As a way of welcoming the new year, Bicol University President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas called for a university-wide meeting of vice presidents, deans, directors, and other key officials on January 8 as an Opening Meeting for 2016.
During the event, the university head described “the year that was”, thanking the officials and other participants for a successful 2015. He stressed that the successful year and the years before is attributed to everyone.
“Not only this present administration… not only the present personnel, but I would also attribute our successes in 2015 and 2014 to all the people and to the past administration who put in place the foundation for us becoming what we are now, a University of Excellence which is recognized now not only in the Bicol region but outside the Bicol region,” Mascariñas declared.
The BU president outlined the university’s current profile, highlighting major achievements in instruction, research, extension, and administration. He then discussed the university’s fiscal outlook for 2016, proudly reiterating BU’s standing as the 5th biggest among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in terms of General Appropriations Act (GAA) budget. He explained some cost-cutting measures that would lead to maximizing of funds, savings from which, according to him, would accrue to benefits for BU personnel. He likened BU funds to family resources which need to be carefully handled.
Mascariñas also detailed the university’s expected organizational outcomes and major final outputs (MFOs) for the year, and laid down his thrusts and priorities for 2016, namely: continuing quest for additional COEs/CODs; accreditation of remaining programs; implementation of the land use plan for BU West Campus; completion of the land use plan for BU East Campus, BU Daraga Campus, and other external campuses; securing of land titles/patent of ownership; strengthening of the IT infrastructure; implementation of the online enrollment and online payment system; bringing of offshore graduate programs to BU for more technical fields not available in the region; curricular program review and revision/development with focus on cross-cutting in-demand but hard-to-fill occupations; expansion of programs under open and distance learning mode; transition from graduate program decentralization to greater integration; Improved R&D performance and publication output; pilot testing and upscaling of promising R&D outputs; upgrading of equipment for instruction, laboratory, and research purposes; and fiscal efficiency and prudence. (Ma. Celina G. Meneses/OP)