Cebu Normal University (CNU) stakeholders were updated on the University’s 2019 accomplishments and in clusters planned and recommended possible Programs, Activities, and Projects (PAPs) in the coming years through the Stakeholders’ Forum.

Members of CNU Administrative Council, Unit Heads, student representatives, partner agencies and communities were gathered last Friday, January 31 at the CNU Tandang Sora Hall for the event.     

According to Dr. Floriza Laplap, Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development, the forum is an avenue to acknowledge the University’s achievements, its financial status, and to discuss and share plans for the schools’ continuous quality improvement.

Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, CNU President, thanked all the stakeholders who were able to join the event. She said that the inputs shared by the stakeholders are valuable in performing the mandate of the University in providing quality, excellent, and relevant instruction, research, and extension services. 

CNU in 2019 is reported to have published 112 research outputs, implemented 47 extension projects, registered 16 Utility Models, produced five topnotchers from all 3 colleges, and has conducted three research conferences.

CNU has also been recognized by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) as one of the top ranking State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in terms of percentage of accredited programs from 1992-2018.

CNU has also allocated a bulk of its budget in construction and repair of its facilities from the library to the construction of ACAS building among others.

CNU utilized 97 percent of the total budget of P291M in 2019. This year, it has a budget of P311M.

After the accomplishment of CNU in 2019 was reported along with the financial status of the University, stakeholders were grouped in five, namely – alumni, students, partner industries, regulators, and local communities’ representatives to brainstorm, exchange plans, and suggest CNU’s priority PAPs for the upcoming years.

A representative from each group then presented their output in the presence of the stakeholders. Looking ahead, some representatives suggested to include the opening of more degree programs, acquiring of new land for additional space, inclusion of values education courses in college, creation of a separate library and canteen for the Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), and embedding of life skills in learning for students to be flexible and adaptive in different working environments, among others.     

“The call of the time is really to answer the needs of the country and the people that we serve, Dr. Michelle Mae Olvido, Board and University Secretary said. She said that the constructive feedback and suggestions of the stakeholders are taken as challenges to be done.

“CNU’s most valuable resource is not really its infrastructure or its budget. It is its people, our proactive administration, our very competent and committed faculty and staff, our excellent students, our active alumni and parents, and of course our supportive partners,” Olvido said.

The Stakeholders’ Forum is conducted annually since 2017. (JDF)