CNU supports VAW campaign

Cebu Normal University (CNU) started the Violence Against Women and Children (VAW-C) campaign to create awareness on women and children’s rights. A series of activities are prepared for the 18-Day campaign period within the school.   

Faculty and non-teaching staff launched the campaign last Monday, November 25, 2019 during the flag raising ceremony.

It kicked off with a prayer led by Dr. Catalina Canasa, the Gender and Development OIC focal person and afterwards danced through “Isang Bilyong Babae ang Babangon”, the Philippines’ song to One Billion Rising (OBR), a worldwide campaign against VAW.

November 25 to December 12 is declared every year as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women” in pursuant to Proclamation No.  1172, series of 2006. November 25 is also declared as the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children”.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PWC), in coordination with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC), spearheads the 18-Day campaign.

The VAW theme for 2016 to 2021 is “VAW-free community starts with me”.

Canasa said that the importance of the campaign is to empower women to speak and fight for their rights. She said that women should support those victims to let them feel and know that they can stand and fight for their rights.

Why women & how about men?

Canasa said that most women still experience violence and rape as depicted in news. According to OBR, one in three women in the world will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.

Dr. Catalina Canasa, Gender and Development OIC focal person, dances in participation of the Violence Against Women and Children (VAW-C) campaign launching. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Women may also be liable under law. Men who experience violence may also file a case or compliant under the Revised Penal Code.

“We want to encourage everyone. This is not only for the faculty but this is also for the students and staff that they need to be aware also about their rights,” she said.

“Masa-stop yung violence kapag matapang tayong isiwalat kung ano ang nangyari sa atin pero if… walang magsusumbong, walang magsasabi… (The violence will stop if we will have the courage to disclose what happened but if no one complains…) people will continue to do it again,” Canasa said.

“We need women to encourage women to report then also to be brave enough. I know it’s not easy but the society should support these women who experience this kind of tragedy,” she added.

Faculty and non-teaching staff were encouraged to wear orange shirts, while others were pinned with orange ribbons during the start of the campaign, the bright and optimistic color representing hope and future that is free from violence.

CNU faculty and non-teaching staff participate in the dance during the launching of the Violence Against Women and Children (VAW-C) campaign. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Different activities and contests are scheduled for the entire 18-Day campaign period of VAW-C including Essay Writing, Film Viewing, Song Writing, Slogan Contest, Women Volleyball League, Poster Making, Quiz Bee, Spoken Poetry, Creating Values-based Atmosphere Seminar, and more. (JDF) 

Chinese studs visit CNU; engage in English session

A group of Chinese students experienced English-associated activities to develop their language skills yesterday in Teaching Arts Centrum Auditorium of Cebu Normal University (CNU).

The group was consisted of a few faculty members and a block of sophomore students majoring in English from Jiangsu Maritime Institute (JMI) in China.

According to Liu Zhulin, faculty member and in-charge of the English majors in JMI, the students had not yet taken courses related to their major last year and were anxious in speaking the language.

“As our activities went on, [the students] began to speak eventually. I think after this period of studying, they will improve a great deal, especially their courage to speak English,” she furthered.

During the English Learning Session, the students willingly participated and interacted with the student teachers who facilitated the event.

For starters, the students played Pick and Speak where each of them should pick a number with an unknown corresponding question and answer using English language.

To put their skills into practice, student teachers encouraged them as they continued with the activities Word Relay, Find and Speak, and Running Sentences.

The session was spearheaded by Dr. Vinchita Quinto, Aletheia University interns adviser, and was supported by the group of student interns who flew to Taiwan last summer to teach English.

Susie Wang, one of the students, shared that the activities were helpful for her and for the other students in learning English language.

Words by Mikaela Jane Dagani
Photos by Lou Adrian Paghasian

New and improved and motivated educators: 157 strong

157 Cebu Normal University (CNU) faculty members did their oath taking after Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released CNU’s Notice of Organization, Staffing, and Compensation Action (NOSCA) per National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 461 Cycle 7.

The oath taking took place last Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the CNU Tandang Sora Hall. It was done in batches and was administered by CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil.

NBC No. 461 is an updated revision of the National Compensation Circular (NCC) that rationalizes the ranks, salaries, or advancement of qualified and deserving State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) faculty members. It is on its 7th cycle evaluation.

CNU received the NOSCA on November 7, 2019 reflecting the reclassified faculty positions.  

Based from the letter of DBM addressed to the CNU President, the position titles and salary grades of faculty members have been checked and verified from the Personal Services Itemization and Plantilla of Personnel (PSIPOP) Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, certified true copy of agency’s NBC No. 461 7th Cycle Evaluation Printout, and the Accreditation Report for Full-fledged Professors.

The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), together with DBM has started deliberating the scheme of upgrading and promoting faculty members in 1982 since SUCs before where exempted from the National Position Classification and Compensation Plans. It then paved way to the adoption and development of a Common Criteria for Evaluation (CCE) that aims to justify academic ranks and salaries. The circular through time has undergone a couple of amendments.

NBC No. 461 cycle 7 includes CHED-supervised higher education institutions (HEIs), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-supervised Technical Education Institutions (TEIs) and SUCs.

Mr. Kim Francis Rodriguez, who managed to climb up to the next rank in the latest NBC cycle, said in an interview that he is very happy with the long awaited implementation of NBC No. 461 cycle 7. He said that it has been marked final by their oath taking. 

“As in honestly, very happy jud kaayo (ko)…it’s something that we’ve waited gyud for so long,” he said.

He sympathized with his co-faculty members who were waiting for two years for the NBC 7th cycle to take effect. The evaluation took place in 2017 but is implemented in the last quarter of 2019.

He said that the process of waiting made him lose hope, but now things have finally changed. He said that he is now more motivated to do his job as his pay could now somehow compensate his workload. He said that he looks forward to the next cycle. (JDF)

CNU transpires 1st congress in dengue awareness

To raise awareness of dengue intervention, Cebu Normal University (CNU) with the participation of Cebu City Government and City Health Office launched its first assembly on dengue awareness and mosquito control held at Teaching Arts Centrum Auditorium last Friday, with the theme, “Dengue Awareness and Mosquito Control: Enabling Innovations for Sustainable Development”.

The event started with a welcoming remark by University President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, stating that the university is honored to be chosen as a host of the said congress.

“As a state university funded by the government, it is our responsiblity to make sure to partner with the agencies in the government and make the government’s projects and activities successful as they cascade down to our stake holders and collegues,” Dayagbil explained.

Hon. Michael Rama, the Vice Mayor of Cebu City and Chairman Committee on Health Hospital Services and Sanitation, served as the keynote speaker, saying that each individual in the government, health sector, and barangay, needs to be vigilant in maintaining cleanliness and responsibility to eradicate the causes of dengue in the community that they belong.

He added emphhasis on enhancing the 4S (search and destroy, see early consultation, self protection measures, and say yes to fogging only during outbreaks) strategy measures to guide the people on what they should do in protecting themselves against the virus.

Plenary speakers who tackled related topics were Dr. Milagros Grief, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, who shared about the life cycle of mosquito and about mosquito control; Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, Regional Program Manager of National Aedes-Born Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program, who discussed about current dengue situation in the Philippines; and Dr. Daisy Villa, Cebu City Health officer, who added insights about Cebu City’s current dengue situation.

The event was attended by faculty members of CNU, Barangay Health Workers, and Barangay Representatives from the different barangays around the city.

Meanwhile, Vilma Cuyos, a barangay health worker in Barangay Punta Princesa, gave tips on how to regulate the mosquitoes.

“Ang pagpanglimpyo sa panimalay, ang pag-agni sa mga tupad nimo nga balay nga manglimpyo, dili lang sa kana kon dili sa sulod sad sa panimalay ug i-suggest sa barangay ang ‘4 o’clock Habit’ nga manglimpyo gyod matag alas-kwatro sa hapon kay sa dihang mga orasa kay mangguwa ang mga lamok nga magdalag dengue,” Cuyos said.

An open forum followed, serving as the congress’ end; a lunch buffet accommodated the guests, while being serenaded by CNU Chorale.

Words and Photos by Leonel Quillo

CNU ABS-CBN PACE conducts 13th PMC at CNU

To educate the country’s future media practitioners, ABS-CBN together with the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) commenced the third leg for the 13th Pinoy Media Congress (PMC) Caravan at Cebu Normal University (CNU) last November 8, 2019.

The event started with a talk of gratitude with ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communications Head, Mr. Kane Choa, and PACE Vice President for Visayas, Prof. Derek Alviola.

Speakers who had attended shared their expertise in different topics: Bayan Mo, I-patrol Mo Head, Madam Rowena Paraan on how to detect fake news; Business Unit Head of ABS-CBN TV Production, Mr. Pete Dizon for the lecture about working in TV production; ABS-CBN Books Head, Mr. Mark Yambot for print publishing; and Madam Julie Galino, Head of ABS-CBN Film Archives, for the talk about making the classics appeal to the new generation.

Dr. Joseph Elvir Tubilan, Chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, said in an interview with Ang Suga that compared to the previous years, CNU now has the venue to accomodate the huge number of participants in hosting this kind of event.

When asked about the students’ benefit from the caravan, Tubilan said, “With all the topics from the different speakers that we have today, I suppose it will benefit the student whether knowledge [or] skills.”

Meanwhile, few challenges were encountered during the preparations; but, CNU Communicators Club Mayor Hon. Kaiser Jan Fuentes and the rest of the committee still pushed through with the event.

“We had the pleasure of time man to prepare, we knew about this just September, so we had much [time] of preparation. However, wala mi kahibaw sa full details until yesterday ra gyod,” he said.

Among the delegates who joined the congress were from University of the Philippines Cebu, Saint Theresa’s College, University of San Carlos, University of the Visayas, Cebu Technological University Main Campus, and South Western University Phinma.

Special intermission number

During the event, Tawag ng Tanghalan Year 3 Grand Champion, Elaine Duran, entertained the audience by showcasing her own rendition of the songs “Nadarang” and “Ulan”.

Words by Leonel Quillo, Lorille Mata, and Rubie Sollano
Photos by Kim Lysha Parawan and Bruce Borja

Students learn to manage expenses

Cindy Barbadillo, Cebu Normal University (CNU) Supreme Student Council (SSC) Environmental Affairs Secretary said that her motivation in saving money is to prepare for emergency cases and to realize her dream of owning a business in the future.

A number of student leaders and those who major in Economics and Finance were also able to ponder on their motivation after being imparted with the importance of saving money and budgeting as the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office VII (NEDA 7) held its financial literacy lecture in CNU last Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Students from CNU and five other universities across Cebu, namely Cebu Technological University (CTU), University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), University of the Visayas (UV), Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), and Asian College of Technology (ACT) attended the seminar about Savings through Intelligent Consumption held in CNU Tandang Sora Hall.

NEDA 7 has organized the seminar as part of their lecture series in celebration of the 2019 Economic and Financial Literacy Week with this year’s theme Our Planet’s Health, the Future’s Wealth and tapped CNU to be its co-host.

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President, requests the attendees of the financial literacy lecture to absorb the learning, share the knowledge, and to apply it in life as she delivers her Welcome Remarks. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President, welcomed the attendees and requested them to absorb the learning, share the knowledge to others, and apply it in real life.

Roxan Mujeres, Senior Research Specialist at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) 7, graced the occasion as resource speaker and shared about saving and budgeting as part of financial planning. The underlying message of his talk is to save for one’s future to meet specific goals.

Roxan Mujeres, Senior Research Specialist at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) 7, shares about saving and budgeting as part of financial planning as a resource speaker. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

It is said that only 40 percent of Filipino adults save because of their limited knowledge and capability, lack of money, distance from the bank, and failure to meet documentary requirements.

Mujeres explained that it is vital to save due to uncontrollable life events like sickness, calamity, accident, and death. Savings could also be used as an emergency fund for medical use, wellness, in times of unemployment, home repairs, and others.

He then encouraged the student participants to start saving in a bank because of its liquidity, safety, security, and interest. He also gave other options such as savings and credit cooperatives, savings and loans associations, self-help groups, and non-financial assets.

Mujeres also shared the benefits of budgeting which organizes income spending and saving. It also provides early warning for potential problems and facilitates decision-making.

He said that to budget, one must track income and expenses, set budget goals and plans, implement and monitor them. He also shared budgeting techniques and recommended to use budgeting tools, and to share budgeting plans with the family to address its challenges.

Hazel Josephine Cultura, Acting Senior Executive Assistant of the Office of the Regional Director of BSP 7, co-facilitates the open forum of the financial literacy lecture. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy
Roxan Mujeres, Senior Research Specialist at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) 7, continues facilitating the open forum of the financial literacy lecture. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

An open forum was then held which was co-facilitated by Hazel Josephine Cultura, Acting Senior Executive Assistant of the Office of the Regional Director of BSP 7.

Maria Sostheleen Padilla, Chief Administrative Officer of NEDA 7, ended the gathering on behalf of NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon by giving plaques of appreciation to their partners in organizing the activity and by thanking all the students, and their respective schools for participating.

Maria Sostheleen Padilla, Chief Administrative Officer of NEDA 7, delivers the Closing Remarks on behalf of NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

“When we have set our minds to save, we consume intelligently. When we buy less, producers of what we buy produce less. When we produce less, we require less of our planet’s resources, therefore savings through intelligent consumption. Buying only what we need means not only saving our money but saving our planet as well,” Padilla said.

Nilmar Dublin, USJ-R a fourth year BS Finance student, learned that he needs to save money for his future and to budget his allowance as a student. He said that budgeting is an essential skill in college to sustain finances and to graduate.

Christine Mae Estocado, USJ-R a sophomore BSBA-FM student from hopes that NEDA 7 will invite bank representatives in their next lecture who may also answer and give them a different perspective of their queries. (JDF)

Extension Business Week: Empowering communities

Cebu Normal University (CNU) through its External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) office held its Extension Business Week to converge the academe, industry, and its community partners.

The two day event took place last October 25 and 26, 2019 at the CNU Teaching Arts Centrum (TAC) building.

The first day was attended by community partners of the University from different barangays and undergraduate students, while the second day was participated in by graduate students.

Virgilio Espeleta, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President speaks about Industry 4.0: The Academe and Industry Connectivity as a keynote speaker. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Virgilio Espeleta, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President, graced the event as a keynote speaker and talked about Industry 4.0: The Academe and Industry Connectivity. 

He shared that company-based learning is the key to address the challenging needs of the 4th industrial revolution in line with the idea of German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) Inc.

Learning should be continuous and should not stop after formal education, he said. Further, it is crucial for owners and employees in the industry to upscale themselves, he added. He also emphasized the strengthening of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in schools.

Hon. Ma. Teresa Chan (center), former Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President and CNU Board of Regents member is looking over a livelihood project exhibit. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Exhibits from different community extension and livelihood projects done by CNU faculty extensionists also took place where community partners were able to share and sell their products on display.

Project Mentoring occurred afterwards where mentors in the persons of Hon. Ma. Teresa Chan, Donato Michael Busa, Prudencio Gesta, and Benedict Que assessed the different community partners’ project outcomes and deliverables.

Benedict Que (most left), Golden Prince Hotel and Suites President shares inputs during the Project Mentoring session to one of the CNU community partners. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Hon. Raul Remulta, Barangay Captain of Brgy. Caputatan Norte, Medellin said it is good that the University has conducted the event as it has given them the chance to share the community extension project of the College of Nursing (CN) professors entitled, “Lagundi ko, Kaayuhan ko” – the utilization of lagundi leaves as alternative remedy to control respiratory illnesses among residents of their barangay – to Que as their mentor who evaluated and shared entrepreneurial ideas on the project.

“Daghan kaayo’ng nakuha namo nga idea mahitungod sa pagsugod og negosyo (We gained many ideas on how to start a business),” Remulta said.

Maricel Rivera, Instructor from CNU Medellin said it is her first time to be involved in a community extension project and it was not easy at first.

“The process is never easy from creating the proposal all the way to implementing and monitoring, and evaluating the project,” but “when you see the beneficiaries, they are happy and you can feel that they really appreciate what you do then it’s really rewarding,” she said.

Their community extension project is entitled “Germs Alis, Income Kay Bilis” that makes use of germicide in making detergent powder and dishwashing liquid that aims to alleviate poverty conditions in Barangay Antipolo, Medellin.

According to Rivera, it was the barangay who first expressed their intention to partner with the school before educators immersed themselves in the community.

A community needs assessment was also conducted before proponents came up with a proposal for the community extension project using the budget from EAIL Office.

Stanley Go, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President shares about his personal and work experience about branding as a keynote speaker. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Stanley Go, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President also graced the event on its second day and talked about his personal and work experience about branding.

He encouraged the attendees to focus on establishing company’s image – the quality of product and people, and the increase in sales and market share will just follow.

Afterwards, podium presentations of three extension projects from CN, College of Teacher Education (CTE), and CNU Balamban who have full-blown evaluation reports followed. Josephine Belotindos, Dr. Elias Tecson, and Dr. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde, were invited as reactors who were also present even during the project conceptualization of faculty members.

Naila Beltran, Director for External Affairs and International Linkages said that the gathering is a convergence of the academe, the industry, and partner communities.

She said that the occasion is a way of presenting projects done for the welfare of the community and a creative way of monitoring them. It is also an opportunity for schools’ community partners to engage and be mentored by those in the business industry.

Beltran said that there are a total of 47 projects in the university at present which are implemented in deprived, depressed, and underserved communities.

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President acknowledges the faculty and all those who participated the event during her Closing Remarks. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President thanked all the people behind the success of the event. She also acknowledged the faculty who exhibited how multifaceted they are as instructors, researchers, and extensionists.

She said that extension is one deliverable of the University that promotes inclusive growth for its adoptive communities. Dayagbil also said that the development of essential and soft skills like collaboration, communication, and problem-solving brought about the success of extension projects.

“The essence is that we build bridges and when they know how to build bridges, then we collapse and allow our stakeholders to build bridges of their own,” Dayagbil said pertaining to empowering the community partners.

 “Rest if you must, but don’t you quit,” Dayagbil added to encourage faculty members to do more in research, publication, extension, and instruction.

“Yes, ‘more pa gyud, more pa gyud’ but at the end also of the things that you are doing, try to relax, wallow in the thought that you have helped people, that you have lifted the lives of people,” she said. (JDF)

Balik Scientist Program awardee collaborates with CNU

Balik Scientist Awardee partnered with Cebu Normal University (CNU) to implement its research project about senior citizens’ health.

Balik Scientist is a program of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which encourages migrants who are naturally born from the Philippines to be back in the country to share their field of expertise to develop ways that could benefit people in the locality.  

It is strengthened by Republic Act No. 11035 otherwise known as the “Balik Scientist Act” which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2018.

Dr. Rose Eva Constantino, Department of Health and Community Systems Associate Professor of the School of Nursing in the University of Pittsburgh. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

Dr. Rose Eva Constantino, Department of Health and Community Systems Associate Professor of the School of Nursing in the University of Pittsburgh, USA became a Balik Scientist Awardee in 2017 and did her project on “The HEARTS of Older Filipino in Manila” with Centro Escolar University (CEU) as the host University.

HEARTS is an acronym which stands for health, experience of abuse, resilience, technology use, and safety. She extended the research project in Pittsburgh where she now resides and afterwards applied it in Cebu naming it “Assessing the HEARTS of Older Persons in Cebu City” after she became recipient of the award again this year. She then choose CNU as host institution to aid her in propelling the project that gained similar results from what she had previously conducted.

An Exit Report Presentation took place last October 23, 2019 at the CNU Tandang Sora Hall where Constantino presented the results of the project which was done in four barangays in Cebu, namely Guba, Buhisan, Lahug, and Labangon.

It was attended by representatives from the different barangays who were respondents of the research project, stakeholders, and members of the CNU administrative council.

Representatives from different barangays raise their hands as their presence is being acknowledged. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

The research study showed that pain is generally felt by persons in old age but with less worsening symptoms on anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Symptoms of worsening sleep disturbance and pain were more visibly felt.

Respondents who are 70-79 years old experience anxiety and fatigue and those who are 80 years old and above experience depression.

The study also presented that older persons who hold higher degrees in education were able to report abuse more and have better physical functions, social participation, and fewer sleep problems.

Resilience does not show a clear pattern or direction. The findings suggested that greater resilience in older adults reduces the risk of developing depression, fatigue, and pain interference. Resilience may not be influenced by sleep disturbance and anxiety among older adults but are expected consequences when older adults experience depression.

Older age group who use technology through mobile phone and social media had better scores in physical functioning and social roles but scored higher in anxiety and sleep disturbance.

Those who do not use mobile phones are also said to have worst experiences of depression, fatigue, and pain interference.   

“I am so happy to have CNU as the host institution,” Constantino said as she recalls her experiences in conducting the research project for two months with her co-investigators from the University.

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President also thanked Constantino for the collaboration which added to the school’s deliverables in the areas of instruction, research, extension, and publication. She said that the gathering is a celebration of gratitude, achievement, friendship, and of powerful collaboration.

Laila Labonite, Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Secretary of DOST-PCHRD read Carina Rebulanan, Divison Chief of the Institution Development Division of DOST-PCHRD and quoted “We are grateful for Dr. Constantino’s involvement in the Balik Scientist Program who despite the imperfections of the program has chosen to temporarily leave the comforts of her life abroad to respond to our distress called to share her time and expertise and services and be one with us as partners in harnessing Science for the people.”

“We did not only get a mentor, a researcher in the midst of our University in the presence of Dr. Constantino, but we also received a gift of friendship,” said Dr. Daisy Palampon, Vice President for Academic Affairs who is also part of the proponents of the research with Dr. Laurence Garcia, Director of the Center for Research and Development. (JDF)  

GPPB-TSO collaborates with CNU to yield procurement experts

Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) through its Technical Support Office (TSO) has partnered with Cebu Normal University (CNU) to implement its Professionalization program to train Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members, secretariats, Technical Working Group (TWG) and others on procurement processes.

According to Dr. Rodin Paspasan, BAC Vice Chair, CNU was chosen by GPPB-TSO among the State Universities and Colleges (SUC) in Region VII to host the program in the region.  

The professionalization program in line with GPPB’s mandate to ensure proper implementation of R.A. 9184, otherwise known as Government Procurement Reform Act, aims to capacitate government workers and the private sector on procurement processes through a certificate course program.

29 participants have finished and passed the Basic or Level I of Public Procurement Specialist Certification Course given by GPPB-TSO and Department of Budget and Management (DBM). 12 of which are from CNU administrative council, admin staff, and faculty. The other participants come from BAC members of state universities and national government agencies including DBM Region VII, Bohol Island State University (BISU), Cebu Technological University (CTU), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City.

A graduation ceremony and exit conference took place last October 16, 2019 at the Eva Macapagal Memorial Arts (EMMA) Center after participants of the said program have completed seven modules taken on the month of August and have passed the exam on September this year designed by GPPB-TSO.

Atty. Rowena Candice Ruiz, GPPB-TSO Executive Director / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Atty. Rowena Candice Ruiz, GPPB-TSO Executive Director graced the event to congratulate the graduates. She said that it is incumbent for GPPB-TSO to make procurement practical and relatable, and challenged the graduates the same.

Ruiz has acknowledged the difficulty of finding technical specifications in procurement and said that they are thinking ways for government to come up with the most advantageous bid that does not necessarily mean to be the cheapest.

She reminded to make procurement responsive because “for every procurement lies a procurement project in government … to provide better lives for every Filipino.” 

There are still two more levels; intermediate and advanced that the graduates have to take to fully finish the training and be called a Procurement specialist.

Curriculum Integration

Paspasan said that the program is also intended for the Public Governance program of the College of Arts and Sciences for it to be integrated in the curriculum of those taking Masters in Public Administration and to be taught by Public Governance Professors.

Based on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between GPPB-TSO (represented by former DBM Secretary Hon. Benjamin Diokno) and CNU (represented by President Filomena Dayagbil), in two years, “CNU shall undertake to develop and capacitate its faculty to teach and handle the Program as determined and approved by the GPPB through the GPPB-TSO.”

Paspasan said that the training has enhanced BAC members’ knowledge through the different cases discussed. The intermediate training is scheduled on the first quarter next year. (JDF)

CNU-ILS Intramurals 2019: Shaping Champions, Inspiring Changes

The glamorous golden dragon. The resilient red phoenix. The wild white stallion.

Mythical creatures have graced the premises to embody the three houses of the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) during the opening ceremony of the ILS Intramurals 2019.

Loud cheers filled the ILS stage this morning, as both elementary and high school students merged to uphold their respective houses in various contests meant to showcase their talents and competencies.

Dance Competition

Size was not a hindrance for the elementary students to unleash their sharp moves for the hip-hop category while high school’s pop jazz competition highlighted girl power as the all-girl contestants danced to upbeat music.

At the end of the intense showdown, the White Stallion (Elementary Level) champed the Hip-hop Dance Contest and the Red Phoenix (High School Level) bagged the trophy for the Pop Jazz Competition.

“The Hip-hop competition of the elementary level is intense, mora’g galisod mi kay maayo sila tanan pero nakakita mi og kinsa’y champion,” said Michelet Sagetarios, head judge for the Dance Competition in an interview with Ang Suga.

However, Chris Salazar Asignar, the other judge for the Dance Competition emphasized the importance of educating the students of the difference between the pop jazz and hip-hop dance steps to ensure a performance that is appropriate to the given genre.

For the elementary dance contest, Red Phoenix grabbed the second place, while Golden Dragon placed third. Meanwhile, for the high school pop jazz contest, Golden Dragon and White Stallion placed second and third, respectively.

Mr. and Ms. CNU-ILS 2019

Selected ILS Students pulled off an impressive show of wit and grace as they strut the runway wearing stylish sportswear to vie for the title.

White Stallion showed dominance as it snagged the crown for the elementary level of the pageant as Jon Romuel Montecillo (Grade 5) and Dayzie Mae Ponce (Grade 5) won Mr. and Ms. CNU-ILS Elementary 2019, respectively.

In addition, crowd favorite Jenny Reyn Menor (Grade 9) from Golden Dragons claimed the title as Ms. CNU-ILS High School 2019 with Ian Lawrence Flores (Grade 9) of White Stallion pairing her as the Mr. CNU-ILS High School 2019.

In an interview with Ang Suga, Menor shared her sentiments for sweeping all the minor awards and the crown for the high school division despite a sprained ankle saying, “I’m very happy and I’m very thankful to God for giving me these blessings.”

“Three houses”

To promote unity and fairness, ILS Coordinator on Sports and Scouting, Jem Cloyd Tanucan, described how this year’s ILS Intramurals 2019 was different from the previous years by integrating the students from different levels into three houses.

“It’s a response to innovation 4.0 or iCNU sab nato. Amo man sab makita nga kon kato atong i-follow sab na first year, second year, third year, fourth year, naa gyo’y bias in terms of physical development,” Tanucan explained.

The nursery, kindergarten, multi-grade, and grades one to three were exempted from the opening ceremony for safety reasons.


Major Awards Elementary Level (Male)

1st Runner Up – Evan Manuel Astrologo (Grade 5 White Stallion)

2nd Runner Up – Alexander Gabriel Cabbarubias (Grade 5 Red Phoenix)

Elementary Level (Female)

1st Runner up – Sofia Isabel Bacalso (Grade 5 Red Phoenix)

2nd Runner up – Janly Grace Demol (Grade 5 Red Phoenix)

High school Level (Male)

1st Runner Up – Charles Alvarez (Grade 10 Red Phoenix)

2nd Runner Up – Jomar Sunpayco (Grade 10 Golden Dragons)

High School Level (Female)

1st Runner up – Bea Mae Batarilan (Grade 9 Red Phoenix)

2nd Runner up – Megan Cabardo (Grade 9 Golden Dragons)


Mr. Photogenic Elementary Level Male – Seth Johan Santino Misa (Red Phoenix)

Ms. Photogenic Elementary Level Female – Dayzie Mae Ponce (Golden Dragons)

Mr. Photogenic High School Level Male – Lleyton Lantaca (Red Phoenix)

Ms. Photogenic High School Level Female – Jenny Reyn Menor (Golden Dragons)

Best in Production Number Elementary Level Male – Evan Manuel Astrologo (Golden Dragons)

Best in Production Number Elementary Level Female – Dayzie Mae Ponce (Golden Dragons)

Best in Production Number High School Level Male – Lleyton Lantaca (Red Phoenix)

Best in Production Number High School Level Female – Jenny Ren Menor (Golden Dragons)

Best in Sportswear Elementary Level Male – Evan Manuel Astrologo (Golden Dragons)

Best in Sportswear Elementary Level Female – Janly Grace Demol (Red Phoenix)

Best in Sportswear High School Level Male – Charles Alvarez (Red Phoenix)

Best in Sportswear High School Level Female – Jenny Reyn Menor (Golden Dragons)

Other Awards

Most Lively House – Golden Dragon

Most Colorful House –Golden Dragons

Most Disciplined House – Red Phoenix

Words by Claire Gelbolingo and Mika Filipino

Photos by Retlyn Ceballos