The same set of officers of the University Non-Teaching Organization (UNPO) kept their posts after a move to have them retained for another two years was decided in an election held during the 2017 UNPO Annual General Assembly held on March 14, 2017 at WVSU Audio Visual Hall. 60 members voted for their retention while 40 voted for an election.

UNPO has a current number of 154 permanent employees and 21 casual employees as of 2017. It is an organization that recognizes the non-teaching personnel as an integral support group in attaining the mission and vision of the university as well as a vital part of the educational system wherein their services are deemed indispensable in the quest to enhance WVSU’s quality education.

West Visayas State University once again proved that it is an institution to be reckoned with. On February 17, 2017 at the Century Park Hotel, Malate Manila, WVSU was awarded as the number 1 performing SUC in accreditation that bested the other 110 member institutions during the 30th Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. Annual National Conference.

 

To qualify, each SUC had to fill out a checklist in order to gauge their level of competency with other candidates. The criteria for selection included the (1) total number of programs offered vis-a-vis the total number of accredit able programs in all campuses, (2) number of faculty accreditors who are actively involved in accreditation, (3) capability of the SUC’s internal quality assurance office (IQA), (4) the support of the administration to IQA, and lastly, (5) AACCUP awards received in the last 5 years.

Ms. Rhea B. Peñaflor, a graduate of the West Visayas State University College of Mass Communications (now College of Communication) is the newly appointed Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NYC) for Visayas.  Her appointment was signed on February 16, 2017. She admits, “A colleague simply asked me to send him my CV and so I did. Then I got a letter from Malacañang and the rest is history.”

Presently, a Consultant of ChildFund International, as well as a Technical Consultant for various organizations and companies, Rhea has a slew of Humanitarian and Development Work under her belt. Among these includes: (1) handling and working with street children, children of prostituted women, people living with HIV, (2) developing capacities for behavior change for at least 60 peer educators every year and installation of peer education systems in at least 10 communities and high-risk environments in Western Visayas, (3) successfully initiated, implemented, and spearheaded the first Provincial Health Summit, (4) served as overall coordinator and sole consultant for Iloilo working with DOH VI, University of the Philippines in the Visayas Foundation Inc.

Professor Ricky G. Abaleña III of the College of Communication (COC) is beaming with pride and joy after his landslide win during the 30th Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACUP) Annual National Conference held on February 15-17, 2017 at Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila. It was his second time to be elected to the AACCUP’s Board of Trustees, having served the Board from 2015-2017, and will continue to do so for 2017-2019. During the conference, he also received the Quality Service Award, an award automatically given to outgoing members of the BOT, as well as the Excellence Service Award for his active and exemplary role as an accreditor.

West Visayas State University - College of Nursing sent three students, Fel Joseph O. Cantor, Angelie C. Cabañez, and Jean Ceza S. Betalac, to each represent their groups’ research and to join in the 10th Manila Doctors College of Nursing Research Congress at the Manila Tytana Colleges, Pasay City. With them, were Mr. Ryan Michael F. Oducado, WVSU CON’s Research Coordinator and their advisers, Prof. Willah D. Gorriceta and Mrs. Marianne G. Sotelo to support the students and to also participate in the research congress. Mr. Cantor and Ms. Betalac were chosen to present in the poster exhibit while Ms. Cabañez was chosen to do an oral presentation in the parallel session.

Dr. Bobby Gerardo, third from left is recipient of Distinction Award for his HIT Plan given by CHED, DAP, and PASUC. In the picture from left, President Antonio Kalaw of DAP, Dr. Napoleon Imperial of CHED, President Renato Sorolla of CHMSC, Commissioner Alex Brilliantes of CHED and President Ricardo Rotoras of PASUC.

It was a meaningful morning for a handful of faculty, staff, and university officials as they received special awards and citations as recognition for their years of dedication to West Visayas State University. The event held at the WVSU Cultural Center on January 26, 2017 also featured the State of the University Address (SOUA) given by WVSU President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. and had Filipino activist Mr. Nicanor Jesus Perlas III as the special convocation’s keynote speaker.

Champion:                            JANIUAY CAMPUS

First Runner-Up:                   COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Second Runner-Up:               POTOTAN CAMPUS

First Consolation Prize:         CALINOG CAMPUS

Second Consolation Prize:     COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Third Consolation Prize:         COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

The University Planning and Development Office (UPDO) and the Office of the Director of Instruction and Quality Assurance (DIQA) in cooperation with Mutya Publishing House Incorporated held a Textbook Writing Seminar and Workshop for Tertiary Level Teachers on January 13, 2017 at the Center for Teaching Excellence. The event was attended by West Visayas State University (WVSU) professors who are also textbook writers and members of the University Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee.

 

In celebration of West Visayas State University’s 2017 University Week, the University Extension and Development Center (UEDC) is releasing an 8-minute full HD institutional promotional video entitled “Building resilient communities.” Through the video, UEDC seeks to share its vision of  building resilient communities though its health, environment, livelihood and pedagogy (H.E.L.P.) extension programs implemented by WVSU’s nine colleges and five satellite campuses. UEDC is West Visayas State University’s conduit of knowledge, information, skills and research generated matured technology aimed towards improving the quality of life of disadvantaged partners in development.

 

The research team from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) headed by renowned Ilonggo anthropologist Dr. Alicia Magos held a project briefing and research proposal that would involve West Visayas State University to produce a coffee table book on Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems (TKS) for Cultural Resiliency and Sustainable Development. The briefing was held on January 10, 2017 at the WVSU Teleconference Room attended by West Visayas State University officials headed by Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, President and Prof. Lucia L. Lastimoza, WESVARRDEC Consortium Director.

“For many years we were swallowed by changes in modernization and by our Christian beliefs and influences that we forgot our origin as a people”, shares Dr. Magos.