Highlights of September, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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