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Grading Policy, 04 May 2022

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Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of the Philippines System
3rd Floor, North Wing
Quezon Hall
Diliman, Quezon City 1101 PHILIPPINES
Tel. 632-9818500 local 2528, Mobile +63-919-061-6426


Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our world in the Second Semester of AY2019-2020, the University of the Philippines has adjusted its academic calendar, mode of course delivery, academic rules, and grading system, guided by three imperatives: Protect the UP community from the pandemic; Sustain the continuity of instruction and learning, and Consider equity concerns in policy decisions.

As we transition to the next normal of teaching and learning in UP in the First Semester AY 2022-2023, we continue to abide by the principles that guided us at the height of the pandemic.  The University remains committed not only to sustaining learning continuity amidst disruptions but to sharpening its focus on how to effectively produce future leaders in different branches of knowledge who embody excellence and honor as well as possess the 21st-century skills needed to address multifarious challenges and thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.   

Against this backdrop, UP’s grading policy for the Second Semester of AY2021-2022 must be viewed within a temporal context. Like the 11 January, 2022 OVPAA Memorandum 2022-09 on the university policies that apply to the Second Semester/Trimester, Third Trimester, and Midyear 2022, this semester's grading policy does not yet reflect our projected transition to the next normal in the First Semester AY 2022-2023. As a case in point, the no-fail policy remains in force for the remainder of AY 2021-2022. However, unlike the previous semesters, the University rules on giving an INC will now be strictly applied.

Thus, a faculty member may DROP a student whose status is failing or whose performance is unsatisfactory, but no student shall receive a grade of 4 or 5. The ‘DRP’ will be annotated in the Transcript of Records with “due to COVID-19 pandemic”. 

For the guidance of the faculty, students

                      i.    who never participated in class nor communicated with the course instructor/s may be given a DRP;

                     ii.    with incomplete requirements and failing standing shall be given a DRP;

                   iii.    with incomplete requirements but failing standing even if they receive perfect score/s in their lacking requirement/s may be issued a DRP;

                   iv.    with incomplete requirements but passing standing shall be given an INC;

                     v.    with complete requirements but failing standing shall be given a DRP;

                   vi.    with complete requirements and passing standing shall be given a final grade; and,

                 vii.    enrolled in courses (e.g., laboratory, thesis, dissertation) requiring face-to-face activities to complete requirements will have their grades deferred in consonance with OVPAA Memo 2021-19A. A grade will be given if these courses have been allowed to conduct limited face-to-face or alternatives provided by OVPAA Memo 2021-57. 

An INC incurred for a course in the Second Semester/Trimester, Third Trimester AY 2021-2022, and Midyear 2022 that is not completed within the prescription period of one year will remain an INC and annotated with "due to COVID-19 pandemic". Should the student opt to re-enroll a course for which s/he earned an INC in the subsequent term and later decide to complete the INC during the prescription period, s/he should first drop the re-enrolled course.

Grades in the Second Semester/Trimester, Third Trimester AY 2021-2022, and Midyear 2022 are included in the general weighted average (GWA) computation. 

Faculty members are enjoined to exercise utmost prudence in using the DROP option for students in difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic or the devastating typhoons, who, in their judgment, are nevertheless striving to meet academic requirements

The “no-fail policy” is not applicable in cases where the student is guilty of intellectual dishonesty. University procedures should be followed in processing student disciplinary cases.

Thank you. 

UP Alumni Association Davao elections, 2022

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UPAA Davao will hold its Election of Directors on 12-13 May 2022 via:

1. email submission of ballots to or

2. manual voting, from 9am to 12nn and 1pm to 4pm, at UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) office at 2/F Quitain Building, Anda Street, Davao City, subject to strict adherence to health protocols. (Note: UPMFI Office is only open MWF, so manual voting can only be done on 13 May 2022). Members are encouraged to vote by email.

The Election Committee is now accepting nominations for seven (7) board seats with a term of two (2) years. Deadline for submission of nominations is 5pm of 09 May 2022 to allow the Election Committee to verify the names and membership status of the persons nominated. Nomination forms may be downloaded at Members may also request for the nomination forms to be emailed to them by sending a request to , , or 09176340619. Please note that the person nominated must accept the nomination. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the email addresses above or to UPMFI. The Election Committee will post the official list of candidates on the UPAA Davao FB page.

All members are requested to personally cast their votes or through proxy. Proxy forms may be downloaded at Members may also request for the proxy forms to be emailed to them by sending a request to the emails and number provided. All proxy forms must be submitted by email not later than 5pm of 11 May 2021 or at the UPMFI office.

Ballot forms will be posted in the UPAA Davao FB page together with the official list of candidates. Proxy holders must submit one ballot for each proxy held. Counting will be done on 13 May 2022 from 6pm-9pm and will be broadcast live at the UPAA Davao FB page. The election results will be announced at the General Assembly (date and time To Be Announced). 

See you on election days and at the General Assembly.

UPAA Davao Election Committee

Limited Face-to-Face begins 18 April 2022

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Limited Face-to-Face (F2F) classes started in UP Mindanao on 18 April 2022 following the CHED Regional Office's approval of UP Mindanao's request. The faculty and staff, led by Chancellor Lyre Murao, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Annabelle Novero, and Registrar Karen Cayamanda, welcomed the first group of students at the Monday flag ceremony.
"Today we are celebrating another milestone, and that is to welcome back some students who have been undergoing remote learning [from their homes] for the past two years," said Chancellor Murao (in photo, above). "Remote learning was initiated in response to the pandemic but it's not a perfect system. We need to implement face-to-face activities because there are some learning objectives or learning outcomes that cannot be achieved by remote learning alone. But looking forward,  this is also an opportunity for us to maximize the benefits of blended learning [face-to-face and remote learning], because blended learning is here to stay. And blended learning provides a student learning experience that is personal, collaborative, and engaging so that we can develop our students to be leaders of transformation in our society," she said.
The Agipo Student Drum Ensemble sounded the spirit of celebration through drum beats matched to the rhythm of the UP Mindanao cheer.
For the current 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022, graduating BS Food Technology and MS Food Science students (in photo, above right) under the Department of Food Science and Chemistry will undergo F2F classes and laboratory work. Other graduating students who need to do fieldwork and/or consultation may also request for limited F2F through a process stipulated in the relevant CHED-DOH Joint Memo Circular and the UP VP for Academic Affairs' memo on the gradual re-opening of campuses.

"Towards Creating Impacts: UPMin-funded Research"

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2022 042022 CARIM FORUM 01The UP Mindanao Office of Research is proud to present the second installment of the webinar series “Towards Creating Impacts: UP Mindanao-funded Research.” The event will be held on 20 April 2022 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Dr. Juma Novie Alviola, Dr. Glory Dee Romo, Asst. Prof. Imee Marie Acopiado, and Asst. Prof. Jon Marx Sarmiento will be delivering their lectures based on their research.
The event is free and open to the public. Interested participants may register through this link:

Highlights of March 2022

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Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao started her first day of office as the sixth chancellor of UP Mindanao on 01 March 2021. Chancellor Murao’s term is from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2025. The office personnel held their first return to a face-to-face flag ceremony on 07 March 2022. Prof. Annabelle U. Novero was introduced as the vice-chancellor for academic affairs and Asst. Prof. Leo Manuel B. Estana was introduced as the vice-chancellor for administration.   []

The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) held a Technology Readiness Level Webinar via Zoom on 02 March 2022. Chief Science Research Specialist Melvin S.Pasaporte, Ph.D. served as the resource person.

UP Alumni Association Davao held "Isang Libong Alumni, Isang Libong Kumustahan, Para Kay Oble (version 3.0)" on 05 March 2022 at Iko's Garden Restaurant, Davao City. Alumni also joined online. (UPAAD logo designed by Michaelangelo E. Dakudao)

 The design concept for the proposed Balay Alumni may be viewed here: The UPAA-Davao promotional video may be accessed through this link:

The campaign for applications for a UP Alumni email account was reiterated on UP Mindanao's online pages in March 2022. Ref:

UP Mindanao personnel had their first return to the face-to-face flag ceremony and the first with Chancellor Lyre Murao on 07 March 2022.

UP Mindanao welcomed National Women's Month in March 2022. Chancellor Murao delivered a message for UP's NWM opening ceremony ( UP Mindanao's Gender and Development Coordinator, Ms. Marilou Montiflor, also issued a message of support (
ACIAR featured UP Mindanao's women researchers on their website. []
A Ceremonial Launch was held for the SARS-COV-2 Genomics Biosurveillance Services in PGC Visayas and PGC Mindanao with the theme, "Drawing on Collective Strengths for Pandemic Preparedness." ( News reports were generated by the launch. []
The UP Office of Admissions issued a public announcement on 09 March 2022 about the UP College Admission (UPCA) 2022 to appeal for patience to the UPCA applicants, disclosing that more than 100,000 applications were going through processing.
Officials of the Commission on Higher Education visited UP Mindanao on 10 March 2022 to inspect the Davao City-UP Sports Complex for the return of sports events.
UP Mindanao was selected to host the Mindanao leg of the Pinoy Media Congress (PMC) Digital Caravan on 19 March 2022 organized by the ABS-CBN and the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE). The roll-call showed 32 participating schools from Mindanao. [][]
Pahinungod UP Mindanao director Michael Gatela and associate Marsh Canuday joined the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Planning Workshop in Alabat, Quezon Province in the week of 11 March 2022 (
UP Mindanao was mentioned in a news report on 12 March 2022 that buildings used as Davao City's Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) will end operations on 08 March. The UP Mindanao Multi-Purpose Gym and Staff Housing Building have been in service as TTMFs for 22 months since April 2021. (
The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) held an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Protection Webinar via Zoom on 15 March 2022. The resource persons were from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
As part of the NWM celebration, the Gender and Development and the UP Madayaw Multi-Purpose Cooperative organized learning sessions on 21 March 2022, on-site and online. The resource persons and topics were: Prof. Kriza Faye Calumba on "Probiotics, []" Engr. Helen Aliponga-Corton on "Common household plumbing problems, []" Ms. Maria Mae Aborde on "Kimchi and Siomai-making, []" and Mx. Miguel Rodriguez, "Make-up for everyday use. []
Secretary Luzverfeda Pascual and Undersecretary Orville Ballitoc of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office visited UP Mindanao on 18 March 2022 to generate initiatives in support of Republic Act 115471, "An Act Declaring Davao City as the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines and the entire Davao Region as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines." []
The DMPCS webinar series continued with "Deep Learning and Imaging Para Sa Saging" delivered by Asst. Prof. Armacheska Mesa-Satina on 21 March 2022. []
Regarding the proposed hospital on campus, Sun Star Davao newspaper reported in a news article dated 20 March 2022 that "During her State of the City Address on March 17, Duterte-Carpio shared that the initial budget will be used for the land development of the hospital, which will be located in Mintal inside the grounds of the University of the Philippines Mindanao." []
The Davao del Norte State College published an article on its website stating that "A team from the University of the Philippines Mindanao, under their Applied Biodiversity Research for Holistic Advancements in Mindanao (ABRAHAM) Program and FishDive Project, paid a visit to Davao del Norte State College, last February 24, 2022, to discuss a Memorandum of Agreement for future collaborations, specifically on documenting marine species diversity in the Sulu-Celebes Seas biogeographic regions and the creation of its database." []
The Communication for Development Network (C4DNet) held its general assembly on 17 March 2022, online. UP Mindanao was elected to one of three seats on the Board of Directors representing the state colleges and universities (SUC) sector. []
BS Architecture student Bryan Steven Borja was mentioned in a news report as a member of the United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) team to the 2021 Architects' Regional Council Asia (Arcasia) Student Jamboree held via Zoom from October 29 to 31, 2021. []
Master of Management alumnus Atty. Erwin Enad was named a commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission according to a news report accessed on 18 March 2022. []  

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