7 JANUARY 2019: FLAG CEREMONY on 7 January 2019 had Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion extending “Happy New Year!” to all constituents who were present, including the two vice-chancellors. The Chancellor remarked that UP Mindanao is 24 years old in 2019. UP Mindanao is now a maturing organization. It can now be a self-correcting organization. The Chancellor said that UP Mindanao is a great place to be and to work for. She advised the staff to find their individual motivation for staying in UP aside from the pay. She herself stayed in UP because she wanted her children to study in UP. She assured everyone that UP will stay and that their work will count as a contribution. She reminded everyone that 2019 is an election year. This means that there will be no new hiring or renewals. Therefore, anything that is required must be done before the moratorium. VC Antonio Obsioma in his remarks said that 2018 was stressful but this year he hoped that stress will be less. He advised everyone to learn to manage their supervisors and to manage conflict. He remarked that the government this year is adopting the cash-based system which requires more efficient procurement. He said that orientation on procurement for all constituents will be organized. He announced that January will be his last month as vice-chancellor. On March 1 his term as a regular faculty member will end. He explained that he will be taking early retirement.
10 JANUARY 2019: SPORTS COMPLEX MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNING BY DAVAO CITY AND U.P.
MESSAGE OF ATTY. DANILO L. CONCEPCION: Former Congressman Ungab, Administrator Bantiding, our VP for Development Elvira Zamora, sa inyong lahat, magandang hapon, po. Una sa lahat humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa inyo na ako ay nakarating ng alas singko ng hapon. Alam niyo, alas siyete ng umaga nasa airport na ako. Ang flight ay dapat umalis ng alas nuebe, 9:45. Pero nakaalis po ang eroplano ng two o'clock. Meron, po, kasing ginagawa sa runway so mabigat ang air traffic. Pero hindi ko, po, matiis na hindi dumating para pirmahan itong memorandum of agreement na ito. Alam ninyo, Mayor, ito ang ka-una-unahan na collaboration between the University of the Philippines and a local government unit. Ka-una-unahan po ito. It's the first of its kind. Kami, po, sa University of the Philippines ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa napakalaking tulong na ina-ambag ng pamahalaang siyudad ng Dabaw sa Universidad ng Pilipinas. Ano po ba ang gagawin namin? Bakit kina-kailangan namin ang mga pasilidad na ito? Kasi, po, talaga namang may plano ang Universidad ng Pilipinas na palawakin ang sakop ng Universidad ng Pilipinas sa Mindanao. We want this to be the lead school not only in Mindanao but sa southern part ng hemisphere na ito ng ating kapuluan Ngayon pa lang ay pinagpa-plano na namin na mag offer ang Universidad ng Pilipinas ng mga kurso na may kinalaman sa isports. Dapat po siguro ay magtayo ng kolehiyo na kami ng human kinetics sa Mindanao. At sa tulong, po, ninyo at ng ating mahal na Pangulo, ay magagawa, po, natin. Magtayo, po, tayo ng isa pang kolehiyo dito sa UP Mindanao. Siguro itong mga nakaraang buwan, hindi nakaligtas sa inyo na ang UP ay pumasok sa finals ng UAAP after 32 years. Kasi nung araw kapag nanalo tayo ng isang game, nag bo-bonfire na tayo. Kasi for 27 years lagi, pong, zero ang score natin sa panalo sa UAAP. The last time na nag champion tayo ay in 1986 during the time of Benjie Paras, Altamirano, and Magsanoc. Pero during my term ay magcha-champion ang UP. Alam ninyo ang sikreto sa pagiging malakas ang team sa anumang sports event ay nasa quality ng mga manlalaro. Hindi po tayo masyadong nakaka-recruit ng maraming manlalaro dito sa Mindanao. Kasi, po, kulang ang facilities para magkaroon ng pagsasanay ang mga estudyante natin dito sa Mindanao. Pero dahil po sa sports facilities na ito, ang Sports Complex na pagtutulungan ng UP at ng City Government ng Davao na itaguyod, ang amin pong prediction, gagaling ang mga players, mga athletes na dito ay magsasanay. At siguro sa susunod na tatlo o apat na taon makakakita na tayo ng recruitment na dito gagawin sa Mindanao, recruitment for athletes. At, siguro, dahil ang UAAP ay sa Manila lamang, dapat ay magpasimuno ang UP Mindanao na magtayo naman ng UAAP sa south. Dito naman sa Mindanao magkaroon tayo ng UAAP. Sa lahat, po, ng tulong na aming tinanggap mula sa local government ngayon, at sa mga tulong na aming tatanggapin pa in the future kami, po, ay nagpapa-salamat at taos-pusong nagbibigay ng pag-galang sa inyong pamamahala dito sa Dabaw. Magandang hapon, po, sa inyong lahat!
MESSAGE OF MAYOR SARA Z. DUTERTE: Doctora Elvira, Atty. Danilo, Cong Sid, Atty. Lawrence, ladies and gentlemen, maayong hapon sa imohang tanan. For the longest time it has always been the dream of Davawenyos to have a large sports facility in the City. We cannot underscore often enough how important it is for Davao City to have its own government-owned sports complex, not only to allow us to host major sporting events, but also to provide Davawenyos a facility to train for various sports disciplines. And now, after many years, we are glad that we finally have the Davao City-University of the Philippines Sports Complex in the UP Mindanao campus in Mintal. I'd like to underscore our gratitude to the University of the Philippines for allowing this partnership with the City Government of Davao, and for the legwork of Atty. Lawrence and Congressman Sid and Congressman Abet in making sure there is money and the that implementation of the project is on time. We thank you for working closely with us, the City Government, for allocating the parcel of land which the sports Complex now stands. Following the memorandum of understanding signed by our respective predecessors in 2015, and after three years of coordination and collaboration, today we sign the agreement that officially seals the partnership for the management and operation of the facility. With today's signing, we move closer to the attainment of our vision of transforming Davao City into a premier sports-tourism destination, as we intend to use the sports complex for the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet as a practice for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa and other sports events in the future. And with the various facilities therein that our local athletes can use in training, I am confident that we will be seeing more Dabawenyos succeed in their respective fields in sports. And, napag-usapan na din ang UAAP, attorney, when I was studying in Manila--I grew up in the province, galing probinsiya ako and i grew up in the Dominican schools network; I finished my college here in San Pedro College in Davao City--so when I went to Manila, usually mga taga-probinsiya who graduated in the province mga outsiders, nasa periphery lang. Usually there's UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST, usually mga graduate of Manila universities. So, when time na ng UAAP kung sino yung kasama ko, doon ako nagchi-cheer. Kung mga kasama ko sa pagpa-panood ay mga taga-Ateneo, Ateneo. Kasi I'm a graduate of [Philippine] Women's [College of Davao] and San Pedro [College], so cheer..Ateneo tayo! And then, when I met my husband, he's a graduate of La Salle, so nandoon naman ako. Sa kabilang side naman ako. I cheered for La Salle. and pag wala ang La Salle, so, my husband tells me, nasa FEU tayo ngayon so, FEU na chini-cheer ko. But, now that we have a partnership, UP na. There will be no other team for all employees of the City Government kundi UP. Hindi kami pwede mag-cheer for others, of course. We are already partners. This is a very big step for Davao City and for southern Mindanao. So, we thank you, everyone who helped, who worked hard, to put this together. Thank you, very much! Maayong hapon sa inyong tanan!
26 JANUARY 2019: THE DAVAO REGION ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION MEET will be held in January 2019. Davao City is hosting the DAVRAA. Dept. of Education is the lead organizer. DAVRAA games will be played in the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. For this reason, UP Mindanao is making some preparations for this event.