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Banana flour and cake-making, 2017

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"Banana Flour and Cake Production: A Livelihood Training for IP-women at UP Laak Land Reservation" was held on 15-16 August 2017 in Kidawa National High School in Bgy. Kidawa, Laak Municipality, Compostela Valley Province.

The training modules were in food safety, banana flour production and banana cake production that were shared by experts Ms. Dyle Legaspi (BS Food Technology 2016, cl) and Ms. Marilou Alagao.

The 35-plus participants to the training, organized by UP Mindanao Land Management Officer Joel Sagadal, are mostly women of the resident Dibabawon indigenous peoples community.

The community recently benefited from a training seminar in basic cacao production in partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture Cacao Double-Up Program.

The UP Land Reservation in the area, identified through Presidential Proclamation 1252, mandates UP Mindanao to contribute to development of the 2,800-hectare area through "research, extension, instruction, forest rehabilitation and protection, bio-diversity conservation, crops and livestock production and management, including upland communities training."

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1658616090877652

SMAARRDEC in August, 2017

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SMAARRDEC (Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium) celebrated its 30th Founding Anniversary and FIESTA 2017 in August.

On August 18, 7AM, was a celebration of the Holy Mass at the Social Hall of the University of Southeastern Phils. (USeP) Main Campus, Davao City, followed at 9AM with the Coconut-planting and other activities at the Dept. of Agriculture Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-SMIARC), in Manambulan, Tugbok, Davao City.

On August 23, 8:30AM, was the Motorcade from USeP grounds thru city streets, culminating in Abreeza Mall, Davao City. At Abreeza Mall, at 10AM was the Opening Ceremonies highlighted by the entrance parade of flags of consortium members and the opening of the SMAARRDEC FIESTA Exhibit. At 1PM was the Forum on Technology-To-People, Business-Coaching, and Technology-Matching. At 6PM was the Stakeholders Appreciation Night at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City, where presentation of awards and recognition of stakeholders was attended by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.  

On August 24, Thursday, was the SMAARRDEC 30th Regional Symposium on RDE Highlights (RSRDH), in Abreeza Mall, where where research from UP Mindanao were presented thru talks and posters.  

On August 25, was the Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum from 10AM to 4PM. The culminating event from 4PM onward was the Awarding Ceremonies beginning with a body-painting show, followed by the awarding of winners for best research papers and posters and for the FIESTA pocket events and booths.

SMAARRDEC is composed of the national government agencies involved in science and technology, regional state colleges and universities, including UP Mindanao, and local and provincial government units. (See photos of the UP Mindanao booth here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1659663604106234)

SMAARRDEC30 FIESTA 2017 awarded certificates to UP Mindanao in the Closing Ceremonies held on 25 August. Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan received the certificates on behalf of UP Mindanao from SMAARRDEC Director Danilo Pacoy, in the following sequence: Certificate of Appreciation for being an Exhibitor; Certificate of Recognition for 3rd Prize for Best-Dressed Booth which was created by Office of Research; Certificate of Recognition for 1st Prize for the Sketch-Coloring Contest which was drawn by Aprilyn Vanesa Degamo (BS Arch.); Certificate of Recognition for 2nd Prize in the Best Paper (Research Category) for "Use of LiDAR Technology.." authored by the Phil-LiDAR 2 team. (See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1668520519887209)

 

Dibabawon get cacao training, 2017

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TRAINING ON BASIC CACAO PRODUCTION and a Farmers' Field Visit was held on July 14 in Tagum City for members of the Dibabawon indigenous people of Compostela Valley Province.

Some 40 male and 11 female Dibabawon farmers, representing 200 beneficiaries of the Laak Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAMPCO), participated.

The training provided basic knowledge and technologies on cacao production and for an increased appreciation and understanding of the economic opportunities available from cacao production.

Assistance was provided by the Dept. of Agriculture for the supply of cacao seedlings from its Cacao Double-Up Program. The cacao grower Kennemer Foods International opened up its Cacao Center for the farmers' visit.

The training and visit also served to strengthen the linkage between the University of the Philippines Mindanao, which manages a Land Reservation located in the province, and the Dibabawon Tribe and Barangay Council of Kidawa, located in Laak Municipality, Compostela Valley.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1625310297541565

Coach trains in social inclusion, 2017

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U.P. Mindanao Dept. of Human Kinetics Instructor and Swim Team Coach Albert Francis Ramos participated in the Inclusion Through Sports (ITS) training program held on 4-11 July 2017 in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya. The ITS program is for sports coaches and youth workers and organized by the Italian non-government organization Mine Vaganti and organizations in eleven other countries.

This program uses sport designed as non-formal education to impart skills and competencies and enhance social inclusion of young people. A number of simple games--called "methodologies"--have been devised by the trainers to foster cooperation and participation while honing athletic skills.

Mr. Ramos contributed to the creation of the methodology "Tic-Tac-Shuttle"--similar to the game of tic-tac-toe but played in an open space--that develops quick movement and teamwork.         

Another methodology he contributed to is "Pac-man", wherein players move along lines on the ground--similar to the "Pac-man" computer game--to change direction with every encounter, which promotes strategic thinking and fun.

The ITS program and its methodologies have been adopted in the countries of Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, China/Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramos' participation in the 2017 training is a continuation of his involvement since the July 2016 training in Senegal. He will join the delegation in the presentation of the ITS to co-funders, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28-30.

Debate Society in national competition, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society competed in a national debate for the first time in the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship held on June 2-7, 2017 in UP Diliman. Some 54 teams representing 25 universities and colleges competed. Ateneo de Manila University emerged as champions in the grand finals against De La Salle University. UPMin Team A ranked 23rd among all teams with 4 wins and 3 losses while UPMin Team B earned 2 wins and faced 5 losses.

Round 1 was on education. UPMin A took the opposition but lost to Mindanao State University-Iligan Team A to the motion "This house believes that states should stop imposing a national curricula".

Round 2 was on the Philippine state. UPMin A took on the affirmative side and won over Far Eastern University Team B on the motion "This house believes that the Philippine Government should actively discourage OFWs from becoming domestic helpers".

Round 3 was about sports where UPMin A faced San Beda College Team C. UPMin A won in its opposition to the motion "This house believes that city governments should stop subsidizing the creation of sports arenas."

Round 4 was about International Relations. UPMin A took on the opposition but lost against Xavier University Team A on the motion "This house regrets the influence of the anti-intervention rhetoric in the resolution of the Syrian crisis".

Round 5 was on Health. UPMin A took on the side of government but lost to College of Saint Benilde Team A on the motion "This house believes that doctors should stop prescribing placebos".  

Round 6 was about Protest. UPMin A took on the side of government and won over Bulacan State University Team A on the motion "This house celebrates the Kadamay housing protest".

Round 7 was about Media. UPMin A took the affirmative and won over Miriam College Team A on the motion "This house regrets the use of political correctness in media".

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