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Asia Pacific body appoints 4 BukSU Execs in committees

MALAYBALAY CITY (May 5, 2021) Bukidnon State University’s three vice presidents and its director for quality assurance have been appointed as members of four committees of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) during the recently concluded online Extraordinary Executive Board Meeting on March 17, 2021.

The Executive Board unanimously approved three-newly formed committees, in addition to two existing committees.

The five AUAP committees are Research and Innovation Committee (RIC), Digital Transformation Committee (DTC), Communication Committee (CC), Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), and Country Chapter Committee Chair (CCC). 

According to, the AUAP is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), holding the highest formal consultative status with UNESCO. Its primary purpose is to be the main platform for interaction and collaboration between members, and to be the effective voice of universities in Asia and the Pacific region.

Dr. Hazel Jean M. Abejuela, VP for Academic Affairs (VPAA), had been appointed as member of the Communications Committee, which was tasked to come up with innovative ideas on how to project the image of AUAP into a dynamic, relevant, and effective association of higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the challenges of the committee is to effectively brand AUAP.

Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, VP for Research, Extension and Innovations, had been named as member of the Research and innovations Committee, which is expected to come up with some recommendations that will develop and strengthen research capabilities of member institutions, so they can produce relevant and innovative research projects.

Mr. Dante S. Victoria, Jr, VP for Administration, Planning and Development, was appointed as member of the Digital Transformation Committee. The body was tasked to give recommendations on how to assist member institutions in digitally transforming their respective institutions especially during this pandemic.

Dr. Maribel G. Valdez, Quality Assurance Director was also named a member of the Quality Assurance Committee, which was tasked to produce an instrument for accreditation of higher education institutions which can be accepted and used internationally.

All four AUAP committee members will serve for three years: from April 19, 2021 to April 18, 2024.

According to AUAP, these groups will be instrumental in the formulation and implementation of the different strategies that they are working.

AUAP organizes regular conferences and workshops for higher education leaders and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss important issues and the challenges facing higher education today. AUAP promotes and helps enhance mutually beneficial cooperation among educational institutions, and is dedicated to render such services to its member institutions.
(Analiza D. Marquez/OP-Information and Publication Services)

RDC-10 holds workshop on BukSU-led research program

The Regional Development Council-10 (RDC-10) held a consultation meeting cum workshop on the RDC-10 sanctioned study on "Multidimensional Analysis of Determinants in the Academic Achievement of Basic Education Learners in Northern Mindanao: Its Implication to Higher Education Institutions." 

The meeting sought to refine the policy recommendations of the research program, in consultation with key stakeholders, prior to the adoption by the RDC-10 through its Social Development Committee. Participants came from state universities and colleges in the region, the Department of Education 10, the Commission on Higher Education-10, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-10, and the local government units. 

BukSU, in collaboration with researchers from Camiguin Polytechnic State College, Central Mindanao University, Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology, and the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, conducted the research program to address issues and gaps in basic education in Northern Mindanao. (Ms Joanne Vivien B. Necosia, Executive Assistant of OVPREIA)

DOST eyes BukSU as SETUP partner

The Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon has considered Bukidnon State University as probable recipient of a set of equipment from its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

The DOST-Bukidnon has requested BukSU to provide a storage space for a set of equipment, which is in transit from one client to the next while transfer procedure is in progress. 

Ms. Ritchie Mae L. Guino, DOST-Bukidnon officer-in-charge, said the equipment could be donated to the university if no client is qualified to assume its use within six months.

The set includes a liquid vertical form fill seal machine, cooker/mixer, and a planetary mixer.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Innovations-Extension Unit and the College of Technology (COT) has facilitated the undertaking in BukSU.

COT faculty has noted that if the equipment set will be donated to BukSU later, it can help the students and faculty in the Food Technology Department in the delivery of quality instruction.

The possible donation is also viewed to open possible opportunities on potential product innovations by the students, faculty, and the college’s extension stakeholders. 

Bukidnon State University commits to intensify its partnership with relevant agencies to sustain development efforts. (Ms. Joanna Ruth S. Paloma/University Extension Unit)

BukSU Board reappoints private sector representatives

In photo: Private sector representatives, Mr. Ray Anthony Ramos and  Dr. Jocelyn K. Tamin (middle) with BukSU officials Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, President, Ms. Wilma L. Gregory, Finance Officer, and Mr. Donald P. Donasco, IT Officer shared a posed during their visit at the Bukidnon Studies Center on January 19, 2021.

MALAYBALAY CITY (March 31, 2021) The Board of Regents (BOR) of Bukidnon State University reappointed its two public sector representatives, businessman Ray Anthony M. Ramos and   dentist Jocelyn K. Tamin.

The two board members now serve their second two-year terms.   Ramos’ and Tamin’s first term as members of the BOR was from December 28, 2018 to December 28, 2020. The BOR approved their re-appointment on March 10, 2021 and will end in March 2023.  

Mr. Ramos, 51, worked as a nurse at the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital from 1990 to 1995. Both his parents were businesspersons. He then pursued business as an active member of the Flat Glass Alliance of the Philippines and Petron Dealers Association.

He finished his elementary in Bukidnon State College,  his high school in Xavier University, and his bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the Liceo De Cagayan.
  Mr. Ramos lives with his family in Malaybalay City.   Dr. Tamin, a professional dentist, was previously hailed as Most Outstanding Dental Provider of the Bukidnon Health Insurance Project in 1998. She revitalized the local chapter of the Philippine Dental Association.

Dr. Tamin is an active member of the Philippine Dental Association, Bukidnon Dental Society Inc, Bukidnon Stomodeum, Ang Buhing Pulong Community, The Sword of the Spirit, and Christ the King Association.  

She is also a women’s welfare advocate with her participation in the activities of the Asia Region Women’s Council, International Women’s Conference, and Asia Pacific Dental Convention.

She completed her dentistry at Centro Escolar University. She went to San Isidro College for her high school and Bukidnon Normal Laboratory School (now BukSU) for her elementary.    Her family lives in Malaybalay City.  

Based on Republic Act No. 9456, the law which converted Bukidnon State College into a university, two prominent citizens from the private sector who have distinguished themselves in their profession or fields of specialization shall be appointed as members of the BOR, the governing board of the University.  

The appointment shall be from among a list of at least five persons qualified in the Province of Bukidnon, as recommended by the search committee, based on the normal standards and qualifications for the position set by the Board.  

The two representatives shall serve for a term of two years from the date of appointment.  

Prior to reappointment, the Evaluation Committee assessed the accomplishments vis-a- vis their performance.

The committee is composed of the VP for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Alumni Relations Coordinator, Faculty and Non-Teaching Representatives, University Registrar, and the Office of the Board Secretary, as the secretariat.  

In their evaluation, the evaluation committee noted the active support of the two private sector representatives to the university’s implementation of flexible learning modes, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, and the academic continuity plan relative to the new normal in higher education.  

Both board members were actively involved in monitoring the implementation status of the university’s infrastructure projects and facilities.  

According to the committee’s evaluation report, Mr. Ramos and Dr. Tamin showed passion and commitment without any hesitation in serving as members of the board with their presence in majority of the BOR meetings. Both officials also extended support to the Non-Teaching Employees Associations and BukSU Faculty Association.  (Analiza Marquez/OP-Information and Publication Services)

Women’s History and Heroes: A Symposium on Her Story and How She Rose

         As part of the university's celebration of the 2021 National Women's Month, the Gender and Development Unit conducted a virtual event entitled Women's History and Heroes: A Symposium on Her Story and How She Rose. The activity celebrated the vibrant history of women empowerment at the global, national and local level. The guest speaker was Ms. Charisse "Chang" Jordan, UN Women National Project Coordinator for the Philippines Safe and Fair Project. Ms. Jordan shared the milestones in women empowerment and the stories of women in the contemporary world, especially during the pandemic. The activity also featured BukSU women narratives or Juana Laban Stories of Dr. Catherine C. Salvo, Ms. Chandrani Yves E. Estrada and Ms. Rowena F. Egargo. |Ms. Joanne Vivien S. Belderol, OVPREI information point person for OP-IPS

BukSU’s GAD Unit joins Juanas Fight vs. Pandemya

BukSU's Gender and Development unit holds an online exhibit through its Facebook: Gender Development Buksu on March 5, 2021.

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The BukSU Gender and Development Unit spearheaded the celebration of the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We make Change Work for Women - Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”. The unit scheduled numerous activities that intended to highlight the extraordinary roles of women in the society as forerunners of change.

The unit launched a radio program on March 3, 2021 in pursuit of its commitment towards advancing gender equality and promoting women empowerment.

The unit spearheaded the first GAD radio program in the province entitled Thanks GAD, I’m Fine: A BukSU-GAD Initiative which airs in the university’s radio station, dxBU 104.5, every Wednesday 8:30-9:00 a.m. Another major activity is the month-long Online Exhibit for Women with Significant Contribution in the society.

Featured in the exhibit were the following leaders:
Pltcol. Ellen V. Avanzado, Shirlene B. Dagawasan-Sario, Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon, Hon Ma. Theresa H. Aban-Camannong, Dr. Ma. Socorro Ester R. Paluga, Dr. Erika Fille Tupas Legara, Amirah Ali Lidasan, Nemesia Padilla Babanto, RN, Dr. Ellen N. Delante-Cabahug, Dr. Neonita Dagasuan Danao, Vicenta Tadiar Flores and Hon. Juliette T. Uy.

This exhibit can be viewed via the Gender Development Buksu (Gad Unit) Facebook Account.

Aside from the exhibit, the other activities for the month are virtual forums for faculty and staff, contests for students, and wellness programs for women in the workplace.

Dr. Marichu Montecillo, BukSU GAD Focal Person said the unit stands that COVID-19 pandemic will not hinder its advocacy.

“Rather we can make this trying time a means of attaining gender fairness by helping, uplifting, and supporting one another regardless of gender,” she added.  (By  Myda Jane L. Ubilas/GAD publications contributor)

BukSU College of Nursing honors the late Mrs. Vicenta Flores, Bukidnon pioneering nurse

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The Bukidnon State University College of Nursing faculty gave posthumous honors to one of the nurse pioneers of the City of Malaybalay and the province of Bukidnon, Mrs. Vicenta Tadiar Flores.

The honor was given in line with BukSU’s commemoration of the world-wide celebration of the 2021 Women’s Month. With the COVID-19 pandemic knocking on everybody’s door, the Gender and Development Unit had to dig deep into its arsenals for undertakings that would suit the current situation and push the cause of women everywhere.

One of the activities, which came to fruition was the showcase and recognition of empowered local women who have distinct contributions to various fields in our society.

This is the late nurse Vicente Flores’ story.

She was one of 10 children, born and raised in San Fernando, La Union. She graduated from the Mary Johnston School of Nursing in Tondo, Manila, finishing when World War II broke out.

She enlisted in the Army, becoming an Army Nurse in the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) where she met her future husband, Lieutenant Florencio M. Flores, then serving as a doctor in the army.

They got married after the war and migrated from Luzon to Mindanao, settling down in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. She started married life far away from her family, in a place where language and customs are unknown to her, with no friends or extended family.

She then pursued her nursing career at the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital (now Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center or BPMC), working long shifts, assisting in surgeries, taking heed of the sick and at the same time taking care of a rapidly growing family – eventually raising seven children. They were blessed with 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren

When her husband went into private practice, she stood by his side and assisted in surgeries and helped deliver hundreds of babies. She took care of the new mothers as well as their infants, cooking their meals, bathing, feeding and teaching them about self and infant care.

She taught them how to tend for wounds and how to recognize and prevent infection. When her clients unburdened themselves and talked about personal problems, she counseled them when appropriate.

She and her husband were active members of the Rotary Club for many years. One of the projects of the club was to go on Medical Missions, extending her expertise in nursing and her passion for health care into community service.

This led her to follow another path, as a public servant. Very early on, before “Women’s Rights” became a rallying cry, she recognized that the political arena seemed to be reserved for men, to the complete exclusion of women.

As a political novice, she threw her hat in the ring and ran for municipal councilor in 1966, becoming the first woman to ever run for office in the history of Malaybalay. She won and garnered the highest number of votes. She served the community in her capacity as Councilor for 20 years. She shattered the glass ceiling by opening the door for other talented women to run for office after her.

Her political acumen morphed into a leadership role with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Malaybalay Chapter, serving as president and eventually as lifetime member. She believed in molding young girls to become confident young women and future leaders.

In addition to her nursing career and political service, Vicenta was also a successful businessperson. She co-owned and managed various businesses and establishments including local rice farms and became sole owner of these after her husband passed away. The businesses thrived under her guidance, some of which are still operating today.

Throughout her life in Malaybalay, she was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, her strong faith paramount to the decisions she made the way she lived her life - a nurse pioneer, a family person, a public servant, a businessperson and a champion for women. (Red Robin P. Babanto/ College of Nursing)

AUSTRADE-trained BukSU faculty give echo webinar on teaching, assessment strategies

Mr. Chaseur Leo Vann O. Ontolan of the Language and Letters Department is one of the particpant of the ASEAN Teachers training last year shared his learnings to BukSU faculty.

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Faculty members who attended an ASEAN-wide training last year spoke in a university-wide echo webinar on “Teaching Assessment and Strategies for Blended/ Hybrid Classrooms” on March 3, 2021.

Mr. Chaseur Leo Vann O. Ontolan of the Language and Letters Department and Dr. Iris April L. Ramirez of the Bachelor of Secondary Education Science Program attended the international online training from October 28 to November 4, 2020 entitled ASEAN Teachers #UpskillwithAU Training organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and AUSTRADE (Australian Trade and Investment Commission).

Through the webinar, Mr. Ontolan and Dr. Ramirez implemented their re-entry plan, designed to echo their   insights and experiences in an online training.

Forty-eight teachers and technology integrators representing the different colleges of BukSU Main and satellite campuses attended the webinar held on March 3, 1:30-4:30 pm via Zoom.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) sponsored the webinar. Dr. Rizza R. Consad, CITL Director and International Affairs Unit (IAU) Director Ms Laurelee B. Cabacungan spoke in the preliminaries of the webinar to welcome participants and explain its rationale.

The two faculty attended the series of training-webinars for teachers within the ASEAN countries with speakers from high-ranking Australian University educators from Monash University, The University of Sydney, Queensland University and The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with Phoenix University.   

The series focused on Using Online STEM Pedagogies to Enhance Teaching; Creative Ways of Successful Teaching and Assessments Using Digital Tools in STEM Lessons; Active English Learning Strategies for Blended/ Hybrid Classrooms; and Digital Tools and Strategies for Enhancing Learning Through English as Medium of Instruction (EMI).

BukSU's engagement was part of CHED’s (Higher Education) Bayanihan Program where institutions with Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development in Teacher Education were invited to nominate two representatives to join as participants.

Dr. Ramirez represented the College of Education and Mr. Ontolan the Bachelor of Arts in English under the College of Arts and Sciences. Both programs are currently Centers of Development of BukSU. (Ms. Rowena F. Egargo/International Affairs Unit publication contributor)

BukSU College of Law offers IP course

Atty. Bert Estrada saved a pose during their online class on IP and the Law, a two-unit subject.| Contributed shot

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The BukSU College of Law offered an elective course called Indigenous Peoples (IP) and the Law in the Juris Doctor non-thesis Program starting Academic Year 2020-2021.  

IP and the Law is a two-unit subject which analyzes the pre-conquest of many colonial states, including the Philippines, which shows the existence of customary laws practiced by native inhabitants and indigenous systems of government, according to a briefer from the College of Law.  

This is the first time a course on IP and the Law is offered in the university, which includes “culture-sensitivity” among the core values it promotes to its constituents.  

The course is relevant for College of Law students especially that indigenous peoples continue to suffer marginalization and displacement in different parts of the world.

The course introduces the students in general to the development of international protection for indigenous peoples and; in particular, to the constitutional and domestic framework of protection for indigenous Filipinos.

The law course also examines more closely international labor conventions affecting tribal populations, the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples and relevant international law decisions.  

Portions of the course also paid attention to the New Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997, including the landmark decision of Cruz V. Secretary of DENR.  

The college briefer said they applied a multi-disciplinary approach in the course in order to enlighten the students about the impact of formal legal systems on the property rights and relations of indigenous peoples within their ancestral domains, including their traditional culture and practices.  

The inclusion of the subject is part of the university’s thrust to integrate cultural-sensitive subjects in the Juris Doctor curriculum. (Contributed material from the College of Law)

BukSU wins 6th Justitia Moot Court Competition

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University’s College of Law Debate and Moot Society (DMS) bagged the championship in the 6th Annual Justitia Moot Court Virtual Competition, organized by the Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law (TCRL).

BukSU beat eight other schools with a total of 10 teams in the competition held on January 30 via Zoom with the theme “Striking the Balance Between Police Power and the Right to Non-Discrimination.”

The one-day competition featured two preliminary rounds and a final round. During the event, teams of law students from across the country create novel solutions to emerging issues in international law and to advocate and argue for their positions before a panel of esteemed judges.

The winning team was composed of Cassie Adrienne L. Tagupa, Jeanette Ives Torrejos, Jacinth Felice Maristela, Cristopher Ecuacion, and Rosa Misciel Galdavores as the team admin.

Another team from Mindanao, from the University of Mindanao won first runner up with one of its speakers hailed as the best oralist.

The competition tackled emerging issues in international law. In the final round, BukSU speakers Tagupa and Torrejos prevailed over their opponent on the issue of expulsion or threat of expulsion of citizens of Amira from Rophan.

Ruby Jan Casas and Rica Zharian Cabe also participated as oralists during the competition, representing BukSU Law DMS’s 2nd Team.   Nine schools from all over the country participated in the competition which included submission of memorials and rounds of oral arguments via Zoom derived from a formulated compromis or an agreement between two parties to submit a dispute to international arbitration for a binding resolution.

The University of Cebu won the competition in 2015, St. Louis University in 2016, the University of the Philippines in 2017, the University of Batangas in 2018, and the Jose Maria College in 2019.

TCRL aims to be the leader and central repository for Rule of Law studies in the Philippines and the ASEAN region and to  attain its mission, the TCRL anchors itself on three foundational Rule of Law Pillars: (1)Rule of Law and Good Governance; (2)Rule of Law and the Private Sector; and (3) Rule of Law and Sustainable Development. Through competitions such as this, law students are trained on human rights advocacy, and litigation. (With reports from College of Law)

BukSU to conduct virtual academic orientation for second sem

Malaybalay City 13 January 2021| Bukidnon State University’s Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will spearhead the conduct of the Virtual Academic Orientation for the Second Semester of School Year 2020-2021.

The five-day virtual academic orientation is scheduled on the following dates:

On February 1, 2021
9:00am-11:00am Vision, Mission, Goals and OutcomesDr. Hazel Jean M. Abejuela, VPAA
1:00pm-4:00pm Student ServicesOffice of the Students Services
On February 2-3, 2021
9:00am-11:00am Alternative Modality in Delivering           Guidance Services amidst PandemicUniversity Guidance Center
On February 4 to 5, 2021
9:00am-11:00am Flexible Learning SystemCenter for Innovative Teaching and Learning
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