UP Mindanao webinars on the digital economy, agriculture, and food

| Written by Rene A. Estremera

UP Mindanao webinars on the digital economy, agriculture, and food


In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, the School of Management (SOM) offers free webinars on the digital economy and food security this November 2020.

Mr. Ever Abasolo, an economist, a former SOM faculty, and currently a National Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, will present a two-part lecture on “The Digital Economy and its Implications to Agricultural Development”.

Part 1, to be given on 03 November 2020, Tuesday, at 2 PM to 4 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST), will focus on “Fiscal Health and Government Response to COVID-19”.

The lecture will look into the key macroeconomic indicators before and during the time of the pandemic and unpack the fiscal strength and the landmark legislation that the government harnessed to meet the financial requirements to respond to the pandemic.

Part 2, on 05 November 2020, Thursday, 2 PM to 4 PM, PST, will look at the digital economy and its implications for agricultural development with focus on the Mindanao context. Mr. Abasolo will also discuss emerging opportunities and how the government can leverage these opportunities to fight poverty and inequality.

To register for Part 1, go to bit.ly/UPMinSOM-Webinar1; for Part 2, visit bit.ly/UPMinSOM-Webinar2.

Meanwhile, UP Mindanao Professor Emeritus Eufemio Rasco, Jr., who was responsible for linking SOM with its first Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded project in the agribusiness supply chain, will deliver a lecture on “Nature with Nurture: Plant Breeding for Food Security in the Midst of the Pandemic and Beyond” on 16 November 2020, Monday, 10 AM to 12 NN.

According to Professor Rasco, “A developing concept views the organism as a community rather than an individual, and the same is true for plants. It is now known that many of what we consider ‘traits’ to breed for are actually products of interactions between the plant and its associated microbiota. Thus, a new plant breeding approach might involve breeding for the associated microbiota rather than the plant directly.”

Professor Rasco, a retired-UP Mindanao faculty member, was conferred the Professor Emeritus title by the UP Board of Regents at its July 2020 meeting, becoming the first UP Mindanao professor emeritus. UP confers this lifetime title to selected academics for exceptionally distinguished careers in teaching, research or creative work, and public service. A professor emeritus remains on the faculty roster throughout his/her lifetime.

To register, click bit.ly/UPMinSOM-Webinar3. For more information, email somcs.upmindanao@up.edu.ph.

Since the onset of the new normal, UP Mindanao has organized and contributed to webinars in Filipino literature, disease mathematics, infectious diseases, food and business management in the new normal, genomics research, and public health.

The Philippine Genome Center-Mindanao in UP Mindanao has also trained medical personnel from various medical centers in Mindanao for COVID-19 testing and helped establish three COVID-19 testing facilities. Its Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling Lab provided mathematical models to estimate disease spread for the guidance of public officials. This is in respect of the University’s Mindanao Health Initiatives, headed by a DOST-approved Center for decision-support systems in health, which will be followed by a proposed medical education program and a proposed city hospital on campus.

Since its creation in 1995 through Republic Act 7889, UP Mindanao has produced 3,000-plus graduates, has funded close to 100 research projects, and endorsed more than 250 research projects for funding by the UP System, government agencies, and private institutions.

UP Mindanao is currently implementing its Strategic Plan 2023 to expand its academic program offerings and corresponding personnel, attract project partners through its Campus Master Development Plan, and motivate legislative action in support of the expansion program.