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 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.
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.
Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD
1–30 November/ 1-7 December 2019
Chancellor’s Report to the President’s Advisory Council
• 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.
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 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.
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
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.
"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).
“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”.
• “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
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.
• 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.”
• 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.
• 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.
• 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)
Stone by Stone
PROF. LARRY N. DIGAL, PHD
University of the Philippines Mindanao
Maayong hapon sa atong tanan!
• 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
We will also engage our partners for change such as the alumni, government, industry, communities, and other stakeholders to achieve greater impact.
• 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.
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Speech of UP President Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion at the 44th Regional Alumni Institute
Senator Zubiri, the representative of Mayor Sara, Vice-Consul of the Peoples Republic of China, Regent Laserna, who is also the incumbent president of the UP Alumni Association, Regent Angelo Jimenez, who was also my former student, former chancellor Rey Velasco of UPLB who is also here, former chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, BOI governor Napoleon Concepcion, who is also an alumnus, Chancellor Larry Digal and officials of UP Mindanao, officials of the UP Alumni Association and UP Alumni Association in Mindanao, UP Mindanao Foundation president and Regional Alumni Institute chair Atty. Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes, UP Mindanao vice-chair Mr. John Gaisano Jr, UP Mindanao Foundation chairman of the board Mr. Sebastian Angliongto, higit sa lahat ang aking, pong, butihing kabiyak Atty. Gaby Concepcion, nag-absent, po, siya sa Unang Hirit just to be with us, sa ating mga kasama sa university, mga alumni, mga kaibigan, magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat.
Ako ay lubusang nagagalak na tayo ay nagtitipon-tipon. Tayong lahat ay nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit sa UP, nagmamahal and nagmamalasakit sa Mindanao. Kung ang UP ay para sa bayan, bakit wala ang UP dito sa Mindanao kung saan may matinding kahirapan? Ito ang tanong ng ating mga alumni sa Mindanao noong dekada nobenta. Ito rin ang simula ng kanilang pagpagpapamalas ng pagmamahal at pag mamalasakit sa Mindanao. Mahalaga para sa kanila ang kahalagahan ng isang UP campus dito para maibsan kung hindi man tunay na mabawi ang kahirapan sa rehiyon. Tulung-tulong na nagkampanya ang ating mga alumni at mga mambabatas noon para isulong ang pagtatatag ng UP campus sa Mindanao. Bukod dito, nangalap din sila ng pondo para maitayo ang UP Mindanao Foundation na unang naglalayon na hikayatin ang UP faculty mula sa iba’t-ibang mga kampus na magturo dito sa UP Mindanao; nagbibigay na rin ng tulong pinansiyal sa ating mga mahihirap nga magaaral. Para sa lahat na bumubuo ng UP Mindanao Foundation kasama ang UP Alumni Association Davao Chapter na nag organisa ng ating pagpupulong o pagtitipon ngayon, tanggapin, po, ninyo ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat.
Tunay na malayo na ang narating ng UP Mindanao. Itong nakaraang buwan lamang ay pinasinayaan natin ang Philippine Genome Center Mindanao Satellite Facility. Sa tulong ng DOST at Monde Nissin may bagong equipment ang UP Mindanao Fermentation and Purification Laboratory na nagkakahalaga ng 12 milyong piso. Umani ng mga parangal ang mga propesor at magaaral ng UP Mindanao sa ika-siyam na health research and development expo.
Nagtamo ng 100% passing ang ating BS Food Technology nang pumasa lahat ng ating mga graduates na kumuha ng chemical technician licensure exam.
Marami pa, po, ang nasa aking listahan ng mga nagawa at naabot ng UP Mindanao; mula sa mga international conference at seminar, workshops ng mga departamento, mga libro at paglalathala ng ating mga faculty, mga infrastructure projects gaya ng Davao City-UP Sports Complex, hanggang sa mga pampublikong serbisyo ng ating mga magaaral, faculty, at mga kawani.
Sa katunayan, kabilang ang UP Mindanao sa Mindanao Earthquake Response Team na kasalukuyan ay nasa Makilala, North Cotabato, at nagbibigay ng serbisyong medical at psychological sa mga biktima ng nagdaang lindol. Katatapos lang din ang mga ginawang geological at structural assessments ng ating mga expert sa mga gusali sa Makilala, sa Cotabato.
Tunay na malayo na ang narating ng UP Mindanao. Ngunit malayo pa ang ating tatahakin. Kasunod, po, ay ibabahagi ni Chancellor Larry ang kanyang mga adhikain para sa UP Mindanao at ang mahalaga nitong papel sa kaunlaran ng rehiyon at maging sa buong bansa na rin. Sapagkat may obligasyon ang UP na paglingkuran ang buong sambayanan. Walang saysay ang husay at dangal kung hindi ito i-aalay sa sambayanan, lalo na sa ating mga hikahos na kababayan. Ang mandatong ito ang nagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga taga-UP na patuloy pang magpa-dalubhasa hindi para sa salapi at sa tagumpay bagkus para sa paglilingkod sa iba. Ako, po, ay lubusang nagagalak na makalipas ang mahigit na dalawang dekada, buhay na buhay pa rin sa UP ang pagmamahal natin sa ating pamantasan at ang ating pagmamalasakit sa Mindanao. Nawa’y panatiliin, po, nating nag-aalab ang pagmamahal nating ito sapagkat ang UP ay Universidad ng Pilipinas para sa Pilipinas.
Kaya lang, natalo, po, tayo sa nakaraang basketbol game. Alam ninyo, pag lumalaban tayo sa basketbol, sa championship, lahat, po, ng state universities and colleges sa Pilipinas ay kakampi natin. At lahat ng unibersidad sa Maynila, maliban doon sa ating kalaban, ay kakampi din natin. Pero dahil hindi tayo ang lumaban doon sa championship, hindi na, po, naging exciting ang championship. Exciting lang ang championship pag tayo ang lumalaban. Kaya lang, dahil matatalino ang mga estudyante natin, exempted lagi tayo sa finals.
Hindi man tayo number one sa basketbol, number one naman tayo sa ranking. Tayo nga lamang ang unibersidad sa Pililpinas na pumasok sa ranking. Bago ako pumasok ng panungkulan bilang pangulo ng ating unibersidad tayo ay nasa top 1,000. A year after, tayo’y nasa top 800. A year after, tayo ay nasa top 600. At ngayon tayo ay nasa top 500 na sa buong mundo. Hindi kasama roon ang iba pang mga eskwelahan. Sabi nga nila, manalo o matalo, UP pa rin tayo. Sila, others lang. Sa southeast Asia, dati tayo ay kulelat din. Dati rati siguro ang ranking nating diyan kung hindi pang labing dalawa ay pang sampu. Pero ngayong sa buong southeast Asia tayo ay number four na. Number one ang National University of Singapore. Parang UP-Ateneo yan, lampaso tayo niyan. Number two ang Namyang University sa Singapore, at number three ang Universiti of Malaya. Natanggal natin sa pwesto ang Chulalongkorn University, ang Baylor sa Indonesia, at marami pang unibersidad sa Singapore at Thailand.
Sa susunod na taon ay susuportahan natin na ang lahat ng ating reporma matutupad upang umunlad ang ating unibersidad sa ating pag-asa, tataas pa tayo ng mataas pa sa ranking natin sa buong mundo.
Mindanao. Ano, po, ba ang balak natin sa Mindanao? Nahuli man ang Mindanao sa pagkakalikha nito -parang pang-apat ata siya o 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 na naunang itinatag sa kanya. Dito sa Mindanao ay itatayo natin ang College of Human Kinetics. Ang UP Mindanao ay pinaki-usapan ko na. Una kong pinaki-usapan nito si Chancellor Beng pero dahil natapos na yung term ni Chancellor Beng e di nalipat na yung aking paki-usap. Sabi ko lang paki-usap pero actually utos iyon. Utos kay Chancellor Digal na buo-in na yung curriculum para sa Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics sa Mindanao at ilista na ang lahat ng pangangailangan upang ito ay atin nang maumpisahan.
Sa aking palagay kayang-kaya natin itong ipatupad next year. Next year dapat simulan na natin ito. Bakit kaya natin ito simulan next year? Kasi, po, ang president ng Pilipinas ay taga-Mindanao, ang chairman ng committee on appropriations sa House of Representatives ay taga-Mindanao, ang budget secretary ay hindi lang taga Mindanao, taga Davao pa. At ang ating magiting na senador sa congreso ay taga Mindanao. Si Senator Migz Zubiri ang akin, pong, number one na supporter sa Senado habang ang pinag-uusapan ay Mindanao, kasi parang siya lang ang UP graduate na taga-Mindanao. Si Koko nga pala who was also my student, kaklase ni misis.
At may balak din tayo, may plano tayo na makipag-tulungan sa Philippine Olympic Committee na pinamumunuan ng isang taga Mindanao, si secretary Butch Ramirez, na gawing national training center ng ating mga national athletes ang UP Mindanao sapagkat nandito na ang makabago at maganda na sports facilities. At nangako naman si representative Sid Ungab, who’s an alumnus of UPLB, na sinabi niya pagsisikapan namin sa three-year term namin ay makumpleto lahat ng pasilidad sa sports sa UP Mindanao. Sa susunod na mga araw, pupunta din dito ang mga manlalaro natin mula sa UP Diliman. Sila ay magte-train dito sa Mindanao siguro mga isa o dalawang buwan. Sapagka’t gagawin, po, natin itong National Sports Training Center.
Para ito ay matupad, kailangan natin ng additional facilities at unang una dito ay additional classrooms. Pangalawa, kailangan din natin ng dormitory facilities para sa ating mga atleta at ating magaaral. Nakita ko lang, po, ang suporta ng mga senador dahil humingi tayo ng pondo para magpagawa tayo ng Balay Atleta sa Diliman. Hindi, po, tayo nag dalawang salita. Binigay nila agad pero kailangan nating makita ito sa bi-cameral. Senator Migz, bantayan natin na hindi matanggal doon sa dagdag sa insertion yung 300 million para sa Balay Atleta. Hihingi din, po, tayo ng ganong halaga para sa Balay Atleta sa UP Mindanao.
Iyon, pong, iba pa nating mga balak, hahayaan ko nang si Chancellor Larry Digal ang mag-bulgar sa inyo. Marami pa, po, tayong balak sa Mindanao. At ako ay labis na nagagalak sapagkat ang mga dumalo pala sa tipon ngayong araw ay nagmula pa sa malalayong panig ng Mindanao. Ngayon ay bumabalik sa akin yung ating awit, “malayong lupain, amin mang marating, di rin magbabago ang damdamin.”
Magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat.