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"Alagad ni Oble" concert, 30 January 2020

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

"Alagad in Oble" rock band will hold a reunion concert on 30 January 2020 as an offering for the 25th anniversary of University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao.   The concert entitled "25 Songs for 25 Years" will be held at the Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.
Alagad ni Oble is composed of UP Mindanao alumni Roosevelt Itom (BS Biology), Ian Cayunda (BS Biology), Arthur Gonzales (BA Economics), Milos Dagohoy (BS Food Technology), and Wardy Puyod (BA Social Science). The band was conceived during the members' student days in UP Mindanao and has continued to exist and perform seasonally alongside the professional growth of the band members. The band has changed names throughout its history, having been named Lizard Chips, Ice Cold Buko Juice, and Alagad ni Oble, which has occasionally been shortened to Alagad. Singer and bassist Wardy Puyod has attended the Ryan Cayabyab Pop Music Songwriting Camp and has composed several songs, among which is the song “Bandila sa Mundo” in honor of the Philippine delegation to the ASEAN Games. The band has also recorded a rock version of the "UP Naming Mahal" which is among its widely heard songs.

The anniversary kick-off is on 20 February 2020 with a motorcade in downtown Davao City to the campus in Mintal, Davao City. Celebrations will be held in the Administration Building throughout the day until evening. 

Other anniversary offerings will be posted as details become available. Keep posted.

"UP-Mindanao needs P12B," news item

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Sun  Star Davao newspaper published a news article by reporter Ralph Lawrence Llemit on 12 December 2019 focusing on Davao City councilor Antoinette Principe-Castrodes's privilege speech to the Davao City council proposing a resolution to support UP Mindanao's expansion plan as presented in the recent UP Regional Alumni Institute (RAI). "University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UP-Min) will need P12-billion for its planned expansion and modernization. Councilor Antoinette Principe-Castrodes revealed during her privilege speech on Tuesday, December 10, that UP-Min needs upgrading and modernization - from infrastructure, facilities, and its teaching personnel," said the opening sentence of the article. 
 
"The councilor filed a resolution supporting UP-Min’s five-year development and expansion plan," the article continued. "'I am endorsing UP RAI’s resolution no.1 and, in the same manner, appealing to this august body to support the resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to endorse to Congress for priority legislation (UP RAI’s) resolution no. 1 which calls for Congress to pass a special legislation to support UP Mindanao’s development plan,' Principe-Castrodes said."
 
The article quotes the councilor saying that the needed budget will be coming from the national budget; that UP Mindanao has produced 3,000 graduates who now occupy key positions in government, schools, business, and civil society organizations; that UP Mindanao will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020 and that "she hopes that the university would become a 'more robust partner in the attainment of inclusive and sustainable development in Mindanao and the country”.
 
The article enumerated the other RAI resolutions: the resolution to expand UP-Min’s academic program offerings; a resolution to support the implementation of the Mindanao Sports Development Program and the completion of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex; a resolution for the establishment of the UP-Min botanical garden to support the agro-eco-cultural tourism in Davao Region; a resolution to strengthen he research, development and engagement of UP-Min on sustainable agri and biosystems; and a resolution to establish knowledge, innovation science and technology park in UP-Min campus to accelerate innovation and investment; a resolution for the establishment of a UP College of Medicine in Davao City in partnership with UP Manila to respond to the medical and health needs of the island region; and a resolution to respond to Mindanao’s graduate program needs through joint programs of UP campuses and support of the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Science and Technology.
 
[Update: The Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod issued a "Certificate of Urgency," that stated, "I hereby certify the urgency and necessity of the passage of the following: 'A resolution supporting UP Mindanao's five-year development and expansion plan and urging President Rodrigo Duterte to endorse UP RAI's resolution no. 1 to Congress for priority legislation.' To be passed under Suspended Rules of the Regular Session of the 19th Council on 10 December 2019. For consideration. Hon. J. Melchor B. Quitain, Jr. Floor Leader"]
 
See the Sun Star article here: http://bit.ly/2smrHuV 

44th Regional Alumni Institute report

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IMG 9637 - CopyPhilippine senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Davao City congressman Isidro Ungab, and Department of Science and Technology secretary Fortunato de la Peña, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, led the legislative and executive branches of government in pledging their support to the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao’s expansion plan encapsulated in eight resolutions presented  at the 44th UP Regional Alumni Institute (RAI) held on 22-23 November 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.


The theme of the two-day event was “Attaining inclusive and sustainable development in Mindanao through investment in UP Mindanao’s programs.” Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sent her warm welcome to the delegates through her representative Davao City planning officer Ivan Cortez. In his message, UP Alumni Association president and alumni regent Reynaldo Laserna recalled the alumni’s efforts towards the establishment of UP Mindanao. In turn, UP president Danilo Concepcion offered his vision for UP Mindanao: “Ano po ba ang balak natin sa Mindanao? Nahulí man ang Mindanao sa pagkakalikha nito―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 [constituent universities] na naunang itinatag sa kanya.” (What do we want for Mindanao? While UP Mindanao might have been created later―the sixth campus established outside Diliman―we will ensure that UP Mindanao will keep abreast with developments and perhaps exceed the other CUs that have been created earlier.)


UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal then presented the UP Mindanao’s strategic plan, which focuses on three strategic themes: Molding Learners into Leaders, Transforming Insights into Impacts, and Building a Campus into a Community. These themes are translated into big-ticket projects by the university in response to the needs of Mindanao such as expanded academic offerings and the creation of the College of Human Kinetics, the College of Medicine, and the College of Engineering; strengthening R&D in the two  streams of Mindanao arts and cultures and sustainable agri- and biosystems and the application of knowledge generated to public service and intellectual property utilization; and physical expansion of UP Mindanao’s campus into a “green university town” through the completion of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex and the establishment of a botanical garden, museums, and a science and technology park, just to name a few.


Digal said that the establishment of UP Mindanao twenty-four years ago has given the University of the Philippines “the first-mover advantage.”  He added, “Today, various universities from the National Capital Region and Luzon are opening campuses here in Mindanao, perhaps lured by the promise of vast opportunities. 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.” However, he notes that the university will be highly dependent on government to spur the university’s expansion to address Mindanao’s diverse needs.


Senator Zubiri stated, “I support your resolutions for a science and technology park, your botanical garden, the college of medicine, and your sustainable agri-biosystems research and development. I will provide additional funding from the Senate and let’s make our dreams happen.”

Congressman Ungab, in turn, said, “I can already foresee that you will achieve your goal with the combined support of able delegates from the legislature, the local and the national executive departments up to the chief executive. It may not be easy to implement your strategic plan for it takes measures of patience, tolerance, and understanding as you go along the five-year plan but it is timely, considering that the budget call for fiscal year 2021 is near approaching. Be in time for the budget call so that you can include in your budget proposals the implementation of programs and projects.”


“Let us compete!” said Secretary de la Peña in his response after receiving the resolutions on behalf of President Duterte from Mr. Sebastian Angliongto, chairman of the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI). “UP Mindanao should aim to be a comprehensive university. A comprehensive university is highly justified because UP Mindanao has only one campus. The new programs will determine what will be necessary to build and the research to undertake,” he said.


Other invited speakers to the RAI included UPAA director Robert Aranton who talked about the role of the alumni network in the expansion plan, Department of Agriculture undersecretary Rodolfo Vicerra on the initiatives under Secretary William Dar, former presidential adviser on the peace process Atty. Jesus Dureza who shared his insights from that assignment,  Department of Tourism undersecretary Arturo Boncato who spoke on tourism and its potential for growth in Mindanao, and National Economic Development Authority assistant secretary Merceditas Sombilla who proposed UP Mindanao’s strengthened participation in the Regional Development Councils.


The speakers were joined by panelists Mindanao Development Authority director Reyzaldy Tan who represented their chairperson Emmanuel Piñol, Davao City planning officer Ivan Cortez who represented Mayor Duterte-Carpio, former UP Los Baños chancellor Dr. Luis Rey Velasco, and UPMFI vice chairperson John Gaisano.


In his closing remarks, UP Regent Angelo Jimenez highlighted the strategic advantages presented by Mindanao’s location and suggested that UP Mindanao direct some attention to the many island nations in Oceania. "If you look at the larger picture, we achieve a strategic view and see that Mindanao is in the heart of Southeast Asia and Oceania with its diplomatic and commercial advantages, which why we need to have a strong presence in education," he said. 


Joining the 230 alumni and UP and UPAA officials who attended the RAI were distinguished guests such as Deputy Consul-General Duokun Tang of the People’s Republic of China consulate, DA undersecretary Evelyn Laviña, and Board of Investments governor Napoleon Concepcion.

The Regional Alumni Institute was organized by the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) and UP Mindanao in cooperation with the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) national and Davao City chapter.

Highlights of December, 2019

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

02 DECEMBER CARIM Talks

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

10 DECEMBER Davao City councilor Antoinette Principe-Castrodes to present resolutions in support of UP Mindanao expansion 

17 DECEMBER Training on Record Keeping, 8:30AM, CHSS Mini-Theater Room  

17 DECEMBER Public Lecture of Balik-Scientist Dr. Nomar Waminal, “Plant Cytogenomics in the post-genomics era,” 1PM, Room 206-208, College of Science and Mathematics 

18 DECEMBER Balik-Scientist Public Lecture of Dr. Nomar Waminal, "Green, green grass of home: A blue ocean for Philippine plant cytogenomics research," 9:30AM, Mini-Theater Room, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

[SEE THE CHANCELLOR'S REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COUNCIL HERE]

CARIM TALKS, 2 DECEMBER

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.

PA-ILAW, 04 DECEMBER

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."

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MAKILALA CHILDREN

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.

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UP MINDANAO HIGHLIGHTS
Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD
1–30 November/ 1-7 December  2019
Chancellor’s Report to the President’s Advisory Council
 
Harnessing the alumni network for UP Mindanao’s development
 
44th UP Regional Alumni Institute
 
The UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) and UP Mindanao, in cooperation with the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) national and Davao chapter, organized the 44th UP Regional Alumni Institute (RAI) held on 22-23 November 2019 at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The RAI theme was “Attaining inclusive and sustainable development in Mindanao through investment in UP Mindanao’s programs.”
 
Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sent her welcome to the delegates through her representative Davao City planning officer Ivan Cortez. In his message, UP Alumni Association president and alumni regent Reynaldo Laserna recalled the alumni’s efforts towards the establishment of UP Mindanao. In turn, UP president Danilo Concepcion offered his vision for UP Mindanao: “Ano po ba ang balak natin sa Mindanao? Nahulí man ang Mindanao sa pagkakalikha nito―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 ilan pang mga CU na naunang itinatag sa kanya.”
 
UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal presented UP Mindanao’s strategic plan, which focuses on three strategic themes: Molding Learners into Leaders, Transforming Insights into Impacts, and Building a Campus into a Community. These themes are translated into big-ticket projects by the university such as expanded academic offerings and the creation of the College of Human Kinetics, the College of Medicine, and the College of Engineering; strengthening R&D in the two  streams of Mindanao arts and cultures and sustainable agri- and biosystems and the application of knowledge generated to public service and intellectual property utilization; and physical expansion of UP Mindanao’s campus into a “green university town” through the completion of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex and the establishment of a botanical garden, museums, and a science and technology park, just to name a few.
 
Philippine senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Davao City congressman Isidro Ungab, and Department of Science and Technology secretary Fortunato de la Peña, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, led the legislative and executive branches of government in pledging their support to the expansion plan.
 
Other invited speakers to the RAI included UPAA director Robert Aranton, Department of Agriculture undersecretary Rodolfo Vicerra, former presidential adviser on the peace process Atty. Jesus Dureza, Department of Tourism undersecretary Arturo Boncato, and National Economic Development Authority assistant secretary Merceditas Sombilla.
 
The speakers were joined by panelists Mindanao Development Authority director Reyzaldy Tan who represented their chairperson Emmanuel Piñol, Davao City planning officer Ivan Cortez, former UP Los Baños chancellor Dr. Luis Rey Velasco, and UPMFI vice chairperson John Gaisano.
In his closing remarks, UP Regent Angelo Jimenez highlighted the strategic advantages of Mindanao. "If you look at the larger picture, we see that Mindanao is in the heart of Southeast Asia and Oceania with its diplomatic and commercial advantages, which why we need to have a strong presence in education," he said.
 
Joining the 250 alumni and UP and UPAA officials who attended the RAI were distinguished guests such as Deputy Consul-General Duokun Tang of the People’s Republic of China consulate, DA undersecretary Evelyn Laviña, and Board of Investments governor Napoleon Concepcion.
 
More photos here: http://bit.ly/38yTYyV
 
Public Service
 
UP Mindanao was involved in the Mindanao earthquake response through its Task Force on the Mindanao Earthquake Response and Ugnayan ng Pahinungód: 
    • 03 November, Ugnayan ng Pahinungód made the Call for Donations for Earthquake Victims; a conduit for cash donations was opened on 8 November
    • 06 November, the UP Mindanao Task Force on Mindanao Earthquake Response was created, chaired by Pahinungód OIC Michael Gatela
    • 08-09 November, the Task Force assisted the UP NIGS and UP RI science team visit to Makilala, Cotabato province
    • 13 November, it helped UP RI, UP Vanguard make arrangements in Makilala in preparation for the arrival of tents donated by SOS Attitude, with assistance from alumni in the region
    • 16 November, donations of assorted relief items were turned over to alumni of Cotabato province
    • 19 November, facilitation of the arrival of Pahinungód psychosocial and medical teams from UP Cebu, UP Visayas, and UP Manila; and orientation by professor emeritus Elizabeth Ventura
    • 20-21 November, delivery of assorted donations and provision of psychosocial services to adults in Santos Land evacuation site, Makilala
    • 27 November, UP Mindanao gives training-workshop on psychosocial services for guidance counselors and health professionals from Davao City partner-schools, with professor Ventura as resource person
    • 04 December, students and staff donate gifts of toys for children of Makilala at the UP Mindanao Christmas Pa-ilaw celebration 
    • 06-07 December, purchasing and packing of gift items and transport to Makilala; distribution to 300 children in Santos Land evacuation site, with the participation of the UP Mindanao Execom.  
 
For the Mindanao Week of Peace, the Center of Advancement of Research, development and engagement in Mindanao (CARIM) organized CARIM Talks and the “Peace of Art” poster-making contest on 2 December 2019. In CARIM Talks, TV journalist Ms. Manal Jingona Sugadol spoke on “Mobile journalism: Using the mobile phone to expose social issues,” followed by a discussion with journalists Zea Capistrano, Karlos Manlupig, Enrimand Dejeto, and instructor Julius Piala, The photo shows extension specialist Michael Gatela, CARIM director Emma Ruth Bayogan, and Ms. Sugadol with the winning “Peace of Art” posters and their creators.
 
The Tagbo Student Leadership Camp, a workshop for members of student organizations to be servant-leaders, was organized by the Office of Student Affairs and held on 25-26 November 2019. The student-participants expressed their intention to serve in the Pahinungod volunteer program.

At the UP Laak Land Reservation [Compostela Valley], the Land Reservation Office organized the On-site Training on Basic Plant Propagation Techniques, held on 28 November 2019 in Barangay Talle, for some 33 participants from the Dibabawon tribe and local migrants.
 
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 Philippine College of Technology with Calinan FC, UP Men's Football Varsity, and Oi! Rogers FC as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd runners-up, respectively. Co-organizers UP Mindanao Siki ni Obli, awarded the certificates.
 
Knowledge Creation and Public Service
 
The 2019 Davao Writers Workshop was conducted by the Davao Writers Guild in partnership with UP Mindanao on 31 October-4 November 2019 in Davao City. Fifteen beginning writers from different parts of Mindanao completed the workshop, having been selected from more than 100 applicants. UP Mindanao faculty members Lualhati Abreu, John Bengan, Nathaniel Go, Jay Jomar Quintos, Lakan Umali, and Farah Virador served as panelists/lecturers. 

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences held Pag-aboll: Facets of Mindanao, 1st Mindanao Studies Interdisciplinary Research Conference on 7-8 November 2019 in Davao City. Research presentations and keynote talks were given from the disciplines of human kinetics, literature, communication, social sciences, commerce, and architecture.

Interactive Learning Center/Learning Resource Center organized the Module-Writing Workshop on 11-12 November with Dr. Rotacio Gravoso of Visayas State University as resource person.

The 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019) was organized by the School of Management on 13-15 November 2019 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. The event was organized with support from the Center for the Advancement of Research, development, and engagement in Mindanao (CARIM), UP Mindanao.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences held a public forum entitled The Enduring Legacies of Social Action in Mindanao: 1976 to 1986 on 27 November 2019 with anthropologist and UP Diliman chancellor Dr. Michael L. Tan who shared his recollections of working in the community-based health programs in Mindanao in the 1970s and about the upcoming universal health care law to be implemented in 2020.

A turn-over ceremony for a copy of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art from UP Diliman to UP Mindanao was held on the same occasion. UP Mindanao faculty members who served as contributors or editors to the Encyclopedia were recognized: Asst. Prof. John Bengan, Lecturer Emmanuel Nabayra, Assoc. Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, and Asst. Prof. Jay Jomar Quintos.

A delegation of eight BA Communication and Media Arts (BACMA) students and faculty member Ms. Merle Dawn Comidoy-Acol joined the 4th Philippine College Radio Congress (PCRC) in UP Diliman on 26-28 November 2019.

UP Mindanao organized the Lectures of DOST Balik Scientist Awardee Dr. Benito O. de Lumen on 8, 11, 18, and 29 November 2019 in UP Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, and Brokenshire College, all in Davao City.
 
Awards at the 24th Mindanao Convention and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Microbiology-Mindanao Chapter, 28-29 November 2019, General Santos City.
 
A paper by Cid Senoc and thesis adviser Dr. Noreen Fundador wins a first place award
A paper on bat Coronavirus by Nikki Vanesa Tampon and adviser Prof. Lyre Anni Murao wins Best Oral Presentation.
Zairel Crish Sarillana and adviser Dr. Fundador and Shaina Lou Palar (below) tied for Third Place (Poster Category)
Poster on bacteria from bats by Hinsdale Mae Gamolo and adviser Prof. Aleyla De Cadiz wins 2nd place in poster presentation 
 
Promote access, collaboration, and internationalization
 
Chancellor Larry Digal and Pahinungód director Michael Gatela attended the Bangsamoro Education Code Consultation on 4-5 November 2019 in Davao City to explore avenues for collaboration with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

The storybook “G'day, Mate: ACIAR Filipino Alumni Stories" published by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research was given a book-launch on 13 November 2019 at the ICAEM. UP Mindanao researchers who are featured in the book are Chancellor Larry Digal, Researcher Marilou Montiflor, Prof. Glory Dee Romo, and Sr. Lecturer Anne Shangrila Fuentes. The photo shows the featured alumni who attended the launch.

UP Mindanao hosted the board meeting of the Davao Colleges and Universities Network on 20 November where the psychosocial training-workshop for guidance counselors of member-schools was approved.
 
Welfare of constituents
 
Earthquake: Work and classes were declared suspended by Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on 31 October until 4 November 2019 to allow inspection of buildings by engineers. The UP Mindanao inspection team declared the campus buildings as structurally sound.   

"Break the Silence, End the Stigma: Let's Talk About Mental Health" lecture-forum was held on 11 November 2019 in UP Mindanao for about 200 students with a keynote by Davao City councilor and City Council Committee on Health chairperson Mary Joselle Villafuerte, MD (front row, fifth from right).

The Anti-Red Tape Committee organized the Seminar-Writeshop on Republic Act 11032, the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” on 25-26 November 2019. The consequent Citizen’s Charter produced from the write-shop were submitted to the UP System. 

The Office of Gender and Anti-Sexual Harassment facilitated and did data collection for the UP System Gender Audit implemented by the UP Center for Women and Gender Studies; completed a survey that revealed a strong interest for the establishment of a child-minding facility to be paid for by parents, with a prospective location within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).
 
Media affairs
 
Chancellor Digal participated in two media events to promote the RAI: attended the press con “Wednesdays at Habi at Kape” on 6 November 2019; appeared in ABS-CBN program Maayong Buntag Mindanao on 20 November with UPMFI president Atty. Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes.
 
Paper and Poster Presentations
 
The following research papers/ posters were presented in various venues in November 2019:

“Consumer Preference for Credence Attributes of Fish and Fishery Products, Davao City, Philippines” by Castro, MMC, Pabuayon, IM, Catelo, SP, & Camacho, JDV was presented during the 57th Philippine Economic Society Conference on 7 November 2019 in Quezon City, Philippines. Prof. Castro received an award for “Best Paper”.
 
Research papers presented at Pag-aboll: Facets of Mindanao 1st Mindanao Studies Interdisciplinary Research Conference, 7-8 November 2019:

    • “Assessing the physical fitness profile of first-year students,” by Ma. Stella R. Salazar
    • “Pastoral retreat and return in the Ulahingan Sengedurug,” by Antonino S. de Veyra
    • “Lugar Lang: Finding my place in Davao through the opinion column,” by Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
    • “Effect of gamification [gaming] of education in service physical education,” by Albert Francis T. Ramos 
    • “Sports facilities management strategies of local government units and educational institutions in Davao Region,” by Miguel Rodriguez and Michelle Panis
    • “Community-based risk communication management on flooding in urban areas,” by Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda
    • “Night market as lived space: The case of Davao City,” by Raymundo R. Pavo
    • “Form analysis of provincial government buildings in Mindanao,” by Nory P. Pernes
    • “An inquiry into the trope of ‘engkanto’ in Shake, Rattle, and Roll films,” by Jay Jomar Quintos
    • “False risk communication in the news coverage of the dengvaxia crisis,” by Juven Niño Villacastin
    • “Framework on selection criteria for the seat of government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao,” by Makmod Pasawilan
 
The following papers/posters were presented during the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019):
1. “Factors Affecting the Logistical Costs of Cavendish Banana Farmers in the Philippines: Implications to Profitability” by Placencia, SGP, Astronomo, IJT, Loquias, MP, Digal, LN, Balgos, CQ, Orbeta, MLG, & Sarmiento, JMP.
2.  “Assessing the Production and Marketing Systems of Smallholder Goat Value Chains in Davao Region, Philippines” by Ebarle-Bangcaya, EJN, Placencia, SGP, Alviola IV, PA, Sarmiento, JMP, & Manila, JP.
3. “Sustaining Support to Vegetable Farmers and Partnerships” by Montiflor, MO and Real, RR.
4. “Factors affecting the choice of credit source of Cavendish banana farmers in Davao del Norte, Philippines” by Loquias, MP, Astronomo, IJT, Placencia, SGP, Orbeta, MLG, Digal, LN, & Balgos, CQ.
5. “Credit Access and Technical Efficiency of Cavendish banana Growers in Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte, Southern Philippines” by Astronomo, IJT, Sarmiento, JMP, Loquias, MP, Placencia, SGP, Balgos, CQ, Orbeta, MLG, & Digal, LN.
6. “Technical Efficiency of Smallholder Backyard Goat Farming in Davao Region, Philippines” by Jonna Belle D. Hollite, Pedro A. Alviola IV, Exegesis Jedidiah E. Bangcaya, Jon Marx P. Sarmiento, & Lemuel O. Calatrava.
7. “Value Chain and Production Efficiency Analysis of Small-scale Seaweed Farming in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines” by Orbeta, MLG, Balgos, CQ, Codog, PEL, & Digal, LN.
8. “Consumer Behavior and Retail Outlet Choice for Seafood in Zamboanga City, Philippines” by Callanta, DSA, Romo, GDA, Sarmiento, JMP, & Alviola IV, PA.
9. “Microfinance on Rural Farming Community: Issues, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned from the Experiences of Smallholder Vegetable Farmers in Barangay Marilog, Davao City, Philippines” by Oracion, HR, Aguinaldo, RT, Shuck, VA, Concepcion, SB, & Rivero, GG.
10. “Consumer Awareness and Willingness to Pay for Good Agricultural Practices- Certified Vegetables in Davao City, Philippines” by Villaruel, HB, Shuck, VA, Aguinaldo, RT, Oracion, HR, Concepcion, SB.
11. “The Effects of Altitude on the Probability, Productivity, and Technical Efficiency of Cacao Farmers in Calinan and Marilog Districts, Davao City, Philippines” by Durano, FLA, Alviola IV, PA, Digal, LN, Oponda, NB, & Sarmiento, JMP.
12. “Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation Strategies of Banana, Pineapple, and Mango Farmers in Northern and Southern Mindanao: A Qualitative Approach” by Wahing, GD, Romo, GDA, & Sarmiento, JMP.
13. “Sociodemographic Drivers of Resource Conflicts in Davao Region, Philippines” by Wabina, VER, Alviola IV, PA, Romo, GDA, & Sarmiento, JMP.
14. “Food Safety Awareness of Fish and Fishery Product Consumers in Davao City, Philippines” by Castro, MMC, Pabuayon, IM, Catelo, SP, & Camacho, JDV.
15.  “Productivity and Profitability of Soybean in Cateel, Davao Oriental, Southern Philippines” by Ligue, KJB, Alviola IV, PA, Romo, GDA, Acuña, TR, Bangcaya, EJNE, Laorden, NL, & Regulacion, AN.
16. “A Supply Chain Analysis of the Soybean Industry in the Davao Region: Implications for Government Development Entry Points” by Romo, GDA, Shuck, VA, Wahing, GD, Acuña, TR, & Laorden, NL.
17. “Willingness to Participate in Coastal Resource Management: The Case of Coastal Communities in the Municipality of Lupon, Davao Oriental, Philippines” by Warguez, KA, Gomez, ALV, Montiflor, MO, & Aguinaldo, RT.
18. “Assessing Willingness of Coastal Communities to Participate in Coastal Resource Management in Padada, Davao del Sur, Philippines” by Ecoben, DWD, Gomez, ALV, Aguinaldo, RT, & Montiflor, MO.
19. “Utilization of Flour from Off-grade Unripe Cavendish Banana in Noodles and Baked Products” by Alviola, JNA, Aala, IRP, Delos Santos, KJL, Jayson, GAJ, Mendoza, MB, & Digal, LN.
20. “Road to Sustainability: Challenges in Getting Small Banana Growers in the Philippines Fairtrade-Certified” by Orbeta, MLG, Digal, LN, Astronomo, IJT, and Balgos, CQ.
21. “Consumer Behavior and Retail Outlet Choice for Fresh Meat in Panabo City, Philippines” by Padios, PAB, Romo, GDA, Sarmiento, JMP, & Alviola IV, PA.
22. “An Optimization Model for Processed Food-grade Flour from Off-grade Cavendish Banana Supply Chain Network Design: The Case of AMS Employees’ Fresh Fruit Producers Cooperative” by Gamot, RMT, Fordan, YC, Mata, MAE, & Digal, LN.
23. “Optimization of Cavendish Banana Flour Production: Anti- Browning Treatments and Drying Temperature Method” by Alviola, JNA, Baronia, HRSQ, Macaraig, PBA, Mendoza, MB, & Digal, LN.
24. “Outcomes of Extension Activities in the Livelihoods of Smallholder Vegetable Farmers: The Case of Sabang Association of Farmer Entrepreneurs (SAFE) in Marilog, Davao City, Philippines” by Rivero, GG, Oracion, HO, Aguinaldo, RT, Shuck, VA, & Concepcion, SB. 
25. “Building a Sustainable Innovation Platform: The Case of Samal Island Golden Mango Industry Council in the Philippines” by Aguinaldo, RT, & Concepcion, SB.
26. “Implications of Gender Attribution for the Cacao Value Chain of Davao City, Southern Philippines” by Lopez, MA, Paunlagi, MM, Digal, LN, & Baconguis, RT.
27. “Factors Affecting the Willingness of Farmers to Sell Directly to Selected Direct Market Channels: The Case of Smallholder Vegetable Farmers in Marilog, Davao City, Philippines” by Garcia, MKF, Shuck, VA, Digal, LN, & Aguinaldo, RT.
28.  “Socioeconomic Drivers of Application of Nitrates as a Curing Agent in Skinless Longganisa Processed Meat Production Sold in Bankerohan Public Market in Davao City, Philippines” [poster] by Lorilla, AP, Guiral, LH, Matullano, KR, Sarmiento, JMP, Tagubase, JLJ, Alviola IV, PA, & Obsioma, VP.
29.  “Potential value-added products from Cardava (Musa acuminata x balbisiana) banana peels for sustainable consumption,” MM Martinez, DDM Dacera, and RGE Villame.
30. “Yield and Quality of Screenhouse Grown Radish (Raphanus sativus cv Everest F1) Under Various Compost Amendments,” by CSS Millado, ARA Macapeges, RG Abad, ERV Bayogan.
31.  “Calloid Induction Using Different Sugar Sources and Culture Vessels of Cheaper Coconut Micropropagation,” by CSS Millado, SG Angkang, AGD Delima, AU Novero.
32.  “Utilization of Durian Seed Flour in the Production of Brownies,” GFA Josol, RGE Villame, JNA Alviola, and DMN Del Mundo.
33. “Impacts of violent conflicts on the agricultural village of Taliwasa, Maguindanao, southern Philippines,” by HP Lozada.
34.  “A tale of four institutions experience on implementing the LIFE model to conflict-vulnerable areas in the Philippine context,” by ASY Fuentes.
Researches presented at the 1st International Research Conference on Healthcare Sciences. November 20-21, 2019. Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
• N. Cabungcag, JHG Tolentino, RAS Francisco, AE De Cadiz. “Partial Purification of Potential Anti – Lung Cancer Compound from Bignoniaceae Plant Leaf.” [First Place Winner]
• PMND Estudillo, JHG Tolentino. “Antioxidant and Anti-Lung Cancer Properties Of Artocarpus Altilis (Breadfruit) And Artocarpus Odoratissimus (Marang) Fruit Wastes.” 1st International Research Conference on Healthcare Sciences. November 20-21, 2019. Tagum City DDN. [Third Place Winner]
• EEKG Buenaventura, JHG. Tolentino, AE De Cadiz. “Partial Purification of Potential Anti Lung Cancer Compound from a Malvaceae Plant Leaf Extract.”
Researches presented at the 24th Mindanao Convention and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Microbiology-Mindanao Chapter on 28-29 November 2019 at Sarangani Highlands Garden, General Santos City.
• CM Senoc and NGV Fundador. “Potential of Starch-Based Films Containing Carvacrol For Controlling the Growth Of Escherichia Coli In Cheese.” [First Place- Poster Category]
• SL Palar, RGE Villame, AE de Cadiz and DMN Del Mundo. “Microbiological Quality of Canarium labiatum from the Community Fish Landing Area in Bgy Catagman, Samal Island, Davao del Norte.” [Third Place- Poster Category].
• ZC Sarillana, NGV Fundador and EOV Fundador. “Green Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Using Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Pod Husk Extract and Evaluation of their Antibacterial Activities.” [Third Place Poster Category].
• HMB Gamolo, LAE Murao, MJMM Achondo, AE De Cadiz. “Identification of Gastrointestinal Bacteria from Bats in Malagos, Davao City.” 2nd Place Poster Presentation.
•       NV Tampon, LAE Murao, "First Molecular Evidence of Bat BetaCoronavirus in Mindanao," Best Oral (1st place) Presentation.
Faculty members with significant roles in conferences:
• JI Rubrico. Plenary Speaker, 5th Balik-Scientist Program Convention. 22 November  2019. Pasay City. Presentation Title: “Helping the Nation survive and thrive by breathing - AIR”.
• NGV Fundador. Plenary Speaker- Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using plant extracts and evaluation of their antimicrobial properties. 24th Mindanao Convention and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Microbiology-Mindanao Chapter, 28-29 November 2019, General Santos City.
• AE De Cadiz. Chair, Working Committee. PSM Mindanao Seminar Workshop on Biosafety, 27 November 2019. Regional Science Research Center, Mindanao State University – General Santos City.
Publications
•  L Leonardo, L Hernandez, TC Magturo, W. Palasi, JM Rubite, AE De Cadiz, K Moendeg, R Fornillos, IK Tabios, M Mistica, IK Fontanilla. Current Status of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the Philippines. Acta Tropica. 28 November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.105284.

News articles
 
UP Mindanao was mentioned in the following news articles:
    • The storytellers innovate - Mindanao Times, 9 December 2019 http://bit.ly/2riJjaX
    • Mindanawon writer among S.E.A.Write awardees for 2018 | MindaNews, 9 December 2019 http://bit.ly/353yKXF
    • ACIAR and PCAARRD push for area-wide management of mango fruit fly, www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph, 5 December 2019 http://bit.ly/2Pjj8Zq
    • PressReader - Sun.Star Davao: 2019-11-27 - 1st genomics facility in Mindanao takes off, Sun Star Davao, 2 December 2019 http://bit.ly/2YcInRd
    • Missing link in health care, Inquirer Opinion, by Michael L. Tan, 2 December 2019 http://bit.ly/2RdDgie
    • Anatomy of a track facility, Edge Davao, 28 November 2019, http://bit.ly/2QYEf5Y
    • UP Min: Sports complex IAAF compliant, 27 November 2019, http://bit.ly/2Oplnvh
    • Field of failure? Edge Davao, 26 November 2019, http://bit.ly/2XMx16b
    • Response to the Article "Field of failure?" 26 November 2019  www.upmin.edu.ph http://bit.ly/2OlVZqb
    • First of its kind genomics facility in Mindanao formally takes off, Mindanao Daily Mirror 26 November 2019  http://bit.ly/2QUb97B
    • It’s a Blue Christmas @ Park Inn-Davao, Mindanao Times, 19 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2OnIx3H
    • Int’l biodiversity confab kicks off in Mati City, Edge Davao, 17 November 2019 http://bit.ly/35aHE5y
    • PressReader - Sun.Star Davao: 2019-11-08 - UPMin’s P12-B expansion program, 9 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2NSOXaN
    • UP Mindanao needs P12.1-B to fund 5-year dev't plans, Tabloid Philippines, 8 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2oXiBDo
    • UPMin needs P12-B for proposed programs, Mindanao Times, 8 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2PZdtd0
    • UP Mindanao to propose P12B budget for manpower, program expansion, BusinessWorld Online, 8 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2qBBdJq
    • Philippines Morning News for November 7, 2019, AEC News Today, http://bit.ly/34DPfcl
    • Culture of volunteerism, SunStar Davao, 7 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2NQS3Mv
    • CR7, RMC Solido post 2nd wins, lead 16th Acosta Cup, SunStar Davao, 7 November 2019 http://bit.ly/36LdMxU
    • UPMin wants P12.1B additional budget for infra, MindaNews, 6 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2NIHWt6
    • 31 rank Best Philippine Schools to Become a Chemical Technician for 2019, www.localpulse.net, 5 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2PTsm0F
    • Dabawenya survives 4°C, wins gold in New York, SunstarDavao, 5 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2qhs3BT
    • PressReader - Sun.Star Davao: Agribiz, Mindanao Studies Conferences in UPMin, 2 November 2019 http://bit.ly/2JJH9H9

UPMIN social media accounts (partial list, continued)
 
 

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

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

Building UP in Mindanao,
Stone by Stone

PROF. LARRY N. DIGAL, PHD
Chancellor
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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