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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 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

|Screenshots from the MOA signing via Zoom Application (please see video at )

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)


 MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Commission on Higher Education Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III visited Bukidnon State University on May 28 to 29, 2021 to promote quality tertiary education despite the pandemic, monitor the readiness and compliance of the university for the conduct of Limited Face to Face Learning of the College of Nursing and oversee the implementation of RA 10931 or the Free Higher Education Act in BukSU.

Since the first semester of Academic Year 2018-2019, BukSU has received a total of P728.3 million from the Commission on Higher Education for the Free Higher Education, Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) and other student assistance programs. Every semester, there is an average of 25.01 percent or 3,179 students of BukSU who are grantees of the TES.

Chair De Vera’s university visit was marked by arrival birthday greetings late afternoon on May 28 until the morning of May 29 with his Padyak para sa Edukasyon from the BukSU Main Campus in Malaybalay City to the Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon.

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University launches ‘BukSU TV’ mini-documentary series

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University launched its own digital mini-documentary series dubbed BukSU TV on April 28, 2021 to showcase its current achievements and accomplishments.

Hosted by television broadcaster Rod Bolivar, the series’ first season includes the maiden episode presenting BukSU’s plans and accomplishments as a university under the administration of the current president Dr. Oscar B. Cabańelez.

Dr. Cabańelez spoke during the launch of BukSU TV at the university’s official radio program, BukSU Updates.

The second episode, which aired on May 5, 2021 presented the university’s response to the need for continuing education amidst the pandemic with the establishment of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL). Dr. Rizza R. Consad, CITL Director, explained the center’s roles and initiatives to address current education challenges.

BukSU TV featured the launching of the BukSU Botanical Gardens and Herbarium in the third episode. Dr. Lesley C. Lubos, BGH Director, cited the reasons behind and the aspirations for the Botanical Gardens and Herbarium.

A special episode on BukSU’s Implementation of the Free Higher Education Act or R.A. 10931 was featured as the fourth episode. The episode was released on May 28, 2021, in time for the visit of Commission on Higher Education Chair J. Prospero De Vera III to BukSU’s main campus.

More episodes were slated for the series’ first season including the College of Nursing’s new Academic and Health Services Building and their implementation of the Limited Face to Face classes. Another episode is also scheduled on the Information Technology support of the University for Flexible learning and aspirations for Smart Campus, the College of Education’s transfer to the Casisang Annex Campus, and the current feats of the university in research, extension, and innovations.

BukSU TV’s production team includes presenter Mr. Rod Bolivar, scriptwriter Mr. Vincent Jhun Dorias, graphic artist Mr. Deyrold Casinabe, musical scorer George Gorby Rubio, and videographer/editor Mr. Christopher P. Cordova. The series is produced by the Office of the President – Information and Publication Services. The episodes of the series were posted in the BukSU TV Youtube channel. (OP-Information and Publication Services)

IMD Coordinators hold virtual competency training

Screenshot during the first day of the online in-service training.

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The instructional materials coordinators of the different programs and departments of the main and satellite campuses convened in an online in-service training (INSET) to enhance their skills in the IM development process on May 19 to 20, 2021.
Because of the transition to the flexible learning different modalities, instructional materials produced for the first two semesters have increased so are the issues related to them. For this reason, CITL conducted the INSET for the IMD coordinators as they are responsible for the facilitation and monitoring of the IM development in their respective programs/departments.
The two-day training traced the IMD process from its conceptualization, construction, review, printing, and copyright requirements. Ms. Lora E. Añar, faculty development and support coordinator, described the various instructional design models; and Ms. Cecille Marie T. Improgo, instructional development coordinator, discussed in detail the rest of the process.
Mr. Rhondell M. Paraiso, an educational technology expert, shared theories and principles on designing IMs in print and digital formats.
Mr. John Dale S. Belderol, technology integration coordinator, walked the participants through in some of the myriad accessible digital tools, both for online and offline platforms, that could be used in the learning modules and course files.
One participant reflected, “flexibility and willingness to adapt to changes are the key to successful development of IMs. Flexibility in terms of the needed skills in this process since developing IMs doesn't only need the content knowledge of the developer, but it also requires other relevant skills such as designing and laying-out."
Another participant observed, "constructive alignment in the development of the instructional material/s is very essential. It is also very important to focus on the IM design model to properly guide the content developer all throughout the IM development journey.”
The participants’ evaluations on the INSET proved the event’s relevance.
Bukidnon State University faculty can access the INSET presentations and recordings at (John Dale S. Belderol/CITL)

BukSU joins CHED’s 27th Anniversary Celebration

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University joined the back to back celebration of the Commission on Higher Education on its 27th anniversary and on the First National Higher Education Day from May 17 to 21, 2021. As part of the university’s participation, online promotions and banners were posted via the BukSU Bukidnon State University FB Page.

BukSU also participated in giving a message in relation to this years’ theme PADYAK! Moving forward, claiming victory for the Philippine Higher Education; Pamantasan: Pandayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, university president warmly congratulated CHED in this success. He also said in the video that BukSU is one with the mission of establishing the best education of Higher Education Institutions for development. “Let’s move Forward and Claim Victory for the Philippine Higher Education!” he added.

Among the BukSU events held in time with the national celebration were:

Release of initial episodes of BukSU TV digital mini-documentary series; unveiling of university streets in honor of previous administrators; Unveiling, ribbon-cutting, and dedication of BukSU Botanical Gardens and Herbarium, Launching of Coffee Table Book on BukSU Botanical Gardens:

A pictorial Cyclopedia of Medicinal Plants; and hosting of international lectures. (OP-Information and Publication Services)

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