Eleven alumni of U.P. Mindanao are newly-licensed medical doctors after having passed the August 2015 Physician Licensure Examination. The new doctors are Raquel B. Agustin (BS Biology 2010), Modassir D. Calalagan (BSB 2010), Loradel Marbella S. Calio (BSB 2010), Ed Levi L. Camarillo (BSB 2010), Marcel Joshua L. del Fierro (BSB 2010), Donna Veda T. Escarlos (BSB 2009), Dannel Patrisha Grace H. Hiquiana (BSB 2009), Alfred Daniel M. Navarro (BSB 2010), Stephen Matthew B. Santos (BSB 2010, cum laude), Maria Sabrina A. Suaybaguio (BSB 2010), and Jude Carlo J. Muca (BSFT 2009). [image/info from College of Science and Mathematics]
UP's Pride and Glory
Prof. Nilo Oponda (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Compu. Sci.) gives a talk at the Project Climate Twin Phoenix conference in Tacloban City in June 2015. Representatives from local governments covered under the Resilience and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) program adopted their implementation strategies for the survey on Climate and disaster Exposure Database (ClimEx.db) in a two-day workshop in June 2015. The database shall be the source of valuable information for the preparation of climate and disaster risk-sensitive comprehensive development and land use plans, contingency plan, as well as guide the community-based initiatives of RAPID. “The process of long-term recovery requires a factual base to understand who and what are at risk, and what makes them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters”, emphasized Climate Change Office’s Assistant Secretary Goco in her opening message. The survey will adopt a tablet-based application, ClimEx.db, in the collection of household, building and production area data, which allows faster and more efficient data gathering, processing, and data analysis – veering away from the traditional paper-based surveys. Data are georeferenced, allowing their use in geographic information system platforms and overlay with thematic and hazard maps. The app is a breakthrough in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Developed under Project Climate Twin Phoenix by the CCO, it has been used in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and the municipalities of Boston and New Bataan. (from PCTP-RAPID Program website)
The LiDAR 2 project held a Map Turn-over Ceremony on 21-22 July 2015 in Quezon City. LiDAR 2 participating institutions turned over maps to local government officials of Davao Oriental and other partners. In the photo are Sr. Research Supervisor Melvin Pasaporte, Senator Cynthia Villar, UP Mindanao LiDAR 2 project leader Prof. Annabelle Novero, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, Exec. Director Rowena Guevara, and other officials. Phil-LIDAR-2, also known as Detailed Resources Assessment Using LiDaR aims to produce high-resolution maps and formulate recommendations regarding the inventory and vulnerability assessment of resources. The Phil-LiDaR-2 components are the Philippine Agricultural Resources and Facilities Inventory from LIDAR Survey (PARMap) led by Ariel C. Blanco, the Coastal Resources Inventory from LIDAR Surveys (CoastMap) led by Ayin M. Tamondong, the Forest Resource Extraction from LIDAR Surveys (FRExLS) led by Enrico C. Paringit, and Development of Philippine Hydrologic Dataset (PHD) from LIDAR led by Anjillyn Mae C. Perez, and the Philippine Renewable Energy Resource Inventory from LIDAR (REMaps) led by Ma. Rosario Concepcion Ang.
ALUMNI WHO ARE NEW TEACHERS converged at the oath-taking on 09 July for passers of the March 2015 Licensure Exam for Teachers. In the photo are (left-right) UP Mindanao Vice Chancellor Antonio Obsioma, April Mae A. Ydel (BA Anthropology 2010), 7th-placer Arturo S. Ballesteros III (BS Biology 2009), Joy Reginaldo-Risonar (BA Communication Arts 2003), Marianne C. Seras (BA Communication Arts 2013), and Rae Katherine V. Duran (BA Communication Arts 2006). Last year, alumna Zaidy Ong (BA Anthropology) made it to the 9th-place in the March 2014 LET. See more photos here.
As reported in the Sun-Star Davao newspaper issue of 22 June 2015:
UP Mindanao BS Architecture graduates registered a 100%-passing rate in the June 2015 Licensure Examination for Architecture. The new architects are Gwen Harriet R. Bautista, Karla Kressel L. Cereño, Agnes S. Canuto, Dairy Brylle D. Galua, Janreel C. Ignalig, Val Lois Gosimvino L. Israel, Lloyd Mark A. Monteveros, Jed Clinton D. Obeña, Mark Ndsy L. Puso, John Alexander O. Setarios, Modesto Omerglenn D. Tolentino, and Myra P. Zamora. All 12 were LEA first-timers. They were among the 1,201 passers of the 1,964 examinees who took the LEA on 12 and 14 June 2015. According to reports from the UP Mindanao Department of Architecture, this is the seventh straight year that the BS Architecture graduates registered a 100%-passing rate. Department chair, Prof. Jean Marie V. Juanga, attributed the success to the "collaborative effort and dedication of the Department faculty to mentor the students to become top-notch in their field and to have a noble aim in their personal pursuits." Seen in the file photo from May 2015 are Prof. Juanga (left) and Myra Zamora.