glenn santos

Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Glenn B. Santos urged VSU to have a global outlook, during the 92nd Anniversary Convocation, at the VSU Gymnasium, August 10.

In his speech as guest speaker, Santos said that institutions in the country should not stop at nation building.

“The doors of the Philippines are now open,” said Santos in Filipino in reference to international cooperation initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Cooperation. Today’s byword is “global”, Santos said.

The multi-awarded administrator also announced that he wishes to reinforce VSU and PCA’s partnership in the mass production and delivery of coconut seedlings, pest biocontrol, and provision of scholarships to deserving students. A long enduring partnership, Santos said, is what he wants for PCA and VSU.

Meanwhile, exemplary individuals in VSU were recognized during the convocation including the outstanding alumnus, teacher, researcher, unit head, and science research assistant. Outstanding administrative support staff, skilled and utility workers, driver, and laborer were also recognized.

The Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union was given the Sandigan Award for the opportunities it had given to several faculty and staff of students to study and train in Europe.

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Jahn, retired director of the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition of the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, was also given the Sandigan Award for his “invaluable contributions to VSU since 1995 until his retirement in 2014.” Dr. Jahn mentored VSU academic staff and students who conducted short- and long-term researches in Germany.  

Some 17 retirees who had served VSU for more than 35 years were given the Service Awards. Prof. Algerico Mariscal, retired researcher and director of the Philippine Rootcrops Research and Training Center was given the Mt. Pangasugan Award. VSU also gave due recognition to its golden jubilarians.

The Anniversary Convocation was preceded by a parade from the VSU Lower Campus Oval to the Gymnasium. City Administrator of Baybay Deogracias Pernitez graced the event on behalf of Mayor Carmen L. Cari.