MascariƱas sets 16 Thrusts, Priorities for 2022

Monday January 17,2022

During the 2022 Opening Meeting held via Zoom Conference on January 12, 2022, Bicol University President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas presented 16 Thrusts and Priorities for this year as well as the Organizational Targets.

First on the list is the construction/completion of some physical infrastructure facilities in the university. Included are the completion and construction of the BU Polangui Campus (PC) Multipurpose Gymnasium, College of Law (CL) Building, the two-storey BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), Infirmary Building, PDMO/University Supply Office Building, the College of Dental Medicine Building (Phase I)

On the other hand, rehabilitation and renovation will take place to the Crop Science Building, Rice Mill Building, Institute of Physical Education Sports and Recreation (IPESR) Building, COA Building, BU East Campus Road Network care of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the BU Convention and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (Phase III) care of DPWH, as well as the conversion of the Accreditation Building to Food Science Building and BUREPC Building to Business Incubation and Display Centre.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation, repair or renovation projects also includes those old and typhoon-damaged physical facilities. These includes the Aquilino P. Bonto Multipurpose Building to the house the University Registrar Office (URO) and registrars of Daraga and East Campus, Clusters 1, 2, 3, as well as the Administrative and Finance Divisions.

Repairs will continue to the BUTC Buildings damaged by typhoons and affected by the fire incident as well as the renovations of roofs, windows, and ceilings to buildings in CAF, CENG, CIT, and IDeA.

For the observance of ‘new normal’ protocols and corresponding support system to BU personnel and stakeholders, the University will continue to follow strict health and safety protocols such as the provision of face masks and face shields to BU personnel especially the frontliners; sanitation/hand-washing stations and foot & tire baths at all entrances and exits; installation of automatic/’sensorized’ alcohol dispenser and thermal scanners in building entrances; installation of table barriers as preventive measure; regular disinfection of buildings/facilities and vehicles, reconfiguring office and conference areas to meet the required social distance; provision of communication assistance to faculty members; provision of transportation support to BU personnel and frontliners; support for other possible platforms for flexible learning delivery such as other than the usual online platforms like radio, TV, and modules.

In preparation for the possible limited face-to-face classes, especially for health-related courses and those that requires OJT, field practicum, and laboratory, the university will prepare guidelines and protocols as well as the reconfiguration of physical facilities, including classrooms and laboratory rooms to meet the requirements for the conduct of limited face-to-face sessions. Presented in the other important matters, the activation of the University/College Crisis Management Committee was discussed to address the tracking of personnel and students infected with COVID-19 and the policy formulation and implementation of COVID-19 protocols.

In support of the construction of a SMART campus, BU will upgrade buildings, equipment, and infrastructure to properly adapt to flexible and blended learning. Improved internet access, the Learning Management System, ICT equipment and peripherals, and subscription to online journals and other learning resources will all be improved as a result.

The University will continue to develop information systems for Human Resource Management, Document Tracking, Online Student Clearance, Procurement Information Management, Records Management, and Faculty Workload Information Management to reduce face-to-face interaction for office procedures and processes.

For the Program accreditation, ISO audit, and Curricular revision, BU targets 80% for undergraduate programs and 70% target for graduate programs for quality assurance.

In contrast, Research and Extension will redirect its efforts to Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs) that address COVID-19 issues by implementing short-term desk researchers using secondary data, policy analysis, online survey, and meta-data analysis; conducting laboratory experiment/analysis; project demonstration and online technology dissemination; writeshops, mentoring support for faculty publication; and conducting laboratory experiment/analysis. 

BU will continue to support technology commercialization on the inventory of R&D outputs for probable technology incubation, technology evaluation, and mature technologies through business incubation.

This year, the university will continue policy review and revision in support to operation of higher education, advanced education, research, and extension programs. Other policy concerns include the adaptation of large class sizes, the implementation of a flexible enrollment scheme, the centralization of common utilities for greater efficiency, the functionality of designations and work equivalent credit, the rationalization of JO personnel's daily/monthly rates, the conduct of time and motion analyses, and other policy concerns.

International activities will thrive to invite part-time visiting professor for selected colleges, dual degree program and re-packaging existing programs, and the application for impact ranking.

With two new programs offered, the university will secure certificate of program compliance/authority to operate for the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs.

To address personnel gap, recruitment, hiring, and promotion of teaching and non-teaching personnel will take place based on the finalization of the 10-Year HRD Plan for BOR approval and submission to the DBM; adoption of the PASUC V proposal on “Institutional Policy on Recruitment, Selection, and Promotion for Faculty Members of State Universities and Colleges in Bicol Region”; creation of new plantilla items for teaching and non-teaching personnel through scrap-and-build; and continuing local promotion for teaching and non-teaching personnel.

Implementation of BOR-approved proposals such as revised Graduate School policy guidelines, parking and traffic guidelines, and PDMO-GSO re-structuring will also be addressed especially the GS policy concerns. This includes the constitution of Graduate School Advisory Council composed of Deans/Directors of academic units offering graduate programs; accreditation of graduate faculty members; research engagement of graduate faculty members; policy on thesis/dissertation advising (assignment of advisers and panel members, thesis advising cap, etc.); publication and presentation as part of the requirements; and admission requirements and deadlines.

BU also targets CSC accreditation to the next level under PRIME-HRM and the security of land titles/patents of the university land assets and formulation of BU-LUDIP. (written by: Arnold C. Noda, CPRO)