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CatSU students excel in ICT Proficiency Diagnostic Examination in Programming

CatSU students excel in ICT Proficiency Diagnostic Examination in Programming

Covey Jorjet S. De Luna, a 4th-year Computer Engineering (CpE) student from Catanduanes State University's College of Engineering and Architecture (CatSU CEA), was one of two passers in the recently conducted ICT Proficiency Diagnostic Examination in Programming.The examination took place on February 22, 2023, at the DICT Catanduanes Provincial Office.De Luna is now eligible to take the next level of the exam, the ICT Proficiency Examination, along with another CatSU student from the College of Information and Communications Technology, Joshua Villafuerte.The ICT Proficiency Diagnostic Examination aims to assess an individual's level of proficiency in either systems analysis and design or programming.The success of De Luna and Villafuerte in the examination demonstrates the high quality of education provided by CatSU in the fields of computer engineering and information and communications technology.Their accomplishments also highlight the importance of developing a strong foundation in programming and systems analysis for students pursuing careers in these fields. The strong performance of CatSU students in the ICT Proficiency Diagnostic Examination is a testament to the university's commitment to nurturing skilled and proficient graduates who are ready to contribute to the ever-evolving world of technology. #FJBT

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CatSU, DICT collaborate to empower students with improved internet, laptop access

CatSU, DICT collaborate to empower students with improved internet, laptop access

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Regional Director Engr. Carmela P. Valencia and DICT Provincial Officer-in-charge Mario John D. Gonzales recently visited Catanduanes State University (CatSU) to further their partnership with the institution.During their visit, they met with CatSU Executive Vice President Dr. Lily P. Custodio, Federated College Student Council (FCSC) President Angelo Piolo M. Laynes, and Information Technology Services (ITS) Director Mae Ezra T. Abundo.RD Valencia shared plans to continue collaborating with CatSU in various training programs and to provide laptops for students, which will be managed by the FCSC.Recently, the DICT Regional Office approved ITS Director Abundo's request for an additional bandwidth of 150 Mbps for the university's internet connection, which is scheduled to be configured this week. This enhanced partnership between DICT and CatSU aims to provide better support for students and promote access to technology and communication services that can benefit the society and the academic community. #FJBT

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CatSU launches ‘Kugos’ organization to support pregnant, parenting students

CatSU launches ‘Kugos’ organization to support pregnant, parenting students

A conference attended by 50 students and faculty members at Catanduanes State University (CatSU) led to the formation of a new organization called "Kugos" for pregnant and parenting students on March 28, 2023.The conference, organized by the Gender and Development Services (GAD) and headed by Focal Person Prof. Melinda V. Abichuela, aimed to provide a platform for these students to voice their experiences and concerns, forwarding them to the CatSU administration for deliberation and appropriate action."Kugos," the working name until its constitution and bylaws are established, will act as a support group for young parents juggling their demanding roles, as advocated by Prof. Reashiela L. Khan.During the People's Forum, mother-students shared their disheartening experiences, such as difficulties in obtaining excuse letters from professors to attend to their sick infants. Others suggested that attendance at college week and university-wide Olympic events should not be mandatory for parents, allowing them to focus on their children.Elected officers for Kogus include President Katrina B. Gianan, Vice President Charmaine H. Tuplano, Secretary Kriza A. Barrios, Treasurer Louwella Umbao, Mass Media Officer Raela Alma L. Sebastian, Business Managers Cyrene A. Morales and Angelica F. Alejandro, and Peace Officers Antonette T. Tribiana and Jechnova T. Dela Cruz.The Parenting and Pregnant Students' Conference is part of CatSU-GAD's series of activities in celebration of National Women's Month.Meanwhile, an ongoing activity, "Women in CatSU," was also launched by GAD to feature inspiring stories from notable women who have significantly contributed to the university, such as Ms. Milagros Gianan III, Ms. Marilyn G. Tejada, Ms. Madilyn Borromeo, Dr. Gemma M. Samas, Dr. Rosana S. Abundo, Dr. Gemma G. Acedo, Dr. Lily P. Custodio, and Prof. Jane Rose Azanza.Their stories can be seen in the CatSU official Facebook page.  | Via Gender and Development Services


CatSU Director attends Philippine Meteorological Society Annual Convention for Climate Change Adaptation

CatSU Director attends Philippine Meteorological Society Annual Convention for Climate Change Adaptation

As the need for timely and relevant weather and climate information continues to grow, Engr. Dexter M. Toyado, the Director of Catanduanes State University's Center for Island Climate Change Solutions (CICCS), attended the Philippine Meteorological Society (PMS) Annual Convention.The event, organized in cooperation with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and in partnership with DOST-PCIEERD, took place on March 20-21, 2023, at the Camelot Hotel in Quezon City.PMS is a unique organization of meteorologists and related professionals, providing opportunities and venues for members and allied researchers to share recent advances and applications of meteorology and its allied sciences in the Philippines.Engr. Toyado stressed the importance of the university's involvement and participation in such national organization initiatives, noting that they serve as essential support for the university's climate change adaptation programs and projects."I am more than grateful to have been invited to this year's convention, where the themes and prepared sessions offered a wealth of relevant ideas that are truly impactful and useful, especially given our President, Dr. Azanza's vision of making the university a National Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management," Engr. Toyado shared.The event aimed to gather and promote innovative research in the field of meteorology and allied sciences, contributing to the development of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Sciences.This year's convention was themed "PMS 2023: Recent Advances and Applications of Meteorology and its Allied Sciences" and covered six major thematic areas: weather, climate, water, climate and weather extremes, applications of meteorology, and other related fields.Engr. Toyado was joined by fellow Catandunganon, Mr. Rojas from Bato, who is also the resident meteorologist of ABS-CBN.  #CVecilles  


CatSU Professor selected as T4 Education Country Ambassador for the Philippines

CatSU Professor selected as T4 Education Country Ambassador for the Philippines

A professor from Catanduanes State University's Panganiban Campus is among 10 educators from the Philippines selected to join the 2023 Cohort of Country Ambassadors for the T4 Education Community.Gregorio V. Angeles Jr., Assistant Professor, will serve in this role for a year, ending on January 31, 2024.As an Ambassador, Prof. Angeles must commit to 50 hours, or approximately 4 hours per month, of voluntary service throughout the year.In his capacity as an ambassador, Prof. Angeles will choose a volunteer role in either the Social Media Squad or the Teacher Outreach Squad.As a member of the Social Media Squad, Prof. Angeles will need to be active on at least three platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or YouTube. His responsibilities will include supporting the community during major events like the Teacher Tech Summit, as well as similar regular events launching in 2023. Additionally, he will assist with co-hosting or supporting live events, such as Twitter chats.As part of the Teacher Outreach Squad, Prof. Angeles will prioritize contacting teachers in the country to recruit them to join the community, including the T4 Communities app, registering them for events, and encouraging participation in research, prizes, and challenges. He will be expected to have methods for contacting and engaging teachers in the country, with guidance from the T4 Ambassadors. He will also take on the role of hosting (or co-hosting with T4) webinars to promote various activities."I am privileged to be one of the Country Ambassadors for the Philippines. As a 2023 Cohort, I am proud to represent our country and offer selfless service to fellow educators not only in our nation but also in other countries. I am honored to be part of this significant advocacy," Prof. Angeles shared.About T4 Education and its Founder, Vikas PotaT4 Education is a digital platform created by founder and CEO Vikas Pota. This platform emerged in response to the global challenges the pandemic posed to education. T4 aims to empower educators and schools by offering opportunities for learning and collaboration, while developing tools to support their global community's progress.Before T4, Vikas was heavily involved in the education sector. He founded and managed a philanthropic foundation dedicated to teachers, launching the Global Teacher Prize to celebrate the teaching profession. He has also advocated for the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN, G20, and various governments. Additionally, he established a technical and vocational skills business in Africa to address youth unemployment, created a corporate venture capital business investing in high-growth edtech companies, and led branding, marketing, communications, and corporate affairs strategies for a renowned K-12 education business.Vikas serves on numerous non-profit boards, including The Education Outcomes Fund, Artists in Residence, Global School Leaders, Queen Rania Teacher Academy, Educate Girls, and Teach for All. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education, a former Visiting Practitioner at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Senior Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Science & Policy. Recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Vikas has been named one of London's 1000 most influential people, is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and has received two honorary doctorates for his accomplishments. A frequent voice in the media, Vikas passionately advocates for the transformative potential of quality education and actively works to build a global community of educators and schools to make that vision a reality. #FJBT

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CatSU-R&DS empowers faculty researchers with research proposal writing skills in seminar-workshop series

CatSU-R&DS empowers faculty researchers with research proposal writing skills in seminar-workshop series

Catanduanes State University's Research and Development Services (R&DS) recently organized the Seminar-Workshop Series 1: Research Proposal Writing to improve the quality and quantity of research conducted by faculty researchers on March 15-16, 2023, at the CatSU Accreditation Room.The workshop aimed to equip faculty researchers with the skills and tools needed to write a feasible research proposal, which is crucial for securing internal and external funding. Additionally, the event sought to encourage innovative approaches to writing the key elements of a research proposal, including the problem statement, literature review, research methodology, justification, outputs, and expected results. The workshop also focused on refining the research proposals submitted to the R&DS.The write shop began with a discussion of various topics such as the institutional research process, ethical considerations, structure of a scientific proposal, population selection and sampling, Gantt chart and budgetary considerations, and effective citations and referencing.The resource speakers, who are experts in their respective fields, provided practical tips and advice on how to write effective research proposals. The plenary sessions were conducted and facilitated by Dr. Lily P. Custodio, Executive Vice President (EVP), Dr. Ramon Felipe A. Sarmiento, Vice President for Research, Extension, and Production Affairs (VP-REPA), Dr. Jose Z. Tria, R&DS Director, Dr. Jimmylen Z. Tonio, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUMSS), Prof. Anne F. Gianan, Assistant Professor of the College of Science (COS), Dr. Lilibeth I. Tubalinal, Associate Professor II of College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Ms. Bernadeth T. Garcia, R&DS Statistician II. Participants engaged in discussions and various activities held online and offline.The workshops provided a hands-on approach to research proposals writing, allowing participants to put into practice what they learned from the resource speakers. Their respective Research Coordinators and the R&DS staff facilitated the workshops, providing guidance and feedback on the proposed studies.At the end of the event, participants refined their research proposals, taking into account all the learnings and experiences gained in the activity. The output of the event was research proposals expected to be submitted by the proponents on or before March 31, 2023.The R&DS expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in the Seminar-Workshop's success. Dr. Tria emphasized that the University should primarily focus on generating knowledge that benefits its community and that everything starts with a research proposal. After such, other research activities such as implementation, presentation, publication, extension, utilization, commercialization, and citation will automatically follow.Moreover, Dr. Tria said that this research activity is anchored in the current administration’s Vision of HOPE which encourages CatSU faculty members to engage in capacity building activities to enhance the quality and quantity of research. The University's next research-related activity will be "INVENTouring: A Proposal Enhancement Writeshop for Filipino Inventors," to be held on March 28-30, 2023, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST – TAPI).  #CVecilles

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CatSU leads workshop to strengthen support for Catanduanes abaca industry through Collective Mark application

CatSU leads workshop to strengthen support for Catanduanes abaca industry through Collective Mark application

The CatSU Abaca Technology and Innovation Center (ATIC), under the leadership of its Director, Prof. Abelisa D. Evangelista, conducted a seminar cum-writeshop on the application of Collective Mark of Abaca Fiber in the university accreditation room on March 22, 2023, to increase support for the province's abaca industry.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Provincial Local Government of Catanduanes, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) collaborated to organize the workshop.The event served as an information drive and a writeshop for the stakeholders of the abaca industry in Catanduanes, particularly the members of Catanduanes Abaca Industry Development Council (CAIDC), where CatSU is an active member.Prof. Evangelista stressed that the Origin-Based Branding of Catanduanes Goods and Services was critical in strengthening the support to the province's abaca industry."We are here to encourage and enhance the competitiveness of our abaca farmers, traders, processors, government and non-government agencies, researchers, the academe, and other stakeholders," Prof. Evangelista said.The workshop began with an introduction to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines by Mr. Rolan O. Leaño. Succeeding topics included the Importance and Benefits of Protecting Geographical Indications and Collective marks, and Developing a Geographical Indication & Collective Mark: Next Steps, presented by Atty. Joan Janneth M. Estremadura and Ms. Danica M. Muyargas, respectively, of the Bureau of Trademarks.The Director hopes that this significant progress will attract more investors to provide more employment opportunities and sustain the demand and productivity of the province's abaca industry. The workshop also covered salient features of Geographical Indications and Regulations.A day prior to this event, the group visited an abaca farm in San Roque, Bato, to observe the unique farming management and practices of abaca in the island, in relation to the application of the Collective Mark of Abaca Fiber. IPOPHL Consultant Engr. Nino Angelo Torre facilitated the initiatives of the CatSU-ATIC, led by CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, through the Catanduanes Abaca Industry Development Council (CAIDC) headed by Gov. Joseph C. Cua.The preliminary activities of the farm visit were supported by CatSU Vice President for Research, Extension, and Production Affairs (REPA), Dr. Ramon Felipe A. Sarmiento, Assistant Vice President REPA, Dr. Kristian Q. Aldea, and CatSU-ATIC Faculty-in-Charge Engr. Jhomann U. Socito.   #CVecilles  


CatSU-NSTP participates in seminar-workshop on designing contextualized NSTP, leadership development

CatSU-NSTP participates in seminar-workshop on designing contextualized NSTP, leadership development

The Catanduanes State University-National Service Training Program (CatSU-NSTP) participated in a seminar-workshop at Albert Hall, Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City, from March 1-4, 2023.The event was conducted by the Center for Human Research & Development Foundation (CHRDF) Inc. in partnership with the University of the Philippines Baguio (UP Baguio).The seminar-workshop aimed to provide participants with a better understanding of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Law, by revisiting and unpacking IRR and IGP for NSRC, and aligning NSTP with the vision and mission of the institution.The seminar-workshop also focused on delivering NSTP courses through a learner-centered approach and recalibrating NSTP of each Higher Education Institution (HEI) through designing contextualized NSTP.The four-day Seminar-Workshop held a series of simultaneous sessions for NSTP directors, coordinators, teachers and students of the participating HEIs in the country.Concurrently, the National NSTP Student Leadership Conference 2023 was also conducted, which aimed to provide leadership competency development among Filipino youth, instilling the value of patriotism and nationalism.The Director of CatSU-NSTP, Prof. Emlyn M. Lanon, was accompanied by two NSTP student-trainees, Ms. Karyl M. Tugay from the College of Education-Bachelor of Secondary Education-English, and Mr. Thomas Miguel T. Delapeña from the College of Engineering and Architecture-Civil Engineering. The conference aimed to train students to fully appreciate and understand how NSTP should be regarded as not just a college course but a way of life, as they are expected to develop a deeper sense of its purpose and significance. The program is a source of life skills, a part of social responsibility, and a passion for lifelong learning. #CVecilles

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CatSU conducts seminar-workshop to strengthen international linkages, boost global competitiveness of graduates

CatSU conducts seminar-workshop to strengthen international linkages, boost global competitiveness of graduates

In order to address the high demand for internationalization in Philippine Higher Education Institutions, the Quality Assurance Services (QAS) collaborated with the Center for International Relations and Continuing Professional Development Services (CIRCPDS) to conduct a Seminar-Workshop on March 17, 2023.The objective of the workshop was to strengthen international linkages initiatives and to discuss the University’s internationalization framework.The event was held in the Accreditation Room and was attended by CatSU top officials, College Deans and their respective Chairpersons, and the Unit Directors or Office Heads.The Resource Speaker, Prof. Zyra Mae T. Tumala, who is also the International Relations Director, gave a brief overview of the Philippine government’s initiatives since 1987 and discussed the Structure and Operations of the International Relations office.The seminar-workshop focused on developing and implementing the Internationalization Strategy towards Quality Assurance, developing best practices, scholarship opportunities such as short and long-term programs (including Fullbright, UMAP, MEXT among others), and CatSU’s vision and target projection for the next five years on Internationalization Initiatives.Dr. Edna A. Pante, the QA Head, emphasized the need to set a clear direction for internationalization initiatives, formalize a structure, and formulate implementing guidelines as competition is now international in scope.“A very clear direction has to be set for internationalization initiatives, therefore the formalization of a structure and formulation of implementing guidelines are pivotal,” Dr. Pante emphasized.Dr. Lily P. Custodio, Executive Vice President, commended Directors Pante and Tumala and all participants for a job well done, stressing the need for cooperation to achieve CatSU’s internationalization goals.“It is in our strong support to each other, the collaborative efforts we evidently have, in supporting the administration’s vision of HOPE, and all the hard work that we do, that we can fulfill our mission of putting CatSU on the global scale,” Dr. Custodio said.Dr. Joseph G. Zafe, former Director of CIRCPDS, and now the newly appointed Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, regarded the reorientation to cover internationalization initiatives as a strong action to produce globally-competitive graduates.The whole day seminar-workshop concluded with the presentation of outputs from each group of active participants.Prof. Tumala shared her excitement and motivation, realizing the opportunities to focus on and having a visionary and supportive President, Dr. Azanza, at the helm. She believed that with determination and strength, CatSU could fulfill its mission of putting itself on the global scale. #CVecilles  


CatSU directors attend BCAARRD workshop to strengthen research efforts

CatSU directors attend BCAARRD workshop to strengthen research efforts

To strengthen the research efforts and collaboration for Catanduanes State University (CatSU), Dr. Jose Z. Tria, the Director of Research and Development Services (RDS), and Prof. Abelisa D. Evangelista, the Director of Abaca Technology and Innovations Center (ATIC), attended the Research Development and Extension Strategic Planning and Workshop at Patio de San Jose Resort and Convention Center at Malilipot, Albay on March 1-3, 2023.The workshop was organized by the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), with twenty-two consortium member institutions (CMIs) in attendance.During the workshop, Dr. Tria and Prof. Evangelista engaged in knowledge-sharing and discussions on a wide range of themes such as research areas of BCAARRD, strategic R&D roadmap for land-based agriculture and fisheries/marine science, and developing action plans through the lens of Futures Thinking.The workshop also covered topics like Research Development and Extension agenda, thrust, and priorities, Philippine development plans for 2023-2028, the national innovation agenda 2032, and Bicol Regional Development plans.Notable resource speakers for the three-day workshop included Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, Chair, RRDCC, Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, Deputy Director, and Director of BCAARRD, respectively.As a result of their attendance, research centers such as RDS and ATIC brainstormed and agreed to create strategic plans through collaboration with the Office of Vice President, REPA, Deans/Department Chairs and Research Coordinators, and Faculty members as well as faculty researchers, by having orientation and re-orientation for Research Coordinators about the trends and updates of BCAARD, and assist them in preparing and the submission of consortium-type research proposals.“We want to integrate new learnings and policies to gain from Futures thinking approach of strategic planning, as well as revisit and improve, integrate and re-harmonize the University research agenda to the regional RD&E thrusts and priorities.”, Dr. Tria said. BCAARRD expressed its appreciation to all the attendees and participating CMIs for their contributions to the success of the workshop and emphasized the importance of continued collaboration among CMIs to achieve sustainable regional development. #CVecilles

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CatSU students, employees participate in National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill 2023

CatSU students, employees participate in National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill 2023

To promote awareness and preparedness among students and faculty, the Incident and Calamity Operations (ICO) conducted an Earthquake Drill on March 16, 2023, headed by its Commander, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza and assisted by Prof. Emlyn M. Lanon, In-charge of Continuing Education, Training, Drills, and Calamity Awareness Campaign.The Earthquake Drill was held in relation to the Memoranda from the RDRRMC regarding the regional conduct of the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) 2023. Students and employees participated in the drill at exactly 2:00 PM.According to Prof. Lanon, this drill is important to develop and practice muscle memory of the duck-cover-and-hold among students and faculty, build resilient communities in the university, and assess the readiness of students and faculty in times of earthquakes.  Engr. Benjamin Hannycel T. Nuyda, Planning and Development Services Director, gave an orientation during the conduct of the drill, while Dr. Ryan T. Timbal, Head of CatSU Security Services, provided necessary assistance and monitoring during the activity. #CVecilles


CatSU IAS leads ISO 9001:2015 Awareness

CatSU IAS leads ISO 9001:2015 Awareness

CatSU Internal Audit Team Head, Engr. Rafael O. Santelices, conducted an ISO 9001:2015 training awareness session at the Accreditation Room on March 7, 2023. The aim of the training was to enhance the knowledge of the newly designated Heads of Offices and Directors regarding the fundamentals of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard.“The adoption of a quality management system is a strategic decision for an organization. In our case at CatSU, we always want to continually improve overall performance and provide quality services to our clients and stakeholders,” Engr. Santelices said.The Internal Audit Services is the university's unit responsible for facilitating opportunities to enhance the clientele's service experience. They ensure that service delivery is demonstrated in conformity to the specified quality management system requirements, based on the international standard for ISO 9001:2015. “Let us always intensify the connection and processes in organizing quality policy and adhering to the quality standards. It is in providing the best quality services that will yield excellent customer satisfaction,” Engr. Santelices emphasized.One of the participants, Prof. John Cyrus B. Francis, Director of the Office of Student Affairs and Development Services (OSADS), emphasized the significance of being aware of the intention of the ISO and being fully guided in terms of office document familiarization.“We will need to be able to identify correction-immediate action in order to solve issues and concerns on a per cause-basis. There’s the preventive action as well as corrective action, best practices to pick up in order to achieve the consistency of providing quality services to the students, very useful in my case being the office that takes charge of student affairs and development concerns,” Prof. Francis said."Ultimately, we are bound to understand the fundamentals of Quality Management Systems parallel to the State College and University (SUC) standards, and the Vision, Mission, and Developmental Goals of CatSU,” he added.Prof. Gregorio Angeles, Jr., Extension Coordinator from CatSU Panganiban Campus, recalled his learnings from the activity."The core of ISO is customer satisfaction. It is in our commitment and strong-will to continue the thrusts and efforts for improvement, and to ensure the attainment of excellence in quality management for societal advancement, that we can achieve customer satisfaction,” Prof. Angeles said.  #CVecilles     








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