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Dear fellow alumni and friends,
The effects of the COVID-19 virus has strained our health care system, particularly our health care frontliners: doctors, nurses, technicians, and hospital staff. Our health  frontliners need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to continue working effectively to limit the spread of COVID-19. Hence, the UPAA Davao Chapter would like to ask your help in raising funds for provision of these PPE. While we are working on a dedicated bank account to receive all donations, we are using the account one of our UPAA-Davao directors. Please send your donations to: 
Atty. Marie Glenn C. Sorila
Metrobank Account No. 564-3-564-00734-0
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UPMin Thank you message 3 40Sa mga UPMin officials, faculty, staff, students sa pangunguna ng University Student Council (USC), Association of the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity & the UP Sigma Beta Sorority (Betans) at iba pang student organizations, All UP Academic Employees Union, All UP Academic Employees Union-Mindanao, UP Mindanao Alumni Association (UPMinAA), UP Alumni Association-Davao Chapter (UPAA-Davao), UP Mindanao Foundation (UPMFI), at iba pang mga nakibahagi sa aming munting bayanihan para sa ating mga estudyante na kasalukuyang natigil sa Elias B. Lopez Hall dormitory at boarding houses dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa siyudad ng Davao dulot ng panganib na dala ng COVID-19 ...


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Message from UP President Danilo L. Concepcion
March 20, 2020
Dear members of the UP community:
I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to you all for your amazing response to this crisis—a global situation the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetimes. We have been forced to suspend classes, work and all other campus activities, and to stay inside our homes and practice social distancing, all to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep our healthcare system from being dangerously overwhelmed. For some of us, the effects of these measures on our finances, work, and social lives, and on our mental and physical health, have been devastating. 
Yet, I have seen UP rise magnificently to the challenge. Every constituent unit, every sector, and every member of the UP community has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate incredible courage, resourcefulness, intelligence, selflessness, and compassion. Our scientists have used their knowledge to help their fellow Filipinos. Our medical and health practitioners, including our interns, are serving heroically at the frontlines of this war. Our faculty are exploring new ways and alternative platforms to fulfill their mission to teach, no matter the circumstances.
Our skeleton staff are working to keep our University running and to protect our communities. Our administrative officials have been tirelessly steering the University through rough waters. And our students, alumni and campus residents are doing their part by using their training to build sanitation tents for public use, or by donating food and supplies to fellow members of the UP community in need, or by campaigning for support for our doctors, nurses and health centers, or by simply doing what they can to educate, to ease people’s burdens, and uplift their spirits.
You are all an inspiration to us. Ang iskolar ng bayan ay tunay na maaasahan.
I cannot say for certain how the future will be shaped by this global crisis. However, I can assure you that we will keep moving forward as one UP community. We will continue to harness the expertise of the country’s premier community of scholars to make thoughtful and informed decisions. We will continue to communicate with you and disseminate information as often as possible. We will support your efforts to help yourselves, your families and your communities. Together, we will emerge stronger, better, and more united than ever.
We must and will remain in touch with one another. To facilitate this and to make sure that we disseminate and receive only official and verified information at a time when misleading and even dangerous rumors abound, we are opening a dedicated webpage at for the UP community. I urge you to bookmark and to follow that page for future announcements and updates, and stay safe.
Once again, I thank all the individuals and teams who are toiling bravely through this uncertain time. Thank you for showing the world what honor and excellence in the service of the Filipino people truly mean.
Maraming salamat po.
Danilo L. Concepcion


Cancellation of classes, 2020

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Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

20 March 2020

Memorandum No. OVPAA 2020-38

For: UP System Faculty

(through the Chancellors, Vice-Presidents for Academic Affairs, the
Deans, Institute Directors and Department Chairs)

From: Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista
Vice-President for Academic Affairs

On the Suspension of Technology-Supported Learning

In light of the enhanced community quarantine over the entire Luzon and the imposition of similar measures in other regions of the country, classes both residential and online and alternative learning activities in the UP System (except UP Open University) are suspended until 14 April 2020 while the University assesses the situation and decides on how best to facilitate learning and manage academic requirements in the time of COVID-19. Since the situation remains very fluid, the University’s academic response to the crisis will be crafted iteratively and disseminated accordingly.

In the meantime, the faculty is urged to continue exploring alternative delivery modes apart from online tools and to learn to optimize the use of online tools from home, if feasible. They are also expected to use the time to calibrate their courses beyond the stipulated 23 March 2020 deadline for the submission of revised syllabi in OVPAA Memorandum No. 2020-35—which is now lifted. In addition, faculty members and officials are encouraged to share creative strategies or thoughts on how to move forward by email with their Vice-Chancellors for Academic Affairs cc
In the course of calibrating courses, the faculty may take the following considerations into account: 

o The University’s education site subscription to ZOOM will be available within the next few days. This will enable hosting and attendance of formal and informal meetings, classes and webinars even after the projected mid-April end of the lockdown as long as the UP System faculty, staff and students use their addresses, gadgets and access to the internet. The epidemiological pattern of the disease suggests that it may peak around May and begin its decline thereafter. However, the period of decline will not necessarily imply a return to normalcy in the next few months.
OVPAA Memorandum 2020-31 and 2020-35 directed the faculty to utilize UP’s learning management system and other platforms for uploading learning materials, assessment tools and student submissions, and interacting with students. The period of suspension is also a time to further enhance the use of these platforms in preparation for the lifting of the suspension of classes.

The suspension is also the time for the faculty to get to know each of their students more and take their situation into account when calibrating their courses.

o There are different types of technology-supported learning activities, from “low-tech” options (e.g. Q&A via SMS, printed worksheets) to online activities (e.g. blogs, online quizzes, discussion fora, webinars), that may be utilized given the varying conditions of our campuses and students. The Webinar Series that UPOU is offering to the faculty of other UP Constituent Units will discuss these and general principles in the design of technology-supported learning.
o In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities worldwide confront the same challenge of enabling learning in the midst of disruption, albeit under different conditions depending on the level of development of their societies. Recommendations of fellow academics on how to deal with the crisis are worth noting. Consider, for instance, some of the tips of University of Washington Professor Penas on Pedagogy in Time of Epidemic that is available at

1) Prioritize: What do students really need to know for the next few weeks? This is really difficult, and, once again, it means that the quality of teaching and learning will suffer. But these are NOT normal circumstances.
2) Stay in contact with students, and stay transparent. Talk to them about why you’re prioritizing certain things or asking them to read or do certain things. Most of us do that in our face-to-face teaching anyway, and it improves student buy-in because they know content and delivery are purposeful.
3) Make assignments lower or no stakes if you’re using a new platform. Get students used to just using the platform. Then you can do something higher stakes. Do not ask students to do a high stakes exam or assignment on a new platform.

o There are also various online discipline-specific resources that faculty can explore, such as the STEM video education library of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) at
On the Lifting of Deadlines
The deadline for dropping and leave of absence for the second semester 2019-2020 is hereby lifted. The new deadlines will be announced in subsequent memos.
Thank you and please stay safe.
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In accordance with the Davao City Government Guidelines No. 07 for Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), ALL classes are hereby CANCELLED effective tomorrow, 13 March 2020.  All faculty are advised to immediately shift to online mode or take-home assignments UNTIL AFTER the public health emergency is lifted. A copy of the Davao City Guidelines No. 7 is hereby attached for your reference.
Thank you.
Davao City Goverment Guidelines No. 7, click here
Memorandum from the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, click here 

UP Mindanao preventive measures against CoViD-19

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A State of Public Health Emergency (Proclamation No. 922) was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 8, 2020, which will take effect until withdrawn or lifted. On 12 March 2020, the Department of Health issued Alert Level 4 Code Red sub-level 2. The Davao City Government also released Guidelines no. 4 and no 7, as a precautionary measure for COVID-19.

In its effort to minimize the spread of infection caused by COVID-19, the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) will strictly enforce the following preventive measures in consonance with the above-mentioned guidelines:

1.      The weekly flag-raising and retreat ceremonies are canceled until after the said Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn;
2.      UPMin employees are advised to ensure that their offices, workstations, and other areas commonly used by students, employees are clean and disinfected. Equipment and gadgets involving common use should be disinfected before and after use;
3.      Heads of offices/units should establish a regular disinfection schedule for frequently touched surfaces inside their offices or classrooms;
4.      The Health Services Section should conduct misting disinfection in public areas and various offices/classrooms;
5.      No visitors will be allowed inside offices/units, including the Davao City-University of the Philippines Sports Complex. An area in the Atrium will be specified for receiving of documents/parcels from external stakeholders;
6.      Heads of offices/units may allow online and email submissions for simple documents (which include but not limited to simple requests, invitations, and other essential documents) as an option;
7.      Heads of offices/units are directed to ensure that precautionary measures are observed in the discharge of services under your supervision, e.g. concessionaires;
8.      To ensure the safety of everyone, all are required to undergo the thermal scanning procedures upon entry in the university. Those with temperature of 37.6℃ will not be allowed entry and will be referred to the OSA-Health Services Unit for further evaluation;
9.      Heads of offices/units should ensure that alcohol or hand sanitizers are available not just at the entrances of campus buildings but also in every office/unit;
10.  Students and employees should practice regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces and after going to the bathroom. Use 70% isopropyl alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and observe respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
11.  If students and employees experience shortness of breath, fever, cough, cold, and flu-like symptoms, they are advised to stay home and have themselves checked by a doctor and secure a medical certificate that shall be submitted to the Health Services Section of the Office of Student Affairs;
12.  Students and employees are encouraged to bring their reusable utensils or dining wares and to avoid sharing of food. Proper food handling should likewise be observed. Eating raw and improperly cooked animal products must be avoided;
13.  All university activities (both in and off-campus) are temporarily suspended until further notice. Alternative modalities for conferences is highly encouraged. However, in highly exceptional cases small group meetings/discussions is allowed as long as precautionary measures such as social distancing by one meter is observed;
14.  Approval of all foreign travels of employees are suspended until after the Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn. All travel authorities issued previously are hereby cancelled in accordance with OP Memorandum TJH 2020-011, 12 March 2020;
15.  Local travel outside Davao City of UPMin faculty, staff, students is prohibited unless absolutely necessary. Those with local travel history, especially in areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19, should undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. After the self-quarantine period, concerned personnel or students is required to undergo medical check-up with the City-Health Office and obtain medical certificate which will be submitted to the Health Services Section;
16.  The COVID-19 Task Force should coordinate with the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) – Isolation Section, City Health Office (CHO), the Department of Health (DOH), and the University of the Philippines System (UP System) in implementing RA 11332; and,
17.  UP Mindanao Task Force for COVID-19 contact information shall be used to provide vital information and accommodate inquiries on urgent health concerns.
Tess R. Escano (Head) 0917-717-0310   Cetcet S. Mascardo (Nurse) 0947-699-4975   Weng P. Uganap (Nurse) 0910-495-2487
Alma T. Marcelino (Dorm Manager) 0910-141-7945   Shela A. Camilotes (House Parent) 0930-035-4751  
Office of Student Affairs (OSA) 0918-918-4934         
For immediate compliance,     

Prof. Larry N. Digal
10 March 2020
In line with the recent incidents of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) cases in the country, including the recently reported patient under investigation (PUI) at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City, UP Mindanao is temporarily suspending all university activities effective immediately, as a precautionary measure. 
Work and classes will continue, however, we are appealing to everyone to help UP Mindanao in its implementation of its health precautionary measures (i.e. frequent handwashing, use of alcohol available at the entrances of campus buildings and key offices in the university, cooperation with the thermal scanning procedures). 
In the event that you experience shortness of breath, fever, cough, cold, and flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and have yourselves checked by a doctor. Should there be any need to provide important information or inquiries on urgent health concerns, kindly coordinate with the following Office of Student Affairs (OSA) staff:
Ma. Concetta S. Mascardo (Nurse)-0947-699-4975
Rowena P. Uganap (Nurse)-0910-495-2487
Alma T. Marcelino (Dorm Manager)-0910-141-7945
Shela A. Camilotes (House Parent)-0930-035-4751
Office of Student Affairs-0918-918-4934
For other precautionary measures, kindly refer to the Davao City Government Guidelines No. 4 for Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).  
UP Mindanao will issue regular announcements through the official Facebook pages of UP Mindanao and OSA. 
Thank you.

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