BU sustains internationalization; forges partnership with ICMA 

Thursday October 15,2020

Sustaining its internationalization plan amidst the COVID19 pandemic, Bicol University through its Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and Development (BUJMRIGD), virtually launched the International City/Country Management Association and oath taking ceremony of new officers from the Bicol University JMRIGD Student Chapter through a simulcast via Zoom and BU’s Facebook page last September 25, 2020. 

ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and country managers and other employees who serve local governments according to its website. Its vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. 

As part of BU’s 51st Founding Anniversary, the virtual event commenced with an opening prayer by BUJMRIGD Associate Director Dr. Rosemarie Ty-Frias followed by an opening statement by BUJMRIGD Director and Faculty Adviser of ICMA BU Student Chapter Dr. Noemi Lobrigo-Ibo. 

The induction of officers and oath taking ceremony werre led by BU Business Affairs Office Director Dr. Viola L. Amano and Golden Gate University (GGU) from the United States of America and GGU ICMA Student Chapter Advisor Professor Dr. Jay Gonzales. 

To formally acknowledge the induction, Masters in Public Administration student and Interim Chapter President of ICMA BU Student Chapter, Rancel P. Ramos delivered his acceptance talk on behalf of the officers and students. 

Afterwards, an advisor’s message by GGU Distinguished Adjunct Professor and BU Mentor in the Profession Dr. Willie Britt followed by another message from BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas. 

The event concluded with the closing remarks by BU Graduate School (GS) Officer-in-Charge Dean and Co-Mentors in the Profession of ICMA BU Student Chapter Dr. Herbert B. Rosana. 

The virtual meeting was facilitated by BU JMRIGD faculty Dr. Cynthia O. Mendoza.