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CatSU wins HABI People’s Choice Award

CatSU wins HABI People’s Choice Award

The Catanduanes State University - College of Industrial Technology (CatSU CIT) beams with pride in its participation in the recently concluded celebration of National Innovation Day under the theme: “Unboxing the Filipinnovation Mindset” held on April 22, 2024 at the Novotel Manila Araneta City in Cubao, Quezon City.Among the student-participants from CatSU CIT include John Evan Tano, Joshua Balbadores, and Carlo Beo. They were accompanied and coached by Engr. Mark Franz G. Templonuevo, a faculty member of the CIT. Competing in the Food and Agribusiness priority sector, their pitch, which focused on supporting abaca farmers in Catanduanes, won the People's Choice Award. This year’s theme emphasized core values essential to innovation, such as empathy (malasakit), critical thinking (pagiging mapanuri), creativity (pagiging malikhain), imagination (pagiging maharaya), and a collaborative spirit (diwa ng bayanihan).It featured a Filipino adaptation of a Design Thinking workshop called Huddle, Analyze, Build, and Innovate (HABI). The workshop brought together 40 teams of students from 14 regions nationwide, challenging them to develop innovative solutions for the priority sectors identified in the National Innovation Agenda and Strategy Document 2023-2032. The students presented their solutions in short video or reel formats, showcasing their pitches and demonstrating an “unboxed” Filipinnovation mindset.Dr. Edwin T. Romero, CIT Dean couldn’t be more proud of the achievement. “I feel so proud for our dear students to have represented our university and our island-province of Catanduanes – this is one small but great step to showcase not just our talents and skills, but what we primarily have in the province, especially that we are the abaca capital of the country, and of course the other agricultural products abundant in our lands,” he said. National Innovation Day is celebrated in accordance with the Philippine Innovation Act (Republic Act No. 11293), which designates April 21 each year as a special working public holiday to promote public awareness and support for innovation.

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 CatSU makes waves on the global stage

CatSU makes waves on the global stage

𝐃𝐫. 𝐉𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐜𝐚, 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭, 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐔𝐍 𝐎𝐜𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐚, 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧From the island-province of Catanduanes to the coastal city of Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, a renowned climate change expert from the Catanduanes State University (CatSU), joined his fellow climate experts and scientists across the world at the three-day UN Ocean Decade Conference from April 10-12, and talked about mangrove restoration.Hosted by the Government of Spain and co-organized with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), the conference celebrated the three-year achievements of the 10-year framework initiative of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and set joint priorities to overcome the various challenges being confronted by our oceans including climate change, natural hazards, and pollution among others.As among the three invited Filipinos at the UN Ocean Decade, Dr. Masagca presented and spoke with his fellow climate experts about his paper entitled ‘A nature-based solution for climate adaptation and mangrove biodiversity rehabilitation as a conservation evidence initiative in the Philippines’, anchored with the 2nd of 10 Ocean Decade Challenges — protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity.Aligned with the vision and mission of the UN Ocean Decade, the said paper, co-authored by the university president Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, and Dr. Jennifer A. Berces, stood out among over 5,000 submitted entries across the globe and made it to the conference, according to Dr. Masagca.“I presented each project from coastal oceanography, coastal biology, coastal livelihood, marine ecosystem-based management, marine social science, policy formulation, establishment and rehabilitation of mangrove centers in Catanduanes,” Dr. Masagca shared. This 10-million project is under the Academe for Community Empowerment - Holistic and Ecosystem-based Approach for Mangrove Sustainability or ACE-HEMS program, funded by the Commission on Higher Education - National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (CHED-NAFES).“Although this is a local project, Catanduanes becomes a model of the Philippines and the World,” he proudly added.  𝐶𝑂𝑁𝐹𝐸𝑅𝐸𝑁𝐶𝐸 𝑇𝐴𝐾𝐸𝐴𝑊𝐴𝑌𝑆Sharing some takeaways from the conference, the CatSU professor cited the significance of community engagement, technology integration, and collaboration in addressing the environmental challenges.“University should not stand at the top of the pedestal, we should go down to the local communities, work with them, study with them,” he uttered.Looking ahead, Dr. Masagca's journey continues to unfold on the international stage. Following the success of the Barcelona conference, he is poised to attend future summits in Abu Dhabi and France in 2025.With his ceaseless dedication and commitment to environmental advocacy, the university professor has been selected to be part of the national panel of technical experts of the Climate Change Commission in 2021 and a member of the International Union and Conservation of Nature (UNCC) since 2009.Asked about his advice to the younger generations, Dr. Masagca's message resounds with clarity: "Study, do research, communicate, and never let financial difficulties hinder your dreams."He also believes that the success of one person is not about what school you graduated from, but rather on a person's ability to rely, connect, study, collaborate, and communicate. Dr. Masagca’s journey, from his humble beginnings as an islander and on becoming a renowned climate expert at the global arena, serves as a testament to the transformative power of education and passion for the environment.  𝑃ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑜 𝐶𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡: 𝐷𝑟. 𝐽𝑖𝑚𝑚𝑦 𝑇. 𝑀𝑎𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑐𝑎 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑈𝑃 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑆𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐼𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑒 𝑊𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒 

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CatSU BAPoS students attend the 1st Bicol Political Science Consortium in Naga City

CatSU BAPoS students attend the 1st Bicol Political Science Consortium in Naga City

Thirty-nine students of the 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐔 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 (𝐏𝐒𝐒), a sub-organization under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUMSS) Department of Social Sciences, are currently attending the 𝙋𝘼𝙂𝙏𝙄𝙏𝙄𝙋𝙊𝙉 𝙆𝘼𝙉 𝙋𝘼𝙉𝘼𝙉𝘼𝙒: 1𝙨𝙩 𝘽𝙞𝙘𝙤𝙡 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙪𝙢 with the theme: 𝙋𝘼𝙂𝙆𝘼𝙎𝘼𝙍𝙊 𝙎𝘼 𝙆𝘼𝙐𝙂𝙈𝘼𝙊𝙉: 𝙋𝙖𝙜-𝙖𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙠𝙖𝙣 𝙢𝙜𝙖 𝙄𝙙𝙚𝙮𝙖, 𝙋𝙖𝙜-𝙖𝙣𝙞 𝙠𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙖 𝘽𝙞𝙠𝙤𝙡 (𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚: 𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙨, 𝙃𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝘽𝙞𝙘𝙤𝙡) on February 17-18, 2024, at the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur.The CatSU PSS delegation is composed of first year to fourth year BA Political Science (BAPOS) students and joined by the BAPOS Program Adviser, Ms. Kristine Anne T. Razal and CHUMSS Faculty, Prof. Josephine V. Torrente.Being a member of the Bicol Coalition of Political Science students, the CatSU PSS officers and members, headed by the PSS student-president, Mark John B. Tayamora (3rd Year) and PSS faculty adviser, Santos G. Sorra Jr., pushed in joining the consortium bringing a huge number of students as the organization aims to get the 2nd hosting of this regional event next year. In addition, Richard Abenir and his 4th year thesis group, will be presenting their research paper entitled, “The Catanduanes Press: Its Challenges and Impact on Local Politics”.The two-day event aims to recognize the pivotal role of Political Science in shaping the future leaders and policymakers of the nation. It also recognizes the importance of fostering academic collaboration, dialogue, and camaraderie among Political Science students.Earlier, the students and adviser-mentors met with CatSU President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, to personally extend their thanks and appreciation for allowing them, the Political Science students specially to participate in student’s congress and gatherings such as this Colloquium. “This is a good opportunity to showcase your talent and skills out there, fly high like an eagle and explore the learnings waiting for you,” Dr. Azanza said.

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CatSU Participates in LEAD 2024

CatSU Participates in LEAD 2024

The Catanduanes State University and 22 other participating SUCs nationwide joined the Leadership Empowerment Against Dopes (LEAD), a national seminar-workshop and training program on Drug Abuse Prevention and Education (DAPE) with the theme, "We can. We must. Stay away from illegal drugs.”The said event, organized by the Association of Advocates Against Drug Addiction (A3D) Inc., was held on April 26-28, 2024. at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. CatSU delegation was led by Prof. Ma. Nena T. Vital, Director for the office Student Affairs and Development Services.In addition, Virgilio S. Cortado Jr., student-leader from Political Science Department, represented CatSU as he joined the couch session on the workshop output presentation, while Joshua M. Argarin, student-leader from the College of Engineering and Architecture, participated in the on-the-spot poster making contest where he won the 2nd place. They were both joined by student-leader Manuela Cañete of the College of Education as participants. LEAD aims to inspire and involve student leaders, youth advocates, and other stakeholders in creating, executing, assessing, and maintaining DAPE initiatives in their schools and communities.

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CatSU Empowers Front Liners: Streamlining Client Satisfaction Processes

CatSU Empowers Front Liners: Streamlining Client Satisfaction Processes

To consistently uphold the high standards of service quality in the delivery of goods and services within Catanduanes State University (CatSU), the Quality Assurance Services headed by its Director, Dr. Edna A. Pante, initiated a training-workshop for CatSU units front liners.The training-workshop entitled “Training on the Client Satisfaction Survey System of CatSU cum Customer Service Efficiency held at the university accreditation room, is aimed at empowering participants to facilitate efficient delivery of quality service to their clients with proficiency to adeptly utilize technology in collecting client’s feedback. In attendance were the management personnel from the various office division of the main campus, as well as from the Panganiban campus.“This activity aims to cultivate a comprehensive understanding especially for our front liners, and enhance them with the knowledge, skills, and appropriate attitudes specific to their service areas,” Dr. Pante said.She also emphasized the conception of the training as paramount, with the ultimate objective of empowering each participant to facilitate seamless and efficient delivery of quality to the clients, as this ensures client satisfaction in the fulfillment of their official transactions with the respective units or offices, as well as the stakeholders that the university serve.The morning session included an overview of the training, and discussion on the Key Principles & Fundamentals of Excellent Service, discussed by Ms. Josephine D. Rojas, and Interactive Workshop: Creating a Customer-Centric Culture by Dr. Pante.In the afternoon, topics on the importance of technology in the delivery of quality service were highlighted with Resource speakers from the office of Information Technology Services (ITS) Director, Ms. Mae Ezra Abundo shared her inputs on how the current innovation technology can help to improve the quality of customer service, while Information Technology Services Officer, Mr. Jay-r R. Redita led the Interactive workshop: Navigating the CatSU Client Satisfaction System.The system, according to Dr. Pante, was recently created and launched to make jobs easier specifically in data collection. This will also serve as the platform that integrates technology-driven innovative tools, specifically the Client Satisfaction Survey (CSS) that is ultimately aimed at elevating customer service excellence.Dr. Azanza, CatSU President lauded the efforts of the unit-in-charge in spearheading the said event. “This is important especially for the front liners to ensure quality service for all our stakeholders – you represent CatSU, we all represent CatSU. When we put our best foot forward in terms of service, that’s when we are able to say that we are indeed doing our best as public servants,” Dr. Azanza said.


CatSU seminar explores climate change interconnection

CatSU seminar explores climate change interconnection

𝑰𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑩𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒌-𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝑫𝒓. 𝑫𝒆𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒉 𝑻𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒏Catanduanes State University (CatSU) was the center of knowledge exchange and collaboration as it hosted a seminar on "Climate, Humans, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" on February 6 at the CatSU auditorium.Spearheaded by the CatSU Center for Island Climate Change Solutions (CICCS) and its Director Engr. Dexter M. Toyado, in coordination with Balik-Scientist Awardee, Dr. Deborah N. Tangunan, the event drew significant interest from over 500 students and faculty of the university, representing the College of Science, College of Agriculture and Fisheries, and College of Engineering and Architecture.The seminar aimed to shed light on the intricate relationship between climate change and human activities, with a focus on the findings and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Tangunan, a distinguished recipient of the Balik-Scientist Award from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), served as the keynote speaker, sharing her expertise and insights on the subject matter.In her talk, Dr. Tangunan emphasized the impact of climate change on human life, citing examples such as increased flooding and the necessity for agricultural adaptations during planting and harvesting seasons, and also discussion on the Earth's climate, its current trajectory, and the potential implications for future generations, pinning on the urgency of addressing climate-related challenges.Meanwhile, on the topic "Climate and Marine Biodiversity", College of Science faculty, Mr. Aljon Francis Koji P. Elegado, discussed how climate change affects marine life and ecosystems. He also shared how marine ecosystems offer solutions and processes to adapt to climate change.Expressing his gratitude, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza thanked Dr. Tangunan for selecting CatSU as the host institution for her tenure in Catanduanes. He then articulated the university's aspiration to be recognized in the World University Rankings, emphasizing the importance of collaborations such as this to achieve that goal.“We aim to be included in the World University Rankings, so collaborating with Dr. Tangunan and the DOST Balik-Scientist Awardee Program, we hope that we can be able to achieve that,” the President said. Committed to advancing research and education initiatives that contribute to addressing pressing environmental concerns, CatSU is eagerly anticipating more avenues for knowledge dissemination, dialogue, and raising awareness on climate change within local communities during Dr. Tangunan's tenure at CatSU.


CatSU-CoED celebrates 5th Pinning, Torch Lighting Ceremony for pre-service teachers

CatSU-CoED celebrates 5th Pinning, Torch Lighting Ceremony for pre-service teachers

𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝒋𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒚 With flickering hope and enthusiasm, hundreds of pre-service teachers marched together with their parents and guardians on Wednesday, January 31, to celebrate their 5th Pinning and Torch Lighting Ceremony, marking the start of their teaching internship journey. With the theme “Seedbed of Globally Competitive Future Educators,” College of Education (COEd) Dean Dr. Maria Sheila R. Gregorio, applauded the dedication and perseverance of the pre-service teachers, including their parents, for reaching this milestone. “I am grateful that you have chosen to be our next generation of teachers because those seven semesters are no joke. You persevered to withstand the weakening of academics despite the [many] adversities and difficulties in this competitive education, and you made it this far with your parents,” she exclaimed. “To our pre-service teachers, continue to grow, learn, and lead. You are not just the future; you are the present, making a difference today that will reverberate across generations,” Dr. Gregorio concluded. Unfolding the reality in the teaching profession, Catanduanes State University (CatSU) President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza expressed that the teaching profession requires ‘sacrifice’ as difficulties co-existed in the profession. “Minsan malakaw kamo sa baha, minsan may bagyo, maamay na mamata, all the sacrifices, even stories of teachers crossing rivers and climbing mountains whenever they are assigned to far-flung areas just to deliver the services to our children,” he told the future educators as they convened inside the university gymnasium. “Ang pagiging maestro buda maestra maagi sa pagsakripisyo," he implored. Echoing similar sentiment from an official of the education department, Schools Division Superintendent of Catanduanes Socorro V. Dela Rosa, CESO V, shared the various adversities in teaching, including the ‘low salary’, but these would ‘blur’ out with the teachers’ commitment and determination to educate the future generation. “I have understood that teaching entails a lot of sacrifices, the distance that makes you apart from your family, the difficulty in traveling, which will take you a day to reach the place, the low salary you have to budget, let both ends meet, ‘yong paglalakad sa baha, ‘yong paggising nang maaga, and a lot more. But again, commitment and strong determination blurred all of these,” she stressed. Describing the pre-service teachers as ‘bearers of knowledge’, the superintendent also believed that they are ‘now prepared to become a teacher committed to solving the sins of learning for every child, and light that will illuminate the dark world through teaching and learning.’

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Your attitude will determine your altitude,’—Dr. Azanza inspires CHUMSS students in pre-internship seminar

Your attitude will determine your altitude,’—Dr. Azanza inspires CHUMSS students in pre-internship seminar

Emphasizing the crucial role of attitude in shaping one's success, SUC President III Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, echoed Zig Ziglar’s quote, “Your attitude will determine your altitude” to incoming student interns from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUMSS) during a Pre-Internship Seminar held at the Catanduanes State University (CatSU) auditorium, January 31, 2024. Ms. Julienne Christine B. Tolentino, Senior Human Resource Specialist of the Civil Service Commission - Catanduanes Field Office, pinned on similar sentiments highlighting the importance of working with passion and giving one's hundred percent, providing a foundation for success in the professional world.“When it comes to working, it is important to work with passion, and always give your hundred percent,” Tolentino said, further urging students to uphold professionalism, follow a strong work ethic, and be mindful of workplace etiquette.The seminar, attended by students from BA Political Science, BS Economics, and Bachelor's in Public Administration, aimed to prepare them for their off-campus internships. Led by Dr. Jimmylen Z. Tonio (Dean of CHUMSS), Prof. Josephine V. Torrente (GAD College Coordinator), Dr. Rommel R. Regala (Chairperson, Social Science Department), and respective Internship Coordinators, the event focused on creating safe spaces for future professionals, promoting work ethics, values, and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.The seminar also featured Atty. Jozem Niño I. Morales, who provided insights into the Sexual Harassment and Safe Spaces Act, offering practical advice on addressing workplace harassment within the legal framework.  

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CatSU honors DOST Balik-Scientist Program Awardee in Meet and Greet 2024

CatSU honors DOST Balik-Scientist Program Awardee in Meet and Greet 2024

As part of the institutionalization of the Balik-Scientist Program (BSP) under Republic Act No. 11035 which aims to strengthen the scientific and human resources of the academe and public and private institutions, including locally registered enterprises to promote knowledge sharing and accelerate the flow of new technologies into the country, a DOST Balik-Scientist Program Meet and Greet was held at CatSU Accreditation Room, January 29, 2024. The event was in collaboration with the university’s International Relations and Continuing Professional Development Services office, led by its Director, Prof. Zyra Mae T. Tumala, and Climate Change Solutions Office, headed by Dr. Dexter M. Toyado. Attended by faculty members and students from the College of Science, College of Education, and College of Agriculture & Fisheries, the event highlighted Dr. Deborah N. Tangunan of Cardiff University School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH), Cardiff, United Kingdom, a DOST Balik-Scientist Program Awardee for CatSU 2024. In his welcome speech, Prof. Vicente Padilla, Dean of the College of Science, expressed his affirmation of support to the Balik-Scientist Program and thanking Dr. Tangunan for choosing Catanduanes State University as the recipient of her engagement. At the outset, Dr. Rosana S. Abundo, Vice President for Research, Extension and Production Affairs thanked the organizers and DOST as this is the first time that CatSU hosted the BSP through the university’s Center for Climate Change Solutions. Dr. Abundo emphasized two points in viewing the BSP in relation to the Catandunganons and as individuals, with first as Values of Gratitude, and the second as Spirit of Bayanihan. “BSP gives back and shares the knowledge and expertise for the advancement of research and development of the province. For the “bayanihan”, it is basically part of our culture. Let’s take all these as an opportunity. Let us altogether navigate this path towards a sustainable future for CatSU,” she said. Dr. Deborah N. Tangunan, with a vision of imparting knowledge, is expected to bring a wealth of expertise in biogeochemistry and paleoclimate research. Her research aligns seamlessly with the instructional, research, and extension activities pursued by the institution. Also in attendance were Faculty Regent Prof. Danilo O. Murillo, and Vice President for Administrative & Financial Affairs, Engr. Benjamin Hannycel T. Nuyda, and Executive Vice President, Dr. Robert B. Barba Jr. Dr. Tangunan aims to offer workshops to interested students with linked topics, propose and contribute through advanced scientific knowledge, and showcase the geological history of Catanduanes. Throughout her informative talk, she shows her interest in collaborating with the students in studying with her proposed activities. Prior to this Meet and Greet event, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) personnel Mr. Sherwin Delos Reyes, visited CatSU on January 4, 2024, and met with President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, in line with the signing of Contract of Award of Dr. Deborah N. Tangunan under the Balik Scientist Program.   𝑮𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒕Dr. Deborah Tangunan is a geologist and climate scientist and currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Cardiff University, United Kingdom. She works on the biochemistry of marine phytoplankton, and what they can tell us about past climate, ecology, ocean productivity, and marine carbonate chemistry, to better understand the present and future climate scenarios. She obtained her BS degree in Agriculture major in Soil Science and MS degree in Geology at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and Diliman, respectively, before moving to Germany to undertake her PhD in Geosciences at the University of Bremen, while working as a research scientist at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences. After earning her PhD in 2017, she then took a role as a Postdoctoral Investigator at the University of Salamanca in Spain and is now working on her project funded by the European Research Council in Cardiff University. Dr. Tangunan is also keen on outreach work, participating in the Once Upon a Time series of science short stories, written to engage the public about climate change and the importance of the marine environment, and has taken part in and won a number of science engagement and impact activities and grants such as Science slams, Falling Walls Lab, American Geophysical Union Centennial grant, among others. In 2019, she had a short stint as a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist, with the UP Institute of Environmental Sciences as the host institution. With CatSU CICCS and the College of Science as host institution, Dr. Tangunan aims to collaborate with CatSU researchers, scientists, and faculty in the fields of climate, oceanography, and geosciences. Dr. Tangunan hails from Lanao, Virac, Catanduanes, such a Catandunganon pride.        

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CatSU gets 1 Starlink kit from Help.NGO

CatSU gets 1 Starlink kit from Help.NGO

Intended for the university’s techno-demo farm, the Catanduanes State University, through the Academe for Community Empowerment Through Holistic and Ecosystem-Based Approach for Mangrove Crab Sustainability (ACE-HEMS), received one Starlink kit from Help.NGO.Sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the donated satellite communication kit was personally accepted by ACE-HEMS head, Professor Jimmy T. Masagca, from Help.NGO officials led by Philippines Innovation and IT Director Matthew Cua on Monday, January 29. It can be noted that one of the development goals under the present administration of University President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza is partnering with reputable private entities “to help broaden knowledge, skills, and values that protect the natural environment and promote the achievement of sustainable development.”Aligning with this goal, as the Starlink kit satellite takes its place at CatSU's techno-demo farm, there is optimism that this technology will greatly support ACE-HEMS initiatives and the university's commitment to mangrove crab sustainability.  

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Hundreds of devotees welcome St. Padre Pio’s relic visit at CatSU

Hundreds of devotees welcome St. Padre Pio’s relic visit at CatSU

𝑨 𝑺𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕 𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑩𝒚 Hundreds of the faithful flocked to the Catanduanes State University (CatSU) main building lobby on Monday, January 29, to witness the first-class relic of St. Padre Pio.The venerated relic of the 20th-century Saint was welcomed by University President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, along with key officials, employees, and students.Rev. Fr. Leonell A. Magtagnob presided over the healing mass, emphasizing in the homily that relics are not worshiped but treated with religious respect.“Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint's life and virtues so that, through the saint's prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God,” the priest-celebrant said.A Prayer Vigil led by the University Campus Ministry followed after the mass, before the relic was sent off to Immaculate Conception Seminary Academy (ICSA).St. Padre Pio, who spent most of his life in monasteries in San Giovanni Rotondo and Pietrelcina, became famous for his healing abilities, drawing thousands of people from around the world to visit him.He was also known for having the stigmata, which are the same wounds that Christ had on his hands, feet, and side.  


Women’s Club, College of Science interns engage in GAD’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Orientation

Women’s Club, College of Science interns engage in GAD’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Orientation

As they prepare for their upcoming off-campus internship, students of Catanduanes State University (CatSU) from the College of Science (COS) and Women’s Club undertook a Gender and Development orientation seminar on Anti-Sexual Harassment, held at the Little Theater on January 24, 2024.A total of 195 incoming OJT students from COS attended the orientation, as per requirements and preparation to the students who will take an On-the-Job training program outside the campus.Present in the orientation seminar are the College of Science faculty, Prof. Maribel Ralla (GAD College Coordinator), Prof. Ma. Luz Floralde (Chairperson, Natural Science Department), Prof. Cecille Arcilla, and the invited resource speaker, Atty. Rene John M. Velasco.Atty. Velasco delivered an informative talk on the Republic Act 7877, the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, focusing on its provisions declaring sexual harassment as unlawful in employment, education, or training environments.Through his talk, he gave insights about the law, and gave advice on how the interns should act and respond when they encounter incidents in their internship that are related to this law such as unwanted touching, receiving gifts, private messages, and hearing malicious words and catcalls from the employer to his/her employee.“The purpose of having this discussion is to protect you and make you aware, especially since you will be deployed to various companies and may encounter different types of harassment,” Atty. Velasco said.During the open forum, Atty. Velasco clarified that the law deems gifts as problematic if they are "unwanted, unwarranted, uninvited, and unwelcome," cautioning against assuming dark motives without discerning the context.Atty. Velasco also discussed the Safe Spaces Act, or the Bawal Bastos Law, as an updated version of RA 7877, underscoring the need for awareness of potential harassment scenarios in future professional experiences.   

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