UP Mindanao Mental Health Helpline, 2020

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93441599 2931706103519493 6622143742780375040 oThe Office of Student Affairs (OSA) of UP Mindanao is still offering free mental health and psychosocial support services for both UPMin students and employees through the UP Mindanao Mental Health Helpline.

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UP Mindanao Highights, 1 - 31 August 2020

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01 - 31 August 2020

Chancellor’s Report to the President’s Advisory Council

Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD


Throughout August 2020, Davao City continued to be under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which the city government has maintained since July 2020. 

As of 6 September 2020, the Mindanao island had 7,950 cumulative cases and 167 deaths, compared to the previous period on 10 August 2020 which had 4,515 cumulative cases and 96 deaths.   

By comparison, the national total on 6 September 2020 was 234,570 cumulative cases and 3,790 deaths. (source: 


"Pagkilala sa UPMin Class of 2020"

"Pagkilala sa UPMin Class of 2020," an online tribute to the UP Mindanao Class of 2020, was launched following the approval of their graduation by the Board of Regents at its 1353rd Meeting on 2 September 2020. 

The “Pagkilala” is available in PDF and EPUB versions, and may be accessed through the following links:

The video presentation is scheduled to have its premiere on 7 September 2020, 07:00 PM in UPMin's YouTube channel:  

First Professor Emeritus

The UP Board of Regents, in its 1352nd Meeting, approved the conferment of the title of Professor Emeritus to retired UP Mindanao professor Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr. He became the first Professor Emeritus from UP Mindanao. Dr. Rasco was a faculty member since 1997 and had served as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He was seconded to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in July 2011 until his retirement in 2015. UP Mindanao will ask Professor Rasco to give online lectures for the incoming UP Mindanao students. 

New Academic Programs 

The School of Management (SOM) is currently in the process of screening applicants to the PhD by Research program that is on its inaugural semester in UP Mindanao. 

The SOM team also met with the UP Los Baños College of Economics and Management faculty on 19 August 2020 for the planned adoption of the MS Agricultural Economics program. The SOM team, likewise, held a meeting with Prof. Fay Rola-Rubzen of the University of Western Australia on 25 August 2020 for the Joint MS Agricultural and Applied Economics program.

Iskolar Ng Bayan

For AY 2020-2021, UP Mindanao invited some graduates of public high schools in the UP Land Reservations to enroll as Iskolar ng Bayan students in UP Mindanao. With this intake, UP Mindanao hopes to realize its affirmative action to provide opportunities to the underserved communities in the Davao Region. UP Mindanao intends to craft academic programs that can accommodate Iskolars from other Mindanao regions in the future.


Currently, there is only one remaining stranded student on campus. This student is scheduled to travel home to Cebu in September. 


Disinfection and Water Treatment in Campus


Disinfection of university rooms and offices was undertaken on 20-21 August 2020. All personnel adopted work-from-home arrangements for one workday. Water treatment was likewise undertaken in the campus on 23-24 August 2020, by cleaning and flushing of the water pump and overhead tank over a weekend.

Mental Health Helpline

As of 23 August 2020, 42 students and five employees have availed of psychological first aid from the UPMin-OSA Mental Health Helpline.




COVID-19 Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities

Mayor Duterte-Carpio (fourth from left) at the Faculty and Staff Housing

The Mayor (with back to the camera) at the Multipurpose Training Gym

The memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the use of campus buildings as COVID-19 facilities was renewed on July 20, 2020 for another three-month period. The two buildings are now upgraded to be Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities and will now accommodate mild suspect and mild confirmed COVID-19 cases. The city government will undertake all the requisite measures for the operation of the facilities. The city government reported that Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio visited the facilities on August 31, 2020.  (Photos from the City Government of Davao Facebook page)

New COVID-19 Testing Facility in Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC)

Chancellor Digal and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao Director Assoc. Prof. Murao (Department of Biological Sciences and  Environmental Studies [DBSES]) visited the newly completed COVID-19 testing facility located in the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City on 27 August 2020. 

They also witnessed the turnover from the builder to the end-user in ceremonies held in the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol. Mr. Dino Suelto, Managing Partner of the building contractor Maer Summit Konstrukt Company, presented the certificate of turnover to Davao Regional Medical Center Chief Dr. Bryan Dalid in the presence of Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, Panabo City Mayor Jose Relampagos, and Samal City Mayor Al David Uy. PGC Mindanao contributed to the design of the facility and trained the personnel. The DRMC will oversee the operation of the facility. 


Ongoing Training for Medical Personnel in Mindanao Hospitals

PGC Mindanao provided refresher training in August for COVID-19 medical frontliners from Butuan City, Tagum City, and from Lanao del Norte province.


In a social media post, PGC Mindanao reported on its mission from April 2020 onward to capacitate hospitals to conduct COVID-19 testing by training personnel on SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Since April 2020, PGC Mindanao trained 45 medical technologists, doctors, and biologists from six hospitals and institutions in Mindanao: the Dr. Royeca Hospital in General Santos City; the Lanao del Norte Medical Center; the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga; the Butuan Medical Center; the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City; and the Cotabato Regional Medical Center. PGC Mindanao also reported the success of the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga and the Butuan Medical Center in acquiring the accreditation for COVID-19 testing from the Department of Health.


Projections of COVID-19 Cases in Davao Region

Charts of COVID-19 cases projection in Davao City

The Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling (IAM) Laboratory and Assoc. Prof. May Anne Mata of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (DMPCS) posted a series of maps and charts on social media of a study titled, "Projections of COVID-19 cases, deaths, recoveries in Davao City and some provinces in Davao Region." A news reporter interviewed Prof. Mata and published this as a headline story on 30 August 2020 with the title “Gloomy Projections.” The study projected that the number of COVID-19 cases in Davao City could reach 2,500 by the end of September, up from 1,297 cases as of 27 August 2020.   The news item is here:


"In the Time of Pandemia" Computer Game

Assoc. Prof. Mata was part of a team that developed "In the Time of Pandemia," a computer game that simulates the COVID-19 epidemic through a crisis manager whose challenge is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a variety of community settings. Prof. Mata provided her mathematical feedback throughout the game development process.  “It is easy to play, educational, fun, and even offers one an opportunity to help those affected, yet neglected, communities,” she said. 

Webinar on Food and Organizations in the New Normal

Dr. Concepcion

Atty. Aniceto-Guinomla

School of Management (SOM) carried out their first webinar, "Food Systems and Leading Organizations in the New Normal," on 5 August 2020 where former Chancellor Dr. Sylvia Concepcion and SOM Lecturer Atty. Marianne Esther Aniceto-Guinomla discussed the future of food systems and organizational leadership in the new normal, respectively, to 121 online viewers. View the webinar here:


Davao Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update


UP Mindanao promoted the Virtual Launch of the Davao Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update and the Recovery and Resilience Plan held on 26 August 2020, through its membership in the Communication for Development Network and the Economic Development Council. 

UP Mindanao contributed to the update through the research and development (R&D) projects implemented and published, science and technology (S&T) infrastructure and laboratory facilities established, human capital investment in developing R&D practitioners and scholars, and in promoting S&T and innovation appreciation.

Throughout the first midterm, UP Mindanao was an active partner in the regional science & technology consortium, in sharing its linkage in S&T networks and through participation in the S&T fairs. 

UP Mindanao is part of the regional innovation movement with its product development and patent applications, by encouraging innovation and technology adoption in agriculture and industry and promoting the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

UP Mindanao provided training in project management to SME managers, flood hazard mapping and land use planning for local governments, and food processing for industry partners.

UP Mindanao is part of the newly created Regional Inclusive Innovation Center and will contribute to the newly constituted Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee of the Regional Development Council-XI.




UP Land Reservations


In the UP Marilog Land Reservation, a broom-making project was held in July, producing 60 brooms from their livelihood workshops. Some 30 brooms were immediately sold bringing an income of P2,100 to the broom-makers.

In support for basic education in the land reservations, the Land Reservation Management Office launched “Bond Paper Mo Para Sa Module Ko” Oplan Tulong Dunong Program for the School Children in the UP Land Reservations on 10 August 2020. The program aims to gather donations of bond paper for use in the production of remote learning materials for public schools in the UP land reservations. 

Throughout August, donations of bond paper were delivered to Ladi-an Elementary School in the UP Marilog Land Reservation, and the Sta. Emilia Elementary School and Kidawa National High School in the UP Laak Land Reservation. Each school received five (5) reams of bond paper.


Philippine Genome Center Mindanao


The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao received additional donations from the UP Alumni Association Davao of two (2) bottles of Molecular Grade Alcohol for use in the training laboratory. This is the latest of many donations, view the list here:



The Novice Debate


A UP Mindanao Debate Society team of BS Biology alumnus Frederick Omalza and BS Agribusiness Economics student Michael John Galendez (in photo) were champions in the first edition of The Novice Debate, an international online competition organized by Malaysia-based World of Learning and held on 15 and 16 August 2020. This is the second international event of the UP Mindanao Debate Society.


Essay Writing Contest by the Indonesian Consulate General


BA Communication and Media Arts student Reimeline Jasil Sayson won first place and a ship trophy in the essay writing contest hosted by the Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City in celebration of the 75th Independence Day Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia on 17 August 2020.


3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers


BS Biology alumnus Michael Bacus represented the Regional Health Research and Development Council-XI and won third place for his three-minute pitch titled “Healthy Nature for Healthy People” in the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition, organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and held online on 14 August 2020.




UPGRADE Virtual Demo Day


UP Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), the technology business incubation of UP Mindanao, held their Online Pre-Incubation Program Virtual Demo Day on 1 August 2020 where five business startups and one laboratory production team delivered their respective sales pitch to a panel of experts.

The startup products are:

  • Hayahay, an online platform linking buyers and sellers;  
  • Nutriboard, a virtual canteen and nutrition service platform;
  • Ternicide, an eco-friendly larvicide film to kill mosquito eggs;
  • Gpindot, an offline reporting system for disaster preparedness and response; and
  • KaPatrol, an offline application for monitoring illegal fishing activities.

The startups will be trained further on business and finance that will culminate in the launch of their products within six months. UPGRADE is funded by the DOST-HEIRIT (HEIs Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship) program. 


LIHOK Startup Roadshow in Nabunturan


UPGRADE, in partnership with the Municipal Government of Nabunturan, Davao de Oro Province, will undertake the LIHOK (Localizing Innovation by Harnessing the Optimal Knowledge of the Citizens) Startup Roadshow in Nabunturan in August-September. The LIHOK roadshow will seek out Nabunturanons with technology startup businesses or promising ideas that can help solve pressing problems in their community. The roadshow has a Bootcamp, Mentoring, and a Demo Day on 5 September 2020. Cash prizes and merchandise will be given with free workshops and free use of the UPGRADE Innovation Hub in UP Mindanao. UPGRADE is funded by the DOST-HEIRIT (HEIs Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship) program.


Intellectual Property Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (IMPACT)


UP Mindanao is one of 30 universities/institutions participating in the PCIEERD-STRIDE  Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office-Intellectual Property Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (KTTO-IMPACT). Recently, UP Mindanao was selected as one among 19 in a shortlist by the KTTO Mentors to vie for ten available slots for PCIEERD funding under IMPACT for 2020-2021. Chancellor Digal issued a Letter of Commitment to support the UP Mindanao technology transfer office in its bid for the PCIEERD funding.


African Swine Fever Studies


Assoc. Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao (DBSES)  is involved in the surveillance and testing of African Swine Fever since its detection in the Davao Region in February 2020. In August, Prof. Murao met with the Department of Agriculture-XI and the Davao Hog Farmers Association of DAVAO Inc. (Hogfadi) for ASF Testing of commercial and surveillance pig samples.


"UP Naming Mahal" Music Video


A music video of the “UP Naming Mahal” customized for the UP Mindanao 25th anniversary was created by the Department of Humanities and Instructor Sam Sanchez. It combines videos from TVUP and the UP Symphony Orchestra version with the UP Mindanao institutional video. The video was made available for use of UP Mindanao units, among other anniversary materials.

The link to the video:

The link for downloads:


Webinar on L.I.F.E. for Davao de Oro Land Reservation


UP Mindanao gave a webinar on the Livelihood Improvement through Facilitated Extension (LIFE) model for researchers and officials of the Compostela Valley State College (CVSC), its new project partner in Davao de Oro Province. This is in preparation for UP Mindanao and CVSC's partnership in integrating the LIFE model for a farmers' community in the UP Land Reservation in Laak, Davao de Oro. Chancellor Digal gave the Welcome Remarks and Senior Lecturer Anne Shangrila Fuentes (Department of Social Sciences [DSS]) served as the lead resource person. The participants from CVSC were led by President Dr. Christie Jean Villanueva-Ganiera and Director for Research, Extension and Development Dr. Lilybeth M. Matunhay. The LIFE model is currently being implemented by UP Mindanao and its government partners in conflict-vulnerable sites in the provinces of Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Norte, and Sultan Kudarat in partnership with farmer and fisherfolk associations.




The following publications were reported in August 2020.

“Night Market as Conceived-Planned Space: The Case of Davao City, Philippines,” by Raymundo R. Pavo (DSS), August 2020, Kritika Kultura 35, pp. 21–043. DOI:

“A cointegration analysis of rabies cases and weather components in Davao City, Philippines from 2006 to 2017,” by ZP Lachica, EO Diamante (DMPCS), LAE Murao (DBSES), MAE Mata (DMPCS), PA Alviola IV (SOM). Published 25 August 2020 in PLOS One.

“The pleasures of Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s fiction.” Bengan, JB. Published in CNN Philippines news, 29 August 2020.


Presentations and Trainings Conducted

Papers were presented at the 40th APAMS Philippines 2020, the online conference organized by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), and held from 20 July - 14 August 2020:

“Helping the Nation Breathe AIR: from North to South and Everywhere,” presented by Professor Jose Ildefonso U. Rubrico (DMPCS), 06 August 2020

“Philippine CoVID-19 Fisheries Vulnerability Index,” presented by Asst. Prof. Leo Manuel B. Estaña (DMPCS), on 7 August 2020 

Ms. Marilou O. Montiflor (SOM) was a resource speaker for “Supervisory Skills Enhancement,” an online training organized by Plus Factor Research and Training Services, and Womenpowered, and held on 15 August 2020. A total of 45 teachers, and employees of government, NGO, and private institutions participated.

Guest Speaker, UPLB CEM Virtual Recognition rites

Chancellor Larry N. Digal was the guest speaker of the UP Los Baños College of Economics and Management (CEM) Virtual Recognition Rites on 15 August 2020. Chancellor Digal is an alumnus of the CEM and was awarded among the 100 Outstanding Alumni in the CEM Centennial in 2019. 



Vice-Chancellor for Administration

Assoc. Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Administration effective 1 September 2020. The Board of Regents confirmed the Ad Interim Appointment of Prof. Cayamanda in the 1353rd Meeting.



Assoc. Prof. Raymundo R. Pavo, PhD, was appointed Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences by the UP Board of Regents in its 1353rd Meeting on 2 September 2020. The Search Committee, headed by Professor Noreen Grace Fundador, began the search process in March but extended it repeatedly due to the public health emergency. Asst. Prof. Jean Marie Juanga ended her term as CHSS dean on 6 April 2020 and Assoc. Prof. Ma. Stella Salazar served as OIC from 7 April 2020 onward.


Search for the Next SOM Dean

The Search Committee for the Next SOM Dean announced the sole nominee on 5 August 2020 as Asst. Prof. Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez. The Committee held the Online Public Forum on 10 August 2020. The submission of the Final Report to the Chancellor is on 31 August 2020.


Online Consultations

Chancellor Digal held a series of consultations on various concerns in August. The search for a vice-chancellor for administration went through two consultations, first with unit heads under the OVCA, and a second one online on 12 August 2020 for all UP Mindanao personnel.

The Chancellor, likewise, hosted another university-wide online consultation with the HRDO and the employee unions on 6 August 2020 to discuss the step increment promotion and other union concerns. Both online consultations gathered wide attendance by university personnel.


31 August 2020 | “UPMin Debaters Champion in International Tourney.” Sun Star Davao

28 August 2020 | “Gloomy projections.” Sun Star Davao.

28 August 2020 | “Breaking off from the chains of the past.” Sun Star Davao.

27 August 2020 | “The Result of Essay and Photography Contest.” Indonesian Consulate General Davao

27 August 2020 | “This Filipino-made simulation game gives players a chance to solve COVID-19 pandemic.” Interaksyon.

20 August 2020  | “Region 10’s Geraldine Ridad is this year’s champion for DOST-PCHRD 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition.” Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

19 August 2020 | “Experts envision food systems and leadership in new normal.” Mindanao Times.

18 August 2020 | “UP Mindanao experts envision food systems, leadership in new normal.” Mindanao Daily Mirror.

12 August 2020 | UP Naming Mahal Music Video (featuring UPMin and UPSO). Link to the video:  |


UP Day of Remembrance 2020

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UP to hold virtual commemoration of the struggle against Martial Law in UP Day of Remembrance 2020

Celeste Ann C. Llaneta, UP Media and Public Relations Office

On 21 September 1972, then President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law. This marked the beginning of a period of authoritarian rule that ravaged the nation’s democracy and economy and saw a record number of human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Fourteen years later, the Filipino people succeeded in ousting the dictator with the words “Sobra Na, Tama Na! Oust Marcos! Lansagin ang diktadura!” as their battle cry. 

Now, 48 years after Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, we once again revisit this dark period in our country’s history and honor the heroes who fought, struggled, and gave their lives for the cause of freedom and justice, even as many of the same dark forces continue to plague our society today. Even as we face the seismic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we refresh our memory of the evils of dictatorship and renew our struggle with the battle cry, “Never again, never forget!”

From September 21 to 22, the University of the Philippines System will hold its UP Day of Remembrance 2020, a virtual commemoration of the University’s collective memories of the events leading to and following the declaration of Martial Law from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

This year’s UP Day of Remembrance, titled “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”, consists of two main activities: four webinars featuring UP alumni and faculty who fought during Martial Law sharing their experiences; and, an online exhibit to feature Martial Law narratives of resistance and hope that continue to resonate up to now.

These online activities will be held across all eight UP constituent units, and will revolve around four themes: Hamon ng Batas Militar, focusing on the early years of clampdown on civil liberties and adapting to the situation with new forms of struggle; Detenido, Desparecido, a remembrance of the Marcos regime’s violation of human rights and cruelty through disregard of due process, indefinite imprisonment, torture, disappearances, and killings; Sining at Panitik: Daluyan ng Tinig, recalling writers and artists who created new forms of expression, inspiring and mobilizing the masses for action against deception; and, Patungong People Power: Turning Points, on the events in the 1980s that became turning points which led to the end of the Marcos dictatorship.

In pursuit of its tradition of struggle for academic freedom and democratic ideals, UP stood at the forefront of the resistance to Martial Law and the Marcos regime, contributing to this struggle many of its best and brightest. Now UP deems it proper to enshrine their names and struggles for younger and future generations of the University to emulate. It is for this reason that UP President Danilo L. Concepcion signed Proclamation No. 1 in 2018 declaring September 21 of every year as UP Day of Remembrance during which special lectures, meetings, and ceremonies will be held across the UP System to commemorate UP’s participation and sacrifices in the struggle against dictatorship and tyranny.

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020 is made all the more significant as the University commemorated in February this year the 50th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm, which led to the Diliman Commune and other watershed events prior to the declaration of Martial Law. 

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020 is open to all teachers, educators, scholars, and Filipinos who wish to continue learning about our country’s history and who believe in the importance of upholding and defending basic freedoms, civil liberties, and human rights.

Register at:

Livestream of the webinars and the online exhibit will be available via and TVUP’ YouTube channel.


Stories from the fields of struggle against Martial Law abound in UP Day of Remembrance 2020

Celeste Llaneta, UP Media and Public Relations Office

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“Never again! Never forget!”

These words live on as the University of the Philippines, the country’s national university, remembers the signing of Proclamation No. 1081 by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, placing the Philippines under Martial Law, with a two-day webinar event, the UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”. [September 21 is UP Day of Remembrance]

The online event, which will be held via Zoom and broadcasted on YouTube on September 21, Monday, and September 22, Tuesday, features leading Martial Law activists who will share their experiences of struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, stories of courage in the face of imprisonment and torture, of resourcefulness and creativity in the face of repression, and of perseverance and heroism in the face of death. [Register at]

There will also be recorded performances and a video-exhibit of sights and sounds of life under Martial Law.

Following is the program for the UP Day of Remembrance 2020:


“Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”

UP Day of Remembrance 2020


September 21, Monday, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit


National Anthem

Welcome Message, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion

Opening Remarks, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena E. Pernia

[9:30am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions


“Mga Huling Araw ng UP Student Council Bago-Batas Militar”

Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Chair, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan


“Mga Unang Sabado ng Martial Law”

Mamerto Calalang “MC” Canlas, former UP History instructor, author of SoMa Pilipinas Studies 2000 in Two Languages (2002) and SoMa Pilipinas Ethnotour Guide Book (2013)


“Some Trying Times of My Life”

Ma. Cristina Pargas-Bawagan, activist and human rights victim of the Marcos regime, retired teacher of Philippine Science High School


“Mga Karanasan bilang Human Rights Worker”

Liza Acevedo-Ilagan, Professor, UP Baguio Fine Arts Program

[11:20am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:50am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Michael L. Tan, former UP Diliman Chancellor

and UP Professor Emeritus

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit


September 21, Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Opening Remarks: Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor, UP Manila

Introduction by Webinar Moderators

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-day Discussions


“Babaeng Makibaka sa Likod ng Rehas”

Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, activist, former UP Professor, former Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development


“Entablado, Megaphone at Kulungan”

Susan Tagle, activist, musical director, Senior Technical Adviser, PTV-4


“Desaparecido: Southern Tagalog 10”

Atty. Filemon Nolasco, lead convenor, UP Los Baños Bantayog Project


“Ang Maging Manggagamot sa Samar”

Dr. Sylvia Ciocon de la Paz, activist, wife of slain “Doctor-to-the-barrios” Dr. Remberto Daniel “Bobby” de la Paz

[3:10pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[3:30pm] Synthesis

[3:45pm] Closing Remarks, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, UP Los Baños

[4:00pm] UP Naming Mahal


September 22, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit


National Anthem

Opening Remarks, Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran, Chancellor, UP Visayas

[9:20am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Flow of Two-Day Discussions


“Teatro sa Panahon ng Batas Militar”

Dr. Glecy Atienza, Professor, UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas


“Iba’t-ibang Tradisyon sa mga Awit-Protesta”

Christian “Bong” Ramilo, activist, musician and songwriter, and member, Asian Movement for People’s Music


“Patatag: Bagong Ritmo ng Paglaban”

Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, Chancellor, UP Diliman


“UPLB Perspective: Paggiit sa Pamamahayag”

Dr. Vicky Espaldon, Professor, UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management

[11:10am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:55am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalara, Chancellor, UP Open University

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit


September 22, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Opening Remarks, Dr. Larry N. Digal, Chancellor, UP Mindanao

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions


“CONCOMSA Tungong Pagbabalik ng USC”

Malou Mangahas, former executive director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)


“Welgang Anson’s sa harap ng BP 130/227”

Leila Yap-Aboga, alumni activist


“The 1982 Jose Rizal College Strike”

Loretta Ann “Etta” P. Rosales, Chair, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines


“NADSU at Welgang Bayan ng Cebu, 1984”

Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, union leader, Professor of history and sociology, UP Cebu


Sakbayan sa Northern Luzon 1984”

Dr. Raymundo “Rey” Rovillos, Chancellor, UP Baguio

[3:35pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[4:05pm] Synthesis

[4:25pm] Closing Remarks, Atty. Liza D. Corro, Chancellor, UP Cebu

[4:30pm] UP Naming Mahal


The UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”, is open to all teachers, educators, scholars and Filipinos who wish to continue learning about our country’s history and who believe in the importance of upholding and defending basic freedoms, civil liberties and human rights.

Register at:

Livestream of the webinars and the online exhibit will be available via and TVUP’s YouTube channel.

"Madayaw! Welcome to UP Mindanao, Iskolar ng Bayan"

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 First-year students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao can experience the annual Freshmen Orientation through the

"Madayaw! Welcome to UP Mindanao, Iskolar ng Bayan" video presentation.

The video presentation is an abridged version of the Orientation on Academic Policies for the Incoming First-Year Students, held on 08 September 2020. 

This production was produced by the UP Mindanao Office of Student Affairs with the help of the University Information Committee.

Remote Learning for the First Semester of Academic Year 2020-2021

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Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

 4 September 2020


  OVPAA Memorandum No. 2020-104


 Through the Chancellors

 ATTN: Vice-Chancellors for Student Affairs; Directors, Offices of Student Affairs

 From: Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista

Vice-President for Academic Affairs

 Re: Remote Learning for the First Semester of Academic Year 2020-2021

The world continues to confront the challenges and uncertainties brought about by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This situation compels the University to define a new normal in providing learning opportunities for you. As with other universities worldwide, U.P. is shifting to remote teaching and learning, and adopting alternative modes of assessment that are consistent with its mandate as The National University committed to quality education and at the same time concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on you and our faculty. 

 In remote teaching and learning, teachers and learners do not meet in a physical classroom;  instead, teaching and learning are enabled using information and communication technologies. Courses are delivered through alternative modes covering the entire spectrum of synchronous and asynchronous communication, from text-based (basic email, FB messenger, Viber group, etc.) to online meetings (via UVLe, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, etc.). 

 Several factors made it imperative for UP to decide to deliver courses to you remotely. First, the trajectory of the COVID-19pandemicremains uncertain, and the number of cases in the Philippines continues to grow exponentially. While the UP COVID 19 Pandemic Response Team’s modeling suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 infection is reaching its peak in the country and may begin to decelerate, the outcome would depend on variables such as the level of testing and contact tracing, the availability of protective gear for frontline health workers, and the degree of people’s compliance with public health protocols, among many others.

 Second, the outbreak of new COVID-19 cases in Asia-Pacific countries (e.g. China, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Australia) that had previously controlled the spread of the virus through massive testing and contact tracing underscores the uncertain trajectory of the pandemic.

 Third, even assuming that a vaccine becomes available within the First Semester AY 2020-2021, the logistics of its mass production and procurement for eventual use will still result in a delay in mass immunization.

 Fourth, conducting face-to-face classes in the midst of the pandemic and the high level of anxiety over contracting the disease among the public, may render the UP community vulnerable not only to SARS-CoV-2 infection but to mental health issues as well.

 A major concern of both students and their parents is the quality of remote versus face-to-face learning. Remote learning is commonly perceived to be inferior to residential learning in terms of quality. This is understandable because Philippine education has traditionally been face-to-face and predominantly lecture-based. However, properly planned and implemented, guided independent study can be of the same quality as the usual teacher-dependent learning despite its remote delivery.

 In light of the pandemic, specific competencies that some professional fields require may not be fully honed when students graduate. For this reason, the University is investing in subscriptions to platforms and simulation apps. It, for instance, subscribed to a leading provider of scientific videotapes and virtual experiments. The College of Medicine has also obtained virtual dissecting tables in lieu of cadavers for the students to use.

 Cognizant of competencies that need to be honed even after students graduate, the University is developing bridging programs in Midyear 2021 for students who may wish to hone competencies from the actual application of skills learned in face-to-face contexts. In the spirit of lifelong learning, these programs will be open to alumni especially those whose skills courses were affected by the pandemic. For instance, students who will graduate this semester or next semester without sufficient skills in surgery because the Philippine General Hospitals Department of Surgery was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 may avail of the bridge program the UP College of Medicine will develop. 



To help you deal with the challenges of remote learning and build emotional resilience in the midst of adversity, the University, in consultation with the students, has revised the pre-COVID Student Affairs System (SAS). It has added four new programs—Learning Assistance Grants; Peer Learning Groups and Networks; Student Wellness System and Networks; and Student Helpdesk and Guidance—while currently enhancing existing programs and services (See Figure below). 

The attached U.P. Roadmap for Student Affairs AY 2020-2021 presents the systems, policies, and programs that provide support and other services to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. 

 In support of remote learning, the University is providing academic support to Filipino undergraduate students, including those enrolled in Law and Medicine, who will apply for learning assistance. As determined by the UP Student Affairs Units, students from low-income households shall receive Internet Connection worth P1500 a month through a TELCO of their choice this Academic Year. Based on their updated application information, applicants from the most vulnerable households shall be offered gadgets on top of the Internet connectivity subsidy granted to them.

 To expand the support to financially challenged students in accessing remote learning tools, UP launched the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar ng Bayan Program. Kaagapay has mobilized the private sector to donate computing devices that will be made available to those who applied for learning assistance.

 To expedite the processing of applications and distribution of academic support, the University developed the Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS). The SLAS is an expansion of the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online). The expanded System will gather information on students' financial capacity, connectivity situation and connectivity options, and learning assistance requirements to help the University identify students in need of academic support and financial assistance.


UP faculty members have prepared course packs for courses that will be offered in the First Semester AY 2020-2021 to enable students in areas with poor connectivity to use the USBs in their computers and download materials from learning platforms whenever they are able to connect. But if this is still not possible because students either have no gadgets or access to the internet, course packs will be printed and delivered to them (e.g. by courier if available, through arrangements with LGUs, delivery by UP personnel if feasible).

 The provision of course packs is not unique to remote learning[1]. However, it is essential in remote learning as the primary means of delivering the course content and ensuring that none of you is left behind. Course packs are intended to support guided independent learning, which is one of two components of effective learning (the other component is interaction and dialogue). Because you will be studying on your own for the most part, the course pack for remote learning is more comprehensive than a course pack for use in face-to-face classes —i.e. the course pack for remote learning includes not only the course readings (e.g. journal articles, book chapters) and multimedia resources (e.g. video lectures, screencasts, simulations) but also study guides for each set of readings and activity and assignment guides. 

 Faculty members were asked to upload their course packs in the learning management systems (LMSs) of the Constituent Universities before the start of classes on 10 September 2020. However, faculty members who are preparing course packs for more than two classes, as well as those requiring more time to prepare their technology-dependent or enhanced learning resources, will be providing students the course packs at different intervals. However, they are enjoined to provide course guides and organize their students on the first day of class, communicating with them through the most appropriate means based on the student information obtained during pre-enlistment and enrollment. 

 Please note that copyrighted materials in your course pack that you access from your CU LMS or receive in a USB or printed form are intended only for your use in connection with the course that you are enrolled in. Distribution or sale of these materials constitutes a breach of the Intellectual Property Code and is punishable by law. 


The First Semester AY 2020-2021 will be 14 weeks long, starting on 10 September 2020 and ending on 18 December 2020. Please take note of the following information related to this modified schedule of the First Semester:

1.     Remote learning entails more time for independent study guided by the faculty handling the course.

2.     The University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Credit Transfer System, which was approved for adoption by the BOR at its 1351st meeting on 21 May 2020 provides the equivalent number of hours of student workload per credit unit of a course (1 credit unit = 38-48 hours student workload).

3.     Student workload comprises the time needed to do independent study, attend synchronous class or consultation sessions, and learning assessments (activities, assignments, quizzes, examinations).

4.     There will be no face-to-face classes on campus. Any exception is subject to the approval of the CU Chancellor and to compliance with IATF guidelines and processes.


1.     Synchronous teaching and learning is where faculty and students interact in real-time. It includes webinars, live broadcasts, chats, and teleconferences (using applications such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, among others). These allow for immediate feedback and facilitate the flow of information and collaboration. 

2.     Synchronous online meetings for the purpose of discussions and consultations will be held only during the class hours indicated in the Form 5 of students. 

3.     There will be no synchronous online meetings during holidays.

4.     You are encouraged to use earphones or headsets with microphone during online meetings to minimize background noise especially if there are many distractions in your home.

5.     You are not allowed to attend synchronous online meetings outside of your place of residence or work as long as your community is still under general community quarantine, unless excepted from such a quarantine with appropriate government rules and regulations.

6.     Permission should be obtained prior to recording or taking of screenshots during online meetings.


As a student of the University of the Philippines, you pledge to act ethically and uphold the values of honor and excellence[2]in all your undertakings including your activities in the Internet. 

 You understand that suspected misconduct on given assignments or examinations will be reported to the appropriate office and if established, will result in disciplinary action in accordance with University rules, policies, and procedures.


You are reminded of the UP Privacy Policy Notice for Students, which you can access at

 You understand and agree that in order to help UP uphold your right to privacy and to comply with laws, rules, regulations, UP policies, and issuances, you must take all reasonable steps to secure and keep confidential the credentials (passwords, passcodes, meeting IDs and passwords, etc.) provided to you in order to access UPs data processing systems (eg UP mail, registration systems learning management systems), online classes held via Zoom, Google Meet, and such other video- or teleconferencing resources, electronic subscriptions and the like. You agree that you will not, through any act or omission, enable third parties to use such credentials when to do so would violate or would lead to the violation of existing laws such as the Data Privacy Act of 2012, Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and other applicable laws, rules and regulations University policies such as the policies governing staff and student discipline, the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) of the University, IT security issuances and measures and the like. You understand and agree that in the event you violate such undertaking UP may, pursuant to applicable laws, rules, regulations, and UP policies, including its AUP, suspend and/or cancel such access credentials without prejudice to and in addition to all other legal remedies and actions that UP and or affected third parties may take against you.


You are reminded of the Acceptable Use Policy of the University (AUP), which you can access at


You are reminded of the UP Intellectual Property Rights Policy, which you can access at


Course materials that have been reproduced and communicated to you by or on behalf of the University of the Philippines are pursuant to PART IV: The Law on Copyright of Republic Act (RA) 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines

 The University does not authorize you to reproduce or communicate this material. The material may contain works that are subject to copyright protection under RA 8293. Any reproduction and/or communication of the material by you may be subject to copyright infringement and the copyright owners have the right to take legal action against such infringement.


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our everyday life, we knew we had to brace ourselves for a disruptive future brought about by a combination of factors, including climate change, the convergence of information technology (artificial intelligence) and biotechnology (robotics), and the radical transformation of work for U.P.’s new graduates, among others. We have been painfully aware of the need for the University to step up and create an optimal learning environment for the millennials and Generation Z students under our care to become transformative leaders in the different branches of knowledge and fields of practice they will find themselves in.

 Until the pandemic struck, the disruptions were still abstract features of the increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of the future. However, COVID-19 shocked us into realizing that the disruptive future is here, catching us all off guard and thrusting us out of our comfort zones into an unchartered teaching and learning situation. Your teachers are doing a heroic job of preparing for this semester amidst their own personal anxieties and responsibilities at home. On the other hand, you are anxious about how you will cope with your studies in the midst of the pandemic that continues to escalate.

 All of us are confronted with the unknown and much of our anxiety springs from that. Facing it and dealing with teaching and learning challenges day-by-day may be our only means of defining the unknown and negotiating our way through it.

 This semester will definitely be far from ideal. If we were still unable to predict problems that arose under the best circumstances of a regular semester, we will definitely be unable to anticipate many more unprecedented problems as we shift to remote learning. But we will learn from these problems, find solutions for them iteratively, and build on these solutions for a better planned Second Semester if courses still need to be delivered remotely then, and even if we can begin blending remote and face-to-face learning.

 Recognizing the imperfections of this semester, the University continues to suspend rules on academic standing. While this semester will enable meeting program requirements to avoid or minimize a delay in your graduation, it will not count in the computation of maximum residence. We have also reduced the full load of students from 15 to 12 units.

 In this challenging semester, we fervently appeal for utmost understanding and compassion as well as courage and fortitude on the part of members of the University — students, faculty staff, and administrators — as we face and conquer the unknown together.

[1]Many faculty members teaching face-to-face prepare course packs and make these available to their students (usually by giving them a master copy to photocopy for themselves).

[2]UP Code of Student Conduct. The UP Code of Student Conduct can be accessed at

Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of the Philippines System
3rd Floor, North Wing
Quezon Hall
Diliman, Quezon City 1101 PHILIPPINES
Tel. 632-9818500 local 2528, Mobile +63-919-061-6426

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