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LEARNING from CHED Commissioner Prospero “Popoy” E. De Vera
by: Claville Meneses

“Dapat lahat tayo mag-level up. Gusto ko walang maiiwan,” said Comm. Popoy which made the stakeholders cheered out of joy.

Greeting the people in Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) with a warm smile, CHED- Commissioner Prospero “Popoy” E. De Vera, III visited the university and extended his valuable time to the NwSSU community through a Listening Tour held at RSU- Socio Cultural Center last October 19, 2017.

Around 5:15 in the afternoon, the program started where Dr. Catherine B. Rodriguez served as the lady of ceremony. After the prayer and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, Dr. Marietta L. Espiña, the Vice President for Research, Extension and External Affairs gave the opening remarks noting that the event was a golden opportunity for the academic community to bring their concerns to CHED which will lead to a sounder support and relationship.

Stakeholders of the University, particularly the students, parents, the media, both teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as, the LGU, DepEd and Industry representatives graced the occasion. They were presented by Dr. Fe C. Montecalvo, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs. The University President, Dr. Avelina N. Bergado described the Commissioner as a man of value, virtue and integrity which made her very honored to do the task of introducing him as the guest speaker.

During the speech of Comm. Popoy, he shared words of wisdom and good news. He reminded, “As a University, dapat conscious tayo sa imahe na ipapakita natin sa mga tao, sa labas at sa komunidad.” He also added a very inspiring statement referring to other campuses of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), “Hilahin natin yung mga mahihina para lahat tayo umunlad!”.

He emphasized that CHED has made a history on providing free tuition being enjoyed by students in 112 State Universities and Colleges and another history will be unfolded next year when miscellaneous fees will be free, as well. He also made mention of other programs of the government for education such as, the National Student Loan Program.

In the open forum, Dr. Leo Jesus M. Lacaba, the Dean of the College of Management (CoM) served as the moderator. Some students, a faculty member, and the ISSC President both from the Main and San Jorge campuses took the chance of raising their concerns. One of the concerns raised by a student was the unauthorized collection by a teacher which the Commissioner gladly responded. He also promised, “Hanggang ako ang nakaupo bilang Board of Regent, hindi ko papayagan yan!". Other queries were answered by the concerned personnel of the University.

The listening tour ended with a selfie picture-taking with the Commisioner. Indeed, it was a fruitful visit.

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