Dr. Nilo B. Oponda (1958-2024)

We wish to inform you about the passing of our esteemed former colleague, Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, who passed away on March 11, 2024.

He served the University as a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science from 1996 until his retirement in 2021.

He took on administrative duties as Department Chairperson from 2012 to 2015, Learning Resource Center Director from 2000 to 2002, and again from 2006 to 2007.

He was appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, where he served under two chancellors, Prof. Sylvia Concepcion and Prof. Larry Digal, from 2015 to 2021.

As the VCAA, he was known to be hardworking, committed, diligent, and reliable. He guided academic units by being keen on UP Mindanao’s compliance with policies.

His persistent guidance hastened the academic units’ capacity to produce concrete output toward academic program improvement.
He supported faculty members’ plans for professional development and ensured that they stayed on track to earn advanced degrees.
He served as his chancellor’s reliable partner in lobbying for faculty items and defending the UP Mindanao recommendations on faculty promotions.
Not known to many, he has extended personal assistance to personnel who experienced economic difficulty.

The wake is at Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes at J. Abad Santos St., Davao City, from March 12 to 18, 2024.

The University is forever grateful for his service and contribution to our institution.

The UP Mindanao community expresses its sincerest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Dr. Nilo B. Oponda.

May he rest in peace, and may his memories always be remembered.


Rene A. Estremera
Public Relations Officer
University of the Philippines Mindanao
[email protected]