Board of Regents appoints 5th Chancellor

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The University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regents approved the appointment of School of Management Dean Larry N. Digal as the 5th Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Mindanao for the term 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2022. He will succeed the incumbent chancellor, Prof. Sylvia Concepcion.        
Dean Digal in his nomination documents articulated his top agenda items dubbed as UPMin REAPS which stands for: Reinforce (R) teaching-research-extension-production continuum through better understanding of the needs of the industry and other stakeholders and more responsive UP Mindanao products and services (academic programs, research and extension/public services); Enhance (E) existing undergraduate and graduate programs and to develop at least two new graduate programs; Accelerate (A) research productivity; Prime (P) and improve organizational capacity and administrative efficiency; Strengthen (S) programs to develop a culture of teamwork, sense of community, health and wellness, and better appreciation of the arts. He outlined the programs under REAPS that will help UPMin prioritize and focus to maximize its impact given its limited resources to its stakeholders and the development of Mindanao and the country.                 

Dean Digal joined UP Mindanao in June 2001 and served as Dean of SOM in January 2004 to March 2007 and for a second term on 28 July 2016 to the present. Dean Digal also holds an appointment as UP Scientist I for three consecutive terms since 2011. He was the top graduate of the College of Agriculture of UPLB in 1985 where he finished his BS Agriculture degree major in Agricultural Economics, cum laude. He earned his MS in Agricultural Economics in Purdue University (Indiana, USA), and his PhD in Agricultural Economics in University of Sydney.   

Highlights of December, 2018

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LAST DAY OF CLASSES for 1st Semester of Academic Year 2018-2019 is on 7 December 2018. Final Examinations are on 10-12 December 2018. Deadline for submission of grades is on 21 December 2018. Registration for the 2nd Semester of AY 2018-2019 is on 10 January 2019. Classes start on 14 January 2019.

KASADYA, UP Mindanao's Lantern Parade will be on 13 December 2018 on the theme, "Pagsaulog sa Kauswagan Pinaagi sa Panaghiusa ug Pagtambayayong sa Katilingban/ Celebrating Prosperity through Solidarity and Converging of Communities".

THE BUILDING DECORATION CONTEST was held on 3 December 2018 where the colleges and administrative units in their respective sites conveyed the spirit of Christmas through visual elements made of ordinary, organic, or recycled materials enhanced through design ideas, incorporating innovation, and an adherence to the theme. The judges were Nikolai Muana, Rap Pizana, Lindsay Catog, and Giovanni Lapesigue. Winners will be announced in the Kasadya Lantern Parade Program Ceremony.  

THE PA-ILAW CEREMONY commencing the University Christmas celebration was held on 3 December 2018. On this occasion Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion shared her thoughts "let us reflect on the meaning of our Pa-ilaw lighting ceremony. When we light our lanterns, our lighted lanterns are a symbol of victory of light over darkness, or of knowledge over ignorance. When we light our lanterns, we are better off when we are in the light, it is better for our enlightenment. Let us enlighten our faces--by smiling. Smiling is better for our work environment. Let us be the light for everybody else. Let us illuminate others". Koro Kantahanay harmonized on a Yuletide carol to accompany a solo dance from the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble. BACA senior Joven Nino Villacastin performed "Autumn Leaves" on the violin. The Lighting Ceremony had Maria Stella Salazar, Aurelia Luz Gomez, Cyrose Silvosa Millado, and Ryan Songcayauon, representing their units, joining Chancellor Concepcion to flip the light switch. Finally, Emcee Julius Piala invited the audience to hang their Christmas wishes onto the University Christmas tree, saying "Let us put our wish for ourselves, for our department, for our country".

THE LANTERN PARADE on 13 December 2018 begins with the Assembly at the Barangay Mintal Gym, Mintal, Davao City at 3PM. The Parade Proper begins at 4PM to culminate in the Administration Building Atrium. The Kasadya Ceremony Program follows at the Atrium with the Presentation of the Christmas Lanterns and the Christmas Dance Competition. Dance groups who wish to compete in the Dance Competition are advised to read the mechanics: Kasadya Dance Mechanics Parties who wish to compete for prizes in the Kasadya Lantern Competition are advised to read the rules:  Kasadya Lantern Mechanics

The University personnel Christmas Fellowship is on 14 December 2018, 3PM


    BARANGAY BANGKAS HEIGHTS, Davao City, residents were awarded certificates of completion from the livelihood extension project named "Skills Camp: Nurturing Grassroots Change Though Partnerships". The awarding was done in commencement ceremonies held on 2 December 2018 in UP Mindanao. The 39 female residents completed four months of training in business skills, baking, cooking, and food processing provided by technical experts from UP Mindanao. The food-related training was held in the laboratories of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry with the expertise of their faculty. Integrative business skills were taught by faculty of the School of Management and other technical experts.
    Present at the ceremony were representatives of the organizers of the Skills Camp namely Arthur Fontanilla of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Edna Estefania Co of the University of the Philippines CIFAL, Barangay Chairman Wilberto Al-ag, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, and Vice-Chancellor Nilo Oponda. Also present were some of the resource experts of the Integrative and Technical Skills Training: Ms. Mae Aborde, Prof. Jackie Lou Tagubase, and Prof. Lemuel Calatrava. Facilitating the ceremonies were Office of Extension and Community Service project coordinator Michael Gatela and site facilitator Ferly Jane Leray.
    Chancellor Concepcion, in her remarks, advised the trainees to begin the business enterprise by registering with the DTI and to avail of credit for their business capital from the Dept of Trade and Industry P3 lending program or "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso".
    Prof. Edna Co explained the need for coordination among the government agencies and the barangays for the equipment donations and for small capitalization from DTI and DSWD.
    NGCP engineer Arthur Fontanilla explained that communities through which the NGCP electrical posts pass through receive are entitled to assistance from NGCP. He explained the NGCP plan to connect the Visayas-Mindanao electrical power network through an infrastructure backbone of 230KV from Matanao up to Lanao. All these infrastructure efforts and the livelihood assistance, he said, are intended to improve lives of Filipinos.
    The Awarding of the Certificates of Completion to all 39 trainees were given in the presence of the trainers, the organizers, and Barangay Chairman Al-ag.
    The response from the graduates was given by Arlyn P. Ybañez who recalled being surprised to learn that math, accounting, and marketing would be taught, believing that the training involved only cooking. They were impressed by the dedication of the organizers which they reciprocated with their cooperation and diligence. She hoped that this would be the beginning of their success as individuals and as a group and that their unity would continue.
    Barangay Chairman Wilberto Al-ag in his response displayed his qualities as barangay chairman by provoking laughter from everyone with his remarks expressing his happiness and gratitude and his stories. He underscored the advantages of business enterprise over employment and pledged financial assistance for the livelihood project.
    The residents also elected officers for their group: Rosalina S. Decio as president, Editha A. Denlaoso as Vice President, Ma. Rose Almie Arboladora as Secretary, Evelyn G. Tacsan as Assistant Treasurer, Rhea R. Tecson as Treasurer, and Robelita G. Tomambo as Auditor; their oath of office was administered by Bgy. Chairperson Al-ag.
    VC Nilo Oponda mentioned the need for product accreditation and certification, links to the supply and value chain, production technologies, social processing, marketing, and areas for improvement which could be solved through facilitated extension. He offered UP Mindanao to connect the group to the appropriate government agencies and expertise together with the first project in Bgy. Bago Oshiro. He expressed this all as being in the spirit of Christmas.


BASIC HOME SAFETY AND IMPROVEMENT Seminar-workshop was given by UP Mindanao for residents of communities on 10-11 December 2018. The workshop objectives were to impart skills improvement in basic home repairs and safety measures to homeowners. Lectures were given on basic carpentry, finishing works, basic electrical, and basic plumbing works. Each of the four lectures was followed by an accompanying workshop session. Expertise was provided by the Dept. of Architecture and workshop facilitation was provided by the Office of Extension and Community Service and BS Architecture students and faculty members. Homeowners who availed of the seminar-workshop were from the Davao City barangays of Bangkas Heights, Bago Oshiro, Buhangin, Sto. Nino, 75-A Matina Aplaya, and Mintal, and Bgy. Penaplata in the neighboring Samal City. Interested UP Mindanao constituents joined, as well. Among the workshop observers was a Belgian national, Mr. Filip Van Brantegen, a fresh graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven. He visited the Philippines as an affiliate of AIESEC and LinkBuild Inc. and is planning to devise a low-cost brick-making machine. The group photo shows the participants and resource persons with Professor, Architect, and Dean Jean Marie Juanga and OECS Associate Michael Gatela.


     "PAG-ABOLL: FACETS OF MINDANAO" 1st Mindanao Studies Interdisciplinary Research Symposium was held by UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences on 7-8 December 2018 in Davao City. Talks on architecture, urban and regional planning, social science, communication, literature, and sports were given in plenary and parallel sessions.
    In the plenary talk "Envisioning spaces and places in rapidly changing environments", architect and transport expert Dr. Eden Sorupia gave answers to the question "What makes a great place?"
    In "Give Peas a Chance: Livelihood Improvement through Facilitated Extension (LIFE) in conflict-vulnerable areas of Mindanao", Prof. Anne Shangrila Fuentes related her research experiences in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao, and South Cotabato.
    Parallel Session 1 on the theme "Envisioning Mindanao in a rapidly changing environment" featured "Social constructionism in housing and architectural research" by Dr. Isidoro Malaque III, "Community-based development approach for sustainable tourism of the South-Central Mindanao Development Corridor's Biodiversity and Ecotourism Cluster" by Ar. Minerva Rosel, and "A comparative visual analysis of the architectural elements of ancestral and vernacular houses in Glan" by Ar. Sheena Marie Franco.
    Parallel Session 2 on the theme "State of Unrest" featured "Livelihood strategies and farming transitions in an agricultural community in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog, Davao City" by Garelle Kris Bacaron and "Rhythm of Tagakolu agriculture: Intersections of local knowledge and crop commmodification" by anthropologist Albert J. Santos.
    On Day 2, the plenary on communication had Dr. Ma. Theresa M. Rivera of Far Eastern University relating the experience of creating a broadcast radio station by a community of Teduray indigenous people, Bangsamoro muslims, and Christian settlers in Maguindanao province in her talk "Weaving Mindanaon stories and perspectives on communication for social change".
    The second plenary that focused on literature had Redemptorist brother Dr. Karl Gaspar narrating his development as a writer followed by a thorough review of Mindanawon writers and literary works in his talk titled, ""Are these questions taken seriously?: Literature by and for Mindanawons? Literature about Mindanao?"
    Plenary 3 on sports had University of Tasmania PhD candidate Jeffrey Pagaduan who introduced his free software app "Pulse Express" in his talk "Low-cost equipment for measurement of autonomic health and vertical jump".
    Parallel Session 3 on the theme "Conflict-sensitive communication" began with Mr. John Frances C. Fuentes speaking on news reporting by the media in his talk "Why go for conflict-sensitive reporting?" Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda (Dept. of Humanities) recalled the 2011 flooding incident in Davao City for her study "Towards a human-ecological framework of disaster resiliency". Jade M. Baylon (BA English 2017) described his writing of the biographical essay "Maligon". Rizia Jahziel Perez (BA English 2018) also shared her  experiences in "Writing to understand: A testimony on writing the undergraduate thesis 'Subversions (Essays)'". Ms. Glorypearl Dy (BA Communication Arts 2010) showed digital filmexcerpts for "Participatory storytelling: The case of maternal neonatal health policy implementation in 4 indigenous communities". Finally, Mr. Mark Roel B. Narreto spoke on "Conflict-sensitive reporting: Philosophy and practice".
    Parallel Session 4 on "Dula, Sayaw, ug Isports" featured "A dance notation of the Ata-Manobo in Talaingod, Davao del Norte" from Jezreel M. Abarca (Dept. of Human Kinetics) and "Assessment of motor skill acquisition and rhythmic performance using virtual reality" by Prof. Albert Francis Reginald T. Ramos (Human Kinetics) showing persons interacting with images using virtual reality goggles. Coaches' education was the subject of the research by Mr. Jerome Ferdinand O. Balaga and school motivation in achieving awards in sepak takraw was the study of Mr. Franz Cubillas.
     Mindanao State University researchers attended the Symposium. MSU-Naawan campus was represented by researchers Delyn M. Bucay, Aida D. Perpetua, and Jeanette J. Samson. MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology was represented by Dr. Delia G. Balgoa, Dr. Maria Cecilia M. Ferolin, and Dr. Hairula Munap.   
    In closing Dean Jean Marie Juanga thanked the department chairs Ryan Songcayauon, Maria Teresa Escano, Erwin Protacio, Raymundo Pavo, the session moderators Julius Neil Piala, Ryan Songcayauon, Hazel Lozada, Lakan Umali, and Ralp Pizana, the staff led by Ruelyn Peronilla, Grace Aponte and the support staff, and hoped for the continuation of the symposium in the future.


THE PHILIPPINE GENOME CENTER, a multidisciplinary institution that combines basic and applied research for multisectoral development such as in agriculture, food quality and safety, biodiversity, environment, and health, will open its Mindanao component in 2019. The Genome Center component in Mindanao was allocated the amount of P70 Million for operations and will be housed in UP Mindanao. This was announced by UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics Dean Dominica Dacera at the opening of the CSM Research Colloquium on 17 December 2018.

The announcement was one of the highlights of the Colloquium that featured talks and a poster exhibit offering science-based solutions on plant propagation, post-harvest technology, animal and public health, food, geographical modeling, and robotics. The first research presentation was on the Coconut somatic embryogenesis technology (CSET) which was described by Dr. Annabelle Novero as the mass propagation of quality coconut planting materials being produced by a network of coconut laboratories nationwide. The planting materials are for eventual distribution to coconut farmers with the ultimate objective of rejuvenating the Philippine coconut industry.

The next talk was on the local public health threat of rabies and how this may be mitigated using various approaches in science and mathematics. These ways were discussed by mathematician May Anne Mata, economist Pedro Alviola, and biologist Lyre Anni Murao as part of their project in partnership with the Davao City local government.

In mango-ripening technology, using ethylene gas encapsulated in powder was proposed by Research Associate Angelyn Lacap as a safer alternative to the traditional but harmful calcium carbide (carburo).

In the science of robotics, Dr. Jose Ildefonso Rubrico discussed the inevitable pervasiveness of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AIR) in various aspects of daily life of individuals and whole communities. He brought out and operated a device on wheels that could detect persons and make corresponding adjustments to its movements.

In wildlife and public health, biologist Lief Erikson Gamalo reported that the Philippine macaques (monkeys) in Palawan are carriers of zoonotic malaria parasites and proposed the protection of their habitats in order to prevent the infection of human beings.

The continuing search for a cure against lung cancer was discussed by Dr. Joel Hassan Tolentino in his on-going study of plant extracts with the ability to inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, a project that is part of a larger study in partnership with UP Manila researchers.

Mathematician Ritchie Mae Gamot studied the banana industry supply chain and proposed mathematical tools that could be used to allocate the distribution of harvested Cavendish bananas either for the export market or for other markets in order to minimize losses and maximize the profit of farmer-growers.

In the urban environment, Dr. Dann Marie Del Mundo described how sewer drains become clogged by deposits of Fat, Oil, and Grease (FOG) from urban and industrial waste and how this can be melted and washed-off using laboratory-created calcium soap.

The newspaper reporters Mr. Yas Ocampo and Ralph Llemit of Mindanao Times, Gil Doquila of Sun Star Davao, and Ms. Reg Ronquillo of The Edge Davao probed the researchers with questions for their news leads. The research partners who attended the Colloquium were Giovannni Montejo and Jopriz Bueno of Assumption College of Davao, Araceli Yebes and Ever Orboc of Bureau of Plant Industry, Phoebe Nemenzo Calica and Karen Carigo of Davao Doctors College, Glady Mae Lutarte of Dept. of Agriculture, Annbeth Calla and Ma. Theresa Ferolino of Rizal Memorial Colleges, Alex Palero of DENR, Jeff Fuentes of Davao City Health Office, and faculty members and researchers of the CSM.


UP MINDANAO DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 20th National Debate Championship held on 15-20 December 2018 in Northwestern University, Laoag, Ilocos Norte. UP Mindanao Team A were Union Cup Finalists. Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) was awarded "Best Speaker of the Finals". Nissa Caderao (4BS Agribusiness Economics) was recognized as "Finalist". Andres Segovia (4BA Communication Arts) served as Adjudicator.         


FOOTBALL FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF was installed in December. The turf that is artificial grass gives a green color over the entire playing field. The synthetic track for the TRACK-AND-FIELD OVAL has likewise been installed. This gray-colored material will be used before the rust-colored material that will be installed on a later date. In the AQUATIC CENTER, the contractors have started the ground excavation works for the swimming pool. This will be followed by the pouring of concrete and tiling. Simultaneously, construction of the Aquatic Center bleachers have been started. The Football Stadium will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet scheduled on the fourth week of January 2019.       

Highlights of November 2018

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Strengthening the academic curricula and research through industry linkage
"NEOKAMAIGEN" AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN by UP Mindanao 4th year BS Architecture student Prince Lu won the "Gold Award" in the Architecture category of the Asia Young Designer Award-Philippines competition, as disclosed on 20 November 2018. According to the student-designer, "Neokamaigen is a design for a settlement that is built to save people from the threat of rising sea levels due to climate change." The contest organizers Nippon Paint stated, "It is like a modern-day Noah’s Ark.” According to the contest website, the Gold Award has a cash prize, a 6-month internship with leading architecture firms, a chance to compete against designers from 14 other countries and to be part of a learning experience in the Harvard University Design Discovery. A cash prize also goes to the school.

Popularizing research findings as a public service

"VOYAGES: The Inaugural Lectures 2018", a public offering, was on 7 November 2018 at Lorenzo Hall, UP Mindanao. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion in her Welcome Remarks said that " ‘voyages’ invoked in her mind the word 'ancestry';  of Filipino ancestors being voyagers descended from the bloodline of the Polynesian and the Malayan race of voyagers, one example being the the Filipino interpreter and circumnavigator who accompanied Magellan". She described the lectures for the day of being "from the young scholars with vibrant new ideas who will challenge current ways of thinking and the imagination and make the mind work again with new ideas that may be strange but exciting". Ilathala Performing Arts opened the forum with a performance of a Mindanawon dance [in photo, below]. Raymundo Pavo in his talk "Trisikad Diaries: Journeys through Social Space" revealed stories of ambulant vendors in Roxas Night Market, Davao City. Rovi Gem Villame in her talk "Laws of Attraction: Using Magnets to Attract Bacteria" spoke of a scientific process that may have uses in industry and medicine. Jezreel Abarca in "So You Think You Can Dance?" taught a notation for the documentation of dances. John Bengan in his talk "The Historic and the Epic: Contemporary Fiction from Mindanao" identified new Mindanao writers and their works. Albert Ramos in his "Foolish Games? Or: Is e-Sports or Competitive Online Gaming a Real Sport?" defined the characteristics of sports and how online gaming qualified. Anne Shangrila Fuentes in "War and Peas: Helping Farmers in Conflict-Vulnerable Areas in Mindanao" described a social scheme for improving farmers’ livelihood.  "Voyages" was organized by Office of Research and DUGONG-Antro student organization and was delivered to the 100-plus members of the audience who attended--from as far as Agusan del Sur and Davao Oriental Provinces--free of charge.

Strengthening academic curricula through channels of collaboration and public service  

PHIL. SOCIETY OF MICROBIOLOGY Mindanao Chapter headed by Dr. Aleyla de Cadiz (Dept. of Biological Science and Environmental Studies) held their 23rd Mindanao Convention on 8-9 November 2018 on the theme "One Health: Bridging Multiple Sectors to Promote Sustainable Programs for Human Health". Dr. May Anne E. Mata (Dept. of Math, Physics, and Computer Science) gave a Plenary Talk on "Understanding Recurrent Avian Flu Epidemics". Dr. Noreen Grace Fundador (Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry) presented "Photocatalytic and antimicrobial studies of Polyhydroxybutyrate-cohydroxyhexanoate (PHB-HH)/Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposite films". Dr. Virginia Obsioma (DFSC) presented "LABlife: Minding your gut Microbiota". Student undergraduate research were presented and were given recognition for excellence.

THE 2018 DAVAO WRITERS WORKSHOP, organized by the Davao Writers Guild and UP Mindanao, was held on 14-18 November 2018, at Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel, J. Camus St., Davao City under Workshop Director Gracielle Deanne Tubera and Deputy Director Mubarak Tahir. The workshop was opened to interested members of the public to listen to the discussions and learn from the panelists’ craft lectures. Panelists were Macario D. Tiu (Ateneo de Davao), Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (UP Mindanao Dept. of Humanities), John Bengan (Dept. of Humanities), Dominique Cimafranca, Errol Merquita (BA Social Science 2002), Nassefh Macla (BA English alumnus), Lualhati Abreu, Darylle Rubino (Humanities), and Jay Jomar Quintos (Humanities). Cebu-based writer Karla Quimsing was the guest panelist and keynote speaker. The Workshop fellows For Fiction: Ranny Ray Codas (Mindanao State University-Main Campus), Hannah Lecena (Mindanao State University–General Santos City), Marly Mae Meñales (Mindanao State University-Naawan), Elizabeth Joy Quijano (University of Mindanao); For Poetry: Ryan Cezar Alcarde (University of the Philippines Diliman), John Carlo Beronio (Golden Heritage Polytechnic College), Gerald Galindez (University of Southern Mindanao), Raffy John Phillip Lucente (Holy Cross of Davao College), Michael John Otanes (Mindanao State University–General Santos City), Adrian Pete Pregonir (Banga National High School); For Creative Nonfiction: Allyson Mae Espaldon (University of the Philippines Mindanao), Kurt Comendador (Mindanao State University-General Santos City), An-Nurhaiyden Mangelen (University of the Philippines Mindanao), Adrian Dwight Sefuentes (University of the Philippines Mindanao), Neil Teves (Davao City National High School).

"DAVAO HARVEST 3" book publication assembled by editors Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (Dept. of Humanities) and Macario Tiu and Tita Ayala as visual art editor was given a book launch at the 2018 Davao Writers Workshop Closing Ceremony on 18 November 2018. Present at the launch were writers and visual art contributors and editors led by Tita Lacambra Ayala, Macario "Mac" Tiu (Ateneo de Davao), Darylle Rubino (Dept. of Humanities), Xer Jason "Yas' Ocampo (BA English 2009), John Bengan (Dept. of Humanities), Gracielle Deanne Tubera (Ateneo De Davao), Dominique Cimafranca, Agustin "Don" Pagusara Jr., Renato "Rene" Pilapil, Kurt Rojas, Ralph Jake Wabingga, Hannah Villarba, Jan Vernix Atis, Lenard Angelo Yu, Dominic Turno, and Jade Mark Capiñanes. Excerpts from selected works were read by the authors. Copies of "Davao Harvest 3" are available from the Davao Writers Guild.

THE CHSS LECTURE SERIES was given by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City on 19 November 2018. Dean Jean Marie Juanga remarked that it is the first inter-disciplinary lecture series by the College and that she looked forward to a substantive conversation of varied ideas leading to more collaborative research and extension proposals that can benefit more fellow human beings. Prof. Julius Neil Piala (Humanities) gave the lecture on "Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Media Literacy". Prof. Maria Stella Salazar (Human Kinetics) gave the lecture on "Health and Wellness Awareness of UP Mindanao Employees". Dr. Sophremiano Antipolo (Faculty, Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning) gave the lecture "Urban and Regional Planning in the Philippines: History, Challenges, and Prospects". Mr. Lakan Umali (Humanities) spoke on "Exploring Portraits of the City in the Poetry of Isabelita Reyes and Conchitina Cruz". Prof. Maria Josefa Petilla spoke on "Care for the Environment: The Experience of the Ladi-an Elementary School in the UP Land Reservation in Marilog, Davao City". Open forums were held after each lecture. The members of the audience were from Davao City National High School, UP Mindanao students and faculty, professionals, and the general public who were all provided admission free of charge.

a NEW ACIAR-PCAARRD-DAVAO DEL NORTE-UP MINDANAO MANGO RESEARCH PROJECT held their first general meeting on 20 November 2018 in UP Mindanao. The team discussed the five-year project on mango production and marketing and inspected laboratories in the College of Science and Mathematics. Present in the meeting were Research Associate Ms. Leizl Secretaria, College of Science Dean Dominica Dacera, ACIAR Country Manager Ms. Mai Alagcan, ACIAR Research Program Manager for Horticulture Ms. Irene Kernot, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, Davao del Norte Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Ana Notarte, Dr. Edna Amit of PCAARRD, UP Mindanao Research Director Dr. Emma Ruth Bayogan, Ms. Cel Alaban of PCAARRD, Dr. Brian Thistleton of NTDIPR (Australia), Dr. Peter Johnson of ACIAR, Dr. Stefano de Faveri of QDAF (Australia), Dr. Tony Asis of NTDPIR, Mr. Jimuel Rebigan of Davao de Norte PAO, School of Management Dean Larry Digal, and Dr. Rowena Esconde of DDN-PAO.

Strengthening the research agenda through international conferences 

THE 2018 GEORGE TOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL held in Penang, Malaysia on 22-25 November 2018 on the theme “The State of Freedom” had Assoc. Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz Daliling (Humanities) as the Philippine representative among some 100 writers from all over the world. Prof. Cruz served on two panel discussions: “The Politics of Healing” and “On Hate Speech”. Prof. Cruz wrote a weekly column, ‘Lugar Lang’, for the Mindanao Times newspaper for two years until she ended her column on 2 November 2018 after she reported becoming the subject of “hate speech” on social media from a public official.

THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION (ASA) held in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia on 28 November-1 December 2018 had Prof. Assoc. Isidoro Malaque III as Philippine representative among the 11 countries who were represented in the discussion of architectural science. Prof. Malaque presented his paper, “Space syntax analysis of low-income housing in progressive urban settlemeernt in Davao City, Phils.”

Strengthening the research agenda through collaboration and public service

"PROJECT 5 GEO-SAFER SOUTHEASTERN MINDANAO" led by Prof. Joseph E. Acosta as project leader presented its Year 2 Quarter 1 Progress Report to DOST-PCIEERRD officials Clarinda Reyes and Mary Rose Pariñas [in photo, L-R] on 29 November 2018. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, in her Welcome Remarks, said that UP Mindanao was very proud to have been selected by DOST for the project and that UP Mindanao is being encouraged to commercialize the output of research project in the future. The project objectives are to process data, conduct ground validation, and produce hazard maps of the 24 Southern Mindanao Rivers/Watersheds assigned to UP Mindanao. The overall accomplishment as of 31 October 2018 was reported at 76.67%. In addition, the project did a presentation before the Regional Development Council's Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee on 10 September 2018 wherein their policy recommendations to integrate the LiDAR-derived products to the IT and Planning offices of LGUs and to source the operating funds for these from the 5% Calamity fund of each LGU was given an Approved Resolution by the Committee on 5 October 2018. Regarding research publications, the project has prduced five research papers in publication format for submission to reputable journals. The project leaders also reported the counterpart funds allocated by the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley totaling P3.9 Million, and actual counterparts in kind from five provinces and Davao City totaling P1.139 Million.

Channeling public service to the community

THE NGCP-supported “Partnerships proceeded into their final month of training that began in August  with 39 residents from Bgy. Bangkas Heights faithfully attending the training sessions now being held in the Food Sensory Lab of the Dept of Food Science and Chemistry on 10-11 and 17-18 November 2018. Making pastries, desserts, and ice cream, and table presentation were the content of their final modules under the guidance of the department faculty.   

UP NIGHT was the UP Mindanao offering to the 37th Araw ng Mintal celebrations that UP constituents delivered on 28 November 2018. The resident companies UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble and Koro Kantahanay gave performances featuring their new recruits. Voluntary performances were given by student groups Agipo drum corps, The Smuggled Ones dance troupe, the A & J duet, Bionetics vocal and guitar group, and spoken-word performances were given by three literary artists.

Promoting an environment of support for students

8th TAGBO Student Leadership Camp was held on 26 November 2018. A total of 55 first-year students and 5 upperclass students--including University Student Council Chairperson Frederick Omalza and Councilor Aleimar Villabrille--were the participants. Office of Student Affairs Director Prof. Teody Boylie Perez shared the objectives: to allow "freshies" develop individual leadership skills for their future leadership in student organizations through the principles of "servant-leadership": developing vision and accountability; a collaborative perspective in conceptualizing projects and formulating strategies; and a wholesome attitude. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion in her message remarked that Tagbo is a vital service from the University for the students; “it is a space and an environment that allows students to meet, play, have fun, and learn from one another; to unify and become united; to develop a sense of purpose and the skills to motivate and excite peers towards those purposes; all this, to be better human beings and better Filipinos”. BA Social Science alumnus, former University Student Council Chairperson  and Tagbo pioneer Edward Nino "Wardy" Puyod gave the talk on "servant-leadership". The 8th TAGBO is organized by Office of Student Affairs with staff and alumni providing assistance.  

Towards achieving the vision for the University

FORUM FOR THE NEXT CHANCELLOR was held on 12 November 2018. The term of office of Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion being set to end on 28 February 2018, the Search Committee set 12 November 2018 for the Introduction and Presentation of Nominees at the Administration Building, University of the Philippines Mindanao. A State of UP Mindanao Address was delivered by Chancellor Concepcion. Introduction of nominees Prof. Larry Digal and Prof. Annabelle Novero and the Presentation of their mission, vision, and plans followed. Sectoral consultations were held on 12-13 November 2018, after which the Committee interviewed the nominees. The Search Committee submitted its Report to President Danilo Concepcion on 23 November 2018. Read the Nominees' Vision Papers and CV here.

The Staff Regent Activities
STAFF REGENT ANALIZA FULVADORA conducted consultation activities with non-teaching personnel in November in UP PGH, UP Manila, UP Los Baños, and UP Open University.
Monitoring alumni growth 
ALUMNI WHO BECAME NEW DOCTORS after passing the Physicians Licensure Exam of September-October 2018 were:Janin Lou C. Billano (BS Biology 2013); Gabriel Paulo G. Eleria (BSB 2013); Rafael Nicholas C. Banga (BSB 2013); Donna H. Labaniego (BSB 2013); Lyle Wednesmay Malubay (BSB 2013); Jan Reynald Shane A. Coquilla (BS Food Technology 2013); Lean Alessandro B. Carreon (BSB 2012); Faith Jane A. Parba (BSB 2012); Anjelica Izabelle F. Napala (BSB 2012); Angelica Aisaiah G. Lagmay (BSB 2012); Mikael N. Matunog (BS Computer Science 2011)
RAFAEL JOSE MANULID (BSABE 2014) a musician and songwiter launched his first music album of original compositions ”Reassurance” on 17 November 2018 in Davao City.

Highlights of October 2018

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1-31 October 2018 Chancellor’s Report

Goal: To contribute to development through

Intellectual Property resources for Commercialization

Enterococcus Faecium DMF78 microorganism was delivered to UP Mindanao from the custody of the Phil. National Collection of Microorganisms on 4 October 2018. This microorganism was isolated by former UP Mindanao Prof. Dulce M. Flores as the key element for the one-step production of lactic acid from starch. The microorganism is being handled by Dr. Melvin Pasaporte of the Technology Transfer & Business Development Office.

Curricula and Research for Policy with Public service

REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS: Society and Environment Vol. 13 (2019) journal accepted for publication the article "The use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology and GIS in the assessment and mapping of bioresources in Davao Region, Mindanao Island, Philippines" by Annabelle U. Novero (Dept. of Bio. Sci.), Melvin S. Pasaporte, et al, on 18 October 2018. This is a product of the UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 project implemented in 2014-2017.

Collaboration for strengthening of Research and Curricula

THE MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES-Mindanao Research Conference & Organizational Meeting held on 24-26 October 2018 awarded Best Poster to Prof. Ritchie Mae Gamot of Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science for her research "Modified intelligent water drops algorithm with perturbation operators for atomic cluster optimization".

Strengthening Academic curricula thru Innovation in Pedagogy

SEMINAR-WORKSHOP ON BLENDED LEARNING was held on 1-2 October 2018 for new and continuing faculty members with UP Open University faculty members Patricia B. Arinto, Charisse T. Reyes, and Roja L. Rivera as resource persons. The lectures were on the concepts, principles, and planning for Blended Learning, Teaching with Online Resources, and Integrating Online Discussion, Assessment Strategies, quizzes and exams, e-Journals, Collaborative writing, and Online presentations. Workshop activities were on finding an online resource and designing an online resource-based activity, planning an online discussion, designing an online assessment activity and an evaluation tool.

Strengthening Research agenda and Policy research with Public service

The PCAARRD-UPMindanao-Landcare LIFE (PULL) project sites in the Municipality of Surallah and Koronadal City, both in South Cotabato province, were provided with a workshop on drafting a memorandum of agreement and making a baseline survey for a community on 3-6 October 2016 by Ms. Shangrila Fuentes of Dept. of Social Science and Mr. Michael Gatela of the Office of Extension and Community Service.  Visits to the farms of individual and institutional partners were made as a form of inspiration. The research study dwells on agricultural practices in conflict-affected areas.

Strengthening Curricula with Policy research and partnership

PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PROPOSED NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPINES was a forum organized for Master of Management students and public officials on 6 October 2018 with Atty. Antonio B. Arellano, a member of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution, as discussant. Atty. Arellano reviewed creation of each Philippine constitution, he described the characteristics of federalism in the Philippine context, the working process that his Committee undertook, and the features of the draft Constitution produced by the committee. The forum was co-organized by SOM Lecturer Maria Belen "Mabel" Acosta.

Strengthening research agenda and public service with internationalization

Visiting researcher Ms. Nipada Ranmeechai from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand met Chancellor Concepcion upon completing her March-October 2018 study tour in UP Mindanao with Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan. Ms. Ranmeechai did research in eggplant and rice varieties that took her to Tagum City, the UP-Laak Land Reservation, Bayugan City, and Cabadbaran City as part of teams doing extension work with farmers.

Strengthening academic curricula with internationalization

ESSAYIST WILFREDO PASCUAL was invited to speak by Prof. John Bengan on the "Art of the Essay" to BA English students on 9 October 2018. He shared his personal process and its roots, starting with being an active youth, growing to be observant, developing reflection, and extensive travel, that grew into the seeds of his writing.

PROFESSOR ROBERT SMITH? of the University of Ottawa Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine visited UP Mindanao on 10 October 2018 to give two lectures. "Can mathematics change the world?" discussed how mathematics guided public health policy in Canada. The second lecture "When zombies attack!" used a fictional situation to solve real-world problems. Prof. May Anne Mata (Mathematics) provided the linkage as an alumna of the University of British Columbia.

Strengthening Curricula and Research agenda with Public service  

DSS LECTURE SERIES continued with another episode on 12 October 2018 with the lecture "Reframing Metropolitan Governance for Disaster Resilience and Local Sustainability in the Philippines" by Prof. Weena Gera of UP-Cebu Dept. of Political Science.  The Panel of Reactors was composed of Prof. Minerva Rosel and Prof. Isidoro Malaque, both of the Dept. of Architecture. Remarks were given by Social Science Dept. Chair Prof. Raymundo Pavo and College Dean Jean Juanga.  

Strengthening the Academic curricula

"CRITICAL ARTS: A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION" was organized by Prof. Jay Jomar Quintos on 19 October for communication and writing students with discussants Zig Dulay, film co-writer of “Liway”, and Giancarlo Abrahan, film co-writer of "I'm Drunk, I love you". They showed clips of their films and related the events behind the productions and the skill sets they developed and strategies they adopted to further their art and careers.

Strengthening the Academic curricula with Pedagogy, Public service, and Internationalization

“Women Empowerment through Sport” (WEtS) is a 2-year capacity-building to develop new educational methodologies for young women’s empowerment through sport, and to enhance the capacity of the partner-organizations and beyond. Six organizations from Bulgaria, Italy, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, and the Philippines met in Nepal on the week of 25 October 2018 for the partner-country reports and agenda for research and extension. Instructor Albert Francis Ramos of Dept. of Human Kinetics represented the Philippines, following his previous involvement in a related project.

XIAMEN UNIVERSITY Faculty of International Relations, Research School for Southeast Asia Studies, and Institute for Malaysia Studies Vice Dean and Deputy Director Prof. Xueqin Shi visited UP Mindanao on 16 October 2018, with Phil. Consul General to Xiamen Julius Caesar Flores, to promote academic exchange between XU and UP Mindanao. Also known as Amoy, Xiamen is the origin of most Filipino-Chinese, including Dr. Jose Rizal, who is honored in Xiamen with the only park in his name in China. Prof. Shi showed a video showing the campus and the graduate programs in economics and foreign affairs available in the medium of English. The forum was attended by faculty and graduate students.

THE 28TH ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION CONGRESS 2018 held in KL, Malaysia on 31 October 2018 awarded the Philippine Football Federation with the League Development Award for its creation and governance of the Philippine Football League which had its inaugural season in 2017 with eight participating clubs. The Philippine delegation was composed of PFF Governors Prof. Erwin Protacio (Dept. of Human Kinetics), Atty. Edwin Gastanes, PFF Pres. Mariano Araneta Jr., and Ricardo V. Yanson Jr.
Collaboration in Public service

"Nurturing Grassroots Change through Partnerships" Skills Camp continued on its second month by proceeding to the Technical Skills Training Program on 13-14 October 2018 under the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry. Having completed their modules in business, the trainees from Bgy. Bangkas Heights learned principles in cookery from Dr. Jackie Lou Tagubase, Dr. Dann Marie del Mundo, and Dr. Virginia Obsioma, and did practical work in food preparation and processing in the Food Sensory Laboratory.
Strengthening Academic competence with Public service

The Society of Agribusiness Economists (SOABE) conducted the UP Economics Mania 2018 on the theme "Leading the way through economics" on 30 October 2018 at the Abreeza Mall Activity Center, Davao City. The event brought students from 14 schools in Davao City with Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao emerging champions followed by Precious International School of Davao and University of the Immaculate Conception.

Partnerships in Development of infrastructure and Public service

Preparations for the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet in January 2019 and the Palarong Pambansa in April 2019 were the subjects of a 29 October meeting among Atty. Lawrence Bantiding of Davao City, the PNP, and the City sports events coordinator; and a 30 October meeting with the DepEd Sports Coordinator and Division Superintendent and the Davao City 911.

Partnership for Public service

"JOINT SEMINAR ON BUDGET FORMULATION AND MANAGEMENT: Current Policies and Best Practices" co-organized by the UP System VP for Planning and Finance and the Dept. of Budget and Management for finance officials of Mindanao State University, UP System, and other government agencies was hosted by UP Mindanao on 29-30 October 2018.

Optimize resources through streamlining systems and processes

A SERIES OF EMERGENCY DRILLS were undertaken in October to reinforce the practice of "duck, cover and hold" and an orderly evacuation. Administrative services held a pocket drill on 4 October. A major drill involving the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Management was on 9 October. On 11 October 2018 was the drill for the College of Science and Mathematics.

"COACHING AND MENTORING FOR THE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CYCLE" was organized by HRDO for non-teaching staff and unit supervisors on 19 October 2018 with Director Minda Ostique of the Civil Service Commission as resource person.

Welfare benefits thru non-academic services
DÚLÂ 2018 UNIVERSITY-WIDE SPORTS FESTIVAL was played in the campus on 22-24 October 2018. The Banner-raising was the opening competition event, followed by basketball, men and women's events in volleyball, table tennis, badminton, dágan dúlâ fun-run, chess, dama, and the Philippine games of túmbang-préso, chinese garter, pikó, and sack race. Exhibition games were played in scrabble, futsal, and cyber-games. In the Cheerdance competition a total of seven academic program-based teams competed, with BS Biology emerging as Champions. Administration Blue Team was the Over-all Winner with 8,650 points, followed by College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) White Team in 2nd Place with 7,300 points, School of Management (SOM) Yellow Team was 3rd with 7,050, and College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Red Team was 4th with 6,950 points. The Closing Ceremony on 24 October 2018 culminated in a fellowship dinner.

"NURTURING TOTAL WELL-BEING IN THE UNIVERSITY" was organized by OSA Counseling Section, Peer Advocates, Fitness Committee, and Omega Alpha organization for faculty and staff on 29 October 2018, with Dr. Violeta Bautista as resource person. In the morning was the seminar for students, and the afternoon session was for faculty and staff.

THE ANNUAL ORIENTATION, RECOGNITION, AWARDING CEREMONIES FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS was held by the Office of Student Affairs on 8 October 2018. A total of 34 student organizations were certified as recognized student organizations. Five organizations were awarded Full Loyalty for 15 years of existence; seven were awarded for 10 years of existence; six organizations for 5 years of existence. Most Outstanding Student Organization was Alpha Phi Omega with 82.5%; Most Exemplary was Omega Alpha with 32.99%; Most Responsible was Society of Agribusiness Economics with 31.73%. Various awards and recognition were given to deserving orgs and activities. Chancellor Concepcion stated her hopes for more sports-oriented organizations.

Contribute to development through a search process

THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE CHANCELLOR of UP Mindanao was created by University President Danilo Concepcion on 5 October 2018. The Committee is composed of Prof. Philip Ian Padilla of UP Visayas as Chairperson, with members Dr. Isidoro Malaque III (Architecture) as Senior Faculty representative, Asst. Prof. Ma. Teresa Escano (Humanities) as Junior Faculty, Dr. Briccio Merced Jr. (Library) as Research Extension and Professional Staff, Mr. Joel Sagadal (Office of the Chancellor) as Administrative staff, Mr. Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology/USC Chairperson) as Student representative, and Prof. Joselito Florendo as President's representative. The Committee immediately issued the Call for Nominations for the stipulated period of 13-26 October 2018. Nominations were received for Dr. Larry N. Digal and Dr. Annabelle U. Novero. The Nominees' Vision Papers and CVs were posted starting 29 October 2018.

Partnership for campus development

Some of the sports and academic building projects have reached the stage of completion.

  • Stadium Phase 2, for punch-listing
  • Coconut Tissue Culture Lab Ph.2, for as-built plans     
  • CARIM Phase 1, for as-built/occupancy permit
  • CHSS Phase 1, for as-built plans

Contribute to Development thru Public service

UP Mindanao Land Management Office organized the following activities:

In UP Marilog Land Reservation was the "Orientation on Watershed Management" for 33 local leaders held on 17 October 2018 in Barangay Suawan Hall, Marilog, Davao City with resource persons from DENR-XI, DA-XI, and the City Government of Davao.

In UP Laak Land Reservation was the "Educational Training-Workshop on Approaches to Teaching `Community Engagement, Solidarity and Citizenship'" for 14 K-to-12 Teachers on 24-25 October 2018 in Kidawa National High School, Kidawa, Laak Compostela Valley, with Kennemer Foods International (KFI) as partner, and Prof. Raymundo R. Pavo (Social Sciences) as resource person.

ICAEM 2019

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ICAEM 2019

9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management: Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains
2019 | Davao City, Philippines


ICAEM2019: Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains

The University of the Philippines Mindanao is hosting the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019). The purpose of this conference is to bring together international scholars and practitioners in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, management, and economics.

The conference provides a venue to present researches that deal with economic and management issues affecting the entirety or specific nodes within the agri-food chains, specifically those within the crops, fisheries, livestock and poultry subsectors. The conference is organized by the School of Management (SOM) and Office of Research of the University of the Philippines Mindanao. ICAEM 2019 accepts papers on the following tracks:

• Agri-product development and innovation
• Agricultural education and extension
• Consumer studies
• Development studies
• Environmental policy and resource management
• Entrepreneurship and agri-industry development
• Farm tourism
• Farm (crop/animal) and fisheries management
• Food security, trade, and agricultural policy
• Impact assessment studies
• Inclusive business
• Innovation Studies
    o In agriculture/agribusiness
    o In economics and management
• Participation of women in agriculture and agribusiness
• Partnership studies
• Policy Studies in agriculture
• Supply chain management
• Sustainable agriculture
• Technologies for crop and animal improvement
• Value chain analysis


The scientific program committee of ICAEM 2019 welcomes abstract submissions for the oral and poster. Abstracts may cover any topic within the tracks provided. You may submit a maximum of 2 papers for consideration. You may submit your abstracts to or email to .

A FEW REMINDERS: Please make sure that your abstract is (a) informative and can stand on its own without the full paper with the following parts: introduction, methods, results and discussion, conclusions, and implications; (b) written in clear and concise English; (c) has no errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific facts; and (d) should contain no more than 250 words. Spell out all abbreviations at first mention and refrain from using citations. You may submit no more than two (2) abstracts for consideration in the conference.



•  Call for Abstracts: 15 October 2018
•  Abstract Deadline: on or before 15 April (SECOND CALL)
•  Acceptance Notice: on or before 31 May 2019   
•  Early registration:  1 April – 31 May 2019    
•  Regular registration:  1 June 2019
•  Conference :  14-15 November 2019For more information, participants can visit our website at


Davao City will host the ICAEM 2019. The City is an economic, political and agribusiness hub with highlands to lowlands resources. As such, it is the ideal place to welcome scholars, practitioners and guests with special interest in inclusivity, innovation and sustainability. For more information, visit the city government's official site.


Professionals US$230/PhP 4500 US$250/PhP 5000 US$300/P5500
Students (MS/PhD) US$180/PhP3600 US$200/PhP 4500 US$250/P5000

Philippine Government Agencies and State Universities & Colleges

PhP4000 PhP4000   PhP4000

The conference fee is INCLUSIVE of welcome dinner, lunches and snacks for two days, conference kit and certificate, and a copy of the Conference Book of Abstracts. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE airfare/travel, and accommodations. *NOTE: Payment thru bank transfer. Details will be sent after acceptance of abstract.


Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD
ICAEM 2019 Conference Chair
Dean, School of Management-University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 295-2188

Mr. Michael Noel R. Bonghanoy
ICAEM2019 Conference Coordinator
Office of Research-University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 293 1839

Ms. Marilou O. Montiflor
ICAEM2019 Conference Coordinator
School of Management University of the Philippines Mindanao
T: +63 82 295-2750

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