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UPMin signs MOA with haws for UPMinCares health kiosk

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements


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Presenting the MOA are (L-R) Assoc. Prof.  Ma. Stella Salazar, Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao, Mr. Warren Cane, Ms. Wednesday Cabrera   

UP Mindanao signed a memorandum of agreement with haws—Health and Wellness Solutions Technology Inc. on July 9, 2024, for improved healthcare access for its constituents.

To cater to the needs of UP Mindanao constituents, haws added features to their mobile app such as a Telemedicine and Appointment System for the UPMin community called UPMin Cares.

Chancellor Lyre Anni E. Murao, PhD, and haws Business Development Director Warren Cane agreed to set up the inaugural haws digital health kiosk on the campus. The user can avail of 12 doctor appointments and consultations with special rates for UP Mindanao students.

The kiosk and app rollout is scheduled for the next academic year. The haws team led by Mr. Cane was accompanied by two UPMin alumni: Wednesday Cabrera (BA Social Science 2002), haws director for healthcare provider engagements, and Andrew Louis Hermo (BS Computer Science 2023), haws software engineer. The Office of the Student Affairs Director, Ma. Stella Salazar, PhD, was also present as a witness to the MOA signing.

NHA-XI Presents Housing Programs for UP Mindanao

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

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NHA-XI and UP Mindanao teams discuss housing and land development opportunities 

National Housing Authority Regional Manager Clemente A. Dayot and engineers Shariffuddin I. Nami and Pia Noelle Z. Velasco visited UP Mindanao on July 5, 2024, to present its housing schemes for local governments and similar agencies. The NHA team explained their P25 to P50 million packages for land development or housing construction options and the beneficiary agency counterparting. The UP Mindanao administration, led by Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao and Vice-Chancellor for Administration Leo Manuel Estana, welcomed the offer and expressed interest in pursuing housing and dormitory projects for university constituents, campus informal settlers, and indigenous peoples in the UP land reservations.  The university intends to pursue the development projects for the three constituencies in parallel efforts. The Campus Planning and Development Office, headed by Asst. Prof. Architect Jean Marie Juanga, was designated to lead the project developments.  The projects align with the UP's strategic plan for good governance, UPMin's pillars for welfare and resources, and the Sustainable Development Goals for sustainable communities and other goals.  

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(L-R) UPMin's Archie Bayalas, Oliver Telmo, NHA's Pia Noelle Velasco, Shariffudin Nami, and RM Clemente Dayot, UPMin's Chancellor Lyre Murao, VC Leo Manuel Estana,
Ar. Jean Marie Juanga, Atty. Charmaine Valentin, Arlene Gumapac, and Joel Sagadal 

UPOU's Microcredential Program and ASCEND Platform launched

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements


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UPOU officials, faculty and staff during the launching ceremony of the UPOU Microcredentials and ASCEND. 

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) publicly launched its Microcredentials and its dedicated ASCEND platform in a ceremony held on 20 June 2024 at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. The event was also streamed live through the UPOU Networks, UPOU Networks Facebook Page, and UPOU Facebook Page.

UPOU's Microcredentials program offers stackable, career-focused courses designed for flexible completion. Learners can upskill or reskill at their own pace, tailoring their learning journey to their specific needs. These micro courses are transferable as a credit load towards a degree program.

ASCEND, which stands for Advancing Skills and Competencies thru e-Learning for Development, serves as the central online hub for the courses under the Microcredentials and Continuing Education programs offered by UPOU. This platform streamlines the learning experience from the moment a student registers to the successful course completion of the microcourse, accessible through

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of UPOU, shared in her welcome message that "The launch of the microcredential roadmap in 2023 laid the groundwork for UPOU's current and future efforts in this area. This official launching of the microcredentials is important because it recognizes the contributions of various UPOU units and emphasizes UPOU's leading role in offering accessible, relevant, and high-quality education – which are the key factors for the sustainability of open distance e-learning." She then led the launch of the UPOU Microcredentialling Program, together with Dr. Jean A. Saludadez, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. After this, UPOU Microcredentials was launched, led by Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies and Asst. Prof. Luisa A. Gelisan, University Registrar. The launch of ASCEND was led by Dr. Myra C. Almodiel, the Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Dr. Finaflor Taylan, the Director of the Office of Gender Concerns, Dr. Queenie R. Ridulme, the Director of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod UPOU, and Ms. Margeret Jarmin-Suarez, Linkages Officer.

The short ceremony concluded with Dr. Primo Garcia's closing message, where he said, "The UPOU has always pursued educational innovation, and our Microcredentials Program through ASCEND highlights our commitment to lifelong learning. By providing flexible pathways between non-formal and formal education, we hope to contribute to eliminating traditional barriers to education. We believe education should extend beyond traditional stages and be a lifelong process that adapts to the needs of the learners.."

The UPOU Microcredentials and ASCEND is part of UPOU's commitment to widen access to quality higher education. In addition, this initiative shall also contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

For inquiries about the UPOU Microcredentials, email .

Written by Anna Canas-Llamas ♦ Edited by Primo G. Garcia and Myra C. Almodiel ♦ Photos by Anna Mhari Duria

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