Pambansang Oryentasyon sa Panitikan, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Visits

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     The Wika ng Kultura at Agham (WIKA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) led by its Tagapangulo, Virgilio Almario, held the Mindanao leg of their Pambansang Oryentasyon sa Panitikan in U.P. Mindanao, Davao City on 22-23 September.     
     According to Tagapangulo Almario in his talk "Panitikan para sa Edukasyon", among their objectives is to compile a list of original Filipino panitikan for inclusion into the curriculum of Filipino basic education.
     The two-day session produced a list of more than a hundred titles of literary works composed of various traditional and contemporary forms and types from various languages and cultural groups.
     Representatives to the Oryentasyon were Almayrah Tiburon (Mindanao State Univ.-Marawi), Josenette Braña (Dep.Ed.-Region 12), Loreen Borgonia (Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Dipolog City), Jocelyn Baluso (Assumption College of Nabunturan), Roque Morales and Simplicio de la Cruz (Ateneo De Zamboanga Univ.), Love Batoon, Angeles Ysmael, Roselle Simon, Marichu Falsario, Mary Grace de la Torre, Mubarak Tahir, and Debbie Cruspero (MSU-General Santos).
     Also present were the KWF 2014-2015 Ulirang Guro Awardees Armando Agustin (Bukidnon NHS, Malaybalay), Rhea Taboada (Impasugong NHS, Bukidnon), Richard Moral (Koronadal NCHS), Mary Jane Butalid (Datu Siang NHS, Cotabato City), Melba Pahayahay (Taft NHS, South Cotabato), Fe Clerigo (Surigao City NHS), Ma. Consuelo Jamera (Caraga Regional Science HS, Surigao dN), and Lanie Kinakin (Don Restituto Baol Central School, Gingoog City).
     Prof. Galileo Zafra, pangulo of WIKA,gave the Oryentasyon at Paglatag ng Konteksto, and Prof. John Bengan (UP Min. Kagawaran ng Humanidades) gave the Bating Pagtanggap.

     PHOTO, LEFT: Tagapangulo Almario at plenary session; RIGHT: Co-organizers Prof. John Bengan, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Tagapangulo and National Artist Virgilio Almario, Prof. Stella Salazar, Mr. Jay Jomar Quintos, Prof. Galileo Zafra, Ms. Lourdes Hinampas, Ms. Einzoely Agcaoili, and Ms. Kriscell Labor.

PhD degree program launched, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Visits

DSC 0122     University of the Philippines President Alfredo Pascual was in U.P. Mindanao on 11 September for the Launching and Inaugural Lecture of the U.P. Los Baños PhD Development Studies degree program offering in Davao City.
     President Pascual, in his message, described the day's event as a turning point for UP and the country for seeing the partnership of the two U.P. constituent universities working in new and creative ways in the spirit of "One UP". He acknowledged the presence of Mr. Ricardo Lagdameo of ANFLOCOR, a private sector group helping develop another UP campus in Panabo City, and further informed the audience of the existence of the UP Manila School of Health Sciences in Koronadal that he hoped would produce doctors who will stay to serve their home communities.
     He recalled that in his grade school geography, Mindanao was already called "The Land of Promise". He proposed to call Mindanao "the land of great promise" and a promise which the country needed to honor. The reasons, he stated, were that "more than 21.5 million people, or more than one-fifth of the Philippine population, including 27 indigenous peoples groups, live in Mindanao. As a 'food basket', one-third of the land area is devoted to agriculture, delivering 40% of the country's food requirement." He cited a 2010 study that said that mineral resources in Mindanao are valued at 312-Billion US Dollars, or 40% of the country's mineral reserves. "The people on Mindanao are literally sitting on a pot of gold" he said. In an aside, he added, "That is why we have to get going with responsible mining, but that is not happening." He said that efforts were needed to explain to people that the country needs these mineral resources and that "the children of the future might be ill-prepared to receive their legacy unless resources are generated out of these hidden treasures." He went on to enumerate the renewable energy sources of Mindanao from agricultural residues and biomass. He cited Siargao and Davao Oriental as ideal sites for ocean energy, and Surigao for wind power. He also mentioned a proposal for a solar farm in a U.P. Mindanao land reservation.
     Despite these, he noted that Mindanao was impeded by long-standing issues of poverty, inequality, corruption, and violence. He proposed that new solutions are needed that are innovative and inter-disciplinary.
     The UPLB Graduate School offering, he said, is ideal for its being comprehensive--bringing the rigor of the natural and social sciences, cutting across development issues--from the campus that is known for its expertise in forestry, agriculture, environmental science, culture,  ecology, and governance. He noted the possible contribution of UP Baguio for its similar experiences in the Cordilleras. The president reported that in  a recent world university ranking of 5,000 universities, the U.P. development studies program was in the 51st-100th-place.
     He predicted that the new degree offering, now made available in the Mindanao region, would make an impact in the Mindanao community, in research and by producing more  development experts who will create high-impact solutions that are sustainable and inclusive. He pledged that his office would continue to support similar initiatives from the UP constituent universities.
     He closed by congratulating the two constituent universities represented by UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez and UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, the UPLB Graduate School led by Dean Jose Camacho, and the faculty members associated with the new program. The president, likewise, congratulated the 16 enrolled students in the PhD program--which includes faculty members from Xavier University, University of Mindanao, San Pedro College, and U.P. Mindanao--and that he looked forward to seeing the research proposals from the class.
     The president's talk was followed by the Inaugural Lecture titled, "Inclusive Development with Identity" delivered by Prof. Raymondo Rovillos, chancellor of UP Baguio. See more photos here, po!     

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Faculty Regent holds Consultation Dialogue, 2015

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Faculty Regent Philip Ian P. Padilla visited UP Mindanao on 02 September for a consultation with the faculty members. The faculty units represented were the Departments of Humanities, Social Science, Human Kinetics, Biological Science, Food Technology, Math and Computer Science, and the School of Management. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion welcomed Regent Padilla to his second visit, recalling his first at the 18th Commencement last June. Academic Affairs OIC Nilo Oponda gave the context of the forum as being among the functions of the Regent. Regent Padilla adopted the question-and-answer format for a free-wheeling discussion and expressed his hope of being able to answer any and all queries based on policies of the UP Board of Regents and any other clarifications on issues applicable to UP Mindanao. 

Monsanto Philippines Inc. Forum, 2015

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Monsanto Philippines Inc. held a symposium in U.P. Mindanao on 20 August titled "Monsanto and the Work We Do". Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion welcomed the visitors at the Lorenzo Hall venue with a roll-call of the academic programs represented. Most were from the BS Biology, BS Food Technology, and BS Agribusiness Economics programs. Assoc. Prof. Nilo Oponda, Academic Affairs Officer-in-charge, gave a perspective on the forum and introduced the resource persons.  Ms. Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead, began with a talk on the Monsanto mission and vision and dispelled some of the "myths" propagated about the company. Dr. Gabriel Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead, gave a talk on their science titled, "Monsanto and Sustainable Agriculture", where he echoed the words of their chief executive officer, "We succeed when farmers succeed". He detailed the benefits from the genetically-modified corn, maize, and practices in agriculture, and the testimonials from Filipino farmers. Ms. Cherie Lou Ocampo, Human Resources Lead, spoke of careers that directly help to improve Filipino lives through sustainable agriculture. The students showed their knowledge of biology and genetics in the open forum and continued to engage the visiting resource persons even after the forum.

Sports Complex Memorandum of Understanding signed, 2015

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DSC 0252The University of the Philippines and the City Government of Davao City signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 6 August 2015 for the development of a sports complex in UP Mindanao, Davao City. UP President Alfredo Pascual and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte met in the campus to sign the document.

In his remarks, UP President Pascual said, "We are forging a promising partnership for the development of a 20 hectare sports complex in UP Mindanao. While this seems like an ambitious project, with the solid partner of UP, which is the city government of Davao we are certain that we can succeed in implementing this project. In our UP Charter, Republic Act 9500, there is a very specific provision on sports that says 'the University shall undertake and support the development of sports', because of all the benefits of that come from it, including developing discipline, physical fitness and, most importantly, teamwork. As a country we have got to get our act together and work like one team, and it is teamwork that we gain from being a participant in sports. I look forward to the day and time when the details of our partnership are forged when we sign our memorandum of agreement."

Mayor Duterte, in his remarks, said, "what we really need is space for the children and their recreation and there was an offer from UP that you can use this land. Ako naman ay may ma-offer na 18 hectares para sa mga displaced persons. Sa matter of fact I am also building a disaster evacuation center. These are meant to be for everybody. Even kayong mga taga UP, if you want to immerse there among the people, you can learn from there what ails our country."

Also present in the ceremony were Davao City 3rd District Congressman Isidro Ungab, UP VP for Development Elvira Zamora, UP VP for Public Affairs J.Prospero de Vera, City Administrator Melchor Quitain, OIC for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda, DPWH-XI's Wilfredo Aguilar,  UP AVP Christopher Espina, UP Mindanao officials Pedro Alviola, Maria Stella Salazar, Edwin Mendoza, Armando Salazar, Davao City officials Councilor Antoinette Principe-CastrodesJ. Christopher Mahamud, Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta, Roy Rigor, William "Butch" Ramirez, Marie Sindao, Roland Reyes, Cindy Cruz-Enerio, Bgy. Bago Oshiro Chair Christopher Lapayag, Bgy. Mintal Chair Ramon Bargamento, and their respective barangay councils, students, and the uniformed services.



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