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BU Durugtungan orients graduating BUeños on financial literacy

March 13, 2024

Bicol University – University Student Council (BU-USC) organized “BU Durugtungan, 2024″ event in collaboration with the Social Security System (SSS) and China Bank, together with former student leaders,  on March 13, 2024 at the Bulwagang BUeño to give orientation on financial literacy and share college life stories, . 

The program commenced with a welcome from Prof. Daves Tonga, the Dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Services, who acknowledged the presence of guests and BU officials, highlighting the presence of BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin  Nebres III. 

Prof. Tonga emphasized the significance of “Durugtunan,” a Bicol term signifying extension, connection, and inclusivity, reflecting the university’s commitment to collaborative efforts for societal progress.

In a recent development, the university showcased its dedication to inclusivity through a resolution presented by the Director for Gender and Development, supported by the University Student Council. The resolution aims to enhance inclusivity within the university, with initiatives such as the proposal for gender-neutral restrooms.

Central to the event’s agenda was the promotion of financial literacy, with Jeanette T. Mapa, Acting Team Head/Regional Communication Officer of SSS Legazpi Branch, addressing topics such as the issuance of SSS numbers, contributions, and the worker’s investment savings program. Additionally, representatives from China Bank, including Nina Crizelle Relucio, Patricia Matias, and Danilo D. Arispe Jr., provided insights into financial management during the seminar.


USC relaunches ‘Bisikleta ng Pag-asa’ initiative

During the afternoon session, USC led a ribbon cutting and relaunched the “Bisikleta ng Pag-asa” initiative headed by Remee Estefany P. Baldorado, BU-USC, Chairperson and Student Regent, Dylan Tanji, Public Information Officer (PIO), Julia Mae Mendez, USC Councilor, and Stacy Daniel V. Alamarez, External Vice Chairperson.

The “Bisikleta ng Pag-asa” initiative aims to provide bicycles for use within the BU community. Guidelines emphasized that only BU community members can utilize the bicycles.

Borrowers are encouraged to voluntarily contribute to the bicycle’s maintenance. Identification cards are required for borrowing, with basic information logged for identification purposes in case of emergencies.

BU Durugtungan also featured a seminar titled “Thank U, BU–t What’s Next?” where esteemed panelists, who are former student leaders, provided insights to equip attendees for life after college while reflecting on life after graduation.

Among the panelists were Jave Andre M. Lotivio, recognized for his outstanding leadership as a university graduate in 2022. Mr. Lotivio served as the 11th counselor of the Order of the Blue Feather Society, an organization awarded as the most outstanding university-based organization in 2022. Notably, he also held the position of BU College of Nursing College Council President from 2019 to 2021.

Lotivio emphasized, “the pressure is always there, and emotional stress is inevitable. It’s important to acknowledge our feelings and seek support from friends to overcome stressors.”

Joining him was Carl Andre Bongalos, a media and creative specialist. Bongalos served as the interim PIO of BU USC from 2018-2019 and as Vice President of the BU College of Science Student Council from 2016 to 2017.

Bongalos described life after graduation as dynamic, stating, “…just imagine a curve in a graph – there are ups and downs. Prepare yourself mentally and professionally, as the first impression matters greatly in your career journey.”

Completing the panel was Prof. January M. Dechavez, a respected member of the Order of the Blue Feather Society and a faculty member of BU College of Education. 

“This is a time of discovery and affirmation. It’s essential to understand your purpose and values, relying on faith and mentors for guidance in navigating post-graduate life’s challenges and joys,” Professor Dechavez said. 

The open forum allowed attendees to engage with the speakers, further exploring the challenges and opportunities of life after university. Tokens and certificates were awarded to the speakers as a gesture of appreciation for their valuable contributions.

Overall, the BU Durugtungan project and the insights shared during the event underscored USC’s commitment to empowering its graduates with essential skills and knowledge for success in their future endeavors. | Loureen M. Kaibigan, BUCPRO Intern

📷 Jamaica B. Divina & , Kathy Vee V. Monreal BUCPRO Intern