Faculty members of Bukidnon State University participated in the Global Learning Program (GLP) where they delivered lectures to undergraduate students at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya, Indonesia on September 18-21, 2023.
College of Education-Secondary Education Department Head, Dr. Iris April L. Ramirez gave lectures in Physics. While, the College of Arts-Language and Letters Department Chair, Dr. Salome L. Escalona delivered lectures on English.
The GLP was conducted on-site this year after having been held virtually in 2020 and 2021. In addition to the lectures, this year's GLP also included activities such as networking events, local tours, and faculty meetings. The said undertaking aimed to enhance collaboration between peers from various institutions participating in the program. It was also an opportunity to provide unique cultural and educational experiences to the guest speakers in Surabaya, Indonesia. (With reports from BukSU IAU)
Bukidnon State University’s fourth-year Philosophy student, Charles Jone M. Rosales, bagged the Best Paper award during the 2023 Societas Ethica Philosophica, Inc. (SEPI) International Conference on Christian Philosophy, Sustainability, and Development in the Philippines and Southeast Asia on September 28 to 30, 2023.
The said event was held at Silliman University and virtually via Zoom.
Rosales impressed the judges with his paper entitled “The Christian Imperative: Awakening the Ethical Consciousness of the Privileged for Social Justice.” Rosales said his paper aimed to create a practical ethical framework for privileged individuals on how they can properly and strategically utilize their privileges for the betterment of society.
Rosales believed that in the status quo, part of creating a better society is to awaken the ethical consciousness of the privileged individuals and that such privileges must be shared with the deprived ones. “I should always be grateful because I have privileges that a lot of people don't have, and such privileges should be used not just for myself but also for others,” he said.
Rosales extended his gratitude to the Philosophy program for molding his skills and for the support given to him during the event. He also hoped for future readers to embody the spirit of kindness and empathy as part of promoting social justice.
“To my future readers, may this paper spark a revolution of love and care for our fellow human beings regardless of race, gender, status, culture, and belief,” he said. (Information Unit)
Forty-two student-athletes from Bukidnon State University represented Northern Mindanao in the 2023 National Games of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA), held in Camiling, Tarlac.
The Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and Tarlac State University (TSU) will be hosting this year’s SCUAA competition from October 1 to 6, with the theme “Unity through Sports in State Universities and Colleges for National Development.”
SCUAA is an inter-regional sports competition where talented athletes gather from different state colleges and universities across the country.
The Region 10 team comprises student-athletes hailing from the region who have demonstrated outstanding performance in various sporting disciplines. These athletes have notably shone in sports competitions, such as the recently concluded Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools (MASTS).
BukSU Football Team Captain, Mr. Juarell E. Galope, cited discipline and time management as the key factors in his preparations for the competition.
“As a student-athlete, I need to become more disciplined in terms of my diet and time management so that I can balance my training and studies,” he said.
Galope is a fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Financial Management student at BukSU. He said that playing football and competing in the National Games of SCUAA was one of his dreams, and he was grateful to the university for fulfilling it.
Galope expressed his support to his teammates and encouraged them to win the gold medal. He was eager to “aim for victory” with the help and guidance from their coaches.
“To all the BukSU athletes, let's all embrace the challenge, chase our dreams, and inspire greatness. Let's make the National SCUAA 2023 unforgettable,” he said. (Information Unit)
Bukidnon State University (BukSU) officials, headed by University President Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, attended Congress Committee Hearings dedicated to deliberating the budget allocation for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) for the fiscal year 2024.
On October 02, the BukSU Team attended the Senate Committee on Finance Hearing at the Senate, Pasay City. The hearing was presided over by Senator Pia Cayetano, where the 114 SUCs all over the country proposed a total budget allocation of P100.8 billion.
On September 18 and 21, BukSU attended the pre-plenary and plenary budget hearings of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.
BukSU submitted a total budget allocation of P886.5 million, which is an increase of 7% from the university's 2023 National Expenditures Program of P826.7.
"Our priority is infrastructure development for our main, annex, and satellite campuses," said Dr. Mirasol
The BukSU Officials also seized the opportunity to meet with legislators Bukidnon 2nd District Representative Hon. Atty. Jonathan Keith T. Flores, Bukidnon 4th District Representative Hon. Laarni Lavin Roque, and Misamis Oriental 1st District Representative Hon. Christian S. Unabia. BukSU also visited Senate President, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who expressed his full support for the programs and projects of BukSU.
Bukidnon State University’s Office of the Registrar announced a total of 1,388 Dean’s Listers for the second semester of the school year 2022-2023.
The students who qualified for the Dean’s List have no grade below 2.0 with a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.75 and above.
Dean’s List students are qualified to receive a stipend amounting to P2,500 and P1,500, depending on their GWA.
Fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Development Communication student Raph Jesthony A. Cainglet said that being part of the Dean's List was unexpected, given that he was a returnee student.
“I just did my best last semester and tried harder to have good grades and to beat the deadlines of our projects,” he said.
Cainglet added that this feat boosted his confidence at the thought of being able to make it to the Dean’s List regardless of being a returnee.
“There is always a chance to be on the Dean’s List, so never give up,” he said.
He also extended his message to other students who also wanted to be on the Dean's List.
“Never give up and just continue doing your best while, at the same time, enjoying your college days,” he said. BukSU ensures that every student’s hard work and dedication to academic excellence are recognized and rewarded. This is another testament to the university’s goal of Smart Students—the holistic development of students in diverse programs and fields. (Information Unit)
MALAYBALAY CITY – In pursuit of Bukidnon State University's commitment to fostering a Smart Workforce, the Gender and Development Resource Center, in collaboration with the Guidance and Counselling Services Office and the Human Resource Management Unit, organized a brown bag session focused on promoting mental health awareness among employees on September 25, 2023.
The activity, named "Lalang-lalang Kuy (Let's Talk): A Brown Bag Session," aimed to create a secure and confidential space for employees to openly address their mental health concerns. Its goal was to cultivate a culture of well-being and heightened mental health awareness within the organization.
Leading the session was University Guidance Counselor, Dr. Mariza P. Manlagaylay, RGC. She emphasized the significance of this initiative, noting that it provides employees with a vital channel to share their problems and articulate how various factors impact their mental well-being.
The initiative started during the pandemic and was reintroduced in commemoration of the 123rd Civil Service Anniversary.
The session commenced with a simple yet profound question, "Kamusta Ka?" (How are you?), serving as a gentle means of gauging individuals' well-being. Some members of the university community, including both teaching and non-teaching staff, participated in this activity. This initiative was a testament to BukSU’s dedication to caring for its workforce through a holistic approach as it continues to serve the university with excellence. (Information Unit)
Dressed in their vibrant Mardi Gras-themed attire, employees of Bukidnon State University (BukSU) paraded around the Main Campus to kick off the celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary on September 20, 2023.
BukSU's Human Resource Management Unit (HRMU) planned a series of activities for the personnel to participate in, including health and wellness programs, a one-stop shop for government services, sports tournaments, digital and literary competitions, and team dance contests. The celebration will culminate with Employees Night on September 29.
"As a unified BukSU community, we are expressing our gratitude to our esteemed colleagues through these activities, thoughtfully prepared for everyone's enjoyment, relaxation, and stress relief. These endeavors aim to enhance our personnel's engagement and appreciation of the organization's SMART initiatives concerning their well-being, ultimately contributing to increased productivity at work," remarked Dr. Janne Claudian C. Salvana, the Head of HRMU.
The overarching theme for the Civil Service anniversary is "Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes." This theme mirrors the collective experience of the government workforce in adapting to the new normal and embracing digital transformation and innovation to uphold public service excellence and continuity.
"As we delve deep into the essence of our theme, we embark on a journey of exploration and transformation, uncovering the strategies and skills required to become agile public servants, well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the coming decade," said Dr. Lincoln V. Tan, the Vice President for Culture, Arts, Sports, and Student Services.
In her message, University President Dr. Joy M. Mirasol encouraged the personnel to "embrace new technologies, foster a culture of excellence, and above all, remain dedicated to the principles of integrity, accountability, and transparency."
"In the next decade and beyond, let us aspire to exceed these expectations and redefine what it means to be a public servant. Let our actions serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding all that the fulfillment of public trust is not just our responsibility but also our privilege," Dr. Mirasol added.
Through Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997, the month of September is designated as Civil Service Month, commemorating the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service on September 19, 1900. (Information Unit)
MALAYBALAY CITY – The 4th Division Training School (4DTS), under the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, partnered with Bukidnon State University Secondary School Laboratory (SSL) to equip the candidate soldiers with fundamental computer skills.
The "Computer Literacy Training for Military Students: A Capability Development Project," which was launched on September 17, 2023, is a series of workshops that are scheduled every weekend until the end of the year. This initiative also serves as an extension project of the SSL.
SSL faculty members facilitated the workshop for the 76 candidate soldiers of 4DTS, covering essential topics such as basic computer operations and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
"Bukidnon State University is firm in its commitment to serve the community, including our military students. In this digital age, no soldier should be left behind. This is the 21st century, and every Filipino, including [the candidate soldiers], should be able to attain essential knowledge, skills, and attitude on basic digital literacy skills," said SSL Department Head, Ms. Desiree A. Barroso.
According to the 4DTS, computer competencies not only enhance the soldiers’ individual capabilities but also contribute to the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and readiness of the military.
"With the whole-of-the-nation approach of the government, we really need the support of the stakeholders in order for the soldiers to become more professional in attaining our mission, which is the sustainment of peace and security, especially in Bukidnon," said 4DTS Commander, LTC. Manuel B. Estanilla. Since 2009, the SSL and 4DTS collaborated on various literacy projects, demonstrating BukSU’s commitment to effectively and efficiently deliver practical, relevant, and responsive programs to improve the quality of life within the community. (With a report from the SSL)
DAVAO CITY - Bukidnon State University President Dr. Joy M. Mirasol signed the Mindanao Declaration on Excellence and Equity in Public Higher Education with other SUC presidents.
Dr. Mirasol led university officials and other representatives in the 1st University of the Philippines and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Summit in Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom here on September 15, 2023. Dr. Mirasol, with Ms. Joanne Vivien B. Necosia, attended the investiture ceremonies of new UP President Atty. Angelo A. Jimenez on September 14 in the UP Mindanao Campus in Mintal, Davao City.
Dr. Carina Joane V. Barroso, VP for Research, Extension, and Innovations, led the OVPREI team in engaging in networking and preliminary meetings with concerned SUCs in the areas of research, extension, and innovations during the summit.
BukSU joined 60 other state universities and colleges (SUCs) in agreeing to work with the UP System for stronger and more effective sharing of expertise, resources, and opportunities in a five-point declaration as an outcome of the Pagtutulay, Pagtutuloy - Strengthening Partnerships in Philippine Public Higher Education.
Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, President of Batangas State University and President of Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education, were among those who spoke during the summit.
Presentations during the summit included both UP-initiated and SUCs -initiated academic, research, and publics service collaborations. Among the opportunities for collaboration offered by UP included UP Data Commons, Philippine Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), among others.
VP Barroso tagged along Ms. Joan Recente (Research Director), Dr. Ma. Teresa G. Salumintao (IPTTU Director), Dr. Zeny L. Maureal (Head, Center for Mathematical Innovations), Ms. Loraine Mae A. Ańasco (Head, Center for Local Governance), and Mr. Walter I. Balane (Head, Center for Peace Studies). The team met with potential UP and SUC collaborators. (With reports from the Center for Peace Studies)
MALAYBALAY CITY—The student-athletes from Bukidnon State University (BukSU) brought home 43 medals during the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools (MASTS) Friendship Games 2023, held in Arakan, Province of Cotabato, on September 10–15, 2023.
BukSU consisted of over 180 delegates competed in 22 different sports events. They garnered 10 gold, 6 silver, and 27 bronze medals, which secured them the 11th spot among the 32 other state universities and colleges in the overall ranking.
Mr. Darwen Noro Arnado, a Bachelor of Science in Community Development student, was one of the delegates who won a gold medal in the chess competition.
Arnado said that one factor that had a huge impact on his feat was the "consistent practice" that prepared him for the competition.
"No matter how little time you spend practicing, it can still make a huge impact on your game," he said.
With this, he encouraged all athletes to always "write their purpose for why they are playing and cite their specific goals" so they would feel motivated.
Mr. Arnado also extended his gratitude to all the coaches who have supported and taken care of them throughout the competition.
"All delegates did their best for the competition, and we are all proud to represent BukSU," added Arnado.
For Mr. and Ms. SPORTS MASTS 2023, BukSU's representatives, Princess Ianna Jane P. Lumbayan and Reymar Cris Pasquito, were named the 3rd runner-up. Both of them are Hospitality Management students.
University President Dr. Joy M. Mirasol and Vice President for Culture, Arts, Sports, and Student Services Dr. Lincoln V. Tan, together with all the coaches, extended their full support and congratulations to the BukSU participants. Participation in competitions is a testament to the BukSU's pursuit of excellence, not just in the academe but also in sports and other extracurricular activities. (Information Unit)
MALAYBALAY CITY—Bukidnon State University (BukSU) Information Technology (IT) alumni launched a digital program that serves as a one-stop hub for tourism-related activities that cater to local and international travelers on September 13, 2023, at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater in Malaybalay City.
The VISITOUR.PH is a web- and mobile-based application designed to provide updates from local government units, deliver tourism recommendations, facilitate advanced travel bookings, and establish direct connections with local tour guides.
The brainchild of this initiative can be traced back to a group of IT graduates who honed their skills during an internship at a tech company.
VISITOUR.PH co-founder and president, Emmanuel Bongayon, said that the digital platform was created for sustainable tourism. He said they have collaborated with different local government units to ensure that everyone can benefit from their platform.
He added that their team has already partnered with three provinces, two cities, and 47 municipalities. 19 partner local government units are from Mindanao, of which 13 are within Bukidnon.
The VISITOUR.PH team comprises 18 technical experts and eight of them are IT graduates from BukSU.
The start-up company behind VISITOUR.PH is set to establish its main office in the city.
According to Bongayon, the platform can also be used to showcase various creative artists who wish to advertise their creations.
VISITOUR.PH has seven main features, which include a travel guide, navigational app, listing directory, booking app, business platform, e-wallet (for merchants), and remittance app.
Travelers and visitors can now access the extensive array of services offered by VISITOUR.PH through its user-friendly website or by downloading the application on their Android and iOS mobile devices. (Information Unit)
MALAYBALAY CITY — The Bukidnon State University College of Nursing (CON) successfully marked its 17th Capping, Institutional Pinning, and Candle Lighting Ceremony at the University Gymnasium on September 8, 2023.
The event focused on the theme: BukSU Nursing Students: The Luminaries of Tomorrow's Healthcare in Upholding the Value and Ethics of Nursing. It symbolizes the transition of 231 students from their academic studies to the practical world of the healthcare profession.
CON Dean, Dr. Ma. Algerica Cuenco, highlighted the pivotal role the students play in shaping the future of healthcare stating that the said ceremony was the beginning of the students’ nursing journey.
“Take heed of this challenge for you are the luminaries of tomorrow’s healthcare,” she said.
University President Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, also emphasized in her message that Nursing is not just a profession, but a calling. She also encouraged the nursing students to carry with them the value of commitment, empathy, and respect for they have the power to inspire, heal, and comfort.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Hazel Jean M. Abejuela also extended her confidence to Batch Akasi stating that their dedication will surely have a positive impact in the years to come.
Guest speaker Jennifer M. Luzuriaga, RN, MAN, emphasized the important role that these nursing students would play in the healthcare profession.
“As you take this level, remember that your role extends beyond healthcare. You will become a healer, a listener, and a friend,” said Ms. Luzuriaga, officer-in-charge chief nurse of Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center.
Reflecting on the event, student Ms. Kimberly Anne A. Bionson, the Batch Akasi president, said that the cap, the pin, and the candle have the power to make a difference to those who trust to receive their care.
The roots of this tradition can be traced back to the 12th century, gaining prominence with Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale presented medals of excellence to exemplary nursing graduates at her London school. By the early 20th century, this practice became standard in nursing schools worldwide, as it celebrated the accomplishments of students and their future roles in the nursing profession. (Information Unit)