The U.P. Los Baños Graduate School off-campus offering of PhD in Development Studies located in UP Mindanao held its first days of class on 22-23 August 2015 at the Gaisano Room, Administration Building. Dean Jose Camacho and Assoc. Prof. Bing Baltazar Brillo conducted the classes for a total of 14 persons in attendance from University of Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, Dept. of Education, Mindanao Development Authority, UP Strategic Management, LiDAR 2 Program, and UP Mindanao.
Students and faculty members strike wacky poses after the formal presentation of the research paper, "Hullubaton: Putting Together the Mandaya Dawot", a set of stories from the Mandaya indigenous people of Caraga, Davao Oriental, depicting their myths and experiences conveyed in the oral tradition through the balyan (chanter).
Shown in traditional Mandaya costume is Balyan Desamparados Masinaring-Alimbon (standing), a Mandaya balyan and magdadawot, beside whom are (left to right) folklorist and UP Mindanao Senior Lecturer Emmanuel S. Nabayra, Mandaya elders Villamor Malintad and Atty. Alejandro Aquino, and UPMin Dean Maria Stella Salazar and Prof. Ricardo de Ungria.
Prof. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero (seated, center, in blue) presented the research paper, which is funded by the UP Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training and Workshop is provided in July 2015 for UP Mindanao employees and staff. Dr. Alejandro "Al" Tongco of Oklahoma State University, a GIS expert, is the resource person. GIS is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores, manipulates, and visualizes geographic information on a map (gisgeography.com). The Basic GIS Training is on 9-10 July and 15-16, and 20 July, while Advanced GIS is on 22-24 July and 26-28 July. The Training is funded by the UP Mindanao LiDAR 1 and LiDAR 2 projects, while Dr. Tongco's service is supported by the DOST-Balik Scientist Program.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY was the subject of the workshop conducted by Prof. Genevieve Quintero (Dept. of Humanities) for employees of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies throughout the month of June.
The Philippine Society of IT Educators-Region XI organized a "Training- Workshop on Making Research Proposals" last May 13-15, 2015 at the Holy Child IT Academy, Davao City. The 3-day event was attended by 23 participant-educators from different schools in Region 11 and Region 12. According to PSITE-XI president Prof. Vic Calag (UP Mindanao Dept. of Math., Physics and Comp. Sci.), the workshop was aimed to enhance the skills of the educators in conducting research from problem identification to writing research proposals.
He said, "Conducting research is one of the important activities of educators. Research activities widen the educators’ perspectives and knowledge of their subjects and help them to become better teachers. With the present technological advancement, educator should not only keep themselves abreast of development in their fields but should also be catalysts for advancement in their areas by conducting research and sharing or disseminating their research findings."
Prof. Calag further said that the training-workshop was held for participants to be more informed about the importance, advantages, benefits, ethics, and intricacies of research activities. It also offered training for participants to identify research problems, frame research questions, and discuss the significance of their research to their field of study and to the broader sector of society.
Prof. Vicente Calag thanked Dr. Genaro V. Japos for conducting the training. He also thanked the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry for the financial assistance, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED-XI), and the Holy Child IT Academy for the venue. He expressed sincere appreciation to the PSITE XI SY 2014-15 Officers for their assistance in running the workshop, particularly Engr. Chrys Velasco, Ms. Nancy Mozo, Ms. Trixie Dimacali, Prof. Meljohn Aborde, Prof. Dennis Gajo, Ms. Iris Mae Mendoza and Dean Perly Pantojan.