Dear fellow UP alumni,
It is our honor to invite you to the University of the Philippines Regional Alumni Institute (RAI) on November 22-23, 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.
This event is organized by the UP Mindanao and UP Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (UPMFI), in cooperation with the UP Alumni Association-National and UPAA-Davao City Chapter.
Carrying the theme “Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Mindanao through Investment in UP Mindanao’s Programs”, this RAI seeks to rally together UP alumni and other relevant stakeholders from various sectors to address vital development issues in support of the current administration’s development thrusts, through UP Mindanao’s present and planned expansion programs.
We have a rare opportunity to help define and shape the future of Mindanao, because the Philippine President is from Mindanao and several key government positions are held by Mindanaoans, many of whom are UP alumni.
The lone UP campus in Mindanao, located in Davao City, is the only campus that has its own charter, created through a legislative act. This was made possible by intensive lobbying in congress of Mindanao-based alumni.
This proves that in working together, UP alumni in Mindanao can indeed make their voices heard and effect major changes, especially in Mindanao.
UP Mindanao offers courses and programs that are uniquely suited to Mindanao, and is generous in sharing its expertise in various fields by developing programs and policies to cater to and address issues and concerns of Mindanao. Its lack of resources, though, can hamper its effective contribution to the region’s and Mindanao’s progress and development. More is still needed to be done and the RAI is an excellent opportunity to address this challenge.
We have invited key government officials to listen to proposals in areas we have identified as crucial. Among the invitees are the cabinet secretaries of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), senators and congressmen from Mindanao, and officials of the UP System and the UP Alumni Association.
This 2-day event is designed to optimize the presence of alumni and government officials in order to offer concrete solutions and proposals on key development areas for UP Mindanao, in particular, and Mindanao, in general.
A minimal registration fee of P500.00 will be collected to cover the cost of the gathering and to help finance UPMFI’s scholarship program for poor but academically-excellent students of UP Mindanao.
We are all stakeholders of Mindanao and as former "Iskolar ng Bayan", we are called to be at the forefront of making Mindanao a better place for us, our families, and fellow Filipinos. We invite you to be part of this event and ask you to help us uncover all that Mindanao has and can offer to the country.
Daghang salamat and we look forward to seeing you at the RAI!
UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. president Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes and UP Mindanao public relations officer Rene Estremera attended the Kapehan sa Dabaw weekly press conference in SM City Davao on 16 September 2019. Here is the link to the news report: http://bit.ly/2kg8Bmi