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BOR approves BukSU’s accomplishments, projects, programs

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS/04 October 2021) The Board of Regents (BOR), governing body of Bukidnon State University, approved the latest quarterly accomplishment report, proposed projects, and programs of the university in its 189th regular meeting last month.

BOR Chair and CHED Commissioner Perfecto A. Alibin presided over the meeting via Zoom Application on September 9, 2021. The BOR approved with commendation the University President’s Report, which is an accounting of the university’s accomplishments in the preceding quarter.

BOR Vice Chair and University President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, in his report, highlighted the preparations done by the university for the opening of classes for School Year 2021-2022. He also reported to the BOR the successful livestreaming of the 87th Commencement Exercises of the university, quality assurance activities of the university, research and extension endeavors, internationalization engagements, and highlights of the operations of the university in the third quarter.

The board approved three memoranda of agreement (MOA), including BukSU’s partnership deal with the Visayas Mindanao Consortium of Journal Publication Inc. (VMCJPI) for the hosting of the 2nd International Conference on Methodological Advances in Research.

BukSU recently collaborated with BINUS University and Universitas Sultan Agung of Indonesia, and Burapha University International College of Thailand in organizing a VIRTUAL MOBILITY PROGRAM titled "Student Exchange Program in Language and Social Behavior." The event featured 15 BukSU students from various departments, as well as two faculty members as panelists.

The board also granted authority to procure for various infrastructure projects, goods and services for the main and satellite campuses. The BOR also approved the school calendar for SY 2021-2022 and the revised graduate school curriculum presented by university officials. The BOR also approved the linkages and partnerships between BukSU and external stakeholders as defined in respective memoranda of agreements.

Aside from Commissioner Alibin, other BOR members present during the meeting were DOST-10 Director Alfonso P. Alamban, NEDA-10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, Alumni Regent Dr. Victor M. Barroso, Faculty Regent Mr. Ivan Heinrich A. Villanueva, Student Regent Supreme Student Council President Lawrence David S. Baylosis and private sector representatives Dr. Jocelyn K. Tamin and Mr. Ray Anthony M. Ramos. (Richard Ian Mark T. Necosia, OVPAPD)

Korea-based peace group, BukSU ink MOU for peace education

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Korea-based peace organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Bukidnon State University (BukSU) signed a memorandum of understanding for the integration of peace education on August 19, 2021.

BukSU President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Hazel Jean M. Abejuela joined HWPL Chair, Man Hee Lee based in Seoul, South Korea and Executive Director in the Philippines Oh Taek Soo in the virtual signing ceremony with the theme “Becoming One for Peace”.

The MOU was geared to establish a framework of cooperation and understanding between the two organizations in achieving a culture of peace through activities that raise awareness on peace, as stated in Article 10 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War drafted by HWPL.

Both parties pledged to provide professional expertise and share experiences required to achieve common objectives.

The signing came as an offshoot of the three-day virtual training on July 28-30, 2021 with the HWPL. The MOU was geared to establish a framework of cooperation and understanding between the two organizations in achieving cessation of war and spreading a culture of peace through activities that raise awareness on peace, as stated in Article 10 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War drafted by HWPL.

As a premiere institution for higher learning, BukSU endeavors to continue providing quality tertiary education and advance the ideals of peace studies integration. The partnership with HWPL for the initiation of a peaceful community is along with the initiatives in consonance to the CHED Peace Studies.

Both parties pledged to provide professional expertise and share experiences required to achieve common objectives. The deed formally recognized the collaboration, in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education-10.

During the virtual signing rites, an opening billboard was streamed featuring the initiatives of HWPL in its multifarious actions and endeavors. Philippines National Coordinator for HWPL Peace Education Ms. Alecka Fajardo introduced HWPL with its role and function.

Ms. Claire Jeon, International Coordinator for Peace Education South Seoul Branch, delivered a speech on behalf of the HWPL South Seoul Branch Director. Dr. Cabañelez, BukSU President, responded with an acceptance speech. The ceremonial and commemorative signing of the MOU was then done. The Coordinator for Peace Education Ms. Esperanza Dela Cruz also gave a presentation. (Allan Bariñan, General Education Department)

CAS GEC Department stirs ‘Lemonade’ wellness program

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The General Education Courses Department of the College of Arts and Sciences initiated a faculty wellness program with the theme “When life gives you LEMON, make a lemonade – A LEMONADE Party” on August 24, 2021.
The activity aims to keep the wellness of the faculty in the department amidst the pandemic. A lemon is symbolically presented as a sign of huge benefits aside from being a food, it is an infection prevention and as a natural major remedy.
The event was fully-participated by the department’s __ members who joined in shades of yellow get up. The activity included a levelling-off expectation and sharing of issues.
A select group also served light food as the program started. Ms. Keah Chamen, another faculty member facilitated the structured learning activity.
The participants proceeded to posting ad sharing of written quotes from lemon styled paper cut-outs. Each participant was also asked to pick a a quote posted by other participants to complement one’s personal quote.
Ms. Francesca Ysabel L. Cadeliña, another GEC faculty, shared an inspirational message following the concepts of group processing and complementing the concerns raised. The group then sang After Image’s “Tag-Ulan” just before a prayer to cap the event. (Allan Bariñan, General Education Department)

BukSU submits to ISO 9001-2015 certification up to 2023

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS/30 July 2021) Bukidnon State University has submitted its quality management systems for re-certification with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-9001-2015 standards.

Socotec Auditors conducted an on-going recertification audit on major processes of the university mostly via Zoom Application on July 29 to 30, 2021.

SOCOTEC Certification International awarded BukSU with an ISO 9001-2015 certification in August 2018, valid for three years with annual surveillance audits. BukSU hurdled surveillance audits in 2019 and 2020. On the third year, Socotec auditors hold a recertification, instead of a surveillance audit.

BukSU President Dr. Oscar B. Cabańelez, in his remarks, welcomed auditors and commended everyone’s effort for continuous improvement despite the pandemic. He vowed to continue to fully support the next steps of the university’s quest for quality and excellence.

Lead Auditor Ringo Pabua spearheaded the six-member audit team of technical experts, whose objective was to confirm the continued conformity and effectiveness of the management system as a whole, and the continued relevance and applicability for the scope of ISO 9001:2015 certification.

BukSU’s certification scope includes “provision of educational services covering undergraduate and graduate studies, College of Law, research, extension and development, students and administrative services.  

On July 29, auditors cited positive comments and some observations during the Day 1 wrap up. They covered six areas: context of the organization, graduate studies and College of Law, Human Resource/Training, Student Affairs/Guidance, and Document Control. The Master of Educational Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration were sampled for the graduate programs checked in this audit.

On July 30, auditors checked on nine processes: undergraduate academic program; curriculum design and development; research, extension and international affairs; admission and registrar; engineering/facilities maintenance/calibration; procurement/property and supply; library; internal audit; and management review.

SOCOTEC, formerly Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars, had assessed and registered against the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 standards the Quality Management Systems of BukSU in August 30, 2017, which expired in August 2018. The university immediately submitted itself to be certified against the ISO 9001-2015 standards.

In last year’s surveillance audit, auditors cited four positive findings including the “highly evident” ISO culture and commitment of the top management and process owners. The auditors also cited the university’s response and initiatives related with the COVID-19, which it extended to the community.

SOCOTEC auditors, last year, also commended the College of Education and College of Law as well as the Research and Extension units as “competent, well-prepared and knowledgeable” about their processes. The three units were among those sampled for audit. Auditors also checked on the top management, the document controllers, procurement procedures and the internal quality audit of the university.

In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Executive Order 605 institutionalizing the structure, mechanisms and standards to implement the government quality management program. State universities and colleges were enjoined to establish ISO-Quality Management Systems and be certified.

The Government Quality Management Committee, which is a member of the AO 25 Secretariat of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems, saw to it the inclusion of ISO certification as one of the requirements in the release of Performance-based Bonus (PBB) to government agencies. (Walter I. Balane/OP-Information and Publication Services)

BukSU obtains “Very much satisfied” 2021 1st Sem customer satisfaction

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS/08 October 2021) Bukidnon State University obtained an over-all average rating of 4.94 or “Very Much Satisfied” customer satisfaction, based on the report of the University Feedback Management Committee during the annual university-wide management review on July 21, 2021 via Zoom.

Dr. Lorenzo B. Dinlayan III, head of the University Feedback Management Committee, revealed the rating for January to June 2021 during his presentation in the review. He cited that the university consistently obtained the rating, which reflects the sustainability of the university’s commitment to clientele satisfaction and commendable customer service.

He noted that most of the negative feedback recorded were minor complaints which were already resolved by concerned units.

University President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez chaired the review with the three vice presidents and other officials taking their own turn to present status of actions taken arising from the previous management review. They also presented highlights of their respective accomplishments and upcoming activities and priority areas.

Top management, deans, directors and unit heads of the university attended this annual event, which is the routine assessment of the university’s management system in terms of accomplishing intended quality objectives and producing desired results as efficiently as possible. Top management also discussed during the review appropriate interventions and action plans developed to address pertinent university issues.
Mr. Dante S. Victoria Jr., VP for Administration, Planning and Development highlighted in his recommendations for improvement the strengthening of mechanisms to handle customer complaints, establishing academic linkages, review and monitoring of MFO accomplishments, and firming up health and safety protocols as well as transparency mechanisms.
Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, Chair of the Performance Management Team (PMT), presented a report on the Performance Commitment Rating of the units for the first rating period of 2021. She discussed the accomplishments of the units against their major final outputs (MFOs) and enumerated the actions to be taken by concerned units especially on unmet targets.
Dr. Jesus B. Juevesano, ISO Coordinator, reported on the consolidated results and corrective actions taken from the conducted internal audits by the university Internal Quality Audit (IQA) Team. He also cited the status of non-conformities and observations raised by external auditors from 2017-2019.
Mrs. Rosanna S. Generato, Chief Administrative Officer for Administrative Division, , presented the status of actions taken on the issues and complains raised to the university. She began with a discussion of the feedback and complaint mechanism of the university as stated in BukSU’s Revised Citizen’s Charter and identified the actions taken on complaints received by the university.

The Planning and Development Unit served as Secretariat to the annual management review. (Richard Ian Mark T. Necosia, OVPAPD)

BukSU earns 100% passing rate anew in PH Nursing Licensure Exams

MALAYBALAY CITY (23 July 2021) The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released on July 16, 2021 the results of the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) it administered on July 3 to 4, 2021. 

Of the 7, 746 test-takers, only 5, 008 passed.  Two Bukidnon State University graduates took the exams; a first timer and a repeater. They both passed.

This is the fifth time the university garnered a 100% passing percentage in the NLE.   The university earned the same feat in June 2009, November 2011, November 2017, and November 2019. (Trisha Ysobelle M. Morales/College of Nursing publications contributor)   

BukSU receives aid for Botanical Gardens improvements

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, Bukidnon State University president, receives the P1 million check from Mr. Roberto “Bobby” Flores as the Flores Family’s donation for improvements and maintenance of the university’s Botanical Gardens and Herbarium (BGH) in a turn over rites on July 8, 2021 at the BukSU Mini Theatre. In the other photo, Dr. Cabańelez issues an acknowledgement receipt.

Mr. Brian Flores, son of Mayor Florencio T. Flores Jr. joins Mr. Roberto T. Flores, Malaybalay City Executive Assistant, in the turnover of the financial assistance, which the Flores Family pledged in May 2021 during the opening the BukSU Botanical Gardens and Herbarium.

OP-IPS photos by Christopher P. Cordova

IPO registers BukSU’s first utility model

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has recently issued the registration certificate for BukSU’s first utility model, courtesy of the Automotive Department.

After a year and a half of waiting,  the IPOPHL released the certificate for the Instructional Automotive Charging System with Automotive and Integrated Circuit innovated by Mr. Rene M. Chavez and Mr. Jhoncher D. Hapayon.

The team with their new member, Mr. Rodulfo S. Oco,  joined the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit at Robinsons Place Valencia City on November 11 to 13, 2019.

The group won 3rd place in the 15-entry regional competition’s creative research category.

The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) granted the group free utility model registration.

The team presented the registration certificate to the University President, Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez on July 8, 2021.  

Similar to patents, utility models protect new technical inventions through granting a limited exclusive right to prevent others from commercially exploiting the protected inventions without consents of the right holders, according to the World Intellectual Property Office.

CHED approves P18.3 M Smart Campus grant to BukSU

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MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved the P18.3 million funding for Project Endeavor, BukSU’s Smart Campus Initiative.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, BukSU President, together with Mr. Dante S. Victoria Jr, Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development and Project Leader participated in the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 24, during the CHED Press Conference on Smart Campus and Updates on Limited Face-to-Face classes.

Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, CHED Chairperson, presided over the virtual event, which was also attended by other grantees of the smart campus development.

The CHED Smart Campus grant is part of the government allocation provided in Republic Act 11494 otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” to help SUCs implement flexible learning modalities.

Of the 111 state universities and colleges (SUCs) who submitted smart campus proposals, BukSU is the only SUC in Region X and one of the 19 SUCs in the first batch of grantees.

The BukSU Project Endeavor envisions a resilient and next-generation university where information and communications technology (ICT) supports quality instruction, optimizes research activities, sustains extension and community engagements, boosts production and performance, and streamlines governance and management of resources. Its main objective is to develop an enabling environment where technology can provide new platforms for holistic student development, upscaling of personnel competencies and increased operational efficiency. The project is set to benefit BukSU’s 15,000 students and more than 600 faculty members.

Project Leader VP Victoria explained that Project Endeavor will augment the implementation of BukSU’s Flexible Learning Systems through three smart campus solutions.

First, the campus area network will be expanded through a fiber optic cabling system connecting the BukSU Annex Campus to the Main Campus and installing more internet access points to areas in the main campus identified as dead spots.

Second, internet connectivity in the campus will be strengthened via upgrading to a 1Gbps CIR leased line.

Finally, the university will subscribe to a licensed, propriety learning management system (LMS) for synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

Dr. Cabañelez thanked the national government and CHED for supporting higher education institutions (HEI) to be a beacon of hope and a bastion of innovation for learning amid the pandemic. The university is also grateful to its governing board headed by Commissioner Perfecto A. Alibin for endorsing the project. (Richard Ian Mark T. Necosia/OVPAPD)

BukSU employs 50% capacity, suspends on site transactions in main campus

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS/04 June 2021) Bukidnon State University has implemented a two-week alternative work arrangement (AWA) with 50 percent capacity and suspended on-site transactions for its clientele in the main campus.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabańelez, university president, has issued Memorandum No. 099, series of 2021 on June 4 for the re-implementation of the AWA for BukSU personnel from June 7 to June 18, 2021.
The memorandum was based on Administrative Order No. 188, series of 2021 of the City Government of Malaybalay and as per recommendation of the University COVID-19 Task Force.

The AWA applies to all personnel in the main campus whose nature of work suits the arrangement, as provided in Memorandum No. 93, series of 2020.

With this, only half of BukSU personnel in the main campus will physically report at a time. The other half are on work from home (WFH) arrangement. All unit heads were instructed to monitor and ensure essential routine tasks and the delivery of services to stakeholders are not hampered.

Those assigned to report on-site were mandated to wear all protective equipment available – face masks and face shields while inside the main campus. The university has also ordered disinfection procedures, limited physical inter-office transactions, and allowed no on-site gatherings/meetings.

The university also suspended all on-site or physical transactions by visitors and its clients in the main campus starting June 7, 2021 “until further notice”. Dr. Cabańelez’ latest advisory cited the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the locality.

Instead, visitors, students, and other clients were encouraged to use available online channels include the Facebook accounts: “BUKSU Bukidnon State University”, the official social media account of the university; the “Bukidnon State University Registrar,” “BukSU-OSS” of the Office of Student Services; and the “BukSU Admission and Testing Office”.

Those who have transactions with the accounting and cashiering offices, were directed to contact them through email via . (Walter I. Balane/OP-Information and Publication Services)

BukSU implements Free Higher Education since 2018

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University is now on its third year of implementation of the Republic Act 10931 or the Free Higher Education Act with an average of 13,000 students per semester from its main and 16 satellite campuses.

The university has received a total of P728.3 million from the national government in a span of five semesters so far to cover the implementation of the Free Higher Education Program with P438.5 million; the Tertiary Education Subsidy program with P231.2 million; the Student Financial Assistance Programs (STUFAPS) P57.4 million; and the Bayanihan II for Higher Education Tulong Dunong with P1.2 million.

An average of 25 percent of the university’s 13,000 students have also received the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES), which provides P40,000 annual grants to qualified students.

Since the 2018 to 2019 school year, the university has implemented this education flag ship program of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte as one of the 112 state universities and colleges and 78 local universities and colleges implementing the program.

Devera Tipasal, a second year Public Administration student of the College of Administration, said the program has helped young people like her to have hope and chance to overcome poverty with a tertiary education.

Tipasal, who hails from Bolonay, Impasug-ong town, was among the students who thanked the government in a testimony about their experience as TES grantees during the visit of Commission on Higher Education Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III on May 28, 2021 here in BukSU.

De Vera said one of the purposes of his visit was to claim victory for Philippine Higher Education with the accomplishments so far of the program.

Atty. Ryan L. Estevez, executive director of the Unified Financial Assistance for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) said higher education become much more accessible to the students who come from different culture and abilities.

He added that especially during the pandemic, students struggled the most to meet the necessities in online learning with the staggering rate of unemployment this year and the closing of businesses, parents were not sure how to provide for their children.

“Suddenly, it become a question whether education is a priority over other needs. Thankfully, most of our grantees were able to continue their studies. Thanks to Free Higher Education and Tertiary Education Subsidy,” he said.

Wendalyn L. Remoreran, a third year Social Science student from Valencia City, said she was able to help buy medicines and family provisions when his father lost his job and fell ill during the earlier days of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Based on a research conducted by BukSU among 880 beneficiaries of TES, they said their grants helped them overcome difficulties like insufficient financial resources for basic personal and school needs, accessing resources to address health needs and to pay loans incurred for school related needs, and buying learning materials and communication devices like laptop and internet, and school supplies.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabańelez, BukSU President, said the university remains committed in providing quality higher education in the countryside.

“We in BukSU are very much grateful for the support extended to us by our government. Rest assured as an academic institution of the region we will always be in support to the plans and goals of the government in promoting available, accessible free tertiary education in the province through the Commission on Higher Education,” he said in his message included in a documentary of the university’s implementation of the program. (OP-Information and Publication Services)

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