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Dr. Rodrigo Jesus F. Torres- The Former President of RizalTech 2010-2018

DR. JESUS RODRIGO F. TORRES is a holder of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree he earned in 1978, a Master of Business Technology in 1982, and a Doctor of Public Administration degree he earned in 1986 just before he turned 28 years old, all from the Rizal Technological University. Starting with the rank of Assistant Instructor in 1978, he rapidly rose in the ranks, becoming full Professor 1 in 1986 and was evaluated with the rank of University Professor under NCC 69 in 1993.

In 2015, together with eleven other SUC Presidents, he was once more evaluated by the Department of Budget and Management, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges for the rank of University Professor on two criteria, for his academic achievements and for his performance as University President. While the passing score for the Special Common Criteria for Evaluation is 200 points, Dr. Torres garnered a score of 1,490.05 points, more than double the points earned by the second ranking SUC President.

Dr. Torres has always been an avid reader, spending long hours reading books in many fields, and a prolific writer, turning out papers, books, and articles with relentless consistency.

He took up his post-doctoral in the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2006. Dr. Torres is also an alumnus of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Argentina in 1989. He was conferred the Career Service Executive Eligibility in 1997. He graduated and earned in June, 2010 the Certificate in Business Economics, a full graduate degree, after his completion of the Strategic Business Economics Program in the University of Asia and the Pacific under a scholarship grant. Recently in February, 2010, he completed the Senior Management Programme of the Nanyang Polytechnic International in Singapore. He also completed the Rapid Design of eLearning Programs, a blended distance learning course, offered by the Tokyo Development Learning Center, World Bank and the University of Southern Queensland, from March-April, 2010. In March, 2011, he attended an international leadership training-seminar for education executives in the EDS Business School in Malaysia and in Vietnam.

He finished the CHED-sponsored Executive Management Program of the Asian Institute of Management from September to December, 2012.

In 2014, Dr. Torres was awarded a Certificate by the Development Academy of the Philippines for the completion of the Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership, a two-year intensive leadership course.

Dr. Torres has served as Dean of Student Affairs of the Rizal Technological University in 1983 and became Dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurial Technology in 1988. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Director of Research and Development. Prior to becoming Dean of Student Affairs, he had been COE coordinator, and Student Coordinator. From 1992 to 2004, he had a radio program in DZEM as commentator.

He became Vice President of RTU in 1993, was designated as Vice President for Development and Administration in 1994, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1999 to 2010. This was the last job he held before becoming University President.

On June 4, 2014, the Board of Regents of the Rizal Technological University voted unanimously to give Dr. Torres a second term as University President. A special evaluation team created by the CHED to evaluate his performance for his first term gave him a rating of 99.71, a record that may no longer be broken or at least will stand for a very long time.

Dr. Torres is only one of six Filipinos who are members of the International Astronomical Union, an organization of professional astronomers and scientists all over the world. He has written 23 volumes of researches and texts in Astronomy. He has been elected Regular Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences (Division XII), with evidence of capability and dedication to research in Astronomy, History, Public Administration, and Political Science. Dr. Torres was conferred the Padre Faura Award by the Philippine Astronomical Society in 2007, the highest award for Astronomy in the Philippines. In all, he has written and published 34 books in the fields of Philosophy, Political Theory, Filipino Psychology and Astronomy and has been recognized by the Rizal Technological University itself for his researches and accomplishments in Astronomy. Some of his works have been published in the Astronomy Education Review, an international refereed journal, and can be accessed in the NASA-Harvard Astrophysics Data System.

He has taught one hundred and twenty five(125) different subjects in the tertiary, master’s and doctorate levels in the fields of Philosophy, Management, Marketing, Filipino, English Literature, Political Science, Education, Physics, Astronomy, Finance, Business Law, Economics, and Psychology. The number is still increasing. Thus, he has been called a Renaissance Man by none other than the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education.

He has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Technical Panel for Humanities Education of the Commission on Higher Education from 2006 to 2010, and is a Member of the Technical Committee for Philosophy from 2006 to present. He was also a Member of the DOST-National Organizing Committee for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

His passion for sports lifts up the RTU to greater achievements in the field of sports and is now an important contributor to the sports manpower of the country. A former athlete, Dr. Torres can motivate RTU athletes to perform much better and cares for their welfare as much as he cares for the welfare of his constituents. To cap his performance in the field of sports, Dr. Torres was a member of the Philippine basketball team that won the gold in the International Unity Games held in the Philippine Arena.

Dr. Torres was a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Pasig from 1976 to 1979. He was during that period the Federation President of the Kabataang Barangay of Pasig and Vice President of the KB Federation of Metro Manila.

He is Outstanding Pasigueno in Science and Technology in 2002. Dr. Torres has been elected by the Board of Regents of the RTU to serve as University President effective September 6, 2010, and again on November 11, 2010. On August 1, 2012, Dr. Torres was conferred the Dangal ng Pasig Award as Most Outstanding Professor by the City Government of Pasig. On January 28, 2016 he was given the Highest Distinction of Leadership Excellence in Education Asia by the Asian Council of Leaders, Administrators, Deans and Educators in Business (ACLADEB).

Presently, he is the Chairman of PASUC-NCR.

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Moon and Mars

Posted 19, 2018

Last night the First Quarter Moon was less than two degrees from Mars.  I hurriedly set up my old reliable Astroscan on the sidewalk to observe this conjunction.  With the 25-mm Plossl eyepiece at 17x, the Moon and Mars were visible in the same field of view.

A few minutes later the senior high school students of the nearby Arellano University in Pagasa Street in Barangay Caniogan in Pasig City were on their way home after their last class and chanced upon what I was doing with this curiously-shaped telescope.  They milled around and I allowed them to take a peek on the eyepiece.

This turned out to be to an impromptu Sidewalk Astronomy. 

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Posted on September 29, 2018

The RizalTech has made the succesful transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. I asked Dr. Salvacion Pachejo, the official who succesfully steered the RizalTech to attain this certification, about who should be given the recognition for this singular honor? “Lahat!” she answered right away, and explained that like in the previous certification which was met by some difficulties because of the not-so-wholehearted cooperation by some sectors, this time the RizalTech community responded enthusiastically in providing all the necessary information to the ISO evaluators.

If I were still the President of the RizalTech at this time I would have asked the PRAISE Committee headed by Dr. Elmer Martin to give the employees incentives for this commendable achievement. The next President will surely do it.

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Posted on September 26, 2018

The RizalTech has been awarded by the Department of Science and Technology as the Center for Astronomy Research and Development by the Department of Science and Technology with a grant of PhP 32,716,361.60.  The entire Department of Earth and Space Sciences of the University with the able leadership of Prof. Ryan Guido and Dr. Edna C. Aquino has done a tremendous job in successfully presenting and defending their proposal to the Department of Science and Technology.  They had to undergo three stages of evaluation, with the last and final stage being presided by none other than DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena. 


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Posted on September 11, 2018

The 18th Season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities or NAASCU opened this morning at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.  This is the fourth year of our participation in the league.  In all the years we have participated we have won the Over-All Championship.

In the pictures I am holding the Over-All Championship trophy together with the Seniors’, Juniors’ and Women’s basketball teams.  The NAASCU has a long season that will end in March next year.  SAP Bong Go is in one of the pictures chiding Philip Salvador for the latter’s adventures, while Director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is in another.  Dr. Jay Adalem delivers the opening remarks.  Our muse, Arianne Esconde, enters the court with her escort.  The rest of the pictures are some of the scenes in the opening program.

Many of the basketball games will be played in our Gym 1.  When Gym 2 is ready some of the games will be played there too.

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Posted on September 10, 2018

We can do it if we just believe. I would like to congratulate the Electrical Engineering Department and its faculty headed by Engr. Romulo Cruz. I also congratulate the Dean of CEIT for this achievement, and for his endless and patient motivation to our Engineering students.
65 out of 75 or 86.67% takers from the RizalTech passed the examination. 61 out of 67 or 91.04% first time takers hurdle it.
29 out of 43 or 67.44% RizalTech takers passed the Registered Master Electrician exam.
13 out 17 takers from the Pasig Campus passed the examination, absolutely the very first in the history of the RizalTech.
There’s a long way to go. This is just the first step. Just BELIEVE.

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Posted on September 8, 2018

I have placed eleven 3-seater benches in the Quadrangle.

These are formerly chairs deployed in the R and D Building which were damaged and piled up in the basement of the Gonzales-MAB.  I was thinking about ways on how to recycle them until I thought they could be made into gang chairs. 

Nakatambak na sa ibaba napakinabangan pa.  They seem to be more durable than the park benches we bought. 



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Posted on September 4, 2018

This morning the choir members and the dance troupe of the RizalTech, together with Dean Reydora Flordeliza, Mr. Julian (“Juju”) Santos, and choir conductor Mr. Reiner Aguilar, came to the office to announce their victory in the Choir and Folk Dance Competitions sponsored by the Philippine Tour Operators Association or PhilTOA.

The Choir won the championship with Adamson University placing second and PUP placing third in a field of six schools.

The Dance Troupe won the championship with Dela Salle-Dasmarinas placing second and Lyceum of the Philippines in third place.

I read on a t-shirt by one choir member the words “Just Do It, Never Quit!” It tells a lot about the RizalTech.

We are so proud of you.

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Posted on September 4, 2018

Forty three years ago I came to the Rizal Technological Colleges as a student. What I found was a provincial school that was lacking in almost everything, except water and graffiti. The chairs were inadequate. There were few books in the library, many of which were priceless Filipiniana collected by Dr. Marcial Ranosa, the acting Executive Dean before Dr. Lydia Profeta took the post. There was almost no equipment in the only laboratory in the campus, the Biology and Chemistry laboratory. There were few typewriters, and our teachers asked us to draw the keyboard on a bond paper and practice typing on it. That’s why until now I type with just three fingers. The walls were full of graffiti. There was no water in the faucets and in the comfort rooms, but we did not lack for water: the building we occupied, a long 270-meter Isidro Rodriguez Hall, ran lengthwise along the Marikina River, and you could see Benny Sta. Ana and other janitors fetching water from the river to clean the comfort rooms. There was only one airconditioned room in the building, and it was the Executive Dean’s office. Now we are planning to aircondition ALL classrooms and it can be started in 2019 as we have already put a budget for it.

In 1977 we learned that our beloved RizalTech was about to be phased out. Our generation fought for the continued survival of this school. There would have been no more enrolment for 1st year students starting SY 1978-1979. The rest of the students will be asked to transfer to other schools. The Province of Rizal could not spend any more for a school that was politically transferred to the jurisdiction of Metro Manila. I was the President of the Kabataang Barangay of Pasig. Together with student leaders, Dr. Lydia Profeta our Executive Dean, and faculty members, we made representations with the persons who could vouch for us, in particular Madam Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her daughter Imee Marcos with whom I had the honor of knowing because of my participation in the Kabataang Barangay. We followed the mother and daughter in Malacanang, in the KB office in Fort Bonifacio, just about everywhere. We wrote letters, and finally we invited them to the RTC together with the candidates for Batasang Pambansa. Madam Imelda came to the RTC grounds with some of the candidates of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. We gave the draft of a Presidential Decree that would convert the RTC into a State College. On April 1, 1978, President Marcos signed it.

Years later, I believe that that was my greatest achievement for the RizalTech, and it was accomplished even when I was just a student. Decades later I was elected President in 2010, twice, but that will be another story. Looking back I admire my predecessors. They did their best under the circumstances they found themselves during their tenure as President. As Isaac Newton said, I am standing on the shoulder of giants, and that is I why I can see far.

When I have been elected President I resolved upon myself to put the students at the center of all our efforts with the faculty and employees. The University is not a collection of buildings and facilities. The University is the people which comprise it. Neglect the welfare of the students, the faculty and the employees and the University will slide into mediocrity. The University is a partnership for living well.

When we took care of the welfare of our brethren, achievements were not far behind. In 8 years new 8 buildings were erected in both campuses. The Pasig Campus which has been neglected for so long finds itself in an unfamimiliar situation: it no longer has any space for any new structures after 5 buildings were built in it. The old Javier Building has been repainted, and new computer laboratories have been established when there was not even a single working computer for the use of students in the whole Campus when I became President. The newest state-of-the-art engineering equipment have been acquired for the Campus, and for the first time, the Campus has produced graduates in Engineering.

Do not neglect the Pasig Campus again.

We see 3 new huge buildings in the Boni Campus, all built in the years 2011 to 2018. We see dozens of drinking fountains everywhere. We have the most number of computers for student use among all SUCs in the country. We have acquired a big number of state-of-the-art equipment for our laboratories in both campuses. We have renovated our libraries and beautified our campuses. Our research output has increased tremendously. Our performance in licensure examinations have jumped up to the levels above the national passing averages, and we have new board topnotchers. We are in a state of financial bliss because of careful and prudent financial management and planning. We have the highest applied part time rates among all SUCs. We have supported the personal and professional growth of our faculty and employees. It is not just in culture and sports where we excel, you see.

In 2015 we were 166th in the national rankings among the 1,700 tertiary institutions in the country. In 2016 we jumped to 135th. In 2017, we found ourselves in the 31st place. And now we are in rank number 24. It is now your obligation and duty to improve upon this. And these are all because we care for our students and faculty and employees.

It will be your obligation also to face our shortcomings and temporary setbacks. You will face challenges all throughout your term as President and I hope you will have the courage and the guts to face them.

In the next few months we shall have a new President. I have served 8 years as your President. While there were technical possibilities to continue for a few more years, I thought it would be feckless to continue. There will always be newer and better ideas which new a leadership can provide. Now it is time for change, and hopefully it will be change for the better. To the next President and to the RizalTech community, I know you can do it if only you will take cognizance of a few important points.

Do not slide into factionalism and divisions. You know that in our history we had stretches when we allowed ourselves to slide into mediocrity. Do not get mired in mediocrity; it should be a thing of the past.

Put yourself last in the order of things. Put the welfare of the University ahead of everything.

There remain a lot of things to be done. The job of the President is never an easy one. On the contrary, it is a very demanding job. There are so many things left undone, and time was short. The RizalTech is capable of doing great only if we do not waste our time in squabbles. The best the new President can do is never enough. You must do more than your best.

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