Month: December 2016

PINONG JAVIER

As soon as the EDSA Revolution was over and a new government was installed, the move of the Rizal High School to oust the Rizal Technological Colleges Pasig Campus from the Isidro Rodriguez Hall in the Rizal High School Campus began in earnest, and with a viciousness that was hard to believe.

The RTC, as it was known then, also had a new President, Dr. Josefina V. Estolas, after the courtesy resignation of Dr. Lydia M. Profeta was accepted on March 21, 1986.  I remember that day well.  It was the day I defended my Doctoral Dissertation at the office of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities of Dr. Amado Dizon was Executive Director.  Dr. Profeta was my Adviser, and one of the panel members was Dr. Estolas.  It was when we were having lunch after the defense when Dr. Profeta received a phone call from the Palacio Del Governador in Intramuros, the headquarters of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, informing her that her courtesy resignation was accepted and that Dr. Estolas was to be the OIC of the Colleges.

In just a few months, the campaign to rid the RHS of the RTC in its campus started.  We sought the help of politicians in Pasig City but could not find anyone who would help us.  The Mayor of Pasig then was almost openly hostile to our cause.  We survived the first year only when we turned over to the Rizal High School some rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building we were occupying.  The RHS wanted the entire 3rd floor for themselves but we stood our ground.

At this point I would like to emphasize that I personally led the struggle and only the students were with me to fight.  The administration of the Colleges could not do much.  Dr. Estolas was just OIC and the rest of the officials assumed a defeatist attitude. “Wala tayong magagawa!” said one key official.

Upon the inception of the Estolas Administration I was removed from my post as dean of Student Affairs to give in to the demands of the student activists who gained too much power after the 3-week sit-in barricade which they conducted in the RTC from March 5 to 21 in 1986.

I studied in the RTC Pasig Campus.  I played a leading role in the conversion of the RTC into a State College. I did not share the hopeless attitude of my fellow officials.  I and the students continued with the fight.

In the following year, 1988, the struggle for survival became bitter as the RHS enlisted the support of the high ranking MECS officials from regional directors to division superintendents.  The Government of Pasig talked to the other officials of the RTC and offered a building in the University of Life which they would rent for one year.  After this the student of the Pasig campus would be transferred to the Mandaluyong campus.  Of course the RTC officials had to agree.  I still feel bad until this day.  We were fighting a battle for survival for the Pasig Campus.  But the officials of the RTC who had no stake in the struggle whether we won or lost were just about ready to give up.

In a meeting presided by MECs regional director Dr. Nilo Rosas who happened to be the Chairman of the Board of the RTC, and which was attended by top MECs officials, the entire leadership of the RTC was absent.

Only I and the student leaders were present to deal with the officials.  They were no match for us.  We had something to lose.  The future of the students was at stake.  Their very education was in peril.  We pleaded, we cajoled, we cried, we spoke vehemently that we were also students and citizens who wanted an education only the RTC could offer, we spoke passionately. In the end the officials could not do anything and we were saved for now.

I knew that our adversaries would not stop.  In the next meeting of the Board of Trustees I was asked to attend.  I suggested that for a lasting solution to the problem, a new campus should be established for the Pasig Campus.  I set the condition that it should be within the geographical limits of Pasig to guarantee access to the students.  I suggested we all seek the help of Congressman Rufino Javier.

A delegation of RTC officials visited Cong. Javier in his office in the Ortigas Center.

Within the same year, 1989, a lot was purchased for the proposed campus, and in 1990, the building was inaugurated, and construction commenced right away.

As so here we are, safely ensconced in the grounds of our own.  It would not have been possible if it were not for the timely and decisive support given to us by Congressman Rufino SB Javier.

It is fitting and proper that we honor him with the degree Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) not only for his contributions to the nation as Congressman and COMELEC Commissioner, but most importantly for us, that he saved the RTU Pasig Campus from oblivion.



Categories: President's Corner

BEN ABALOS

In 1994 when I had barely assumed my new position as Vice President of the Rizal Technological Colleges, Mayor Ben Abalos intimated to us the idea that he would like to have the RTC adopted as the City College of Mandaluyong. Dr. Jose Macaballug, the President at that time, immediately formed a counterpart Panel to study the mechanics of the adoption, together with the counterpart Panel from the City Government of Mandaluyong.

I was assigned as the Chairman of the RTC Panel, while the late Councilor Delfin Asistio was the Chairman of the City Panel. For months we negotiated the details of the adoption, and finally on February 9, 1995, the Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Mayor Benjamin Abalos Sr. and President Jose Macaballug of RTC on the roof deck of the Kalentong Police Station.  Attending the ceremonies was Senator Neptali A. Gonzales, the Senate President at the time.

The adoption ushered in the influx of funds to the RTC by way of the CMCS or the City of Mandaluyong Collegiate Scholarship which has already benefitted thousands of young people since the inception of the program in 1995. The adoption gave the RTC a sense of belongingness to the community, that we are not alone as we used to and that we are important.  The adoption gave us a sense of pride, a sense of knowing that we can achieve anything.

We owe this to former Mayor and COMELEC and MMDA Chairman Ben Abalos.  As a fitting tribute we have awarded him with the degree Doctor of Public Administration Honoris Causa for his contributions to the development of the City of Mandaluyong to what it is today as one of the leading cities in the country, for his achievements and innovations as MMDA and COMELEC Chairman.

Categories: President's Corner

FOURTEEN STRAIGHT, RizalTech wins the SCUAA-NCR Championship for the 14th straight season

Posted on December 6, 2016

The SCUAA is different from all the leagues where we play.  Much different.  The SCUAA is a great league.

We have won the SCUAA-NCR Championship for the 14th straight season in the just-concluded 2016 staging of the competition.  THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT FOR US.

We join a lot of tournaments.  We have won the 2015 Over-All Championship in the WNCAA or Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association.  We have won the NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities) Overall Championship two times out of the three years we have been members of the league.

Our athletes perform well in the University Games where many of the participants are schools from the UAAP and NCAA.

We win championships in the NCRAA (National Capital Region Athletic Association).

But all of these tournaments cannot compare with the SCUAA in intensity and passion.  Sa SCUAA, hindi basta laro lang.  Personalan ang labanan.  And this is why the SCUAA is a great league.

Here you see students of various schools getting deeply and emotionally involved in the games.  The honor and glory of their schools are at stake in every game their athletes play.  The SCUAA has great fans as well.

The most bitter of all the rivals are the PUP and the RTU.  You’ve got to see a close game between these two schools and you will see what I mean.

I have witnessed several very hard-fought games.  I watched the championship games in both men’s and women’s basketball.  I have seen how the players of both schools gave everything they had just to win the game.  If only both could be declared winners but there should only be one winner in basketball.  The PUP women’s basketball team has earned my respect and admiration.  Down by 18 in the last five minutes against RTU (Champions in the Unigames back to back), they clawed their way back and reduced RTU’s lead to just five with still two minutes to go.  In the end RTU won only because of the team’s vast experience and superior individual talents.

After the game I approached the PUP bench.  The girls were crying.  I told them to put their heads up.  They played a great game.  There was nothing to be ashamed of.




Categories: President's Corner