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  • The CSU Science students did the actual teaching at the Manapa national High School last July 2, 2014.

    The CSU senior BS Mathematics and BS Physics, BS Environmental Science, BS Biology AB Filipino students practically took over all MNHS classes in Mathematics, Sciences and Filipino subjects as agreed upon last June 27, 2014 meeting.

    Monitoring of the whole day activity of the students was done by the CSU team.























    The CSU Science students did the actual teaching at the Manapa national High School last July 2, 2014

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  • A visit of  the CSU Adopt a School Project to the Manapa National High School (MNHS) last July 2, 2014.

    The CSU Team turned over posters and brochures concerning Environmental issues.

    The CSU team did consultancy in Mathematics, Physics, and guidance counseling to the MNHS faculty.











    A visit of the CSU Adopt a School Project to the Manapa National High School (MNHS) On July 2, 2014

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  • An extension visit last June 27 of the CSU Adopt a School Project to the Manapa National High School (MNHS).

    The CSU team and the MNHS faculty held a meeting for the activities to be implemented on the next visit.

    The plans were about the CSU senior BS Mathematics and BS Physics, BS Environmental Science, BS Biology AB Filipino students to take over all MNHS classes in Mathematics, Sciences and Filipino subjects on July 2, 2014.

    There will be consultancy lectures of the CSU team to the MNHS faculty.

    After the meeting, A BSIT senior student presented and turned over the software Students Registration and Grading System for pilot use.







    An extension visit last June 27 of the CSU Adopt a School Project to the Manapa National High School

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  • Fresh from the participation in the 28th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship (MPDC) and a semi-finalist in Butuan City Water District Debate Show, the Caraga State University Debating Squad again proved their worth as they ranked 2nd in their first ever participation to the 6th Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship (CPDC) Law Fortun Cup at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) on December 6-8, 2013 where various schools, both from high schools and colleges joined the competition.

    Three (3) Debaters from the team held as best speaker in college category namely; Dale Adrian Sabela (Tournament Top 1 Best Speaker and Public Speaking), Jerry L. Bual (Tournament Top 5 Best Speaker) and Krizza Sayas (Tournament Top 6 Best Speaker) amidst 28 teams from the highschool category and 20 teams from the college category. Together with Paulo Alberto Martinez, one of the fresh instructors in Languages and Social Science Department (LSSD) and a top debater from MSU-Marawi, as their coach and adviser was given the privilege to be one of the Adjudication Core of the said tournament. Together with him were the Xavier University (XU) debate champions, Carmela Cua and Rene Gandeza, and a senior debater from Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Sean Khe.

    The said tournament is the region’s largest gathering of high school and college student to discourse contemporary issues affecting our locality, country, and global community with the full support from the 1st District Congressman, Cong. Law Fortun and as a co-organizer of the event.

    Asian Parliamentary is the format of debating where two (2) houses will compete namely the Government house wherein the speakers are the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Government Whip and Oppostion house in which the speakers are the Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of Oppostion and the Opposition Whip and each speaker of the house has distinct role of speakership to defend and protect their bench. Together with the three top speakers, the squad sends Yanda Codaste, Philip Pacot and Georgie Tortola to complete with the two teams from CSU, and competing adjudicators are Daniel Rosero and Erien Purcray.

    The squad is looking forward again for the full support from the administration and the co-CSUan as they continue their journey to every debate competition to improve and develop their skills in Public Speaking.

    CSU Debaters Shine in the 6th Law Fortun Cup — Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:19:27 +0000

    CSU Debaters Shine in the 6th Law Fortun Cup

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    The Intellectual Property Office in the Philippines (IPOPHL) with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recognize the need to equip Philippine universities and its researchers and inventors the required information and understanding on the value of their research outputs or technological innovations as intangible assets and converting them to tangible profits through commercialization. The process in other words is known as Technology Transfer and Licensing.

    Hence, this training on “Successful Technology Licensing (STL) – Training for Technology Managers” for the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Managers and its representatives from the different state and private universities in the country. That includes UP, DLSU, Ateneo de Manila, UST, MSU-IIT and CSU among others. CSU was represented by Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa, ITSO’s Technical Staff, who is also a BS Electronics Engineering (BSEcE) faculty member of the College of Engineering and Information Technology. 

    Technological innovations as outputs from researches in the university are considered vital. It is considered today that in a knowledge-based economy, innovation is the most efficient means to sustainable economic growth. Protection of innovations and other related works of the university researchers through intellectual property rights ownership are deemed necessary.


      Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa (far right) of CSU acted as the lead negotiator for the licensee team during the mock licensing negotiations in the training-workshop. With him in this photo during the conclusion of the negotiations are Atty. Christopher E. Cruz, DLSU’s University Legal Counsel (center); Ms. Dheng Palattao of DLSU Dasmarinas (2nd from right), Ms.  Marilyn C. Munio (PDDCP); Dr. Enrique Vequizo of MSU-IIT (left), and Dr. Victorina H. Soza, ITSO Manager, Lyceum of the Philippines University (far left).  

    These intellectual property rights in practice can generate wealth. This is where the work of the Technology Transfer and Licensing comes in between the owner of the intellectual property or invention and entrepreneurs from the industry to commercialize the technology.

    The Successful Technology Training Workshop is aimed primarily to engage universities into licensing agreements with the technologies that universities have developed. Depending on the technology we develop, possible earnings for CSU or other universities can be significant.



    University of the Philippines’ (UP) commercial success story as an example of Technology Transfer

    As shared during the training-workshop, specific example of technology or invention which has gone to commercialization in the country is the “lagundi” extract developed by both UP Los Baños and Manila campuses through the support and financial backing of the DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). Lagundi is generally used for the treatment of coughs, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory problems. It is also known for its analgesic effect that helps alleviate pain and discomfort.

    This was the first technology from UP that went to commercialization signed between UP Manila, as the licensor, and Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc. as its first licensee made last January 24, 2011. This is the first licensing agreement entered between a research university and a private company after RA 10055 or the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 was passed into law. Other companies also followed in the licensing agreements with UP such as the United Laboratories, makers of RiteMed, in 2011.

    As reported during the training by Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarit, UP’s Technology Transfer and Business Development Officer, UP enjoys 3.5% of royalty fees from the gross income by its licensees (business owners like UniLab). This is aside from the upfront fees indicated in the licensing agreement. Depending on the licensing agreement, upfront fees can be tens of millions of pesos, if not hundreds of millions pesos worth. Atty. Pulumbarit mentioned that their inventors have earned personally more or less Php10 Million out of their innovations.

    As reported by the Philippine Star, sales of lagundi in two different forms – capsules and syrups – by two big local firms, Pascual Lab and United Laboratories earned Php 1 Billion in 2012 alone. This should translate to Php35 Million of royalty fees to UP every year!

    While Azarias became the first company as the licensee of the lagundi technology from UP through RA 10055, there were several licensees in the 90s that have been granted with license through the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP) with UP Manila. They are:

    • Herbafarm (1994)
    • Pascual Laboratories (Pascual Lab in 1996)
    • Herbs and Nature Corporation (2009)
    • New Market Link Pharmaceutical Corporation (2010)
    • United Laboratories (RiteMed in late 2011)

    University of San Carlos (USC) finds fortune on mangoes
    The other success story from university researchers that is currently going through licensing agreement was shared by delegates from University of San Carlos. USC discovered that the waste products of mangoes like skin, seed, and kernel can be processed to develop antioxidants and moisturizers for beauty and anti-aging products, briquettes for industrial fuel and animal feed. This project has been led by Dr. Evelyn Taboada who is a Chemical Engineer professor and her team in the university. According to a report, this project attracted Php200 million in investments from two businessmen. This enables the two universities to invest further in their research programs with the financial success of their prior researches.

    Moving Forward: University Research Directions
    Ric Blancaflor, the IPOPHL director-general noted that more academicians need to be informed about Bruce Lehman’s study which revealed that 27% of around 1,000 publications from university research include “potentially patentable subject matter.”

    Universities will have to ensure that outputs from research activities are examined prior to publications. The examples provided by UP and USC should serve as a model to CSU and other universities in terms of research directions, such as pure and applied research with outputs that can be patented and commercially available in the future. 


    The following were the speakers from WIPO and their talk on the training – workshop:


    Participants from the different state and private universities joined the speakers from WIPO. Also in the photo are: Mr. Ulf Petrusson, Atty. Olga Spasic and Atty. Carmen G. Peralta (seated at right),  Director of Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau (DITTB) - Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

    1. Ms. Olga Spasic, Head, Innovation Structures Section, Innovation Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    1. Development Contract Models, Service Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements and Licensing
    2. Key Terms in a Licensing Agreement: Financial Terms – IP Valuation
    3. Key Terms in a Licensing Agreement: Financial Terms – Forms of Payment and Other Financial Terms (Continuation)
    4. How to Prepare and Conduct a Technology Licensing Negotiation

    2. Mr. Ulf Petrusson, Professor of Law, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Gothenburg Director, Center for Intellectual Property, Chalmers University of Technology/University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    1. IP MANAGEMENT in Universities
    2. Licensing and Other Means to Utilize Research Results: Practical Cases
    3. Key Terms in a Licensing Agreement: Future Growth of the Technology and its Development over Time – Improvements (Continuation)
    4. Anti – Competitive Clauses that Should be Avoided in a Licensing Agreement (Continuation)

    3. Mr. Arnaud Michel, Partner, Gide, Paris, France and President-Elect of Licensing Executives Societies International (LESI)

    1. Issues of Competition Law in Technology Transfer: A practical Explanation of the International and the National Framework
    2. Key Terms in a Licensing Agreement: Subject Matter and Scope
    3. When Things Go Wrong in Licensing

    Ms. Naomi Arroyo, CEO, Hybridigm Consulting, Philippines also gave her talk on Technology Transfer: The Challenges in Public-Private Partnership. Atty. Eugenio E. Perez III, Senior Counsel, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines gave a short talk on RA10055 or otherwise known as the Technology Transfer Act of 2009.

    CSU joins World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and IPOPHL's Successful Technology Licensing Training-Workshop

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  • The Caraga State University Alumni Association Inc. (CSUAAI) with the Public Information, Alumni, & External Affairs (PIAEA) kick off for its two day alumni homecoming 2014 activities by launching their sustainability project.

    The CSUAAI with the PIAEA sponsor a “Tree Planting, Tree Growing” activity with “Poetry Reading” last May 8, 2014 at the CSU owned area located beside a creek going to Basag.

    The “Tree Planting, Tree Growing with Poetry Reading” activity was a very meaningful activity attended by some CSUAAI Officers headed by Dr. Elena L. Paulma, PIAEA Director Sonia R. Low with the full support of Dr. Luisito I. Tabada, CSU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and OIC-Office of the University President.

    Also present were Dr. Elmer Palacio, President of the High School batch 1991 with his classmates. Dean Tomas Austral of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources provided the CSUAAI the seedlings and the hole digging, with the General Services staff headed by Engr. Marilou Umpad, Office of the Resource Generation (ORG) Director Danilo Gaas took charge of locating the area for the tree planting.


    The CSUAAI is in full support of Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr’s 2020 vision of making Butuan City as a forest based city in Mindanao, economically sufficient and living sustainably.

    Moreover, Senator Bongbong Marcos who graced the alumni homecoming as its guest of honor also gave his support to the alumni by planting a tree seedling in the campus.

    PIAEA’s Sonia Rosales Low led the group in the poetry reading, expressing the poem of Joyce Kilmer entitled the trees. The group recited the poem with gusto and with feelings to quote, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest, against the earth's sweet flowing breast;  A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear  a nest of robins in her hair;  upon whose bosom snow has lain;  who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.


    CSUAAI and PIAEA launched sustainability project — Wed, 28 May 2014 07:23:44 +0000

    CSUAAI and PIAEA launched sustainability project

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  • The Caraga State University Alumni Association Inc. (CSUAAI) and High School Batch 1991 (the host) with the Public Information, Alumni & External Affairs led the celebration of the 2014 alumni homecoming.

    The CSUAAI was born last year under the leadership of Dr. Elena L. Paulma, who was nominated and voted during the 2013 homecoming and general assembly has been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission last June 13, 2013. PIAEA’s director unified the alumni and paved the way for the new face of the alumni which is the CSUAAI. The CSUAAI bears SEC Reg. No. CN 201330476 and BIR Reg. No. OCN 2RC000818587 with TIN No. 437-383-290-000 and the Federation of CSU Alumni Association Inc. (FCSUAAI) last August 5, 2013 with SEC Reg. No.  CN 201330722, BIR Reg. No. OCN 2RC0000660237, TIN 441-123-243-000 are now legally functional.  

    Attended by a number of alumni, the 2014 homecoming kicked off with the “Tree Planting, Tree Growing with Poetry Reading” activity in the morning of May 08, 2014, and the Blood Letting activity in the afternoon of the same day. Several CSUAAI officers and members as well as some CSU employees donated blood to the Red Cross.

    On May 10, 2014, the alumni homecoming opened with the presence of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who graced the affair as its guest of honor. High School Batch 1991 President Dr. Elmer Palacio contacted the senator’s office with the support of the CSUAAI President and the PIAEA. The fine mannered senator gladly accepted the invite on a short notice.

    The CSUAAI honored the contributions of the late Assemblyman Antonio Rosales Tupaz who filed the house bill for the conversion of NORMINAC to NORMISIST and Batas Pambansa Bilang 241 was signed by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.  The CSUAAI believes in giving credit where credit is due.

    Another posthumous award was also given to the late NORMINAC Administrator Betty L. Hugo who worked very hard with the NORMINAC constituents including Dr. Elena L. Paulma who is considered and known for as another institution in CSU. It was Dr. Paulma who informed the alumni of the great contribution Administrator Hugo did to CSU and requested the body to give Mr. Hugo the award which he rightfully deserved. CSU will not be CSU without NORMISIST, NORMINAC, and AAHS.

    The afternoon was bonding moments with bonding games for the alumni hosted by Ms. Merliza Libao and Dr. Alejandro Macadatar with CSU Human Resource Management Office head Ms. Charo B. Heria assisted by Ms. Alma L. Villa. A candid and spontaneous search for the Mr. and Ms. Alumni of the day was also done with four pairs vying for the title. The question and answer portion and the crowning of winners were done in the evening of the same day also. A motorcade was also done late afternoon of the alumni day.

    The homecoming event ended in the evening of May 10, 2014 dubbed as “A night of fun and laughter, songs and dances” highlighted with the giving of awards to the outstanding CSU alumni and awards of recognition to some alumni.

    Among those who receive the awards are Dr. Lolita Maraganas, Ms. Estela Radaza, Mr. Demetrio Tabelon, Mr. Desiderio Tabelon and Hon. Ismael Solis. Awards of recognition were also given to Mr. Gerry Joey Laurito, Dr. Rogelio Sultan and Dr. Elmer Palacio. The CSUAAI also surprised the PIAEA Director Sonia R. Low who was unaware of an award of distinction that the CSUAAI officers agreed to give her.  Notably, it was Ms. Low who unified the alumni and paved the way for the new face of the alumni which is the CSUAAI. She was also commended for her hard work and persistence in working for the issuance of CSU Special Patent and for the amendment of Proclamation No. 4 to Proclamation No. 239 giving CSU full ownership of the 232 hectares of land signed by President Aquino on August 16, 2011. Ms. Low defended the legality of CSU claim for the 239 hectares of land in the office of Sec. Ochoa in Malacanang on August, 2011 in her capacity as Public Information, Alumni & External Affairs Director as directed by the previous administration.

    The goddes of the night award was bagged by Ms. Merliza Libao while the gorgeous award went to Ms. Rosemarie Olmedo. Both ladies wore animal prints which was the evening’s agreed attire.

    The evening’s affair was attended by CSU OIC-Office of the University President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Luisito I. Tabada who gave the opening remarks. While CSUAAI President and BOR member Dr. Elena L. Paulma gave the alumni President’s Closing Statement.  Solidifying ties, building partnerships, developing global mindsets, upholding noble ideals, and living sustainably is the alumni homecoming 2014 theme. This year’s theme is actually the alumni’s ground for its five year developmental plan for the CSUAAI in conjunction with the university’s development plans. The alumni homecoming 2014 was celebrated simply but meaningfully. It is hoped that the silver jubilarians in the 2015 alumni homecoming will unify themselves and will ably and enthusiastically host next year’s homecoming. Batch 1990 is expected to host next year’s alumni homecoming as silver jubilarians.

                      Tree Planting                                                            Blood Letting                                                 Search for Mr and Ms Alumni                                      Awarding Ceremony

    CSUAAI and High School Batch 1991 with the PIAEA led the 2014 homecoming

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  • Senator Bongbong Marcos arrived in Butuan City on May 10, 2014 as guest of honor in the 2014 CSU Alumni Homecoming. The fine mannered senator humbly accepted the alumni’s request on a short notice to keynote its celebration. He was warmly welcomed and received with gusto by the Caragans who saw him in the airport as well as in CSU. Arriving in the morning, he left back to Manila in the afternoon of the same day swarmed by admirers who were amazed and happy to see him that day.

    The Senator spoke about the importance of education in alleviating poverty and in sustainability. His speech is focused on the alumni homecoming theme which is “Solidifying Ties, Building Partnerships, Developing Global Mindsets, Upholding Noble Ideals, & Living Sustainably.”

    Sen. Bongbong’s father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. signed Batas Pambansa Bilang 241 in 1982 converting the former Northern Mindanao Agricultural College (NORMINAC) to Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) now Caraga State University (CSU).

    The senator was requested to give the posthumous award to the author of House Bill No. 25 former Assemblyman Antonio Rosales Tupaz that was approved into Batas Pambansa Bilang 241. The award was received by Assemblyman Tupaz’ brother Jose R. Tupaz accompanied by his daughter Sonia Tupaz Zabate. Another posthumous award was also given to the former NORMINAC Administrator Mr. Betty L. Hugo who also worked very hard for the conversion during his time. The CSUAAI headed by Dr. Elena L. Paulma believes in solidifying ties not just between and among the alumni but as well as to those who have played great roles in the making of Caraga State University. There is no CSU without the previous proclamations.

    Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. filed bills that the education sectors have been enjoying for quite a time. Youth is an issue that Senator Marcos has always been passionate about. It was the very first law that he authored as a neophyte congressman in 1992 that established the Philippine Youth Commission.

    Emphasizing that EDUCATION is central to nation-building, He has filed Senate Bill No. 3106 Public School Teachers Salary Upgrading Act which seeks to raise the compensation of public school teachers.

    Senate Bill No. 2531 Teachers Education Act of 2010 mandating continuing education for teachers in all levels of education for both private and public schools.

    Senate Bill No. 2532. First Class Public Schools and Libraries Act of 2010 to improve and upgrade public schools and libraries across the nation.

    He is also responsible for the mandate to adopt English as the principal language of instruction in the Philippine educational system, and as a tool for Filipino competitiveness in education.

    Senate Bill No. 2188, Moratorium on the Creation or Conversion of State Universities and Colleges Act of 2010,to allow Congress and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) time to assess and upgrade existing state colleges and universities to competitive levels.

    He also continues to support numerous efforts for the improvement and expansion of educational programs in various parts of the country, including the massive scholarship program that he started when he was then a young Governor of Ilocos Norte.

    A staunch advocate of protecting and preserving the environment, he has filed Senate Bill No. 2885 and Climate Change Education Act of 2011 mandating the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to include a subject specifically discussing Climate Change as part of the curricula for all college and university courses.

    Senate Bill No. 410. The Philippine Green Building Act, to encourage investors to venture into “green buildings” or buildings whose design and construction are ecologically efficient by giving them tax incentives. The long-term goal is to make buildings in the Philippines “sustainable

    Senate Bill No. 413. Bicycle Commuters Incentives Act of 2013, to grant incentives to bicycle riders and drivers of other non-motorized modes of transport. It seeks to lessen pollution by decreasing the number of oil-powered motorized vehicles on the road.

    Senate Bill No. 419. Regulating the Use of Plastic Bags, not just to reduce but eliminate the use of plastic bags. The bill also aims to help clear our waters of pollution by encouraging the use of biodegradable and reusable bags made of washable material.

    He has also been a staunch advocate of using agriculture as the key to economic development.  (It was during his father’s presidency that the Philippines saw the Golden Age of Agriculture.)

    To promote nationwide growth, he has filed:

    Senate Bill No. 14. National Irrigation Program of 2013, to establish a progressive and effective irrigation method to accelerate agricultural production.

    Senate Bill No. 1863. Anti-Rice Wastage Act of 2013, to discourage rice wastage by allowing customers to order less than one cup of rice. The bill makes it unlawful and penalizes restaurants, hotels, inns and other eateries if they refuse to serve orders of less than a cup of rice.

    Senate Bill No. 112. National Seeds Production Act of 2013, to establish a continuing national program for the production of hybrid and other quality seeds.

    Other bills of equal importance that he has filed include:

    Senate Bill 110. Civil Service Housing Program of 2013, to establish a comprehensive national housing program for government employees. It envisions the creation of a Civil Service Housing Executive Committee that will develop and implement a Civil Service Housing Program.

    Senate Bill 111. An Act Amending the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, to uplift the conditions of the underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban areas and in resettlement areas by making available to them decent housing at affordable costs.

    Senator Marcos who is finely raised and well educated finished his primary and secondary education from De La Salle, Greenhills and Worth School in England. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University in England. He has a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    He is the only son of a brilliant and great leader, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and the beautiful and gracious Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos. He is a loving brother to his two sisters, a happily married man and a doting father to his three sons.

    He is presently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Senate Committee on Public Works; and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, the Committee on Cooperatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations.

    Undeniably, his public service exposure began the day he was conceived. A person born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but with a heart of compassion, a mind full of noble aspirations, and a hand open to all. He may be his father’s name in greatness, but he is definitely a man of his own, and another great leader in the making.

    Some members of the alumni association specifically high school batch 1991 headed by an Ilocano Dr. Elmer Palacio hosted the homecoming. They were supported by CSUAAI led by CSUAAI President Dr. Elena L. Paulma, CSU Public Information, Alumni and External Affairs Director Sonia Rosales Low and Dr. Luisito I. Tabada CSU Vice President for Academic Affairs and OIC- office of the University President. Other Deans, Dr. Rolando Paluga of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Tomas Austral Jr. of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with the other administrative officials and faculty attended the said event.

    Senator Bongbong Marcos keynotes 2014 CSU Alumni Homecoming

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  • Who is Johnvie B. Goloran?

    Johnvie, as most of his friends and CSU professors/instructors call him, is a simple guy with a wide, friendly smile and one of the best students I ever had. This is how I remember him when he was a student in the BS Agroforestry program way back in the late ‘90s. When I met him in Brisbane, Australia, he is still the same Johnvie despite the addition of Dr. to his name.

    He is from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur – a place where natural resources abound, but where operations in mining, forestry and agriculture are posing challenges to nature. With this as his backdrop, the science of Agroforestry then became inviting for a young man with aspirations to lead in harmonizing agriculture, forestry, and mining with environmental conservation. Thus, he enrolled in the BS Agroforestry program in 1996, graduating cum laude. He then started a career as Development and Management Officer I of the Agusan del Sur Economic Research and Business Assistance Centre in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur in 2002-2008.

    What makes him ‘the Face of International Students of Griffith U’?

    During his stint in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur, he was awarded the Commendation for Service by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur. He was likewise given a scholarship under the Provincial Government Scholarship Program that led to the completion of his Master’s Degree in Forestry in 2005. Blessings kept on pouring for a young man with big dreams and wide, friendly smile… He was then awarded an Aus-AID Scholarship Program that allowed him to complete the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland at Brisbane, Australia in 2007.

    He returned to the Philippines and worked as Project Development Officer V of the National Biofuels Feedstock Program and Philippine Agri-investment Program, under the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation, Department of Agriculture in Diliman, Quezon City. However, the pull of the university was so great that he went back in 2010 to Brisbane, Australia to take his Ph.D at Griffith University through a scholarship funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Australian Postgraduate Award-Industry. He managed to publish three papers from his research works on soil chemistry and nutrient dynamics in internationally known high impact journals even prior to completion of his Ph.D. He has also presented some of his research findings in international scientific conferences. In my conversation with his Ph.D. supervisor, he has only good words for Johnvie, recognizing his intellectual capacity and commitment to his work. With his aptitude, hard work and dedication, he finished his Ph.D. dissertation in 2013.

    I am so glad that his research interests are interconnected with mine. While my current research work includes the rehabilitation of mined lands particularly in nickel areas of Caraga Region, his interests are also on mined land reclamation, particularly along these areas:

    • Rehabilitation/remediation of disturbed landscape, assessment and monitoring, ecological restoration and management
    • Chemical and biological processes governing soil nutrient dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems
    • Use of N and P stoichiometry to characterize nutrient limitation and saturation in terrestrial ecosystems and its application to ecological rehabilitation performance

    For the Caraga State University, Johnvie is undeniably an epitome of ‘Make Your University Proud’…

    Contributor: Dr. Rowena P. Varela, OVPRE

    The Face of International Students of Griffith University, Australia: Johnvie B. Goloran

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  • PILIPINAS AGUILAS is an official Philippine Tackle Football Team under the National Sports Association’s governing body American Tackle Football Association in the Philippines (ATFAP).  ATFAP is a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

    This April 2014 PILIPINAS AGUILAS will compete in Japan to qualify for the IFAF 2015 World Championship at Sweden.

    Mr. James Balaba, a BS Biology student of Caraga State University is among the official member-player of the team.

    Mr. Balaba used to play soccer football and Track and Field games in both university and regional levels.  James is one of the two naturally born Filipino team member and he is not just CSU’s representative, but Butuan City, Caraga, and the whole of Mindanao.






    CSU Student: an official team member-player of the PILIPINAS AGUILAS

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  • Receiving the 3.5M cheque from CHED for the establishment of Caraga Regional Center for Mechatronics and Robotics through the provision of equipment

    The College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) with the support of Caraga State University’s dynamic President, Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca, was able to seal the year 2013 with multi-million-worth projects in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education and other national line agencies. It is anticipated that sophistication of engineering facilities is nearing to CSU’s hands as the following projects are implemented: (1) the establishment of Caraga Regional Center for MECHATRONICS and ROBOTICS amounting to P9 Million, the SOLAR ELECTRIFICATION and ENERGY EFFICIENCY LIGHTING Project for the University with P3.22 Million budget and (3) Mechatronics/Robotics Equipment that is worth P3.5 Million summing up to a total of 16 Million pesos.

    Just this January, the CEIT allocated P2 Million from the Lab Share to augment the P7 Million budget for the establishment of Caraga Regional Center for Mechatronics and Robotics. At present, the CEIT already spent P3.55 million which was used for the first (1st) phase of construction of the 2 laboratory rooms having an area of 100 square meters each.  The remaining P5.45 million is under bidding process for the next phase of construction of the said building.

    Another fund amounting to P 3.5 million was depleted for the provision of equipment used for the establishment of Caraga Regional Center for Mechatronics and Robotics. It aims to provide Caraganons the latest training equipment for automation and control which will prepare them for the job requirements after graduation.

    Another valuable project of CEIT is the Solar Electrification and Energy Efficiency Lighting Project amounting to P3.2 Million. For its implementation, P2.3 Million was allocated for the purchase of the 4.8 KW solar source. This will be utilized to power the lighting system of Computer Laboratories 1 and 2 and power up 50 computers for CL 2. The CEIT saved an amount of P 881,000.00 from this project and was slated to be used for the CSU’s street lighting and additional electrical materials for the proposed showroom of the newly established CSU Solar Power System. At present, parts of CSU lanes are already lighted up and is a great convenience and security for the CSU’s clientele.

    With the realization of these projects, CEIT has proven that its mission statement: “The College of Engineering and Information Technology serves the nation and the world by engaging in high quality researches, developing breakthrough technologies, disseminating technical and scientific knowledge, and producing dynamic and globally competitive professionals” is not just posted, but is being made into a reality. With the trust given by CSU to CEIT, together we can face a new milestone in our university, packed with prominent faculty and staff, outstanding students and quality resources.


      Solar Panels with 4.8kW capacity installed at the S&T Complex            Solar Powered Lamp post along the University avenue           Location plan of the proposed Caraga Regional Center for Mechatronics and Robotics


    CEIT Implements Multi-Million Projects thru Partnership with CHED, DBM and other Line Agencies

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  • The Caraga State University-College of Science Education once again proved its quality and excellence in education during the recently concluded Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) last September 29, 2013. The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) announced 19, 384 new elementary teachers out 62, 160 takers and 25, 755 new secondary teachers out of 64, 792 takers.


    Meanwhile, College of Science Education showed another level of achievement when it gained a 68.48% passing percentage which surpassed the 31.18% national passing rate in elementary education and a high 90.77% passing percentage that outshined the 39.75% national passing rate in the secondary education.


    The good performance of the new teachers proved that the quality education is really rising to the higher level. It was also held that the conglomerate efforts poured by the administrators and faculty were really dignified.




    College of Science Education passing rate rises up towards excellence...

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  • Engr. Meriam Santillan and Engr. Michelle Japitana, faculty members of CEIT, participated in the intensive trainor’s training on imaging SAR data, processing and applications. They were among the 25 who were invited to participate in the said training together with faculty members and researchers coming from different universities and agencies of the Philippines: UP DGE, UP IESM, UP Los Banos, Mariano Marcos State University, UP Cebu, UP Mindanao, Central Mindanao University, Mindanao State University, Philippine Rice Research Institute, and Forest Management Bureau.

    The general objective of this group training is to develop a pool of experts with advanced knowledge in Radar Remote Sensing, particularly the processing of SAR images for various applications. The training aims to address some research and development gaps which include limited utilization of radar images for various applications in the Philippines, the need to pursue development of algorithms and methodology suited for Philippine condition, and the limited number of people in the Philippines with sufficient knowledge and skills in processing radar images. The approach here is to train trainors as wells selected users and potential beneficiaries of radar image data and analysis. The training is very significant as it answers the needs for the Philippines to increase its utilization of radar imaging and images considering the limitations of optical images in relation to cloud cover. Also, significant additional information (e.g. biomass) can be better derived from the analysis of radar images. The pool of experts and users must therefore be increased.

    Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin, of the University of Twente, The Netherlands served as the resource person. The training was held at the Maynilad Room, College of Engineering, UP Diliman, Quezon City November 25 – December 5, 2013. It was financially supported by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)-DOST and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program.

    CEIT faculty members invited for a trainor’s training on imaging SAR data, processing and applications: A Short-Course

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  • Five faculty members of the College of Engineering and Information Technology of the Caraga State University attended the 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium (PhilGeoS). These are Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, Engr. Michelle V. Japitana, Engr. Arnold G. Apdohan, Engr. Arthur M. Amora and Ms. Charis Joy T. Mayo.

    The PhilGeos is an annual event organized and hosted by the Department of Geodetic Engineering of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. This year’s PhilGeos was held at the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City last November 27-29, 2013 with the theme “Geomatics for a Resilient Agriculture and Forestry”. It was attended by around 100 participants from the academe, industries and government agencies.

    The 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium includes pre-symposium workshop on Free and Open-source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), plenary sessions, poster presentation/exhibit and oral presentations of the duly selected research projects. Three out of the nine posters in the exhibit were from the Caraga State University.


    Titles of the research projects presented:

    1. Integrating SMS and Application Programming Interface (API) for Web-based GIS Mapping of Real Property Units of Butuan City, Philippines.
    2. Development of a Land Property Registry System Application and Dynamic Database Management for Web-based GIS Mapping: A Case of Butuan City, Philippines.
    3. ArcGIS Customization using VBA for the Real Property Units Query and Impact Assessment in Butuan City.

    The participation was made successful through the unending support of Caraga State University and the College of Engineering and Information Technology.

    CEIT Faculty Members Attend and Present Papers during the 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium

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  • In the quest for academic excellence, IT Department of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) responded by presenting papers and research outputs in the international conferences. Gleen A. Dalaorao presented his paper entitled “eSubjAdvisor: An Automated Academic Subject Advisor“  and “Design and Implementation of a Rule-Based Academic Course Adivising System” to International Research Conference in Higher Education 2013 (IRCHE 2013)  on October 3-4, 2013 and International Scientific & Engineering Forum (ISEF) 2013 on July 17-19, 2013 respectively.

    Recently, Gleen Dalaorao, Rolyn Daguil, and Ma. Besa Joy Ortuyo presented two papers entitled  “Intelligent System for Academic Course Advising System” and “Academic Clearance as a Service: a Rest-based Online Clearance System for Higher Education Institutions” in the International Research Conference on Innovations in Engineering, Science and Technology (IRCIEST) at Batagas State University, Batangas City on November 27-29, 2013 with the theme “Beyond Borders: Advancing Engineering, Science and Technology for Multidisciplinary Convergence”. The conference was participated by researchers around the globe from field of Nanotechnology, Precision Agriculture, Robotics, Automation and Multidisciplinary Design.  Plenary speakers discussed the importance of science education, engineering and agriculture in our country in preparation for ASEAN 2015 on global competitiveness of our human capital. Outcomes-based education is also highlighted along with the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) as the accrediting body in compliance to Washington Accord. It is also pointed out that ITE programs will eventually be aligned to Seoul Accord for the “free flow” of IT skilled labor is Asia and other neighboring countries.

    The highlights of the conference were the plenary sessions and master classes of international speakers with the following topics:

    • Visualization, Characterization and Modification of Surfaces at the Nanometer Length Scale - Dr. Rommel D. Gomez from University of Maryland, USA.
    • Innovative Sensor Technologies for Robotics and Automation - Dr. Gourab Sen Gupta from Massey University, New Zealand
    • Innovative Wireless Sensor Network for Greenhouse and Precision Agriculture Applications - Dr. Gourab Sen Gupta
    • Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation Convergence: Its Impact on Industry and Education of En gineers - Dr. Chris Short, a director from Engineering Design Technology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
    • Outcomes – Based Education and Accreditation in Engineering and Computing - Dr. Jose B. Cruz Jr. from Ohio State University, USA
    • Versatile Instrument System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) - Dr. Romel D. Gomez
    • The Role of Science and Technology Innovation in the ASEAN 2015 - Dr. William G. Padolina President of National Academy of Science and Technology

    The conference opens up new opportunities to explore and strengthen our faculty to do research, product development, innovations and scholarly works. It provides us linkages to other institutions and researchers for future collaborative partnership to improve the quality of life in the Philippines.














    IT Department faculty presents paper in the International Conference

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  • Engr. Jerry B. Halibas a faculty member from the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT), has attended and presented two research papers during the 6th International Conference Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology  Communication and Control, Environment and Management (HNICEM) last November 12-14, 2013 at Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila. The international conference was hosted by the De La Salle University (DLSU), Neuronemech, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) – Philippine Section and IEEE CIS-RAM, with the theme “Bridging Technologies to the Community”. The HNICEM conference is also co-located with IEEE Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS) and Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM) conferences in order to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas from the following fields: Computational Intelligent Systems, Robotics, Mechatronics, Controls and Communication, Nanotechnology, Manufacturing Management, Energy, Environment, Information and Communication Technology.


    The combination of these three (3) conferences in one event, this activity is well participated with more than two hundred plus (200+) attendance coming from the different universities here and abroad, in which nine (9) were the plenary speakers and twenty-seven (27) as scientific paper presenters coming from abroad, and more than one hundred plus (100+) scientific paper presenters and fifty plus (50+) student participants from the Philippines. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, an executive director for the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Institute of Technology (DOST). During her presentation she discusses the direction of PCIEERD as it supported large projects that lead to the establishment of different testing laboratories and research facilities for the following: semiconductor and electronics industry, biotechnology, nanotechnology and genomics. In fact,  DOST-ITDI has launched last December 2012 the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL), a world-class testing and research facilities located in DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. This laboratory is established to address gaps in the supply chain in the semiconductor and electronics industry in order to promote more investment in the Philippines ( In addition, she emphasized also that the DOST under the Engineering R&D for Technology (ERDT) Semiconductor and Electronics Track Program in consortium with the universities nationwide (University of the Philippines, MSU- Iligan Institute of Technology, De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos and Ateneo de Manila) donated an expensive industry standard IC design software SYNOPSIS EDA, for them to spearhead research and development in Integrated Circuit/Microelectronics Design here in the Philippines.


    During the plenary sessions, there were nine (9) international speakers all of them were chosen for their excellent experience in the field of their expertise. The HNICEM-CIS-RAM 2013 presents the nine (9) plenary speakers with their lecture topics, namely:

    1. Medical Implants and Wireless Body Area Networks for Health Monitoring and TreatmentProf. Eryk Dutkiewicz, WiMed Research Centre and Department of Engineering, Marquarie University, Sydney, Austrilia.
    2. Concept of Atmosfield and Its Visualization MethodProf. Kaoru Hirota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
    3. Overview of Information-Centric NetworkingProf. Yong-Jin Park, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
    4. Frontiers of Brain Machine Interface: Physical and CognitiveProf. Nitish V. Thakor, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
    5. GIS Modelling of Environmental Air Pollution to Assess and Map Its Impact on Cardiovascular Mortality- The Bangalore Case StudyProf. Raouf Naguib, Coventry University, U.K.
    6. Advanced Concept Offshore Wind Turbine DevelopmentProf. Abdollah A. Afjeh, Coventry University, U.K.
    7. The Engineering Professional and the Developing Energy Infrastructure: The Case for Economics and Public Policy as an Engineering ProblemProf. Dave Cartes, Florida State University, USA.
    8. Robots: The New GenerationProf. Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, USA.
    9. Mutli-Scale RoboticsProf. Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan.

    During the scientific paper presentations there were thirteen (13) parallel sessions for the HNICEM and twelve (12) parallel sessions for CIS-RAM that were conducted in two (2) consecutive days for a total of  twenty-five (25) categories namely: (HNICEM) Bioinformatics, ICT for Education, Image Processing and Machine Vision, Biometric Systems, Mechanical Design and Automation, Energy and Environment, Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic, Intelligent Systems, Communication and Network Technology, Robotics, Information Systems, Microelectronics, Information Theory and Management, (CIS-RAM) Humanoid Robot and Human Motion Tracking, Robotic and Hybrid Systems, Navigation and Localization, Scheduling Intelligent Manufacturing and Complex Systems, Robotic Mechanisms and Design, Mobile Robot and Motion Planning, Dynamic System Modeling and Intelligent Control, Robot Control and Programming, Human-Machine and Multi-Agent Systems, Human-Robot Interaction, Visual Servo and Applications, and Computational Intelligence and Applications.


    Moreover, Engr. Jerry B. Halibas presented his research papers entitled “Implementation of Relay Pulse Counter and Timer Using Non-programmable and Programmable IC Options to the Electro-pneumatics Instructional System” and “Developing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Milling Using an Open Source Approach” during the second day of parallel session under the Microelectronics track.


    The topics were mostly the results of the students-faculty research collaboration. In fact, among the electronics track presenter some were using low-cost or open source solution electronics devices which are commonly practiced by most student’s researches and special projects. In addition, the CIS-RAM scientific paper presentations were the results of the continuous funded research that comes in perfection as it goes with time.

    CSU CEIT Faculty Member Present Research Papers At HNICEM Conference

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  • Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP) picked the ever active Caraga State University-National Service Program (CSU-NSTP) Director, Dr. Adrilene Mae J. Castanos, as an awardee for the Caraga Region Peace Ambassador Award conferred last September 30, 2013 at FSUU AVR 2.

    This was organized by Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP) in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Region XIII, Philippines Information Agency (PIA)- Region XIII and Samahang Magdalo Balanghai Butuan City.

    The award was given as recognition to development workers from across the region that has made an impact in their communities through their exemplary character and peace and human rights initiatives. This proves that the awardees are role models worthy of emulation because of the importance given to their exceptional display of skills, knowledge and perseverance in attaining greater heights of achievement for the community, for the work place, for the church and for the school. Their endeavor to become inspiration to others is likewise given significance.

    Dr. Castaños was very pleased after receiving the award. She stressed that she was, “so grateful that efforts made within the vicinity of the institution were observed by people outside the campus like the CRIP. It encourages me and all people involved in our office knowing that all efforts on gender advocacies were felt and appreciated. It gives us more energy to keep moving on.”

    Their main advocacy which is to promote Gender Empowerment was extended on a Congress on Political Participation of Women in Asia they attended, together with other gender empowerment experts, last October 8-11, 2013 at Berjaya Hotel, Makati City. It is through this activity that the Gender advocates of CSU shared their experiences to the delegates from other countries for replication. In CARAGA region, gender empowerment is continually integrated and promoted in CSU, particularly in NSTP courses.

    To individuals who would like to take stand on their ventures to promote peace and gender empowerment, “be committed and sincere with your purposes, without any motives of inviting recognition from anybody else,” Dr. Castaños concluded.

    CRIP awards CSU-NSTP Director as a Peace Ambassador — Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:33:06 +0000

    CRIP awards CSU-NSTP Director as a Peace Ambassador

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  • With its noticeable competence in Geodetic Engineering, Caraga State University (CSU) once more got 2 spots in the Top 10 of the recently concluded Geodetic Engineering (GE) Licensure Examination last September 3-4, 2013 at the Manuel L. Quezon University. Engr. Amado L. Monding Jr. and Engr. Rejen L. Albores took the Top 6 and Top 10 respectively.


    The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 144 out of 384 passed the GELE given by the Board of Geodetic Engineering. The result was released last September 6, 2013, and satisfyingly, CSU got 22 out of 25 takers which gave CSU a passing percentage of 88% against the national passing percentage of 37.5%. Luckily with God’s grace, CEIT once again got the sweetness of success and truly, we once more prove that we deserve to be the 2nd Best performing School in GE Program next to University of the Philippines - Diliman.






    The new CSU Geodetic Engineers were as follows:


    1. AMADO L. MONDING, JR. – TOP 6
    2. REJEN L. ALBORES – TOP 10
    17. RAY MARI N. MOZO


    Another impressive performance of the Caraga State University Agricultural Engineering program was witnessed last August 25-26, 2013 when they got a passing percentage of 60% against the national passing percentage of 40.5%.

    Ag.Eng showed its continuous success over the last few years in the Licensure examination. 3 out of 5 takers got their spot in the recently concluded Agricultural Engineering Licensure Examination at the Manuel L. Quezon University.


    New Agricultural Engineers are:


    1. Engr. May Rose S. Boston
    2. Engr. Arlie Grace A. Gascon
    3. Engr. Babe Cristy P. Urbiztondo

    GE Passers 2013 — Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:44:18 +0000

    GE Passers 2013

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  • "Wika Natin sa Daang Matuwid"

    Naging mainit at makulay ang kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika noong ika-30 ng Agosto, 2013 ng Caraga State University na idinaos sa Sanchez Himnasyum. Dinaluhan ito ng mga estudyanteng may asignaturang Filipino, mga guro, mga bisita at lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa wika.


    Bilang pambungad na gawain, nagsagawa ng isang parada, booth contest at patimpalak sa street dancing sa harap ng Sanchez Himnasyum. Ang presentasyon ng street dancing ang siyang pinakahihintay sa lahat sapagkat dito natin maramdaman ang tunay na kahulugan ng bawat nilalang.  Ipinakita rito ang mga iba’t ibang ritwal ng magkaibang lipi. Sinundan naman ito agad ng patimpalak sa sabayang pag-awit at sabayang pagbigkas na idinaos na sa loob ng himnasyum. Naging tahimik ang lahat sa kadahilanang gustong namnamin ang musikang hatid ng mga kalahok.  Kahit nalipasan man ng gutom, nabanaag pa rin sa bawat mukhang masasalubong ang galak sa lahat ng kanilang napagmasdan.


    Sa hapon nama'y sing-init ng panahon ang naramdaman ng mga kalahok at mga manonood sa tindi ng batuhan ng salita sa patimpalak na pahambugan. Habang nanabik naman ang lahat sa panghuling patimpalak ang Makabagong tugtog, makalumang sayaw na nagpahiyaw, napamangha at nagpaindak sa lahat ng mga manonood.

    Habang tumindi pa ang init kahit hapon na'y ang tataas pa rin ng enerhiya ng karamihan, lalo na't kanilang gantimpala'y ipinagkaloob. Narito ang mga nagwagi:


    Street Dancing
    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Marchan
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Alas
    Ikatlong gantimpala: kuponang Alingato

    Booth Contest
    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Alas
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Alingato
    Ikatlong gantimpala: kuponang Aray

    Sabayang pag-awit
    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Alingato
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Ponio
    Ikatlong gantimpala:  kuponang Alas

    Sabayang pagbigkas
    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Alas
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Alingato
    Ikatlong gantimpala: kuponang Marchan

    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Alingato
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Marchan
    Ikatlong gantimpala: kuponang Aray

    Makabagong tugtog, makalumang sayaw
    Unang gantimpala: kuponang Alingato
    Pangalawang gantimpala: kuponang Cabonce
    Ikatlong gantimpala: kuponang Aray


    Nagtapos ang pagdiriwang sa pamamagitan ng isang Bayli, ang sayawan noong unang panahon. Ito naman ay pinangunahan ng lahat ng mga lakambini at lakandula sa bawat seksyon sa Filipino na nakasuot ng mga magagarang kasuotang Filipino. Sa kabuua'y naging matagumpay ang isa na namang pagdiriwang na naging dahilan ng pagbabalik tanaw natin sa ating kasaysayan.

    Para sa higit pang mga larawan sundin ang link na ito: Pagdiriwang sa Buwan ng Wika

    Pagdiriwang sa Buwan ng Wika 2013 — Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:54:33 +0000

    Pagdiriwang sa Buwan ng Wika 2013

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  • A faculty member from the College of Science Education, Rosie C. Lopez-Conde was accepted after competitive registration application requirements by the Department of Science Education of the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the doctoral course the Anthropological Theory of Didactics: Recent Advances.

    The Anthropological Theory of Didactics (ATD) is a research programme which studies the phenomena that are characteristic of teaching and learning in mathematics and in sciences which is a framework in Didactics of Mathematics. The course was centered on a three-day session last October (29th-31st) 2012 taught by the ATD founder himself, Dr. Yves Chevallard and together with Dr. Marianne Achiam,  Dr. Carl Winsløw  and Dr. Marianna Bosch.

    The course consisted of written assignments and a series of lectures and exercises held at the Department in Copenhagen last October 29-31, 2012. The course participation was free of ch

    arge. The final requirement was to write an original paper in ATD. The first part was the submission five-page description of the project submitted last October 15, 2012 followed by the second part which was the three-day 

    session on October 29th to October 31st. The three day sessions consisted of lessons, exercises, and discussions of ideas. The third part was the revision and elaboration of the original paper.

    Individual supervision (face-to-face or by e-mail or Skype) were made available from the course organizers Dr. Marianne Achiam and Dr. Carl Winsløw both professors of the University of Copenhagen. The final evaluation was based on the final paper which Ms. Conde successfully hurdled and completed. The course was credited with 5 ECTS or 150 hours work load.

    The attendance was made possible through the support of Dean of the College of Science Education, Dr. Natividad R. Mamaoag, Dr. Luisito I. Tabada, Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca, University of the Philippines – Open University and Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

    Faculty member of College of Science Education accepted to participate in Doctoral course at the University of Copenhagen

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  • A  faculty  member’s  study  on  "On  teaching  instrumentation  in  mathematics  using Research   and   Study   courses"   was   presented   at   the   4th   International   Conference   on Anthropological Theory of Didactics (ATD) in Toulouse, France on April 21-26, 2013. Rosie C. Lopez-Conde from the College of Science Education was the only Filipino to present in the said conference  which  was  attended  by  the  didacticians  around  the  world.  This  international conference was organized under the auspices of the IUFM (Institut Universitaire de Formation des  Maîtres;  teacher  professional  development  institute)  Midi-Pyrénées,  an  affiliated  school  of the University Toulouse 2.

    The Anthropological Theory of the Didactical (ATD) holds a strong position on research on the didactics of mathematics as well as the didactics of other disciplines. Since 2005, three international conferences have been held on this subject. The first was held in Baeza (Spain) in 2005, the second took place in Uzès (France) in 2007, and the third in Sant Hilari Sacalm (Spain) in 2010. The 3rd conference was organized by the Mathematics Research Center of Catalonia. The 4th conference had significant importance for symbolic as well as scientific reasons.

    The  theme  of  the  4th International  Conference  was  on  “Current  Developments  of  the relation  to  Mathematics  and  other  knowledge  at  school  and  in  society”.  This  conference was aimed to promote research on the conditions and constraints that affect the current historic crisis which  influences  school  and  university  mathematics  as  well  as  other  disciplines  in  many countries.  This  crisis  is  associated  with  an  apparently  systematic  undervaluation  of  the contributions of research in the field of didactics which remains largely unknown. The book of the preceding will be available soon.


    The presentation was made possible through the strong support of Dean of the College of Science Education Dr. Natividad R. Mamaoag, Dr. Luisito I.Tabada and Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca.

    4th International Conference on Anthropological Theory of Didactics (ATD) in Toulouse, France on April 21-26, 2013

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  • In an assembly held on May 25, 2013 during the celebration of a grand alumni homecoming the first in the history of Caraga State University, new set of officers were elected by the members.


    From a number of 21 nominees the body elected the fifteen Board of Trustees members. After which the fifteen elected BOT members sat in banc to elect its new set of officers.









    The Alumni Officers of 2013 are the following:

    President:          Dr. Elena L. Paulma

    Vice President: Dr. Angelito C. Alolod

    Secretary:          Dr. Alejandro P. Macadatar

    Treasurer:          Ms. Rosemarie D. Olmedo

    PIO:                      Mr. Gerry Joey S. Laurito

    Auditor:               Hon. Alberto P. Latras

    Bus. Mngr:          Dr. Rogelio S. Sultan

    Sgt. At arms:      Mr. Arturo S. Campania

                                  Mr. Danilo A. Galdiano

    Board Members:

                                 Ms. Armen  O. Montederamos

                                 Ms. Merliza F. Libao

                                 Dr.  Elmer A. Palacio

                                 Mr. Raul  R. Cabatingan

                                 Mr. Charlo G. Ayuban

                                 Mr. Cresenciano B. Perez


    Dr. Rolando Paluga was the COMELEC Chairperson with the alumni directors of both Cabadbaran and CSU main campus Dr. Felix Ocarez and Prof. Sonia Low as members.


    The newly elected officers pledged full support in the achievement of CSU’s vision, mission, objectives and values. Piaea 05.26.13

    CarSU Alumni Elects New Set of Officers — Thu, 30 May 2013 09:07:13 +0000

    CarSU Alumni Elects New Set of Officers

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  • “Welcome home!” This is what the CarSU alumni director spoke to the more than three hundred alumni and graced by almost five hundred people who attended the first grand alumni homecoming in Caraga State University ever.


    “We believe that the alumni are the heart and soul of the university, and that you are all very important to usOur university president, Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca, the university key officials, some are with us today, Dr. Luisito I. Tabada, Dr. Rowena Varela, Dr. Rolando Paluga, Dr. Natividad R. Mamaoag, all the faculty and staff of the university, and of course our Board of Regents, with open arms, we welcome you back to CarSU. This is your home and we are family. Please feel at ease and be free.”


    The alumni members of 1947 to 2013 retorted back with a resounding clap and faces full of smile and joyful zest. Dr. Angelito Alolod, former DOST Regional Director who is an alumnus of CarSU also came with the former Board of Regents member Dr. Elena L. Paulma who is another alumna of CSU. Facing the 21st century with high hopes and noble ideals is this year’s Alumni Homecoming theme.



    The homecoming started on time at 8:00 in the morning for the registration, a motorcade to Butuan City at 9:00, and the opening program began at 10:00 right after the snacks.


    All the batches were introduced on stage to the tune of the class year’s era music and a band play that brought excitement and guffaw to all. It was one memorable and wonderful moment, an affair to remember, and a tradition that must be continued.


    Mixed emotions were felt while watching the montage depicting the old Agusan Agricultural High School (AAHS), to Northern Mindanao Agricultural College (NORMINAC), to Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST), and its metamorphosis to Caraga State University (CarSU). Tinge of goose bumps were felt towards the last part of the montage showing the present administration’s vision of CarSU in the future. The alumni responded with an amazing resounding clap.


    Dr. Luisito I. Tabada gladly delivered a brief message to the alumni emphasizing the many projects CarSU had, have and envisioned to have. This was followed by responses from select alumni coming from different batches. Dr. Elmer Palacios, Dr. Alejandro Macadatar, Mr. Gerry Joey Laurito, Dr. Angelito Alolod and Dr. Elena L. Paulma, all five related some significant moments and memoirs of their students’ days and how it was during their time. And all of them pledged full support to their alma mater.


    In its entirety, the alumni were happily bonding with their batch mates while enjoying the games and the food.



    A general assembly happened in the afternoon, declaring the opening of a new slate for the alumni officers’ seat. The alumni members nominated 21 people for the Board of Trustees seat. Fifteen members were elected by majority votes. The elected fifteen Board of Trustees members sat together en banc to elect (through secret ballot) the 2013 new set of officers for the Alumni Association of CarSU. Dr. Rolando Paluga acted as COMELEC Chair with Cabadbaran Campus Alumni Director Felix Ocarez and CarSU Alumni Director Sonia Low as members.


    Mindful, joyful, hopeful, wonderful faces of this year’s alumni homecoming only spell a successful affair to remember and a history for CarSU. Public Information, Alumni and External Affairs Director Sonia Rosales Low, posed a challenge to the alumni- to continue the fire burning and to continue the celebration of an alumni homecoming yearly with gusto and commitment. 05.26.13

    CSU Celebrates a Happy Alumni Homecoming — Thu, 30 May 2013 08:38:43 +0000

    CSU Celebrates a Happy Alumni Homecoming

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  • Ms. Sonia Rosales-Low, a faculty member of College of Arts and Sciences and CSU’s Director for Public Information, Alumni and External Affairs completed the E-Teacher Scholarship with a passing grade of 99.6%. She received an award along with the other three top scholars at the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines on May 08, 2013.


    The E-Teacher Scholarship is offered by Oregon University, American English Institute, Linguistics Department, and funded by the US government. Selection is highly competitive and nomination is done by the US embassy’s Cultural and Public Affairs office.

    The E-Teacher Scholarship Program courses explore major areas of the academic specialty of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). The program offers nine innovative online, graduate level classes to English teaching professionals outside of the USA through the University of Oregon.


    Ms. Low studied Webskills (Building Teaching Skills through the Interactive Web) along with 25 participants from all over the globe like Brazil, Moldova, Ecuador, Egypt, Poland, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Iran, Nepal, Thailand, and Singapore to mention some. While the other three took English for Specific Purposes, Best Practice for Courses and Materials (ESP), Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in an EFL context (SpEd TEFL), and Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching (CT) also with classmates from all over the world.


    Her project report tackles on Developing Communicative Competence Using Technology, Improving Analytical and Critical Thinking, and Heightening Awareness of Plagiarism and Copyright.


    She was awarded a certificate of completion and a UO pin as an alumna of University of Oregon, several reading materials were also handed out for CSU. Last year CSU also got book donations from the US embassy’s Public Affairs office through the initiative and effort of Ms. Low. 05.10.13

    CSU’s PIAEA Director tops E-Teacher Scholarship — Tue, 21 May 2013 05:00:04 +0000

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  • The College of Engineering and Information Technology of Caraga State University (CEIT-CSU) successfully launched their partnership project with the City Government of Butuan (CGB): Comprehensive Land Information Management System using GIS dubbed as CLAIMS-GIS and FARM which stands for Financial Administration and Resource Management System. The event was held at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City last April 30, 2013, and was attended by key officials from CSU and CGB, one hundred forty-four (144) Barangay Council officials from fifty-six (56) barangays, one hundred thirty (130) educators from DepEd, Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mr. Omar Joseph Andaya and sixty six (66) CLAIMS-GIS personnel.


    CLAIMS-GIS aims to produce a digital map showing all real property units of Butuan which will aid in the CGB’s goal to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in crafting the city’s Comprehensive Land-Use Plan (CLUP).  



    On the other hand, FARM aims to develop and deploy a comprehensive financial automation system that would link internal processes of the Financial and Human Resource Management Division. This project will also deploy an executive dash board that allows monitoring of the city resources for efficient and transparent governance.  


    Mayor Ferdinand “Jun” Amante gave his welcome address and an overview regarding with the projects.Butuan City Mayor Hon. Ferdinand “Jun” M. Amante Jr. gave his aperture message regarding the venture in which his strong support to these two projects was clearly witnessed not only by the immediate movers of the respective projects but also by all of the participants of the event. He emphasized that the projects paralleled his vision and advocacy for transparency and good governance in serving the Butuanons. He said that such GIS and ICT applications are very beneficial as it offers ready and accurate information at the tip of our fingers. During the Open Forum, attendees raised some questions and were clarified by the Mayor


    Mayor Jun hopes for a better and flourishing Butuan with this contingent venture as the stepping stone towards a safe and progressive Butuan. The launching was also crested by the ceremonial MOA signing of the partner agencies headed by Hon. Ferdinand Amante (City Mayor), Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca (CarSU President), Engr. Antenedo Millorin (City Planning and Development Officer), and Engr. Alexander Demetillo (CEIT Dean).


    Aside from this, several projects were also showcased during the event for the participants to determine which projects are applicable in their respective agencies. The projects presented were mostly packaged projects from CEIT’s extension and research endeavors. Among these are: (1) Barangay Profiling and Accounting System (presented by Engr. Alexander T. Demetillo) which is an automation and computerized system produced for Brgy. Dumalagan as the first recipient of CEIT in their LEADER 1 & 2 Extension Program. (2) Financial Management with GIS for Butuan Medical Center (presented by Mr. Jaymer M. Jayoma, Software Development and Database Management Component Leader) which was a research output of Mr. Jayoma and his advisees (Mr. Nerisson Pitogo and Irish Rubillos). And lastly, (3) Report and Billing Automation for Butuan Central Elem. School (Mr. Glenn A. Dalaorao, CSU ICT Network Administrator).


    True to the CEIT’s goal for this event, the participants indeed realized their needs and signified their interest on availing such systems which they found very timely and applicable in their respective agencies.


    The signing of MOA by (sitting from left) Mayor Ferdinand Amante and  Dr. Joanna B. CuencaMayor Amante himself appreciated the applicability of the Brgy. Profiler and Accounting system and personally asked the contingents from the Barangay LGUs who among them are interested to have the automated system for their respective barangays. Without hesitations, all participants raised their hands with happy and eager faces. Much to their delight, the Mayor declared that the CGB will shoulder all the necessary expenses for the installation of the Barangay Profiler, after he had a very short confirming dialogue with Engr. Demetillo.


    Lastly, upon the request of the participating groups from the DepEd, a demonstration of the Report and Billing Automation for Butuan Central Elem. School was given for them to fully familiarized and understand not only the system but also the requisites to have the software installed in their respective schools.


    At the end of the event, people went home with the hope that one day they will be gathering again to witness the output presentation of the launched projects and more of CEIT-CarSU’s research and extension endeavors.

    By: Engr. Michelle V. Japitana

    Launching of CGB-funded CarSU Projects: Success — Tue, 14 May 2013 02:41:31 +0000

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  • Caraga State University Cabadbaran Campus  proved its competence by producing its first batch  of graduates of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a new Electrical engineers. Two (2) takers passed the last September 2012 Electrical Engineer's Licensure Examination held last September 21-22, 2012 in the cities of Cebu, Manila, Baguio, and Davao City. CSUCC garnered 100% passing marked against national passing rate of 53.24%.


    The first batch of CSU Cabadbaran Campus  Electrical engineers were the following:

    Engr. Kim Daryl Solano Anib
    Engr. Louiel Caspe Bulang


    Caraga State University Cabadbaran Campus performance in the last April 2013 Electrical Engineer's Licensure Examination is highly notable with an overall passing percentage of 83.33% . CSUCC maintained its impressive performance when five (5) out of six (6) takers passed the Electrical Engineer's Licensure Examination last April 2013 giving the University a passing percentage of 83.33% against the national passing percentage of 38.65%.


    The new CSUCC Registered Electrical Engineers were:

    Engr. Gibbs Tindoy Bugas
    Engr. Mark Anthony Mag-aso Ligad
    Engr. Elvis Cris Regala Mangga
    Engr. Dionisio Jr. Nonog Salvador
    Engr. Grayson Arquion Zoleta

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  • Sherryl Lipio-Paz, a Faculty-researcher of the  College of Arts and Sciences, Caraga State University-Main Campus bagged prestigious awards during the World Research Festival 2013 which was organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research, the Philippine Association of its Institutions for Research and endorsed by the Commission and Higher Education at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City last May 1-4, 2013. The theme was  “Research for a Sustainable World!” to emphasize the need for breakthrough, relevant and useful research to maintain a sustainable world.


    Ms. Paz was awarded as Outstanding Filipino Researcher 2013 in recognition of her distinguished track record of achievements in conduct of research, leadership and awards in the research community, oral research presentation in local and international venues, involvement in journal publications, membership in local and international organizations, contributions to new knowledge in the discipline, making her an excellent role model for research in the Philippines and beyond the borders.



    Excellence in World Publication Award 2013 was also given to Ms. Paz in recognition of a global achievement as a distinguished researcher who has published scientific articles in journals listed by Thomson Reuters Journal Masterlist Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) and Scopus Elsevier making her a great role model and inspiration to researchers across the world.   


    Moreover, Ms. Paz presented her paper entitled, Birds in the Academic Zone of Caraga State University – Ampayon Campus and also seized Diamond Award for World’s Best Oral Researcher Presenter, Platinum Awards for World’s Best in Powerpoint Presentation and World’s Best in Talent and Gold Award as Best Dressed  Researcher.  


    It was indeed one memorable conference for Ms. Paz. During the said event, she was able to interact with others who have done extensive research in various fields in their own countries. For her, intellectual exchange through the power of research collaboration can help solidify the role of research in various institutions especially in Caraga State University. A handful of awards received by Ms. Paz are all reminders that she has to encourage more researchers in the university and outside to become involved in problem-oriented research that can bring meaningful changes to our society. The awarding must not end there. Ms. Paz has been inspired more to go on with her research undertakings because she firmly believes that university researchers must not remain static. With the great need to meet the global challenges, young and dynamic researchers like her must tailor the research works to be more sustainable and meaningful.



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  • Maria Cristina A. Avila and Nice E. Tambura, BS Biology graduates of Caraga State University-Main were awarded second prize, Best Undergraduate Paper (Oral) presentation (out of 12 presenters – UST, UP-Diliman, USM, WPU, MSU-IIT etc.) and third best undergraduate poster presentation (out of 19 presenters – CMU, SLU, MSU-IIT, WPU, USM etc.) respectively during the 22nd Philippine Biodiversity Symposium and Annual Meeting of WCSP 2013 on April 16-19, 2013 at Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon. The theme of the symposium, “Biodiversity and Cultural Values of Conservation Areas”, emphasizes issues concerning the marriage of culture and biodiversity in conservation areas.


    Ms. Avila’s paper entitled: Stream Macroinvertebrates in the Three Selected Habitats of Mt. Magdiwata, San Francisco Agusan del Sur and Ms Tambura’s which is Diversity and Status of Butterflies in Agroforest and Secondary Dipterocarp Forest of Mt. Magdiwata, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur were co-authored by Ms. Sherryl Lipio-Paz (thesis adviser), a faculty of the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences. 


    Ms. Avila and Ms. Tambura received High Sierra bag, conservation books, Banwa journals, etc. as their rewards.  The two of them as well as Ms. Chennie L. Solania, another thesis advisee of Ms. Paz who also presented her paper, Anurans Across Elevational Gradients on Mt. Magdiwata San Francisco, Agusan del Sur during the undergrad paper presentation are now one of the new and young members of the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines (WCSP) which has been an essential partner of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection and Management in achieving, conserving and sustainably managing our country’s remaining biological biodiversity. In particular, WCSP has provided the Bureau with sound science that forms a significant part of the bases for our policy directions and implementation.


    The said conference gathered more than a hundred participants from various provinces of the Philippines and other countries. As part of the WCSP network, Caraga State University can easily link to the conservation specialists and biodiversity researchers from all over the Philippines and even outside the country. This is indeed advantageous in building biodiversity research collaborations between Caraga State University and some other universities outside the region. Through this, the biodiversity and conservation research in this university can be strengthened. Ms. Sherryl Lipio-Paz who also made her thesis advisee, Mr. Neil Jun S. Lobite win the first prize, best undergrad paper presentation during the same event last year (2012) at De La Salle University, Dasmarinas, Cavite is now inspired to build up more young biodiversity researchers in Caraga to help fill in the biodiversity research gaps and to inform conservation decisions in the region.


    By : Sherryl Lipio-Paz


    CarSU Students Bring the Bacon Home — Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:13:46 +0000

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  • Former Senator, Honorable Juan Miguel  "Migz" F. Zubiri is CSU’s 36th Commencement Exercises Guest Speaker. Migz as he is fondly called by the people has endeared the hearts of the young and old alike because of his down-to-earth character and amiable personality. 


    Migz, known for his sterling integrity, “delicadeza”, generosity, and charming ways came all agog and stayed until the graduation ceremony was over to the amazement and joy of the people around. Migz inspired the graduates not just with his inspirational talk but with his warm character and persona. Migz spoke with sincere candor and talked in fluent Visayan dialect. 
    The following is Migz message to the graduates:
    Maayong Adlaw kaninyong Tanan!
    Today, I have been assigned as your last lecturer in college. This event is the last class you will attend in what will soon be your Alma Mater.
    Trust me, I do not relish the thought of being your one-day teacher that had drilled into your heads all the things you need to succeed in life and that this lecture from me wouldn’t make difference at all.
    At one stage you were raw crystals. At this stage, you were all polished into beautiful diamonds.
    There is nothing more that I can add to the wealth of information, to the trove of skills your instructors have taught you over the past four years. Mine, therefore, will be to share my experiences with you all with the hope that something is learned from it.
    The fact that all of you, in your toga, look smart and sharp makes you a very lucky group.
    The fact is that national statistics shows only about ten out of your 100 batch mates in Grade One will ever wear a college toga. You are one of those lucky ten. The ninety were not as fortunate in the lottery of life.
    You can credit your lucky fate to your hard work and dedication, on how you were able to balance your girlfriend or boyfriends at the same time with algebra or accounting, on how you can down a case of beer or a shot of Tanduay without taking your eyes off the Chemistry book, on how you have ably mastered the art of texting and reading at the same time or how you have finished your reports while uploading pictures and posting your status in your Facebook account or tweeting or re-tweeting the latest showbiz chismis or your comments about the dress of your professor while listening a lecture in class.
    I do not doubt your skill in multi-tasking.
    But acquiring a college degree does not solely lie on the student’s guts and determination, Guts is just one of three “G”s in college education, and the only one a diploma individual can exclusively claim as his. It is the guts to fight daily in trying to pass your calculus exams, or the guts to face your professor in the ungodly hour of 7:30 in the morning. The two other Gs are courtesy of your parents. If you are bright as Einstein, then your being a genius could be due to genes, which are of course your parent’s, particularly your mother’s side, since intelligence is partly an inherited trait.
    And third, the most important of the three Gs is Generosity. The generosity given to us by the ones who sacrificed the most: your parents.
    Admit it; all of you are either full or partial GSIS-Galing Sa Ina or Itay Scholars.
    Your Parents- After surviving the dreaded five/six 
    After selling the prized cows or carabaos
    After Toiling day in and day out in the farm
    After working ten hour days abroad in Kuwait, Dubai or Hong Kong
    They are finally seeing you here today in one of the most memorable days of their lives. It is they who truly have to be recognized and honored and I’d like them to stand up and take a bow.
    For all their efforts, they will bring home the receipt of their expenditures; your diploma – which they will frame and hang on the walls of your “sala”, becoming the most prized piece of furniture in your home. Simply because of the hardships that both of you endured to receive it.
    That piece of paper is worth thousands but the pride it gives your parents is priceless.
    I too remember the day I graduated, not too long ago. My parents were proud of me as well, and I told myself that I should work hard so that I may be proud of myself and that I should go out and experience life and embrace its difficulties. I say this because college is just a stop-over in a person’s long journey to life.
    From out of the classrooms of this school, you will enter the big university that is life. Your education does not stop the moment you grab that diploma. That’s why the activity we’re holding today is called a commencement exercise, which means, “to begin”.
    Life is one endless search for knowledge. Our passage through this world is marked by perpetual learning and the only time we stop drawing knowledge is after we have drawn our last breath.
    The big difference is that while you were here, the setting was formal. Out there, you will be your own teacher. Out there, your performance is not graded.
    Here, when you fail, you get a 5 and you get a sermon from your teacher and parents.
    In the real world, when you fail, you hear the wailings of your hungry child; the sobbing of your daughter who has to stop school or the cry of a wife if she is good, or her nagging if she’s bad, from your failures.
    If you think that because you have graduated from college that you have also graduated from books, then you’re wrong.
    Life is non-stop learning, and every time you fall, you should stand up, study the problem and fight again, I remember the line in a movie where the father asked the son, “Why do we fall? The son answered, “So that we can learn to stand up again.”
    So what did college teach me? It taught me that not all things can be taught in college.
    If college was non-stop answering, then life is non-stop questioning, in fact, once the noise of these ceremonies fade into the background and after the last bottle of beer has been drank, you will be asking questions you’ve been avoiding for so long.
    Will I have a job?
    Did I acquire the skills that the job needs?
    Did our professors teach me all that I need to know?
    Does the community need me for what I was trained for?
    Will I get a decent salary here?
    Or, should I line up at the Department of Foreign Affairs for a passport and work as an OFW?
    As you ponder these questions, I hope that Caraga State University has prepared you to answer the tough questions ahead.
    It has been said that the Class of 2013 will graduate at a time of great upheavals, whether done by nature, such as when typhoon Pablo hit the Caraga and Davao provinces late last year flattening houses and buildings, and destroying crops and trees, or designed by men, as what happened in the Sabah crisis and the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula where North Korea has declared a “State of war” against South Korea.
    And in our very own backyard, when brownouts have become a daily occurrence in Mindanao, Threatening the viability of many businesses and taking its toll in the island’s economy.
    Against this bleak background, some of you may be wondering if you are starting your journey under the most in hospitable of circumstances, and in the most challenging of times.
    If you feel as if you’re hit by the fallout of these events, don’t. If you feel that you are on the verge of a disaster faster than the rampaging waters and mudslides of Typhoons like Pablo, then you are wrong.
    These challenges are temporary which can be overcome by your strengths, which are permanent.
    One thing going for you is that you are a graduate of this school, which has given you a training which in turn makes you resilient to economic upheavals, resistant to political changes, and tough on whatever problems society at large may throw on you.
    If you feel depressed, just remember that in your years in this school, you have been torture-tested which makes you ready for the world, and prepared for the future.
    You will be encountering many tsunami of problems in your life, but believe me you will survive them all.
    “I will survive.” That should be your fighting faith.
    This vulnerable institution pushed hard to give you a well-rounded education. This University was there not only to help you become a teacher, engineer, IT specialist or public servant but you were prepared to live up to your destiny.
    The destiny reserved for free men.
    I often remind myself of what Epictetus, a Roman slave said centuries ago, “Only the educated are free”.
    And today, you are all free.
    Free from bondage of ignorance.
    Free to chart your own path and destiny.
    And if you fail, try and try again. Don’t give up on life, and remember the words “I will survive.”
    Every person’s success comes from hard work and dedication, and not by being lucky or complacent.
    My tip to all of you is to choose your battles in life. Target your goals and make it happen.
    If you want to be successful IT Professional, work on it. Apply to a reputable IT company, get the experience and do the best that you can.
    If you want to be a businessman, study the business you want to get involved in. Weigh the risk and take a chance.
    But whatever it is JUST DO IT! Because you will survive!
    Today, we must repay the generosity that your parents had given you since the day you were born.
    With your hard-earned diplomas, now, you should be thinking women and men, about to enter the world of adults on a continuing exploration; all in the hope that you would not see things as they are and ask why, but to see things as they should be, and ask why not?
    My dear graduates, I will not tell you to become senators, movie actors or even billionaires.
    But if you ask me for one goal that you must follow, and this goal would help you become good citizens, this is my recommendation: be a good parent.
    A single kiss from your child is worth a thousand plaques. A hug from your wife or husband is worth a hundred citations. And if charity begins at home, so must recognition.
    What is the use of being called a good man by millions when in your own home you are met with rejection and hatred?
    What is the use of being recognized as a successful businessman when in your own community you are regarded as a polluter of the environment and a law violator?
    What is the use of being praised as a man with vision when you rule your own family without compassion?
    Repay your parents by being better parents than they were; by giving your children the best love and care, patience and understanding; but most of all, the gift of freedom.
    Not the freedom away from your homes, but the freedom earned by being real educated men and women.
    Salamat Karajao!
    (Note: Honorable Juan Miguel “MIGZ” Zubiri had been instrumental, as Senate Majority Leader, in the passage of RA 9854 converting the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology into the Caraga State University.)  Piaea-srl 04.04.13
    Migz Zubiri Inspires CSU Graduates — Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:42:10 +0000

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  • The Philippine youth ambassadors in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2012 made a historic first in the 39-year old program by inspiring the accomplishment of a project onboard Japanese liner Fuji Maru, which shall benefit the Yellow Boat Foundation in the country.


    The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) cluster, one of the eight discussion groups onboard, introduced a project, ‘Change’ for Change, which was supported by the participating youths (PYs) of the 39th SSEAYP. In this project, the delegates donated the loose change (sukli) that they had saved for the Yellow Boat. Under the leadership of Jona D. Alegre, who was also the Philippine youth leader, the project was inspired by the Philippine contingent’s presentation of the Yellow Boat of Hope, which featured efforts of the Foundation to provide boats for children who have to swim so they could go to school. The fundraising effort raised about P48,000 for one boat for a community has yet to be identified by the Philippine contingent.


    Aside from CSR the PYs discussed other specific issues affecting the youth, such as environment, school education, corporate social responsibility, HIV-AIDS, youth leadership development and cross-cultural understanding, and food and nutrition.  At the end the discussion, the groups formulated plans for collaboration to be realized after the program.


    Each delegation was also required to plan for post-SSEAYP activities. The Philippine team decided to complement the ‘Change’ for Change project by helping improve the quality of education in the area where the yellow boat shall be donated. These outreach activities include, among others, leadership training, environmental education and health education.


    Further, the Filipino ambassadors popularized on the ship the country’s tourism tagline It’s More Fun in the Philippines and showcased the country’s cultural heritage through traditional dances and choral singing in their National Day Presentation onboard. They also allowed their ASEAN counterparts to experience Filipino hospitality and friendship through personal interactions, and youth activism through sharing of their advocacies or leadership/volunteer involvement.


    The 53-day cruise was not just limited to onboard activities. Before the cruise proper, the delegations had preliminary activities and Youth Leadership Summit in Tokyo and homestay experience in different prefectures in Japan. They then boarded the ship from Yokohama port, then sailed on to five other ports - in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam. In these countries, the participating youth conducted courtesy calls with government officials, institutional visits, cultural presentations, interactions with local youth groups, and homestays. The youth leaders also went to Myanmar for similar activities. The country program allowed the PYs to deepen their immersion in different cultures, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and cooperation, which is the very goal of SSEAYP.


    From Brunei, the last port-of-call, Fuji Maru brought the delegations back to Tokyo where the program officially ended on December 14. Upon the Philippine contingent’s return in Manila, the National Youth Commission facilitated the debriefing and evaluation activities of the group. In 2013, the group hopes to work on the turnover of donation to the Yellow Boat Foundation, and jumpstart its post-cruise program.


    The 28 youth ambassadors are: April Joy B. Guiang, Region I; Aya Caraphina S. Abraham, Region II; Loreen P. Agulan, Region III; Brian Jay D. Ambulo, Joseph Victor F. Fresnoza (assistant youth leader)and Mary Grace D. Leaño, Region IV; Rodolfo SB. Virtus Jr. and Apple Allison B. Perez, Region V; Rex Docto and Rosa Lea S. Baldevarona, Region VI; Russ Raniel A. Ligtas and John R. Lumapay, Region VII; Philip Ariane C. Oledan and Maria Julie Anne T. Culibar, Region VIII; Ronald Cszar F. Villano and Normelyn A. Gallardo, Region IX; Catherine R. Victorio, Region X; Mayjee A. De La Cruz and Jona D. Alegre, Region XI; Meikko Jay D. Forones, Mae E. Ballena and Prince Noroddin B. Ibrahim, Region XII; Neil M. Lastimosa, CARAGA; Ryan Anthony M. Bestre, CAR; Nasrudin A. Buisan and Hanna-Tunisia F. Usman, ARMM; and Aaron G. Laylo and Ma. Lourraine T. Alerta, NCR. They were joined in by their national leader, Mabel S. Acosta, political consultant at the Office of Vice Mayor in Davao City.


    The SSEAYP is an annual cultural exchange program sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by the ASEAN. In the country, the selection and training of the youth ambassadors are facilitated by the National Youth Commission, with the SSEAYP International-Philippines. The application for the 40th SSEAYP will be open sometime in March 2013. For more information, interested youth leaders aged 18 to 30 can visit

    By Rodolfo ‘Sonny’ SB. Virtus Jr. & NYC



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