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  • Dr. Anthony M. Penaso attended the first Philippine Higher Education President’s Summit. The event was organized by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development USAID/Philippines).

    The summit was the first of its kind and brought together over 500 of the country’s school presidents to Manila. It was a venue for education leaders to discuss the Philippine Higher education system as one sector and to speak with one voice.

    Held last August 15, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, PBEd wanted to unify a divided higher education sector into one big voice.

    The problems of the country’s education system are huge and it needs an equally powerful force to change and reform the system. Accordingly such power will only come from a unified sector, one that works together to correct the wrongs of the system. Unifying the higher education sector is central to improving higher education and ensuring a better future for our youth. As one voice, these leaders are in a better position to develop and advocate proactive reforms in Philippine education.

    The summit saw the ratification of the Manila Declaration on Higher Education, which sets out a five-point agenda for reform on issues such as linkages between the academe and industry; funding or government support for post-secondary education; rationalization and development of research and science and technology; governance of the country’s post-secondary education system; and faculty development and quality graduate programs.

    It featured speeches by Anant Agarwal, an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of edX, an online learning platform developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sir Richard Gerver, an education innovator; and the United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Godberg. A special discussion on the new K-12 system to address issues and concerns raised by various education stakeholders was also tackled.

    CSU Prexy attends First Philippine Higher Education Presidents’ Summit

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  • CSU President Dr. Anthony M. Penaso with other CSU accreditors attended the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. in Mid-Year Conference of Accreditors at the Great Eastern Hotel Quezon City on August 27-29, 2014.


    Dr. Penaso was joined by Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Luisito I. Tabada, Dr. Esamel M. Paluga, Dr. Myrna Kuizon, Dr. Nelia Raganas, Dr. Lilia Boyles, Dr. Jona Biongcog and Dr. Marilyn Castillo.


    The mid-year conference theme is Outcomes-Based Accreditation Takes Off. The conference objectives expected the participants to have updated their knowledge on the concept, standards, procedures and benefits of account-based quality assurance; consulted on and contributed to the improvement of the outcomes based instrument; distinguished the similarities and differences of the present system of input-oriented accreditation and the outcomes based framework; and have been apprised of the planned activities in the implementation of outcomes-based QA, such as training of accreditors, schedule of institutional accreditation and program accreditation visits.



    Dr. Penaso goes to AACCUP Mid-Year Conference of Accreditors

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  • The CSU family commemorates the 3rd year anniversary of Proclamation No. 239 Granting full ownership of the 232 hectares of land to CSU by virtue of RA 9854 on August 16, 2011. This year’s commemoration was celebrated on August 18, 2014 at the CSU gymnasium.

    Highlight of the event is the skit presentation by the different colleges. This year’s winner is the College of Arts and Sciences. They did a choreographed dance drama skit based on proclamation 239 relevance in a casual, chic and wacky way to the delight of the crowd.

    CSU was first conceived in 1918 as the Agusan Agricultural High School thru the passage of an Omnibus Bill filed by the first congresswoman of the Philippines Elisa Rosales Ochoa. On February 14, 1920, Proclamation Number 4 was passed by the American Governor to the Philippines Francis Burton Harrison, declaring the reservation of a 232-hectare virgin forest land in Barrio Ampayon, in the Municipality of Butuan, province of Agusan del Norte as the grounds of the young school. It was at the close of World War II in 1946 that the Agusan Agricultural High School (AAHS) was established in the reserved area.





    CSU commemorates 3rd year of Proclamation No. 239 — Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:47:55 +0000

    CSU commemorates 3rd year of Proclamation No. 239

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  • To cope with the pressing demands of globalization and ASEAN integration CSU thru the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Luisito I. Tabada with the Public Information, Alumni and External Affairs Director Sonia R. Low work for the accreditation application of CSU to admit foreign students in the university.

    A number of foreign students went to CSU several times for admittance to the different curricular programs offered by the university. However, this could not be done unless we have been accredited by the Bureau of Immigration.

    CSU is just waiting for the BID scheduled accreditation visit and evaluation anytime in August and we are all set for foreign students’ admission to all our curricular programs. CSU students and faculty members as well as our President Dr. Anthony M. Penaso are all agog to welcome International students in the university.






    CSU thru the VPAA and PIAEA applies for BID Accreditation

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  • Dr. Luisito I. Tabada CSU Vice President for Academic Affairs and concurrent Graduate School Dean spearheaded an orientation and consultation program for graduate faculty and students last August 23, 2014 at the CSU Conference Room.

    The CSU Graduate School aims:

    1. To prepare Graduate Students for relevant and productive research in various academic disciplines.

    2. To develop leaders and expertise in line with the thrust and mandate of the University.

    3. To enhance the competencies of Graduate Students in teaching, administration, extension, and production; and

    4. To enrich preserve and transmit the cultural heritage of the Caraga Region through quality instruction and extension programs.

    The whole day affair was attended by a number of graduate students and graduate school faculty members including the Vice President for Research and Extension Dr. Rowena Varela, CSE Dean Dr. Natividad R. Mamaoag, BOR member Dr. Elena L. Paulma, Dr. Danilo Gaas, Dr. Lydia Curaza, Dr. Fe Dela Cruz, Dr. Carmelita Lipio, Dr. Jayrold Arcede, and Dr. Miraluna Herrera with other Graduate School faculty members.

    VPAA spearheads orientation and consultation program for graduate faculty and students

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  • An advocate of change himself, President Anthony M. Penaso directed the PIAEA’s Sonia R. Low to attend the Regional Development Council’s “Agents of Change” forum at the Almont Inland Resort Hotel on June 30, 2014.

    The Regional Development Council (RDC) has launched its revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013 Communication Plan. It is the blue print to attain high and sustainable economic growth, increased job opportunities, sound environment and improved quality of life. The objective is based on the desired outcomes articulated in the revised Caraga Regional Development Plan (CRDP).

    The RDC hopes to attain the communication plan objective through the process of behavior change. For each behavior change step, RDC has formulated specific communication objective: in understanding the messages and knowing its content; allowing people to respond favorably to the messages and discussing them with family and the community; increasing participation and recognizing the benefits of supporting the RDP; wanting to see the “FAME” related industries created and that individuals, institutions and communities are supporting the Caraga’s goal of becoming the Fishery, Agro-forestry, Mineral and Eco-tourism  (FAME) center of the Philippines; and mobilizing partners to become advocates in their offices, school and communities.

    RDC employs two communication strategies: Social mobilization to engage and motivate a wide range of partners and allies to raise awareness and facilitate change. Social marketing or the development and integration of marketing concepts to influence behavior change.

    The key message: “Be the agent of change.” The RDC wants everyone to do significant things in whatever they do. And become agents of change for others to follow and emulate.

    One of the activities to heighten awareness of the advocacy is contests on tagline making, jingle-making, canvass painting and photography to begin with.

    The Regional Development Council (RDC) is headed by Gov. Sol F. Matugas with the other Regional Line agencies heads of offices and other Caraga government and non-government executives. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño and RDC’s Vice-Chair led the RDC’s agents of change forum attended by a number of participants from the different sectors.

    It is encouraged that we all be agents of change in our own small and special ways. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to be.”

    PIAEA attends Agent of Change Forum — Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:46:08 +0000

    PIAEA attends Agent of Change Forum

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  • tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.

    tcolorbox provides an environment for colored and framed text boxes with a heading line. Optionally, such a box can be split in an upper and a lower part. The package tcolorbox can be used for the setting of LATEX examples where one part of the box displays the source code and the other part shows the output. Another common use case is the setting of theorems. The package supports saving and reuse of source code and text parts.


    Sample Journals - (test only) — Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:21:36 +0000

    Sample Journals - (test only)

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  • Engr. Brodett B. Abatayo bagged the 3rd spot in Geodetic Engineering Licensure Examination this year.


    CSU has been consistently on the top for the past two years in GE licensure examination. In 2013 CSU made it to the Top 6 and Top 10. The College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) is doing its best to continuously give CSU a name not just in Caraga Region but in the Philippines as well. CEIT is optimistic that next year, CSU will be posting the name of our very first Top 1 Licensed Geodetic Engineer hopefully.


    The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 179 out of 479 passed the GE Licensure Examination. The result was released last August 22, 2014, CSU got 17 out of 26 takers giving CSU a passing percentage of 65.38% against the National passing percentage rate of 37.37%.


    This year’s new Licensed Geodetic Engineers are:


    Engr. Broddett B. Abatayo – Top 3

    Engr. Daniel B. Agapay

    Engr. Jojemar Bantugan

    Engr. Roger M. Barba Jr.

    Engr. Ryan Jhon L. Buena

    Engr. Emily N. Cunanan

    Engr. Peter John A. Galamiton

    Engr. Lloyd Lee

    Engr. Genelyn S. Magracia

    Engr. Gilmarc Manlubatan

    Engr. Jennifer T. Marqueso

    Engr. Presley Carl B. Oconer

    Engr. Iven D. Paloquia

    Engr. Jigg L. Pelayo

    Engr. Venice May M. Plaza

    Engr. Jesiree L. Serviano

    Engr. Edgilyn D. Tabon


    Moreover, the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) pioneering batch Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (BSME) got a 100% passing rate in the recently concluded Mining Licensure Examination (MLE) held at the Manuel L. Quezon University, in Manila last August


    The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 123 out of 146 passed the MLE. The result was released last September 01, 2014. All of Caraga State University’s (CSU) BS in Mining Engineering pioneers passed the exam giving the school a 100% Passing Rate against the National Passing percentage of 84.24%.


    The Pioneer batch of CSU’s Licensed Mining Engineers are:


    Engr. Gerome L. Amper

    Engr. Jayson Alferez

    Engr. Marlyn Bremon

    Engr. Wilfred Sabanal

    Engr. Danreb Nuñez.


    Congratulations for a job well done!

    CEIT student is Top 3 in GE Licensure Exam — Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:35:22 +0000

    CEIT student is Top 3 in GE Licensure Exam

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  • Ngayong Buwan ng Wika 2014, ibinabandera ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang halaga ng wikang Filipino bilang wikang nagbubuklod sa bansa. Filipino: Wika ng Pagkakaisa ang tema ng pagdiriwang ngayong taon na magtatampok ng mga gawaing pangwika at pangkultura na pangungunahan ng KWF sa buong bansa.

    Alinsunod ang pagdiriwang sa Proklamasyon Blg. 1041 na nilagdaan ni dating Pangulong Fidel Ramos. Ipinahahayag nito ang taunang pambansang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa tuwing Agosto. Dagdag pa, ang dating Pangulong Manuel L. Quezon, na itinuturing na Ama ng Wikang Pambansa, ay isinilang noong 19 Agosto 1878. Sa bisa ng proklamasyong ito, ang CARAGA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) ay magsasagawa ng mga makabuluhan at napapanahong mga programang may kinalaman sa wika at kulturang Filipino.

    Bubuksan ng CSU ang pagdiriwang sa ika-6, Agosto sa Sanchez Himnasyum, Ampayon, Lungsod ng Butuan. Magdaraos ng pormal na pagbubukas ng Buwan ng Wika sa pakikipagtulungan ng Panrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino,Rehiyon 13 at ng Kolehiyo ng mga Sining at Agham (College of Arts and Sciences) sa pamamagitan ng mga guro sa Filipino, mga estudyante ng AB Philippine Literature at mga opisyales sa bawat seksyon sa asignaturang Filipino. Isang gabi ito ng pagbabalik-tanaw sa naging kasaysay ng pagdiriwang ng buwan ng wika taon-taon at magsisilbi ding 'pakighimamat' ng mga nagmamahal sa wikang Filipino.

    Samantalang ang buong araw na Miyerkules sa buwan ng Agosto ay magkakaroon ng FILM SHOWING sa CAS Audio-Visual Room patungkol sa wika at kulturang Filipino.

    Sa ika-13 ng Agosto, ilulunsad naman ng  Panrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino,Rehiyon 13 (PSWF,R-13) ang isang Seminar-Worksyap sa Pagbuo ng Talahanayan ng Ispisipikasyon (Table of Specification) sa Filipino sa pangunguna ng Direktora na si Gng. Didith P. Brown. Ito'y dadaluhan mismo ng mga guro sa Filipino ng Divisyon ng mga Wika ng Departamento ng mga Wika at Agham Panlipunan ng Kolehiyo ng mga Sining at Agham sa CSU.

    Samantalang gagawin naman sa ika-20 ng Agosto ang Panrehiyong Pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika sa CSU, Sanchez Himnasyum, Ampayon, Lungsod ng Butuan. Kung saan, magtitipon-tipon ang mga dalubhasa, guro, at mag-aaral sa sekondarya at kolehiyo ng iba't ibang unibersidad/paaralan ng rehiyong CARAGA para sa patimpalak ng Madulang Sabayang Pagbigkas, Dagliang Pagsulat ng Sanaysay, Masining na Pagkukuwento, Talumpating Walang Paghahanda, Pag-awit ng Kundiman, Tagisan ng Talino at Makabagong tugtog sa makalumang Yugyog.

    Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at mga katanungan patungkol sa mga nabanggit na gawain, sumangguni lamang sa tanggapan ng Panrehiyon Sentro sa Wikang Filipino, Rehiyon-13 (PSWF,R-13) o sa Kolehiyo ng mga Sining at Agham. Maaari ring makipag-ugnayan kina:


    DIDITH P. BROWN                                                  SHELLA M. ALINGATO

    Direktor, PSWF,R-13                                               Instruktor, CAS

    Caraga State University                                          Caraga State University     

    Ampayon, Lungsod ng Butuan                            Ampayon, Lungsod ng Butuan

    Cell #: 09071908494                                               Cell #: 09095829224

    Tel. #: (085) 342-4763                                              Tel. #: (085) 341-2296

    Email add:                Email add:

    Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2014 — Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:21:30 +0000

    Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2014

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  • The Paz y Desarollo (PyD) (Peace and Development), a Spanish based Non- Governmental organization working to promote the development of the world’s vulnerable countries through international cooperation, proudly launch its “Female Forward. Stand up, Step up, Speak up!” communication and advocacy campaign at the Sanchez Gymnasium last July 16, 2014. The launching was done through a fun run and was followed by a formal program.


    Caraga State University as one of the Academe Partner of PyD is chosen to be the venue of the launching. The 4km run started the registration at 4:00 am in the morning at the Sanchez gymnasium; it was participated by the various offices and organizations in Butuan City like the Local Government Unit, City Government of Butuan, participants from PNP Ampayon, from the Public Organization, CDRRC, students, faculty and staff of CSU including the newly elected President, Dr. Penaso together with the Vice President for Research and Extension Dr. Rowena P. Varela. Volunteers and organizers distributed the free singlet, race bib with snack stub and a raffle, female forward bowler and a TM sim card from Globe, one of the sponsors. After which,  participants have the Zumba outside the gym with the Shape Up Dance and Fitness Studio Zumba instructors Abraham de Leon and Ronald Semine and with the host from Love Radio, Rose Oncines a.k.a. Maestra. The Board Secretary of the CSU Ms. Armie Leila M. Mordeno who also participated in the run led the prayer, and at exactly 5:30 am, the run officially started. Participants go through the 4 stations, (CSU, Ampayon rotunda, weigh bridge, government station) where  each participants were given yarns and water from the official sponsor Nature spring and the finish line at the CSU main gate where the CSU drum and bugle corps awaits the participants.


    When all the participants already gathered back at the gym, they have their cool down with again the Zumba instructors and while having their snacks, the host announced the winners. For the male category, the 1st place is Raymark Tamsi, 2nd Christian Cubillas and the 3rd placer Kenneth Cultura, they were all from CSU while for the female, 1st is Rachele Formentera a ROTC Cadet, 2nd PO1 Bambi Jabagaton and the 3rd placer is PO1 Liezel Benuan. The 1st placers were given a plaque and the rest were given medals. There is also a freedom wall in form of a tarpaulin wherein participants are free to write everything they want for the question what will you do for gender equality. After the declaration of winners, the raffle draw followed, the items given were eye wears and t-shirts from Natasha, cans of corn beef from Sunpride Inc. and a one winner of a dinner for two at Villa Cananga. Then finally the Country Representative of the Pyd Antonio Miguel Gonzales-Arias gives his message to those who participated, “by joining this activity, you are also moving forward to achieve gender equality in your community”, he quoted. The fun run ended by the giving of certificates to those who joined.


    At 9:00 in the morning, the registration of the program for the official launch of the campaign started, the guests were representatives from the CSU, Local Government Unit, Non- Government Organizations, DOLE, DENR, DepEd, NEDA, City of Butuan, Province of Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte, Women, People’s Organization, Sponsors of PyD, PNP, Barangay Officials, students and from the media as well; they were given the official Forward magazines, pens, and the female forward bowler. The program started with a prayer and the National Anthem by the Communication Advocacy Assistant of the PyD, Margie S. Pecson. Then the guests and participants were welcomed by the President of the CSU, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso. The presentation of the campaign followed; Antonio Miguel Gonzales-Arias, PyD Country Representative, introduced the Paz y Desarollo (PyD) first and then he presented an overview of the Female Forward Program for the understanding of everybody, after which the Communication Advocacy Officer of PyD, Arjay A. Arellano, formally presented the campaign and their magazine. Next is the Women Leadership forum, wherein women from different sectors were invited in front, somewhat a talk show setting and have them share about the roles they play in the different communities where they belong, and an open forum. Then Atty. Rema Burdeos, give her message and finally the program was closed by the PyD Country Representative, Antonio Miguel Gonzales-Arias expressing his gratitude to all the local partners specially for the continuous support and commitment of the Caraga State University through its GAD Focal Person, Dr. Lilia Z. Boyles, the CSU Gender Pool, Dr. Adrilene Mae J. Castaños, Ms. Ruth E. Sanchez, Ms. Ordem K. Maglente, Ms Rosie L. Condie, and Mr. Melecio F. Mozo and also Mr. Rio S. Cagmat as one of the coordinators for making the event possible.


    The first edition of the publication aims to open a new space of communication to encourage the exercise of rights and the citizen participation. The objective of the PyD team together with its local partners which is to make visible the important role that women play in their communities; to empower their abilities in addressing their concerns; and to promote their participation in the public arena is therefore achieved with this magazine. And the awareness campaign namely Stand up! Step up! Speak up! Is created by PyD to reduce gender inequalities in the areas where their Female Forward program is being implemented. In this line, the magazine allows them to spread the goal of the campaign and at the same time the magazine becomes the window to get informed about how the Female Forward program is working in the Philippines.

    PyD Forward Magazine launch at the Caraga State University

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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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