The UP Mindanao Department of Architecture continued its record of achievement with another 100%-passing rate in the January 2017 Architect Licensure Exam. The new architects are Ellen Marie Bebelone, Karl Kevin Bernasor, Amor De Castro II, Patrick Deo Dela Cruz, Mich Lourence Jubelag, Hannah Liza Saquilabon, Alleyne Erika Santos, and Chrystele Santos.
UP's Pride and Glory
"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).
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The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP-Mindanao) Swim Team earned their places in the Davao Region team after emerging as overall champion in swim events in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Regional Selection held in Mati City. The SCUAA was held to select athletes to represent Davao Region in the National SCUAA Meet to be held on 20-24 February in Batangas.
The 7-person-strong UP Mindanao Swim Team, under Coach Albert Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics), raked in 33 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals across different swim events.
The UP Mindanao rookie delegation--participating for the first time in the Regional SCUAA--also claimed second place and five silver medals in Women's Futsal (indoor football) under coach Krishna Balaga, and second place with three silver medals in Women's Beach Volleyball under coach Jezreel Abarca, with the Table Tennis and Chess teams completing the delegation headed by Prof. Armando Salazar.
Consequently, the Davao Region Swim Team will be composed of 5 women, namely UP-Mindanao's Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Dominique Epie (BS Agribusiness Economics), Kathrine Hintay (BS Architecture), Angelica Jem Verga (BSA), and Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.) and 5 men, namely UP-Mindanao's Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.) and Juan Mendoza (BS Agribus. Econ.), with Elthon Buhay, John Cuyos, and Carlo Nazareno. Coach Ramos was selected as head coach.
Also selected to represent Davao Region were UP-Mindanao volleyball players Junissa Consuegra (BS Biology), Hannah Ricci Baronia (BS Food Tech.), and Kimberly Joy Uy ((BSFT), and table tennis player Deborah Naciongayo (BS Computer Sci.).
Coach Ramos proclaimed, "It’s Time for UP-Minda-NOW! This is our slogan to describe the increasing and progressive presence of the University in the field of sports beyond the local scene".
The SCUAA Regional Selection was held on 25-28 January with the participation of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), Compostela Valley State College (CVSC), University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Davao Del Norte State College (DNSC), and UP Mindanao.
The publication "Banwa Monograph Series 1: Mapping Sago" was released by the Office of Research in January. The Monograph contains 11 articles with Associate Professor Myfel D. Paluga (Dept. of Social Sciences) as Editor. The publication has a dedication page for former Associate Professor Dulce M. Flores. The journal articles:
- Inflorescence: Mapping the Development of Interdisciplinary Studies on the Sago Palm in the University of the Philippines, by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio, MR Bonghanoy, AG Moran
- The Indigenous Dry Sago Starch Extraction Process of Argao, Cebu, in the Central Philippines: Process Documentation and flour Laboratory Analysis, by DM Flores
- “For really it is only pounded wood” Ethnohistory of Sago in the Philippines from the Precolonial Period to the Twentieth Century, by AM Ragragio, MD Paluga
- Indigenous Technological Innovations in Palm Starch Extraction in Central Philippines, by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio
- Recent Distribution of Sago Palms in the Philippines, by JR Santillan, MM Santillan
- Bioresource Availability and Potential Starch Yield of Sago Stands in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, by LB Estaña, JE Acosta, NB Oponda, JL Oñez
- Market Potential for Sago Starch and Its Derivatives in the Philippines, by NL Laorden, AA Fedillaga, TR Acuña, BM Ramoneda, SB Concepcion
- Mapping Suitable Areas for Mass Propagation of Sago Palms in the Philippines, by MM Santillan, JR Santillan
- Traditional and Alternative Methods of Sago Palm Propagation, by AD Delima
- Financial Viability of Developing a Sago Plantation in the Philippines, by TR Acuña, NL Laorden, AA Fedillaga, BM Ramonete, SB Concepcion
- Popularizing and Advocating Sago (and other Native Plants), by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio, EM Ragragio, AG Moran
See the cover design here
Fusarium wilt in banana and other agri-food and industry research findings were disclosed in the 8th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM), held on October 27-28 in Davao City.
A total of 67 researches from 35 organizations were presented on the theme of "Building Resilience: Agribusiness in Times of Flux".
Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease, was addressed in talks by Dr. Sietze Vellema of Wageningen University and by Dr. Agustin Molina of Biodiversity International. This threat to the banana industry was further discussed in a plenary panel with experts from different sectors.
The rice industry and the use of climate-smart rice production were presented in a second plenary session.
A total of 175 participants heard the research findings from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Netherlands, Southeast Asia, and the Philippine islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Sessions tackled studies on: improving agricultural production for livestock, poultry, and other produce; post-harvest technologies for fruits, sweet pepper, and dehydrated vegetables, among others; supply and value chains for vegetables, prawns, and sea-cucumber; and agri-products development for sago flour, baked products, chicken burger, and animal feeds.
The use of new technologies such as social media, geographic information systems, wireless-sensor networks, solar energy, and mathematical economic models for prices of rice and cocoa beans were shared.
Social studies tackled business competencies, sharia-based micro-finance, and household welfare for farmers; community interventions in agrarian reform communities and NGO-assisted enterprises; marketing in aquaculture and tourism; and consumer studies in consumer rights, genetically-modified crops, organic vegetables, and more.
The 8th ICAEM was organized by the UP Mindanao Office of Research in partnership with the UP School of Management and the UP Office of International Linkages.
In the photo is the Plenary Panel discussion on "The Threat of Panama Disease to the Philippine Banana Industry" with (left-right) Atty. Koronado Apuzen of Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP), Dr. Edna Anit of Dept. of Science and Technology, Dr. Susan Razo of Dept. of Agriculture, Dr. Lorna Herradura of Bureau of Plant Industry, and Dr. Benny Corcolon of Tagum Agricultural Dev't Company (TADECO), and Prof. Larry Digal, Conference Chairperson.