“Do not count the number of hours of extra service, just perform your job well and go an extra mile.”

This is what Cebu Normal University (CNU) Vice-President for Administration Atty. Dominiciana Badala said as she gave her online speech about Allegiance to the Country: CNU’s Commitment to Serve during the opening salvo of CNU’s 118th foundation celebration.

This year’s foundation celebration’s theme is Thriving, Learning, and Serving in the New Normal. 

The opening ceremony was held at the CNU grounds this Monday and was streamed live at the University Public Information Office (PIOs) Facebook account. It was attended by the skeleton workforce on duty including the CNU administrative officials, faculty members, and non-teaching staff while still following social distancing measures for their safety. 

The CNU 2020 foundation celebration takes place from June 15 to 27, 2020. 

Two weeks of activities and events shall take place to commemorate CNU’s 118th founding anniversary and 22nd anniversary as a University.

The programs in store for the celebration include the different online sessions relating to this year’s foundation celebration theme with the participation of different CNU stakeholders.

The launching of #ThankyouCNU was also held during the opening ceremony where students, alumni, current and former faculty members and employees, or any stakeholder are encouraged to post on their social media accounts their photos and stories on their gratefulness to the institution.

Atty. Bandala holds the highest number of years of service in CNU. She said that it is a privilege to share practices on how to show allegiance to the country and commitment to CNU with her talk. 

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Atty. Bandala said that accepting additional responsibilities, observance of the code of conduct and ethical standards by public officials and employees, and working still during difficult times like the pandemic are ways each employee in CNU can show their allegiance to CNU and to the government. 

She also urged all employees of CNU to abide by the laws and rules of Civil Service Commission (CSC) and reminded everyone the eight norms of conduct which are commitment to public interest, professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy, and simple living. 

“Time changes and we have to adapt the new normal in order to thrive,” Atty. Bandala said.

She said that the whole CNU community has participated in the reframing of the University management system in accordance to the five strategic directions of the University. These five strategic directions under the new normal include flexible learning and teaching design; sustainable research, extension, and international program; responsive client service; relevant infrastructure system; and supportive University management system. 

Atty. Bandala then urged the faculty to be patient and committed in implementing what is new in the academic field, so as to help CNU achieve its objective in giving quality education to all its students despite the pandemic. She also requested the administrative staff for their support and appealed to all Normalite students to do their share in University’s quest for academic excellence. 

The program of the CNU 118th foundation celebration and the live video coverage of the opening ceremony may be viewed at the CNU PIO Facebook account. (JDF)