PSU cel­e­brates 24th U Day; prexy re­it­er­ates 4Rs for re­silient uni­ver­sity

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Harth­well Capis­trano

As Palawan State Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brates its 24th Uni­ver­sity Day Cel­e­bra­tion, Pres­i­dent Dr. Ra­mon M. Docto un­der­scores the four (4) im­por­tant el­e­ments he pro­posed that are es­sen­tial to make the uni­ver­sity stronger and bet­ter.

In his mes­sage dur­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Hour, Dr. Docto high­lighted “Re­tain, Re­vise, Re­ject and Re­new.”

“We will only re­tain pro­grams, mech­a­nisms, poli­cies, and prac­tices that are use­ful, ef­fi­cient, valid and rel­e­vant to our search for in­sti­tu­tional progress,” Dr. Docto said adding, “We will im­prove poli­cies, and phys­i­cal op­er­a­tions that are par­tially use­ful, valid, rel­e­vant, and re­vise them for bet­ter ef­fi­ciency.”

Dr. Docto sternly an­nounced that they “will re­ject non-use­ful mech­a­nisms that lead to more red tape and cor­rup­tion, and projects that foster more harm to the com­mu­nity than good.”

“We will re­new in­no­va­tions that are fur­ther needed for sus­tain­able PSU, en­hance pro­grams, and rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of even the hum­blest per­son­nel of the uni­ver­sity,” he added.

Dr. Docto is cur­rently the 8th pres­i­dent of Palawan State Uni­ver­sity. He fur­ther added that while he did not yet fully

re­cover from the “hon­ey­moon stage” he made ob­ser­va­tions and per­sonal res­o­lu­tions to ef­fect the real change in the uni­ver­sity.

That is to strengthen its mu­nic­i­pal cen­ters to be­come more re­spon­sive to the needs of the re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties by re­new­ing ties with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Units and re­vi­tal­ize re­la­tions as es­sen­tial part­ners of the uni­ver­sity in bring­ing ed­u­ca­tion to the coun­try­side. “We will keep the mu­nic­i­pal cen­ters within reach lo­gis­ti­cally, and give pri­or­ity on their fac­ulty and staff devel­op­ment,” Dr. Docto said.

The pres­i­dent also added that they will es­tab­lish more ef­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels be­tween and among the ad­min­is­tra­tion, stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, and all the stake­hold­ers of the uni­ver­sity to foster har­mony and unity as an in­sti­tu­tion.

“We have suf­fi­cient re­sources and we will use them ef­fi­ciently to ad­dress the phys­i­cal and aca­demic chal­lenges of the uni­ver­sity,” Dr. Docto added. “We will have to im­prove our whole pro­cure­ment process, start­ing from the prepa­ra­tion of our Project Pro­cure­ment Man­age­ment Plans to fi­nal ac­cep­tance of the end user, and we will fully ca­pac­i­tate our per­son­nel in­volved in the process, or should it be nec­es­sary – we will re­or­ga­nize the whole struc­ture.”

Dr. Docto added that those are just some of the de­liv­er­ables that they can ini­tially ad­dress with ur­gency through co­op­er­a­tion of ev­ery­one. “We will take change look­ing for­ward; even if it means deal­ing with it inch-by-inch. As long as we are mov­ing, the goal is def­i­nitely getting closer,” Dr. Docto said.

With the theme “Em­brac­ing Changes, Re­spond­ing to Chal­lenges and Ad­vanc­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tions,” the uni­ver­sity day cel­e­bra­tion was held last Novem­ber 12, 2018, or­ga­nized and spear­headed by Dr. Grace N. Ab­rina, di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Stu­dent Af­fairs and Ser­vices.

The day-long ac­tiv­ity was also capped with men­tal health fo­rum, peer coun­sel­ing, mu­sic fes­ti­val, food park, un­veil­ing of I Love PSU marker and the launch­ing of Paskuhan sa PSU.

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