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Highlights for April, 2019

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao will conduct a briefing for all UP College Admission  Test (UPCAT) successful applicants at 10:00 AM, Thursday, 11 April, at the UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences Mini-Theater, Mintal, Davao City.  For more information, visit the Office of the University Registrar, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. You may also send your inquiries to <, or call 293-02-01. 
The Caravan for UPCAT qualifiers was carried out by the Office of the University Registrar on 11 April in UP Mindanao, Davao City, and on 13 April with the Office of Student Affairs in Koronadal City. Registrar John Bengan gave the briefing for the 271 qualifiers who attended the Caravan in UP Mindanao. Registrar Cynthia Buquia, meanwhile, provided the briefing on 13 April in the UP Manila School of Health Science Extension Campus in Koronadal City. Available student services were The organizers described the qualifiers who attended the Caravan briefings as "participative and enthusiastic".    
TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INCUBATION (TBI) of UP Mindanao was approved by the DOST Governing Council on 8 April 2019. UP Mindanao joined six other universities who earned the approval of DOST on the same day. The UP Mindanao TBI will start with seven incubatees which will be supported to grow their enterprise from the product-idea stage to commercialization up to the enterprise stage, and thereby contribute to socio-economic development. 
In the 1 April flag ceremony Chancellor Digal spoke of the on-going planning process. “The purpose of the planning”, he said, “is to improve ourselves-- what good practices have been established, what has not yet been established, what things need to be changed-- in order for everyone to improve. If there is improvement, the university can better serve the country. Planning is needed because resources are limited so priorities need to be identified. My intention is to make a proposal based from our plan and present it to those who want to fund it, especially the personnel component. We know that our personnel component is still insufficient. This proposal--to be based on the UP Mindanao plan--I hope can be presented in a Regional Alumni Institute assembly similar to what UP Mindanao had nine years ago. This can result in a bill in the House of Representatives which can be sponsored by congressmen of the Mindanao bloc. But, it has to be a good plan with something that will involve those who want to fund it. A plan for Mindanao that is clear cut. I ask for everyone’s patience for the many levels involved in the process, such as the unit-level, the Execom, and the University-level planning. In addition, this plan will need to be presented before experts for feedback and eventually to the stakeholders. Such a plan would need to be packaged for those who will support it, particularly the personnel requirement. With this plan we will be able to see our role as individuals working in UP Mindanao. We can be motivated when we see our contribution to the bigger plan. Let us support the planning, let's put our trust in the process, let's hope and pray that we get the additional support, because we need it.” 
For the month of April, the public schedules that are set, to date, are the following:
8 April, Meeting with UP Diliman College of Human Kinetics Dean Francis Diaz
10 April, Executive Committee Meeting
11 April, President's Advisory Council Meeting
11 April, GeoSafer UP Mindanao Map-turnover to Provincial Governors
15-16 April, University Planning 
27 April, Opening of Palarong Pambansa in DC-UP Sports Complex     
RESEARCHERS from UP Mindanao turned over flood hazard maps to officials of southeastern Mindanao provinces on 11 April in Davao City. Printed copies and soft-copies of the maps, showing the probable flood events based on amounts of rain, were turned over by the Geo-Informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks for a Resilient Mindanao, or Geo-SAFER Mindanao, in the presence of representatives from Department of Science and Technology. UP Mindanao Project Leader Prof. Joseph Acosta in his remarks said, "It has been two years of field work that included wading into riverbeds.  But, in any research endeavor, the most important action is the dissemination of the research output." Some 24 river system watersheds were mapped by the UP Mindanao Geo-SAFER project over the two-year period: Davao Oriental with seven watersheds; Davao Occidental with four; Compostela Valley with five; Davao del Norte with three; and Davao del Sur with five, including two in Davao City. Receiving the maps on behalf of the provinces were their respective Provincial Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Council (PDRMMC) representatives, Mr. Ritchie Jermia of Compostela Valley, Engr. Gina Chua of Davao del Sur, Mr. Francis Jason Bendulo of Davao Oriental, Ms. Noviejane Rojas of Davao del Norte, and Mr. Harry Chester Camoro of Davao Occidental. DOST-XI Regional Director Anthony Sales suggested that, "These maps should be presented to the Regional Development Council-XI to be used as their basis for policy-making and to enjoin the various local government units to use these maps." Also present in the forum were Office of Civil Defense-XI Regional Director Manuel Ochotorena, DENR-XI Mines and Geosciences Bureau Engr. Elac Paye, Damaso Vertido of MinLand, Bema Tajones of PAGASA, Jasper Cristobal of Mindanao Development Authority, Araceli Malate of Central 911, Lee Datuin of Compostela Valley State College, and their agencies' staff members. 
A UNIVERSITY-WIDE Strategic Planning Workshop was undertaken on 15-16 April. Chancellor Larry Digal shared a framework for the guidance of the participants. The strategic delivery units presented their individual Strength-Weakness-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) and their strategic plans. Discussions for feedback and clarifications followed each presentation. Next, the strategic units proceeded into the workshop proper by organizing their SWOT analyses into strategic plans which they ranked in order of priority. Finally, the strategies were re-distributed and clustered under strategic themes. This is part of a process towards crafting a final plan that will be packaged into a plan document. This document will be presented to experts, sectors, and stakeholders in order to gather their full support.

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