BU responds to BUeños; launches 'Tabang sa Pag-adal' 

Tuesday October 13,2020

Responding to the BUeños’ cry for help on online learning, Bicol University (BU) officially launched the “Tabang sa Pag-adal”, a Social Action program for the benefits of BU students, after the virtual opening ceremony aired live at BU’s Facebook page last September 21, 2020. 

The launching of the Social Action Program is part of the 51st Founding Anniversary celebration with the theme dubbed as “BUrugkos, BUrunyog sa PAG-ANDUROG sa Panahon nin Pandemya,” which began with a concelebrated thanksgiving mass held in the morning at the St. Jude Thaddeus Filipino-Chinese Personal Parish, Legazpi City presided by Most Rev. Joel Baylon, Bishop of Legazpi graced with the presence of Rev. Fr. Paulo B. Barandon, and Rev. Fr. Ramoncito S. Segubiense, and attended by some BU officials and personnel. 

To officially begin the 51st BU Founding Anniversary celebration, a virtual opening ceremony was held in the afternoon where BU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, BU Vice President for Planning and Development Prof. Jerry S. Bigornia, BU Vice President for Administration and Finance Atty. Joseph L. Bartolata, BU Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Dr. Luis O. Amano, SUC President IV Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, and CHED Commissioner and Chairperson of BU Board of Regents Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag delivered their messages and greetings live via BU’s Facebook page. 

Afterwards, the launching of Tabang sa Pag-adal took place with warm greetings from BU VPAA Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan followed by the project’s Program Lead Proponent and BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Dean Atty. Alex B. Nepomuceno, Ph.D.

“Rest assured that the Tabang sa Pag-adal program is well-designed with its guidelines and mechanisms from financial solicitation and fundraising activities shall be properly accounted for with all transparency and public disclosures through its strategic communication plan and platforms as well as resource collection allocation, distribution, and mobilization,” Atty. Nepomuceno said. 

With this program, Atty. Nepomuceno appeals to the public and other partners and stakeholders to help BU students in need of financial support especially in adopting to the needs of flexible learning.

Afterwards, an inspirational message and call for support were delivered by BU President Mascariñas followed by a series of statements of support from the BU community and partner organizations. Video footage of initial donations and pledges were likewise shown. Tabang sa Pag-adal is an on-going initiative, proposed by CSSP Dean Atty. Nepomuceno, and participated in by all units and colleges, taking off from the initiatives of the Office of Student Affairs and Services through its respective college student councils, and headed by the University Student Council. It intends to be an umbrella program for all student assistance initiatives across the university.

The event was facilitated by BU Communication and Public Relations Office Director Dr. Renelyn E. Bautista.