2015 PASUC General Assembly

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With the theme Responding to the Call for Internationalization of Higher Education: Challenges in Modernizing SUC Governance and Management, the  2015 General Assembly of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges was successfully carried out at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City, Pasay City on June 24-25, 2015 with the participation of the key officials of North Luzon Philippines State College consisting of Dr. Severino G. Alviento, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the President; Dr. Andres T. Malinnag, Jr., Director for Administrative and Finance Services; Mrs. Estrella C. Gaerlan, Director for Academic Affairs; Mrs. Marissa Ll. Mones, President of the Non-Teaching Personnel Association; Mr. Alex Q. Mendoza, President of the Faculty Association; and Mr. June A. Gaygayed, President of the Student Government.

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Alviento, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the President; Dr. Andres T. Malinnag, Jr., Director for Administrative and Finance Services; Mrs. Estrella C. Gaerlan, Director for Academic Affairs; Mrs. Marissa Ll. Mones, President of the Non-Teaching Personnel Association; Mr. Alex Q. Mendoza, President of the Faculty Association; and Mr. June A. Gaygayed, President of the Student Government.

The processional of the PASUC National Officers, Guest Speakers and Regional PASUC Chairpersons marked the official opening of the assembly. The Philippine State College of Aeronautics spearheaded the Entrance of Colors, the doxology and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. Dr. Herbert Glenn P. Reyes, the Executive Director of PASUC was made the Officer-of-the-Day and took a lucid introduction of the delegates who attended the assembly and the honored guests in the presidential table.

The welcome address was delivered by the PASUC President, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras; while Dr. Bernard R. Ramirez, the Vice President for NCR introduced the Keynote Speaker, Hon. Michael G. Aguinaldo, the Chairperson of the Commission on Audit.

A series of session lectures and presentations were done in the afternoon. Approximately 45 minutes were given to each presenter to tackle his/her assigned topic. Dr. Aleth M. Mamauag, the President of Isabela State University acted as the Officer-of-the-Day.

Mark Hallett, the Senior Director of the Office of International Programs of Colorado State University lectured on the internationalization of higher education with emphasis on global trends and cultural context, while Hon. Alex B. Brilliantes, Jr., the Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education presented the highlights of the capacity building for SUC executives cum the proposed higher education career system.

The topic, streamlining the procurement process of the SUC, was discussed by Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, while Hon. Roman T. Romulo, the chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives provided the delegates with updates on the request of the SUCs regarding the plantilla positions for teaching and non-teaching personnel. Before having a coffee break, Atty. George S. Katigbak, the legal advisor of the Foundation for Economic Freedom, Inc. lectured on the provisions of RA 10023 regarding Public School Site Titling.

The Manual of Regulations for SUCs was presented by Hon. Ruperto S. Sanggalang, Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education while the proposed allocation scheme of the 15,000 new faculty plantilla was delivered by Hon. Ricardo E. Rotoras, PASUC President.

The Guest Speaker for the afternoon session was introduced by Dr. Mamauag. The Secretary of the Department of Energy, Hon. Carlos Jericho L. Petilla spoke on the economic plight of the Filipino workers, highlighting his speech on bad insights about 5-6 systemin lending, especially among teachers who patronize this type lending.

Amalgamation of SUCs under the Philippine Higher Education Reform was tackled by Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, the PASUC Auditor and President of Ifugao State University.

An hour of executive board meeting was organized and attended by all SUC presidents of the country. The honored guest at an evening assembly was Hon. Alan Peter S. Cayetano, senator of the Philippine Senate.

The PASUC Board conducted simultaneous meetings with the different associations. The meeting lasted for three hours. It was already late in the evening when delegates went to Remington Hotel for their rest. The faculty group, the non-teaching group, the board secretaries group, and SUC presidents group had their individual separate meetings in the different session halls of Marriott Grand Ballroom. (AQM)

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