In the aftermath of Typhoon "PABLO" (BOPHA) that hit Mindanao on 03 December 2012, the UP Mindanao Office of Extension and Community Service (OECS) led by Dir. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero immediately initiated a relief drive. Donations, composed of rice, canned foods, water, clothing, and medicines, were consolidated and repacked by UP Mindanao constituents in marathon sessions at the Administration Building Atrium. The first UP Mindanao OECS-led expedition to the disaster area departed on 14 December 2012 for Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, where residents of Sitio Libuton and Sitio Pagsila-an--remote upland sites of which a majority of the population are Mandaya and Mansaka indigenous people--received the donations. The medicines, in turn, were entrusted to health workers manning the lowland evacuation center in the provincial sports complex in New Bataan. On 14 January 2013, a second OECS expedition went to Laak, Compostela Valley, a town that is host to the UP Mindanao Land Reservation, where a flattened landscape remained of the area that had been the "fruit basket" of the region that formerly had extensive acreage devoted to fruits, bananas, coconut, and palm oil. The relief goods were distributed to residents of Barangay Kidawa, at the heart of the 2,800-hectare Land Reservation. (A school adopted by the former UP Gurong Pahinungod program in the area is now the Kidawa National High School with two former Pahinungod working as full-time teachers.) On February 6, 2013, volunteers from Barangay Cogonon, New Bataan arrived in the UP Mindanao campus to pick up a supply of relief goods and medicines. On February 16-17, 2013, a third OECS expedition went to Davao Oriental Province, traveling through the havoc-stricken municipalities of Cateel, Boston, Caraga, and Baganga, and delivered the relief goods to Immaculate Concepcion Parish Priest Fr. Joel Vidal. The OECS expeditions were led by its personnel composed of Director Prof. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero, Ms. Diocy Cloribel-Guilabtan, and REPS Michael Gatela. The OECS thanked the donor organizations: All UP Academic Employees Union-National Council, UP Cebu, UP Los Baños,UP Manila, UP Mindanao, and UP Tacloban chapters; All-UP Workers Union-UP Mindanao; Beta Epsilon Fraternity Alumni Association of North America and Beta Epsilon Fraternity of UP College of Engineering through Mr. Ramon Ramirez; Hope Workers Center and Filipino Parish Pastoral Council-Taiwan through Ms. Eden See; Office of the Barangay Captain, Bgy. Mintal, Davao City; Pay it Forward Project through Ms. Ma. Clarissa Balabag-Rufino, Digos City; PMA Cadets through Mr. Napoleon and Dr. Sylvia Concepcion; UP Alumni Association Hongkong through Mr. Franco Villanueva; UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication; UP Center for Women's Studies and Networks; UP College of Social Work and Community Development through Dean Rosalinda Ofreneo; UP Diliman Department of Political Science through Prof. Melanie Flores Lahagit; UP Strategic Research and Management Foundation, Inc; and UP Mindanao constituents.
In a separate assistance effort, UP Mindanao constituents led by VC for Administration Vicente Calag went to the the DPWH-XI depot in Davao City on January 7, 2013 to join other government agencies in repacking relief goods from bulk packages into family-sized packs. On January 28, the members of the All-UP Workers and All-UP Academic Employees Union returned to the depot to help continue the repacking. Much later, Master of Management students--who realized that logistics and communications were the obstacles in mobilizing volunteers--utilized social media, public officials and army reservist transport to supply a total of 210 volunteers to work in the depot on February 10, 17, and 24. Separately, Prof. Antonio Obsioma (Dept. of Bio. Sci.) conducted a relief drive in January among the students and faculty members of the College of Science and Mathematics and personally delivered boxes of medicines and packs of munggo beans to residents in Baganga, Davao Oriental..