"Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous People's Community through Agricultural Projects", an on-going program located in the UP Mindanao Marilog Land Reservation was given recognition with a "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service" in ceremonies held on January 30.
The plaque of award states, "University of the Philippines Office of the President presents this Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service to the Office of the Chancellor Land Reservation Management Office 'Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous Peoples Community through Agricultural Projects' University of the Philippines Mindanao, in recognition of its exemplary work contributing to the fulfillment of UP's mandate to lead as a public service university. Given this 30th day of January 2017 at the Executive House, University of the Philipines, Diliman, Quezon City, (signed) Alfredo E. Pascual, President".
According to Land Management Officer Joel Sagadal, the UP Mindanao project was one of six awardees selected from a field of more than 100 proponents from the Constituent Universities of the University of the Philippines System.
The project has the Obu-Manuvu indigenous people among its proponents and beneficiaries. The program began with an agro-forestry project with Kennemer Foods Inc. in 2011, and extended to making of banana chips and other food from agricultural produce, food packaging and labeling, natural farming techniques and organic fertilizer-making, and the production of cacao, cardava banana, strawberries, and vegetables.
Evaluators for the "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service" were UP VP for Public Affairs Edna Estifania Co (National College of Public Administration and Governance), Prof. Emeritus Manuel Flores Bonifacio (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy), Prof. Jocelyn Caragay (College of Social work and Community Development), and Prof. Jaime Veneracion (former chairman, Dept. of History).
(See the photos here)