University of the Philippines Mindanao supports the Development Policy Research Month, celebrated in September of every year, as proclaimed in Proclamation No. 247, dated 02 September 2002. (Presidential_Proclamation_247_Development_Policy_Research_Month.pdf ) This year is the 10th anniversary of the DPRM. Since its inception, the DPRM has played an important role in improving public understanding of various socioeconomic policy issues and concepts through broad-based discussions and interactions with different stakeholders and sectors. The Calendar of Activities for the 10th DPRM may be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://dprm.pids.gov.ph/?page_id=97
In August 1, 2012, the kick-off of the eUP project in UP Mindanao was held by the team of UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora. The morning activities included the Change Seminar for UP Mindanao constituents, and a press conference in Marco Polo Hotel. In the afternoon was the eUP Kick-off in UP Mindanao led by VP Zamora, with responses from UP Mindanao constituents led by Chancellor Gilda Rivero, staff, students, alumni, and officials of Davao City, higher educational institutions, and other partners. According to the project leaders, eUP is UP President Alfredo E. Pascual’s flagship project to make UP as “One University” and an important part of the UP Strategic Plan 2011-2017: “The Path to Greatness”. eUP will answer the operational challenges that have beset the university for a long time. These include processing of academic transactions, data sharing, data collection, and data management, report generation, and reliable interconnection. eUP is a three-year plan that envisions a unified UP System where operational efficiency is achieved through the digital exchange of information, sharing of data, and electronic processing of transactions. The eUP goal is to design and put in place an integrated, interconnected, and interoperable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) system and infrastructure in and across all UP campuses. In UP Mindanao, which is the farthest UP constituent university, this will mean having access to educational resources and learning materials of other UP campuses. For example, a professor who wants to deliver a lecture to various audiences in multiple locations will be able to do so. Or, as President Pascual noted in his kick-off message, a lecture may be video recorded, saved, and uploaded on a website to be viewed by students at their most convenient time. It is hoped that upon implementation of eUP, the level of operational efficiency in the UP System will see improvement in terms of reduced transaction processing time, reduced paperwork, accessible data, increased internet bandwidth, increased transaction volume, increased number of students using ICT for learning, standardized data, shared services across constituent universities, increased savings, and improved decision-making capability. The project covers five components namely: (1) policy formulation, organization, and mobilization, (2) benchmarking and ICT audit, (3) acquisition/development and installation of appropriate information systems, (4) ICT infrastructure development, and (5) ICT competency building. The vision of the UP Strategic Plan 2011-2017: “The Path to Greatness” is to enable the university to take a leadership role in the development of a globally-competitive Philippines. And it is through eUP—along with the ambitious goal it poses—that the current UP administration desires to step up to the challenge. eUP is the affirmation of UP as a National University to commit itself to innovation in order to breed leaders who will shape the nation and be of great service to the people.
Photos: CHANGE Seminar showing faculty cluster; Club 888 Press Conference with Chancellor Rivero, VP Zamora, AVP Caro; Chancellor Rivero greets City Investment Officer Jason Magnaye, UPAA Davao Pres. Doris Tagle-Villareal, UPMFI Trustee Sally Leuenberger; VP Zamora presents e-UP; Chancellor Rivero gives Statement of Commitment; Davao Doctors College Pres. Miguel Soledad; UPAA-Davao Pres. Doris Tagle-Villareal; CHED-XI Director Raul Alvarez Jr.; USC Chairperson Trisha Ann Samantha Aligato; The hosts and the guests.
Newly Approved Department of Architecture
The UP Board of Regents has approved the creation of the Department of Architecture on its June 4, 2012 meeting. This was announced by Program Coordinator Prof. Jean Marie V. Juanga, who relayed the information sent by Chancellor Gilda Rivero from the Office of the Secretary of the University. Congratulations to the new UP Mindanao Department of Architecture of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences!.
The UP Mindanao School of Management held a Book Launch for the publication, "Institutional Market Survey Report" on Friday, May 4, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at the School of Management Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. It also served as the Closing Program of for the farmer-partners of the research project HORT/2007/066/04, also known as, "Enhanced Profitability of Selected Vegetable Value Chains in Southern Philippines and Australia: Component 4", a project partnership with the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.
The authors of the publication are UP Mindanao SOM Dean, Professor Sylvia B. Concepcion, Curtin University (Australia) Professor and UP Mindanao Adjunct Professor Peter J. Batt, UP Diliman Professor Maria Lourdes Lopez, UP Mindanao Professor Luis Antonio T. Hualda, and Research Associate Marilou O. Montiflor. Since the book was intended for the farmers, it was aptly launched in the three project areas during their respective closing programs. Prior to the book signing, Prof. Concepcion presented an overview of the book. Each farmer-cluster and project partner received a signed copy of the book. The first launching was held at Blue Haven Resort in Banga, South Cotabato in 25 April. Authors Sylvia Concepcion, Jerick Axalan and Marilou Montiflor signed the books. Dr. Peter Batt joined the three Filipino authors in launching the book in Mamalo’s Restaurant in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on May 2. In May 4, Davao City farmers and UP Mindanao constituents witnessed the book launching in SOM Building, UP Mindanao, Davao City (With reports and photos from UPMin-SOM).
UPCAT Results Released
Results of the UP College Admission Test were released in January. Results may be browsed through the Internet at: 2012 UPCAT website
HKC Pathwalk and Canal Projects Approved
Vice Chancellor Vicente Calag announced on January 2, 2012 that President Alfredo Pascual approved two infrastructure projects for UP Mindanao before the year 2011 ended. The projects were the Human Kinetics Center Pathwalk (the site is seen in the left photo) and the Canal for the Student Lane to University Avenue (seen after completion).
Prof. Dennis John Sumaylo conducted his Theater Prosthetic and Make-Up class in preparation for the stage play, "Handuraw". Students of BA Communicaton Arts and BA English comprise most of this class.
The Office of Student Affairs, headed by Prof. Evelina Ayson, held a Filariasis-Prevention session for employees of UP Mindanao on January 16, 2012. The Davao City Health Office provided the technical support and the medicines, while the OSA-Health Services Section nurses, Ma. Concetta Mascardo RN, and Rowena Uganap, RN, and other OSA personnel provided the support service..