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Highlights of October, 2019

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Events scheduled in October 2019 are, as follows:

5-6 October - UP College Admission Test

28-30 - Dula University sports festival, DC-UP Sports Complex Gym

28 - Signing of memorandum of agreement for the Mindanao Genomics Consortium, Room 227, College of Science and Mathematics, UP Mindanao  

28 - Gender Sensitivity Training, Lorenzo Hall, 8AM-5PM


Highlights in October, to date, are:

  • 4 October 2019 - UP Mindanao received top awards during the 9th Health Research and Development Expo competitions organized by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium-XI held on 3-4 October 2019 in Davao City. For the Qualitative Research – Professional/Graduate category, Assistant Professor Kenette Jean Millondaga of the Department of Social Sciences won 1st place for her paper "Women and 'madness' in peasant communities in North Cotabato, Mindanao." For the Quantitative/Mixed Method – Undergraduate Category, received the first and third prizes: Marlon Enano (BS Biology 2019) and Zairel Crish Sarillana (BS Food Technology 2019), respectively. Enano’s paper entitled "Bioassay guided isolation of anti-lung cancer compounds from the leaves of DDHP-2095" is part of the UP Mindanao’s Discovery and Development of Health Products (DDHP) research project headed by Associate Professor Joel Hassan Tolentino (Department of Food Science and Chemistry) and Associate Professor Aleyla de Cadiz (Department of Biological Science and Environmental Studies). Sarillana’s paper entitled "Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles using cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) pod husk extract and evaluation of their anti-amicrobial activities" explores new areas in the continuing research of her adviser, Associate Professor Noreen Grace Fundador (Department of Food Science and Chemistry), on the use of waste from local bioresources to assist in the formation of nanoparticles with anti-microbial properties.
  • 5-6 October 2019 - UP Mindanao served as UP College Admission Test Center for Davao City for some 1,182 applicants.  Test Permits were issued by the Office of Admissions in UP Mindanao on 4 October 2019.
  • 28 October 2019 - Secretary Fortunato de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology and Chancellor Larry Digal of UP Mindanao formally opened the Philippine Genome Center-Mindanao Satellite Facility (PGC-MSF) at the College of Science and Mathematics, UP Mindanao. Davao City Mayor’s representative Lorraida Fabro, DOST-XI director Anthony Sales, PGC executive director Cynthia Saloma, and PGC-MSF director and UP Mindanao professor Lyre Anni Murao stood as witnesses. The Mindanao Genomics Consortium was formed on the same day with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by 14 research institutions from the academic, government, and industry sectors.  
  • Earlier, on 14 October, the PGC-MSF held its "2nd Region-Wide Caravan: Forum on Bringing Cutting-Edge Research to Mindanao" with the participation of state colleges and universities, higher education institutions, senior high schools, national government agencies, and industry from the Mindanao region. 
  • Equipment for the UP Mindanao Fermentation and Purification Laboratory arrived on 8 October 2019. This P12 million worth of equipment was donated by Monde Nissin Corporation, the industry partner of the project, “Fermentation and Purification Research to Produce Food-Grade, Pharmaceutical-Grade and Polymer-Grade Lactic Acid.” The equipment is now installed in the lab and the team is presently undergoing training on the use of the equipment.  The project operation is supported by the DOST’s Collaborative Research And Development to Leverage the Economy (CRADLE) Program.
  • All 20 BS Food Technology graduates registered a 100% passing rate for UP Mindanao in the October 2019 Licensure Examination for Chemical Technicians. The national passing rate is 81%, with 2,298 passers out of 2,834 takers in the country. This is the biggest batch of takers and passers from the among the UP Mindanao BSFT graduates.
  • The School of Management (SOM) conducted a Workshop on Teaching Effectiveness Strategies last October 7, 2019 at Malagos Garden Resort. During the workshop, issues and recommendations to improve teaching effectiveness were identified by the faculty members. SOM organized a Brown Bag Seminar last October 22, 2019 at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. The event was conducted in preparation for the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2019). Paper presenters from SOM presented their papers in front of colleagues and received feedback on how to improve their oral presentation for the conference proper in November. 
  • The Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies (DBSES) organized a Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal Areas in Davao Gulf to Climate Related Hazards on 3-4 October 2019 for some 50 planning officers of 4 provinces in Region  XI.
  • The Department of Food Science and Chemistry (DFSC) held their ASEAN Universities Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Self-assessment and Faculty meeting on 7 October 2019.
  • The Department of Humanities organized the Lectures on Critical and Discourse Analysis on 8 October 2019 for students and visiting academics. Professors Aileen Salonga and Alwin Aguirre (in photo, 3rd and 4th from left) of UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters were the resource speakers, seen here with faculty members (L-R) Lakan Umali, Jay Jomar Quintos, Samuelle Sanchez, and Farah Virador. 
  • DBSES organized a Module Writeshop on 18-19 October for teachers of science, math, and physics of indigenous peoples’ community schools from 3 provinces.
  • The DFSC held an Orientation for their Masters of Science in Food Science on 26 October 2019 at the College of Science and Mathematics. 
  • The Office of Gender and Anti-Sexual Harassment (OGASH) organized the Gender Sensitivity Training on 28 October 2019 for faculty members. The training discussed the Basic Concepts of Sex and Gender, Women and Gender in History, Laws on Gender, and the UP Anti-Sexual Harassment Law.

Student public service

  • Koro Kantahanay, the resident choir of UP Mindanao, was one of 52 choirs―and the only one from Mindanao―invited to perform at the Philippine Madrigal Singers or the Madz’s “MusiKapayapaan: Madz et al. Choral Festival 2019” held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on 1–6 October 2019. 
  • The BA Communication and Media Arts (BACMA) program and the Communicators’ Guild student organization held the #SpeakUP Media Arts Boot Camp on 10-11 October 2019 at the campus for some 60 students from Mintal Comprehensive National High School, Holy Child College of Davao–Mintal Campus, Holy Cross of Mintal, and Los Amigos National High School. 
  • The Ladies Football Varsity and Siki ni Obli student organization organized the 17th Oscar Mora Cup and the 4th Doc Nat Cup football tournaments, named after two sports patrons of UP Mindanao, to be played on weekends from 19 October to 16 November 2019 at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. The Oscar Mora Cup is a women's futsal competition while the Doc Nat Cup features boys under-13 and men's open categories. 
  • Students were awarded scholarships by the Vicente B. Bello Scholarship Program on 25 October 2019, witnessed by chancellor Larry Digal, scholarship administrator Prof. Ma. Gloria Talavera (at back, 2nd from right), and scholarships officer Analiza Fulvadora. 
  • Student Regent John Isaac B. Punzalan and Staff Regent Mylah R. Pedrano both visited UP Mindanao on 9 October 2019 to hold consultations and dialogues with their respective constituents.
  • UP Mindanao hosted a meeting with Department of Tourism-XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat-Tan  on 18 October 2019 to discuss the prospect of hosting the proposed DOT-XI cultural center on campus land to complement other upcoming campus projects.   
  • Three strong earthquakes hit Mindanao on 16, 29, and 31 October 2019. UP Mindanao constituents were evacuated, work and classes were suspended, and buildings were inspected and found structurally sound with a few minor cracks. The 16 October event cancelled a lecture on volunteerism by Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod.
  • Dúlâ, the university sports festival, opened on October 2019 with flag-raising, athletics, and the power-dance competition. College of Science and Mathematics was over-all champion, with SOM/Administration as 1st runners-up and College of Humanities and Social Sciences as 2nd runner-up.   



Below is a list of current infrastructure projects. All of these projects are being monitored by the technical team of the Campus Planning and Development Office
A.  Completed Infra Projects of DPWH XI & DPWH XI-2DEO but without any documents yet for turnover to UP Mindanao -
    1.  P100 Million Multipurpose Human Kinetics Bldg (Training Gym)
    2.  P50 Million Multipurpose Bldg (Football Stadium Phase 1)
    3.  P50 Million Sports Complex Bldg (Football Stadium Phase 2)
    4.  P150 Million Road Network and Other Facilities
    5.  P34 Million Completion of UP Mindanao - Manambulan Road
B.  Completed Infra Projects of UP Mindanao -
    1.  P10 Million CARIM Bldg Phase 1
    2.  P35 Million CHSS Cultural Complex Phase 1
    3.  P3.2 Million Coconut Tissue Culture Laboratory Phase 2
    4.  P2.2 Million Coconut Tissue Culture Laboratory Phase 3
    5.  P50 Million Civil Works & Other Facilities of the Football Field & Track Oval
    6.  P27 Million Installation of Synthetic Turf System on Football field
    7.  P26 Million Installation of Synthetic Track System on Track Oval
    8.  P17 Million Installation of Outdoor (Football) Lights
C.  On-going Infra Projects of DPWH XI - 2DEO & PSC - 
    1.  P50 Million Water Supply System
    2.  P50 Million Faculty & Staff Housing
    3.  P100 Million Campus Improvement and Site Development
    4.  P50 Million Aquatics Center Phase 3
    5.  P172 Million Aquatics Center Phase 2
D.  On-going Infra Projects of UP Mindanao - 
    1.  P73 Million Aquatics Center Phase 1
    2.  P29 Million CARIM Bldg Phase 2

Highlights in September, 2019

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02 September - Presentation of UP Mindanao Strategic Plan to UP Mindanao employees

03 - Administrative Processes Forum

03-28 - Exhibit of Prof. Perez's painting in Beijing Biennalle

04 - "PEP talk on Medical Genetics"

05 - First General Assembly of Mindanao Genomics Consortium 

09 - Extension Seminar and Planning

09 - "Pagpamatbat" Paligsahan sa Talumpati at Balagtasan

17 - Launching of Technology Business Incubation UPGraDE

18 - Ribbon-cutting ceremony for UP Mindanao Technology Business Incubation-UP Growing and Developing Enterprises (TBI-UPGraDE)  

21 - UP Day of Remembrance

Assistant professor of humanities and artist Teody Boylie “Bong” Perez was one of two Filipinos who were invited to exhibit a painting at the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale at the National Art Museum of China, People’s Republic of China, from 30 August to 20 September 2019. The painting entitled “Contrast of Life, 2018,” oil on canvas piece, was one of 446 paintings and sculptures by foreign artists selected from 125 countries and 194 works by Chinese artists exhibited at the Biennale with the theme “A colorful world and a shared future.”

On 2 September, Chancellor Larry Digal presented his Strategic Plan to internal stakeholders. The plan was presented to the faculty in the morning and to the non-teaching staff in the afternoon. Vice-chancellor for academic affairs Nilo Oponda presented the academic strategic plan, research and engagement director Emma Ruth Bayogan presented her plan, and vice-chancellor for administration Aurelia Luz Gomez, likewise, presented her plan.

On 4 September, the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao Satellite Facility organized the Pep Talk on Medical Genetics for students of the College of Science. Dr. Bryan Edgar K. Guevara of Southern Philippines Medical Center gave a talk titled "Hello, Love, Goodbye: Life of a Filipino dermatologist/researcher abroad" and Dr. Chao Kai Hsu of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan spoke on "How do genetic studies help patients with genodermatoses." The team arrived with students from Cheng Kung University and were met by Officer-in-charge Nilo Oponda and VP for Development Elvira Zamora, who was in the campus for a meeting.  

 On 5 September, the Philippine Genome Center-Mindanao Satellite Facility convened the nascent Mindanao Genomics Consortium in UP Mindanao. Some 45 officials from 33 academic, industry, civic society, and government organizations attended, including heads of three Mindanao higher educational institutions and Davao City councilor Pilar Braga. UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal welcomed the representatives while Department of Science and Technology-XI assistant regional director Elsie Solidum gave the overview. PGC-MSF director Lyre Anni Murao discussed the functions of the facility. The consortium, conceived to be a special group of the Department of Science and Technology, aims to gather science and technology stakeholders in Mindanao to facilitate genomics research work and research collaborations. At the end of the day the assembly unanimously expressed their willingness to be part of the consortium.

On 9 September, the Center for the Advancement of Research, development, and engagement In Mindanao (CARIM) organized the University Extension Planning. CARIM director and professor Emma Ruth Bayogan gave the rationale to the 30-plus researchers and staff who attended. UP Diliman Office of Extension Coordination director and associate professor Lenore P. de la Cruz gave a presentation on extension implementation in UP Diliman for reference of the participants. Discussions and presentations of extension plans were produced in the breakout sessions which were reviewed by the assembly and the resource person. A synthesis and a presentation of the way forward in extension culminated the day-long session.            

On 9 September, the Rotaract Club student organization in partnership with the Rotary Club of Matina Davao staged their annual Pagpamatbat debate and oratory (balagtasan at talumpati) competition with 16 participating high schools in UP Mindanao. The theme was 'Bata, bata, saan ka tatanda: Sa tahanan o sa kulungan?’/ 'Child, where will you grow old: At home or in prison?' In the debate, Holy Cross College of Calinan was champion, Calinan National High School won second prize, and Bernardo L. Carpio National High School won third prize. Department of Humanities faculty members Prof. Jay Jomar Quintos, Ms. Merle Dawn Comidoy, and Prof. Karen Joyce Cayamanda served as judges. In the oratory category Davao City National High School emerged as champion, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School won second prize, and Holy Cross College of Calinan won third prize. Humanities faculty members Prof. Karen Joyce Cayamanda and Mr. Julius Neil Piala with former Rotaract president Ms. Iva Barbara Caballero served as the panel of judges.

On 8 September, Consul-General Li Lin of the Peoples Republic of China Consulate in Davao City and his wife Madame Aiping Chiu met with the UP delegation composed of UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal, vice chancellor Nilo Oponda, UP Mindanao Foundation chairman Sebastian Angliongto, president Atty. Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes, trustees Atty. Marie Glenn Sorila and Ms. Zony Reyes, and Dr. Badion Reyes.

On 10-11 September the team went to Metro Manila and met Commission on Higher Education chairperson J. Prospero de Vera, Department of Budget and Management acting secretary Wendel Avisado, and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles. On 14 September, a UP Mindanao delegation of 27 staffmembers led by human resource chief and assistant professor Jackie Lou Tagubase participated in the "Zumba for a Cause" in SM City Davao in celebration of the 119th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

On 16 September, UPMFI president Atty. Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes anf UP Mindanao public relations officer Rene Estremera were guests in the Kapihan sa SM press conference in SM City Davao to promote the coming Regional Aluni Institute in 22-23 November 2019. News reports were seen in Mindanao Times and The Edge newspapers and websites of the Philippine Information Agency and the Malaysian Sun.      

On 18 September, associate professor Annabelle U. Novero was awarded the 2019 Crop Science Society of the Philippines Achievement Award in Research. The award was presented by CSSP president Dr. Edna A. Anit and Dr. Marissa V. Romero, chair of the awards and recognition committee on the occasion of the 25th Federation of Crop Science Societies in the Philippines/1st Federation of Plant Science Associations of the Philippines Scientific Conference in Davao City.

On 18 September, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open the UP Mindanao technology business incubation unit named "UP Growing And Developing Enterprises" or UPGrADE. "UPGrADE aims to promote entrepreneurship through innovation as a viable career path for Filipinos," said assistant professor and UPGrADE manager Miguel Carlo Guillermo. The Department of Science and Technology, which is funding the operations of UPGrADE under the DOST-Higher Education Institution Readiness for Innovation and Techno-preneurship (HEIRIT) program, was represented in the opening by DOST-XI regional director Anthony Sales, DOST-PCIEERD deputy director Raul Sabularse, and DOST Research Information and Technology Transfer Division chief Russell Pili. Chancellor Digal, in his remarks, thanked DOST for granting UP Mindanao the new opportunity to create enterprises from the products of research in addition to the support for the ongoing lactic acid purification project and the proposed science and technology park.

On the week of 21 September, UP Mindanao observed the UP Day of Remembrance to honor the resistance against the martial law in the Philippines in the 1970s.  "Imong Papa Move On: Forum on Martial Law" was held on 19 September with speakers JV Cabajes and novelist and former political detainee Ms. Lualhati Abreu. At 6:00 PM, a candle-lighting ceremony and lightning rally was held in conjunction with the annual student Torch Night. On 20 September, a protest march was held around the campus culminating in a rally at the Atrium steps.

On 22 September, BS Computer Science teams finished in first and third place in the Startup Weekend Davao Women competition for information technology solutions to problems in the cacao industry. Team 10Kers, the first-placer, conceptualized a mobile phone application for monitoring cacao farms that uses a combination of hardware and software development with the application of Internet of Things (IoT). The third-placers, Team CacaoJuan, created an offline data monitoring system for cacao growers. The competition was a culmination of three days of idea creation and development over 20-22 September 2019 in Kadena Hub, Davao City, co-organized by University of the Philippines Mindanao UPGRADE and other technology business incubation units and industry partners Techstar Startup Weekend and Ambidextr.

On 23-24 September, the Executive Committee went on a tour of Compostela Valley province to meet partners and prospective collaborators. The Laak Multi-Purpose Cooperative was the first stop wherein Chancellor Larry Digal proposed a collaboration for a cacao project. In the afternoon, the team met Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy who received a briefing on the university's land reservation and other prospective engagements in the province. On 24 September the team visited part of the Laak land reservation and viewed the cacao and banana plants. The team made a stop-over at Sinobong public high school that was established with the help of UP Mindanao volunteers. In Barangay Talle, the team held consultations with residents who farm inside the reservation. Finally, the team visited Compostela Valley State College and held discussions with college president Dr. Christie Jean Ganiera and her key staff for possible collaborations. The team also discovered alumni who worked in the provincial capitol and in the state college.

On 25-29 September, UP Mindanao hosted the Coaching Education Certification Course of the Philippine Sports Commission 2019. Sixty-five coaches from Davao region participated. UP Mindanao vice chancellor for academic affairs Dr. Nilo Oponda, in his welcome remarks, presented the proposed UP Mindanao sports development program. The lectures were on: sports psychology by Prof. Karen Trinidad; sports ethics by  Dr. Robert Paul Jurado; sports physiology by Prof. Josephine Joy Reyes; talent identification by Prof. Henry Daut.

UP Mindanao's Office of Student Affairs organized an Earthquake and Fire Stafety Orientation and Drill on 30 September 2019, in  line with the Davao City local government unit's thrust to develop a disaster-resilient community. Barangay Matina DRRM Consultant Primo V. Cruz discussed  earthquake safety and Senior Fire Officer Rodel Estilloso talked on fire safety in the plenary sessions. At 2:20 PM an earthquake drill was carried out that saw UP Mindanao constituents practice the duck-cover-and-hold routine and orderly evacuation to open ground.


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