Through the joint efforts between the Catanduanes State University (CatSU), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and other stakeholders, various projects involving rice component, livestock/dairy, and AgroForestry were presented during the launching of the Panganiban Rural and Agricultural Development Project on June 28, 2023. Following the launching, Dr. Renato Vega from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and a UP Los Baños professor, gave a lecture and distributed a sample of 20 rice varieties to the rice farmer-participants. Dr. Liborio S. Cabanilla, executive director of the UPLB College of Economics and Management Alumni Foundation, Inc. extended his gratitude to CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza for accepting the invitation to implement the project at Panganiban Campus. “As the premier Agricultural Educational Institution in the community, CatSU is seen as a vital partner in achieving the project's objectives,” he expressed.Among the other stakeholder partners was the Panganiban Local Government Unit (LGU), and the partnership aims to drive sustainable rural and agricultural development in the island-province.The event featured presentations outlining the project components and delineating the specific responsibilities of each partner. Following a short program, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding was held between the community stakeholders involved, symbolizing their strong commitment to the pursuit of empowering the local communities and paving the way for a vibrant agricultural sector in Panganiban.
Through the mandate of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., the Catanduanes State University started the distribution of the one-time 25-kilogram rice subsidy to the university’s 959 qualified employees on July 27–28, 2023.Under Administrative Order No. 2, signed by President Marcos last December 2022, the employees who are eligible to receive the rice aid are those who rendered government service as of November 30, 2022.As cited in the order, the initiative was meant to mitigate the effects of socio-economic challenges and boost domestic production of the Filipino farmers’ homegrown grains.Around 479 bags of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) were delivered to the university. The 959 CatSU employees were among the 1,892,648 government workers, including Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) personnel, who benefited from the subsidy program.
Catanduanes State University (CatSU) President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza led the turnover of 150 packs of assorted vegetable seeds to the Provincial Local Government of Catanduanes on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.The said seeds, comprised of upo, ampalaya, cucumber, and pole sitaw, were donated to CatSU by the University of the Philippines Los Baños' Institute of Plant Breeding through Ms. Virma Rea G. Lee, University Researcher II and Head of the Extension and Business Development Division.This green initiative aligns with the President's vision of promoting sustainable agriculture not only within the campus but throughout the province. It can be remembered that one of his advocacy campaigns is the One Million Trees Project as the adviser of the Catanduanes Clean and Green Movement. #AGC Photos Credit to PLGU Catanduanes
Inscribed with the slogan ‘HOPE resides in the Happy Island’, the Catanduanes State University unveils the donated air-conditioned bus from Bicol Isarog Transport System Inc. during the blessing and turnover ceremony today, July 22.Witnessing the ceremonial turnover, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, together with Mr. Bonifacio Brian Cu, extended his gratitude to Bicol Isarog."Dakulang tabang ini para sa mga estudyante lalo so mga ga-join sa contest," the president said.When Dr. Azanza asked the student-attendees in the ceremony if they were happy about the donated bus, the students loudly cheered, ‘Yes!’.Dr. Gemma G. Acedo, Vice President for Academic Affairs, implored the students to take care of the said donation."After so long, magkakaigwa na naman kita ning bus, kaya alagaan ta, pahalagahan ta," the vice president stated.Meanwhile, Mr. Cu was glad to help and grateful for the university’s contribution to their company, especially in manpower since they have employees who are products of CatSU.It can be recalled that Dr. Azanza requested an air-conditioned bus unit from Mr. Brian Cu of Bicol Isarog on April 20 this year during his visit, along with Engr. Hechanova at the Office of the President. He also expressed his profound gratitude to Gov. Joseph “Boboy” Cua for all the help extended in securing the requested unit.The blessing was presided over by Rev. Father Eric John T. Rojas,and among the present were Dr. Kristian Q. Aldea, OIC Vice President for Research, Extension and Production Affairs (REPA), Mr. Robert Cabilao,and Engr. Romel Hechanova, HR consultants from Bicol Isarog, and the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) Dean, Dr. Edwin T. Romero, represented by Prof. Jonathan B. Capsa.
Serving as an accessible and strategic venue, Catanduanes State University (CatSU), through its auditorium, accommodated for free over 2,000 Catandunganons who availed the three-day mobile services of the Professional Regulation Commission Region V (PRC V), sponsored by the Office of Congressman Eulogio ‘Leo’ Rodriguez.Extending his gratitude to Congressman Rodriguez, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza expressed that the outreach program of PRC, through the initiative of the lawmaker, benefitted the Catandunganons, saving them both time and travel expenses. “First of all, we would like to thank Cong. Leo Rodriguez for this initiative of providing accessible service to our fellow Catandunganons. CATSU is always willing to support projects such as this that directly benefits our beloved kababayans,” the president shared.From July 18–20, at least 2,566 transactions were processed and finished through the PRC’s mobile services.Among these services offered, the highest number of recorded transactions within three days of the said activity, is the authentication of certificates, with a total of 1,014.Followed by certification with a total of 911 recorded transactions, while 247 newly registered Catandunganon professionals applied for the initial registration.Meanwhile, a total of 204 transactions were recorded in the renewal of professional identification cards; 148 aspiring professionals filed their applications; and 42 applied for changes of entries and status.Before the start of the application, the applicants were advised by the PRC V ‘to register online at https://prc.gov.ph to secure an appointment before proceeding to the mobile service venue’. Dr. Azanza reaffirmed the university’s commitment to serving the Catandunganons particularly those residing in remote areas, emphasizing that as a public institution, CatSU is always open and ready to cater to their needs. #AGC
The Catanduanes State University (CatSU) EIS team, under the leadership of the office of the Assistant Vice-President for Administrative and Financial Affairs (AVP-AFA), recently completed the second level of Public Scoping for their proposed projects, including the CatSU economic zones.This crucial step aims to secure an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) through the formulation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).During an online consultation held via Zoom on June 20, 2023, the EIS team presented the proposed projects to Engr. Maria Socorro A. Abu, the Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau. This platform provided an opportunity to address any potential issues or concerns that different sectors and offices may have regarding the plans and programs outlined in the EIS. Through this process, immediate solutions can be sought in relation to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.The Public Scoping not only facilitates the collection of valuable feedback but also promotes public participation. A constructive open forum was conducted, enabling stakeholders to raise their concerns and gain a deeper understanding of CatSU’s strategic direction as the leading educational institution in the province. Distinguished participants, such as Hon. Samuel V. Laynes, the Virac Municipal Mayor; Hon. Arlyn C. Arcilla, the Virac Municipal Vice-Mayor; Ms. Jimma V. Tadoy, the Virac Municipal Agriculturist; and Engr. Angelo V. Marquez from the National Irrigation Administration-Catanduanes, among others, actively took part in the Public Scoping process. #RJI
June 18, 2023 marks a significant milestone for Catanduanes State University (CatSU) as it celebrates its 62nd anniversary. In an effort to ensure historical accuracy, the university has readjusted its founding year to reflect the true establishment date.Back on June 18, 1961, Republic Act 3398, entitled "An Act Providing for the Establishment of a National Agricultural and Trade School in the Municipality of Virac, Province of Catanduanes, and Authorizing the Appropriation of Funds Therefor," was promulgated. With its enactment, the Virac National Agricultural and Trade School (VNATS) came into existence.Ten years later, on June 19, 1971, the VNATS was transformed into the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) through Republic Act 6341. This transition marked an important step in the institution's growth and development.Further progress was made on October 19, 2012, with the enactment of Republic Act No. 10229, officially converting the Catanduanes State Colleges into Catanduanes State University (CatSU). This upgrade reflected the university's expanding academic programs and its commitment to providing quality higher education to the community.The university logo has been rectified to accurately represent the founding year of 1961. This symbolic change serves as a reminder of CatSU's rich history and its continuous evolution as a center of learning and innovation.Throughout its 62 years of existence, Catanduanes State University has remained dedicated to academic excellence, research, and community engagement. The university has played a vital role in shaping the educational landscape of the province and producing graduates who contribute to the development of Catanduanes and beyond. Unveiling the Illustrious History of VNATS, the Mother Institution of CatSU In commemoration of its 62nd founding anniversary, let us delve into the rich history of VNATS (National Agricultural and Trade School), the mother institution of Catanduanes State University (CatSU).Dr. Ramon Felipe A. Sarmiento, Vice President for Research, Extension, and Production Affairs, takes us on a journey through time, highlighting the significant milestones that shaped VNATS into the institution it is today.The 1950s marked a pivotal era for the Philippines' pursuit of nation-building through rural development. It was during this time that numerous agriculture and trade schools emerged at the secondary level. In line with this nationwide movement, Republic Act 3398, titled "An Act Providing for the Establishment of a National Agricultural and Trade School in the Municipality of Virac, Province of Catanduanes, and Authorizing the Appropriation of Funds Therefor," was promulgated on June 18, 1961.With an initial appropriation of PhP200,000, VNATS was born on the Calatagan campus. Its inaugural main building occupied the very spot where the current College of Education stands proudly today. Mr. Maximo S. Binos assumed the role of the first Principal, leading VNATS on its path to excellence. In 1967, the school celebrated a significant milestone by producing its first batch of 31 graduates. The curriculum not only emphasized traditional secondary courses but also immersed students in the science and practice of agriculture, providing them with hands-on skills and knowledge.Campus life at VNATS possessed its own unique charm and characteristics, fostering a nurturing environment for its students:VNATSians were well-versed in parliamentary principles and rules, exhibiting their expertise by winning contests at the regional level.Students residing beyond a 10-kilometer radius were accommodated in dormitories constructed by their parents.Enrollees hailed from all corners of the province, walking to school and bringing packed lunches wrapped in banana leaves.VNATS students had the opportunity to earn money by engaging in various agricultural ventures facilitated by the school.Special working days were implemented, where teachers, administrators, and students labored together in the fields, fostering a sense of unity and community.Regular gatherings or "pabayle" were held on campus, offering young teachers a respite from rural life and giving students a chance to socialize and establish connections for the future.VNATSians encountered occasional teasing by being referred to as "taga pulang-lupa" (people from the red soil), but they proudly shrugged it off, knowing they were receiving a top-notch education and were well-versed in parliamentary procedures.The final batch of VNATS students received their diplomas in March 1972, marking the culmination of an era. In total, VNATS produced six batches, comprising 232 graduates. Shortly after the last graduation, Catanduanes State Colleges opened its doors for enrollment in graduate courses during the summer of 1972.Bikol historian Dr. Danny Gerona notes the possibility of a precursor school, reminiscent of the "farm schools" established by the Americans in the pre-war era. This intriguing aspect invites further research and exploration, according to Dr. Sarmiento.As we celebrate VNATS' 62nd founding anniversary, let us honor the institution's legacy, which has played a vital role in the educational landscape of Catanduanes. The journey of VNATS serves as a testament to the power of education, rural development, and the unwavering spirit of its students and educators. #FJBT
To ensure that environmental considerations associated with university projects are addressed, the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Admin and Financial Affairs, led by Dr. Art I. Tabirara, established the CatSU Environmental Impact Statement Team (EIS) at Catanduanes State University (CatSU).Assisted by Engr. Rafael R. Manoguid, CatSU Pollution Control Officer, and Dr. Ramon F. Samonte, CatSU Panganiban Campus OIC-Director, the EIS Workshop formulation took place on June 5, 2023, at the Accreditation Room.The workshop focused on EIS Formulation and Assessment and aimed to systematically evaluate the potential environmental effects of proposed university projects, including economic zones for CatSU and other infrastructure projects.According to Engr. Manoguid, the purpose of the workshop was to provide decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public with comprehensive information and analysis regarding the PEZA projects. It aimed to assess the potential impacts on the environment, as well as associated risks and benefits to various environmental components such as air quality, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, cultural heritage, and social aspects.The primary goals of the workshop can be summarized as follows: identify and assess direct and indirect environmental impacts, predict and evaluate alternatives, enhance project design and planning, facilitate public participation, and promote sustainable development."In line with our SUC president's Vision of HOPE and with economic zones for the university, we want to ensure that we are able to facilitate decision-making and promote sustainable development. We also want to determine if there are more environmentally friendly options available and ensure that the projects are carried out in an environmentally responsible manner," Engr. Manoguid said.Engr. Benjamin Hannycel T. Nuyda, Planning and Development Officer, presented the university's Land Utilization and Development Plan for both the Main and Panganiban Campuses. The plan included various projects such as the residential complex, sports complex, health and wellness complex, commercial complex, the Knowledge, Innovations, Science and Technology (KIST) Park, Engineering and Architecture complex, Education, Law, Business, Arts, Sciences complex, Alumni Center, as well as Graduate Studies. He also discussed the Infrastructure Map and the general administration and other Support Service facilities.Meanwhile, Dr. Tabirara expressed his gratitude to the teams and commended everyone for their collaborative efforts, expertise, and commitment to ensuring CatSU's success in obtaining an ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) for all the university's general projects.Additionally, he emphasized the importance of Environmental Impact Statement formulation aligned with CatSU's goals and identity as a green university, impacting not only the community but also the entire province and the nation.The EIS consists of six identified stages: Information Education Campaign, Public Scoping, Technical Scoping, Public Hearing, Technical Hearing, Final Hearing, and the grant of ECC. The CatSU Main and Panganiban Campus Teams are composed of the following members: Dr. Ramon F. Samonte, CatSU PC OIC-Director; Dr. Jaymund M. Floranza, CatSU PC Vice President for Admin and Finance Affairs; Prof. Eduardo C. Peña; Engr. Johnmar F. Cordial; Ms. Maria Johanna U. Socito; Ms. Krisha Nell B. Lopez, CatSU PC Pollution Control Officer; Prof. Ma. Luz A. Floralde, Natural Science Department Chair; Prof. Ma. Cecilia T. Arcilla; Dr. Rommel R. Regala; Prof. Francis B. Tatel; Engr. Renato T. Chong of the Project Management Office; and Ms. Caroline Vecilles of Corporate Communications Services. #civ
In his message during the groundbreaking ceremony for Catanduanes State University Agro-Industrial and Economic Processing Zone and the Knowledge and Innovation Science Technology (KIST) Economic Zone, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in turning a collective dream into a reality.He referred to the establishment of an economic zone as the key to unlocking the full potential of Virac City and the entire province of Catanduanes.President Azanza acknowledged the significance of collaboration and teamwork in achieving progress."Ini po produkto kan pagtarabang tabang nita gabos.”He extended his appreciation to all those who contributed to making this long-held aspiration come true.The economic zone's establishment will bring Catanduanes closer to realizing the determined vision of a friendship bridge connecting Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, as advocated by Congressman Eulogio R. Rodriguez.“The Congressman’s dream of having a friendship bridge between Virac and Camarines Sur is very much possible as he himself said that the precursor of the friendship bridge lies in the success of the economic zone which could justify the funding, the support of the construction of the friendship bridge,” Dr. Azanza said.The 7th President of CatSU underlined that the University acts as the prime mover of the collaborative initiatives undertaken by every municipality in the province. The economic zone has already attracted significant interest from investors, including two companies from the United States specializing in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, who are eager to invest in Catanduanes.An integral aspect of the economic zone's development is the inclusion of teachers, researchers, and students in the economic activities of the locators. This provision within the contracts ensures that companies located within the economic zone become an economic playground for students. As a result, students will directly benefit from exposure to advanced knowledge and industry applications, while teachers and researchers will be duly compensated upon integration into the economic locators.Furthermore, the compensation received from the economic locators will be directly allocated to the advancement of laboratories and academic facilities, enhancing the learning environment for CatSU students and faculty.President Azanza emphasized that the collaboration between the economic locators and the stakeholders of the island will be a mutually beneficial endeavor. This shared vision aims to uplift the economic status of Catanduanes while providing valuable opportunities for its residents.The inauguration of Catanduanes' economic zone is a milestone, marking it as one of the pioneering ecozones established during the term of then Governor, now President of the Republic of the Philippines, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (PBBM).The development sets the stage for a prosperous future, empowering the province and its people to thrive in a dynamic and evolving economic landscape.“Ini po para sa future kan satuyang mga kaakian, estudyante bako sana sa CatSU kundi sa bilog na probinsya nin satuyang mahal na islang Catanduanes,” Dr. Azanza said. #FJBT
Governor Joseph C. Cua of Catanduanes expressed his optimism for the future of the province during his address on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Catanduanes State University’s Agro-Industrial Economic Processing Zone, and, the Knowledge and Innovation Science Technology (KIST) Economic Zone on May 25, 2023.The three-termer Governor highlighted the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead, emphasizing the creation of more jobs for Catandunganons and the province's journey toward self-sufficiency.Governor Cua revealed that new locators would be attracted to Catanduanes, introducing technologically-advanced systems and operations that will revolutionize the agricultural sector. These advancements are expected to significantly increase agricultural output in the coming years.“Maogma ako na sa pilang taon pa sanang paninirbihan ni Kuyang Doc Patrick digdi sa CatSU, pagmati mi, dekada na sa labi-labing pagbabag-o na nai-pundar ta sa unibersidad na ini. An napu-nan niyato na mga proyekto para sa probinsya sa paagi nin partnership nin lokal na gobyerno asin kan CatSU, padagos niyatong mamanteneron tanganing dakol pa sa mga bisyon asin pangarap ta para sa probinsya an mangyari asin magkatotoo,” Gov. Cua said in his address.Through effective leadership, unity, and cooperation, Governor Cua emphasized that they have been able to exceed expectations and set higher standards for future generations. This progress serves as a testament to the province's commitment to excellence.He also expressed his hope that the recent event would ignite further movements and initiatives within Catanduanes. He encouraged advocacy and championing the development of the province and the well-being of its people.“I hope that this event sparks more movements and initiatives in Catanduanes– one that advocates and champions the development of our province and the Catandunganon People,” Gov. Cua said.The governor's vision encompasses not only economic growth but also the preservation of Catanduanes' cultural heritage and the overall improvement of the quality of life for its residents. He believes that by fostering an environment of progress and collaboration, Catanduanes will thrive and create a brighter future for all.As the province continues to forge ahead, Governor Cua remains steadfast in his commitment to promoting sustainable development, fostering partnerships, and nurturing the aspirations and dreams of the Catandunganon people. #FJBT
Congressman Eulogio R. Rodriguez, the Lone District Representative of Catanduanes, expressed his enthusiasm and support for the establishment of the ecozones in the province through the Catanduanes State University as the prime mover.Cong. Rodriguez views this significant milestone as the beginning, the first step toward an incredible economic leap for Catanduanes.In a heartfelt message addressed to CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, Congressman Rodriguez acknowledged his passion for development, innovative thinking, and dynamic approach. He credited President Azanza as the driving force behind the realization of the long-standing dream of economic independence and prosperous lives for the people of Catanduanes.Congressman Rodriguez recognized the potential of the ecozones to bring about transformative changes to the province's economic landscape. According to him, this initiative will create new opportunities for growth, attract investments, and pave the way for a brighter future for Catandunganons.The establishment of the ecozones is a testament to the collective efforts and determination of the leaders, stakeholders, and the entire community of Catanduanes. Congressman Rodriguez expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in making this dream a reality and emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving the province's goals.With the ecozones as a catalyst for economic progress, Catanduanes is poised to experience a remarkable transformation. Congressman Rodriguez's message serves as an encouragement to continue pursuing development initiatives that will bring about lasting positive changes to the lives of the people and contribute to the overall growth of the province. #FJBT
Director General Tereso O. Panga of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) expressed his commendation for CatSU President Patrick Alain T. Azanza and the university's significant role in bringing to fruition the shared vision of establishing a Knowledge and Innovation Science and Technology (KIST) economic zone, as well as an Agro-Industrial and Economic Processing Zone in Catanduanes province.“In just a year, the dream of establishing an economic zone has become a reality, marking a milestone that has the potential to change the future of the entire province and greatly benefit its residents,” DG Panga said.Director General (DG) Panga highlighted that Catanduanes is among the first economies in the ASEAN region to venture into this type of economic zone, demonstrating the province's commitment to innovation and progress.“The newly established economic zone is designed to harness the synergy between industry and academia, promoting research, development, and innovation,” he said.DG Panga also emphasized the numerous benefits that will arise from the economic zone, including the attraction of foreign companies to locate within its premises. This influx of businesses will create job opportunities for graduates of CatSU, enabling them to find employment within their own province instead of seeking opportunities in Manila or other cities.According to the Director General, the establishment of the economic zone will also uplift the economic life of the people of Catanduanes, with the potential to increase local revenues for the Local Government Units (LGUs). The partnership between PEZA, LGUs, state universities, and stakeholders is crucial in the development of ecozones across various communities, as it serves as a catalyst for economic progress in their respective areas.Director General Panga pledged PEZA's unwavering support in promoting this new and vital economic zone in Catanduanes.“This groundbreaking initiative will open doors to the Pacific, presenting opportunities for growth, development, and increased trade in the region.”The realization of the KIST economic zone and Agro-Industrial and Economic Processing Zone in Catanduanes stands as a testament to the province's commitment to fostering innovation, economic development, and a brighter future for its residents. With the support of PEZA and the collaborative efforts of stakeholders, Catanduanes is poised to embark on a transformative journey towards sustainable growth and prosperity. #FJBT
During the 7th Abaca Festival, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, President of Catanduanes State University (CatSU), reaffirmed the university's unwavering support for the abaca industry and the province's abaca farmers.At the opening program of the Abaca-nobasyon: A Science, Technology, and Innovation Conference held at the Virac Sports Complex on May 24, 2023, Dr. Azanza announced that the CatSU Abaca Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) is collaborating closely with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to establish a ₱30-million research facility. The facility aims to expand the applications of abaca and address issues related to abaca diseases.“Nauugma kita ngunyan dahil ang DOST mismo nagsabi, they will put in around 30 million budget for research digdi sa abaca sa Catanduanes. Dakulang tabang yan dahil ang research, mapapahiling talaga kung ano man an pwedeng maging alternative na gamit kan abaca,” Dr. Azanza said.During a subsequent press conference, DOST Regional Director Rommel R. Serrano stated that the Abaca Diagnostic Biotech Laboratory project will primarily focus on studying the sources of abaca diseases in the province and develop tailored treatments for abaca in Catanduanes. Engr. Marie Grace T. Molina, DOST Provincial S&T Director, added that the project has already received endorsement from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and is awaiting budget approval.Dr. Azanza also highlighted that CatSU is actively conducting various research projects on innovative uses of abaca, including the utilization of abaca waste materials as painting canvases. These canvases were prominently featured in the current CAMOT sa CatSU: Obra sa Abaca exhibit, where local artists were able to sell their artworks at significantly higher prices.“Ang mga paintings from waste materials ng abaca na nababakal sa P50-200, pag ginibo ‘ta sa abaca canvas, ang mga local artists nakapabakal ng P5,000 - P35,000 (worth of painting),”In addition to the abaca painting canvases, the event also showcased the Drying Technology developed by CatSU's Research and Development Services. This patented technology helps maintain the quality of abaca fibers, particularly during rainy seasons.Furthermore, Dr. Azanza acknowledged the inclusion of 13 CatSU faculty members in the list of world scientists. He challenged them to utilize their knowledge and talents to contribute to the improvement and sustainability of the abaca industry.Recognizing the challenges faced by Abacaleros (abaca farmers) in the province, Dr. Azanza urged the government and stakeholders to augment their support for the parahag'ots, who remain the most disadvantaged group in the province.“Ang dapat sentro sa satong pag-urulay, [ay] pan’o ta daw maipapadama ang pag-uswag sa satuyang parahag’ot, Abacalero,” he said.“Kung dae ‘ta mapapauswag ang buhay kan mga Abacalero, para sain pa [na] kita ang abaca capital,” Dr. Azanza emphasized.In conclusion, Dr. Azanza reiterated CatSU's commitment to the development, sustainability, and upliftment of the abaca industry and Abacaleros in Catanduanes. He emphasized the importance of collaboration with government agencies and stakeholders to achieve progress and prosperity for the province's abaca farmers.“Iyo ini ang commitment kan CatSU sa lambang saro satuya… Padagos kitang makitabang, makisararo sa mga munisipyo sa probinsiya asin sa ahensya para mas marinas, mapakaray, [asin] mapaunlad ang gamit kan abaca para mapaunlad an satong mga abacalero,” Dr. Azanza said. #FJBT
The Catanduanes State University (CatSU) marked a significant milestone in the province's economic development with the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of the Agro-Industrial and Economic Processing Zone and the Knowledge, Innovations, Science and Technology (KIST) Park on May 25, 2023.The event was attended by esteemed guests and key stakeholders, including Governor Joseph C. Cua, Congressman Eulogio R. Rodriguez, and Director General Tereso O. Panga from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).During the ceremony, Governor Joseph C. Cua expressed his optimism about the future of Catanduanes."In the years to come, not only will we have more jobs available for Catandunganons, but we will also be self-sufficient, as new investors that will be attracted here will introduce technologically-advanced systems and operations that shall increase our agricultural output in the years to come,” Gov. Cua said.He further highlighted the partnership between the local government and CatSU, emphasizing the collaborative efforts to realize the province's vision and aspirations.“Maogma ako na sa pilang taon pa sanang paninirbihan ni Kuyang Doc Patrick digdi sa CatSU, pagmati mi, dekada na sa labi-labing pagbabag-o na nai-pundar ta sa unibersidad na ini. An napu-nan niyato na mga proyekto para sa probinsya sa paagi nin partnership nin lokal na gobyerno asin kan CatSU, padagos niyatong mamanteneron tanganing dakol pa sa mga bisyon asin pangarap ta para sa probinsya an mangyari asin magkatotoo.”CatSU President Patrick Alain T. Azanza acknowledged the collective efforts that led to this groundbreaking moment. He thanked everyone who contributed to making this dream a reality.“Ini po produkto kan pagtarabang tabang nita gabos,” Dr. Azanza said.He also expressed his gratitude to the investors who have already shown interest in the economic zone, including two companies from the United States in the BPO sector, who are eager to invest in the island.President Azanza further emphasized the mutual benefits that the economic zone will bring to the university and the locators.He highlighted the provision in the contract with the investors, ensuring the inclusion of CatSU's teachers, researchers, and students in their economic activities. The integration of the university community into the locators' operations will create a unique learning and development opportunity for students and contribute to the advancement of the university's facilities and resources.Director General Tereso O. Panga of PEZA commended CatSU and President Azanza for their shared vision and dedication to establishing the economic zone.DG Panga highlighted the benefits that the economic zone will bring to the province, including job opportunities for CatSU graduates, increased local revenues for LGUs, and the potential for attracting foreign companies.Meanwhile, Cong. Eulogio R. Rodriguez, the Lone District Representative of Catanduanes, hailed the establishment of the economic zone as a significant step towards the economic progress of the province. He praised President Azanza for his passion, innovative thinking, and dynamic approach, which have contributed to turning the dream of economic independence and prosperity for Catandunganons into a reality.The event was attended by several government officials and representatives from various agencies, Regional Director Herbie Aguas from the Department of Tourism, Regional Director and CatSU Board of Regent Rommel R. Serrano, and Ms. Theresa D. Alcantara from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Engr. Marie Grace T. Molina - Provincial S&T Director of DOST, Ms. Maria Belma Q. Escueta - Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Ms. Carmel B. Garcia - Provincial Tourism Operations Officer.Also present were Mr. Huang Ying Je, the owner of Sintai Greentech Corp, and Municipal Mayors including Hon. Odilon F. Pascua of Bagamanoc, Hon. Cesar J. Robles of Panganiban, Hon. Emeterio Tarin of Viga, and Hon. Samuel V. Laynes of Virac, among other distinguished guests.CatSU key officials were also present in the occasion, led by Dr. Gemma G. Acedo, VP for Academic Affairs, along with Dr. Rosana S. Abundo, FFU President, and the Deans and Directors of CatSU.The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes the beginning of a transformative journey for Catanduanes, as the establishment of the economic zone paves the way for economic growth, job creation, and knowledge exchange.It is a testament to the visionary leadership and unwavering commitment of all stakeholders involved, setting the bar higher for the province's future generations and championing the development and prosperity of Catanduanes and its people. #FJBT
Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, President of Catanduanes State University (CatSU), recently announced on Facebook the completion of several infrastructure projects on the campus.Among the newly built facilities are a Grandstand located near the Oval and an Olympic-size swimming pool, complete with separate male and female quarters, equipped with benches, shower rooms, and toilets. These additions provide convenient and comfortable changing facilities for students participating in sports activities.The Grandstand also includes two spacious rooms downstairs, offering versatile options for physical education classes, gym sessions, or other sports activities. This expansion provides students with additional indoor spaces dedicated to physical education and sports, enhancing their overall experience on campus.Starting from the 2023-2024 academic year, swimming subjects will be included in the physical education curriculum, adding excitement among students. This addition reflects the university's commitment to offering a well-rounded education that includes a variety of physical activities.Moreover, tennis courts are now available on campus, with basketball courts and a multi-purpose hall in the pipeline. These infrastructural developments and the inclusion of swimming subjects in the curriculum are positive steps that contribute to the holistic growth and well-being of the students at CatSU. #civ
Catanduanes State University (CatSU) President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, met with Prof. Estrella Tribiana, a faculty member at the College of Science, and visitor friends from Canada, Mac Voisin and Marcela Bahar on May 5, 2023. They were joined by Engr. Aldrin Soriao, and Engr. Hermenia T. Jamer, an alumnus and former faculty of the CatSU College of Engineering, respectively. Engr. Aldrin Soriao, and Hermenia T. Jamer, who are alumni of the CatSU College of Engineering, on May 5, 2023.The meeting focused on discussing potential collaboration in developing housing projects for CatSU employees. The collaboration aims to provide better housing options and support for the university's staff.Aside from the housing project, the visitors also shared the good news of providing scholarship grants to 27 deserving CatSU students. This significant contribution will enable these students to pursue their education with financial assistance, opening up opportunities for their academic and personal growth.The meeting was productive and showcased a commitment to supporting the university's employees and students through collaborative projects and scholarship initiatives. #civ
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