President Ronquillo Delivers State of BatStateU Report

Batangas State University President Tirso A. Ronquillo on March 26 presented the accomplishments of the university for the past four years under his administration in a public forum entitled “President’s Report: State of BatStateU”. “Great is thy faithfulness from north to south, and east to west… Great is thy faithfulness that the Lord has been grateful to Batangas State University”, Dr. Ronquillo expressed before the audience who came to the Gov. Feliciano “Sanoy” Leviste Memorial Gymnasium, Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City to listen to his address.

“Inspired by a shared vision of making BatStateU a globally recognized institution of learning, and guided by the core values of carrying out its mission, the community was able to further strengthen its performance in instruction, research, extension service and resource management”, he added.

The President centered the university achievements on eight major areas: 1) educational excellence and improved academic services; 2) research productivity, leadership and innovation; 3) extension services; 4) infrastructure development; 5) fiscal management; 6) foreign and local partnerships; 7) innovations and good governance; and 8) other significant accomplishments.

Highlights of the university achievements include the ISO 9001:2008 certification; latest Mechanical Engineering licensure examination performance; DREAM Academy establishment; BatStateU Technopark PEZA registration; research awards and recognitions; and the signing of the implementing rules and regulations of the free tuition law as PASUC President among others.

The forum was one of the means conducted to assess the performance of Dr. Ronquillo, who recently sought for reappointment before the Commission on Higher Education on February 2018. Pursuant to Section 11 of CHED Memorandum Order No. 16, series of 2009, an incumbent president seeking for reappointment shall undergo a performance evaluation by a committee constituted by the governing boards.

With this, the BatStateU Board of Regents created the evaluation committee composed of Dr. Lourdes M. Portus, UP College of Mass Communication Professor as academe representative and Committee Chair; Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, Western Mindanao State University as PASUC representative; Dr.  Emmylou B. Yanga, CHED Regional Office Director as CHED representative; Engr. Valeriano R. Plata, Chairperson of the Board of Taurus Arrastre and Stevedoring Services Corporation, and Atty. Ruel V. Canobas, former Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission, as private sector representatives.

“We have heard what has happened for the last four years to BatStateU, and what directions it will take in the future”, Dr. Portus said during the President’s Report. She specified that the rationale for the open forum was to “listen to [the stakeholders’] observations and insights in a democratic process”, and “hear [their] voices and ideas on how to make BatStateU soar greater heights.”

During their visit on March 26-27, the evaluators also conducted interviews and focus group discussions with representatives from the different stakeholders of the university. They consist of the key officials, deans and directors, private sectors, government agencies, extension partners, faculty members, students, administrative staff, and the President himself.

“We are very happy that you came, participated well, and showed your support”, Dr. Ho shared during one of the FGDs, adding that “all questions, comments, observations and other thoughts shared on your journey with the president will be addressed as they will spell the future of BatStateU.”