To honor Pangasinan State University (PSU) alumni who manifested excellence outside the university premises, PSU conducted its second Recognition Program for the Licensure Examinations and National Certification Passers of March and September 2018 at PSU Lingayen Campus Convention Hall last February 26.
The program progressed with the theme: “Continuing the Tradition of Excellence in the Service of the Filipino People.”
The Awardees were warmly welcomed by Dr. Rosario DL. Valencirina, Dean of the College of Education in Lingayen Campus.
Meanwhile, an inspirational message from Dr. Priscilla L. Agsalud, PSU Lingayen Campus Executive Director, encouraged the awardees to continue on bringing the name of PSU to the peak.
More so, during the recognition, representatives from different programs of the University were given the chance to share their impressions on the Board Exams they hurdled.
“This action of our alma mater to recognize us [board exams and national certificate passers] means a lot to us and serves as our motivation to continue bringing ‘blessings’ in the university even if we are already out of its four corners,” expressed by Patrice Flores, a passer of the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT) and a graduate in PSU Lingayen Campus under the Bachelor of Secondary Education program.
At the end, Dr. Lorna G. Urbiztondo, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, formally closed the program and congratulated the passers.
In the middle of raging disputes against the K to 12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) initiated an exit assessment called Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) among Grade 12 students in different strands such as ABM, HUMMMS, STEM, Industrial Arts, Home Economics, and ICT on February 13 to 14.
Complying with this mandate, Dr. Renato E. Salcedo, Pangasinan State University Senior High School (PSU-SHS) Principal and University K-12 Focal Person, supervised the conduct of the said assessment in the campus with 667 Senior High School examinees occupying College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Legacy building (LB), Education Room (ER), and Academic building (AB) of the University.
According to Dr. Salcedo, the main purpose of the said exit examination is to provide data to determine whether the SHS Grade 12 students have achieved the competencies set in their core and applied track subjects for the two years of additional span they stayed in High School.
Students were advised to take the exit assessment with sincerity even if it would not anymore affect their grades. Unlike other forms of assessments as to entrance exam where one cannot be accepted in the program upon failure, this exit assessment will not yield them consequences technically but would affect the next batches of the program.
The result of the said exit examination is yet to be ascertained for records and baseline purposes of the program.
Moreover, this assessment will serve as a reflection not only by DepEd and its teachers but most importantly by students since the present and the coming years are crucial to the evaluation of the program.
Otherwise, if the exit assessment yielded an undesirable outcome, DepEd in coordination with all the Universities and schools holding the program will be envisioned to revise and/ or update the K to 12 curriculum until it renders the students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need and addresses the areas of their weaknesses.
Regional Gender and Development Committee-1 (RGADC-1) which was composed by representatives from twenty nine government agencies visited Pangasinan State University Urduja GAD Resource Center (PSU-UGRC) on February 21-22 to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the said office.
During the first day of visit, RGADC-1 members inspected documents inside the Resource Center which earned PSU an approval regarding the existence of gender-related materials in the resource center which could be of help to its beneficiaries as far as information dissemination is concerned.
When asked about the nature of this visit by RGADC-1, Dr. Merlita Q. Santos, Director for GAD explained that it is on a take-turn basis which then was the turn of PSU-UGRC to be checked of its activities, documents, and plans for the present year.
Said organization took the whole first day of visit in reviewing documents followed by a courtesy call to PSU President, Dr. Dexter R. Buted.
During the courtesy call, Dr. Buted poured out his gratitude to RGADC-1 along his plight about the partnership. The University President is auspicious, the partnership would not be limited to conduct of seminars, symposiums, conferences, and the likes but rather be innovated and metamorphose its focus to research and activities that would cater people practical solutions to problems concerning gender and development.
On the second day, February 22, PSU-UGRC officials and RGADC-1 gathered at PSU Convention Hall for a meeting aimed at approving highlights and discussing matters from the previous meeting; discussing CY 2018 RGADC-1 Accomplishments; approving CY 2019 RGADC-1 Workplan; discussing GAD budget For a; discussing establishment of a Zonal GAD Resource Center; and approving activities for CY 2019 Women’s Month Celebration.
Said meeting proceeded to its agenda regulated by Atty. Harold D. Kub-aron, RGADC-1 Chairperson and a forum was also conducted during the meeting among representatives of the involved agencies in discussion of gender-related matters.
At present, PSU-UGRC, headed by Dr. Merlita Q. Santos, is bound to strengthen capacity of the University to send more GFPS members in international/ national GAD-related events, programs, and activities set as its ultimate objective responding to gender issues, its causes, and GAD mandates.
The membership of the University’s GAD Resource Center was just recently approved by RGADC-1 on May 15, 2018 having recognized PSU-UGRC’s critical role in assisting the said organization on capacity building and in championing the cause of GAD in higher education and in research and extension.
Anent the offer of membership by RGADC-1, PSU-UGRC responded and accepted it on May 30, 2018 in a hope it can contribute to the enhancement and promotion of gender and development in the region. Hence, the partnership with mutual goals led to this two-day visit.
The entire community of Pangasinan State University (PSU), led by Dr. Sally A. Jarin, Director for Local and International Linkages wholeheartedly welcomed the Indonesian Exchange Students who will be staying in the five different PSU campuses [Urdaneta City, Lingayen, Sta Maria, San Carlos City, Lingayen, and Binmaley Campus] for a 28-activity-filled days last January 31 at the PSU Convention Hall, Lingayen Campus.
During the Welcome Program and Orientation for the 3rd batch of the exchange students on 2019, Dr. Manolito C. Manuel, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said in his speech that it is through the exchange students that PSU is able to put in place its vision to become an ASEAN Premier State University and so he considers them PSU’s blessings.
On the other hand, at the end of the Welcome program, Dr. Renato E. Salcedo, SHS principal, oriented them about the similarities and differences of the two ASEAN countries (Philippines and Indonesia) to prevent misunderstandings and to foster unity amidst diversity.
Accordingly, the twenty four Indonesian exchange students were grouped as to where they will be having their internship in the five mentioned PSU campuses with the guidance of the assigned internship coordinators: Ms. Marmie R. Poquiz for San Carlos City; Mr. Aurelie A. Peralta for Urdaneta City; Dr. Glynda F. Pariñas for Sta. Maria; Dr. Rosie S. Abalos for Binmaley; and Dr. Regina F. Santos for Lingayen Campus.
Meanwhile, the students were deployed in PSU partner agencies: Bureau of Fisheries Aquatic and Resources in Dagupan, Purina Cargill, Department of Public Works and Highways and Pangasinan Electric Cooperative in Urdaneta, Sunflower Garden in Sta. Maria, Food Innovation Center in Bayambang, Tourism Office and Management Information Services Office in Lingayen, and Landbank of the Philippines in San Carlos.
Fulfilled for the success of the program for the 3rd batch of SEA-TVET, Dr. Jarin, welcomed back all the Indonesian students in the PSU Convention Hall for the closing program on February 22.
A representative from State Polytechnic of Padang, Edriwan, and a Business Administration graduating student agreed to share his thoughts through a short interview during the closing program.
“I was really trained to communicate well to customers especially to the Senior Citizens using of course the English language”, Edriwan gratefully narrated. Likewise, Edriwan said he is open to coming back in the Philippines after his graduation because he was greatly convinced on the superiority of the Filipino culture in the entire ASEAN community.
Afterwards, awarding of certificates to SEA-TVET Students and awarding of PSU Symbol were conducted by PSU President, Vice Presidents, Campus Executive Directors and Partner Agencies.
The program was concluded with a closing remarks delivered by Dr. Jarin containing the resounding congratulatory message to all of the Indonesian SEA-TVET International students.
This semester, Indonesian Universities have placed 24 exchange students. Below is the table containing the list of students for the 3rd batch of SEA-TVET project:
University of Muhammadyah Purwokerto-Mr. Fakhri Brillians Arpa Putra; Mr. Fajar Muhammad Fauz; Ms. Chichi Dwi Rismawati; Ms. Desi Amelia Ahmad Yani Hermansyah; Ms. Muflihatun Hanifah Abdul Rauf; Toraja Christian University of Indonesia- Ms. Ningoy; Mr. Reksian Bunga Sarrang; Mr. Yermia Sampe Toding; Mr. Arfin Mani Poting; Mr. Eko Patrio; Sebelas Maret University- Ms. Anisa Larasati; Mr. Nur Arif Suko Juliyanto; Bogor Agriculture University- Ms. Weni Pratiwi; Ms. Dwi Mifta Khairumnita; State Polytechnic Banduung- Ms. Sarah Siti Jubaedah; Ms. Miftah Ulfania Fajrin; Mr. Edriwan; State Polytechnic of Padang- Mr. Rafly Refizar Aziz; Mr. Mitaahul Arzaaq Arfi Effendy; Ms. Zilvia Ikhwani; State Polytechnic of Sriwijaya- Ms. Nur Aina; Ms. Leila Utarina; Ganesha University of Education- Mr. Bramudya Ananayta Dutu; Mr. Krisna Bayu Komang.
THE PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY (PSU) once again subjected itself to the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) accreditation in four of its campuses including Bayambang, Lingayen, Sta. Maria and Urdaneta.
Led by Professor Nestor C. Competente of the Rizal Technological University, 29 accreditors conducted document analyses and evaluation to the programs of: Bayambang Campus (Bachelor in Public Administration and BS in Business Administration; Sta. Maria Campus (Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, BS in Agribusiness Management and BS in Agricultural Engineering); Lingayen Campus (BS in Mathematics, Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education); and Urdaneta City Campus (BS in Architecture) after the opening program at the Convention Hall.
Said accreditation is the second survey visit conducted by the AACCUP Inc. in PSU for this academic year 2017-2018 following the successful visit last May, 2018 where nine programs were evaluated.
On the following day, accreditors proceeded to their assigned campuses to conduct site visit or campus tour to further verify and gather more relevant information as well as interview key informants.
The accreditation ended through a simultaneous Exit Conferences by Campus and General Closing Program at Lingayen Campus whereby accreditors enumerated the strengths and areas needing improvement.
Areas that had been assessed were: Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives; Faculty; Curriculum; and Instruction; Support to Students; Research; Extension and Community Involvement; Library; Physical Plants and Facilities; Laboratories; and Administration.
AACCUP accreditation is one of the quality assurance mechanisms which supports the University’s desire to improve in all its program offering along the areas visited.