University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

UPLB, UPMin launch Mindanao Development Studies Seminars


The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 

The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added.

Present during the event were Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, vice president for public affairs of UP; Dr. Sylvia B. Concepcion, chancellor of UP Mindanao; Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of GS; Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, dean of CPAf; Dr. Rowena dT. Baconguis, director of the CPAf Institute for Governance and Rural Development; Prof. Pedro Alviola IV of UP Mindanao School of Management; and Dr. Gambhir Bhatta, technical advisor on governance of the Asian Development Bank’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department.

They were joined by the faculty, staff and students of UP Mindanao and representatives of the Mindanao Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI and Brgy. Mintal, Davao City. 

Dr. De Vera and Dr. Bhatta delivered their respective lectures on the first and second day. Fourteen UPLB students under the Ph.D. Development Studies program also presented their dissertation proposals.