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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)
 
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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Working Paper (unpublished): Global genetic patterns reveal host tropism versus cross-taxon transmission of bat betacoronaviruses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.  
 
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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 
 
 
 
 
 
 

UP Mindanao Mental Health Helpline, 2020

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93441599 2931706103519493 6622143742780375040 oThe Office of Student Affairs (OSA) of UP Mindanao is still offering free mental health and psychosocial support services for both UPMin students and employees through the UP Mindanao Mental Health Helpline.

Just complete the online signup forms to be enlisted and scheduled:

UP Mindanao students - http://tiny.cc/UPMinMentalHealthHelpline
UP Mindanao employees - http://tiny.cc/MentalHealthHelpline

UP Mindanao Highights, 1 - 31 August 2020

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UP MINDANAO HIGHLIGHTS

01 - 31 August 2020

Chancellor’s Report to the President’s Advisory Council

Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD

MINDANAO COVID-19 SITUATIONER

Throughout August 2020, Davao City continued to be under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which the city government has maintained since July 2020. 

As of 6 September 2020, the Mindanao island had 7,950 cumulative cases and 167 deaths, compared to the previous period on 10 August 2020 which had 4,515 cumulative cases and 96 deaths.   

By comparison, the national total on 6 September 2020 was 234,570 cumulative cases and 3,790 deaths. (source: ncovtracker.doh.gov.ph) 

LEARNING AND TEACHING

"Pagkilala sa UPMin Class of 2020"

"Pagkilala sa UPMin Class of 2020," an online tribute to the UP Mindanao Class of 2020, was launched following the approval of their graduation by the Board of Regents at its 1353rd Meeting on 2 September 2020. 

The “Pagkilala” is available in PDF and EPUB versions, and may be accessed through the following links:

The video presentation is scheduled to have its premiere on 7 September 2020, 07:00 PM in UPMin's YouTube channel:  

First Professor Emeritus

The UP Board of Regents, in its 1352nd Meeting, approved the conferment of the title of Professor Emeritus to retired UP Mindanao professor Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr. He became the first Professor Emeritus from UP Mindanao. Dr. Rasco was a faculty member since 1997 and had served as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He was seconded to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in July 2011 until his retirement in 2015. UP Mindanao will ask Professor Rasco to give online lectures for the incoming UP Mindanao students. 

New Academic Programs 

The School of Management (SOM) is currently in the process of screening applicants to the PhD by Research program that is on its inaugural semester in UP Mindanao. 

The SOM team also met with the UP Los Baños College of Economics and Management faculty on 19 August 2020 for the planned adoption of the MS Agricultural Economics program. The SOM team, likewise, held a meeting with Prof. Fay Rola-Rubzen of the University of Western Australia on 25 August 2020 for the Joint MS Agricultural and Applied Economics program.

Iskolar Ng Bayan

For AY 2020-2021, UP Mindanao invited some graduates of public high schools in the UP Land Reservations to enroll as Iskolar ng Bayan students in UP Mindanao. With this intake, UP Mindanao hopes to realize its affirmative action to provide opportunities to the underserved communities in the Davao Region. UP Mindanao intends to craft academic programs that can accommodate Iskolars from other Mindanao regions in the future.

UPDATE ON STRANDED STUDENTS

Currently, there is only one remaining stranded student on campus. This student is scheduled to travel home to Cebu in September. 

HEALTH MEASURES

Disinfection and Water Treatment in Campus

 

Disinfection of university rooms and offices was undertaken on 20-21 August 2020. All personnel adopted work-from-home arrangements for one workday. Water treatment was likewise undertaken in the campus on 23-24 August 2020, by cleaning and flushing of the water pump and overhead tank over a weekend.

Mental Health Helpline

As of 23 August 2020, 42 students and five employees have availed of psychological first aid from the UPMin-OSA Mental Health Helpline.

STUDENTS:http://tiny.cc/UPMinMentalHealthHelpline

EMPLOYEES:http://tiny.cc/MentalHealthHelpline

COVID-19 INITIATIVES AND PARTNERSHIPS

COVID-19 Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities

Mayor Duterte-Carpio (fourth from left) at the Faculty and Staff Housing

The Mayor (with back to the camera) at the Multipurpose Training Gym

The memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the use of campus buildings as COVID-19 facilities was renewed on July 20, 2020 for another three-month period. The two buildings are now upgraded to be Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities and will now accommodate mild suspect and mild confirmed COVID-19 cases. The city government will undertake all the requisite measures for the operation of the facilities. The city government reported that Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio visited the facilities on August 31, 2020.  (Photos from the City Government of Davao Facebook page)

New COVID-19 Testing Facility in Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC)

Chancellor Digal and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao Director Assoc. Prof. Murao (Department of Biological Sciences and  Environmental Studies [DBSES]) visited the newly completed COVID-19 testing facility located in the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City on 27 August 2020. 

They also witnessed the turnover from the builder to the end-user in ceremonies held in the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol. Mr. Dino Suelto, Managing Partner of the building contractor Maer Summit Konstrukt Company, presented the certificate of turnover to Davao Regional Medical Center Chief Dr. Bryan Dalid in the presence of Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, Panabo City Mayor Jose Relampagos, and Samal City Mayor Al David Uy. PGC Mindanao contributed to the design of the facility and trained the personnel. The DRMC will oversee the operation of the facility. 

  

Ongoing Training for Medical Personnel in Mindanao Hospitals

PGC Mindanao provided refresher training in August for COVID-19 medical frontliners from Butuan City, Tagum City, and from Lanao del Norte province.

  

In a social media post, PGC Mindanao reported on its mission from April 2020 onward to capacitate hospitals to conduct COVID-19 testing by training personnel on SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Since April 2020, PGC Mindanao trained 45 medical technologists, doctors, and biologists from six hospitals and institutions in Mindanao: the Dr. Royeca Hospital in General Santos City; the Lanao del Norte Medical Center; the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga; the Butuan Medical Center; the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City; and the Cotabato Regional Medical Center. PGC Mindanao also reported the success of the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga and the Butuan Medical Center in acquiring the accreditation for COVID-19 testing from the Department of Health.

 

Projections of COVID-19 Cases in Davao Region

Charts of COVID-19 cases projection in Davao City

The Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling (IAM) Laboratory and Assoc. Prof. May Anne Mata of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (DMPCS) posted a series of maps and charts on social media of a study titled, "Projections of COVID-19 cases, deaths, recoveries in Davao City and some provinces in Davao Region." A news reporter interviewed Prof. Mata and published this as a headline story on 30 August 2020 with the title “Gloomy Projections.” The study projected that the number of COVID-19 cases in Davao City could reach 2,500 by the end of September, up from 1,297 cases as of 27 August 2020.   The news item is here:https://bit.ly/3lu9zX6

 

"In the Time of Pandemia" Computer Game

Assoc. Prof. Mata was part of a team that developed "In the Time of Pandemia," a computer game that simulates the COVID-19 epidemic through a crisis manager whose challenge is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a variety of community settings. Prof. Mata provided her mathematical feedback throughout the game development process.  “It is easy to play, educational, fun, and even offers one an opportunity to help those affected, yet neglected, communities,” she said. 

Webinar on Food and Organizations in the New Normal

Dr. Concepcion

Atty. Aniceto-Guinomla

School of Management (SOM) carried out their first webinar, "Food Systems and Leading Organizations in the New Normal," on 5 August 2020 where former Chancellor Dr. Sylvia Concepcion and SOM Lecturer Atty. Marianne Esther Aniceto-Guinomla discussed the future of food systems and organizational leadership in the new normal, respectively, to 121 online viewers. View the webinar here:

https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/videos/3234363693346595/

 

Davao Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update

 

UP Mindanao promoted the Virtual Launch of the Davao Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update and the Recovery and Resilience Plan held on 26 August 2020, through its membership in the Communication for Development Network and the Economic Development Council. 

UP Mindanao contributed to the update through the research and development (R&D) projects implemented and published, science and technology (S&T) infrastructure and laboratory facilities established, human capital investment in developing R&D practitioners and scholars, and in promoting S&T and innovation appreciation.

Throughout the first midterm, UP Mindanao was an active partner in the regional science & technology consortium, in sharing its linkage in S&T networks and through participation in the S&T fairs. 

UP Mindanao is part of the regional innovation movement with its product development and patent applications, by encouraging innovation and technology adoption in agriculture and industry and promoting the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

UP Mindanao provided training in project management to SME managers, flood hazard mapping and land use planning for local governments, and food processing for industry partners.

UP Mindanao is part of the newly created Regional Inclusive Innovation Center and will contribute to the newly constituted Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee of the Regional Development Council-XI.

 

DONATIONS

 

UP Land Reservations

 

In the UP Marilog Land Reservation, a broom-making project was held in July, producing 60 brooms from their livelihood workshops. Some 30 brooms were immediately sold bringing an income of P2,100 to the broom-makers.

In support for basic education in the land reservations, the Land Reservation Management Office launched “Bond Paper Mo Para Sa Module Ko” Oplan Tulong Dunong Program for the School Children in the UP Land Reservations on 10 August 2020. The program aims to gather donations of bond paper for use in the production of remote learning materials for public schools in the UP land reservations. 

Throughout August, donations of bond paper were delivered to Ladi-an Elementary School in the UP Marilog Land Reservation, and the Sta. Emilia Elementary School and Kidawa National High School in the UP Laak Land Reservation. Each school received five (5) reams of bond paper.

 

Philippine Genome Center Mindanao

 

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao received additional donations from the UP Alumni Association Davao of two (2) bottles of Molecular Grade Alcohol for use in the training laboratory. This is the latest of many donations, view the list here: https://bit.ly/2UAKM7D

STUDENT AND ALUMNI ENDEAVORS

 

The Novice Debate

 

A UP Mindanao Debate Society team of BS Biology alumnus Frederick Omalza and BS Agribusiness Economics student Michael John Galendez (in photo) were champions in the first edition of The Novice Debate, an international online competition organized by Malaysia-based World of Learning and held on 15 and 16 August 2020. This is the second international event of the UP Mindanao Debate Society.

 

Essay Writing Contest by the Indonesian Consulate General

 

BA Communication and Media Arts student Reimeline Jasil Sayson won first place and a ship trophy in the essay writing contest hosted by the Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City in celebration of the 75th Independence Day Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia on 17 August 2020.

 

3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers

 

BS Biology alumnus Michael Bacus represented the Regional Health Research and Development Council-XI and won third place for his three-minute pitch titled “Healthy Nature for Healthy People” in the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition, organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and held online on 14 August 2020.

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

UPGRADE Virtual Demo Day

 

UP Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), the technology business incubation of UP Mindanao, held their Online Pre-Incubation Program Virtual Demo Day on 1 August 2020 where five business startups and one laboratory production team delivered their respective sales pitch to a panel of experts.

The startup products are:

  • Hayahay, an online platform linking buyers and sellers;  
  • Nutriboard, a virtual canteen and nutrition service platform;
  • Ternicide, an eco-friendly larvicide film to kill mosquito eggs;
  • Gpindot, an offline reporting system for disaster preparedness and response; and
  • KaPatrol, an offline application for monitoring illegal fishing activities.

The startups will be trained further on business and finance that will culminate in the launch of their products within six months. UPGRADE is funded by the DOST-HEIRIT (HEIs Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship) program. 

 

LIHOK Startup Roadshow in Nabunturan

 

UPGRADE, in partnership with the Municipal Government of Nabunturan, Davao de Oro Province, will undertake the LIHOK (Localizing Innovation by Harnessing the Optimal Knowledge of the Citizens) Startup Roadshow in Nabunturan in August-September. The LIHOK roadshow will seek out Nabunturanons with technology startup businesses or promising ideas that can help solve pressing problems in their community. The roadshow has a Bootcamp, Mentoring, and a Demo Day on 5 September 2020. Cash prizes and merchandise will be given with free workshops and free use of the UPGRADE Innovation Hub in UP Mindanao. UPGRADE is funded by the DOST-HEIRIT (HEIs Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship) program.

 

Intellectual Property Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (IMPACT)

 

UP Mindanao is one of 30 universities/institutions participating in the PCIEERD-STRIDE  Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office-Intellectual Property Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies (KTTO-IMPACT). Recently, UP Mindanao was selected as one among 19 in a shortlist by the KTTO Mentors to vie for ten available slots for PCIEERD funding under IMPACT for 2020-2021. Chancellor Digal issued a Letter of Commitment to support the UP Mindanao technology transfer office in its bid for the PCIEERD funding.

 

African Swine Fever Studies

 

Assoc. Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao (DBSES)  is involved in the surveillance and testing of African Swine Fever since its detection in the Davao Region in February 2020. In August, Prof. Murao met with the Department of Agriculture-XI and the Davao Hog Farmers Association of DAVAO Inc. (Hogfadi) for ASF Testing of commercial and surveillance pig samples.

 

"UP Naming Mahal" Music Video

 

A music video of the “UP Naming Mahal” customized for the UP Mindanao 25th anniversary was created by the Department of Humanities and Instructor Sam Sanchez. It combines videos from TVUP and the UP Symphony Orchestra version with the UP Mindanao institutional video. The video was made available for use of UP Mindanao units, among other anniversary materials.

The link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrZJ2cHPQBk

The link for downloads:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lbWHvh6fIrCTRYHg7gpdMfvQvU76r7JI/view?usp=sharing

 

Webinar on L.I.F.E. for Davao de Oro Land Reservation

 

UP Mindanao gave a webinar on the Livelihood Improvement through Facilitated Extension (LIFE) model for researchers and officials of the Compostela Valley State College (CVSC), its new project partner in Davao de Oro Province. This is in preparation for UP Mindanao and CVSC's partnership in integrating the LIFE model for a farmers' community in the UP Land Reservation in Laak, Davao de Oro. Chancellor Digal gave the Welcome Remarks and Senior Lecturer Anne Shangrila Fuentes (Department of Social Sciences [DSS]) served as the lead resource person. The participants from CVSC were led by President Dr. Christie Jean Villanueva-Ganiera and Director for Research, Extension and Development Dr. Lilybeth M. Matunhay. The LIFE model is currently being implemented by UP Mindanao and its government partners in conflict-vulnerable sites in the provinces of Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Norte, and Sultan Kudarat in partnership with farmer and fisherfolk associations.

 

Publications

 

The following publications were reported in August 2020.

“Night Market as Conceived-Planned Space: The Case of Davao City, Philippines,” by Raymundo R. Pavo (DSS), August 2020, Kritika Kultura 35, pp. 21–043. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2020.03503

“A cointegration analysis of rabies cases and weather components in Davao City, Philippines from 2006 to 2017,” by ZP Lachica, EO Diamante (DMPCS), LAE Murao (DBSES), MAE Mata (DMPCS), PA Alviola IV (SOM). Published 25 August 2020 in PLOS One.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236278

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0236278

“The pleasures of Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s fiction.” Bengan, JB. Published in CNN Philippines news, 29 August 2020.https://bit.ly/2Ex1VKW

 

Presentations and Trainings Conducted

Papers were presented at the 40th APAMS Philippines 2020, the online conference organized by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), and held from 20 July - 14 August 2020:

“Helping the Nation Breathe AIR: from North to South and Everywhere,” presented by Professor Jose Ildefonso U. Rubrico (DMPCS), 06 August 2020

“Philippine CoVID-19 Fisheries Vulnerability Index,” presented by Asst. Prof. Leo Manuel B. Estaña (DMPCS), on 7 August 2020 

Ms. Marilou O. Montiflor (SOM) was a resource speaker for “Supervisory Skills Enhancement,” an online training organized by Plus Factor Research and Training Services, and Womenpowered, and held on 15 August 2020. A total of 45 teachers, and employees of government, NGO, and private institutions participated.

Guest Speaker, UPLB CEM Virtual Recognition rites

Chancellor Larry N. Digal was the guest speaker of the UP Los Baños College of Economics and Management (CEM) Virtual Recognition Rites on 15 August 2020. Chancellor Digal is an alumnus of the CEM and was awarded among the 100 Outstanding Alumni in the CEM Centennial in 2019. 

CONSULTATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

 

Vice-Chancellor for Administration

Assoc. Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Administration effective 1 September 2020. The Board of Regents confirmed the Ad Interim Appointment of Prof. Cayamanda in the 1353rd Meeting.

 

CHSS Dean

Assoc. Prof. Raymundo R. Pavo, PhD, was appointed Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences by the UP Board of Regents in its 1353rd Meeting on 2 September 2020. The Search Committee, headed by Professor Noreen Grace Fundador, began the search process in March but extended it repeatedly due to the public health emergency. Asst. Prof. Jean Marie Juanga ended her term as CHSS dean on 6 April 2020 and Assoc. Prof. Ma. Stella Salazar served as OIC from 7 April 2020 onward.

 

Search for the Next SOM Dean

The Search Committee for the Next SOM Dean announced the sole nominee on 5 August 2020 as Asst. Prof. Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez. The Committee held the Online Public Forum on 10 August 2020. The submission of the Final Report to the Chancellor is on 31 August 2020.

 

Online Consultations

Chancellor Digal held a series of consultations on various concerns in August. The search for a vice-chancellor for administration went through two consultations, first with unit heads under the OVCA, and a second one online on 12 August 2020 for all UP Mindanao personnel.

The Chancellor, likewise, hosted another university-wide online consultation with the HRDO and the employee unions on 6 August 2020 to discuss the step increment promotion and other union concerns. Both online consultations gathered wide attendance by university personnel.

UP MINDANAO IN THE NEWS & MEDIA 

31 August 2020 | “UPMin Debaters Champion in International Tourney.” Sun Star Davaohttps://bit.ly/3304Jsd

28 August 2020 | “Gloomy projections.” Sun Star Davao.https://bit.ly/3lu9zX6

28 August 2020 | “Breaking off from the chains of the past.” Sun Star Davao. https://bit.ly/2EO3Vyc

27 August 2020 | “The Result of Essay and Photography Contest.” Indonesian Consulate General Davaohttps://bit.ly/2YOc3Wh

27 August 2020 | “This Filipino-made simulation game gives players a chance to solve COVID-19 pandemic.” Interaksyon.https://bit.ly/3jywKxJ

20 August 2020  | “Region 10’s Geraldine Ridad is this year’s champion for DOST-PCHRD 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition.” Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.https://bit.ly/3jGyfdh

19 August 2020 | “Experts envision food systems and leadership in new normal.” Mindanao Times. https://bit.ly/2D4zCT9

18 August 2020 | “UP Mindanao experts envision food systems, leadership in new normal.” Mindanao Daily Mirror.https://bit.ly/3kYdL0U

12 August 2020 | UP Naming Mahal Music Video (featuring UPMin and UPSO). Link to the video:https://youtu.be/hrZJ2cHPQBk  | https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lbWHvh6fIrCTRYHg7gpdMfvQvU76r7JI/view?usp=sharing

 

UP Day of Remembrance 2020

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UP to hold virtual commemoration of the struggle against Martial Law in UP Day of Remembrance 2020

Celeste Ann C. Llaneta, UP Media and Public Relations Office

On 21 September 1972, then President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law. This marked the beginning of a period of authoritarian rule that ravaged the nation’s democracy and economy and saw a record number of human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Fourteen years later, the Filipino people succeeded in ousting the dictator with the words “Sobra Na, Tama Na! Oust Marcos! Lansagin ang diktadura!” as their battle cry. 

Now, 48 years after Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, we once again revisit this dark period in our country’s history and honor the heroes who fought, struggled, and gave their lives for the cause of freedom and justice, even as many of the same dark forces continue to plague our society today. Even as we face the seismic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we refresh our memory of the evils of dictatorship and renew our struggle with the battle cry, “Never again, never forget!”

From September 21 to 22, the University of the Philippines System will hold its UP Day of Remembrance 2020, a virtual commemoration of the University’s collective memories of the events leading to and following the declaration of Martial Law from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

This year’s UP Day of Remembrance, titled “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”, consists of two main activities: four webinars featuring UP alumni and faculty who fought during Martial Law sharing their experiences; and, an online exhibit to feature Martial Law narratives of resistance and hope that continue to resonate up to now.

These online activities will be held across all eight UP constituent units, and will revolve around four themes: Hamon ng Batas Militar, focusing on the early years of clampdown on civil liberties and adapting to the situation with new forms of struggle; Detenido, Desparecido, a remembrance of the Marcos regime’s violation of human rights and cruelty through disregard of due process, indefinite imprisonment, torture, disappearances, and killings; Sining at Panitik: Daluyan ng Tinig, recalling writers and artists who created new forms of expression, inspiring and mobilizing the masses for action against deception; and, Patungong People Power: Turning Points, on the events in the 1980s that became turning points which led to the end of the Marcos dictatorship.

In pursuit of its tradition of struggle for academic freedom and democratic ideals, UP stood at the forefront of the resistance to Martial Law and the Marcos regime, contributing to this struggle many of its best and brightest. Now UP deems it proper to enshrine their names and struggles for younger and future generations of the University to emulate. It is for this reason that UP President Danilo L. Concepcion signed Proclamation No. 1 in 2018 declaring September 21 of every year as UP Day of Remembrance during which special lectures, meetings, and ceremonies will be held across the UP System to commemorate UP’s participation and sacrifices in the struggle against dictatorship and tyranny.

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020 is made all the more significant as the University commemorated in February this year the 50th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm, which led to the Diliman Commune and other watershed events prior to the declaration of Martial Law. 

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020 is open to all teachers, educators, scholars, and Filipinos who wish to continue learning about our country’s history and who believe in the importance of upholding and defending basic freedoms, civil liberties, and human rights.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/UPGunita2020

Livestream of the webinars and the online exhibit will be available via TVUP.ph and TVUP’ YouTube channel.

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Stories from the fields of struggle against Martial Law abound in UP Day of Remembrance 2020

Celeste Llaneta, UP Media and Public Relations Office

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“Never again! Never forget!”

These words live on as the University of the Philippines, the country’s national university, remembers the signing of Proclamation No. 1081 by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, placing the Philippines under Martial Law, with a two-day webinar event, the UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”. [September 21 is UP Day of Remembrance]

The online event, which will be held via Zoom and broadcasted on YouTube on September 21, Monday, and September 22, Tuesday, features leading Martial Law activists who will share their experiences of struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, stories of courage in the face of imprisonment and torture, of resourcefulness and creativity in the face of repression, and of perseverance and heroism in the face of death. [Register at https://tinyurl.com/UPGunita2020]

There will also be recorded performances and a video-exhibit of sights and sounds of life under Martial Law.

Following is the program for the UP Day of Remembrance 2020:

 

“Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”

UP Day of Remembrance 2020

HAMON NG BATAS MILITAR

September 21, Monday, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

[9:00am]

National Anthem

Welcome Message, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion

Opening Remarks, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena E. Pernia

[9:30am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions

[9:40am]

“Mga Huling Araw ng UP Student Council Bago-Batas Militar”

Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Chair, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan

[10:05am]

“Mga Unang Sabado ng Martial Law”

Mamerto Calalang “MC” Canlas, former UP History instructor, author of SoMa Pilipinas Studies 2000 in Two Languages (2002) and SoMa Pilipinas Ethnotour Guide Book (2013)

[10:30am]

“Some Trying Times of My Life”

Ma. Cristina Pargas-Bawagan, activist and human rights victim of the Marcos regime, retired teacher of Philippine Science High School

[10:55am]

“Mga Karanasan bilang Human Rights Worker”

Liza Acevedo-Ilagan, Professor, UP Baguio Fine Arts Program

[11:20am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:50am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Michael L. Tan, former UP Diliman Chancellor

and UP Professor Emeritus

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

DETENIDO, DESAPARECIDO

September 21, Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

[1:00pm]

Opening Remarks: Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor, UP Manila

Introduction by Webinar Moderators

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-day Discussions

[1:30pm]

“Babaeng Makibaka sa Likod ng Rehas”

Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, activist, former UP Professor, former Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

[1:55pm]

“Entablado, Megaphone at Kulungan”

Susan Tagle, activist, musical director, Senior Technical Adviser, PTV-4

[2:20pm]

“Desaparecido: Southern Tagalog 10”

Atty. Filemon Nolasco, lead convenor, UP Los Baños Bantayog Project

[2:45pm]

“Ang Maging Manggagamot sa Samar”

Dr. Sylvia Ciocon de la Paz, activist, wife of slain “Doctor-to-the-barrios” Dr. Remberto Daniel “Bobby” de la Paz

[3:10pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[3:30pm] Synthesis

[3:45pm] Closing Remarks, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, UP Los Baños

[4:00pm] UP Naming Mahal

SINING AT PANITIK: DALUYAN NG TINIG

September 22, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

[8:45am] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

[9:00am]

National Anthem

Opening Remarks, Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran, Chancellor, UP Visayas

[9:20am] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Flow of Two-Day Discussions

[9:30am]

“Teatro sa Panahon ng Batas Militar”

Dr. Glecy Atienza, Professor, UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas

[9:55am]

“Iba’t-ibang Tradisyon sa mga Awit-Protesta”

Christian “Bong” Ramilo, activist, musician and songwriter, and member, Asian Movement for People’s Music

[10:20am]

“Patatag: Bagong Ritmo ng Paglaban”

Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, Chancellor, UP Diliman

[10:45am]

“UPLB Perspective: Paggiit sa Pamamahayag”

Dr. Vicky Espaldon, Professor, UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management

[11:10am] Q&A Session with Speakers

[11:40am] Synthesis

[11:55am] Closing Remarks, Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalara, Chancellor, UP Open University

[12:00nn] UP Naming Mahal

[12:05-12:44pm] Break

[12:45pm] Protest Performance and Video Exhibit

PATUNGONG PEOPLE POWER: ‘TURNING POINTS’

September 22, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

[1:00pm]

Opening Remarks, Dr. Larry N. Digal, Chancellor, UP Mindanao

[1:20pm] Overview of the Webinar Structure and Two-Day Discussions

[1:30pm]

“CONCOMSA Tungong Pagbabalik ng USC”

Malou Mangahas, former executive director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

[1:55pm]

“Welgang Anson’s sa harap ng BP 130/227”

Leila Yap-Aboga, alumni activist

[2:20pm]

“The 1982 Jose Rizal College Strike”

Loretta Ann “Etta” P. Rosales, Chair, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

[2:45pm]

“NADSU at Welgang Bayan ng Cebu, 1984”

Prof. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, union leader, Professor of history and sociology, UP Cebu

[3:10pm]

Sakbayan sa Northern Luzon 1984”

Dr. Raymundo “Rey” Rovillos, Chancellor, UP Baguio

[3:35pm] Q&A Session with Speakers

[4:05pm] Synthesis

[4:25pm] Closing Remarks, Atty. Liza D. Corro, Chancellor, UP Cebu

[4:30pm] UP Naming Mahal

 

The UP Day of Remembrance 2020, “Dambana ng Gunita: Mga Hulagway ng Pagkamulat at Kabayanihan 1972-1986”, is open to all teachers, educators, scholars and Filipinos who wish to continue learning about our country’s history and who believe in the importance of upholding and defending basic freedoms, civil liberties and human rights.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/UPGunita2020.

Livestream of the webinars and the online exhibit will be available via TVUP.ph and TVUP’s YouTube channel.

MOA for COVID-19 lab with PRO–XI, DOST-XI, 2020

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

UP Mindanao entered into another memorandum of agreement to establish a COVID-19 testing facility, this time with the Police Regional Office–Region XI (PRO-XI) and the Department of Science and Technology–Region XI (DOST-XI), on 16 September 2020 at Camp Sgt. Quintin M. Merecido, Davao City.   

Shown holding the agreement in the photo below are (left-right) Police Colonel Bowenn Joey Masauding, Chancellor Larry Digal, PRO-XI Regional Director Police Brigadier-General Filmore Escobal, DOST-XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales, and Associate Professor Lyre Anni Murao, director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao.      

The PRO-XI facility located in the Camp Merecido Hospital is the third COVID-19 facility that UP Mindanao is helping establish, following the recently completed facility in the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City and the facility under construction in the Provincial Hospital of Davao de Oro Province.     

UP Mindanao, through the experts in PGC Mindanao, will provide the facility personnel with training in biosafety and molecular diagnostics and prepare them for proficiency testing by the Department of Health−Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM). 

DOST-XI will extend the financial assistance or support for the training and the operation of the facility, particularly in research and development, since the agreement also states that the lab can be used as an extension laboratory by PGC Mindanao for R&D, similar to the facilities in Tagum and Davao de Oro.

 

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