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18 July Staff Regent Election, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, is the UP System-wide election for the 5th Staff Regent. The elected person will occupy a seat in the UP Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body in the University. This seat represents the sector of the non-teaching personnel. This sector is composed of the administrative personnel and the REPS (Research, Extension, and Professional Services) personnel. The regent will serve a term of two years. 

This election is historic for UP Mindanao because the 5th Staff Regent will come from this Constituent University. This opportunity originates from the policy of this sector to practice rotation; to rotate the opportunity to nominate among the eight Constituent Universities. On this occasion it is turn of UP Mindanao and UP Cebu. The nominees in the upcoming election both come from UP-Mindanao.

The nominees for 5th Staff Regent are:

- Ms. Analiza S. Fulvadora, Scholarship Affairs Officer-Office of Student Affairs, UP Mindanao administative personnel

- Dr. Briccio M. Merced Jr., University Librarian-University Library, UP Mindanao REPS personnel 

All administrative and REPS personnel are enjoined to participate in the upcoming election.                 

Media Reception for Food Security, 2017

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A Media Reception and Forum on Food Security for Sustainable Development was hosted by UP-Mindanao on July 6. In the opening, UP Vice-President for Public Affairs Jose "Butch" Dalisay delivered a message from UP President Danilo Concepcion whom he said would have been interested to hear the talks as "a man of science, having been an agricultural engineer before becoming a lawyer." Through these forums, continued VP Dalisay, UP aimed to "bridge the gap between the academe and the general public".       

UP-Mindanao faculty members reported on their research studies in the forum proper. Prof. Juma Novie Alviola presented "Utilization of sago flour to improve the nutritional profile of selected food products". The study focused on flours from sago, kamote, rice, munggo, cardaba, and wheat. The study considered the prices, and the combinations of glutens, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and antioxidants, for the best nutritional outcomes. She also mentioned the uses of sago starch for lactic acid, cosmetics, glucose, and animal feeds, and of the sago palm to alleviate global warming and climate change.

Prof. Emma Bayogan presented the study, "Post-harvest of pummelo fruit treated with chitosan and i-methylcyclopropene". The study aims to reduce crop losses--that currently average about 35% of farm produce--through the use of these low-cost compounds. Pummelo, being a high-value crop in the region, had much longer shelf-life and maintained its sweetness and juiciness after being given the right measure of these compounds.

Prof. Cleto Nañola, for his part, reported on "Exploring the connectivity of reef fish populations along eastern and southern coast of Mindanao". These are the "isdang bato"--the damselfish, parrotfish, and surgeon fish found in the coral reefs of Sarangani Bay, Davao Gulf, and Pujada Bay. The study recommended regulations that would limit commercial fishing to fully-grown fishes and the protection of coral reefs in order to avoid depletion of the local fish population.

The open forum heard questions from the media persons who attended: Boom Castillo (Sun Star Davao), Yas Ocampo (Mindanao Times/Manila Bulletin), Joe Palabao (Business Week Mindanao/ Mindanao Daily), Nitz Escarpe (DXRP/Radyo Pilipinas Dabaw), Arnold Colama and Cy Bermudez (Radyo ni Juan), Bien Abanos (DXGN), Angelita "Alma" Mahinay (DXOW/DXKT), Roan Abasolo (City Info. Office), Rhodamae Hernandez and Bong Alis (Peoples Television), and Paulo Rizal (Davao Today).

The lead organizer, UP College of Mass Communication, was represented by Dean Elena Pernia, Odette Portus, Aleli Quirante, Rica Abad, and Ben Bunquin. The UP Mindanao participants were led by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291104901361129/?active_tab=discussion

Chocolate Processors' Forum, 2017

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CHOCOLATE PROCESSORS' FORUM, organized by Davao City Agriculturist's Office, was held in UP Mindanao on 26 May with the participation of some 66 stakeholders.

City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, in her message read by City Agriculturist OIC Leuterio, underscored agriculture and food security as being among the ten priority sectors of the "Biyaheng DO30" program of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. She expressed confidence that the goal for "Davao City as the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines" could be achieved with consultation, planning, and implementation by the stakeholders.

Chancellor Concepcion, in her Welcome Remarks, shared a vision for the Philippines to be positioned in the world chocolate market. OIC Leuterio, in his Opening Remarks, described the competitive advantage and gaps in the Davao City cacao industry.

Mr. Valente Turtur, Chairman of the National Cacao Industry Council presented the Philippine Cacao Industry Road Map, interspersed with his observations on current practices by cacao growers and processors and the dynamics of the local industry and international markets.

Mr. Semil Tuason of Casco Cacao Co. shared their cacao bean post-harvest and processing technologies, doubled-with a presentation on the process of making artisanal chocolate.
 
City Councilor Marissa Abella, Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Agriculture, gave her message of support on behalf of the Committee.  Cacao grower and award-winning chocolate producer Rosario Puentespina gave an inspirational message to the plenary and introduced her production manager as UP Mindanao BS Food Technology alumna Jenna Mae San Luis. 

Chocolate products by Forum participants were on display in the venue. Workshops on farm operations and chocolate production were held in the afternoon, enriched with the active participation of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry and the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office.

View the photos and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1551079378297991

Phil-LiDAR 2, 5th Map Turnover, 2017

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The UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 research program held its 5th Map Turn-over Ceremony and Resource Mapping Forum in Davao City on May 30. Some 11 local government units from Region 11 received sets of agricultural, forest, coastal and bio-mass resource maps from the research program.

Davao City Councilor and Council Agriculture Committee Chairperson Marissa Abella, who graced the Forum, received a set of Davao City maps from Project Leader Prof. Annabelle Novero and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

Maps were turned over to representatives of General Santos City, the municipalities of Alabel and Glan of Sarangani Province, Pantukan, Maco, and Mawab of Compostela Valley Province, and Asuncion, Kapalong, New Corella, and Sto. Tomas of Davao del Norte Province.

In the Forum, Prof. Novero described the UP Mindanao program as part of a nation-wide program directed by the Dept. of Science and Technology, and project scientists presented how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) gathered and processed geographical data.

Councilor Abella called the map turn-over "timely for the Davao City Agricultural and Fisheries Development Plan", a sentiment echoed by Maribeth Kasten of GenSan City, "for our own Comprehensive Land Use Plan". Chancellor Concepcion described the program as "taxpayers' money well spent", while DOST-11 Asst. Director Elsie  Solidum called it "a contribution to science-based approaches to decision-making".

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1556882984384297

Career Placement, 2017

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CAREER PLACEMENT ORIENTATION and Pre-Employment Seminar was held for graduating students on 27 April. Society of Agribusiness Economists student organization were co-organizers. Student Affairs Director Remigio Domingo, resource person Kelvin Villafuerte of TeleDevdelopment Services, and Vice-Chancellor Nilo Oponda were the opening speakers. Ms. Jessi Aligato (BA Communication Arts) and Irson Doria (BS Biology) served as emcees.

In the afternoon was "In The Real World of Work: An Alumni Forum" with: Mr. Ervin Abadesco (BA Anthropology, 2011), HR officer of San Miguel Corp.; Dr. Katrina Abraham-Abarcar (BS Biology, 2005), medical doctor; Mr. Xer Jason "Yas" Ocampo (BA English, 2008), reporter of Mindanao Times; and Mr. Edward Puyod (BA Social Science, 2000) of Phil. Greenfarm Corp., as guest speakers. 

See the photos here:https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1513470735392189

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