Highlights of December, 2019

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04 DECEMBER Pa-ilaw, lighting of the university Christmas lanterns

07 DECEMBER Last day of classes

10-11 DECEMBER Final examinations, 1st Semester, AY 2019-2020


To celebrate the Mindanao Week of Peace, the UP Mindanao Center for the Advancement of Research, development and engagement in Mindanao (CARIM) and the Department of Humanities held the CARIM TALKS forum on 2 December 2019 in UP Mindanao. Ms. Manal Jingona Sugadol, a mobile journalist for "Stand for Truth" television program of GMA News and Public Affairs, was the featured speaker on the topic of "Mobile journalism: Using the mobile phone to expose social issues." Ms. Sugadol related her experiences that led to her career as a mobile journalist and shared some characteristics of quality journalism. Ms. Sugadol's talk was followed by a discussion with a panel composed of Ms. Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano, a former student leader of UP Mindanao, Mr. Karlos Manlupig, a correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mr. Enrimand Esmer L. Dejeto, a photojournalist for MindaNews and Agence France-Presse, and Mr. Julius Neil Piala, a faculty member of the UP Mindanao Department of Humanities. An open forum allowed members of the audience to participate in the discussion.

The forum culminated in an awarding ceremony for the "Peace of Art" poster-making competition that was held earlier in the day. The Vanessa Mendoza of Holy Cross of Mintal High School, Bridget Canson of Mintal Comprehensive National High School, and Cara Kianna Natino of Los Amigos National High School won first, second, and third prize, respectively. University Extension Specialist Michael Gatela gave thanks on behalf of the organizers in the closing remarks. Mr. Renz Ybanez and Ms. Maya Miclat served as emcees.


Kasadya Pa-ilaw, the lighting of the university Christmas lanterns was held on 4 December 29129, 4-6PM, with the theme: "Paglaum ug kahayag taliwala sa katalagman, dungan natong isaulog karong kapaskuhan." The Kasadya committee sent the message, "Let us all make this year's celebration more meaningful by bringing your gifts for the affected children of recent earthquakes in Makilala."


University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao personnel delivered Christmas cheer to children displaced by the Mindanao earthquakes on 7 December 2019 in an evacuation center in Makilala, Cotabato province. The team was received by Makilala Mayor Armando Quibod, local alumni and officials. Boys and girls sang songs and chanted cheers in the big tent facilitated by instructor Julius Neil Piala. Some 300 children received loot bags with snacks, gift bags with toys, and prizes of coloring books from the UP Mindanao team. In addition, the team turned over 52 solar-powered lamps to the evacuation center officials. In parting, UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal gave a Christmas message to the residents for equality in compassion. The gift-giving originated from the UP Mindanao Pahinungod call on 8 November for donations for residents displaced by the earthquakes. The UP Mindanao community reinforced this call with gifts donated on 4 December in the Kasadya Christmas celebration on the theme “Paglaum ug kahayag taliwala sa katalagman, dungan natong isaulog karong kapaskuhan.”

The Christmas offering contributed to the mix of UP's multi-disciplinary response to the affected province, ranging from scientific to psycho-social services.
Upon departure from the site, the UP Mindanao team welcomed the return of a team from the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences led by director Mario Aurelio who arrived to undertake further scientific studies.

Speech of Chancellor Larry N. Digal at the 44th RAI

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Building UP in Mindanao,
Stone by Stone

University of the Philippines Mindanao

Maayong hapon sa atong tanan!
That video that you just saw just earlier, that is meant to stimulate your interest for what I’m going to talk about. But before that, let me greet Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, our Deputy Consul-General Tang of the Chinese government, MinDA director Rey Tan, Davao City Planning and Development Office engineer Ivan Cortez who’s also the representative of our mayor, University of the Philippines president, sir, Atty. Danilo Concepcion, my former boss ma’am Beng, former chancellor Rey Velasco of UPLB, UP Alumni Association president Regent Reynaldo Laserna, Regent Atty. Angelo Jimenez, my very hardworking partners in the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc, that’s a very long list of names headed by Atty. Dinah, sir Anggie, UP alumni, friends, guests, ladies and gentlemen, madayaw na adlaw! 
Mindanao, “the land of promise.” A land rich in natural resources. The food basket of the country. A land diverse in cultures. Home to the Lumad or indigenous peoples, the Muslims who established sultanates in Maguindanao and Sulu, and the various Christian settlers who have trickled slowly into these frontier lands, lured by the promise of prosperity. But over the years, Mindanao has been beset with various challenges―high poverty incidences, low productivity in some areas, armed conflict and violence, just to name a few.
So how does one bring this promise into fulfillment? It is perhaps this same question that weighed heavily in the minds of UP alumni. Since the establishment of the UP Alumni Association–Davao Chapter on December 1949, the alumni have voiced their desire to bring UP’s brand of honor and excellence to Mindanao. Forty years later, they scored a major victory when a resolution for the establishment of UP in Mindanao emanated from the 12th UP Alumni Institute Assembly hosted by the UPAA Davao. On the 20th of February 1995, after many years of lobbying by alumni and the efforts of Mindanawon lawmakers, then president Fidel V. Ramos signed into law Republic Act 7889 or “An Act Creating the University of the Philippines in Mindanao.”
To this day, UP Mindanao is still the only UP constituent university established by law. And what did RA 7889 mandate UP Mindanao to do?
• First, offer academic programs on science, technology, agriculture, and medical education;
• Second, provide a special scholarship program and other affirmative action programs to assist poor but deserving Muslims and other members of cultural communities to qualify for admission to the University”; and
• Third, network and collaborate with other state college and universities in such areas which shall contribute to the development of Mindanao.
In a way, the creation of UP Mindanao is prescient. Twenty-five years ago, the alumni who pushed for the creation of UP Mindanao perhaps had an inkling at the very big role that Mindanao will come to play in the politics and economy of the nation today. Perhaps the greatest gift the UP Alumni has given the University of the Philippines through the establishment of UP Mindanao is giving it “the first-mover advantage.” Today, various universities from the National Capital Region and Luzon are opening campuses here in Mindanao, perhaps lured by the promise of vast opportunities: Mapúa University opened the Malayan Colleges Mindanao, Enderun Colleges, Lyceum of the Philippines, University of Asia and Pacific, University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University, just to name a few. The landscape of education in Mindanao today is vastly different from what it was twenty-five years ago. Hence, UP has been afforded a twenty-five-year head start to establish itself in Mindanao, and we need to take advantage of this opportunity.
But unlike profit-driven, private institutions with the financial resources to set up shop in our shores quickly and more efficiently, mission-driven, public institutions such as UP Mindanao will be highly dependent on the support of the government for its growth and development.
We rely on government for infrastructure and facilities, for example. At present, of the 204-hectare plot of land in Mintal, Davao City, allotted for the UP Mindanao campus, only about 20% has been developed. This is a far cry from twenty or so years ago when the university rented office spaces in the downtown area. And yet we are confronted by this stark reality: 80% of the total land area that is supposed to be used to provide quality education and relevant research and public service to the people of Mindanao remains idle or is being inhabited by illegal settlers.
Due to our limited infrastructure, we have limits on the number of students we can accommodate. Our carrying capacity for students for the current academic year until 2022-2023 is only about 1,600 students.
On top of that, UP Mindanao is a fairly small constituent university. At present, UP Mindanao is home to only 89 teaching staff and 77 non-teaching staff. If you think about it, the entire population of UP Mindanao is less than the population of some colleges in one of our bigger sibling universities in the UP System, like UP Diliman or Los Baños.
But no matter how small UP Mindanao may be, small in terms of human resource as well as financial resource, respond to the challenges of Mindanao we must. When it first opened its doors in 1996, the university welcomed its first 167 students. Since then, the university has graduated more than 3,000 students across various degree programs given by its three degree-granting units: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Management. These graduates are now serving as public officials and civil servants, writers and communicators, lawyers, doctors, educators, entrepreneurs, and professionals, making a mark in government, industry, and civil societies. First supporting an initial 8 research projects in 1996, UP Mindanao has since funded close to 100 and endorsed for external funding more than 250 research projects, and these researches have contributed to the body of knowledge and, slowly, we are working on ensuring this knowledge will create impacts in our communities.
But what is really expected of us? In many instances, I have been personally asked “What has UP Mindanao done for Mindanao?” in a tone that challenges the university to account for its very existence. Are we expected to serve an entire island with smaller islands that account for 97,530 square kilometers of land area with a population of over 25 million?
If yes, then the big question becomes HOW? How do we do that?
The answer in one word is EXPANSION. UP Mindanao will have to expand in terms of its academic program offerings, its research, development, and engagement, its human resources, and its infrastructure and facilities. And this will require resources to accomplish. 
Since I assumed the chancellorship of UP Mindanao in March of this year, the whole university has been busy crafting a new strategic plan that will take the university in a bold and uncharted territory. We took a look at our mandates, our original mandates in RA 7889 and the UP Charter of 2008 or RA 9500, took a look at our strengths and our weaknesses, and listened to the wisdom of various scholars and the collective voice of our various stakeholders. We also looked at the Philippine Development Plan or AmBisyon Natin 2040, the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework, and the various plans of government agencies such as the Commission on Higher Education, the Department of Science and Technology, just to name a few, as well as the various development plans of the regions within Mindanao. We also took a look at the Strategic Plan of the UP System, which functions as the north star for all of its constituent universities. And this exercise has revealed four guiding principles that will shape how we will be operating moving forward:
First, honor and excellence. UP Mindanao shall continue the tradition of honor and excellence established by the University of the Philippines as its sixth constituent university.
Second, One UP. UP Mindanao belongs to a greater UP System, with other constituent universities in various parts of the country, guided by the same mandates and working towards common goals. UP Mindanao does not stand alone. As a member of this system, we can therefore tap into the collective intellectual resources of the entire system for the benefit of the people of Mindanao.
Third, Mindanao focus. As the entire UP System is mandated to contribute to national development, UP Mindanao is mandated to contribute to the development of Mindanao in particular. This is our reason for being.
And last but not the least, international outlook. While we are focusing our attention on Mindanao and its needs, we have to acknowledge that we operate in a highly globalized world. It should therefore be part of our positioning to adopt an international outlook, in line with UP’s mandate to become a regional and global university. UP Mindanao therefore aims to bring the best of the world to Mindanao and the best of Mindanao to the rest of the world.Guided by these four principles, we came up with three strategic themes in the next five years.
First, we will mold learners into leaders.
And we will do this by providing a distinctive learning and student experience, improving the services that the university offers in various stages of a student’s life—from their recruitment into the university until they graduate and become alumni. We will also focus on increasing the number of students from underprivileged backgrounds as well as students from Lumad or Moro indigenous communities.
We will also set the standards for higher education in Mindanao, working hard to improve the quality of our existing programs by establishing more centers of excellence and subjecting these to the quality standards of the ASEAN Universities Network Quality Assurance framework.
And in line with UP’s mandate as a graduate university, we will be establishing more graduate academic degree programs to fill the gaps in the higher education landscape of Mindanao. We will do this by adopting existing programs from other UP constituent universities, inviting more offshore programs from other UP CUs to be offered in UP Mindanao (for example, Medicine from UP Manila), or forging joint or dual degrees with foreign universities (we are currently eyeing a partnership with universities from Australia and Taiwan).
Second, we will transform insights into impacts.
We will strengthen the research-development-engagement continuum by establishing CARIM or the Center for the Advancement of Research, development, and engagement in Mindanao, which will become a hub for RDE in Mindanao that will forge strong networks with both local and international research institutions. 
And we will further strengthen the two streams of our Mindanao Studies Research Initiatives: the Mindanao Arts and Cultures stream and the Sustainable Agri- and Biosystems stream. We will also serve the public to achieve sustainable development goals by creating value and offering key services from the knowledge generated through research.
And lastly, we will build a campus into a community.
We will invest in the development of the people who are tasked to carry out our mission, our faculty and staff. We will need more plantilla items for the regularization of our existing contractual teaching and non-teaching staff and for new people to support our expansion plans.  Here we need the support of the Department of Budget and Management.

We will also engage our partners for change such as the alumni, government, industry, communities, and other stakeholders to achieve greater impact.
We will also transform our campus into “a green university town” and aspire to become a model for operational excellence not only in Mindanao but the entire country and, perhaps, the world.
The UP Mindanao campus is strategically located in the Mintal-Tugbok Urban Center designated in the Davao City Comprehensive Land Use Plan as a center for higher level education and biotechnology R&D in Mindanao and in proximity to the planned Regional Government Complex where 55 government offices will be relocating. It is also near the Calinan Urban Center, the center for agri-based industrial activities; the Baguio District, which is a conservation and watershed zone; the Marilog-Paquibato Zone, which is known for its community-based agro-forestry and upland agriculture development; and various tourist sites and ancestral domains of Lumad or indigenous groups.
In building a “green university town,” our goal is for the UP Mindanao campus to become an agri-eco-cultural tourism spot and a mecca for international sporting events. And in the next five years, we want to develop most of the remaining 80% of the campus by building more academic and R&D facilities and completing three big-ticket infrastructure projects:
• First is the completion of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex, which is a joint project with the City Government of Davao and aims to provide facilities to host international events and will complement the university’s Mindanao Sports Development Program, with the support of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Education, to train the next generation of coaches, sports teachers, and athletes from Mindanao;
• Second is the establishment of a Knowledge, Innovation, Science and Technology Park, which will be undertaken by the university with the support of key government agencies such as Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry and aims to strengthen the relationship among academe, government, and industry in bringing to market knowledge products from research;
• And third is a world-class Botanical Garden and various cultural gardens, which will be undertaken by the university with the support of the Department of Tourism and the National Commission for Culture and Arts and other agencies and aims to showcase Mindanao’s bio- and cultural diversity.
That is our game plan: to mold learners into leaders, to transform insights into impacts, and to build a campus into a community.
As we anticipate the celebration of our 25th founding anniversary in February 2020, the entire UP Mindanao community is looking back on its past and at the same time planning for the future, planning for expansion to better provide quality and accessible higher education and responsive research and public service to more Filipinos, particularly Mindanawons.
To bring home this message, I would like to call to mind one of highlights of the celebration of our 20th Founding Anniversary in 2015. The UPAA-Davao Chapter organized the “Isang Libong Alumni Para Kay Oble,” an event that brought together alumni from various UP campuses to build the UP Mindanao Oblation Plaza. Stones changed hands from one alumnus or alumna to another until they reached the gabion of the plaza. This gesture perhaps best illustrates the power of collective action to achieve a common goal.
As with the Oblation Plaza, we will continue to build this university, stone by stone, no matter how long it will take. Every stone is significant. And so I ask all of us in this assembly: what stone do we wish to contribute to build this university? That is the challenge for all of us.
The road to transform this island from a land of promise to land of fulfillment may be long and arduous, but the University of the Philippines Mindanao, with your support, can contribute significantly to achieving this.
Daghang salamat!

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Speech of UP President Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion at the 44th RAI

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Speech of UP President Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion at the 44th Regional Alumni Institute

Senator Zubiri, the representative of Mayor Sara, Vice-Consul of the Peoples Republic of China, Regent Laserna, who is also the incumbent president of the UP Alumni Association, Regent Angelo Jimenez, who was also my former student, former chancellor Rey Velasco of UPLB who is also here, former chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, BOI governor Napoleon Concepcion, who is also an alumnus, Chancellor Larry Digal and officials of UP Mindanao, officials of the UP Alumni Association and UP Alumni Association in Mindanao, UP Mindanao Foundation president and Regional Alumni Institute chair Atty. Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes, UP Mindanao vice-chair Mr. John Gaisano Jr, UP Mindanao Foundation chairman of the board Mr. Sebastian Angliongto, higit sa lahat ang aking, pong, butihing kabiyak Atty. Gaby Concepcion, nag-absent, po, siya sa Unang Hirit just to be with us, sa ating mga kasama sa university, mga alumni, mga kaibigan, magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat.

Ako ay lubusang nagagalak na tayo ay nagtitipon-tipon. Tayong lahat ay nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit sa UP, nagmamahal and nagmamalasakit sa Mindanao. Kung ang UP ay para sa bayan, bakit wala ang UP dito sa Mindanao kung saan may matinding kahirapan? Ito ang tanong ng ating mga alumni sa Mindanao noong dekada nobenta. Ito rin ang simula ng kanilang pagpagpapamalas ng pagmamahal at pag mamalasakit sa Mindanao. Mahalaga para sa kanila ang kahalagahan ng isang UP campus dito para maibsan kung hindi man tunay na mabawi ang kahirapan sa rehiyon. Tulung-tulong na nagkampanya ang ating mga alumni at mga mambabatas noon para isulong ang pagtatatag ng UP campus sa Mindanao. Bukod dito, nangalap din sila ng pondo para maitayo ang UP Mindanao Foundation na unang naglalayon na hikayatin ang UP faculty mula sa iba’t-ibang mga kampus na magturo dito sa UP Mindanao; nagbibigay na rin ng tulong pinansiyal sa ating mga mahihirap nga magaaral. Para sa lahat na bumubuo ng UP Mindanao Foundation kasama ang UP Alumni Association Davao Chapter na nag organisa ng ating pagpupulong o pagtitipon ngayon, tanggapin, po, ninyo ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat.

Tunay na malayo na ang narating ng UP Mindanao. Itong nakaraang buwan lamang ay pinasinayaan natin ang Philippine Genome Center Mindanao Satellite Facility. Sa tulong ng DOST at Monde Nissin may bagong equipment ang UP Mindanao Fermentation and Purification Laboratory na nagkakahalaga ng 12 milyong piso. Umani ng mga parangal ang mga propesor at magaaral ng UP Mindanao sa ika-siyam na health research and development expo.
Nagtamo ng 100% passing ang ating BS Food Technology nang pumasa lahat ng ating mga graduates na kumuha ng chemical technician licensure exam.
Marami pa, po, ang nasa aking listahan ng mga nagawa at naabot ng UP Mindanao; mula sa mga international conference at seminar, workshops ng mga departamento, mga libro at paglalathala ng ating mga faculty, mga infrastructure projects gaya ng Davao City-UP Sports Complex, hanggang sa mga pampublikong serbisyo ng ating mga magaaral, faculty, at mga kawani.

Sa katunayan, kabilang ang UP Mindanao sa Mindanao Earthquake Response Team na kasalukuyan ay nasa Makilala, North Cotabato, at nagbibigay ng serbisyong medical at psychological sa mga biktima ng nagdaang lindol. Katatapos lang din ang mga ginawang geological at structural assessments ng ating mga expert sa mga gusali sa Makilala, sa Cotabato.

Tunay na malayo na ang narating ng UP Mindanao. Ngunit malayo pa ang ating tatahakin. Kasunod, po, ay ibabahagi ni Chancellor Larry ang kanyang mga adhikain para sa UP Mindanao at ang mahalaga nitong papel sa kaunlaran ng rehiyon at maging sa buong bansa na rin. Sapagkat may obligasyon ang UP na paglingkuran ang buong sambayanan. Walang saysay ang husay at dangal kung hindi ito i-aalay sa sambayanan, lalo na sa ating mga hikahos na kababayan. Ang mandatong ito ang nagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga taga-UP na patuloy pang magpa-dalubhasa hindi para sa salapi at sa tagumpay bagkus para sa paglilingkod sa iba. Ako, po, ay lubusang nagagalak na makalipas ang mahigit na dalawang dekada, buhay na buhay pa rin sa UP ang pagmamahal natin sa ating pamantasan at ang ating pagmamalasakit sa Mindanao. Nawa’y panatiliin, po, nating nag-aalab ang pagmamahal nating ito sapagkat ang UP ay Universidad ng Pilipinas para sa Pilipinas.

Kaya lang, natalo, po, tayo sa nakaraang basketbol game. Alam ninyo, pag lumalaban tayo sa basketbol, sa championship, lahat, po, ng state universities and colleges sa Pilipinas ay kakampi natin. At lahat ng unibersidad sa Maynila, maliban doon sa ating kalaban, ay kakampi din natin. Pero dahil hindi tayo ang lumaban doon sa championship, hindi na, po, naging exciting ang championship. Exciting lang ang championship pag tayo ang lumalaban. Kaya lang, dahil matatalino ang mga estudyante natin, exempted lagi tayo sa finals.

Hindi man tayo number one sa basketbol, number one naman tayo sa ranking. Tayo nga lamang ang unibersidad sa Pililpinas na pumasok sa ranking. Bago ako pumasok ng panungkulan bilang pangulo ng ating unibersidad tayo ay nasa top 1,000. A year after, tayo’y nasa top 800. A year after, tayo ay nasa top 600.  At ngayon tayo ay nasa top 500 na sa buong mundo. Hindi kasama roon ang iba pang mga eskwelahan. Sabi nga nila, manalo o matalo, UP pa rin tayo. Sila, others lang. Sa southeast Asia, dati tayo ay kulelat din. Dati rati siguro ang ranking nating diyan kung hindi pang labing dalawa ay pang sampu. Pero ngayong sa buong southeast Asia tayo ay number four na. Number one ang National University of Singapore. Parang UP-Ateneo yan, lampaso tayo niyan. Number two ang Namyang University sa Singapore, at number three ang Universiti of Malaya. Natanggal natin sa pwesto ang Chulalongkorn University, ang Baylor sa Indonesia, at marami pang unibersidad sa Singapore at Thailand.

Sa susunod na taon ay susuportahan natin na ang lahat ng ating reporma matutupad upang umunlad ang ating unibersidad sa ating pag-asa, tataas pa tayo ng mataas pa sa ranking natin sa buong mundo.

Mindanao. Ano, po, ba ang balak natin sa Mindanao? Nahuli man ang Mindanao sa pagkakalikha nito -parang pang-apat ata siya o pang anim ata siya na campus na ating naitatag outside Diliman-ay sisiguruhin natin na ang UP Mindanao ay hahabol sa development at baka nga malampasan pa ng UP Mindanao ang ilang pang mga CU na naunang itinatag sa kanya. Dito sa Mindanao ay itatayo natin ang College of Human Kinetics.  Ang UP Mindanao ay pinaki-usapan ko na. Una kong pinaki-usapan nito si Chancellor Beng pero dahil natapos na yung term ni Chancellor Beng e di nalipat na yung aking paki-usap.  Sabi ko lang paki-usap pero actually utos iyon. Utos kay Chancellor Digal na buo-in na yung curriculum para sa Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics sa Mindanao at ilista na ang lahat ng pangangailangan upang ito ay atin nang maumpisahan.

Sa aking palagay kayang-kaya natin itong ipatupad next year. Next year dapat simulan na natin ito. Bakit kaya natin ito simulan next year? Kasi, po, ang president ng Pilipinas ay taga-Mindanao, ang chairman ng committee on appropriations sa House of Representatives ay taga-Mindanao, ang budget secretary ay hindi lang taga Mindanao, taga Davao pa. At ang ating magiting na senador sa congreso ay taga Mindanao. Si Senator Migz Zubiri ang akin, pong, number one na supporter sa Senado habang ang pinag-uusapan ay Mindanao, kasi parang siya lang ang UP graduate na taga-Mindanao. Si Koko nga pala who was also my student, kaklase ni misis.

At may balak din tayo, may plano tayo na makipag-tulungan sa Philippine Olympic Committee na pinamumunuan ng isang taga Mindanao, si secretary Butch Ramirez, na gawing national training center ng ating mga national athletes ang UP Mindanao sapagkat nandito na ang makabago at maganda na sports facilities. At nangako naman si representative Sid Ungab, who’s an alumnus of UPLB, na sinabi niya pagsisikapan namin sa three-year term namin ay  makumpleto lahat ng pasilidad sa sports sa UP Mindanao. Sa susunod na mga araw, pupunta din dito ang mga manlalaro natin mula sa UP Diliman. Sila ay magte-train dito sa Mindanao siguro mga isa o dalawang buwan. Sapagka’t  gagawin, po, natin itong National Sports Training Center.

Para ito ay matupad, kailangan natin ng additional facilities at unang una dito ay additional classrooms. Pangalawa, kailangan din natin ng dormitory facilities para sa ating mga atleta at ating magaaral. Nakita ko lang, po, ang suporta ng mga senador dahil humingi tayo ng pondo para magpagawa tayo ng Balay Atleta sa Diliman. Hindi, po, tayo nag dalawang salita. Binigay nila agad pero kailangan nating makita ito sa bi-cameral. Senator Migz, bantayan natin na hindi matanggal doon sa dagdag sa insertion yung 300 million para sa Balay Atleta. Hihingi din, po, tayo ng ganong halaga para sa Balay Atleta sa UP Mindanao.

Iyon, pong, iba pa nating mga balak, hahayaan ko nang si Chancellor Larry Digal ang mag-bulgar sa inyo. Marami pa, po, tayong balak sa Mindanao. At ako ay labis na nagagalak sapagkat ang mga dumalo pala sa tipon ngayong araw ay nagmula pa sa malalayong panig ng Mindanao. Ngayon ay bumabalik sa akin yung ating awit, “malayong lupain, amin mang marating, di rin magbabago ang damdamin.”

Magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat.    

Speakers, 9th International Conference on Agribiz Econ & Mgt

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The keynote and plenary speakers in the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management, 13-15 November 2019

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Professor Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr.

Prof. Nayga is the Distinguished Professor and Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas, United States. He received his PhD in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University, MS from University of Delaware, and BS in agribusiness economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). His research interests include the economics of food consumption, policy, and health. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, he was a professor at Texas A&M University for twelve years and was a faculty member at Rutgers University, United States, and at Massey University, New Zealand. He has published more than 250 refereed articles in several economics, behavioral science, marketing, and public health journals. Prof. Nayga worked with other universities such as Korea University, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Zhejiang University, Waseda Institute of Advance Studies, Wageningen University, and the Institute of Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

Mr. Grahame Dixie

Mr. Dixie is the executive director of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in Southeast Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, nongovernment organizations, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Mr. Dixie brings over thirty-five years of professional experience as a practitioner of agricultural development in over seventy-five countries, including an early career in the private sector. For the past decade, he served as the World Bank’s lead agribusiness advisor where he was involved in the design and review of the World Bank’s portfolio of projects linking smaller scale farmers to markets and agribusinesses. These programs leveraging public and private investment involved innovative financing and research on key issues. His work included advising World Bank teams globally on project design, emerging good practices, and key trends in the food and farm sector, with a focus on market-oriented farming and multi-stakeholder partnerships. More recently, he has served as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Dr. Kenneth Menz
Dr. Menz began his career as an agricultural scientist before spending the bulk of his working life as an agricultural economist. He specialized on the interface between agricultural science and economics from a range of perspectives (e.g., farming systems research, evaluation of agricultural research, factors affecting agricultural productivity, social science). He spent twenty years as research program manager for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), where such a multi-disciplinary orientation proved valuable. He has worked for universities (Queensland, Minnesota, RMIT), government agencies (Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics), international agencies (IITA, Nigeria), and he spent six years undertaking graduate work in the United States. Since “retiring” from ACIAR ten years ago, he continued engagement in head office consultancies as well as via active research roles in ACIAR research projects in Vietnam and the Philippines. Dr. Menz’ notable publications are in weed control economics and impact assessment.

Mr. Howard Hall
Mr. Hall is the research program manager for agribusiness in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). He finished a bachelor of applied science (rural technology) from the University of Queensland and a graduate diploma of business studies from the University of New England. Prior to joining ACIAR, he founded and operated a specialist agribusiness consultancy for almost thirty years, working across tropical and temperate horticulture, intensive and extensive meat and seafood industries, grains, pulses and field crops, food packaging and processing. He has also worked as a senior manager in corporate agribusiness in the agricultural inputs sector and in both food manufacturing and food and grocery distribution. Mr. Hall has worked across North and Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific.

Dr. Rica Joy Flor
Dr. Flor is a postdoctoral fellow of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Wageningen University, the Netherlands (Wageningen University Postdoc Talent Program). She received her bachelor of arts in anthropology (cum laude) and master of arts in anthropology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She got her PhD in social science (innovation studies) from Wageningen University where she was on a Global Rice Science Scholarship from IRRI. Dr. Flor has relevant experiences in applied social science research on technology adoption and innovation, impact assessment of technology change in agricultural innovation systems, and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes in agricultural research for development (AR4D) in Southeast Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Synthesis of the talks by School of Management dean Pedro Alviola IV:
"The keynote and plenary speakers in their talks don't give definitive answers to some of our present problems because research is a process of discovery and learning. For that, I find the talks envigorating and inspiring. 
For Dr. Nayga who gave a talk on lab-produced meat, he motivated that major issues in the industry such as new and emerging diseases in commercially-imported livestock such as health risks or cardiovascular diseases, and that the agriculture sector especially the livestock sector is a major generator of greenhouse gasses in the world, there is impetus for developing sustainable technologies such as for example this lab-produced meat or in vitro meat that should be acceptable to consumers. They are predicated on the premise that consumers are willing to pay for these products. From the work of Dr. Nayga, there are insights that have been generated in terms of making sure that the information regarding these new technologies can be used by policy-makers and consumers in terms of the food labeling, food policies, and so on. It is important to communicate this information to consumers because  consumers are key to making sure that these products will be produced in the market. 
Mr. Grahame Dixie, in his talk, emphasized the inclusivity of value chains, because this can result in positive welfare and improved outcomes such as improvement in productivity, increased social benefits, with the goal of reducing poverty, increasing incomes, give better opportunities, and contribute to sustaining the environment. 
Dr. Menz talked about the importance of social capital where members of the community can access skills, expertise, knowledge, and information so that both the individual and the commnity can take advantage of its benefits. He emphasized that the provision of social capital can lead to better outcomes and can increase access to nutritionally better and safe foods. 
For Dr. Flor, her talk starts with a question. Why, despite the availability of integrated pest management packages, the farmer still heavily relies on pesticides? And she enumerated three reasons why. One, some people don't want to do that. Leave the insects alone. At the same time there are other policy imperatives such as food security which in the traditional sense increases the use of perticides for them to increase yield. Finally, there is a dearth of available technologies for possible alternatives towards methodologies or approaches that we use pesticides to control pests and diseases. Finally, she says there is a need to reconfigure the way we present incentives especially for alternative technologies to society and, much more importantly, there is a need to look at how acceptable these technologies are to farmers especially because farmers view these financial and technological constraints differently from the rest of us. 
Mr. Hall, in his talk, asks why, in spite of the significant contribution of smallholder farmers in the agrifood system are they still disconnected from the commercial agrifood chain? He enumerated some of the weaknesses such as issues in land ownership, limited credit access, risk aversion to technologies, disconnected farm-to-market roads, low business skills, little political and social voice, and outdated and unsustainable production processes. But despite this, farmers have been identified as agents of social change. They have real access to land, they are local experts, have good work ethic, they are innovators, are efficient, and most importantly, they generate ideas. The question Mr. Hall says is there is a need to reconfigure all of these private and public partnerships, that everyone needs to be on board and for everyone to re-assess from time to time what the modality should be so everyone is going to be there. So, again, the talks do not give definitive answers, perhaps they give more questions, but, more importantly, they give a road map on how to address these challenges."

Highlights in November, 2019

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

7-8 November 2019 - Pag-aboll 2019: Facets of Mindanao, Apo View Hotel

13-15 - 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM), Waterfront Insular Hotel

22-23 - UP 44th Regional Alumni Institute, Grand Regal Hotel



Persons from the Philippines and abroad who wish to donate for the earthquake relief and rehabilitation effort may do so through the UP Strategic Research and Management Foundation Inc. with address at School of Management Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City, and tel. no. (+63 82)295-2188.
Donations may be deposited in the name of the UP Strategic Research and Management Foundation Inc. to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)-CM Recto Davao City branch, account no. 1522601256 with Swift code RBCPHMM. Please email a copy or image of your deposit slips to <. Further inquiries may be directed to UP Mindanao Pahinungod through 09196398805 (Smart), 09451076756 or 09674194345 (Globe/TM), by private message to



Application to the Master of Science in Food Science program is now open, for admission to the 2nd semester of academic year 2019-2020. Deadline for application is 18 December 2019. Applicant must have a bachelor's degree in food science or related course. Documentiton requirements are a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, transcript of records, and two sealed recommendation letters from employers or former professors.  For further inquiries, email <;.

Davao Writers Workshop
Fifteen beginning writers from different parts of Mindanao completed their fellowship in the 2019 Davao Writers Workshop held at the Casa Leticia Hotel, Davao City. The Davao Writers Guild conducted the tenth installation of the workshop in partnership with the University of the Philippines Mindanao. Selected from more than a hundred applicants, the writing fellows attended a series of discussions on how to improve their stories, poems, essays, and a play with a panel of writers and literature instructors. This year’s fellows are Renner Sasil from Iligan City; Khamille Ann Linsag from Mati City; Sean Jhon Anecio from Dapitan City; Chris John Reeve de la Torre from Dapa, Surigao del Norte; Hanna Joy Luyao from Cagayan de Oro City; David Madriaga from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Mary Divine Escleto from General Santos City; Marielle Angela Pagoto from Tagum of City; Sunshine Angcos, Marylie Noran from Digos City; Jasmin Arcega, Samaira Guro, Tara Yakob Montiflor, Raphael Luis Salise, and Liane Carlo Suelan from Davao City. The succeeding sessions, which were open to the public, began with craft lectures by Jay Jomar Quintos, Errol Merquita, Nathan Go on writing screenplays, Binisayang balak, and epiphany in fiction respectively. The panelists who led the sessions were Lualhati Abreu, John Bengan, Nathaniel Go, Michael Aaron Gomez, Errol Merquita, Reil Obinque, Jay Jomar Quintos, Macario Tiu, Lakan Umali, Ria Valdez, and Farah Virador.    


The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao will hold two conferences in November in Davao City, Pag-aboll 2019: Facets of Mindanao on 7–8 November 2019 at the Apo View Hotel and the 9 th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM) on 13–15 November 2019 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. Pag-aboll 2019, organized by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), aims to contribute to the shaping and reshaping of Mindanao discourse by bringing scholars and learners from the diverse fields of architecture, humanities, human kinetics, and social sciences together to share histories, perspectives, narratives, and creations of Mindanao. “In Pag-aboll, one discipline can learn from another, especially in issues, concerns, and also in methods of conducting research,” said CHSS dean Jean Marie Juanga. “Pag-aboll” is the Mandaya word for “weaving.” The conference keynote speakers are Mindanao studies scholar and author Lualhati Abreu of UP Mindanao, poet-author and professor emeritus Marjorie Pernia of De La Salle University, risk communication specialist Rotacio Gravoso of Visayas State University, heritage architect Gerard Lico of UP Diliman, and sports director Jose Alther Rivera of the University of Southeastern Philippines. The conference will feature 25 papers to be presented by various scholars on Mindanao studies.

ICAEM 2019, co-organized by the School of Management (SOM) and the Center for the Advancement of Research, development, and engagement in Mindanao (CARIM), will have the theme “Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains” and will convene international scholars and practitioners in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, management, and economics to share researches that deal with issues affecting various nodes in the agri-food chains. The conference is supported with funding from the UP Office of International Linkages and sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). “ICAEM is about strengthening our research program on the economics of agricultural value chains. Because of that research we are able to develop ideas that can be used that will feed into further research or policy and for other researchers to develop the research program network,” said conference convenor and UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal. The keynote speaker of the conference is Rodolfo Nayga Jr., distinguished professor of policy economics and agribusiness from the University of Arkansas, United States. The conference will also feature plenary talks from our international speakers: Grow Asia executive director Grahame Dixie from Singapore, International Rice Research Institute researcher Rica Joy Flor who is doing research in Cambodia, ACIAR program manager for agriculture Howard Hall from Australia, and agricultural economist and RMIT industry fellow Kenneth Menz from Australia. The conference will feature 84 paper and poster presentations and estimated to be attended by over 120 participants. Conference sponsor ACIAR will also launch its storybook G’day, Mate: ACIAR Filipino Alumni Stories during the first day of the conference. By hosting these two conferences, UP Mindanao is fulfilling its mandate to serve as a research university, particularly in the research areas of Mindanao studies and sustainable agri- and biosystems, by promoting research among higher education institutions in Mindanao and the rest of the country and contributing to the dissemination and application of knowledge. Both conferences are endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education. For more information on Pag-aboll 2019, visit; and for ICAEM 2019, visit


The Welcome dinner of the International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019) and book-launch of the storybook, "G'day, Mate: ACIAR Filipino Alumni Stories" was pn 13 November 2019, Davao City. Sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). UP Mindanao chancellor and conference director Larry Digal gave the welcome remarks and ACIAR Canberra outreach director Ms. Shannon Miskelly gave a brief talk on ACIAR scholarships and ACIAR's work in the Philippines. The cover of the storybook was presented, accompanied by a slideshow of the featured alumni: Dr. Larry Digal, Ms. Marilou Montiflor, Dr. Glory Dee Romo, Ms. Anne Shangrila Fuentes, Dr. Rotacio Gravoso, Ms. Lilia Vega, Dr. Nelda Gonzaga, Ms. Evy Carusos, Dr. Ana Notarte, and Dr. Delia Catacutan, who gave a response on behalf of the alumni. ACIAR Country Manager Ms. Mai Alagcan gave the closing message. Dr. Larry Digal gave the special citation to conference sponsors who were present: ACIAR, Dole Philippines Inc. (Stanfilco Division), Jabez La Primera Power Corp., and financial namagement partner Strategic Research and Management Foundation Inc. UP Mindanao Koro Kantahanay and UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble provided entertainment and the Dance Ensemble led the community dancing.

Earthquake response

The University of the Philippines (UP) combined its expertise in science and public service with a unified response within a week after the Mindanao earthquakes of October 2019. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, the DSWD website reported that Regions XI and XII had 24,000 displaced persons in evacuation centers and another 7,465 outside evacuation centers with a total of 188,533 affected persons.

UP executive vice president Teodoro Herbosa immediately created the Mindanao Earthquake Response Team and UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal created the counterpart Task Force.  UP Mindanao Task Force initiated a donation drive and sent volunteers to help repack relief goods in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  
On 8 November, a UP team of geologists and the UP Mindanao Task Force arrived in Sitio Flortam, Barangay Batasan in hard-hit Makilala municipality. The geologists, led by Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay and Dr. Genaro Cuaresma, had their first close look at cracks in the road and the landscape and the UP Mindanao team delivered donations to the local residents. At the Office of the Provincial Governor in Kidapawan City, the team met Acting Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and Acting Vice Governor Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva, who had previously written UP president Danilo Concepcion, to request structural and geological assessments, and psychosocial support for trauma victims. Over the next two days the UP group inspected barangays Kisante, Batasan, Buenavida, Sto. Niño, Buhay and Malasila, and took a helicopter fly-by over Bgy. Bato, all in Makilala. Before departing, they shared assessments with the Incident Management Team and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) team and vice-governor Villanueva. “Four barangays in Makilala suffered 100% damage,” said Dr. Cuaresma. “Resettlement is the only prospect for those families whose homesites are now uninhabitable,” he said.



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The 4th Dr. Nelson Natural Cup was concluded on 17 November 2019 with awarding ceremonies held at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex Football Field. The 2019 champion was the Philippine College of Technology. The 1st Runner-up was Calinan FC, 2nd runner-up was UP Men's Football Varsity, and the 3rd runner-up was Oi! Rogers FC.
Representatives of the co-organizers, the UP Mindanao Siki ni Obli, awarded certificates to the winning teams and the outstanding players and coaches. The organizers extended their congratulations to all the participating teams and expressed their wish for all the participants to keep the football spirit alive, and to uphold camaraderie and sportsmanship in every game.



"Break The Silence, End The Stigma: Let's Talk About Mental Health," a lecture-forum, was held on 11 November 2019, 8:30AM-12NN, at Davao City-UP Sports Complex Training Gym, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. Welcome Remarks were given by Prof. Larry Digal, chancellor of UP Mindanao. The speakers were Ms. Precious Manliguez, Executive Manager of Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA)-Davao Chapter and Dr. Bihildis Magbunga, Psychiatrist and Chair, Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine-Southern Philippines Medical Center, who spoke on the state of mental health and the common forms for mental health ailments. The keynote was given by Hon. Mary Joselle Villafuerte, MD, Davao City Councilor and Chair of the City Council Committee on Health, who introduced new city ordinances making mental health facilities and services available to citizens. Closing Remarks were given by 
Prof. Maria Teresa Escano, Director, Office of Student Affairs.


As the sixth constituent university of the University of the Philippines, UP Mindanao continues the tradition of excellence in providing higher quality education, research and development, and public service for the people of Mindanao. UP Mindanao aims not only to contribute to the body of knowledge but also to the sustainable development and transformation of Southern Philippines and the rest of the country. Armed with this mission, the university uses its intellectual resources to understand Mindanao’s past while laying the groundwork for its future.

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