monday, 12 November 2018 for the Introduction and Presentation of Nominees at Lorenzo Hall, Administration Building, University of the Philippines Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:15 a.m. The Chancellor's State of UP Mindanao Address is at 8:30 a.m. Introduction of nominees and Presentation of their mission, vision, and plans is at 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sectoral consultations will be held from 11:00 a.m. of 12 November to 3:00 p.m. of 13 November 2018. The Search Committee will submit its Report to President Danilo Concepcion on 23 November 2018. Read the Nominees' Vision Papers and CV here.

14-18 NOVEMBER 2018 - THE 2018 DAVAO WRITERS WORKSHOP, organized by the Davao Writers Guild and UP Mindanao, willbe held on 14-18 November 2018, at Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel, J. Camus St., Davao City under Workshop Director Gracielle Deanne Tubera and Deputy Director Mubarak Tahir. The workshop is open to those who are interested to listen to the discussions and learn from the panelists’ craft lectures. Panelists are Macario D. Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, John Bengan, Dominique Cimafranca, Errol Merquita, Nassefh Macla, Lualhati Abreu, Darylle Rubino, and Jay Jomar Quintos. Cebu-based writer Karla Quimsing is this year’s guest panelist and keynote speaker for the workshop’s opening program on November 14, 2018, 10:00 AM. The Workshop fellows are:

For Fiction
Ranny Ray Codas (Mindanao State University-Main Campus)
Hannah Lecena (Mindanao State University–General Santos City)
Marly Mae Meñales (Mindanao State University-Naawan)
Elizabeth Joy Quijano (University of Mindanao)

For Poetry
Ryan Cezar Alcarde (University of the Philippines Diliman)
John Carlo Beronio (Golden Heritage Polytechnic College)
Gerald Galindez (University of Southern Mindanao)
Raffy John Phillip Lucente (Holy Cross of Davao College)
Michael John Otanes (Mindanao State University–General Santos City)
Adrian Pete Pregonir (Banga National High School)

For Creative Nonfiction
Allyson Mae Espaldon (University of the Philippines Mindanao)
Kurt Comendador (Mindanao State University-General Santos City)
An-Nurhaiyden Mangelen (University of the Philippines Mindanao)
Adrian Dwight Sefuentes (University of the Philippines Mindanao)
Neil Teves (Davao City National High School)

Highlights of October 2018

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SEMINAR-WORKSHOP ON BLENDED LEARNING was held on 1-2 October 2018 for new and continuing faculty members with UP Open University faculty members Patricia B. Arinto, Charisse T. Reyes, and Roja L. Rivera as resource persons. The lectures were on the concepts and principles and planning for Blended Learning, Teaching with Online Resources and Integrating Online Discussion, Assessment Strategies for Online Learning, Online quizzes and exams, e-Journals, Collaborative writing, and Online presentations. Following the pedagogy talks were the principles and practice of effective assessment, providing feedback and authentic and engaged learning. Workshop activities were on finding an online resource and designing an online resource-based activity, planning an online discussion, designing an online assessment activity and evaluation tool.

The PCAARRD-UPMindanao-Landcare LIFE (PULL) project sites in the Municipality of Surallah and Koronadal City, both in South Cotabato province, were provided a workshop on drafting a memorandum of agreement and making a baseline survey of a community by Ms. Shangrila Fuentes Dept. of Social Science and Mr. Michael Gatela of the Office of Extension and Community Service on 3-6 October 2016.  Visits to the farms of individual and institutional partners were made as a form of inspiration. The research study dwells on agricultural practices in conflict-affected areas.

PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PROPOSED NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPINES  was the forum organized for Master of Management students and public officials on 6 October 2018 with Atty. Antonio B. Arellano, a member of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution, as discussant. Atty. Arellano reviewed the turbulent circumstances that surrounded the creation of each Philippine constitution to point to the present as being the most stable opportunity for a new constitution. He described the characteristics of federalism in the Philippine context, the working process that his Committee undertook, and the features of the draft Constitution produced by the committee. The forum was co-organized by School of Management Prof. Glory Dee Romo, Davao City Councilor and SOM Lecturer Maria Belen "Mabel" Acosta, and attended by Chancellor Concepcion and Dept. of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments Governor Napoleon Concepcion.

ESSAYIST WILFREDO PASCUAL was invited to speak by Prof. John Bengan on the "Art of the Essay" to BA English students on 9 October 2018. Being an art and without having a formula, he shared his personal process and its roots, starting with being an active youth, growing to be observant, and developing reflection, and extensive travel, that grew into the seeds of his writing. Dean Jean Juanga gave the Opening Remarks. 

DSS LECTURE SERIES continued on 12 October 2018 with the lecture "Reframing Metropolitan Governance for Disaster Resilience and Local Sustainability in the Philippines" by Prof. Weena Gera, PhD of UP-Cebu Dept. of Political Science.  The Panel of Reactors were composed of Prof. Minerva Rosel and Prof. Isidoro Malaque, both of the Dept. of Architecture. Remarks were given by Social Science Dept. Chair Prof. Raymundo Pavo and College Dean Jean Juanga.  

PROFESSOR ROBERT SMITH? of the University of Ottawa Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine visited UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics on 10 October 2018 to give two lectures. "Can mathematics change the world? Insights into policy changes, using HPV modelling as an example" discussed how mathematics guided public policy in Canada to mitigate the Human papillomavirus threat. The second lecture "When zombies attack! Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection" used a fictional situation to solve real-world problems. Prof. May Anne Mata (Mathematics) hosted the visit of Prof. Smith? that benefited students of mathematics, communication arts, and biology.

Visiting researcher Ms. Nipada Ranmeechai from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand paid a courtesy call to Chancellor Concepcion on 4 October 2018. Ms. Ranmeechai worked with Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan in March-October 2018 in the research projects in rice varieties and eggplant. Ms. Ranmeechai travelled to Tagum City, the UP-Laak Land Reservation, Bayugan City, and Cabadbaran City as part of the teams doing extension work with farmers.
 
Enterococcus Faecium DMF78 microorganism was delivered to UP Mindanao from the custody of the Phil. National Collection of Microorganisms on 4 October 2018. This microorganism was developed by former UP Mindanao Prof. Dulce M. Flores as the key element for the one-step production of lactic acid from starch. The microorganism is being handled by Dr. Melvin Pasaporte of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office.
"CRITICAL ARTS: A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION" was organized by Prof. Jay Jomar Quintos on 19 October for communication and writing students with discussants Zig Dulay, co-writer of Liway, and Giancarlo Abrahan, co-writer of "I'm Drunk, I love you". The discussants showed clips of their films and related the events behind the productions and the skill sets they developed and strategies they adopted to further their art and careers.
Women Empowerment Through Sport (WEtS) in Nepal on 25 October 2018 Italy from Bulgaria, from Kenya, Nepal Philippines
two year project mobility
capacity for organizations for international level. work directly with the women  to build capacity to work with others to see how you reach marginalized women development by sports.
 
"The use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology and GIS in the assessment and mapping of bioresources in Davao Region, Mindanao Island, Philippines" by Annabelle U. Novero, Melvin S. Pasaporte, et al, was accepted for publication on 18 October 2018 by Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment
Vol. 13 (2019) journal. This is product of UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 project implemented from 2014-2017.
 
"Research Conference & Organizational Meeting of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines-Mindanao" held on 24-26 October 2018 awarded Best Poster to Prof. Ritchie Mae Gamot for "Modified intelligent water drops algorithm with perturbation operators for atomic cluster optimization".
 
XIAMEN UNIVERSITY Faculty of International Relations, Research School for Southeast Asia Studies, and Institute for Malaysia Studies Vice Dean and Deputy Director Prof. Xueqin Shi visited UP Mindanao on 16 October 2018, with Phil. Consul General to Xiamen Julius Caesar Flores, to promote academic exchange between XU and UP Mindanao. Consul Flores called for increased interest in Xiamen, formerly known as Amoy, for being the ancestral home of most Filipino-Chinese, including Dr. Jose Rizal, who is honored in Xiamen with the only park in his name in China. Prof. Shi showed the dynamic character of the 100-year old XU with a video showing the campus on a seafront and the academic programs of XU in the arts and sciences. She presented her academic unit and its graduate programs available in the medium of English in economics and foreign affairs and the scholarship programs available. The forum was attended by faculty and graduate students.
 
"Nurturing Grassroots Change through Partnerships" Skills Camp continued on its second month by proceeding to the Technical Skills Training Program on 13-14 October 2018 under the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry. Having completed their modules in business, the trainees from Bgy. Bangkas Heights learned principles in cookery from Dr. Jackie Lou Tagubase, Dr. Dann Marie del Mundo, and Dr. Virginia Obsioma, and did practical work in food preparation and processing in the Food Sensory Laboratory.
 
The MAXQDA "pictureyourresearch" Photo Contest 2018 announced its top five winners on 9 October 2018 among which was the photo “Crossing the River” by  Asst. Prof. Glory Dee Romo (Management) taken in Agusan del Sur province. She said, "it was dangerous to cross the river .. this man walking to the other side to fetch his carabao highlights the challenges faced by farmers .. to and from the area to the market”.
 
UP Mindanao hosted the "Joint Seminar on Budget Formulation and Management: Current Policies and Best Practices" co-organized by the UP System VP for Planning and Finance, Dept. of budget and Management, and Commission on Audit for finance officials of Mindanao State University, UP System, and other government agencies on 29-30 October 2018.
 
The Annual Orientation, Recognition, Awarding Ceremonies for Student Organizations was held by the Office of Student Affairs on 8 October 2018. A total of 34 student organizations were certified as recognized student organizations.Five organizations were awarded FULL Loyalty for 15 years of existence; seven were similarly awarded for 10 years of existence; six organizations for 5 years of existence.Most Outstanding Student Organization was Alpha Phi Omega with 82.5%; Most Exemplary was Omega Alpha with 32.99%; Most Responsible was Society of Agribusiness Economics with 31.73%. Various awards and recognition were given to deserving orgs and activities. Chancellor Concepcion stated her hopes for more sports-oriented organizations.

The Society of Agribusiness Economists (SOABE) conducted the UP Economics Mania 2018 on the theme "Leading the way through economics" on 30 October 2018 at the Abreeza Mall Activity Center, Davao City. The event brought students from 14 schools in Davao City as they answered questions regarding the different categories of economics. Precious International School of Davao won 2nd-runner up, University of the Immaculate Conception bagged 1st-runner up, and Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus was declared as the Champion for UPEM 2018. All winners received medals and cash prizes. According to the SOABE organizers, "The event achieved its objective to hone the intellectual skills of students through enhancing their capability to work in teams and increasing their sense of responsibility."

A SERIES OF EMERGENCY DRILLS were undertaken in October to reinforce the practice of "duck, cover and hold" and an orderly evacuation. Administrative services held a pocket drill on 4 October. A major drill involving the College of Humanties and Social Sciences and the School of Management was on 9 October. On 11 October 2018 was the drill for the College of Science and Mathematics. The drills succeeded in evacuating the buildings in orderly fashion and had demos on operating a fire extinguisher.

"COACHING AND MENTORING FOR THE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CYCLE" was organized by HRDO for non-teaching staff and unit supervisors on 19 October 2018 with Director Minda Ostique of the Civil Service Commission.

THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE CHANCELLOR of UP Mindanao was created by University President Concepcion on 5 October 2018. The Committee is composed of Prof. Philip Ian Padilla of UP Visayas as Chairperson, with members Dr. Isidoro Malaque III (Architecture) as Senior Faculty representative, Asst. Prof. Ma. Teresa Escano (Humanities) as Junior Faculty, Dr. Briccio Merced Jr. (Library) as Research Extension and Professional Staff, Mr. Joel Sagadal (Office of the Chancellor) as Administrative staff, Mr. Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology/USC Chairperson) as Student representative, and Prof. Joselito Florendo as President's representative. The Committee immediately issued the Call for Nominations for the stipulated period of 13-26 October 2018. Nominations were received and the Nominees' Vision Papers and CVs were posted starting 29 October 2018.

 

ICAEM 2019

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ICAEM 2019

9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management: Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains
2019 | Davao City, Philippines

CALL FOR PAPERS/ POSTERS

ICAEM2019: Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains

The University of the Philippines Mindanao is hosting the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019). The purpose of this conference is to bring together international scholars and practitioners in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, management, and economics.

The conference provides a venue to present researches that deal with economic and management issues affecting the entirety or specific nodes within the agri-food chains, specifically those within the crops, fisheries, livestock and poultry subsectors. The conference is organized by the School of Management (SOM) and Office of Research of the University of the Philippines Mindanao. ICAEM 2019 accepts papers on the following tracks:

• Agri-product development and innovation
• Agricultural education and extension
• Consumer studies
• Development studies
• Environmental policy and resource management
• Entrepreneurship and agri-industry development
• Farm tourism
• Farm (crop/animal) and fisheries management
• Food security, trade, and agricultural policy
• Impact assessment studies
• Inclusive business
• Innovation Studies
    o In agriculture/agribusiness
    o In economics and management
• Participation of women in agriculture and agribusiness
• Partnership studies
• Policy Studies in agriculture
• Supply chain management
• Sustainable agriculture
• Technologies for crop and animal improvement
• Value chain analysis

SUBMISSION

The scientific program committee of ICAEM 2019 welcomes abstract submissions for the oral and poster. Abstracts may cover any topic within the tracks provided. You may submit a maximum of 2 papers for consideration. You may submit your abstracts to https://goo.gl/forms/lQ0tznphTiJDCT6w1 or email to .

A FEW REMINDERS: Please make sure that your abstract is (a) informative and can stand on its own without the full paper with the following parts: introduction, methods, results and discussion, conclusions, and implications; (b) written in clear and concise English; (c) has no errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific facts; and (d) should contain no more than 250 words. Spell out all abbreviations at first mention and refrain from using citations. You may submit no more than two (2) abstracts for consideration in the conference.

SIGNIFICANT DATES

• Call for Abstracts: 15 October 2018
• Abstract Deadline: on or before 15 December 2018
• Acceptance Notice: on or before 31 March 2019
• Early registration: 1 April – 31 May 2019
• Regular registration: 1 June 2019
• Conference: 14-15 November 2019

LOCATION

Davao City will host the ICAEM 2019. The City is an economic, political and agribusiness hub with highlands to lowlands resources. As such, it is the ideal place to welcome scholars, practitioners and guests with special interest in inclusivity, innovation and sustainability. For more information, visit the city government's official site.

REGISTRATION FEES

RATES EARLY REGISTRATION* (1 April 2019)  REGULAR REGISTRATION* (After 31 May 2019)  ON-SITE REGISTRATION 
Professionals US$230/PhP 4500 US$250/PhP 5000 US$300/P5500
Students (MS/PhD) US$180/PhP3600 US$200/PhP 4500 US$250/P5000
Philippine Government Agencies and State Universities & Colleges PhP4000 PhP4000   PhP4000

The conference fee is INCLUSIVE of welcome dinner, lunches and snacks for two days, conference kit and certificate, and a copy of the Conference Book of Abstracts. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE airfare/travel, and accommodations. *NOTE: Payment thru bank transfer. Details will be sent after acceptance of abstract.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD
ICAEM 2019 Conference Chair
Dean, School of Management-University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 295-2188
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Mr. Michael Noel R. Bonghanoy
ICAEM2019 Conference Coordinator
Office of Research-University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 293 1839
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Ms. Marilou O. Montiflor
ICAEM2019 Conference Coordinator
School of Management University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 295-2750
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Search for Next Chancellor, 2018

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THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT CHANCELLOR of UP Mindanao has begun following Administrative Orders issued by UP President Danilo Concepcion stating that "The term of office of the Chancellor of UP Mindanao will end on 28 February 2019."   The Administrative Order has indicated that the Call for nominations for Chancellor begins on 13 October 2018 and ends on 26 October 2018. The documents issued by President Concepcion and the Committee Chair,  Prof. Philip Ian Padilla, are available in this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/764131987286789/?active_tab=discussion

Highlights of September, 2018

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CONTRIBUTE TO NATIONAL GROWTH THRU KNOWLEDGE CREATION

DR. JOSE ILDEFONSO U. RUBRICO was sworn into office as Professor 1 by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion on 18 September 2018.  Prof. Rubrico is a DOST Balik-Scientist with expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics. He will join the Department of  Math,  Physics  and  Computer  Science,  College  of  Science  and  Mathematics,  UP Mindanao for a term with an appointment approved by the UP Board of Regents in its 1335th Meeting 31 May 2018.

THE THREE MINUTE THESIS international competition of Australian National University included Asst. Prof. Rommel R. Real (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Comp. Sci.), currently a graduate student at ANU College of Science, among the 12 finalists. His research,  "Making blurred images worth a thousand words", that uses mathematics to sharpen images for use in medical and scientific applications, earned him a runner-up prize in the 3MT Competition Final on 12 September 2018.

RESEARCH FROM THE DEPT. OF FOOD SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY was recognized in the 8th Health R and D Expo of the DOST's Regional Health R&D Consortium XI held on 13-14 September 2018 in Davao City. The research paper, "Utilization of mango seed kernel for the development of antimicrobial films" by Mary Grace Kristine L. Alimpolos (BS Food Technology 2018) and faculty co-authors Assoc. Prof. Noreen Grace V. Fundador, Assoc. Prof. Juma Novie A. Alviola, and Asst. Prof. Rovi Gem Villame, was awarded 1st place in the Oral Presentation-Undergraduate category.

MINDANAO CATTLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT benefited from a visit by proponent Dr. Cecilio T. Felix and wife Anita on the week of 6 September 2018. Dr. Felix, an alumnus and retiree of the US Dept. of Agriculture, contributed semen from miniature Hereford cattle to the Dept. of Agriculture and UP Mindanao in 2011, which has produced 17 cattle births in the project site on campus under the supervision of project leader Prof. Antonio Obsioma.

NATIONAL COALITION ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES HIGHER EDUCATION (NiCHE) conducted its 5th NiCHE National Conference on the theme "Indigenous cultural communities and higher education: Innovating learning spaces for indigenous creativities" in St. Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Ecija on 5-7 September 2018. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, together with the heads of member-higher educational institutions, signed the Pledge of Commitment to Support to the Memorandum of Understanding, namely, to build NiCHE and to strengthen and sustain the projects of the member-organizations that are directed towards the objectives of NiCHE.           

LILINAON, the literary journal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, held a book-launch for "Lilinaon: An Anthology of Young Writers (Special Edition)" on 14 September 2018 at the CHSS Audio-Visual Room. According to organizers Dept. of Humanities, Lilinaon--a Maranao word for "a peaceful state of mind"-- has published works by homegrown writers among students and faculty members of UP Mindanao since its first release in the late 1990s. This year the Special Edition was put together by students of BA English (Creative Writing) with faculty members John Bengan, Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, Nino S. de Veyra, and Genevieve J. Quintero as Editors. 

DISASTER RISK STUDIES were presented at the 2018 Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Governance Academic Seminar held in Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-26 September 2018. "A Reception Analysis of the risk communication system among the flood-prone communities in Davao City: An Exploratory Sequential Research" was presented by Asst. Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda (Dept. of Humanities). "Community resilience to urban flooding: A case study of the 2011 flash flood in Matina, Davao City, southern Philippines" was presented by Mitchiko A. Lopez (Office of Research). "Potentials and pitfalls of crowdsourcing in disaster communication: A Systematic Review" was presented by Asst. Prof. Dennis John F. Sumaylo (Humanities). 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP seminar was provided for BS Agribusiness Economics students on 10 September 2018 by the School of Management with speakers from the Dept. of Trade and Industry. "Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset" and "Strategic Approach in Creating Competitive Advantage" were the topics expounded by Romeo N. Vasquez Jr. and Edwin Banquerigo. Dean Larry Digal in his remarks said that UP should develop more entrepreneurs to exploit opportunities in agricultural and agribusiness growth.

DEPT. OF SOCIAL SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES, on the theme "Theorizing in the Social Sciences", was held on 14 September 2018 in UP Mindanao for students and faculty from Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conception, and UP Mindanao. "Appropriating Habermas' Communicative Action Theory in dealing with inter-ethnic conflicts in Mindanao" was the lecture by Brother Karl Gaspar, PhD. "Rene Girard on sacrifice, scapegoat, and the drug war in the Philippines" was the talk of Fr. Victorino Cueto, PhD. Prof. Nelfa M. Glova, in her remarks, said "theories are like sharp swords that cut into the darkness to reveal the intricacies of the social world .. and allow us to develop  visions in order to address the complexities of the social world one by one".
 
NEWLY-INSTALLED ARGENTINE AMBASSADOR to the Philippines, H.E. José Nestor Ureta, visited on 25 September 2018. The Ambassador offered the South-South Cooperation program of the Argentine Republic which is aimed to help improve the livestock and dairy industry as a possible channel for interaction of academics of Argentina and the Philippines. In addition, the Ambassador made a pitch for Spanish language classes, saying that Spanish is widely spoken internationally and that a certificate of proficiency in Spanish is a credential for students and academics to pursue studies abroad. He pointed out the common values and heritage between the two countries, despite the geographical distance, that characterize the Philippines, more than any other Asian country, as the "main bridge" of the Argentine and Latin American countries to Southeast Asian countries. Chancellor Concepcion, in exchange, requested the help of the Ambassador for linkages with Argentine universities for possible inter-disciplinary research partnerships in the natural and the social sciences, such as in cattle and dairy, tissue culture and micro-organisms, languages and indigenous knowledge.
 
CACAO FARMERS STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP was organized by Office of Research at the request of industry leaders on 28 September 2018 with Agriculture Undersecretary for High-Value Crops Evelyn Laviña and pioneer cacao entrepreneur Charito Puentespina in attendance. Dean Larry Digal, in his remarks, disclosed that businessman Angel Puentespina asked UP Mindanao to host the Workshop forum to address four major concerns, namely: increasing farm productivity; plant nutrition and disease management; certification programs and organic farming; and bean quality and productivity. The benefits for UP Mindanao could be in leveling-up its research, extension, and public service in this industry, such as in economic, legislative, food, science, and communities research and extension. U/Sec. Laviña described the various available credit facilities for small farmers and cooperatives such as the Agriculture Credit Policy Loan ranging from P50,000 to P150,000 per farmer with 3-5 hectares, the new Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement loan of P1 Million per project for individuals to P5 Million per project for organizations, an agriculture guaranty fund for rural banks to lend to farmers in remote areas; low interest rates to be retained by the conduit organizations; with simplified proposal forms all to improve productivity of farmers. She likewise told of available scholarships for agricuture and veterinary studies, and up to P5 Million for agricultural R&D of colleges. She disclosed that the ACEF still has P2.5 Billion that needs to be disbursed in 2018. She lamented that Philippine agriculture still dwelled on productivity issues when best practices now focus on mechanization and creating value-added products; for which, she said, credit for mechanization are also available. The Workshop proceeded with the concerns set in the workshop agenda addressed by the participants, namely: Angel Puentespina and Charito Puentespina of Puentespina Farms, Dept of Agriculture-XI, Davao City Agriculturists Office, Bu. of Plant Industry-XI, Dept. of Trade and Industry-XI, Phil. Coconut Authority-XI, Provincial Agriculturists of Davao Oriental, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Occidental, Davao Norte, Household Cooperative, Kapwa Foundation, Calamba Farm, ACDI-VOCA, and UP Mindanao VCAA Nilo Oponda, Research Director Emma Bayogan, College of Science Dean Dominica Dacera, Dr. Juma Novie Alviola and Dr. Dann Marie del Mundo of Dept. of Food Sci. and Chemistry, and Ann Shangrila Fuentes of Dept. of Social Sciences as moderator.
 
DEBATE SOCIETY paid a courtesy call to Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion on 26 September 2018 to report on their performance in the 38th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Bukidnon State University on 22-23 September 2018. A total of nine students comprised the UP Min delegation with UPMin A, composed of Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) and Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts), finishing as Quarterfinalists and Sarika Rey (4BA English) awarded as 8th Best Adjudicator in a field of 51 adjudicators.
 

PUBLIC SERVICE

TRAINING ON CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) was held on campus on 4 September 2017 for some 83 constituents of Barangays Ula, Mintal, and Bago Oshiro, units of the Dept. of Agriculture, the Army Reserve Command, and staff members and students of UP Mindanao.  Personnel of the Emergency Medicine Dept. of the Southern Phils. Medical Center and Davao City-911 led the training with the slogan "Save a Life, Learn CPR".  Dr. Benedict Edward Valdez, SPMC-EMED chairperson, issued a call for CPR Volunteers for Mindanao to which 20 UP Mindanao students responded for the prospect of becoming trainers themselves.   The training was co-organized by Rotary Club of Calinan and the UP Mindanao Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Administration, the Office of Student Affairs-Health Services, and the Office of Extension and Community Service. 

FIRE SAFETY ORIENTATION AND DRILL was organized for students and staff by the Office of Student Affairs-Health Services Section on 17 September 2018. Bureau of Fire Protection Senior Fire Officer 1 Rodelle G. Estolloso and Fire Officer 2 Orpha D. Sugpatan served as Resource Persons. In the afternoon, a fire drill was conducted in the Elias B. Lopez Hall Dormitory. In his remarks, Student Affairs Director Teody Boylie Perez, commended the students for the big number who attended. He enjoined them to listen seriously and take whatever they can learn what for their future, noting that the right information, skills, and  awareness can possibly save lives, properties, or one's own home or loved ones.

GENDER SENSITIVITY TRAINING was organized for administrative staff, Research Extension and Professional Staff (REPS), and project contractual workers  on 17 September 2018. Prof. Raymundo R. Pavo, Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences, facilitated the Training. U.P. ANTI-SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CODE Orientation followed on 24 September 2018 for students, faculty, and staff . Ms. Leah Emily Miñoza served as resource person. Both forums were organized by the Office of Gender and Anti-Sexual Harassment.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT COUNCIL organized Torch Night, Orgs Shoutout Fair, and Freshman Night in September 2018. TORCH NIGHT was on 13 September 2018 on the theme "Sa lumalalang pasismo..tumindig para sa karapatang pantao" had BS Food Technology as champion in the torch-making competition. ORGS SHOUTOUT FAIR was held on 20 September featuring presentations by 30-plus student organizations, seven varsity teams, three student councils, and three resident companies, with an acoustic musical mini-concert. FRESHMEN NIGHT was held on 27 September 2018 featuring the Search for the Ultimate Isko and Iska pageant by degree program and the Musikabataan concert organized by the College of Science and Mathematics Student Council.

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE organized by the USC on 21 September 2018 with a group discussion and photo exhibit. PAGTUKI: A Forum on Current State of Philippine Economy, Environment and Agriculture, and Charter Change was on 25 September 2018 with resource speaker Joseph Purugganan of Focus on the Global South NGO on "Dutertenomics: Recipe for inclusive growth or inequality" and speakers from Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa NGO.

A HELP DESK was set-up in the Administration Building entrance to assist visitors beginning 5 September 2018; an initiative of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Administration in compliance to the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA). The Help Desk is equipped with a telephone and directory and is manned by administrative aides S. Aunso and I. Magpusao by rotation.

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION Race-to-Serve fun-run held on 30 September 2018 had a UP Mindanao delegation of 33 persons, one of the bigger groups among the participants.  

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