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DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, with DOST key officials and executive committee, conducts visit to the University of the Philippines Mindanao

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DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, with DOST key officials and the executive committee, conducts a visit to the University of the Philippines Mindanao yesterday, July 28, 2022.

The officials were welcomed by the University Chancellor, Prof. Lyre Anni E. Murao, and other UPMin officials such as Vice-Chancellor Annabelle U. Novero and Vice-Chancellor Leo Manuel Estaña.

Sec. de la Peña recognized the support and contribution of UP in delivering DOST’s programs.

UP Mindanao has conducted over 30 research and innovation projects with 380M-peso funding from the DOST. Among the DOST-supported projects and programs are the AMDABIDDS, ASIMOV-HAWKS, SkAI-Pinas ALaM-LSI, and the 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗼.

The project leaders and heads presented their programs and projects during a short program conducted at the Lorenzo Hall of the university. PGC Mindanao’s Program Director, Dr. Joel Hassan Tolentino presented the 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 (𝟯) 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗚𝗖 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗼 since 2019. Since its inception, PGC Mindanao has assumed a vital role in bringing omics research and services to the island. Dr. Tolentino highlighted the contribution of the facility to the capacity building of researchers and health professionals in molecular biology, specifically on SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. Other initiatives of PGC Mindanao also include ASF detection during the emergence of the livestock crisis even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DOST officials also visited the state-of-the-art facility of PGC Mindanao currently housed inside the College of Science and Mathematics – UP Mindanao.

PGC Mindanao thanks the Department of Science and Technology for its support in the establishment of the facility in 2019.

Since its establishment, PGC Mindanao has opened doors for Mindanaoans to explore opportunities, issues, and challenges relevant to Mindanao. By facilitating science for Mindanao by Mindanaoans, PGC Mindanao, therefore, intends to be a catalyst for growth and development on the Island by forging strong research ties, and information-sharing among members of MINDANAO GENOMICS CONSORTIUM (MGC), government agencies, and private sectors. 

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