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UPDATE #2: Virtual Kasadya 2020

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 Update #2: Message of Chancellor Larry Digal to UP Mindanao constituents in the Virtual Kasadya 2020 held on 22 December 2020
To the faculty, staff, students, and friends, I’m happy to see all of you kahit sa Zoom lang. I think most of us agree that we cannot end this year without being together. Yes, we cannot hold the usual face-to-face Christmas party, but even just meeting via Zoom gives us a sense of normalcy and, definitely, a sense of unity that we all need in this difficult and challenging time. I’m sure each one of us has struggled and are still struggling, still adjusting, and trying our best to cope, to meet head-on, all the challenges that come our way. And despite all these challenges, and I hope you agree with me, there are still many blessings to thank for. For one, we should be thankful that we are all here, still able to do the things that we need to do as a University, as UP Mindanao, despite the huge blow from this pandemic. Kung na knockdown man ‘ta, bangon gihapon. When this pandemic hit our ground, our first priority was to protect and save lives, to install a system to protect us from the virus. Once that’s done, we thought of re-calibrating our plans. I was surprised, to be honest, that most units did not want to slow down. And wanted to continue with their plans. In fact, hesitating to give up their budget to comply with the national Budget Circular 580, which mandates a budget cut from all government agencies to come up with the required amount for the national program to fight this pandemic. This hesitation indicates that while all of us are disrupted by this virus, we want to continue to do good work for UP. Of course, we needed to reconfigure some of these plans. And you have seen, for example, that we developed the Mindanao Health Initiative program as one of our priorities for 2020 and onwards. For those of you who are not familiar with this, this program has three components. The College of Medicine, the Davao City-UP Hospital, and the Mindanao Center for Infectious Diseases. Let me share with you some highlights of what we have accomplished this year all because we refused to be tied down by this pandemic and all because of your unfazed attitude and courage in carrying out your work despite COVID-19. 
Our enrollment is higher this year compared to last year. It is fast-growing, faster than the UP System average. Our undergraduate enrollment increased by thirty-three percent and our graduate enrollment by about twenty-three percent. Although our freshmen enrollment was lower compared to last year, only a little lower than our carrying capacity, which is the same for the other UP campuses. Yes, we struggled and wrestled with the challenges in migrating to our remote learning system, but we are in a much better position now starting next semester.
We continue to work on our new academic programs. Although we slowed down a bit, which is expected, as indicated in our strategic plan, the one we pushed for during the Alumni Institute assembly in 2019. We plan to establish 3 colleges. The College of Medicine, the College of Human Kinetics, and the College of Engineering. All these actually include the offering of 16 new programs, mostly by adoption from the other UP constituent universities. We have accomplished one already, the PhD by research program. And in our budget presentation last month to the UP System, our administration, the UP System, continues to support our expansion program. 
We have made our message clear and consistent. We are not UP Mintal or UP Davao, we are UP Mindanao, with the potential to contribute significantly to Mindanao’s development and even beyond. This is one of the reasons why we were able to get twelve new faculty items. This is a big win for us as we continue to push for regularizing both faculty and non-faculty items and getting the items required for our new programs, not just with the UP System, but with the Department of Budget and Management, with the support of our alumni. We also performed well in research. Our publications are in high-quality journals. External research funds are increasing. We now have a Niche Center in the Regions, or NICER, on interdisciplinary diseases modeling, which will further push for the establishment of the Mindanao Center for Infectious Diseases. Especially with the network built by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao, which has been in the forefront in assisting various groups, both public and private, in establishing their COVID-19 testing facilities. Our public service programs have been focused on addressing this pandemic. Not just with the trainings and technical assistance provided to these COVID-19 testing laboratories, but also in contributing to policy discussions with our work in modeling the spread of COVID-19 and in assisting Micro-, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to recover from this pandemic, for example. 
We have made some strides in improving our processes and systems. We have improved our planning and monitoring system. We distributed a copy of the strategic plan that became one of the inputs in our campus master development plan, which we also distributed for comments. We also made some changes in our structure to improve performance. 
Yes, there are a number of things that we have not done, but we have done well given the difficult situation that we are all in and this is a testament to your commitment to our work, our mandate to serve. So I would like to thank you for your commitment to serve UP Mindanao, your hard work, patience, commitment, and perseverance made a big difference in what we’ve done this year despite this pandemic. As we celebrate this holiday season, although not in the usual way, let us be thankful for the many blessings we receive. Personally, I feel that we are all blessed to be able to continue the good works that God has prepared us to do for UP Mindanao. Whether as faculty, as staff, as students, or administrators, and because of this, we’re able to continue to help others. Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! Keep safe and let us all enjoy this time together.
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UP Mindanao invites you to the Virtual Kasadya 2020 this 22 December 2020, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us in our annual Christmas celebrations using the Zoom meeting details below:

URL: Meeting ID: 863 5905 4495  Passcode: upkasadya

You may also watch the event on Facebook:

Tema (Theme):

"Ni’ng taknáa, ipadáyon náto ang diláab sa pagláum, pinaági sa pag-serbísyo ug pag-higúgma!" 

(This yuletide season, let us keep the spirit of hope burning through acts of service and compassion!)

 Mga Unod (Features):

 • Mga Mensahe sa Pasko (Messages) • Mga Dula (Games) • Hadumanan sa Kasadya (Kasadya Through the Years) • Mga Pasundayag (Performances) • Tigi sa TikTok Video (TikTok Video Contest)


Radyo Iskolar's radio documentaries on COVID-19

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2020 121620 radyo iskolaqr 2A two-part radio documentary series on Filipino realities during the Coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic will be aired on 16 and 18 December 2020 at 4:00 PM via The radio documentaries are produced by BA Communication and Media Arts (BACMA) students in the MEDA 111: Audio Media Communication I (Informative) class. 

The radio documentaries tell six stories of different people during the pandemic. The first set of radio documentaries are: “Ang Kalbaryo ng Ordinaryo,” “Life at Home in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and “Pagtuong Digital: Natad sa Siyensya.” The second set is, “Pagkat-on: Estado ng mga Estudyante sa Makabagong Pamamaraan ng Pag-aaral sa Kasagsagan ng Pandemya,” “Paano na si Mama?” and “Tao Po! Tao Po.”

The goals of the radio documentaries are to share the stories of ordinary people in the time of the pandemic. It aims to add narratives to the ongoing discourse on COVID-19, particularly for the government and private sectors to help come up with better solutions in addressing the pandemic. The project is part of the Academic Program Improvement (API) project entitled, "COVID-19 Communication Awareness and Public Service." 

Radyo Iskolar is an online campus radio initiated by the BACMA program and managed by Instructor Merle Dawn Comidoy-Acol. The official Facebook page of Radyo Iskolar is

The radio program is broadcast on Mixlr, an audio streaming platform for sharing live audio online. The Radyo Iskolar station manager Ms. Comidoy-Acol extended her thanks to all who listened to the Radyo Iskolar radio programs from the test broadcast in July 2020 and during the airings in October-November. “It was challenging to operate given our remote learning setup. The students were working from their homes,” she said. “Even without equipment and set-up for professional audio recordings, Radyo Iskolar managed to produce weekly content such as “Balitang Iskolar” (radio news program), “Gabay Tambayan” (radio talk show), “Replay 2K” (music radio show), “Iskoming Out” (special program on the LGBTQIA++), and “Taralets” (music radio show). Programs that are timely and relevant for the UP Mindanao community and its audience. We hope to reach more listeners in the upcoming semesters and collaborate with various departments, colleges, and offices in the university,” she said. 

Survey for degree programs in sports

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2020 121420 AASS SURVEY RESIZE30Calling Junior High and Senior High students, you may be interested in a career in sports. Please read and answer our survey:
 Republic Act 9500 mandates the University of the Philippines to “undertake and support comprehensive sports programs that promote physical education, uphold excellence and encourage competitive participation in sports activities . . . [and] cultivate pride, self-discipline and teamwork,” especially among the youth.
The UP Mindanao Department of Human Kinetics plans to offer a Bachelor of Sports Science and an Associate of Arts in Sports Studies to start in Academic Year 2021 – 2022.
The Bachelor of Sports Science is a four-year program that requires passing the UP College Admission Test or UPCAT. The Associate in Arts Sports Studies or AASS is a two-year certificate program that does not require passing the UPCAT. Graduates of AASS can already be employed or they can continue to the Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS) as third-year students. Graduates of the AASS or BSS can pursue professional careers in sports and related areas.
With the construction of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex within its campus, UP Mindanao is in a position to provide support for the development of sports in Mindanao. A college of human kinetics will arise in the university in the near future. Be part of this milestone in Mindanao Sports as we promulgate the Department of Human Kinetics' vision!

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