Leyte State University
warmest greetings to all members of the LSU Administrative and Academic
Councils, the faculty and staff of the LSU Main Campus, satellite
campuses and their respective Deans and guests.
Let me likewise welcome all students, composed of 991 college
freshmen and transferees; 2,496 students in the higher academic ladder;
around 100 graduate students; and close to 500 high school students.
we set aside one day for this Academic Convocation not only for the
purpose of welcoming the students, both new and returning and other
members of this academic community, but also to orient especially our
new students and faculty what we have done as the Zonal Agricultural
University for the Visayas, and to provide direction on what we need to
do to realize our goals for the years ahead and especially this school
me congratulate our new students for making the right decision to study
at LSU. Inspite of its
geographic and perhaps ďfar from the cityĒ setting, this University
is truly committed and capable to mold you to become highly competent
professionals and future leaders of our country.
It aims to develop you to become the person you dream to be and
can be. Let me assure
you, then, that if you will seriously perform your responsibilities as
students, you will obtain the best educational experience and excellent
preparation for your personal development and professional growth.
I am sure the faculty members share the same enthusiasm as you do
in performing these tasks.
We are proud of LSU not only because of
its unique landscape and natural beauty -- but also more because of its
achievements and its highly competent faculty and staff, making the
University one of the best universities in the country today.
LSU has earned the reputation for its programs and remarkable
achievements in instruction, research, and extension despite enormous
constraints brought about by reduced subsidy from the national
Commission on Higher Education has named the University as the Center of
Excellence in Agriculture, Center of Excellence in Agricultural
Engineering, and Center of Excellence in Forestry.
For the past few years we enjoyed these recognitions as a result
of the performance of its graduates in board or licensure examinations.
Last year, for example, our Agricultural Engineering graduates
obtained the 1st, 5th, and 7th places
in the Board Examination for Agricultural Engineers; our Forestry
graduates got 1st and 2nd places; and our
Veterinary Medicine graduates secured 3rd and 7th
places in their respective board exams.
In last yearís Agriculturist Board Examination, four of our
Agriculture graduates likewise got into the 9th, 13th,
16th, and 20th places.
For obtaining high institutional passing percentage in the 2005
Chemist Licensure Examination, LSU ranked the 7th best performing school
in chemistry out of 48 schools. Furthermore,
the first batch of our Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor in
Elementary Education graduates earned for the University an
institutional passing percentage of 75% and 70.76%, respectively, in the
Licensure Examination for Teachers, which were way above the national
passing percentages of 25.89% and 25.50% in the said examinations.
LSUís faculty and research staff
continued to prove their excellence and competence by winning numerous
local, national, and international awards for their research and
development pursuits. Other
researchers and scientists also proved their worth by reaping awards for
their research projects and obtaining fund support for their research
endeavors. Just lately, our
very own Director for Instruction and Curriculum Development, has been
awarded the Regional Gawad-Saka Outstanding Agricultural Scientist
Award. Also, last year, four out of five LSU researches presented during
the DA-BAR National R&D Symposium garnered awards.
of its strong reputation in agricultural research and development, the
University established collaborations and has gained support from local
and international institutions for its programs. Through these
partnerships and collaborations, we obtained the added benefit of
developing our staff through involvement in novel researches, training
and advanced studies abroad and improving our facilities and research
These include, among others, LSUís recent partnership with the
Vietnam National University for academic exchange and research
collaboration; with the University of Hohenheim, EURONATUR,
DaimlerChrysler, German Investment and Development Company through the
Private-Public Partnership-Abaca Project; and PPP-Plant Oil Stove
Project with the Bosch and Siemens Hausgerate (BSH).
Indeed, LSU has established a commendable
track record that all of us in the LSU main and satellite campuses must
strive to uphold. We must
further prove its high reputation for academic and research excellence,
and sustain its momentum for further growth and development despite the
prevailing socio-economic difficulties.
Together we must push LSU to greater heights as a Paradise
for Learning and Instrument for National Development.
is the INSTITUTIONAL AGENDA or scenario for 2006?
this line, allow me to share with you our institutional agenda for this
the face of the continuously declining government subsidy and decreasing
support from external sources, LSU must continue to prove its relevance,
excellence and must be willing to adapt to the changing situation.
Thus, in 2006 we shall push for:
1) Offering of new curricular programs.
2) Ladderization of selected LSU programs, 3) Upgrading and
development of new facilities, 4) Widening faculty and staff
development, 5) Fostering stronger partnership with the Alumni, 6)
Strengthening campus security, and 7) Intensifying linkaging and
Offering of new curricular programs
In order to serve education needs
especially in the western side of Leyte and in order to survive in the
normative financing mode that is implemented by CHED and DBM on State
Colleges and Universities wherein size of enrollment is the most crucial
budget determinant, LSU will expand its program offerings. I have
directed the Vice President for Academic Affairs to organize, as soon as
possible, committees to prepare the curricula for BS Nursing, BS
Criminology, BS on Business Management and other business related
degrees and Diploma on Engineering Technology. Offering of Bachelor of
Law will commence in the 1st semester of 2007.
2. Ladderization of
selected LSU programs
shall seriously consider the challenge of no less than CHED Commissioner
Nona S. Ricafort for us to offer courses that are attuned to the needs
of the country and employers abroad.
Hence, we shall venture into curricula that allow the development
of skills and competence at every level or year in college.
We shall adopt the ladderization of our curriculum to provide
employment opportunity to our students even before completing a degree.
Efforts are on going towards ladderizing HRTM, Engineering and
Computer Science courses in LSU main and Isabel campuses, and Fishery in
LSU Tolosa campus. Animal
Science, Agronomy and Horticulture, even Nursing that we envisage will
partnership with TESDA, we will look into the offering of short courses
with national certification awarded to participants.
With these certifications, successful participants can be
3. Upgrading and
development of new facilities
new programs or curriculum offerings necessitates the upgrading and
developing of new facilities. We cannot allow our graduates to be
treated as half-baked or second-class citizen by anyone and anywhere.
Thus, in programs we have newly offered, LSU will strive to provide
among others adequate and quality facilities needed for training our
implementation of our BSHRTM has paved the improvement of our Hostel,
Guest House and Pavilion facilities. We have also established the LSU
Beach Garden and are now on the second phase of the development to
include construction of a swimming pool. These facilities will serve as
laboratories to our HRTM students, preparatory to their fielding as
practicum students. Moreover,
LSU, which has been identified by the Baybay Town Council as an
ecotourism destination, needs to enhance its natural ecosystem as an
added attraction aside from our forest and academic programs. We shall
also continue to develop our newly established Ecology Park at the
Molave Hill which shall likewise serve as our instructional and research
resource. The Ecology Park
shall serve as a common site for showcasing our sustainable agricultural
technologies like integrated and organic farming, rainforestation,
integrated pest management, and contour farming.
To improve its features as an important attraction for visitors
and excursionists, we shall accentuate the Ecology Park with a butterfly
garden, a view deck, and camping amenities.
construction of IT building is also continuing and we are hopeful to
receive funding from CHED to complete the construction of the building
and equip the building with training facilities for call center
operators, medical transcriptionists and training for other business
outsourcing programs. Preparatory to offering of BS Nursing, we will
also upgrade our University Infirmary.
Aggressive faculty recruitment and development
continuing to enhance our facilities, we shall also enhance the core
competence of our faculty by allowing them to pursue graduate courses.
We shall grant items for deserving faculty especially in support
of our new offerings and those who have completed degree programs in
stronger partnership with the Alumni
LSU Alumni in recent years has immensely contributed to realizing
LSUís plans and programs. Its assistance includes joint publication
with the university, providing funds to strengthen our Local Area
Network, improving our web page and improvement of Balay Alumni. The
association has also started to fund scholars and expand the number of
scholars it is supporting. God willing, next year and beyond the alumni
scholarship program will expand and the realization of its new Balay
Alumni. In this, the university will be an active partner. This will
surely augment the Legacy Fund that shall be used for this worthy
project of which the President can authorize its use.
Strengthening campus security
spots of thief and vandalism have been found to be committed by
out-of-school youth from our neighboring barangays. These incidents has
become common and frequent. The university shall have a two-prong
approach in dealing with this problem.
First, our extension activities shall be focused on this marginalized
sector of our society and try to bring them to the mainstream of
reforming their lifestyle and habits as well as explore ways of having
them engaged in some livelihood. Hopefully this can help solve this
Second, the university will complete the establishment of gates that
will allow us to better monitor persons and vehicles that enter and
exit the campus. Fencing the lower and upper campuses, closing some of
the entrances to the campus, and implementing a strict ID system for
students, faculty, staff, laborers and even visitors of LSU will
complement this. I hope
you are ready to toe with us on this. One cannot be complacent when it
comes to security.
linkaging and resource generation
realizing our thrusts, the administration plays a crucial role.
For effective internal governance, the administration shall
strive to provide a favorable working environment and mechanism for
staff productivity, creativity, and professional advancement.
Administration shall likewise give emphasis on better control of
resources to dish out top-quality services and outputs with the least
cost. It shall pursue
optimization of functions and manpower resources towards achieving the
desired institutional growth. The
recent streamlining of offices to create the Office of the Vice
President for Development and External Affairs (OVPDEA) is a decisive
step towards this end. OVPDEA
shall spearhead and coordinate initiatives to explore and establish
linkages, partnerships, and tie-ups for resource generation,
collaborative research, faculty and student exchange, scholarship and
fellowship opportunities, and the like.
In tandem with the Offices of the Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Vice President for Administration and Finance, OVPDEA shall
likewise intensify promotion of LSUís programs, services, and
achievements as a premier agricultural university.
We shall endeavor to make our research agenda not only to enhance our
knowledge and science but to make it more aggressive and applicable.
We have tangible results in our new plant oil stove, the PROTOS,
the vacuum fried jackfruit and our macapuno varieties.
Let us push for their commercialization. I encourage our
Research Centers to effect complementation, optimize use of resources
and optimize research results. Just last week, the
university signed a memorandum of agreement with Commission on Higher
Education (CHED) for a Php 3,000,000.00 grant/investment for
researches on the production of biofuels from Jatropha (tuba-tuba)
is in its 82nd year as an agricultural institution and fifth
year as a university. As
our tribute to its years of existence and service to the whole Visayas
region, we shall strive to obtain our desired name for the university-
the Visayas State University. Visayas State University as its name reflects our service
area and scope of influence that even go beyond the Visayas region since
the birth of this school. Let
us therefore support and rally behind this drive as we uphold our zeal
for top-quality services and academic excellence.
God bless everyone and good day.