Championing Research Excellence: A Leader’s Vision for a Strong Research Ecosystem

(An inspirational anecdote from CNU President Daniel Ariaso’s message during the Visayas-Mindanao Consortium for Journal Publication on February 21-22, 2024)

In the crowded conference hall, one figure stood out, his passion obvious in every word he spoke. He lived by a creed that included research and development, publication, commercialization, and the protection of intellectual property rights. 

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, leading the charge, ensured that his university sent the largest delegation to the consortium, emphasizing the significance of publication. His goals were lofty: 500 research papers per year, 400 of which would be published in prestigious Scopus-indexed journals. “We mean business,” he said, his tone leaving no question.

Driven by a vision of accessibility, he saw a future in which dissertations and theses might be translated into local dialects, guaranteeing that intellectual goods were accessible to all even the lowest in the society. “If it cannot be understood by the lowest level,” he said, “it is nothing.” 

Drawing inspiration from his travels, he proposed to the consortium of a legislative bill of a mandatory appropriation for research and development, publication and commercialization in every SUC’s respective line – item budgets, similar to that of Taiwan and Singapore, where research is mandated as a proportion of GDP. “There must be a compelling reason,” he said, “for the national government to find the funds needed for our researchers.”

In a bold move at pursuing academic excellence, he underscored that faculty members, especially those holding Professor 1 to College or University Professor positions must continually engage in and maintain a rigorous research and publication outputs emphasizing the imperative nature of this mandate and highlighting the alignment of faculty evaluation processes even after they were granted such academic rank. The IPCR of faculty members shall be harmonized with the pertinent provisions of DBM-CHED JC No. 3, s. 2022 wherein the higher the academic rank the more research outputs or publications in Scopus or juried journals or commercialization of research outputs, the concerned faculty member must produce and be evaluated. By doing so, the performance of faculty members in instruction, research, extension, and production shall be directly linked to the performance management system, and accountabilities and obligations thereof shall be in accordance with applicable civil service laws and regulations.

In his opinion, failure to meet the core functions may result to unsatisfactory or poor performance ratings, which will be submitted to Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), which he saw as a necessary consequence for advancement. “Innovate or evaporate,” he declared, mirroring the attitude of his institution, Cebu Normal University.

He rallied his audience at the end of his speech, rather than just inspiring them. He emphasized the value of togetherness and encouraged healthy discussions. “Together, stronger,” he said, exemplifying the collaborative spirit he hoped to foster within the consortium. 

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀. 𝗔𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗖𝗡𝗨 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆

Dr. Daniel Ariaso headed up his team to the province of Catmon for an important meeting with Municipality of Catmon on February 15, 2024. Their goal was to undertake a need assessment for the possible creation of a new CNU (Catmon) campus in the municipality. The team held in-depth discussions with local officials to better understand the educational landscape, demographic trends, and infrastructure requirements for the proposed school. With an emphasis on promoting accessible higher education possibilities, the delegation looked into collaboration potential and resource allocation strategies to guarantee the planned campus meets the needs and aspirations of the Catmon community.
The meeting was a critical milestone in the feasibility assessment process, as Dr. Ariaso and his team gained useful feedback from key parties. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, they hope to design the new CNU campus to solve specific educational deficiencies while also contributing to Catmon’s socioeconomic development. As conversations advance, stakeholders believe that this project will not only improve educational accessibility but also accelerate positive developments within the town, paving the way for a brighter future for its citizens.

BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students

The 3 outstanding students received the prestigious 2023 BPI-DOST Innovation Award for their groundbreaking project.
These exceptional students not only impressed the judges with their innovative project, but also demonstrated exceptional creativity, problem-solving skills, and dedication to making a positive impact on the world.
The BPI-DOST Innovation Award recognizes outstanding students who are passionate about using science and technology to solve real-world problems. This year’s winners are a true inspiration to aspiring innovators everywhere.


Project Title: Microplastic Analyzer Kit (M.A.K.)




CNU, Alegria partnership: Bridging
Education and Prosperity in Southern Cebu

From the north to the south of Cebu, the collaboration between Cebu Normal University (CNU) and the Municipality of Alegria is laying the groundwork for an important educational project which is the founding of CNU-Alegria.

Mayor Gilberto F. Magallon, Vice Mayor Verna V. Magallon, and members of the Sangguniang Bayan met with CNU President Daniel A. Ariaso, Sr., and Vice President for Administration, Finance and External Affairs Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan to begin key negotiations. Their main objective is to establish the framework for CNU’s development into southern Cebu.

Magallon passionately conveyed the desire of Alegria’s residents to have CNU established within their municipality, emphasizing his commitment to realizing this aspiration for his community. In response, Ariaso expressed eagerness with specifications such as a designated location for the extension and a comprehensive feasibility study outlining potential academic programs. This pivotal step will pave the way for Alegriahanons to access and benefit from enhanced educational opportunities.

The significance of establishing CNU in Alegria transcends local boundaries. Beyond catering to the educational needs of Alegriahanons, the institution’s presence promises to draw students from neighboring towns and provinces. This influx of learners not only enriches the academic atmosphere but also ignites economic growth within the town.

The arrival of students creates an increase in demand for a variety of services, including accommodation, food, transportation, and more. As a result, this growth creates jobs and stimulates local businesses, thereby boosting Alegria’s economy.
The collaboration between CNU and the Municipality of Alegria is poised to reshape the educational and economic dynamics of the region symbolizing a promising future for Alegria and its populace.

Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr. Leads CNU in Recognizing New Hires and Promotions at Flag Ceremony

The Cebu Normal University (CNU) community extended a warm welcome to all newly hired staff members as well as those who received promotions on December 4, 2023, during the flag ceremony.

The administration of Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr, SUC President III, necessitates that every new employee and those who have been promoted be recognized before they can begin their new responsibilities at the university.
On December 1, the university welcomed Atty. Christiana Jude D. Bien as University Board Secretary V; Atty. Robin R. Reyes as Legal Assistant III for the Legal Unit and Mark Francis G. Onde as Librarian 1. Atty. Roche E. Ocampo is the new Supervising Administrative Officer-Finance; Mary Jhoanne T. Dela Cruz was promoted from College Librarian to Records Officer III; Rocelyn D. Cabarubias is Cashier III; Michelle B. Monteza is Budget Officer I; Elma A. Polinar is Administrative Aides VI; and Russel T. Cortes is Administrative Aides VI.
Additionally, CNU extends a warm welcome to Drs. Lance Aldwin S. Adlaon, Jemer Grace S. Arellano, Mary Ruth F. Barandino; Ruby C. Facturan; Veronica Marina C. Floro; Jan Michael T. Lao; Christie Luz D. Rosal; Al Anthony A. Sacris, Dr. Alissah S. Sigaya, and Dr. Matthew Kendrick Kyle C. Tiu, the new faculty members for the College of Medicine. Their academic rank is Associate Professor IV.
Moreover, Roesher Melle Tampus was accepted to become an Instructor 1.

CNU Empowers Change through Violence Against Women Campaign

In a powerful and poignant morning right after the flag ceremony, Cebu Normal University (CNU) took a stand against the pervasive issue of violence against women. Spearheaded by Dr. Marino A. Garcia, the Gender and Development Director, the Violence Against Women Campaign (VAW-C) kicked off on November 28, 2023, at 8:00 AM. Dr. Garcia set the tone for the day with a stirring welcome message, rallying the community to join hands in eradicating the scourge of violence that plagues women.

“Let us stand together, unwavering in our commitment to end violence against women. In our collective strength, we find hope and determination to build a future where love triumphs over fear, and every woman and child can live free from the shackles of violence,” declared Dr. Garcia, setting the stage for a day dedicated to advocacy and empowerment.

Dr. Diane Lawrence Ramos from the Medellin campus emerged as the champion, showcasing exceptional dedication to the cause. The first runner-up position was secured by Rongie Abella from the College of Teacher Education department, while Nelson Sombilon from the Administration Non-Teaching Staff claimed the second runner-up title.

The competition was a platform for contestants from diverse backgrounds, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Integrated Laboratory School, Balamban Campus, and the Students’ Sector, to voice their commitment to being advocates for change. Each participant delivered a compelling speech outlining their strategies and goals to contribute to the VAW-C Free initiative.

This event marks the commencement of an 18-day campaign against violence towards women. On November 30, 2023, participants will engage in activities such as short film presentations, group poster displays, and singing competitions. The same dedicated contestants will showcase their talents and creativity in these events, contributing to the multifaceted approach of the campaign.

CNU President receives recognition from CESB

Dr. Daniel Ariaso, Sr. was honored by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) for his valuable contribution, remarkable commitment, and active involvement in supporting the CESB’s On-the-Job Performance Validation process as certified CES Validator during the CESB’s 50th Anniversary held on November 28, 2023 in Fiesta Pavilion, The Manila Hotel, Manila.
The award is a testament to Dr. Ariaso’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, and it represents a significant milestone in his illustrious career. His contributions go beyond his professional endeavors. He is well-known for his mentorship and commitment to developing the next generation of executives.
His willingness to share knowledge and provide guidance has left an indelible impression on those who have had the good fortune to cross paths with him. He joined the CESB in 2011 and has already been recognized as an outstanding CES validator twice in the years 2021 and 2022.
Looking ahead, as president of Cebu Normal University, Dr. Ariaso include driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and making significant contributions to his field. His dedication to pushing the limits of what is possible inspires all aspiring executives, reinforcing the belief that perseverance and dedication are required for success.

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Strengthening Linguistic Ties through Regional Seminar on Official Correspondence – Region VII

A resounding success marked the recently concluded Regional Assembly for Official Correspondence in the province of Bohol on November 22-23, 2024. Spearheaded by Dr. Lita A. Bacalla, Director of the Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (Center for Language and Culture) at Cebu Normal University, the event brought together educators Elvin Ruiz and Carreon Joy Derasin in collaboration with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language). Notable figures such as Dr. Sheilee Vega, G. Jomar Caňega, Rene Roy Cagalingan, and G. Sir John Torralba imparted invaluable knowledge and information during the seminar. This initiative received support from Bohol Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado and garnered endorsement from the Chairman of the Commission on the Filipino Language, Dr. Arthur P. Casanova.

The participation extended beyond the academic realm, as representatives from LGUs including Sugbo Minglanilla, Naga, and Bohol’s local governments from Valencia, Anda, Tagbilaran, Getafe, alongside personnel from the Bohol Provincial Capitol actively engaged in the proceedings. Dr. Hope Yu, Commissioner for the Cebuano Language, and Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., the esteemed leader of Cebu Normal University, also conveyed their messages of support and encouragement.

The collaborative efforts showcased the commitment to enhancing linguistic correspondence and fostering a deeper understanding of language intricacies crucial in official communication. With the invaluable insights shared by experts in the field, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of effective linguistic practices within official contexts. The seminar served as a platform to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices in language use for official communication, aiming to elevate standards across administrative domains.

The involvement of various stakeholders, including educational institutions, government bodies, and language authorities, emphasized the collective determination to uphold linguistic excellence and effective correspondence. Furthermore, the support and endorsement from esteemed leaders signify the significance of such initiatives in advancing linguistic harmony and efficiency in official communications.

This collaborative effort symbolizes a pivotal step towards harmonizing linguistic practices, paving the way for more effective and culturally sensitive official correspondences. As the participants depart, armed with newfound knowledge and enriched perspectives, the ripple effect of this regional seminar is anticipated to resonate positively in the realms of administrative communication, fostering enhanced linguistic connections and proficiency.

Cebu Normal University Expands Horizons: CNU-Catmon Campus Negotiations Underway

In a groundbreaking move poised to revolutionize educational access in Catmon, Cebu, negotiations between Dr. Ariaso, representing Cebu Normal University (CNU), and Mayor Avis Monleon of Catmon have commenced for the establishment of a CNU campus in the municipality. The initiation of formal negotiations marks a significant milestone after Dr. Ariaso received authority from the Board of Regents (BOR) to engage in talks regarding this important venture.

The negotiation process commenced last Saturday November 18, 2023, symbolizing a momentous step forward. Catmon Mayor Avis Monleon, accompanied by Vice Mayor Armil Poro, Councilor Atty. Rowel Juban, and Executive Assistant Dr. Joel Molit, visited Dr. Ariaso at the CNU Main Campus. Their expressed interest in establishing a CNU campus in Catmon, Cebu laid the groundwork for substantive discussions. During this meeting, Dr. Ariaso was joined by Vice President for the Administration – Dr. Joseph Elvir C. Tubilan and Legal Unit Head & OIC Dean of the College of Law, Public Governance, and Safety – Atty. Lury Ed Marie V. Yray, collectively striving to finalize the signing of the deed of donation for the prospective lot.

The impending signing of the deed of donation heralds an era of collaboration between CNU and the Catmon Local Government Unit (LGU). This crucial document, once signed, will pave the way for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CNU and the Catmon LGU. The official signing is anticipated to take place during Dr. Ariaso’s investiture ceremony.

The establishment of a CNU campus in Catmon holds immense promise for both the educational landscape and the local community. It signifies a commitment to extending quality education beyond urban centers, catering to aspiring students in Catmon and its neighboring areas. This initiative aligns with CNU’s vision of fostering academic excellence and contributing to the holistic development of communities.

The collaboration between CNU and the Catmon LGU underscores a shared dedication to education, recognizing its pivotal role in empowering individuals and driving progress. The envisioned campus aims to not only impart knowledge but also to serve as a catalyst for socio-economic growth within the municipality.

As negotiations progress and the groundwork is laid for the CNU Catmon Campus, anticipation and enthusiasm abound, echoing the collective commitment to making quality education accessible to all. This collaboration stands as a testament to the power of partnerships in shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

The journey towards establishing the Cebu Normal University – Catmon Campus exemplifies a concerted effort towards educational inclusivity, serving as an inspiring model for fostering academic expansion and community development across regions.

Strengthening Civic Responsibility: Cebu Normal University and 7th Regional Community Defense Group Forge ROTC Partnership

In a significant move towards fostering civic duty and national defense, the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7th RCDG), Army Reserve Command, and Cebu Normal University have inked a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The signing ceremony was organized by Mr. Romualdo Generalao, Coordinator, NSTP – Military Training Service/ROTC, held last November 20, 2023 at the IKC Hall in the presence of Dr. Daniel A. Ariaso Sr., the esteemed president of Cebu Normal University together with the other administrative officials and deans, marked a pivotal moment for both institutions.

It was represented by the Army Reserve Command was Col. Edgar G. Mangabay. The agreement serves as the cornerstone for the establishment and operation of the ROTC program within the university, aiming to instill discipline, leadership, and patriotism among its students.

The ROTC program’s activation within Cebu Normal University represents an avenue for students to develop essential skills, such as teamwork, resilience, and a strong sense of responsibility. Under the guidance and mentorship of the 7th RCDG, the university’s ROTC Unit will provide a platform for students to engage in practical training, leadership development, and community service.

This collaboration not only underscores the dedication of Cebu Normal University to holistic education but also highlights the invaluable role played by the military in shaping future leaders with a deep-rooted commitment to nation-building.

As the partnership between the 7th RCDG and Cebu Normal University takes flight, it heralds a promising future where empowered and responsible individuals will contribute actively to the progress and security of the nation.