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Highlights for January, 2019

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7 JANUARY 2019: FLAG CEREMONY on 7 January 2019 had Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion extending “Happy New Year!” to all constituents who were present, including the two vice-chancellors. The Chancellor remarked that UP Mindanao is 24 years old in 2019. UP Mindanao is now a maturing organization. It can now be a self-correcting organization. The Chancellor said that UP Mindanao is a great place to be and to work for.  She advised the staff to find their individual motivation for staying in UP aside from the pay. She herself stayed in UP because she wanted her children to study in UP. She assured everyone that UP will stay and that their work will count as a contribution. She reminded everyone that 2019 is an election year. This means that there will be no new hiring or renewals. Therefore, anything that is required must be done before the moratorium. VC Antonio Obsioma in his remarks said that 2018 was stressful but this year he hoped that stress will be less. He advised everyone to learn to manage their supervisors and to manage conflict.  He remarked that the government this year is adopting the cash-based system which requires more efficient procurement. He said that orientation on procurement for all constituents will be organized. He announced that January will be his last month as vice-chancellor. On March 1 his term as a regular faculty member will end. He explained that he will be taking early retirement. 


Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (4BSABE) won a silver medal in the 10th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-Northern Territory-East Asian Growth Area (BIMPNT-EAGA) Friendship Games held in Brunei in December 2018. Mendoza was part of a 4X50meter freestyle relay team.


UP Mindanao Football Club competed in the 4th Pinay-In-Action (PIA) Cup Football Tournament opening on 11 January 2019. The UP Mindanao team is in a field of 15 teams that will play in Tiongko Field, Davao City. Manila-based teams competing in the 4th PIA Cup and UP teams X and Y, and UST teams A and B. Congresswoman Pia Cayetano is the lead organizer of the tournament.    


THE SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT for the Davao City-University of the Philippines Sports Complex was held on 10 January 2019 at the Davao City Hall in the presence of media representatives and former congressman Isidro Ungab. UP President Atty. Danilo Concepcion and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed the MOA on behalf of UP and the City. Among the witnesses from UP were VP for Development Elvira Zamora, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, Dean Larry Digal, and other UP officials and staff. President Concepcion said, in his message, that this would be the first time that the UP System entered into a MOA with a local government unit. He further said that UP has a plan for UP Mindanao to be the lead school in the southern part of the archipelago, for UP Mindanao to lead in the creation of a UAAP in the south, to offer additional degree programs in sports, and a college of human kinetics in the future. He thanked the mayor for all the assistance extended in the past and for those forthcoming in the future. 
Mayor Duterte-Carpio, for her part, said that “it had always been the dream of Davawenyos to have a sports facility to host major sporting events and provide Davawenyos a facility to train for various sports disciplines”. She expressed her gratitude to UP for allowing this partnership with the City Government of Davao, former congressman Isidro Ungab and Congressman Alberto Ungab for the funding, and for the legwork of the City Administrator. “We move closer to the attainment of our vision of transforming Davao City into a premier sports-tourism destination, as we intend to use the sports complex for the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet as a practice for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa and other sports events in the future”. She said that, henceforth, she and the Davao City Hall employees will only cheer for UP in the UAAP.

MESSAGE OF ATTY. DANILO L. CONCEPCION: Former Congressman Ungab, Administrator Bantiding, our VP for Development Elvira Zamora, sa inyong lahat, magandang hapon, po. Una sa lahat humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa inyo na ako ay nakarating ng alas singko ng hapon. Alam niyo, alas siyete ng umaga nasa airport na ako. Ang flight ay dapat umalis ng alas nuebe, 9:45. Pero nakaalis po ang eroplano ng two o'clock. Meron, po, kasing ginagawa sa runway so mabigat ang air traffic.    Pero hindi ko, po, matiis na hindi dumating para pirmahan itong memorandum of agreement na ito. Alam ninyo, Mayor, ito ang ka-una-unahan na collaboration between the University of the Philippines and a local government unit. Ka-una-unahan po ito. It's the first of its kind. Kami, po, sa University of the Philippines ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa napakalaking tulong na ina-ambag ng pamahalaang siyudad ng Dabaw sa Universidad ng Pilipinas. Ano po ba ang gagawin namin? Bakit kina-kailangan namin ang mga pasilidad na ito? Kasi, po, talaga namang may plano ang Universidad ng Pilipinas na palawakin ang sakop ng Universidad ng Pilipinas sa Mindanao.  We want this to be the lead school not only in Mindanao but sa southern part ng hemisphere na ito ng ating kapuluan.  Ngayon pa lang ay pinagpa-plano na namin na mag offer ang Universidad ng Pilipinas ng mga kurso na may kinalaman sa isports. Dapat po siguro ay magtayo ng kolehiyo na kami ng human kinetics sa Mindanao. At sa tulong, po, ninyo at ng ating mahal na Pangulo, ay magagawa, po, natin. Magtayo, po, tayo ng isa pang kolehiyo dito sa UP Mindanao.      Siguro itong mga nakaraang buwan, hindi nakaligtas sa inyo na ang UP ay pumasok sa finals ng UAAP after 32 years. Kasi nung araw kapag nanalo tayo ng isang game, nag bo-bonfire na tayo. Kasi for 27 years lagi, pong, zero ang score natin sa panalo sa UAAP. The last time na nag champion tayo ay in 1986 during the time of Benjie Paras, Altamirano, and Magsanoc. Pero during my term ay magcha-champion ang UP. Alam ninyo ang sikreto sa pagiging malakas ang team sa anumang sports event ay nasa quality ng mga manlalaro. Hindi po tayo masyadong nakaka-recruit ng maraming manlalaro dito sa Mindanao. Kasi, po, kulang ang facilities para magkaroon ng pagsasanay ang mga estudyante natin dito sa Mindanao. Pero dahil po sa sports facilities na ito, ang Sports Complex na pagtutulungan ng UP at ng City Government ng Davao na itaguyod, ang amin pong prediction, gagaling ang mga players, mga athletes na dito ay magsasanay. At siguro sa susunod na tatlo o apat na taon makakakita na tayo ng recruitment na dito gagawin sa Mindanao, recruitment for athletes. At, siguro, dahil ang UAAP ay sa Manila lamang, dapat ay magpasimuno ang UP Mindanao na magtayo naman ng UAAP sa south. Dito naman sa Mindanao magkaroon tayo ng UAAP.      Sa lahat, po, ng tulong na aming tinanggap mula sa local government ngayon, at sa mga tulong na aming tatanggapin pa in the future kami, po, ay nagpapa-salamat at taos-pusong nagbibigay ng pag-galang sa inyong pamamahala dito sa Dabaw.  Magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat!

MESSAGE OF MAYOR SARA Z. DUTERTE: Doctora Elvira, Atty. Danilo, Cong Sid, Atty. Lawrence, ladies and gentlemen, maayong hapon sa imohang tanan. For the longest time it has always been the dream of Davawenyos to have a large sports facility in the City. We cannot underscore often enough how important it is for Davao City to have its own government-owned sports complex, not only to allow us to host major sporting events, but also to provide Davawenyos a facility to train for various sports disciplines. And now, after many years, we are glad that we finally have the Davao City-University of the Philippines Sports Complex in the UP Mindanao campus in Mintal. I'd like to underscore our gratitude to the University of the Philippines for allowing this partnership with the City Government of Davao, and for the legwork of Atty. Lawrence and Congressman Sid and Congressman Abet in making sure there is money and the that implementation of the project is on time. We thank you for working closely with us, the City Government, for allocating the parcel of land which the sports Complex now stands. Following the memorandum of understanding signed by our respective predecessors in 2015, and after three years of coordination and collaboration, today we sign the agreement that officially seals the partnership for the management and operation of the facility. With today's signing, we move closer to the attainment of our vision of transforming Davao City into a premier sports-tourism destination, as we intend to use the sports complex for the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet as a practice for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa and other sports events in the future. And with the various facilities therein that our local athletes can use in training, I am confident that we will be seeing more Dabawenyos succeed in their respective fields in sports.   And, napag-usapan na din ang UAAP, attorney, when I was studying in Manila--I grew up in the province, galing probinsiya ako and i grew up in the Dominican schools network; I finished my college here in San Pedro College in Davao City--so when I went to Manila, usually mga taga-probinsiya who graduated in the province mga outsiders, nasa periphery lang. Usually there's UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST, usually mga graduate of Manila universities. So, when time na ng UAAP kung sino yung kasama ko, doon ako nagchi-cheer. Kung mga kasama ko sa pagpa-panood ay mga taga-Ateneo, Ateneo. Kasi I'm a graduate of [Philippine] Women's [College of Davao] and San Pedro [College], so cheer..Ateneo tayo! And then, when I met my husband, he's a graduate of La Salle, so nandoon naman ako. Sa kabilang side naman ako. I cheered for La Salle. and pag wala ang La Salle, so, my husband tells me, nasa FEU tayo ngayon so, FEU na chini-cheer ko. But, now that we have a partnership, UP na. There will be no other team for all employees of the City Government kundi UP.  Hindi kami pwede mag-cheer for others, of course. We are already partners. This is a very big step for Davao City and for southern Mindanao. So, we thank you, everyone who helped, who worked hard, to put this together. Thank you, very much! Maayong hapon sa inyong tanan!                


26 JANUARY 2019: THE DAVAO REGION ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION MEET Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held on 27 January and 2 February 2019, respectively. This was a function of Davao City as host of the DAVRAA 2019 with the Dept. of Education as the lead organizer. Volleyball, archery, and secondary boy's football were the games played in the DC-UP Sports Complex, with other games distributed in 22 venues. UP Mindanao participated in ceremonies around this event such as the Blessing and Inauguration of the Stadium and Field on 24 January, the  Unveiling of the Marker on 26 January, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. UP Mindanao received wide publicity during this period. A number of news items mentioned UP Mindanao and the video of the Opening Ceremonies in the UP Mindanao YouTube page had about 1,500 views in the following week.  


The Inaugural Ceremony and Blessing of the Football Stadium and Football Field at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex in Mintal, Davao City was on 25 January 2019. UP Mindanao Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma gave the Welcome Remarks, Davao City 3rd District Congressman Alberto Ungab gave the Opening Message, former congressman Isidro Ungab related a brief history of the Sports Complex project, and City Administrator Atty. Zuleika Lopez read the Message of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The Blessing of the Football Stadium was led by Fr. Elneri Meñez. The Ribbon-cutting and Ceremonial Football Kick had Prof. Erwin Protacio, alumnus Francisco Ramos, Congressman Alberto Ungab,  Atty. Zuleika Lopez, Prof. Antonio Obsioma, Hon. Isidro Ungab, Police Director Alexander Tagum and Deputy Director Noel Silvosa, and Col. Nolasco Mempin with Col. Randolph Cabangbang of Task Force Davao. 


"THE SPORTS COMPLEX is the testimony of the partnership of the University of the Philippines and the City Government of Davao in nurturing the athletes of Mindanao and the Country". These are the words on the marker that was unveiled at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex on 26 January 2019. The unveiling of the marker was led by UP President Atty. Danilo Concepcion, Davao City Assistant City Administrator for Operations Atty. Lawrence Bantiding on behalf of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Davao City 3rd District Congressman Alberto Ungab, former congressman Isidro Ungab, and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in her message read by Atty. Bantiding, said that "the marker serves the purpose so all may be informed that the project to further sports development in the City is a result of the coming together of the government and the academe". Davao City 3rd District Congressman Alberto Ungab, in his Remarks, introduced Davao City and its 3rd District, in particular, for the benefit of the visitors. Former congressman Isidro Ungab declared that he was "the happiest person in the gathering" for having seen the sports complex project from its beginnings in 1995 up to the present, whereof he narrated the highlights. UP President Atty. Danilo Concepcion, for his part, said he considered himself "the most fortunate person in the gathering" for having the benefits of the efforts of the former congressman for UP "fall like the rain" during his own term. Chancellor Concepcion, in her Welcome Remarks, introduced the  UP officials present and thanked the Dept. of Public Works and Highways, Phil. Sports Commission, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, and the UP Mindanao Campus Planning and Development Office for their help. Among the guests who attended from other UP units were Regent Angelo Jimenez and Regent Analiza Fulvadora of the UP Board of Regents, Executive Vice-President Teodoro Herbosa, VP for Administration Nestor Yunque, VP for Development Elvira Zamora, VP for Planning and Finance Joselito Florendo, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, UP Open University Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria, UP Visayas Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, and UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez Jr.


The Opening Ceremonies of the Davao Region Athletic Association 2019 were held on 27 January 2019 in the Davao City-UP Sports Complex in Mintal, Davao City. A bang on the gong by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Department of Education Regional Director Alberto Escobarte accentuated the declaration of the formal opening. U.P. President Danilo Concepcion joined Hon. Isidro Ungab, Davao City Vice-Mayor Bernard Al-ag, and other officials in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the games. Mayor Duterte-Carpio gave the Welcome Message. The Guest of Honor was IBF Junior Bantamweight World Champion and Panabo City native Jerwin Ancajas. The ceremonies were held in the new football field and stadium.  Among the UP constituents who attended were UP Chancellors Ricardo Babaran and Sylvia Concepcion, UP Executive Vice-President Teodoro Herbosa, VP for Development Elvira Zamora, UP Regents Angelo Jimenez and Analiza Fulvadora, UP alumnus and City Councilor Mabel Acosta, among some 2,000 members of the audience. The DAVRAA is composed of the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental and the cities of Davao, Digos, Samal, Mati, Panabo, and Tagum.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY of the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet was held on 2 February 2019 at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. The Message of Gratitude and Send-Off Message was given by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The Inspirational Message was given by Asian Para Games Gold Medalist Ernie A. Gawilan. Dept. of Education Region 11 Director Alberto Escobarte gave a Certificate of Appreciation to UP which was received by UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. The UP Mindanao Business Development Office earned revenue from business concessionaires who provided food and souvenir items at DAVRAA 2019.      


Mathematical biology is attracting more researchers in UP Mindanao. In the 2019 International Workshop in Mathematical Biology (IWOMB) held in Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines on 6-10 January 2019, Mr. Zython Paul Lachica (BS Applied Mathematics alumnus) was given recognition for his scientific poster.  "Dog population control as key intervention strategy for eradicating rabies in Davao City, Philippines: A policy implication via mechanistic and phenomenological models" was awarded Best Gong Show Presentation.


NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADOR David Strachan visited UP-Mindanao on 28 January for a Forum on Graduate Opportunities in New Zealand. In the Forum, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion gave Welcome Remarks. An Audio-visual Presentation on New Zealand was shown. Ambassador Strachan delivered his Message to encourage the members of the audience to consider taking higher education in NZ. Education NZ Regional Manager Ben Burrowes spoke on the educational program offerings in New Zealand. Aid Manager Rune Ylade talked on the details of the scholarships, on the ease of application, being mostly on-line. Honorary Consul Vic Lao interceded by articulating the concerns of the audience to the NZ group. The audience were composed of graduating students, and faculty members. Completing the NZ delegation were Education NZ Market Manager Desiree Lee and NZ Embassy Manila Policy Adviser Noelle Velasquez.

NEGLECTED tropical parasitic diseases are the subject of a research program that brought a team from the University of the Philippines Manila, De La Salle University, UP Diliman, and University of the Philippines Mindanao to Davao City on 29 January 2019. According to co-investigator Dr. Aleyla de Cadiz, "this research program is called 'Development of Innovative Strategies for the Control and Prevention of Neglected Tropical Parasitic Diseases to Contribute to Universal Health Care'. This research is funded by the Commission on Higher Education's Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) which encourages research partnership among higher education institutions (HEI). Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario of the UP Manila College of Public Health is the Principal Investigator. UP Mindanao is the collaborating HEI, with myself as the co-investigator". The team was received by UP Mindanao Dean, and next chancellor, Larry Digal and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda. The persons in the meeting were the College of Public Health team of Dr. Vicente Belizario, Jr., Andrey Marie Agustin, Victorio B. Molina, and Camille F. Domingo, Olivia T. Sison of National Institutes of Health, Soledad Dalisay of UP Diliman Dept. of Anthropology,  Mary Jane C. Flores of DLSU, and Larry N. Digal, Nilo B. Oponda, and Aleyla de Cadiz of UP Mindanao. 

UP ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN AMERICA donated USD5,000 to UP Mindanao for laboratory improvement and a tutorial and feeding program. The donation was from UPAAA member Ms. Rosalia Ordoñez. This is the third year that UPAAA made a donation to UP Mindanao since 2016. UPAAA president Ms. Nelsie T. Parrado travelled from New Jersey, USA to the Philippines to personally deliver the cheque. she arrived in UP Mindanao, Davao City on 24 January 2019 in the company of Ms. Belinda Perry and Ms. Gloria Aledia. Ms. Parrado was received by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion and Extension Officer Michael Gatela. A Deed of Donation was signed by Ms. Parrado and Chancellor Concepcion and witnessed by University Legal Officer Atty. Charmaine Valentin. The donation was received by the Chancellor and turned over to Cashier Emma Ruth Caalaman who issued the official receipt. Ms. Parado likewise met and conferred with professors Juma Novie Alviola and Virginia Obsioma of the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry under which the Sensory Lab for food will be provided for improvement. The feeding and tutorial sessions, on the other hand, will be in the UP Marilog (Davao City) Land Reservation under the supervision of the Office of Extension and the Dept. of Social Sciences.

13. BS Education Class of 1953 alumna and Davao City resident Ms. Tita Lacambra Ayala passed away in January. Her passing was reported to the UP Office of Alumni Relations.       

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