UP's Pride and Glory

Outstanding Niche Center in the Region (NICER) for R&D

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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 The University of the Philippines Mindanao together with its co-implementing agency, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapúa School, and collaborators of the Center for Applied Modeling, Data Analytics, and Bioinformatics for Decision Support Systems in Health (AMDABiDSS-Health) were awarded as an Outstanding Niche Center in the Region (NICER) for Research & Development in the Science for Change Program Summit-Mindanao Cluster organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on 27 May 2022 in Davao City.

AMDABiDSS-Health was awarded for its “enhanced disease surveillance via phylogenomics, epidemiology, and data analytics, successfully demonstrated during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its partnership with the Department of Health-Davao Center for Health Development to produce data-driven response in mitigating the transmission of COVID-19,” said the DOST statement.

UP Mindanao chancellor Prof. Lyre Anni Murao, AMDABiDSS program leader Prof. May Anne Mata, and project leader Von Carlo dela Torre received the awards for UP Mindanao and Malayan Colleges Mindanao during the event.

Student Recognition: Over 600 students earn honors

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

20220523 recognition headlineEarlier today, 23 May, the University of the Philippines Mindanao recognized over 600 University and College Scholars alongside students with special certifications during its virtual Student Recognition ceremony.
 
The event acknowledged the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of the student awardees during the Second Semester of Academic Year 2020-2021 and First Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022, both of which were conducted remotely. Special awardees from the BS Architecture program also received their Certificate of Building Technology and Certificate of Proficiency on Basic Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.
 
Chancellor Lyre Anni E. Murao welcomed the students and the guests to the ceremony and commended the efforts of students, parents, and faculty in overcoming the hurdles brought about by the new learning setup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her remarks, she emphasized that “UP Mindanao respects the diversity of convictions and beliefs that encompass the broad ideological spectrum… we encourage freedom of thought and expression as long as it is within legal bounds.” 
 
Related to this, she called for everyone to observe sobriety and objectivity given the current escalation of tensions brought about by hasty generalizations, subjecting the entire UP Mindanao community to undue stress due to personal and social media harassment. Chancellor Murao then promised the students: The administration will continue to protect you against any form of harassment. In turn, promise me also that you will use your critical thinking in the right track for national development.
 
Asst. Prof. Kriza Faye A. Calumba, a graduate of the BS Food Technology program in 2014 with the distinction of magna cum laude, graced the event to give her inspirational message. In her speech, she recalls her active memberships in various student organizations and how these engagements contributed in shaping her as a genuine “Iskolar ng Bayan.” As a currently-serving faculty member in the College of Science and Mathematics, she emphasized that each student’s experience is unique. In closing, Calumba echoed Chancellor Murao’s message to use critical thinking on the right track toward national development, and reminded the awardees to “always stay empowered, so you can also empower others.”
 
During the event, almost 200 student awardees attended the Zoom webinar, and more than 200 concurrent views from the YouTube livestream were recorded. Performances from the UP Mindanao Koro Kantahanay, UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble, and students from the BA Communication and Media Arts program entertained the awardees and guests.
 
The event was organized by the Offices of the University Registrar and respective College Secretaries, under the direction of the Project Development Assistant for Cultural Affairs supported by the Information Technology Office.
 
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Highlights of March 2022

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao started her first day of office as the sixth chancellor of UP Mindanao on 01 March 2021. Chancellor Murao’s term is from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2025. The office personnel held their first return to a face-to-face flag ceremony on 07 March 2022. Prof. Annabelle U. Novero was introduced as the vice-chancellor for academic affairs and Asst. Prof. Leo Manuel B. Estana was introduced as the vice-chancellor for administration.   [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7134665663272640]

The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) held a Technology Readiness Level Webinar via Zoom on 02 March 2022. Chief Science Research Specialist Melvin S.Pasaporte, Ph.D. served as the resource person.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=925077118210768

UP Alumni Association Davao held "Isang Libong Alumni, Isang Libong Kumustahan, Para Kay Oble (version 3.0)" on 05 March 2022 at Iko's Garden Restaurant, Davao City. Alumni also joined online. (UPAAD logo designed by Michaelangelo E. Dakudao)

 The design concept for the proposed Balay Alumni may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7171876342884905The UPAA-Davao promotional video may be accessed through this link: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7217215061684366

The campaign for applications for a UP Alumni email account was reiterated on UP Mindanao's online pages in March 2022. Ref: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7153158911423315

UP Mindanao personnel had their first return to the face-to-face flag ceremony and the first with Chancellor Lyre Murao on 07 March 2022. https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7171971959542010

UP Mindanao welcomed National Women's Month in March 2022. Chancellor Murao delivered a message for UP's NWM opening ceremony (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=311804260839650). UP Mindanao's Gender and Development Coordinator, Ms. Marilou Montiflor, also issued a message of support (https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7180263785379494).
ACIAR featured UP Mindanao's women researchers on their website. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7208792222526650]
A Ceremonial Launch was held for the SARS-COV-2 Genomics Biosurveillance Services in PGC Visayas and PGC Mindanao with the theme, "Drawing on Collective Strengths for Pandemic Preparedness." (https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7185414718197734). News reports were generated by the launch. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7207906955948510]
The UP Office of Admissions issued a public announcement on 09 March 2022 about the UP College Admission (UPCA) 2022 to appeal for patience to the UPCA applicants, disclosing that more than 100,000 applications were going through processing. https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7177117325694140
Officials of the Commission on Higher Education visited UP Mindanao on 10 March 2022 to inspect the Davao City-UP Sports Complex for the return of sports events. https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7182647601807779
UP Mindanao was selected to host the Mindanao leg of the Pinoy Media Congress (PMC) Digital Caravan on 19 March 2022 organized by the ABS-CBN and the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE). The roll-call showed 32 participating schools from Mindanao. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7182683815137491][https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7221855467886992]
Pahinungod UP Mindanao director Michael Gatela and associate Marsh Canuday joined the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Planning Workshop in Alabat, Quezon Province in the week of 11 March 2022 (https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7186069628132243).
UP Mindanao was mentioned in a news report on 12 March 2022 that buildings used as Davao City's Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) will end operations on 08 March. The UP Mindanao Multi-Purpose Gym and Staff Housing Building have been in service as TTMFs for 22 months since April 2021. (https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7191377714268101)
The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) held an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Protection Webinar via Zoom on 15 March 2022. The resource persons were from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
As part of the NWM celebration, the Gender and Development and the UP Madayaw Multi-Purpose Cooperative organized learning sessions on 21 March 2022, on-site and online. The resource persons and topics were: Prof. Kriza Faye Calumba on "Probiotics, [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/videos/543957107314077]" Engr. Helen Aliponga-Corton on "Common household plumbing problems, [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/videos/1183911245715814]" Ms. Maria Mae Aborde on "Kimchi and Siomai-making, [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/videos/270037338664436]" and Mx. Miguel Rodriguez, "Make-up for everyday use. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/videos/687850062525673]
Secretary Luzverfeda Pascual and Undersecretary Orville Ballitoc of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office visited UP Mindanao on 18 March 2022 to generate initiatives in support of Republic Act 115471, "An Act Declaring Davao City as the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines and the entire Davao Region as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines." [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7220037988068740]
The DMPCS webinar series continued with "Deep Learning and Imaging Para Sa Saging" delivered by Asst. Prof. Armacheska Mesa-Satina on 21 March 2022. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7227186274020578]
Regarding the proposed hospital on campus, Sun Star Davao newspaper reported in a news article dated 20 March 2022 that "During her State of the City Address on March 17, Duterte-Carpio shared that the initial budget will be used for the land development of the hospital, which will be located in Mintal inside the grounds of the University of the Philippines Mindanao." [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7226199207452618]
The Davao del Norte State College published an article on its website stating that "A team from the University of the Philippines Mindanao, under their Applied Biodiversity Research for Holistic Advancements in Mindanao (ABRAHAM) Program and FishDive Project, paid a visit to Davao del Norte State College, last February 24, 2022, to discuss a Memorandum of Agreement for future collaborations, specifically on documenting marine species diversity in the Sulu-Celebes Seas biogeographic regions and the creation of its database." [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7226375424101663]
The Communication for Development Network (C4DNet) held its general assembly on 17 March 2022, online. UP Mindanao was elected to one of three seats on the Board of Directors representing the state colleges and universities (SUC) sector. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7226367177435821]
BS Architecture student Bryan Steven Borja was mentioned in a news report as a member of the United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) team to the 2021 Architects' Regional Council Asia (Arcasia) Student Jamboree held via Zoom from October 29 to 31, 2021. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7216761658396373]
Master of Management alumnus Atty. Erwin Enad was named a commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission according to a news report accessed on 18 March 2022. [https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/7216799635059242]
 

Book Launch of "Sum of Her Parts"

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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The Davao Writers Guild invites everyone to PAGBUBUO(D),
a virtual book launch of Ria Valdez's poetry collection, "Sum of Her Parts" published by the Road Map Series.
The event will feature a poetry reading and a brief conversation with the author, a faculty member of the UP Mindanao Department of Humanities.
Streaming will go live this SATURDAY, March 26, at 6:00 PM on this page: https://www.facebook.com/davaowritersguild

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