THE University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) satellite facility in UP-Mindanao (UP-Min) is expected to conduct whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to detect Covid-19 variants before the end of the year.

Dr. Rachel Joy Pasion, DOH-Davao Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head, said in a virtual presser on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, that the UP-Min PGC is targeted to operate by November this year.

Based on their initial meetings, Pasion said the operation of UP-Min PGC is still waiting for funding for the operation of the facility.

The Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies (DBSES) and Department of Food Science and Technology (DFST) and the Department of Humanities (DH) of UP Mindanao in partnership with the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Mindanao put forward a public service program for Mindanao researchers and collaborators through research assistance coupled with technical support on species identification. The sets of data generated from this research may contribute to a broad range of applications from taxonomy, biodiversity conservation programs, and opportunities for bio-economy in Mindanao that can significantly help Philippine biodiversity.

Several Japanese and Philippine institutions are teaming up to conduct a study on water-related disaster risks and enhance flood management in the country, particularly in the Pampanga River basin and Pasig-Marikina River and Laguna Lake basin.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), along with International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Public Works Research Institute in Japan, and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) are working on research for the project development of a Hybrid Water-Related Disaster Risk Assessment Technology for Sustainable Local Economic Development Policy or HyDEPP to help address global issues like climate change.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao and Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) held on 21 May 2021 an online Presentation of Outputs and Virtual Turnover of Maps of their project,“Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal Areas in Davao Gulf to Climate-related Hazards” for the funding agency, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) under its DARE TO (Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities) Program.

Project Leader and UP Mindanao Professor Annabelle Novero presented the Project Overview and Summary of Accomplishments, naming the cities and municipalities involved, the trainings provided, the maps and publications produced, to CHED Senior Research Grants Officer Jamie Sese and local government officials who attended online.