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Market Validation and Research, June 2022

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), a Technology Business Incubator in UP Mindanao that aims to build, launch, and accelerate impact- driven profitable, and scalable startups in the region, is conducting a 5-day virtual workshop on the topic: Introductory Course to Market Validation and Research on June 7, 14, and 21, and 28, 2022. This module will be facilitated by our resource person, Dr. Sylvia Concepcion. She is a former Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Mindanao and she’s currently an Adjunct Professor at the same University as well as a Value Chain Consultant to various leading companies and organizations in the country.

This module will run for 5 sessions with a combination approach of lecture, workshop, assignment, and pitching in the duration of its delivery. The individual enrollment amounts to Php 5,000.00, inclusive of training materials and certificates. The details of the payment process are written in the registration form.

We offer ongoing promos for early registrants:

STUDENTS 30%                      DISCOUNTED PRICE PHP 3,500.00


2 WEEKS BEFORE THE DEADLINE 10%         PHP 4,000.00

1 WEEK BEFORE THE DEADLINE 10%.           PHP 4,500.00

Outstanding Niche Center in the Region (NICER) for R&D

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 The University of the Philippines Mindanao together with its co-implementing agency, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapúa School, and collaborators of the Center for Applied Modeling, Data Analytics, and Bioinformatics for Decision Support Systems in Health (AMDABiDSS-Health) were awarded as an Outstanding Niche Center in the Region (NICER) for Research & Development in the Science for Change Program Summit-Mindanao Cluster organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on 27 May 2022 in Davao City.

AMDABiDSS-Health was awarded for its “enhanced disease surveillance via phylogenomics, epidemiology, and data analytics, successfully demonstrated during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its partnership with the Department of Health-Davao Center for Health Development to produce data-driven response in mitigating the transmission of COVID-19,” said the DOST statement.

UP Mindanao chancellor Prof. Lyre Anni Murao, AMDABiDSS program leader Prof. May Anne Mata, and project leader Von Carlo dela Torre received the awards for UP Mindanao and Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapúa School, during the event.

Student Recognition: Over 600 students earn honors

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20220523 recognition headlineEarlier today, 23 May, the University of the Philippines Mindanao recognized over 600 University and College Scholars alongside students with special certifications during its virtual Student Recognition ceremony.
The event acknowledged the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of the student awardees during the Second Semester of Academic Year 2020-2021 and First Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022, both of which were conducted remotely. Special awardees from the BS Architecture program also received their Certificate of Building Technology and Certificate of Proficiency on Basic Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.
Chancellor Lyre Anni E. Murao welcomed the students and the guests to the ceremony and commended the efforts of students, parents, and faculty in overcoming the hurdles brought about by the new learning setup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her remarks, she emphasized that “UP Mindanao respects the diversity of convictions and beliefs that encompass the broad ideological spectrum… we encourage freedom of thought and expression as long as it is within legal bounds.” 
Related to this, she called for everyone to observe sobriety and objectivity given the current escalation of tensions brought about by hasty generalizations, subjecting the entire UP Mindanao community to undue stress due to personal and social media harassment. Chancellor Murao then promised the students: The administration will continue to protect you against any form of harassment. In turn, promise me also that you will use your critical thinking in the right track for national development.
Asst. Prof. Kriza Faye A. Calumba, a graduate of the BS Food Technology program in 2014 with the distinction of magna cum laude, graced the event to give her inspirational message. In her speech, she recalls her active memberships in various student organizations and how these engagements contributed in shaping her as a genuine “Iskolar ng Bayan.” As a currently-serving faculty member in the College of Science and Mathematics, she emphasized that each student’s experience is unique. In closing, Calumba echoed Chancellor Murao’s message to use critical thinking on the right track toward national development, and reminded the awardees to “always stay empowered, so you can also empower others.”
During the event, almost 200 student awardees attended the Zoom webinar, and more than 200 concurrent views from the YouTube livestream were recorded. Performances from the UP Mindanao Koro Kantahanay, UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble, and students from the BA Communication and Media Arts program entertained the awardees and guests.
The event was organized by the Offices of the University Registrar and respective College Secretaries, under the direction of the Project Development Assistant for Cultural Affairs supported by the Information Technology Office.

Statement on the Alleged NPA Recruitment in UP Mindanao

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Statement on the Alleged NPA Recruitment in UP Mindanao

Lyre Anni E. Murao

Chancellor, UP Mindanao


We express grave concern over a recent post from an alumnus on social media about the alleged NPA recruitment in the UP Mindanao campus, which has affected the UP Mindanao community. The post may have been based on an experience of the concerned individual while he was a student about two decades ago. This does not warrant the citing of the post as the basis of allegations from the National Security Council of the Philippines. 

 The impact of this baseless allegation and irresponsible publication through social media has created distress among our faculty, students, and staff. Some are currently experiencing harassment, both in person and on social media. We are one with our students in the call against any form of harassment because of this recent red-tagging and hasty generalizations. 

 We will take legal action due to harassment, when necessary, to protect the welfare of our constituents, especially our students. Furthermore, we are committed to remain vigilant and to uphold the welfare of our students and the entire UP Mindanao community against undue harassment by any form or means. 

 Over its 27 years of existence, UP Mindanao has produced graduates who are now serving as public servants, health workers, educators, scientists, lawyers, communicators, business professionals, development workers, etc. As the country’s national university, UP is a community of diverse personalities, ideas, and beliefs. This is encouraged as part of its respect for academic freedom and to develop critical thinking among its students. These form the foundations for their discernment and decision-making to build their capacities for leadership roles. We encourage our students to be genuine iskolars ng bayan and to serve the people and communities.

 Academic freedom is articulated in the UP Charter and the 1987 Philippine Constitution. This valuable principle is a recognized rule of law, as specified in Article XIV, Sec. 5.2, that “academic freedom shall be enjoyed in all institutions of higher learning.”

 Let us all, as one community, join efforts to assert academic freedom and encourage critical thinking. Let us join the fight against baseless red-tagging. We call on our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to protect the enabling environment for responsible freedom of thought and expression. 

 We are one with all universities that have been similarly identified as recruitment havens of so-called enemies of the state.  We call on the academic community to work together to sustain academic freedom and critical thinking --- the hallmarks of a flourishing learning institution.


21 May 2022


Attention to all AY 2020-2021 Graduates

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2022 051922 GRAD CALLAttention to all AY 2020-2021 Graduates as of the 23rd Commencement Exercises held on 13 July 2021:
As Davao City remains under Alert Level 1, we are finalizing our preparations for the limited face-to-face program for the 24th Commencement Exercises and Investiture of Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao on 8 July 2022.
Those interested to physically join this year’s ceremony may confirm attendance through this Google Form: For any concerns or further inquiries, please send a message to the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) via or
Kindly confirm your attendance on or before 24 May 2022 for us to ascertain the number of attendees and ensure our compliance with minimum public health standards. The OUR will then respond with the necessary details and guidelines for the event.
Daghang salamat ug amping kanunay!

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