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Prof. Gomez is SOM Dean, 2020

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SOM Gomez 1RZD20At its 1354th Meeting held on 24 September 2020, the Board of Regents APPROVED the following agenda matters:

1. Appointment of Dr. JOSE V. CAMACHO, JR. as Chancellor, UP Los Baños, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

2. Appointment of Dr. CARMENCITA D. PADILLA as Chancellor, UP Manila, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

3. Appointment of Dr. CLEMENT C. CAMPOSANO as Chancellor, UP Visayas, effective 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023;

4. Appointment of Dr. AURELIA LUZVIMINDA V. GOMEZ as Dean, School of Management, UP Mindanao, effective 24 September 2020 until 23 September 2023.

(source: Notice of BOR Resolutions at  its 1354th BOR Meeting held on 24 September 2020)

The nomination letter for Prof. Gomez introduced her, thus:

Prof. Gomez has been with UP Mindanao since 2001 teaching in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs of the School of Management (SOM). She acquired her Ph.D. (Natural Resource Management) from Charles Darwin University, Australia with the Australian Leadership Award scholarship. 

As an academic, she had published several articles in peer-reviewed journals which include the SEAMO-SEARCA, Banwa, and the Food and Agriculture Organization journal. She is also involved in various research projects that are funded both by national and international reputable agencies such as the Commission on Higher Education (under CHEd DARE TO) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

In 2009, Prof. Gomez was awarded the “Gawad Tsanselor para sa Pinakamahusay na Guro.” She is also a recipient of numerous Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant awards from 2005 to 2008 and more recently the One UP Faculty Grant for Teaching and Public Service (2019-2021). Moreover, she is also instrumental in the creation of the BS Agribusiness Economics Program upon its inception in 2005.

Prof. Gomez also served in different capacities as an administrator and is also a member of different college and university committees. At various times, she served as SOM’s representative to the UAPFC (formerly UAPB), member of the University Research Ethics Committee and the University Council Committees, among others. She was the college secretary of SOM from AY2005-2006 to AY2007-2008, the University Registrar from September 2015 to February 2019, and the incumbent Vice Chancellor for Administration, since March 2019. Moreover, her commitment to service transcends the confines of the University and extends to the wider community. She had served as a resource person to various organizations (government and non-government), specifically relating to strategic planning and natural resource management.

 

Turnover of COVID-19 testing facility in DRMC

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120112468 341626417071450 3284731751345661155 nRZD25Officials of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao and the local governments of Davao del Norte witnessed a milestone in their collaboration agreement with the turnover of a COVID-19 testing facility by the builder Maer Summit Konstrukt Company to the end-user Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in ceremonies held on 27 August 2020, in the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol in Tagum City. Mr. Dino Mae Suelto, the Managing Partner of Maer Summit Konstrukt, presented the certificate of turnover to DRMC chief Dr. Bryan Dalid in the presence of the project partners. 
 
With the turnover, the local government leaders accomplished their joint resolution embodied in their letter of commitment of 17 April 2020 and the memorandum of agreement signed on 19 May 2020 to undertake the construction and establishment of the facility. Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, Samal City Mayor Al David Uy, and Panabo City Mayor Jose Relampagos authorized funds from their respective shares from the Bayanihan “We Heal As One” Act for the construction of the facility.   
 
UP Mindanao Chancellor Larry Digal, a co-signatory in the project agreement, and Associate Professor Lyre Anni Murao, author of the project proposal and director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao, witnessed the turnover following their inspection of the newly-completed facility located in the DRMC in Tagum City. 
 
“This is a good example of a private sector-government-academe partnership that contributed to addressing the huge challenge mounted by this pandemic,” said Chancellor Digal. “It started with the private sector group Maer Summit Konstrukt who approached us for this project, led by Mr. Suelto, an alumnus of the UP School of Economics, and his son, who was my student in Agribusiness Economics. They donated a PCR machine and testing kits and they linked us to the Davao del Norte LGU - to the governor and the three mayors. So the partnership was hatched,” he said. 
 
Governor Jubahib welcomed the turnover of the project and thanked the three mayors for their cooperation in raising the required funds. “Hinintay natin matapos itong COVID-19 testing facility dito sa Davao del Norte dahil sa shortage ng lab testing at marami na ang may sakit. The problem, I learned from Dr. Dalid, was the required budget of P12 million. No problem, I said, because there are the three ‘mababait’ na mayors,” he said. 
 
"This project is the first of the groups we assisted in setting up their COVID-19 testing facility,” said Chancellor Digal. “We provided mainly technical support in terms of trainings and design of the laboratory,” he said. 
 
UP Mindanao contributed to the design of the facility, in accordance with the approved design of the Department of Health (DOH) and provided the DRMC personnel with training on molecular diagnostics and biosafety for highly infectious human pathogens. UP Mindanao will also continue to provide technical assistance and consultancy services for issues that may arise during the regular operations of the facility.  
 
The DRMC will take over the daily operation and maintenance of the facility and DRMC Chief Dr. Bryan Dalid projected that the facility can begin its operation by September 2020. “I do not wish to frighten you all but this pandemic may take longer because the number of cases is still rising. The good thing is that mortality is low. That is our only consolation,” he said. 
 
“This project is welcomed by the Department of Health,” said Chancellor Digal, “based on our discussion with them at the outset, because it will supplement the capacity of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) to better serve the other provinces in Davao Region, and even outside the region.” 
 
UP Mindanao also offered its training expertise to the personnel of the Davao de Oro Provincial Government and the Police Regional Office-XI which are constructing their own COVID-19 testing facilities. 
 
The expertise for the trainings, facility design, and technical assistance are provided by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao, a satellite facility in UP Mindanao of the Philippine Genome Center based in UP Diliman. Since the start of the COVID-19  emergency, PGC Mindanao crafted a mission to capacitate hospitals to conduct COVID-19 testing by training their personnel on SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the most effective testing system currently available to counter COVID-19. PGC Mindanao was appointed by the DOH as a trainer for Mindanao and, since April 2020, has trained 45 frontliners from six medical centers in Mindanao and also contributed to the successful accreditation of four of these centers for COVID-19 testing. 
 
The COVID-19 facilities in DRMC and elsewhere can also be used beyond the present pandemic for other relevant purposes such as infectious disease surveillance and collaborative research, also through the PGC Mindanao. 
 
According to PGC Mindanao Director Lyre Murao, “COVID-19 has been a wake-up call to the lingering but neglected issues on environment and agriculture. This pandemic is a timely opportunity for us to reboot our framework and act with resolve for sustainable and resilient ecosystems and communities. The Philippine Genome Center Mindanao can help Mindanao through  ‘omics,’ the study of molecules in disease, health, food, and agriculture. Omics can be used for the advancement of knowledge, innovations, and policies towards a more sustainable utilization and management of resources in the post-pandemic age.”

"Madayaw! Welcome to UP Mindanao, Iskolar ng Bayan"

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 First-year students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao can experience the annual Freshmen Orientation through the

"Madayaw! Welcome to UP Mindanao, Iskolar ng Bayan" video presentation.

The video presentation is an abridged version of the Orientation on Academic Policies for the Incoming First-Year Students, held on 08 September 2020. 

This production was produced by the UP Mindanao Office of Student Affairs with the help of the University Information Committee.

Philippine Genome Center Mindanao, 2020

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Philippine Genome Center Mindanao reported on its mission from April 2020 onward to capacitate hospitals to do COVID-19 testing by training personnel on SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Since April 2020, PGC Mindanao trained 45 medical technologists, doctors, and biologists from six hospitals and institutions in Mindanao: the Dr. Royeca Hospital in General Santos City, the Lanao del Norte Medical Center, the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga, the Butuan Medical Center, the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City, and the Cotabato Regional Medical Center. PGC Mindanao also reported the success of the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga and the Butuan Medical Center in acquiring the accreditation for COVID-19 testing from the Department of Health.
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Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao will offer a "Mindanao-wide webinar on Omics Research: Moving Past Pandemics” throughout October 2020. Omics are the branches of science in the various disciplines of biology that have names that end in -omics, such as genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, to name a few. The month-long webinar will feature omics in health, agriculture, and food research. PGC Mindanao is located at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao in Davao City. 
 

UP retains rank in top 500

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UP retains rank in top 500 world university rankings, leads in ASEAN in terms of global research influence

Jo. Lontoc, UP Media and Public Relations Office

The University of the Philippines (UP) retains its spot in a roster of the top 500 universities of the world. According to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE-WUR), UP remains in the 401-500 bracket, after being assessed alongside 1,527 research-intensive universities.

The country’s national university maintained its overall rank despite the number of universities ranked this year increasing from last year’s 1,396. Overall, UP is ranked fifth among noted universities in Southeast Asia (SEA): National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), University of Malaya, and the University of Brunei Darussalam.

UP garnered its highest score in the criterion of citations or global research influence, which accounts for 30% of its total score. THE-WUR comes out with the citation score by capturing the average number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year, bibliometric data supplier Elsevier examined 86 million citations from 2015-2020 across 13.6 million journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings, books and book chapters published from 2015-2019. [View the Times Higher Education World University Rankings report for the University of the Philippines here.]

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Breakdown of ranking for the University of the Philippines. Source: Times Higher Education

According to the THE, citations are a way of measuring a university’s role in spreading new knowledge and ideas and its contribution to the sum of human knowledge.

The other performance indicators are grouped into the areas of teaching (30%), research (30%), international outlook (7.5%), and industry income (2.5%).

UP Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Carla Dimalanta notes that UP outranks universities in neighboring countries in terms of research citation. Its score of 86.7 outperforms the 81.5 of NUS and the 83 of NTU, the top two ranking universities in the ASEAN region. Singapore’s NUS and NTU are ranked 25 and 47, respectively, in the World University Rankings.

“Our citation score is still a high 86.7, albeit down by a not so significant 0.2 points,” UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Ma. Cynthia Rose Bautista tells UP News. “It has been our strongest criterion, propelling UP to be among the top 500 universities in the world in the last 5 years. Interestingly, UP was among the top 10 universities in the world in terms of its citation score in the clinical, pre-clinical and health disciplines in 2020. Its score was higher than that of the top 10 universities in this field—the University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Imperial College of London, Stanford University, University of Toronto, John Hopkins University, UCL UK, Yale University and Columbia University,” Bautista explained. THE’s 2021 world university ranking by subject has not yet been released.

UP is the first Philippine university to figure in the THE-WUR and the only one to break into its top 500. The national university first figured in the THE-WUR in its 2017 rankings where it placed in the 801+ bracket. It climbed to the top 601-800 in the 2018 rankings and to the top 501-600 in the 2019 rankings. UP then broke through to the top 500, within the 401-500 bracket, in the 2020 rankings.

UP’s jump into the top 500 has been powered mostly by its outstanding score in research citations or “influence in spreading new knowledge and ideas”. Its score leaped from 69.1 out of 100 in the 2019 rankings to 86.9 in the 2020 rankings.

De La Salle University is the only other Philippine university figuring in the THE-WUR, breaking into the top 801-1,000 in the 2019 rankings, before slipping to 1,001+ in the 2020 and 2021 rankings.

According to the THE-WUR website, “The University of Oxford tops the rankings for the fifth consecutive year, while mainland China’s Tsinghua University becomes the first Asian university to break into the top 20 under the current methodology.”

THE publishes some of the most influential rankings used by the global academic community, which include the Asia University Rankings, Asia-Pacific University Rankings, Emerging Economies University Rankings, and the World University Rankings by Subject.

Aside from the Elsevier data, responses from 22,000 scholars around the world are also used by THE, specifically in determining the academic reputation of universities. ###

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