President's Corner

Arnulfo Mateum Mascariñas, Ph. D.
SUC President IV

November Outbox

Friday January 15,2021

The recent super typhoon has left a massive destruction in its wake in the Bicol Region. Everyone – students and personnel are affected in varying degrees. It has claimed lives; in particular, one of our freshmen student from the Bicol University Polangui Campus. It has forced us to indefinitely suspend synchronous and asynchronous classes, until lifted. It has displaced some of our personnel and students, with some becoming homeless, and dispersed in evacuation centers. Notwithstanding the continuous threat of the pandemic, we are faced with massive structural damage in Bicol University Tabaco Campus (BUTC) – where almost every building was destroyed, with the exception of the new Administration Building and Library that received minimal damage. The East and Main Campuses were not spared – sustaining partial damage as compared to that of the BUTC. Even our churches in the Diocese of Legazpi were not spared. The province of Albay, together with Catanduanes, continues to suffer from the after effects of the super typhoon. We commend and thank the efforts of our Provincial and Local Government Units in their timely and preemptive measures as part of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management. We assure our partners, particularly the Diocese of Legazpi, that Bicol University is steadfast in its earnest effort to share its time, talent, and treasures in the process of healing and rehabilitation.

We know the work of rebuilding and rehabilitation is far from over. Ocular inspections have been immediately conducted, particularly in the hardest hit area of the Tabaco Campus. The Communication and Public Relations Office are putting together a documentation of all the damages caused by the typhoon based on consolidated data from each college. Bicol University is an active participant in responding to the needs of those affected by the recent spate of typhoons. Our Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) continues to reach out to our personnel. The Bicol University administration has tasked the respective academic units and colleges to find out the condition of our students through the Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) and to act in response to their needs accordingly. In partnership with the rest of the colleges and academic units, and the respective student councils headed by the University Student Council and other organizations, relief operations have been continuously conducted.

Believing that all are graces from a benevolent God, in behalf of the entire Bicol University family, and in the midst of all limitations brought about by these recent challenges, we reiterate our commitment to serve, assist, and continue our efforts in contributing to the rebuilding of our communities. We will rise from this predicament, as we have risen, time and time again with every calamity. We will build better and heal as one!