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HEIRIT, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Donations

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER and Business Development was boosted in November with the offer of an opportunity to create an Innovation Center on-campus from the HEI Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) program of DOST-PCIEERD. For this, Chancellor Concepcion signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PCIEERD at the 1st Philippine Technology Business Incubator, a.k.a. TBI Summit, in Cebu City on 24 November 2017 alongside colleagues from the University of the Cordilleras, University of Southeastern Philippines and other higher education and research institutions. The TBI Summit gathering was organized by the Innovation Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies (DOST-PCIEERD) to further enhance entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philippines. The UP Mindanao Technology Business Incubator Team was led by Chancellor Concepcion with Asst. Prof.  Ritchie Mae Gamot, Asst. Prof. Miguel Guillermo (both from Dept. of Math., Physics, and Comp. Sci.), and TTBDO Chief Lynda Buenaobra. Prof. Guillermo and TTBDO OIC Lynda Buenaobra will undergo training to craft the proposal for the Innovation Center.

In preparation for this, OIC Buenaobra attended the training on Strategic Intellectual Property Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education (SPIRE) on 26-29 November at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia. SPIRE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

At the PANAGTAGBO UP-Mindanao Alumni Association homecoming in December 2017, Chancellor Concepcion invited the alumni to participate in the upcoming Innovation Center by creating a holding company for the products of knowledge to be nurtured towards commercial success.  

Also, University Researcher Melvin Pasaporte (BSFT 2009, MM 2013) was accepted to the Leadership in Innovation Fellowships (LIF4) of the Newton Agham UK development assistance for the Philippines. Mr. Pasaporte was chosen on the basis of his intellectual property, “Direct Lactic Acid Fermentation from Sago Starch..” that is undergoing patent processing at the IPO-PHIL.

THE ROYAL ACADEMY of Engineering (London) hosted the LIF4 residency program on 18-27 January 2018. Mr. Pasaporte completed the residency which included coaching on developing a business model, creating the executive summary, and the “pitch” presentation, in addition to training on entrepreneurship, presentations, intellectual property, finance, and planning. Previous to departure to the UK residency, a Reception Night was hosted by British Ambassador Daniel Pruce for the Newton Fund awardees and Philippine science & innovation proponents on 11 January 2018 in the British Embassy Manila.

Brigada Eskwela, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Donations

BRIGADA ESKWELA was undertaken by All UP Workers Union-UP Mindanao Chapter on 17 May in Ladi-an Elementary School, Barangay Marilog, Davao City. They were received by School Principal OIC Ermelinda Lawas, and Teachers Agnes Mondez, Dulce Amor Gasque, and Merlyn Ubatay.

The Chapter members cleaned the school grounds and buildings, and painted the classroom walls. The Chapter also donated cleansers and detergent soap, waste receptacles, brooms, dust pans, coconut floor scrubs, paint, paint brushes and paint rollers, insect-repellents, and floor mats.

The school has 6-levels of the Basic Education Program. It has a population of 135 pupils and 6 teachers. Most of enrolled students are from the Obu-Manuvu tribe in the area. The said school is within the premises of UP Mindanao Land Reservation. See the photos here:

Cooperative Seminar for Farmers, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Donations

PRE-MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION SEMINAR ON COOPERATIVES was provided by UP Mindanao for independent farmers in the campus on 20 April. Campus Development Chief Cherrylyn Cabrera gave the welcome remarks. Ms. Geralyn Lumawag of Cooperative Development Authority served as resource person. Ms. Etheldreda Lanaban and Ms. Rose Anne Lugo served as facilitators. See the photos here:

Marilog-Arakan Reservation pupils get school supplies, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Donations

IMG 0868PUPILS IN THE MARILOG-ARAKAN Land Reservation received school supplies in June as part of the education component of the public-private-partnership agreement between Kennemer Foods International and UP. Some 245 elementary and day-care pupils in Marilog (Davao City) and Arakan (North Cotabato Prov.), who are children of workers in the agro-forestry project of KFI, received this benefit. Seen in the photo are Ms. Mercedes Ocial, Manager of KFI, and Mr. Joel Sagadal, Land Management Officer of U.P. Mindanao, and parents, in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog.

KFI also provided a scholarship, covering tuition and books, for its first college scholar, Mr. Junie Lambac, who will pursue studies in BS Community Development at University of Southeastern Philippines-Mintal campus. See some photos here.

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