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Launch of SARS-COV-2 Genomics Biosurveillance in PGC Mindanao and Visayas

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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCHING OF THE SARS-COV-2 GENOMICS BIOSURVEILLANCE SERVICES IN PGC VISAYAS AND PGC MINDANAO
 
Themed, "Drawing on Collective Strengths for Pandemic Preparedness" --the expansion of the genomic biosurveillance capacity in Visayas and Mindanao was established to increase the number of weekly samples from around the archipelago for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and to address the logistical challenges of having the samples be transported from labs around the country to the genome center in Diliman.
 
This is made possible through the support of the Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, University of the Philippines System, and the Philippine Genome Center together with its satellite facilities in Visayas and Mindanao, as well as funding support from the Department of Budget and Management.
 
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Prof. Lyre Anni Murao appointed chancellor

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The University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) has appointed Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao as the sixth chancellor of UP Mindanao during its 1368th Meeting on 24 February 2022.
During the Search for the Chancellor process, Prof. Murao proposed her vision paper with the title, “We Rise: UP Mindanao at the Forefront of 21st-Century Transformation.” (https://bit.ly/3Hri6DK) Her vision for UP Mindanao is captured by the word RAISE, an acronym for Respect & integrity, Academic freedom & accountability, Inclusivity & collective significance; Social responsibility; and Excellence.
Prof. Murao is a faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies (DBSES) and the current Program Director of the Philippine Genome Center-Mindanao (PGC-Mindanao). She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Science in Infection Research conferred by Nagasaki University, Japan. She earned her Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her BS Molecular Biology degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Prof. Murao’s term officially begins on 1 March 2022 and concludes on 28 February 2025.

UP MINDANAO, UPMMPC sign MOU for GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) and UP Madayaw Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UPMMPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the collaboration in advancing and mainstreaming gender and development (GAD). The UPMMPC is a duly registered cooperative composed of UP Mindanao full-time faculty, administrative staff, REPS (Research, Extension and Professional Staff), and NGS (non-government service) personnel. Both parties agreed to cooperate in developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating GAD activities that would benefit the UP Mindanao constituents and its partner communities.  The two parties had been working together for the past few years, but this is the first time that such collaboration is being formalized. The implementation of the MOU is specifically tasked to UPMMPC’s Gender Committee and UP Mindanao’s Office of Gender and Development (UPMin GAD).  The representatives in the ceremony and exchange of MOU are Chancellor Larry Digal for UP Mindanao and Board of Directors Chairperson Jo-an Garcia for UPMMPC. Witnessing the ceremony are (L-R) UPMin GAD Staff Analiza Macias, UPMin GAD Coordinator Marilou Montiflor and UPMMPC Director Michael Gatela, Director Jackie Lou Tagubase, and Director Analiza Fulvadora.

Service Recognition Awardees, 2022

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Response from Mr. Sabas "Jun" A. Ociones Jr., 25-year Service Recognition Awardee
  
Isang mapagpalayang araw po sa lahat. Sa ating butihing Chancellor Prof. Larry Digal, Vice Chancellor Karen Cayamanda, OIC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sir Leo Estaña..sa lahat po ng mga administrators, guro, REPS, mga estudyante,mga kasamang kawani, mga panauhin at sa lahat ng mga nakikiisa sa aming selebrasyon ngayon isang magandang araw po sa lahat.
 
Ikinararangal ko po na maging bahagi ako sa pagdiriwang  sa ating ika-dalawampu’t pitong anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng UP Mindanao at mabigyan ng pagkakataon na maging tagapag-salita sa araw na ito.
 
Sa akin pong panunungkulan bilang kawani sa loob ng dalawampu’t – limang taon, ako ay nagpapapasalamat sa ating Poong Maykapal sa kanyang gabay at patnubay sa lahat ng aking mga naging gawain. Hindi po naging madali ang lahat, marami pong pagsubok, pagod at hirap ang pinagdadaanan ng isang karaniwang kawani na kagaya ko. Bukod sa kinakailangang pagsisikap sa mga gawain , kailangan din ang ibayong tiyaga at sipag upang malagpasan ang lahat ng mga naging hamon. May pagkakataon rin na halos ako ay sumuko sa mga pagkakataon na sinubok ang aking mga prinsipyo, ngunit dahil sa pagmamahal ko sa aking tungkulin ako ay nagkaroon ng lakas upang magpatuloy.
 
Malaki rin ang aking utang na loob sa ating dating Direktor for Administration, ang yumaong Dr. Rey Tusoy dahil siya po ang tumulong sa akin para makapasok sa Unibersidad. Ganoon din sa aking naunang supervisor at dating mga kasamahan sa opisina dahil sila ang kumalinga at gumabay sa akin upang magampanan at mas mahalin ang aking mga tungkulin. Tinanggap nila ang aking kakayanan at binigyan nila ako ng sapat na suporta at lakas upang tuluyan na makapagtapos sa kolehiyo habang nagtatrabaho.Kaya labis talaga ang aking pasasalamat noong nagbunga ang lahat ng aking mga pagsisikap noong ako ay mabigyan ng parangal sa aking Professional Advancement nong 2006. Ganoon din sa pagkilala sa aking kasipagan at ambag sa institusyon at nakatanggap rin ako ng parangal bilang Gawad Tsansellor Pinakamahusay na Empleyadong Administratibo Junior Professional Category utang ko ito lahat sa mga kasamahan ko sa opisina.
 
Nagpapasalamat din ako sa nabuong pagkakaibigan sa ibang mga kasamahan sa labas ng Supply Office, ang pagtanggap ninyo sa akin bilang inyong Tatay Jun ay nagsilbing inspirasyon upang mas magsikap na  mapabuti ang sarili  – pag repair, pagbuhat, paggawa sa inyong mga errands, maging pagtugon sa inyong mga requests na labas na sa gawaing pang opisina – masaya kong nagagawa ang lahat dahil sa binigay ninyo na paniniwala sa aking kakayanan. Sapat na sa akin na makatulong sa inyo.
 
Ganoon din ang aking pagpapasalamat na mabigyan ako ng pakakataon sa pamamagitan ng Unyon na maging bahagi bilang kinatawan ng ilang mga komite sa unibersidad kung saan ang isang kawani na may mababang posisyon ay nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na marinig ang boses at mapaniwalaan.   Ito rin ang dahilan upang magkaroon ako ng mas malawak na pananaw at malalim na kamulatan dahil sa aking mga naging karanasan at  pakikipag-ugnayan sa ibang mga kasamahan mula sa national at local chapters ng All UP Workers Union ng iba’t-ibang UP Constituent units.
 
Mahabang panahon na rin ang nilakbay ng UP Mindanao, malaki na rin ang naging pag-unlad nito. 
 
Umabot rin sa mahigit na 22 years bago ako tuluyan na naging permanent. Sinikap ko na hindi ako panghinaan ng loob dahil sa aking work status kaya sa ibang mga kasamahan ko sana hindi din kayo mawalan ng pag-asa. Batid natin na may mga kasabayan pa rin ako na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin naging regular. Ganoon pa man ay tuloy pa rin tayo sa paggampan ng ating mga tungkulin. Naalala ko ang sabi sa akin ng ating unang Chancellor, si Dr. Cuyno, lahat tayo ay may mahalagang papel na ginagampanan- staff, estudyante, researcher, guro, administrador - lahat may mahalagang ambag tungo sa kabuoang pag-unlad ng UP Mindanao. Kaya gawin lang natin ang lahat ng ating mga gawain ng buong-puso. Ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat ay maramdaman natin sa ating mga sarili na masaya tayo sa ating paglilingkod, may papuri man o wala, tahimik lang nating gawin ang lahat.
 
 Kagaya ng ibang organisasyon, ang UP Mindanao ay hindi perpekto. May mga pagkakataon na may mga hidwaan, samaan ng loob at pagkakasalungat. Ganoon pa man, sa huli, tayo ay pinagbuklod ng iisang adhikain, ito ay ang malasakit sa UP naming mahal.
 
Sa aking pamilya, sa asawa ko at sa mga anak ko maraming salamat sa lahat ng suporta at pang-unawa na ibinigay ninyo sa akin.Naging matatag ako dahil sa inyo.Kayo ang aking sandigan at inspirasyon.
 
Isa po pala sa mga pinagpapasalamat ko sa UP Mindanao ay ang makapagtapos ang isang anak ko sa kursong Architecture ng libre bilang bahagi ng aking benipisyo bilang empleyado. Ito ay noong hindi pa po free tuition ang mga state universities.
Sa lahat ng aking mga kasama na nabigyan rin ngayon ng parangal at sa lahat ng mga dakilang saksi sa kasaysayan ng UP MINDANAO, Mabuhay po kayo!
 
Muli maraming salamat at happy 27th Founding Anniversary UP Mindanao.  
 
Mapagpalang araw po sa lahat!
 

Chancellor Digal's Welcome Message at the 27th Anniversary Celebration

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Screenshot 2022-02-21-09-38-24-56 f9ee0578fe1cc94de7482bd41accb329UP PRESIDENT DANILO CONCEPCION; UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS; FACULTY MEMBERS, STAFF, AND STUDENTS; ALUMNI; DISTINGUISHED GUESTS; PARTNERS; FRIENDS JOINING US VIA YOUTUBE; LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO UP MINDANAO’S 27TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
 
CARRYING THE THEME “RISING ABOVE DISRUPTIONS: SUSTAINING THE CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE TOWARDS THE NEXT NORMAL” (OR “PAGBAROG BATOK SA SULIRAN: PAGPAUNDAYON SA KULTURA SA KINAMAAYUHAN PAINGON SA NEXT NORMAL”), UP MINDANAO’S 27TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IS AN APPROPRIATE TIME FOR US TO PAUSE AND REFLECT ON OUR SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES AS A CONSTITUENT UNIT OF THE UP SYSTEM, PARTICULARLY DURING THIS PERIOD OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC. 
 
The story behind the plan
 
WHEN I ASSUMED THIS ROLE AS YOUR CHANCELLOR THREE YEARS AGO, I KNEW THAT UP MINDANAO HAS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT MISSING OPPORTUNITIES -- SIMPLY BECAUSE DEMAND FOR OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES EXCEEDS OUR ABILITY TO SUPPLY OR RESPOND.  SO I THOUGHT THAT ONE OBVIOUS STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THIS IS TO GROW UP MINDANAO WHILE OF COURSE OPTIMIZING OUR CURRENT RESOURCES. AND BY GROWING, WE SEIZE THESE OPPORTUNITIES AND CREATE GREATER IMPACT FOR MINDANAO AND BEYOND. 
 
BUT I KNEW THAT THE OBVIOUS AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE  IF WE WANT TO GROW WAS HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES TO EXPAND. 
 
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE CHICKEN AND EGG CHALLENGE OF UP MINDANAO – HOW DO WE GET THE CHICKENS OR THE RESOURCES LIKE THE FACULTY, THE FACILITIES AND THE BUDGET FOR THESE TO PRODUCE THE PROGRAMS OR THE EGGS LIKE NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT, MORE RESEARCH, AND PUBLIC SERVICE SO THAT WE CAN RESPOND IN A BIGGER WAY TO OUR MANDATE TO CONTRIBUTE TO MINDANAO’S DEVELOPMENT.
 
I KNEW THEN THAT IT IS NOT EASY TO GET THE CHICKENS – BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS ASKED THIS QUESTION WHEN WE PROPOSE PROGRAMS LIKE NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS: DO YOU HAVE THE HIGH-QUALITY CHICKENS TO PRODUCE THE BEST EGGS? AND IN THE BACK OF OUR MINDS WE THOUGHT THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS SUPPOSED TO REQUEST FOR THESE RESOURCES BUT THEN WE WERE ASKED IF WE HAVE THE RESOURCES?  BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT IT IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THAT WE NEED A STRONG JUSTIFICATION TO PASS THE RIGOROUS QUALITY CONTROL PROCESS IN UP. I HOPE PDLC IS LISTENING, BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY  THANK HIM IN BEHALF OF UP MINDANAO AND ALSO HIS TEAM (VP CYNCH, VP ELVIE, VP LISA, VP NES, VP NENY, VP UY, SEC BOBBY AND THE REST OF HIS TEAM) FOR NOT JUST APPRECIATING THIS CHICKEN AND EGG PROBLEM OF UP MINDANAO BUT FOR TAKING ACTION -- LIKE THE 14 REGULAR FACULTY ITEMS THAT WE RECEIVED AND FOR SUPPORTING OUR AMBITIOUS PLANS AND PROGRAMS LIKE THE HOSPITAL IN OUR MINDANAO HEALTH INITIATIVE PROGRAM OR THE KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK IN OUR MINDANAO INNOVATION INITIATIVE AND MANY OTHERS – NOW WE CAN PRODUCE MORE EGGS! NOW WE CAN CREATE MORE IMPACT!
 
The ambitious plan
 
Yes, UP System supports our ambitious plan to grow UP Mindanao, in fact, they are the ones following up on our proposed programs. And I am proud that this plan went through, as you may recall, a bottom-up, consultative strategic planning process – where our stakeholders were heard and hopefully got a sense of ownership of this plan. 
 
It was an extensive process of analysis, consulting internal and external stakeholders including vetting of experts. And it culminated in the presentation of our expansion plan in the 44th UP Regional Alumni Institute (or RAI) in November 2019. I thought then that we had to fortify our support to implement this plan. PDLC was there in our RAI and witnessed the strong support of our alumni and partners - many of them were pioneers who pushed for the establishment of UP in Mindanao like Angie Angliongto, John Gaisano Jr, and Atty Dinah Tolentino Fuentes who even joined our roadshow to present this plan including PDLC and some members of his team, the RAI resolutions, to DBM Secretary and other cabinet secretaries.
 
So I am proud that as UPMIN,  we crafted a new vision and mission and identified four (4) guiding principles for the 3 strategic themes and 8 strategic priorities. I will not go through the details because later there will be a video about the highlights of what we have accomplished thus far based on this plan to contribute to the attainment of the goals of the entire UP system. 
 
Although my term ends in a few days, by the end of the month to be exact, the plan covered up to 2023 to align with the UP systems strategic plan under PDLC’s administration. 
 
The big blow to the plan: pandemic and  restrategizing
 
And then came a big blow to this ambitious plan, a major disruption that we did not anticipate which called for an adjustment of this plan. And this huge blow named COVID, struck on the 11th month of my term! But this did not deter our ambition to expand but instead, we refined and adapted it to respond to the new normal.  
 
And the result of this refining or I should say restrategizing, was the mapping of the four (4) major strategic initiatives which will be shown in the video later. These are the:
 
1.Mindanao Health Initiative
2.Mindanao Sports Development Initiative
3.Mindanao Innovation Initiative
4.Mindanao Bio-Cultural Diversity Initiative
 
But let me just highlight why we crafted these initiatives. Given the new normal where the level of prioritization needs to change and the resources are constrained, these four initiatives allow us to integrate the key programs and projects in our action plan while still addressing the 3 strategic themes and 8 strategic priorities in our plan. 
 
The integration is a way to maximize our limited resources (which we were expecting to reduce due to pandemic), provide focus and develop a critical mass of related programs to achieve efficiency. So now because of the pandemic – there is an opportunity to push for the Mindanao health initiative especially with the hospital and the medical program that’s in our mandate and build on our strength on omics program for one health because we have PGC Mindanao.
 
A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE FOR THIS  MINDANAO HEALTH INITIATIVE IS THE APPROVAL BY THE UP SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DAVAO CITY HOSPITAL IN THE CAMPUS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DAVAO CITY GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS ENVISIONED TO BE A TEACHING HOSPITAL TO SUPPORT UP MINDANAO’S PLAN TO ESTABLISH A COLLEGE OF MEDICINE IN THE FUTURE. 
 
UPON THE ADVICE OF PRESIDENT CONCEPCION, WE HAVE COMMUNICATED WITH UP MANILA THE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IN OFFERING EXTENSION CLASSES ON MEDICINE HERE IN OUR CAMPUS, FOLLOWING THE MODEL OF THE UP COLLEGE OF LAW THAT HAS RECENTLY COLLABORATED WITH UP VISAYAS. IT WILL BE A PHASED-IN APPROACH, ENVISIONED TO SLOWLY BUILD OUR OWN CAPACITY TO OFFER A PROGRAM IN MEDICINE. THE EXTENSIVE CONSULTATIONS ON THE NEED OR DEMAND FOR THIS MEDICAL PROGRAM AND THE INITIAL PROPOSAL WE HAVE DONE WILL HELP US PROCEED TO THE NEXT STEPS.
 
UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF OUR MINDANAO HEALTH INITIATIVE IS OUR MINDANAO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER FOR ONE HEALTH (MRICOH) WHICH HAS A VISION TO BE A LEADING TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER ON HEALTH ISSUES RELEVANT TO MINDANAO THAT OFFERS LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO THE REGION USING MULTIDISCIPLINARY, NOVEL, INCLUSIVE, AND SOCIO-CULTURALLY FITTING APPROACHES GUIDED BY THE ONE HEALTH PARADIGM.
 
IN TERMS OF OUR MINDANAO SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A ROADMAP TO ESTABLISH A COLLEGE OF HUMAN KINETICS IN ORDER TO COMPLEMENT THE PRESENCE OF THE DAVAO CITY–UP COMPLEX HERE IN OUR CAMPUS. 
 
WE ARE NOW OFFERING ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN SPORTS STUDIES (AASS) AND 
DIPLOMA IN EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE (DESS), AND SOON ENOUGH, BEGINNING THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, WE WILL OFFER A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE (MSHMS) PROGRAM, AND EVENTUALLY, A BACHELOR OF SPORTS SCIENCE (BSS) OF PROGRAM. OUR AASS PROGRAM IS A STRATEGIC PROGRAM TO DO BETTER IN OUR MANDATE TO REACH OUT TO BANGSAMORO AND IP COMMUNITIES.
 
BASED ON ITS DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND POTENTIALS, THE DAVAO CITY–UP SPORTS COMPLEX WILL BE POSITIONED AS A SPORTS DEVELOPMENT HUB NOT ONLY HERE IN MINDANAO, BUT ALSO, IN THE BIMP-EAGA REGION, AND EVEN, IN THE MICRONESIA REGION IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
 
 
GROUNDWORK HAS BEEN MADE TO SUPPORT OUR MINDANAO INNOVATION INITIATIVE, PARTICULARLY OUR PLANNED KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION, AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KIST) PARK, WHICH IS BEING SUPPORTED BY VARIOUS PARTNERS SUCH AS THE DOST XI, NEDA XI, DTI XI, AND THE LGU OF DAVAO CITY. THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF THE CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN IN DAVAO, WE HAVE EXPLORED THE POSSIBILITY OF A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KITAKYUSHU SCIENCE AND RESEARCH PARK SINCE KITAKYUSHU CITY IS A SISTER CITY OF DAVAO CITY. LATER THIS WEEK, A MEETING WITH NEDA XI AND JAPANESE CONSUL GENERAL MIWA YOSHIAKI, WILL TACKLE UP MINDANAO’S PROPOSED KIST PARK AND POSSIBLE COOPERATION WITH THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY (JICA). 
 
TO SUPPORT OUR KIST PARK, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ANNOUNCE THE AVAILABILITY OF GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP, FUNDED BY MR. TONY MIWA, THE PHILANTHROPIST BROTHER OF THE JAPANESE CONSUL GENERAL. UP MINDANAO GETS ONE SLOT EVERY YEAR STARTING THIS FALL SEMESTER 2022. 
 
IN ANY CASE, OUR SIGNIFICANT INROADS IN THE AREA OF SUSTAINABLE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT), BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND ROBOTICS—COUPLED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PLANNED KIST PARK—WILL HOPEFULLY PAVED THE WAY FOR THE EVENTUAL ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR ASPIRED COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING. OUR COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS IS NOW DEVELOPING RELEVANT ACADEMIC PROGRAMS TOWARDS THIS DIRECTION, SUCH AS: MS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE,  MS APPLIED MODELLING AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS, AND BS DATA SCIENCE: ALIGNED WITH THE UP SYSTEM’S INITIATIVE TO ESTABLISH A CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
 
AS TO UP MINDANAO’S MINDANAO BIO-CULTURAL DIVERSITY INITIATIVE, I HOPE THAT THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION WILL CONTINUE TO NURTURE AND SUPPORT RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENGAGEMENT IN THE AREAS OF BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION, ARTS AND CULTURE, AND TO SUSTAIN WHAT WE HAVE STARTED WITH MINDANAO STUDIES CENTER AND FOR OUR PLANNED MINDANAO CULTURAL COMPLEX AND BOTANICAL GARDEN.
 
ON THE ACADEMIC FRONT, UP MINDANAO HAS A TOTAL OF 16 NEW PLANNED ACADEMIC PROGRAM OFFERINGS; THESE ARE NOW IN VARIOUS PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT, WITH SOME ALREADY NEARING COMPLETION. TWO (2) NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN INSTITUTED, NAMELY, THE PHD BY RESEARCH OF THE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND THE ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN SPORT STUDIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN KINETICS. I HOPE THAT THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE COMPLETION OF THESE NEW PLANNED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS SO THAT UP MINDANAO CAN SERVE MORE STUDENTS HERE IN MINDANAO AND FULFILL ITS INSTITUTIONAL MANDATES BETTER. 
 
IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE ALSO REVIEWED OUR CARRYING CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE OUR STUDENT ENROLLMENT, AND TO ATTRACT MORE STUDENTS COMING FROM UNDERSERVED AND UNDERREPRESENTED SECTORS, SUCH AS BANGSAMORO AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, CONSISTENT WITH OUR UP MINDANAO CHARTER (OR REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7889). 
 
IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, WE HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED OUR ENROLLMENT OF MORO AND LUMAD STUDENTS. MORE WORK, OF COURSE, NEEDS TO BE DONE NOT ONLY IN RECRUITING MORE STUDENTS FROM THE MORO AND LUMAD SECTORS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IN HELPING THEM FINISH THEIR STUDIES.
 
IN TERMS OF TOTAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT, WE HAVE STEADILY INCREASED OUR ENROLLMENT – THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022 WE NOW HAVE MORE THAN 1350 STUDENTS – THE HIGHEST WE HAVE ACHIEVED THUS FAR – THIS CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE OFFERING OF TWO NEW PROGRAMS, INCREASING OUR CARRYING CAPACITY BY 12%, SUPPORT FROM UP SYSTEM FOR 14 NEW FACULTY MEMBERS. LAST YEAR, DESPITE THE PANDEMIC, WE INCREASED OUR ENROLLMENT IN THE UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS BY 33% AND 23% RESPECTIVELY. 
 
ON THE RESEARCH FRONT, UP MINDANAO’S INDICATORS HAVE CONSISTENTLY SHOWN AN INCREASING TREND- IN FACT IMPROVING RAPIDLY BOTH IN TERMS OF QUANTITY AND QUALITY NOT JUST IN TERMS OF PUBLICATIONS BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF GENERATING EXTERNAL FUNDS – PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, TECHNOPRENEURSHIP, MARINE STUDIES, FOOD SYSTEMS AND DATA ANALYTICS. WE NOW HAVE THE CENTER FOR APPLIED MODELING, DATA ANALYTICS, AND BIOINFORMATICS FOR DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS IN HEALTH I AM SURE THAT OUR NEXT ADMINISTRATION WILL CONTINUE TO NURTURE OUR THRIVING CULTURE OF RESEARCH SO THAT WE CAN TRANSLATE THESE RESEARCH OUTPUTS AND INSIGHTS INTO IMPACTS. 
 
IN TERMS OF EXTENSION AND PUBLIC SERVICE, UP MINDANAO HAS SET ITS EYES ON PARTICIPATING IN THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION (THE) IMPACT RANKINGS, CONSISTENT WITH ITS EFFORTS TO SERVE THE PUBLIC TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS). 
 
UP MINDANAO’S NUMBER OF ACTIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH LGUS, INDUSTRIES, NGOS, NGAS, SMES, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS AS A RESULT OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FROM ONLY 14 IN CY 2020 TO 62 IN CY 2021 DESPITE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE HAVE ALSO DEVELOPED PARTNERSHIPS WITH SUCS, LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES TO DEVELOP ACADEMIC NETWORKS.
 
IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, UP MINDANAO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN VARIOUS RESEARCH AND EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAININGS FOR COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES OF SEVERAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL FACILITIES HERE IN MINDANAO, AND VARIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES IN PARTNER COMMUNITIES OF UP MINDANAO. 
 
VARIOUS FUND DRIVES WERE LIKEWISE INITIATED TO SUPPORT UP MINDANAO’S COVID-19 RESPONSE. OF COURSE, UP MINDANAO ALSO TOOK PART IN RESPONDING TO TWO MAJOR DISASTERS THAT RECENTLY HIT MINDANAO—THE MAJOR EARTHQUAKES IN 2019, AND RECENTLY, IN DECEMBER 2021, DURING TYPHOON ODETTE. 
 
IN TERMS OF OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE, WE WERE ABLE TO IMPROVE OUR PLANNING SYSTEM AND CLOSELY LINKED IT UP WITH OUR BUDGET PROCESS. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE IMPROVED OUR MONITORING AND EVALUATION (M&E) SYSTEM TO HELP US TRACK AND ASSESS OUR PROGRESS. WE IMPLEMENTED ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURING TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF OUR SERVICES. 
 
And I am sure that because this plan is ambitious and because there were disruptions in implementing this plan particularly the pandemic, it will take more time and commitment from the UPmin community  to achieve what it intends to achieve – basically doubling UPMIN’s size or capacity – with 3 new colleges, 14 new programs to go and many more. But let us not forget that this not just about growing -it is about creating a difference in the lives of the people we serve, it is about creating a bigger impact on Mindanao’s development and beyond.
 
IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY EXPRESS MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO ALL WHO HAVE DONE THEIR SHARE IN HELPING MY ADMINISTRATION IN THE PAST THREE YEARS. THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS HAVE INDEED BEEN TOUGH BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, BUT WE HAVE MANAGED TO HURDLE THESE CHALLENGES BECAUSE OF EVERYONE’S HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.
 
TO ALL UP MINDANAO CONSTITUENTS, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR SUPPORT TO THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT THE INITIAL GAINS WE HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS WILL BE CARRIED ON AND SUSTAINED TOWARDS THE “NEXT NORMAL”.
 
DAGHANG SALAMAT UG MALIPAYONG PAGSAULOG SA ATONG IKA BAYNTE SIETE NA SELEBRASYON SA ATUNG ANIBERSARYO.
 

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