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April Public Affairs Calendar, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

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IN APRIL 2016 in UP Mindanao, classes enter the final term of the 2nd Semester of 2015-2016. Pre-registration for academic year 2016-2017 begins on April 18.
On April 2 the newly-created UP Mindanao Swimming Varsity begins its competition track record in the 79th Araw ng Dabaw Swimming Competition.
The BS Food Technology curriculum for 2018 onward will be the subject of a workshop on April 4 and will be presented to BSFT students on April 18.
Also on April 4 onward is the Donation Drive for Farmers of North Cotabato at the Elias B. Lopez Hall Dormitory.
Piniliay 2016 Student Council Elections is in April. Filing of Candidacy ends on April 11; the Campaign Period is on April 11-26 and Election Day is on April 27.
On April 18 is the Capacity-building workshop on RA 9184 (Gov't Procurement).
On April 21 is UPelikula: Screenings of "Esoterika: Manila" and "Honor Thy Father".  
A Career Placement Orientation and Pre-employment Seminar for graduating students will be held on April 22, followed by a Job Fair with the Dept. of Labor and Employment and the Davao City Placement and Employment Service Office on April 25.
For National Literature Month, on April 23 is the "Kumbira" spoken word readings, with dance and visual art interpretations, at People's Park, 6pm.    
On April 25 is the Post-harvest Seminar for IP Vegetable Farmers in the Marilog Land Reservation.
Basic papers for the appointment of faculty members for Academic Year 2016-2017 will be due on April 29.
On April 30, 4-5pm, is the Kumbira spoken word readings on DXLL OneRadio FM at 94.7 Mhz.
"Juan Discoberi", the science program, broadcasts every Saturday, 10am-12nn at DXRA Radyo ni Juan at 783 khz.   
In the "UP sa Halalan 2016" public service project, on April 7 at Lorenzo Hall are "Ina, Kapatid, Anak: Forum on Political Dynasties" and at 5:30pm is the "Mock Debate on the Mining Law" between UP Debate Society and Panalipdan.
On April 13, 3pm, at the Atrium is the first "Panagtigom: A Forum for Presidential Candidates" featuring the representative of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Atty. Jay Layug.
On April 24 is the public live stream of the 3rd Presidential Debate to be provided by SPARCS computer science students in Lorenzo Hall.
On April 27-29 is the "Pulso ng UPMin" automated mock-elections from the University Student Council and Omega Alpha, and other student orgs.
On May 5 is the visit by presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the second "Panagtigom" Forum.
All events are open to the interested public. (This update as of 8 April)

Download a copy here. Visit the UP Mindanao sa Halalan 2016 page here.  

Knowledge-Based Development and Governance, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

     The country can produce the high-level human resource it needs to catch up with its neighbors if the next government adopts the right set of policies.
     This was the gist of a “think paper” on “Knowledge-Based Development and Governance” presented by the University of the Philippines to all the presidential candidates for their consideration.
     According to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, the study—which he calls “a road map to inclusive growth”—can form the basis for a comprehensive review of Philippine educational and human resource development policy, particularly in research and development.
     The study notes that despite increasing government investments in education, not enough money has gone into research and development, and into producing and supporting more top-level researchers. This is why the Philippines has been left behind by many of its ASEAN co-members and continues to suffer from high income inequality and poverty.
     “We still spend only 3 percent of GDP on education, compared to an average of 5-6 percent in the rest of ASEAN,” the paper noted, sounding the alarm. “This is why even our best universities lag behind their global and regional counterparts. In 2014, the University of the Philippines ranked only 8th out of the top 10 universities in ASEAN. In 2012, the Philippines ranked 92nd in the global Knowledge Economy Index, far behind Singapore, which placed 23rd.”
     “Expenditure on research and development (R&D) by government and industry is low. So our level of technology remains low in quality and scale, and concentrated in sectors that are not considered high-value. To catch up and move ahead faster, we need to raise our technological knowledge and skills, which only advanced education and training can address.”
     Put together by some of the national university’s brightest minds, the study notes the importance of research and development (R&D) in achieving growth in this era that is driven by scientific and technological (S&T) advancement. Now, the country’s knowledge capital is the key to achieve and sustain inclusive growth that reduces inequality and poverty. S&T innovation supports the manufacturing sector which generates jobs for the poor. And higher level education and training enable people to create new knowledge, innovate products and processes, and improve productivity.
     Innovations can spur new economic activity and growth in both urban centers and the countryside.
     But to strengthen Philippine R&D, the government will have to send more Filipinos abroad for advanced studies, as well as encourage more foreign-based professionals to return. Leading international experts and educators should be hired to help bring their local counterparts up to global standards and to introduce new ideas.
     The government will also need to map out a network of “hub-and-spokes” that will involve schools, government bodies, businesses, and civil society organizations throughout the country, tapping local expertise.
     “Beyond building infrastructure, we need to build the suprastructure of economic growth,” said Pascual. “That means harnessing the intellectual and creative energies of our people through more rationalized and responsive education. We need to ensure that enough of our best minds stay in the country to drive innovation and help develop the rest of our labor force. It is also not enough to be satisfied with the country’s current success in mainly voice-based business process outsourcing. To really get ahead and add more value to the economy, we need to develop more software engineers and other technology experts.”
     The study was undertaken by the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, UP’s think tank, in coordination with the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
     “We hope that all our presidential candidates will read this paper and respond to its findings and recommendations in their platforms,” added Pascual. “We will welcome their ideas, and are inviting them to share those ideas with the University community and our people at large.”

To read the summary of the paper Knowledge-based development and governance: Challenges and recommendations to the 2016 presidential candidates, please click here.

To read the full think paper, please click here.

UP sa Halalan 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

halalan-button-websiteThe 2016 national and local elections will be held on 9 May 2016. Experts argue that elections are needed to enforce the rule of law, foster a predictable administrative environment and promote inclusiveness. The coming elections, therefore, is a crucial part of our journey to political and economic stability. In line with this, it is important that stakeholders-the general public, the media, and academic institutions-are engaged in issues that will help select the next set of political leaders and the nation's agenda in the next six years. The University of the Philippines (UP), as the country's national university, must lead public discourse on the elections and the issues surrounding them. See: and


UPAA-Greater Chicago new scholars, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

DSC 0046bThe UP Alumni Association of Greater Chicago continued their support for UP Mindanao students through their scholarships beginning Academic Year 2015-2016 onward. Moreover, the UPAA-GC expanded their scholarship to four students following the recent graduation of their first two scholars. The scholarship covers full tuition and stipends for the students who applied and are able maintain their academic average from their first-years until graduation. UPAA-GC former treasurer Evelyn Espina met the new scholars on 09 November 2015 in preparation for her report to the Chicago chapter. Present at the meeting were (left-right) Scholarships Officer Analiza Fulvadora, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, scholars Jeia Manila and Cherrie Mae Lopez (1BS Agribusiness Economics), Ms. Espina, scholars Shaina Lou Palar and Hannah Ricci Baronia (1BS Food Technology), and Office of Student Affairs Director, Asst. Prof. Junaldo Mantiquilla.

New State Auditor, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

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The new auditor of the Commission on Audit assigned to UP Mindanao paid a courtesy call on 3 November 2015 to University officials (left-right), accounting chief Zenaida Calatrava, budget chief Teresita Lagsub, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda, executive assistant Ms. Jo-an Garcia, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, incoming COA team leader Helena L. Valdez (State Auditor IV), outgoing team leader Elesa M. Pusta (SA IV), continuing team member Jovita V. Buhian (Auditor), and Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma. 

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