The UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites you to a three-part activity in observance of the UP Mindanao’s Quincentennial Commemoration with the localized theme, "Pakigdait ug Pakigbisog: Kristiyanismo sa Mindanaw" on September 17, 20 & 27, 2021 via mixed online platforms.
ZOOM WEBINAR SERIES
The Department of Social Sciences in partnership with Mindanao Studies Center and Office of the Dean will be conducting a two-part webinar series "Pakigdait ug Pakigbisog: Kristiyanismo sa Mindanaw" via Zoom Webinar. The webinar will feature 10 scholars & attempt to foreground the narratives of Lumad, Moro, & Settlers (dayo) in terms of their accommodation, modes of resistance, & consolidation within the context of 500 years of Christianity in Mindanao.
Session 1: Lumad & Settlers’ Perspective: 500 Years of Christianity in Mindanao
September 17, 2021 (9:00 AM–3:00 PM)
Session 2: Moro Perspective & Interrogating/Engaging the Tri-People’s Perspective: 500 Years of Christianity in Mindanao
September 20, 2021 (9:00 AM–11:45 AM)
Note: Audience is encouraged to read Sir Rodil’s articles in advance as there will only be an open forum for his time slot.
The Department of Architecture will launch a Digital Photo Exhibit entitled 500 Years of Christianity: A Digital Photo Exhibit of Churches in Mindanao on September 27 via UP Mindanao DA Facebook page. This digital exhibit will present eight churches built in the areas of Northern Mindanao on the latter part of the 1800s & will showcase actual photos of the façade & schematics of the floor plan. Highlighted in this digital exhibit are the identified sacred geometric patterns present on various parts of the church – a representation of the perfection of nature and the human’s place in the center of the universe.
UP Mindanao faculty members Asst. Prof. Glory Dee Romo and Asst. Prof. Jon Marx Sarmiento, both of the School of Management, extended their expertise to VSO Philippines in generating a localized Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The WPS Index for BARMM was presented in the Women, Peace, and Security Feedbacking Session and Planning held in Initao, Misamis Oriental on August 24-26, 2021. The BARMM WPS Index is a first for the region. The index shows the gap between the local and national WPS standings and serves to emphasize the urgency for programmes and services for Bangsamoro women. Generating the BARMM WPS Index addresses a number of the Sustainable Development Goals for the region.
Chancellor Larry N. Digal and the UP Mindanao team met with Mr. Kelly Moran of the University of Hawai'i-Hilo and his associate Dr. Loye Ashton today (August 19) for a discussion on partnership opportunities. Mr. Moran offered a draft memorandum of understanding for the two universities to cooperate on international programs based on the principle of reciprocity. Among the programs mentioned for consideration are collaborations on joint research and conferences, exchange of faculty, researchers, students, and academic publications, and other academic exchanges to which both universities agree. The exchange of business startup incubatees is, likewise, mentioned. Chancellor Digal welcomed the opportunity for international exchange and the proposed memorandum, together with Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan, director of UP Mindanao's Center for the Advancement of Research in Mindanao (CARIM), and Prof. Cleto "Ting" Nanola, director of the Office of Extension and Community Service (OECS). The meeting was arranged by Asst. Prof. Miguel Carlo Guillermo, head of UPGRADE, UP Mindanao's technology business incubation unit.
"The new normal will be heavily influenced by the technological trends... which you, our graduates, need to prepare and master for our country's future," said Dr. Emil Q. Javier, the 23rd commencement speaker of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao held last July 13, 2021.
In his speech during the virtual graduation rites participated in by a total of 126 candidates, Dr. Javier urged the class of 2020 and 2021 to gear up in operating remotely and innovating with the new normal trends that will affect occupations and professions in different ways.
“COVID-19 is a novel experience for us in the Philippines. The challenge that comes is how young graduates prepare [them]selves for the disruptions and aftershocks that come after the pandemic,” he stated.
He added that, “The pandemic has really undoubtedly changed the way people live and work. These disruptions and transformations are most evident in the number of people working at home.”
In preparing for the challenges in the new normal, he encouraged the graduates to take the lead by possessing digital, cognitive, problem-solving, and social and emotional skills to ensure direction and leadership not only in the workplaces, but in their respective communities.
He also shared the 10 very important trends in technology that the graduates should focus on, namely: the next generation of computing, the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots, distributed infrastructure, programming connectivity, the biotech revolution, next level process automation and visualization, clean technologies, nanotechnologies and the next generation of materials. “Our graduates [should] take note of those keywords because these are the trends that you must prepare for and try to master, not only for your own personal careers but part of your obligation as iskolar para sa bayan.”
Dr. Javier emphasized the accumulation and accessibility of the vaccines to inoculate at least 70 percent of our population to attain herd immunity as quickly as possible. “We are now in a real recession for the first time after so many years. The challenge is how do we carefully calibrate the deployment of vaccines as they become available, particularly for the seniors with comorbidities, the frontliners, [and] also to those centers of populations where infections are highest.”
He was optimistic in saying that “the quicker way of attaining health immunity in the country is by opening the schools.” He reinforced this by stating that “the young people are not immune to Covid-19. They will also be infected but experiences all over the world show that most young people are asymptomatic, or the expression of the disease is mild, and hospitalization and morbidities are very rare. We have to prioritize the vaccination of teachers and employees in the public school system.”
Dr. Emil Q. Javier is a plant geneticist and agronomist who served as the 17th President of the University of the Philippines and was conferred the rank of 42nd National Scientist of the Philippines for contributions in agriculture.