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jlb tuklasThe Visayas State University (VSU) has been awarded the "Tuklas Lunas Development Center (DOST-PCHRD Natural Substance Research Center) for Visayas" by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The award was received by Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, and Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin, VP for Planning and Resource Generation, during the 31st PCHRD Anniversary on March 18, 2013 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila.

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A total of seventy-one (71) graduating students, of whom 8 are Magna Cum Laude and 63 Cum Laude in the different degree programs of the Visayas State University, will be receiving medals of Latin honors during the 60th VSU Collegiate Commencement Exercises in the morning of April 5, 2013 at the VSU Gymnatorium.

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Mr. Dominic L. Petilla, a businessman and a brother of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, is the guest of honor and speaker during the 60th VSU Commencement Exercises in the morning of April 5, 2013 at the VSU Gymnatorium.

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The Visayas State University (VSU) bestowed academic medals to this year's graduates with Latin honors during the 60th Collegiate Commencement Exercises on April 5 at the VSU Gymnatorium.

The VSU Presidential Medal for Academic Excellence was accorded by Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, to Josefina F. Ballesteros, BS in Agribusiness (BSAB), Magna Cum Laude, for graduating with the highest academic performance among the 930 graduates. Aside from the medal, she also received a cash award of P15,000 from VSU. Likewise, she received the Gov. Ma. Mimieta S. Bagulaya Award for Most Outstanding Student and the College of Management and Economics Dean's Medal of Excellence.

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Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad announced that beginning 2013, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will begin phasing out Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and Agency Budget Matrices (ABMs) in authorizing fund releases to government departments and agencies.

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Mr. Dominic L. Petilla, a businessman and unopposed candidate in the May 2013 gubernatorial race in the province of Leyte, served as the guest speaker during the 60th Collegiate Commencement Exercises of the Visayas State University (VSU) on April 5, 2013 at the VSU Gymnatorium.

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Dr. Annabella B. Tulin, a soil science and plant nutrition professor of the Visayas State University (VSU), has been awarded a Professorial Chair Grant for 2013 by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

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In an interview with Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, he revealed that "There are some issues nowadays that are not captured in the ViSCA Code thus we find it difficult to make decisions. Some of its provisions are also a reflection of the Martial Law Era thus it has to be reviewed and revised the soonest possible time."

Dr. Bacusmo issued Memorandum Circular No. 33, Series of 2013 mandating Mr. Daniel M. Tudtud Jr., Dr. Lourdes B. Cano, Dr. Oscar B. Posas, Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin, Dr. Roberto C. Guarte, Dr. Othello B. Capuno, Prof. Manolo B. Loreto Jr., and Atty. Rysan C. Guinocor to constitute themselves into a committee to review and/or revise the existing ViSCA Code and come up with the final version of the VSU Code.

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Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, together with some key officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) headed by Secretary Mario G. Montejo, visited Mexico on April 9-14, 2013. The mission visit was part of the project titled, "Reinvigorating the coconut industry through in vitro culture (somatic embryogenesis) and strengthening agricultural biotechnology laboratories using advanced and cost-cutting methods and products" which will be implemented by the Visayas State University.

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Assoc. Professor Manolo B. Loreto Jr., Dean of Students; together with Ms. Chona A. Brit, Guidance Counselor of the University Student Services Office (USSO); Ms. Gina A. Ellorimo, Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Head of VSU Villaba; Ms. Marilou B. Peñeda, OSA Head-VSU Tolosa; and Ms. Eppie N. Katangkatang, OSA Head-VSU Alangalang, attended the 18th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Association of Administrators of Student Affairs (PAASA), Inc.

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Experts from the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte took water and soil samples from Lake Bito in MacArthur, Leyte on April 30, 2013. This is to know the status of the lake because according to the officers and members of the Unahin Natin Lagi Ang Diyos Fisherfolk and Farmers Association (UNLAD-BLFFA), the water in Lake Bito has turned red and they are afraid that the lake is dying.

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