Researchers present in HEED The 3Rs National Conference

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UP Mindanao researchers successfully presented papers on 19 November 2020 in the session "Livelihood and Health in the Fisheries Sector and Organizational Resilience During the Pandemic," as part of the 1st National Conference on “Health, Environment, and Economic Development: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (HEED The 3Rs)” held online on 19-20 November 2020.
Asst. Prof. Jon Marx Sarmiento presented “Fish Catch Monitoring in Ayungon and La Libertad, Negros Oriental: Implications to Small Fishers’ Livelihood,” co-authored with Adonis M. Traje, Glory Dee Romo, and Iaza Kaye Y. Villa.  
Research Assistant Charisse Miguel discussed “Shifting Patterns of Fishing Gears, Monsoons and its Impact in the Overall CPUE: The Case of Davao Gulf, Southern Philippines,” which is co-authored by Leo Manuel B. Estaña, Francesca A. Acosta, Pedro A. Alviola IV, and J. P. Sarmiento.
Research Assistant Daena Francesca Acosta spoke on “Optimized Nutritional Intakes of Fisher’s Children: The Case of Mabini, Davao de Oro, Southern Philippines,” by P. A. Alviola IV, J. P. Sarmiento, Sherelyn A. Evangelio, Giovanna Faye R. Oguis, Cleto L. Nañola Jr., and L. B. Estaña, as co-authors.
Asst. Prof. Glory Dee Romo presented “Organizational Resilience during COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Philippine Enterprises,” co-authored with J. P. Sarmiento, A.M. Traje, Thaddeus R. Acuña, Imee Marie A. Acopiado, and Geraliza Wahing.
Asst. Prof. Roxanne Aguinaldo served as Session Chair, and Extension Associate Dashielle Sollano was the Rapporteur. Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan was the Lead Person of UP Mindanao for the conference.
The plenary sessions featured economist Cielito Habito, Congresswoman Stella Quimbo, CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera, and Vice-President Maria Leonor Robredo. The conference was co-organized by the Economic and Environment Group Philippines, Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines Incorporated (REAP), and SEARCA. Some 500 persons attended the conference.
The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao will host a breakout or parallel session and researchers will present papers in the 1st National Conference on “Health, Environment, and Economic Development: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (HEED The 3Rs),” organized by the Economy and Environment Group Philippines (EEGP), the Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines Incorporated (REAP), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), to be held online on 19-20 November 2020.
UP Mindanao's session on the theme, "Livelihood and Health in the Fisheries Sector and Organizational Resilience During the Pandemic," is on Thursday, 19 November 2020, at 3:10-4:10 PM.
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Plant Breeding for Food Security

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121176166 950905368740262 1513483134681403838 oRESIZE30The University of the Philippines Mindanao celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2020 and, as part of the year-long activities, the School of Management (SOM) offers free webinars to the general public.

UP Mindanao and SOM are inviting interested persons to attend the FREE online webinar on “Nature with Nurture: Plant Breeding for Food Security in the Midst of the Pandemic and Beyond” on 16 November 2020, Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 NN (PST). The resource speaker is Professor Emeritus Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., University of the Philippines Mindanao’s first Professor Emeritus.

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For more information, email .



The video of the lecture may be viewed here:


 Recent knowledge poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of organisms and how they respond to a changing environment. A developing concept views the organism as a community rather than an individual. Indeed, a human being, for example, is really a collection of human cells and closely associated microorganisms. Various estimates show that the microorganisms outnumber human cells in a typical human body by a factor of 10 to 1! Without the associated microorganism, the human being will not survive. The same is true with plants. It is now known that many of what we consider “traits” to breed for are actually products of interactions between the plant and its associated microbiota. Thus, a new plant breeding approach might involve breeding for the associated microbiota rather than the plant directly or breeding for the combination of the plant and its associated microbiota. This new approach offers profound advantages in the face of a dynamic biological, physical, and socio-economic environment of cultivated plants. After all, it is much easier to breed microorganisms with life cycles measuring hours rather than plants with life cycles measuring months or decades.

Holobiont breeding -- as the strategy for breeding combinations of plants and microorganisms is referred to in literature -- is just one of a menu of approaches to achieve food security in the midst of environmental challenges such as the pandemic, and the much bigger one, climate change. The other strategies include diversification, intensification, and integration at the farm level, all of which suggest that traditional strategies of plant breeding focused on a few species and focused on the plant need to be re-examined.

This lecture will cover the above ideas in broad strokes and point out implications on policy, biological and plant breeding research, and education.


“Bridging the Health Care Gaps In Mindanao," an online forum

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UP Mindanao hosted the online forum and consultation on “Bridging the Health Care Gaps In Mindanao" on 14 October 2020 for some 96 or more public health personnel, guests, and university constituents who attended through teleconferencing and social media platforms. The forum consultation is part of the plan to establish a UP Mindanao College of Medicine.
UP Mindanao Chancellor Larry Digal gave the Opening Remarks that provided the context for a UP Mindanao medical education program.
Dr. Ramon Pedro Paterno, a member of the Universal Health Care Study Group and past president of the Philippine Academic Society of Community Medicine, spoke of the current public health system and the Universal Health Care law in “The Ideal Set-up of Universal Health Care.”
Department of Health former secretary, Dr. Paulynn Ubial, shared her perspectives and initiatives during her time as health secretary through her talk “Health Programs, Operations, and System Gaps.”
Dr. Annabelle Yumang, DOH-XI regional director, provided updates at the national and regional level on “Current Situation of Public Health and Primary Care” and on community-oriented medical education.
Two parallel break-out sessions allowed the health workers to share their inputs, co-facilitated by Senior Lecturer Anne Shangrila Fuentes of the Department of Social Sciences and Dr. Lyre Anni Murao of the Department of Biological Science and Environmental Studies. The health workers conveyed their employment and budget circumstances and other observations, and the physicians also shared their experiences.
Finally, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, Executive Vice-President of the University of the Philippines and Adviser to the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), spoke on health systems, governance, and the national COVID-19 response strategy in his talk, “Health System Governance and Infrastructure Gaps.”
Prof. Nilo Oponda, UP Mindanao Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and lead organizer of the forum, in his Closing Remarks, said, “The output of this forum will be used as input to the next, where we shall discuss the medical school curricular templates and facility requirements, a workshop for the curriculum and facilities, and how we are going to get the resources for the establishment of the UP Mindanao College of Medicine.”
“No longer a dream,” said EVP Herbosa, “but a goal.”

The proposed College of Medicine originates from Republic Act 7889, the law that created UP Mindanao, which states that a “medical program shall adopt a community-relevant step-ladder approach with the view of encouraging graduates to serve in Mindanao.” The initiative also addresses the dire shortage of medical doctors in Mindanao.

The forum may be viewed here:


“Town Hall” Consultations on Campus Development Plans

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2020 CMDP COVER RESIZE 50UP Mindanao constituents assembled on various occasions in recent months for online “town hall” consultations over various campus development plans. 

On July 21, a town hall consultation discussed a proposed City Hospital that the Davao City government wants to erect in the district, hopefully on the campus. Chancellor Digal narrated the origins of the proposal and how it could align with UP Mindanao’s mandates and plans for a Mindanao Health Initiatives, consisting of a proposed college of medicine and an infectious diseases research center. The chancellor also shared the support given by the UP System administration and President Danilo Concepcion, particularly the appointment of Executive Vice-President Teodoro Herbosa, a highly-placed medical professional, as the consultant to the hospital project, and the support of UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla and UP College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong. The resulting discussion dwelled on the process by which UP Mindanao could manage the proposal.     

On October 6, the Office of the Chancellor organized a town hall consultation for the draft Campus Master Development Plan. Chancellor Digal provided the context through a presentation of his UP Mindanao Strategic Plan 2019-2023 and its three strategic themes: for students, “Molding Learners into Leaders;” for research “Transforming Insights into Impacts;” and “Building a Campus into a Community,” for university constituents and partners. The Campus Planning and Development Office presented the proposed land use plans for the campus and specific areas that were the subject of discussions. On October 9, the chancellor held a similar consultation for external stakeholders: UP Mindanao Foundation chairman Sebastian Angliongto and vice-chair John Gaisano, alumni Guido Alfredo Delgado and Harvey Lanticse, Department of Science and Technology-Region XI regional director Dr. Anthony Sales, the Department of Public Works and Highways officials, and Barangay Mintal Councilor Bargamento were among the participants.           

On October 12, the Department of Tourism - Region XI (DOT-XI) and UP Mindanao organized a town hall consultation for a proposed Arts and Culture Hub building and activity center that DOT-XI hopes to erect within the UP Mindanao campus. The project is a joint initiative of the DOT-XI and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).  Both internal and external stakeholders of UP Mindanao listened to DOT-XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat-Tan and her team present the physical and financial plans, and artist Nestor Horfilla who presented the activity plans. Chancellor Larry Digal gave his review of the DOT-XI areas of activity that could fit UP Mindanao’s mandates and programs, namely, cultural village development, schools of living tradition, heritage education, heritage management, and creative industries. The DOST-XI director, Dr. Sales, suggested that the project look beyond the Davao region to the entire Mindanao and be part of an ecosystem of Mindanao cultural and social science networks.   

On October 14, 2020, at 1:00-4:00 PM, UP Mindanao will host an online forum on “Bridging the Health Care Gaps In Mindanao." Health officers and workers of various local government units and agencies in Mindanao and university constituents will attend. The consultation is part of the plan to establish the proposed UP Mindanao College of Medicine.

Participants in the various town hall consultations gave constructive suggestions and words of collective wisdom. The planners will incorporate the inputs into the revised plans, and the documentation of the consultations will ensure that the implementation process will reflect the various stakeholders’ sentiments and well-being in the future life of the development projects.


UPMin in SMAARRDEC, 2020

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SMAARRDEC Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights 2020 held on 29 September 2020:
Dr. Edna Anit, Dr. Kenneth Barroga, and Dr. Purisima Bayacag, panelists.  
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First Place, Development Paper Category.  
Giving Farmers Uwen Fananafedew: Improving Agricultural  Extension in Conflict-Vulnerable Areas through the LIFE Model.
Anne Shangrila Y. Fuentes (Presenter), E.V. Bayogan, M.O. Orbeta, H.P. Lozada, K.S. Sigue, J.D. Ignacio, L.N. Digal, R.U. Guillermo, M.L. Handa, N.D. Jalandoni, J.P. Esparagoza Jr., E.R. Nasam, T.D. Ballener, N.C. Cordero, M. P. Titan, M.T. Sangki, M.A. Gatela, and N. B. Oponda 
The panelists commented: the paper is comprehensive; it can apply for support to the DOST-Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND)
First Place, Policy Brief Category. 
Mr. Michael Bacus.  “Healthy Nature for Healthy People” 
The policy brief is from the research project, below: 
Project Title: Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Pathogens from Bats in Malagos Davao City
Funding Agency: RHRDC-XI (PCHRD)
Project Leader: Lyre Anni E. Murao, PhD
Working Paper (unpublished): Global genetic patterns reveal host tropism versus cross-taxon transmission of bat betacoronaviruses
Authors: Michael G. Bacus, Stephen Adrian H. Dayap, Nikki Vanesa T. Tampon, Marielle M. Udarbe, Roberto P. Puentespina Jr., Sharon Yvette Angelina M. Villanueva, Marion Michael John M. Achondo, Aleyla E. de Cadiz and Lyre Anni E. Murao
Implementing Agency: UP Mindanao
Cooperating Agencies: UP Manila, Animal Solutions Veterinary Hospital
The panelists commented: it is a model of a policy brief for being short and concise; commendable for offering public health policy; it will be elevated to the Research Development and Innovation Committee of the Regional Development Council.  
Third Place, Undergraduate Thesis Category, 
Mr. Brian Sabanal (BS Biology). “Spiders (Arthropoda; Araneae) in the University of the Philippines Mindanao Campus,” Adviser: Mae Responte 
The panelists commented: the paper is a contribution to the body of knowledge on biodiversity; commendable for linking to the biodiversity conservation law;  preferably put role/s of spiders, e.g. ecosystem services, in the title 

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