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Chocolate Processors' Forum, 2017

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CHOCOLATE PROCESSORS' FORUM, organized by Davao City Agriculturist's Office, was held in UP Mindanao on 26 May with the participation of some 66 stakeholders.

City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, in her message read by City Agriculturist OIC Leuterio, underscored agriculture and food security as being among the ten priority sectors of the "Biyaheng DO30" program of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. She expressed confidence that the goal for "Davao City as the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines" could be achieved with consultation, planning, and implementation by the stakeholders.

Chancellor Concepcion, in her Welcome Remarks, shared a vision for the Philippines to be positioned in the world chocolate market. OIC Leuterio, in his Opening Remarks, described the competitive advantage and gaps in the Davao City cacao industry.

Mr. Valente Turtur, Chairman of the National Cacao Industry Council presented the Philippine Cacao Industry Road Map, interspersed with his observations on current practices by cacao growers and processors and the dynamics of the local industry and international markets.

Mr. Semil Tuason of Casco Cacao Co. shared their cacao bean post-harvest and processing technologies, doubled-with a presentation on the process of making artisanal chocolate.
 
City Councilor Marissa Abella, Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Agriculture, gave her message of support on behalf of the Committee.  Cacao grower and award-winning chocolate producer Rosario Puentespina gave an inspirational message to the plenary and introduced her production manager as UP Mindanao BS Food Technology alumna Jenna Mae San Luis. 

Chocolate products by Forum participants were on display in the venue. Workshops on farm operations and chocolate production were held in the afternoon, enriched with the active participation of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry and the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office.

View the photos and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1551079378297991

Phil-LiDAR 2, 5th Map Turnover, 2017

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The UP Mindanao Phil-LiDAR 2 research program held its 5th Map Turn-over Ceremony and Resource Mapping Forum in Davao City on May 30. Some 11 local government units from Region 11 received sets of agricultural, forest, coastal and bio-mass resource maps from the research program.

Davao City Councilor and Council Agriculture Committee Chairperson Marissa Abella, who graced the Forum, received a set of Davao City maps from Project Leader Prof. Annabelle Novero and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

Maps were turned over to representatives of General Santos City, the municipalities of Alabel and Glan of Sarangani Province, Pantukan, Maco, and Mawab of Compostela Valley Province, and Asuncion, Kapalong, New Corella, and Sto. Tomas of Davao del Norte Province.

In the Forum, Prof. Novero described the UP Mindanao program as part of a nation-wide program directed by the Dept. of Science and Technology, and project scientists presented how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) gathered and processed geographical data.

Councilor Abella called the map turn-over "timely for the Davao City Agricultural and Fisheries Development Plan", a sentiment echoed by Maribeth Kasten of GenSan City, "for our own Comprehensive Land Use Plan". Chancellor Concepcion described the program as "taxpayers' money well spent", while DOST-11 Asst. Director Elsie  Solidum called it "a contribution to science-based approaches to decision-making".

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1556882984384297

THE CHANCELLOR'S REPORTS, 2016

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Balik-Scientist Dr. Siarot, 2017

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ALUMNA DR. LOWELA L. SIAROT (BS Biology 2007), recipient of the Balik-Scientist Program of the Dept. of Science and Technology, gave her Exit Report Presentation on 25 May at the host-institution, the College of Science and Mathematics, UP Mindanao. Dr. Siarot served as a Balik-Scientist in the period 9 January-8 April 2017.

Dr. Siarot presented the activities she accomplished, as well as the results of her scoping review on the diagnosis and drug development studies for zoonotic viral diseases in Philippines. In attendance at the presentation were BSP Coordinator Ms. Wilma Santos, CSM Dean Dominica Dacera, faculty members, and students.

View the videos here: https://youtu.be/RtF_OLQ1FGc

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1550015428404386
 

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