Month: May 2016

May 18, 2016



List of Vacant positions in compliance with RA 7041

Vacant Position Item Numbers Qualification
(1) Board Secretary (SG-24) RTCB-BS5-1-2007 Bachelor of Science Degree holder at least four (4) years of experience and 24 hours relevant training w/ CS Professional Eligibility
(1) Engineer III (SG-19) RTCB-ENG3-1-1998 Bachelor of Science in Engineering w/ (4) years of experience and 48 hours training, Engineering Board Passer
 (1) Education Program Specialist II (SG-16) RTCB-EPS2-1-1998  Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job w/ 1 year of relevant experience and four (4) hours of relevant training w/ Career Service Professional)/Second Level Eligibility
 (1) Executive Assistant I (SG-14) RTCB-EXA1-1-1998 Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job w/ 2 years of experience and eight (8) hours training w/ CS Professional Eligibility
(1) Guidance Counselor III (SG-13) RTCB-GUIDC3-1-1998 Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job w/ 2 years of relevant experience, 4 hours training and Guidance Counselor Eligibility
 (1) Accountant I (SG-12) RTCB-A1-1-1998  Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce/Business Administration major in Accounting w/ CPA Board License-RA 1080
(3) Administrative Assistant II (SG-8) RTCB-ADAS2-16-2004



Completion of two-year studies in college w/ 1 year of relevant experience and 4 hours relevant training w/ Career Service (Sub-Professional)/First Level Eligibility
(!) Administrative Aide 4 (SG-4) Casual Completion of two-year studies in college w/ Career Service (Sub-Professional)/First Level Eligibility
*(1) Administrative Aide 3 Casual Completion of two-year studies in college w/ Career Service (Sub-Professional)/First Level Eligibility

* For Renewal

Categories: Careers

Scholarship Office

Scholarship Office – Update data

  1. ELMER M. MARTIN – Vice President for Students Service | Contact: (02) 534-82-67 loc 125
  2. AMADEO C. LANUZA, JR. – Head Scholarship Office and Focal Person for ESGP-PA Program | Contact: (02) 534-82-67 loc 141
  3. EVECITA E. ABELEDA – SO Staff and Coordinator – Pasig City Campus
  4. WILLIAM N. FORTUNA – SO Staff and Coordinator – Boni Avenue Campus
  5. CARINA M. ROCA – SO Staff (Student Assistant)
  6. YVETH L. MONTENEGRO – SO Staff (Student Assistant)
Categories: Scholarship Office


First of all I would like to thank you for inviting me as Commencement speaker in this year’s graduation for our elementary and collegiate levels. I would like to give special thanks to Brother Jensen Manebog who was probably the one who hatched the idea of inviting me here today, and to Dr. Alberto Domingo, our Branch Director. I never thought matters like this would reach the attention of the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, but it did. I am overwhelmed by the trust given to me by our beloved Executive Minister who approved my participation in this very important activity.

I am the President of the Rizal Technological University but it was not always this way. I had to work myself up the steep organizational ladder, starting at the very bottom to the highest position in the University. At times I had to claw myself up but one thing I never did was to shove anyone off my way to the top. Along the way I learned a few important lessons.

I learned that hard work is most important factor for success. Colin Powell said that “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” I even would like to think now that hard work shielded me from life’s constant changes and from the adversities I encountered frequently along the way.

Once upon a time there was a king who wished to visit his subjects in a town along the shores of the sea. So he ordered his personal galley ship to be prepared for travel. Now there were two cousins on the ship travelling with the king. One was a rower who worked below the deck when there was no wind, and the other was an adviser to the king. The king frequently conferred with his advisers while having wine and food with them. There was laughter and merriment and the king gave great value to the words of his advisers. His advisers were honest and were not flatterers and they told the king the right thing to do. The cousin who was an adviser studied and worked hard all his life, and read many good books and never complained when the king asked for his presence during his hours of rest.

Now the other cousin who was below decks kept on complaining. “It’s unfair,” he says. “We are all servants of the king but those advisers eat the best food and drink the best wine in the presence of the king while we pull hard all day on these oars!” This cousin was lazy when he was a student. He skipped classes often and was lazy in doing his homework. He spent most of his time away from home. He spent most of his time with friends doing nothing.

Without knowing it, the king was aware of his constant complaining and grumbling.

It was night when the ship reached the town. The king decided to stay on the ship for the rest of the night. He was tired and wanted to sleep. But there was some noise on the shore and he could not sleep, so he called the cousin-oarsman. “Go find out what that noise is all about,” he ordered.

The cousin-oarsman took down a small boat and rowed towards the shore. After a few minutes he was back on the ship and reported to the king. “Kittens, you Highness!” he was proud to report to the king. “Oh”, the king muttered. “What sort of kittens are they?” The king asked. The cousin-oarsman hurried back on the boat and after a while went back to the king. “Siamese cats, Your Highness!” proud of his discovery and thought the king would reward him for his efforts. But the king asked “How many are the males and the females?”

So he went back on shore and after a while he was panting hard as he reported to the king: “There are three males and three female kittens your highness.”

At that point the king asked him to stay as he ordered to his presence the adviser-cousin. “There is a noise coming from the shore”, the king said. “I want you to find out what that noise is.” The cousin-adviser asked a row man to row him to the shore on a boat. After a few minutes, he reported calmly to the king: “Siamese kittens, your Highness, three females and three males, and I have asked the Mayor of the town to give the kittens to you to be part of your royal pets!”

And so the king looked at the cousin-oarsman and said “You see, that’s the reason why he is my adviser and you are an oarsman.”

The next lesson I have learned is to have discipline. It is the discipline to work longer and harder than anybody else. The ant should be a guide to all of us. Even Solomon contemplated the discipline and unity of the ants and learned lessons from them. He said “You lazy man, go to the ant, watch its ways and be wise” Solomon admonishes the sluggards. “She has no master, no steward or overseer…She secures food in summer and stores up provisions during harvest time.”

Ants have determination. When you put an obstacle on their path they would find a way around the obstacle. They work hard all day. They know their roles in their society and fulfill those roles to the best of their ability. They carry objects bigger than they are. They are small but they move and work fast. They do not tarry. They decide quickly. And so ants never lack anything. They plan ahead like Noah who started building his ark during drought, or Joseph who built up the supplies of Egypt for seven years in anticipation of a famine that may or may never come.

Those of you who play basketball probably know how the greatest players in the game work hard and have the discipline to do it day after day. Kobe Bryant and Deron Williams lift weights and do gym work for hours after a game. Dirk Nowitzki shoot three point shots for hours after a game. Ray Allen practiced his shots four hours before a game. Stephen Curry is even better in his practices. Here is how Scott Davies, a correspondent of the Business Insider describes his practice routine: Curry sets up in the right corner and splashes nine of 10. “Good,” says special assistant Nick U’Ren, rebounding for him.

Curry moves to the right wing and cans 10 of 10. “Better,” U’Ren nods. Curry skips to the top of the circle and drains 10 of 10 again. U’Ren turns to a couple of spectators under the basket. “Wow,” he mouths. Here it is, the Curry Zone. He starts 48 of 50…He sweeps back across the perimeter, hitting 10 of 10 from the left corner, 10 of 10 from the left wing. Teammates are watching. Cameras are filming. “Don’t get giddy,” Curry tells himself. He’s made 77 in a row, and when he finally misfires from the top of the circle, he grabs Green’s jersey and screams. He finishes 94 of 100.

The third thing I learned through all the years of hard work is the value of Obedience. I am not saying mindless obedience. I have served the RTU in key positions under three Presidents before I became President myself. I know that Presidents welcome suggestions provided they are motivated by honest intentions to help improve the University. I know that Presidents, or at least the Presidents I served under, would not insist on a wrong decision if proper explanations are given. But obedience is vital. Now here is a story in obedience.

John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family’s housekeeper:

It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House.

“Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.”

“He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.”

“Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.”

“No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. “Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.”

John Kenneth Galbraith, A Life in Our Times, Houghton Mifflin, Reader’s Digest, December, 1981.

You who have rebellious minds should put in mind what Joyce Meyer said:

You see, rebellion, and the disobedience it causes, keeps us from having the power of God that’s available to us as Christians. Joyce Meyer Read more at:

As Christians, we know that we are not the masters of our fate. We are not the captains of our soul.

One very important lesson I have learned and still learn as University President is that I cannot be an atheist. Often, and the situations are quite often, when all you can do is pray. You may have the best educational preparation and professional experience for this job but after doing your best you still feel that not everything is within your control. And then you pray. You pray hard. You pray often. Because often, only God can help you. Lastly, I would like to tell you an unverified story about Abraham Lincoln:

During the US civil war Abraham Lincoln met with a group of ministers for a prayer breakfast. Lincoln was not a church-goer but was a man of deep, if at times unorthodox, faith. At one point one of the ministers said, “Mr President, let us pray that God is on our side”. Lincoln’s response showed far greater insight, “No, gentlemen, let us pray that we are on God’s side.”

Lincoln reminded those ministers that religion is not a tool by which we get God to do what we want but an invitation to open ourselves to being and doing what God wants.

Categories: President's Corner

There is No Freedom Without the Law

Today you are going to elect a new set of Supreme Student Council officers. They will hold office for one year. It is crucial that you make the right choices. The SSC has always played a vital role in University in affairs since I can remember, dating back to the time when I was myself the chairman of the only school-wide student organization allowed during Martial Law, the Kabataang Barangay School Chapter. It was the equivalent of the SSC today. Thus in effect I am the first SSC chairman in the history of the RTU.

Like you we were faced with our own set of challenges. This school was about to be phased-out starting in SY 1977-1978 when no more freshmen students would be accepted. We were faced with tremendous problems in facilities. Our comfort rooms had no water. The school was practically open to outsiders because there were no security guards. I’m sure many of you would wish there were no more security guards but I tell you we have seen times when there were no security guards and you wouldn’t want to be part of those times. You are so very lucky you have security guards to protect you.

The walls were very dirty and full of graffiti. Worse, our teachers’ salaries were always delayed. The Rizal Technological Colleges, only about 8 years old then, was about to die in childhood. We had no choice but to fight.

It was a good fight. We fought everywhere. I was then the Kabataang Barangay Federation President of Pasig and had connections with the highest levels of government. We went to Malacanang, bringing to the attention of the First lady our plight. I personally invited the First Lady, together with all the candidates of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan ticket in the February, 1978 Interim Batasang Pambansa to our school grounds for a political rally. It was then when I and Dr. Lydia M. Profeta, first President of the RTC, gave to Madam Imelda Romualdez Marcos the draft Presidential Decree that would convert the RTC from a provincial college into a State College. President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed the draft on April 1, 1978 into law as PD 1341-A. 108 The RTU survived. It is still here today. If not for our generation of student leaders, this University would have passed into memory in 1978. 38 years later that memory would have been gone. I’m standing before you now, a living veteran of the greatest struggle this University had to go through. Our generation of student leaders fought a good fight. What’s yours?

I have been told that the SSC Chairman should have one important thing in mind, and that is he or she should be able to fight me. Fight Torres. Fight the President of the RTU. Cooperation with the Administration is not the mark of the true SSC officer. If the SSC does not fight the Administration it only means that they are not fighting for the welfare of the students.

This notion is predicated on the ground that the welfare of the students and the priorities of the administration are in conflict that they are contradictory, that they cannot exist at the same time. The administration, through the rules and regulations of the University, exists to suppress the students. The administration is the enemy. The rules of the University as far as student conduct and behavior must be done away with; they must be abolished. The rules and regulations imposed by the administration are oppressive, that they suppress student rights. Such rules and regulations must be abolished! What noble purpose, what great dreams!

When we were the student leaders we also had great dreams for the University. As an official who held key positions in this University for 33 years I also had dreams. I knew of times when there were no rules, no security guards; times when this school just went on the daily motions of survival, times when we were so numb to the disorder and chaos that reigned in the school that we did not mind anymore what was happening to us. No rules. Fixers everywhere in enrolment. Jueteng collectors right here at the lobby. Ending cards abounded during PBA games. No dress codes. No hair codes. Outsiders had freedom to sit beside you in class and steal your belongings. No IDs. Students urinating everywhere, most especially inside classrooms. Tickets being sold everywhere. Faculty members collecting money from students. Faculty members selling concert and play tickets. Female students being raped right on the third floor of the Old Building.

Male students getting stabbed by ice picks by outsiders. Marijuana being openly smoked in the Quadrangle. Fraternities rumbling. Outsiders playing in the Quadrangle. Concerts in the Quadrangle, acquaintance parties every Friday and Saturday. Completion of INC grades in exchange for cash. The list will go on and on. Nobody got caught. Nobody was suspended or penalized. We wanted freedom, we discarded the rules and regulations. In the end what freedom we desired we lost to the ensuing chaos and disorder. And then we groaned for order. What school is this that could not maintain order? How can we have quality education without order? Painfully, we reestablished order. We reestablished our rules and regulations. Order and discipline were so painfully restored. We knew from these hardships that quality education cannot exist in an environment where there are no rules and regulations, where people are irresponsible, where people, whether students or employees, will take advantage of their fellow students and employees.

I know that you want to protect your rights, your freedom.


The administration, which maintains rules and regulations, is not you enemy. On the contrary the administration of this University, as evidenced by so many things you can see around you, as you can see in your libraries, in your facilities, in your laboratories, in your playground, in just about everywhere, is still fighting for you. I am still fighting the good fight. I have fought for the RTU for more than 40 years, and now I am fighting the greatest fight of all, and that is to give you Quality Education. In the hierarchy of student rights, the Right to Quality Education sits on top of the pyramid of rights, much more important that your freedom of expression, freedom of speech and of the press and all other rights.

In all my more than four decades in this University I have fought for this most fundamental right of students. I have slaved for it.

Now it’s your turn. If you will fight your own good fight, fight for Quality Education.

Categories: President's Corner


Speech at the RTU Recognition Rites, April 29, 2016

Someone told me to always put these speeches in writing for the sake of posterity.  I do not have much hope that anybody would remember me after my term as University President though I am pretty sure the monuments of what I have done would last for a long, long time.  Before my term is over in 2 years and seven months at least six huge buildings would have been constructed in the two campuses of the RizalTech and two more would be under construction when I step down.  The equipment for the laboratories we have acquired and continue to acquire will be used by the students for decades to come.  We have become one of the leading State Universities in the country in my term in so many criteria.

As equally important are the thoughts that come from the mind of a University President.  As I stand before you many things come into my mind.

When I was a new graduate like you I was afraid of my very first job which was to teach in the very school where I graduated.  And to make things worse, I was asked to teach a subject which I did not major, Philosophy 1.  I finished Management and was already enrolled in Law when I was called in the Office of the President because I already had a teaching load.  There I was.  Fresh out of college, wearing leather shoes for the first time in so many years, teaching a subject that was almost completely strange to me.  But there was not much choice.  One option was to quit but I wouldn’t do that.  The other option was to study the subject I was teaching hard, to read all the books I could lay my hands on the subject and to practice.  In time the subject Philosophy was no longer strange to me.  Today, I am a Member of the Technical Committee for Philosophy of the Commission on Higher Education.  I have been a Member since 2006.  When new, strange things come your way, Be Not Afraid.

The RTU was a sinking ship when I started teaching.  While PD 1341-A was already signed into lawon April 1, 1978 we did not know about it.  It was released to us only on October 13, 1978. But in between the same old miserable existence pestered us.  When you apply for a job be not afraid to work in small newly-established companies.  I know that loyalty is very important and it will do you no good if you keep on changing occupations or keep on looking for other places where to work.  Be not afraid of your co-workers, as people will always be people wherever you go.  And bosses will be bosses wherever you go.  As Bill Gates said, if you are afraid of your tough teacher, wait till you have a boss.  Be not afraid os your boss.  You only have to work hard and give the company more effort than is necessary and you can survive the toughest bosses.  I’ve had two of the toughest bosses anyone can possibly have: Dr. Lydia M. Profeta and Dr. Josefina V. Estolas first and second presidents of this school.  I just worked hard, really hard.  In addition to loyalty, I practiced obedience and a very positive attitude towards work and my fellow workers.  Ability is a given, but being loyal, positive and obedient are indispensable qualities.  I avoided negative people.  Be not afraid in avoiding negative people.  One day with them and you become negative yourself.

Be not afraid of doing menial work.  I was tasked to bring flowers for the dead several times in my first two years in this school.  I did not complain.  It was all part of growing up.  People do not like employees who complain a lot.  Be not afraid of being humble because you have not proven anything yet.

Be not afraid.  There will be so many things to be afraid of.  But take courage.  You will be successful.

Categories: President's Corner