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Highlights of May, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Goal: Contribute to national development

A GRAMMAR-WRITING WORKSHOP for MTB-MLE teachers was held on 1-7 May 2018. The activity was for Dept. of Education teachers/leaders of Kindergarten to Grade 3 and aims to localize and indigenize the language curriculum by developing culturally-appropriate lesson exemplars for the MTB-MLE subject for K-3. The workshop included a special training on the Bloom software for creating Big Books. The workshop was made in collaboration between the DepEd, the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL/LEAD) and the UP Mindanao Department of Social Sciences thru a/Prof. Janus Cabazares. The resource persons were Dr. Tom Payne (University of Oregon), Dr. Ricky Nolasco (UP Diliman), and Dr. Bruce and Xinia Skoropinski (SIL LEAD).

MONDE NISSIN Food Corporation expressed its interest in the UP Mindanao technology for producing lactic acid for use in creating bio-degradable plastic for food packaging. This was reported by Chancellor Concepcion following the 18 May 2018 meeting among Monde Nissin Manager Romeo Marañon, Chancellor Concepcion, Dr. Luis Sison and the UP Mindanao and UP System TTBDO teams in Makati City. Monde Nissin expressed willingness to fund a laboratory to further develop the technology for bioplastic production using UP Mindanao’s proprietary process. tbhe Chancellor contextualized this development as a result of the research originated by the late Prof. Dulce Flores who formulated the direct process of creating lactic acid from starch, which now has a patent pending number assigned to UP Mindanao. 

MR. KELSEY NGO, a food industry consultant, visited on 28 May 2018 to explore food product offerings available at the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry. He was presented with products such as noodles, meat substitutes, and desserts that use underutilized natural bio-resources. The visit was facilitated by Dept. of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments Governor Nap Concepcion.

"CITY, UPMIN TO PARTNER ON RABIES RESEARCH" was a news story published in Sun Star Davao newspaper issue of 26 May 2018. It reported that the city council approved on first reading a memorandum of understanding to be entered into by the Davao City LGU and UP Mindanao for cooperation in research in the area of animal rabies. Prof. Lyre Murao (Biological Science) and Prof. May Anne Mata (Math.) are the proponents of the research project in cooperation with the City Health Office. The undertaking, once approved, will include data sharing, trainings and workshops, and statistical, mathematical, geospatial, biological, and epidemiological analysis.                  

THE "16TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2018" is the destination of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Architecture as one of four Philippine architecture schools to exhibit at the Philippine Pavilion with the theme "The City Who Had Two Navels" curated by Dr. Edson Cabalfin. The UP Mindanao exhibit is titled "Empowerment and Transformation between and across Filipino Ethno-linguistic Cultures through Architecture". The exhibit is described as, "A fully self-sufficient socio-cultural ecological village [that] will offer a rich source of indigenous systems: ethno-medicine; organic farming; construction material systems; natural food processing; natural wind mill systems; and water-harvesting systems". The exhibit is on display from 26 May to 25 November 2018.

"THE BEST FILIPINO BOOKS OF 2017" was published on the website “cnnphilippines.com” in January and accessed in May 2018. Some 26 books were cited by seven literary experts. The list of writer Glenn Diaz included “3 Baybayin Studies”. This book on the baybayin writing system, published by UP Press, has Prof. Myfel Joseph Paluga (D/Social Sciences) as co-author together with Ramon Guillermo, Maricor Soriano, and Vernon Totanes. The study of baybayin writing using computer software was the subject of an anniversary lecture by Prof. Paluga in 2016.

SEVEN ALUMNI PASSED the Licensure Exam for Teachers in May 2018, delivering the honor of a 100%-passing performance for UP Mindanao, according to the Professional Regulations Commission website. Although UP Mindanao does not offer a program in education, it is included in the list of "Best Performing Schools in Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers" published in the website "www.pinoymoneytalk", accessed on 24 May 2018. UPMin is in Rank #1 with 23 passers, together 12 other schools who have a 100%-passing rate as of September 2017.

CAREER PLACEMENT ORIENTATION and Pre-Employment Seminar was organized for graduating students on 16 May. Mr. Ricardo de Jesus of Jobstreet.com Phils. Inc. spoke on job and recruitment trends and on posting on the Jobstreet website. Angelica Amorado of Public Employment Office gave a pre-employment seminar for local applications and Jovita Fontilla of Dept. of Labor and Employment spoke on workers’ rights and responsibilities. The Job Registration and Referral Fair was held on 17 May with companies posting their job openings for graduating students. The two-day activity was organized by OSA.

“BAYLANAN" DANCE-CONCERT was performed by the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble in celebration of their 19th anniversary as a resident company on May 10, 2018. The storyline told through dance portrayed the death and re-birth of an individual and the baylans. According to Coach Ira Sisa Apara (BA Communication Arts 2016), "Baylanan is a collection of movement inspired by the life and the culture of the baylan or babaylan. They were women and men who were the community's healers, priests and priestesses; but, they were also considered as leaders and warriors who defend and protect their people, their land, and culture."  The Ensemble dancers were Zoe Sabanal (4BA Communication Arts), Aleimar Villabrille (3BS Computer Science), Patricia Capangpangan (4BA Anthropology), Jeremiah Onor (4BACA), Lornille Taypin (4BS Biology), Eliza Sayon (4BA English), and Gil Zealor (3BSCS).

ALUMNA Kendall Abrio (BA Communication Arts) disclosed her candidacy for Barangay Mintal (Davao City) Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman, in conjunction with the Barangay Elections, with campaign posters unveiled on 4 May 2018. She was unopposed and was elected to office.  Ms. Abrio belongs to Class of 2017. 

PHI SIGMA Honor Society welcomed a number of UP Mindanao students among its new members at its Annual Initiation of New Members held on 12 May 2018 in UP Diliman.

SOM AND SOCIETY OF AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMISTS organized career-related forums on 2 May 2018. Prof. Sylvia Concepcion gave the Welcome Remarks wherein she advised that financial literacy discussions be opened to students of all programs. “Broke Free”, on the theme "Building a financially literate world, building you", featured the talks "Understanding financial statements" by Prof. Acuña of SOM, "Investment Strategies" by Mr. Nino Segovia of Sun Life Canada (Phils.), and "Crypto-currency" by Mr. William Braza.  The "Industry Orientation Seminar 2018” (IndOrS 2018), on the theme "Life vest for a bigger ocean" featured talks by Mr. Kenneth Mangaya-ay of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Sherelyn Evangelio of Dept. of Math., Ar. Alexis Ibanez of Dept. of Architecture, and Ms. Edelyn Kudemus of Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas on career options in their respective sectors.     

BS ARCHITECTURE students participated in the PhilBex Davao-Philippine Building and Construction Exposition held on 10-13 May 2018 in Davao City.They joined Projeto: Furniture Design Competition 2018 and was tasked to design a multifunctional sofa bed. The design team of “Habi” composed of Joanne Espejo, Michelle Mascariñas, Aprille Golimlim, and Lawrence Valencia emerged as the Grand Winners. “Pungko” designed by Cresart Mata, Sophia Muñez, and Nikka Solidarios won as the 2nd runner-up. In the Architecture Quiz Bee, Neil Hela won 3rd place and Kristoffer Abella was the Grand Champion. The students also attended the Mini Convention of industry associations.

"ROADKILL: Sino ang tunay na nasasagasaan?", a photo exhibit, was on display on the week of 16 May 2018 at the Administration Building Atrium. The exhibit featured female workers engaged in small business and employment and their observations on how the new TRAIN tax law affects their lives. This was a class project for ANTH 187 (Sex and Culture) class. 

MATAG GABII publication was given a book-launching ceremony on 16 May 2018 by Daiya Productions student group. The book collected stories of people who work by night in Davao City. The book is a project of a BA Communication Arts class.

"LAYAS TIPDAS: resBAKUNA pangluwas!" a health campaign was held at Barangay Mini Forest, Davao City on 16 May 2018 by BA Communication Arts students. More than 60 residents attended the event. Dr. Julinda Acosta of Davao City Health Office gave a lecture on measles and vaccination, and barangay health representatives spoke on the importance of immunization. Iinteractive games and activities were also facilitated by the students.

“DEHYDRATION BANTAYAN, Peligro sa Dengue Malikayan”, another health campaign, was held at Barangay Talomo Proper, Davao City on 18 May 2018. Dr. Richard Mata, author of "A New Hope Against Dengue Fever", was the keynote speaker. The campaign was organized by BA Communication Arts students in collaboration with the City Health Office and medical professionals.

SINEWS FOR SYLLABLES, the performance showcase of the Creative Writing program, presented "Revel in the Ruins" on 17 May 2018--featuring 14 creative theses of BA English majors interpreted through dance, drama, cinema, and music. The new works are: "The Clan", a novel by Peter Magalit; the short story collections "Leaving the Shore" by Clarisse Paronda, "Familiar Corners" by Andrey Caridad, "The People of Purok Sto. Nino" by Cara Fajardo, "The Spree" by Charmaine Dimalanta; the essay collections "Names I Go By" by Diana Agcambot, "A Home that Never Was" by Eliza Sayon, "The Other Twin" by Rhinna Poster, "A Canvas of Faith" by Joanna Cagape, "Subversions" by Rizia Perez, and "In Spite This City" by Janne Ruiz; "Toto the Peculiar Boy" children's poetry by Erlyn Piolo; "Ground Zero" by John Doquila and "At Seventeen" by Mivida Garcia      

THE UP MINDANAO LAAK LAND RESERVATION was the site of a seminar on common pests and diseases of agricultural produce organized by the Land Reservation Management Office on 3 May 2018 with Dr. Araceli Yebes as resource person. Farmers of the Dibabawon indigenous persons of Special Bgy. Talle were the beneficiaries of the seminar co-organized by the
Land Reservation Management Office with the Bureau of Plant Industry-Davao.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION seminar was given for Obu Manuvu indigenous people farmers of UP Marilog Land Reservation by the Land Reservation Management Office on 17 May 2018 with Mr. Lemuel Legado as resource person. The UP Mindanao Vegetable Production Demo Farm nearby was the site for the practical application of the seminar lessons by the participants.

Goal: Promote access and diversity

ALLIANZ NATIONAL YOUTH FUTSAL Competition was co-organized and hosted by UP Mindanao Dept. of Human Kinetics on 26-27 May 2018 in the Human Kinetics Building at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. The games served as selection for the national team age category with selected players to be sent to Germany to train. The ceremonial kick-off was graced by football prime movers Prof. Erwin Protacio (UPMin Human Kinetics), former congressman Isidro Ungab, alumnus Rafael "Pops" Vilela, and Eunice Carillo of Allianz Corporation

Goal: Improve welfare of constituents

"SEMINAR ON TRAIN LAW and the latest BIR Implementing Regulations" was organized by All UP Workers Union on 4 May 2018, in cooperation with administration offices and Bureau of Internal Revenue officers Abolhasan Balindong and Roy Richie Panes as resource persons. Contractual personnel and regular employees were among the members of the audience who closely studied their options for tax payments. AUPWU officials Joel Sagadal and Lynda Buenaobra facilitated the proceedings.

SPORTS AND WELLNESS NUTRITION" lecture and forum was held for faculty, staff, and students on 17 May 2018. Prof. Luchie S. Callanta, a Lecturer of the UP College of Home Economics Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition and a member of the Phil. Society of Nutritionists and Dieticians, served as resource person. The forum was organized by the Dept. of Human Kinetics.

Goal: Optimize use of resources

DAVAO CITY-UP TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP for the Davao City-UP Sports Complex met on 3 May to work on the Davao City commitment to host the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet in January 2019 and the Palarong Pambansa in April 2019. The facilities targeted for operational use are the Aquatics Center for swim events, the football field and track oval with stadium, the multi-purpose gym, and the access roads and utilities. The TWG is composed of UP Mindanao and the Davao City LGU and is chaired by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who is represented by Asst. City Administrator Atty. Lawrence Bantiding. The members are the City Planning and Development Office, City Sports Coordinator, City Social Services, and the City Engineer; and the UP Mindanao offices of the VC for Administration, Campus Planning, Legal, Physical Plant, Land Reservation, Community Services, and Dept. of Human Kinetics. The meeting was hosted by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. The Philippine Sports Commission , Dept. of Public Works and Highways, Davao Light and Power Co., Phil. Long Distance Telephone Co., and MINSAS security agency were represented.

DEPARTING BGY. BAGO OSHIRO PUNONG BARANGAY Christopher Lapayag, and Kagawads Maria Luisa Lapayag, Marife Bonghanoy, Gerardo Canque, and Ralph Pantollano were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by UP Mindanao Chancellor Concepcion for their support in various activities and implementation of government infrastructure projects in the campus during their incumbency as barangay officials. The Certificates were transmitted on 25 May 2018 by Campus Planning & Development Office chief Cherrylyn Cabrera and staff Etheldreda Lanaban and Rose Lugo.

Highlights in April, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Chancellor’s Report to the President's Advisory Council, 01 – 30 April 2018

Goal: Contribute to National Development

A MINDANAO COLLECTIVE TRADEMARK (MCT) will be developed by the Mindano Development Authority to serve as a common marketing tool for “certified-Mindanao” products. The Trademark will encourage Mindanao enterprises to voluntarily adopt certain third-party global standards of certification—i.e. GlobalGAP, FairTrade, Certified Organic, MSC, Rainforest Alliance--to improve the marketability of Mindanao products.  Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion signed a Memorandum of Agreement together with 28 other academic institutions to form the MCT Knowledge Center that will provide experts and extension services to guide enterprises in adopting practices in preparation for their certification. Dean Larry Digal and Chancellor Concepcion also signed a Memorandum of Agreement to join the five-party MCT Decision Body that will deliberate and approve the Collective Trademark Design, Slogan, Claim, and Corporate Design. The signing ceremonies were held on 6 April as part of the "Mindanao Today, Mindanao Tomorrow" forum in Davao City.              

IN MARILOG (DAVAO CITY) LAND RESERVATION a seminar on sustainable agriculture practices was given on 21 March by ACIAR project researcher Lemuel Legado to some 23 farmers. This was followed by land preparation on 13 April of an area of about 200 square meters for the establishment of a demo farm for sustainable agriculture. This will be planted with cucumber, squash, and lettuce, and will use organic inputs such as vermi-compost. IN LAAK-VERUELA LAND RESERVATION in Compostela Valley province, Prof. Emma Bayogan (Dept/Bio. Sci.  & Envir. Studies), Viena Monterde, Leizl Secretaria, Angelyn Lacap, Nipada Ranmeechai, and fellow researchers delivered extension services on 10 April in the form of lectures and demos for the post-harvest handling of crops, fruits, and vegetables. This is part of their research project with ACIAR (Australia).          

PASSERS OF THE JANUARY 2018 ARCHITECT LICENSURE EXAM attended the Oath-taking Ceremonies organized by the Professional Regulation Commission Davao Regional Office on 3 April 2018. Alumni who took their oaths were Anthony A. Dela Rosa (BSA 2015), Armel Cizarre P. Tan (BSA 2016), and Krisna Liz B. Tantano (BSA 2016).  The program has maintained its 100%-passing rate in the board exams since 2009 and has produced seven board top-notchers.                 

THE MASTER IN MANAGEMENT (MM) program for Academic Year 2018-2019 issued bulletins beginning 19 April announcing the opening of its application period to end on 30 May. Formerly on a trimester schedule, the MM will commence its semester schedule beginning AY 2018-19.      

PINILIAY CAMPUS ELECTIONS for the 2018-2019 student councils were held on 22 April. For the University Student Council, Anak UPMin student party had a complete slate of 13 candidates while Pulos student party had three. Pulos candidate Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) won as chairperson together with his two councilors, with Anak-UPMin taking the rest of the seats led by Keith Justine Moreno as vice-chair. In the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Council, Anak-UPMin fielded a complete slate of seven candidates eventually winning six led by Allan Olar (BA Communication Arts) as chairperson. In the College of Science and Mathematics, similarly, Anak-UPMin had a complete slate of seven led by Brian Sabanal (BS Biology) elected as chairperson.       

“HAPÁK UG SÁLOM” a 3-day badminton clinic for youths was held from 30 April to 2 May 2018 in the Human Kinetics Building located in the Davao City-UP Sports Complex, UP Mindanao campus. Some 15 youths completed the clinic. UP MINDANAO TABLE TENNIS INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT was a one-day tournament on 29 April that saw 43 players, from children to senior citizens, in competition at the Human Kinetics Building. The two events were organized by students of the Department of Human Kinetics Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science.            

Goal: Promote access and diversity

THE NETHERLANDS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME provided funding support to enable Asst. Prof. Exegesis Bangcaya (SOM) to attend training on “Market Access for Food Security” on 26 February-16 March 2018 at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. She was among the 3 Filipino participants. Other participants were from Nepal, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, India, and Jordan.                            

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO 2018 REGIONAL RESEARCH CONGRESS was held on 14 March 2018 in Davao City on the theme "Engaging transformative research towards sustainable regional development". The Congress provided a channel for BS Biology senior Sammer Burgos to present her undergraduate paper, "Non-invasive Molecular Profiling in Bats using Mitochondrial Cytochrome Oxidase I Gene" with Assoc. Prof. Lyre Anni Murao (DBSES) as co-author. She was awarded a Certificate of Recognition as Best Paper in the Biodiversity and Environment Category.       

THE ASEAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS’ (AYE) CHALLENGE 2018 was held on 1-7 April 2018 in National University of Malaysia (Universiti of Kebangsaan Malaysia) on the theme “Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship through Information Technology”. AYE 2018 had 15 teams from universities in ASEAN countries including UP Mindanao BS Agribusiness Economics students Genny Catog and Gloriline Deximo. Students were tested through competitive tasks, such as the Test-Moz quiz on ASEAN knowledge, the Agro-preneur Pitch on agricultural issues problem-solving, the Techno-preneur Pitch, the Marketing Pitch, the Negotiation Game, and the 4th Industrial Revolution Smart Home. The UP Mindanao team came in at 4th Place behind UP Visayas at 1st Place, followed by Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia, and Universiti Utara Malaysia.                           

THE 37TH MINDANAO PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP was held on 6-9 April 2018 at the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City. The UP Mindanao Debate Society delegation, composed of Frederick Omalza (BS Biology), Nissa Caderao (BS ABE), and Michael Bacus (BSB), were quarter-finalists, with Sarika Rey (BA English) as adjudicator. Earlier, on 3 April the Debate Society held “Litok: the Art of Discourse (A Public Debate Exhibition)” for UP Mindanao students.                    
PHI SIGMA BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE HONORS SOCIETY UP Chapter sent a notice to 23 students in April of their being qualified for membership to the Society. They were enjoined to signify their interest in membership by 23 April and of their willingness to attend the induction ceremonies to be held on 12 May. 

DEPT. OF HUMAN KINETICS sent Inst. Albert Ramos to serve as a resource person to “2018 USEP MAJOR e-sports-casting event” organized by the University of Southeastern Phils. student council. Using the popular online computer game Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) over a period of three weekends with seminars and games culminating on 14 April , the event sought to imbue the values of sportsmanship into computer gaming. These covered the use of language, behavior, apparel, and other values of sportsmanship.                                 

“1ST UP MINDANAO ALUMNI, FACULTY, & STAFF CLIMB” was organized by the UP Mindanao Mountaineering Society student org. on 28-29 April 2018. The destination was Mt. Arakan Crater in Compostela Valley province. The trek was accomplished and the destination reached by six climbers with four alumni from BS Architecture, BS Food Technology, and BA Communication Arts.                                          

Goal: Improve welfare of constituents

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ALL UP WORKERS UNION was held in UP Mindanao in 4-6 April. All UP Constituent Universities were represented. Day 1 had seminars on “Responsible use of social media” given by Anna Razel Ramirez and “Ang Unyonista bilang Kawani ng  Unibersidad at Sambayanan” given by Jossel Ebesate. Day 2 and 3 had the National Council Meeting attended by the National Council representatives, the presidents and VPs of each chapter, and invited observers. National president Alex Mejia delivered his President’s Report. Staff Regent Analiza Fulvadora reported on concerns, namely, the Annual Physical Exams, the Individual Contracts of Service of Job Order Personnel, and the Filling-up of Personnel Items, as well as welfare and development concerns. Resolutions were issued at the culmination of the Meeting. Chancellor Concepcion thanked the union for choosing UP Mindanao as the venue. She mentioned that Mindanao has some of the poorest provinces and that a UP presence can increase the capability of government, the private sector, and the population in Mindanao to help overcome poverty. Towards this end, she reiterated her appeal for personnel items that are needed to create stability in UP Mindanao.                                    

THE UP MADAYAW MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE, the cooperative of UP Mindanao personnel, held its 20th General Assembly on 9 April 2018, presided by Chairperson Lynda Buenaobra. The agenda items were the minutes of the 2017 general assembly, the audited financial statements, trainings, the Cooperative Audit Performance Report, the proposed alternative dispute resolution, and the proposed Code of Ethics; all of which were presented and approved. Elections for two vacant seats in the Board of Directors resulted in the selection of Marilou Montiflor and Analiza Fulvadora as directors, as well as the selection of chairpersons for the committees on election and audit. The cooperative acquired 15 additional members from the ranks of new personnel. 

USAPANG eHOPE AT GSIS was organized by the All UP Academic Employees Union in partnership with the administration on 16 April. UPMin chapter president Ruth Gamboa gave the rationale for the forum as being an opportunity to enhance the e-HOPE. UP Manila AUPAEU chapter president Dr. Gene Nisperos discussed their proposals such as: to expand e-HOPE; include job-order/contractual personnel; to implement “no-cash-out”; to use “relative value” for setting doctor’s fees; and to incentivize good health. Other concerns mentioned were on coverage for retired employees and family members, and preferred hospitals and doctors, among others. VC Antonio Obsioma reported that some 62 personnel received support from FAPHE and e-HoPE since 2010, including repeat beneficiaries, with P2.397 million in funds provided. In the open forum, HRDO chief Stella Salazar reported that talks with hospitals may realize the "no cash-out" policy in place by June 2018. GSIS officer Oscar Fortuna, for his part, addressed concerns on arrears, billings, the Portability Law between GSIS and SSS, and UMID cards. Chancellor Concepcion thanked the Union for organizing the forum in addition to those provided by administration offices. She reminded the attendees of the need to be informed of their rights and privileges and urged them to stay in government service and "serve the people".

Goal: Optimize use of resources

UP MINDANAO FOUNDATION announced the appointment of their new vice-president in UPLB alumnus Dr. Anacleto “Kitoy” Guevarra in its Monthly Meeting on 6 April 2018. He assumed the post vacated by Luciano “Sonny” Puyod who passed away on 1 March 2018. Present at the meeting were President Francisco “Bobby” Ramos Jr., Treasurer Romero Blancaver, Secretary Charmaine Valentin, Norman Clemente representing Trustee Alex Valoria, and UP Mindanao PRO Rene Estremera representing Chancellor Concepcion.                 

UPAA-DAVAO DIRECTOR Roberto Puentespina (DVM, UPLB) hosted BS Biology students under a/Prof. Cyrose Silvosa to a field exposure and study tour to Davao Thermo Biotech Corporation on 30 April 2018 in Toril, Davao City. The facility is a waste-composting facility that uses hyper-thermophillic bacteria to aid in hastening the composting process of biodegradable wastes. This trip is one of the activities of the GE class, BIO9: Biotechnology and Society.

100%-passing in LET, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

SEVEN ALUMNI PASSED THE LET (Licensure Exam for Teachers) in March 2018, endowing the honor of a 100%-passing performance for UP Mindanao, according to the Professional Regulations Commission website. In addition, UP Mindanao is included in the list of "Best Performing Schools in the Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers". UPMin is in Rank #1 together 12 other schools who have a 100%-passing rate as of September 2017. This is published in the following website accessed on 24 May 2018. https://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/prcgov/march-2018-let-results-secondary-passers-e-g/

SCUAA National Games, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

The 2018 Phil. Association of State Universities and Colleges-State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (PASUC-SCUAA) National Games was held in Antique on 18-24 February 2018, and was attended by thousands of athletes and trainers from some 102 Philippine state colleges and universities. The UP Mindanao delegation of athletes to the Games, headed by Varsity Coordinator Prof. Armando Salazar,  were deployed to the Davao Region teams for swimming, futsal (indoor football), chess, volleyball, and badminton.

At the end, the Varsity swimmers and their coach won a total of 8 medals and a 2nd runner-up trophy, as part of the Davao Region Swim Team. Swimmer Juan Antonio Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics) won 5 medals: 1 bronze, in the 50m Butterfly; 2 silvers, in the 200m IM and in the 50m Freestyle; and 2 golds, in the 100m and in the 200m Freestyle events, where he bested his previous time records. Swimmer Bhazel Acac (BS Food Technology) won two bronze medals, in the 400m IM and in the 100m Butterfly events. Coach Vasit Venturillo was awarded a bronze medal in the best coach category.

The team received a trophy for 3rd place (a.k.a. 2nd runner-up) for overall ranking in Men’s Swimming, while achieving 4th overall ranking among all regional teams for combined men and women in swimming; based on the combined group effort, placings, and equivalent points of the rest of the swim team comprised of UP-Mindanao swimmers Dominique Epie (BSABE), Kathryn Hintay (BS Architecture), Angelica Jem Verga (BSA), and Paula Yap (BS Computer Science), with team members from other Davao SUCs.

The Davao Women’s Volleyball team, among whose members includes Varsity First Striker Junissa Consuegra (BS Biology), was able to enter the quarterfinals after beating ARMM (3 sets), Region 12 (3 sets), and Region 4 (5 sets). Ms. Consuegra was able to provide essential kills during the games, but the team eventually fell away from the top 3 spot after succumbing to a well-fought and convincing 5-set, 14-16 score, game against Region 8.

Badminton player Sharyz Dane Cabalhin delivered a good individual performance, as she was able to win her single games against Region 5 and 7, although the team was not able to best the rest of the teams in the bracket.

Chess players Cherrie Lopez (BSABE), and Shenna Malnegro (BSA) were able to contribute to the Davao Region team’s Swiss-system score of 6 points (12th place), securing a victory against Region 5, but bowing to match-ups against Region 1, 4, and 7.

The Futsal team was able to gain early ground into the bracket-placing with a commanding 3-0 win against Region 8 but suffered a 0-5 defeat against Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). A third game with defending champion Region 3--which would determine their fate in the quarterfinals--was intensely fought but was ultimately lost. (By: Albert Francis Reginald T. Ramos, UP Mindanao)

UP in THE Asia’s Top 200

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Riding on its research being cited by the world’s scholars, the University of the Philippines made a big jump in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 359 universities of the region. The Philippine national university leaped from the 201st-250th ranked group in 2017 to the top 200, placing 156th, in 2018.THE released the results of its 2018 Asia rankings on February 7, 2018.UP is the only Philippine university to figure in the THE rankings, which is currently led by the National University of Singapore.At the same time, in the THE World University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 1,000 universities in the world, UP moved in overall ranking from the 801st-1,000th ranked universities up to the 601st-800th ranked universities. In the areas of clinical, pre-clinical and health, UP ranks higher, falling under the 201-250 ranked group.UP is one of the top 3 Asian universities that moved the most in terms of citations of UP’s published research works by scholars from different parts of the world according to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista. According to THE data, UP’s citations score rose from 13.5 in 2017 to 40 in 2018.The citations score is a measure of the research influence of the university. THE tries to capture the average number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally, using bibliometric data from Elsevier over five years.The citations score comprises 30 percent of the overall score, alongside teaching (25 percent), research (30 percent), international outlook (7.5 percent), and industry income (7.5 percent). From 2017, UP’s teaching score rose slightly from 23 to 23.4; and research, from 10.6 to 11.5.; although its international outlook and industry income scores fell several points.Bautista cited information personally shared by representatives of Elsevier to the university a week ago, revealing that papers from UP are cited 14 percent more frequently than the world average. In medicine, they are cited 336 percent more frequently, according to the same source.“We have not gone to details in terms of areas where we have more influence,” Bautista said. “For now we believe Elsevier when it says our citations are global as opposed to being confined to particular regions only.”The most recent THE Asia University Rankings are published at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/regional-ranking. (Jo. Lontoc, MPRO)

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