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Statement of UP Mindanao Against “Red-tagging”

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao administration has seen posts published on social media that accuse UP Mindanao and one of its alumni of collaboration in misleading the youth into joining terrorist groups.

The UP Mindanao strongly repudiates the red-tagging of the institution, its student publication, and its alumnus for the malicious accusation and labelling on subversive involvement in the communist ideology.

Moreover, UP Mindanao neither promotes nor condones any recruitment activity by the outlawed communist party.

We request the public to refrain from spreading disinformation and false allegations that circulate online. The University administration warns such groups that publishing accusations without acceptable evidence or proof is a crime under multiple laws.

As an institution of higher learning, repository and producer of knowledge, and builder of communities, we firmly retain independence and autonomy against those perceived to be enemies of the state.

While we aim to protect one’s right to life, liberty and security from being associated with any communist front organization, this blanket act of red-tagging endangers our students, faculty and whole academic community as it maligns and imperils people for the lawful exercise of their freedom of expression.

In the prevailing context where some of the members of the UP community become the targets of harassment and threats, we in UP Mindanao stand to end the vicious practice of red-tagging.

We urge pertinent government agencies to address legitimate criticism of its policies, and take concrete steps to ensure the safety and protection of individuals from these unlawful acts of red-baiting and other similar acts.

February Events, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

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13 February - "To 'V' or Not To 'V'?" Webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine. 13 February 2021, Saturday, 9 AM to 11 AM via Zoom and Facebook Live. Pre-register here:

19 FebruaryUP Mindanao x Fulbright Philippines Virtual Roadshow, 19 February 2021, 9 AM to 11 AM. Registration link:

19 FebruaryBlood Donation Activity, 19 February 2021, 9 AM to 11 AM, at the CHSS, AVR, CHSS Building. Organized by the Health Services Section of the Office of Student Affairs, in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross – Davao Chapter, and in collaboration with the UP Madayaw Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and UP Mindanao College Red Cross Youth.

22 FebruaryUP Mindanao 26th Anniversary Kick-off and Recognition Program. 22 February 2021, Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Zoom link to follow. 

27 February - "Isang Libong Alumni Para Kay Oble, Isang Libong Kumustahan," 27 February 2021, Saturday, 7pm, via Zoom and FB Live. "Games, Raffles, Performances ng mga alumni. Masaya ito! Kitakits! Register here:"


UP Mindanao joins PRO-11 COVID-19 lab blessing

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UP Mindanao Chancellor Larry N. Digal and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao Director Lyre Anni Murao witnessed the blessing of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 COVID-19 Testing Laboratory on 18 January 2021 in Davao City, in the company of Philippine National Police Chief General Debold Sinas and PRO-11 Director Brigadier General Filmore Escobal.

UP Mindanao, through the experts in PGC Mindanao, will train the lab personnel in biosafety and molecular diagnostics and prepare them for proficiency testing by the Department of Health−Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM). UP Mindanao will also assist in the development of a manual on standard of operations for the lab and provide consultancy services, if requested, for technical issues that may arise during the regular operations of the laboratory. These roles were set forth in the memorandum of agreement which UP Mindanao signed with the PRO-11 on 16 September 2020. 

In addition, the lab can be an extension laboratory of the UP Philippine Genome Center for research and development collaboration to study and mitigate the spread of infectious diseases in the Southern Philippines. The PRO-11 COVID-19 lab expands the network being built by UP Mindanao and PGC Mindanao for these purposes, which already includes COVID-19 labs in Tagum City and Davao de Oro Province.

UP Mindanao’s service offering to the PRO-11 lab is part of its Mindanao Health Initiatives which includes a medical education program, a center for infectious diseases, and a hospital in partnership with the Davao City local government unit.


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