Student Life

Updates from the Search Committee for CHSS Dean, 2020

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The Search Committee is pleased to announce the nominees for CHSS Dean:
1. Prof. Karen Joyce Cayamanda (Department of Humanities)
2. Prof. Raymundo Pavo (Department of Social Sciences) 
3. Prof. Genevieve Quintero  (Department of Humanities)
[CVs and Vision Papers were sent by email] 
There will be an ONLINE PUBLIC FORUM via Zoom on 6 JULY 2020 (Monday) at 10 AM -12 NN. 
Click the link to register: .
Sectoral consultations will be held on the following days. Below is the schedule and links for online participation:


Please register via the links provided per sector

Admin Staff and REPS

07 July 2020, 10-12 NN


07 July 2020, 1-3 PM


08 July 2020, 10-12 NN


08 July 2020, 1-3 PM

Individual appointment

09 July 2020, 10-12 NN

Participants may email their questions to if they wish to remain anonymous to the public.

Search Committee:
Noreen Grace Fundador, Chairperson and Senior Faculty Representative
Committee members: 

UPCAT qualifiers urged to confirm

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Min) strongly encourages UPCAT qualifiers to confirm their acceptance of the offer of free tertiary education by 30 June 2020. The official results were released online last 30 May 2020, while the confirmation period began on June 3.

In a radio interview, UP Mindanao Registrar Prof. John B. Bengan said, “We wish that everyone who received an offer will proceed to study in UP, and to avail of free tuition.”

The applicants may confirm through the online web sites or by logging in using the same email address and password that they used during their application process. Applicants who encounter problems with their login credentials may send an e-mail to .  

Confirmation for enrollment in the first semester is from 6 – 31 July 2020. To secure their admission to UP Mindanao, the qualifiers must send an email to . For those who intend to study in UP Mindanao but may decide to do so by next year, the qualifier can opt for deferment of enrollment. They will be assured of the slot the next academic year (or next semester).

The appeals for admission to UP Mindanao, however, will be accommodated from July 6 to August 15, 2020. Appeals for admission requires that the UP Predicted Grade (UPG) is 2.800 or better.

Freshmen Registration is on the 2nd week of August 2020 to give time for students coming from outside Davao region. Online registration is being prepared. In addition, the UP System is also exploring the possibility of remote learning alternatives due to the COVID 19 concerns.

“While we hope to return to some semblance of normality in the coming semester, we are preparing for the new learning environment, with consideration for those with little or no access to the internet or devices,” Bengan said.


UPCAT qualifiers enrolling in UP can expect the “new normal” of remote learning
By Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta, UP Media and Public Relations Office (UP MPRO)
For this year’s batch of successful UPCAT qualifiers who will be entering the University of the Philippines (UP) as freshmen enrollees, their first taste of university life will be that of the “new normal”: remote teaching and learning, with the possibility of blending remote and face-to-face meetings.
A memorandum issued by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs dated June 4, 2020 lays down what incoming UP freshmen can expect. 
Remote teaching and learning
The memorandum states that UP, like other universities in the country, ASEAN and the world, is “putting the safety of our students and faculty first.” This will be done by adopting remote teaching and learning for academic year 2020-2021. A combination of remote teaching/learning and face-to-face meetings will be done in laboratory, studio and practicum courses, if the COVID-19 situation permits it, and following public health and social distancing requirements.
Remote teaching and learning cover both asynchronous or non-real-time communication between teachers and learners, and synchronous or real-time communication between teachers and learners. Asynchronous communication includes text-based communication such as email, Facebook Messenger, Viber groups, etc., and online discussion boards in different learning platforms such as UP’s Learning Management Systems, Canvas, Google Classroom, etc. Synchronous communication includes lectures, webinars and teleconferences using such platforms as Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, etc.
“Given the uncertain trajectory of the pandemic at this time, the University is preparing for the scenario where courses are delivered remotely throughout the first term without sacrificing quality,” the memorandum states, adding that remote learning is not necessarily inferior and in certain cases may even be superior to face-to-face learning. Starting July 1, UP faculty will be redesigning course offerings for remote learning.
Laying the infrastructure
In addition, UP is laying the physical infrastructure for remote learning, such as gadgets for online learning, Internet or cell phone data connectivity. The academic infrastructure is also being strengthened through upgrading the University’s Library Management System, subscribing to a cloud-based service that provides remote access to library resource, subscribing to relevant databases of peer-reviewed literature and e-publications, retooling faculty and staff, and redesigning courses for remote delivery to different types of students depending on their internet connectivity in their homes.
To ensure UP’s readiness for remote learning, the UP System administration has obtained the Board of Regents’ approval in principle to move the opening of classes to September 10, subject to ongoing consultations with faculty and students. UPCAT qualifiers will be informed of the academic calendar, including the opening of classes, and details of UP’s remote learning delivery within July. 
Important deadlines
Generally, UPCAT qualifiers are categorized into four types: Type 1 would be those accepted in their first choice of degree program; Type 2 would be those accepted in their second choice of degree program but waitlisted in their first choice; Type 3 would be those who are waitlisted in their choices of degree programs; and Type 4 would be those who will be assigned to a degree program with available slots. 
UPCAT qualifiers were reminded of the following deadlines: June 30, 2020 to confirm their acceptance of the University’s offer of an admission slot in UP for 2020; July 6 to 31, 2020 to confirm acceptance at the level of the constituent unit (CU) they applied for, for those who are waitlisted and those who are assigned to a degree program with available slots; and July 5 to August 15, 2020 to appeal for reconsideration, to be submitted to their CU of interest. 
More than 100,000 high school students took the UPCAT in October 2019. Results were released on May 30, 2020, with 12,000 qualifiers offered slots to enter the national university.
Download a copy of the memorandum:

UP Mindanao Bulletin, 1 - 15 June 2020

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1 - 15 June 2020



To the UP Mindanao community:

I observed that our first two weeks of operations were infused with good cheer by “reunions” among office personnel. I noted as well the diligence by which our office personnel complied with the additional work procedures.

With the UPCAT results out, all of UP are exerting efforts to secure the confirmation of all the successful applicants to accept our offer.  Let us communicate the value of education despite the disruption in our public life.

For this, we need to prepare for the upcoming academic year. We have issued our initial policy for internet connectivity, and we will roll out additional policies, where necessary, as soon as possible.

Our faculty and students need massive support in the move to more intensive use of blended learning for both the continuing and the incoming students.  Our academic units, the Interactive Learning Center-Learning Resource Center (ILC-LRC) and Information Technology Office (ITO), supported by the UP System, are key units in this move.

There are also many urgent personnel and administrative concerns that we are addressing in consultation with our units and committees.

In our COVID-19 responses, the Davao de Oro provincial government has approached us for assistance for the COVID-19 lab that they will establish. We shall sign an agreement with them this month. We are also involved in restoring the food supply chain in partnership with other sectors. Our network is expanding with the trust and confidence in our collective efforts have earned. I also wish to thank the donors to the various donation drives that, likewise, are a measure of trust.

I am glad to learn from our OSA and HRDO that our constituents have not reported any COVID-19 cases. I sincerely hope and pray that our students and staff remain free of this disease.

A key lesson from this experience is the value and importance of physical and psycho-social well-being for each and everyone. I read that HRDO will offer a mental health webinar on 15 June. Let us all attend that. Let us also review the UP Manila webinar on holistic health and the new normal.

I urge everyone to be mindful of their health and safety always!

—Prof. Larry N. Digal, PhD, Chancellor



According to the OSA and HRDO, none of our constituents are currently categorized as suspect, probable, or confirmed cases based on responses to the Student Tracking Survey (for students) and Personnel Tracking Survey (for employees) and to follow-ups.



Offices and units shall be open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. However, personnel may physically report for work for a maximum of seven hours (without lunch break) considering the travel time, limited available transportation, and to minimize contact time in the office. This shall be supplemented with work-from-home arrangement to ensure compliance with the 40-hour work week as per CSC MC 10, s. 2020.

For monitoring purposes, all administrative personnel shall accomplish the daily time record (DTR) when physically reporting to the office and submit work accomplishments every 15th day of the month for the days they have worked from home in accordance with the approved work arrangement.



The students from Zamboanga, Palawan, and Iloilo, though ready, are still awaiting the re-opening of airports in their localities. The student from Cebu is awaiting a government-assisted flight home. The OSA is closely monitoring the developments in these areas and giving support to these students throughout this period.



Mindanao Food Highway

The Development Academy of the Philippines sa Mindanao invited UP Mindanao to be part of the Mindanao Food Highway (MFH) consortium, through an online discussion on 4 June 2020. The consortium will consolidate efforts in developing and scaling up innovative solutions to ensure food security in Mindanao amidst the COVID-19 disruption, which can be replicated in other parts of the country. It will cover the emergency response phase (3-6 months) and the crisis recovery phase (6-24 months).

The participants in the discussion/briefing from the academe included the University of Southern Mindanao, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, UP Mindanao, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, and Central Luzon State University.

The MFH asked UPMin to help disseminate its surveys to the UP Mindanao network of rice farmers, millers, consolidators, wholesalers/retailers, NFA administrators, local government units, and rice consumers. Students and research fellows are invited to study and produce research in the observatories set up by MFH for food supply and demand, food logistics, and COVID-19 response policies.

Davao de Oro COVID-19 Facility

The Davao de Oro Province will put up its own COVID-19 Mobile Testing Facility very soon and has requested UP Mindanao and DOST-XI for help, for which a memorandum of agreement will be signed this month.

The facility will be considered an Extension Laboratory of the UP Philippine Genome Center in collaboration with the Davao de Oro provincial government. The local government will construct and operate the facility. UP Mindanao, through PGC Mindanao, will do the following: build the capabilities of the facility personnel through training, participate in the design of the facility in accordance with Department of Health guidelines, produce a manual of operation, provide technical assistance in the DOH accreditation, provide consultancy services for technical issues, and formulate collaborative programs for expanded use of the facility such as infectious diseases surveillance. DOST-XI will provide financial support for the personnel training.

NICER Project: Interdisciplinary Applied Modelling, Data Analytics, and Biology of Infectious Diseases (IAMDABID)

Chancellor Digal wrote a letter on 5 June 2020 to Dr. Gernelyn Logrosa, head of the Office of Research, Development, and Innovation of Malayan Colleges Mindanao, to state the full support of UP Mindanao to the initiative of the UP Mindanao Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling group to partner with MCM in the Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling, Data Analytics, and Biological Infectious Diseases (IAMDABID) project proposal. UP Mindanao will fully endorse the project to the DOST Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) program for funding.

Chancellor Digal and Dr. Logrosa are also exploring other areas of research collaboration, teaching, and extension.

Mental Health Helpline

UP Mindanao Mental Health Helpline reported that 39 persons have availed of its services as of 11 June 2020. The program is ongoing and open to students and employees of the university.





Classes in the coming first semester are projected to be done by remote learning. Courses will be delivered online or through blended learning (lab, PE, and the like).

The preparations for this scenario include the retooling/training of faculty for online teaching, for which an extensive repository of online learning materials have been made available through the Interactive Learning Center.

A UP System-level Remote Learning Committee was created to give support and the UP Open University, experts in distance learning, will assist.

The immediate needs are the following: determining the number of students in need of devices; the provision of internet connectivity/devices for faculty and students for online learning; and the selection of a learning management system platform.

A generic academic calendar has been proposed, UP System-wide, for which the start of classes is suggested to be on 10 September 2020.



SENTro from UPGRADE Technology Business Incubation

UPGRADE, UP Mindanao’s technology business incubation unit, has developed SENTro Your Food Supply, a mobile phone application that gives direct access to buyers and direct access to farmers’ supply. This is to be piloted in the Davao Food Terminal.

SENTro for farmers has the following features: a map locator; settings for volume/quantity and price; uploading of product pictures and information; coordination with bagsakan site; generate reports; and, in the future, data analytics

SENTRO for buyers has: bagsakan selection; bagsakan coordination through the app, by text, or by voice call; wish list of products; (future) online shopping and order history.


Cacao project

UP Mindanao accepted the invitation from the DOST Industrial Technology Development Institute to be a co-implementer of the project “Developing the Capability of Micro and Small Scale Processors on the Manufacture of Quality Food Products from Philippine Cocoa Beans.” Chancellor Digal committed UP Mindanao to provide the required building or laboratory dedicated to the sensory evaluation of cacao products and for processing of fine chocolate, under the Department of Food Science and Chemistry. 

The project is under Phase 2 of the DOST Program on Technological Support for the Upgrading of Local Cacao and Cocoa Industry to be funded by DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

A memorandum of agreement will be forged between the parties, wherein ITDI will provide the know-how on the conduct of sensory evaluation of cacao products and processes for basic formulation of fine chocolate, including the transfer or roll out of two key equipment for fine chocolate.



On 19 June 2020, 7:00-8:30 AM (Philippine time) Prof. John Bengan will participate in the international online event, “Rally Reading Series + Words Without Borders: International Queer Writing.” Organized by Words Without Borders. Register here:



-           Philippine Genome Center Mindanao gave its report of donations to its COVID-19 training project as of 1 June 2020.

-           The UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Davao donation drive for PGC Mindanao as of 8 June 2020 produced seven boxes of micropoint tips, two RNA/DNA kits for 100 preparations, and 2 L of molecular-grade alcohol, costing more than PhP 100,000. The items are for delivery.

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