Cebu Normal University’s (CNU) fourth-year Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BAPolSci) and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) students walked up the stage to claim their pins in the first-ever Department of Public Governance (DPG) Pinning Ceremony held this Saturday afternoon, January 28, 2023, at Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall.
The ceremony kicked off with a holy mass, officiated by Rev. Fr. Roland Angel Anthony Torres followed by the processional march.
Abiding by the theme “KABISOG: Harnessing the Cavaliers of the Nation’s Future Statesmen,” this year’s batch stood proud in black and beige as Prof. Louiechi Von Rama, DPG Chairman, authorized the installation of pins, thereby accepting 23 students from BPA and 88 students from BAPolSci as student interns.
Meanwhile, the installation of pins was guided by Dr. Roselle A. Jardin, Director of the Research Institute of Public Governance (RIPG) and Practicum Preceptor; Prof. Erma Jane Cayas, RIPG Division Chair and Practicum Preceptor; and Prof. Erven M. Noval, DPG faculty.
Thereafter, the keynote speaker, Mr. Rufino Rego G. Sanchez, CPMA, CHRP, RPm, Officer-in-Charge of Visayas HR Division (VHRD), highlighted the importance of mental health and how the adjustments in the world of internship affect every aspect of it.
He also enumerated four protective factors that help student interns deal with their tasks more effectively, namely: (1) good social skills, (2) a strong social support system, (3) positive work climate, and (4) good physical health.
To end his talk, he gave a gratitude exercise to the 4th year students by letting them go to the seats of their respective parents and loved ones to offer them a hug.
“When we are grateful for the things we do, [and the people around us], it would help boost our mental health,” Sanchez concluded.
The event ended with the proclamation of The Intern’s Pledge, led by Hon. Carmelle Ramos, Mayor of Bachelor of Public Administration Student Organization (BAPASO); words of gratitude by Hon. Joshua Arreglo, Block Chair of PolSci 4A; and the singing of the batch song. §
Words by Reina Aureo and April Escalicas
Photos by Mardy May Amancio