Month: August 2017

Mga Pogi ng Pasig Campus

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I visited the Pasig Campus on August 25, 2017 to look at the newly-delivered equipment for use of the CEIT which are the TD 200 Engine Test Set, the Reciprocating Compressor Module, the Temperature Measurement and Calibration set, and another equipment called the Testing Machine. 

After viewing the machines, we posed with the CEIT students of the Pasig Campus.

Ayan.  Bihirang magkasama sama ganyang kadaming pogi.








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The Old Quad

Posted on August 31, 2017

Here are some of the pictures of the Old Quadrangle when it was still being used as parking lot.  There are some differences from what you can see today.  These pictures were taken when the present construction of the new building in front of the campus was not yet being done and the vehicles could still park in front of the Gonzales Main Academic Building and in its basement.   There were occasions when the whole Quadrangle was not enough for all the vehicles which entered the campus such as during Saturdays when graduate students came to class or when there were affairs involving outsiders.  The Institute of Physical Education complained that they had nowhere to hold PE classes.  Vehicle owners complained that their vehicles were being hit by balls or scratched by students.  Vehicle owners complained that they could not park on the far side of the Quadrangle because they want to park just about everywhere they wanted to.  Students complained that they were being tailgated by vehicles while walking across the Quadrangle.  Students were honked by ill-mannered drivers.

I myself had a bad experience with an arrogant driver.  I set up a telescope in an evening in the Quadrangle.  While viewing the night sky with the telescope with my students a car approached our location with the lights set on high beam to push us away.  The driver honked three times.  We stood our ground.  The driver backed up. 

 Just 20 vehicles, owned by 20 people, will occupy almost half of the Quadrangle, effectively depriving hundreds of students and employees the enjoyment of the only open space we have in the campus. 

The Quadrangle is now for the students and the employees as their congregational area, and as their playground.  LET IT STAY THAT WAY. 










Categories: President's Corner

RizalTech Edges PCU

Posted on August 29, 2017
The score was 68-67 with the Philippine Christian University leading by one with 12.6 seconds remaining in the game. The RizalTech had the ball with Cholo Senires throwing in.  He was looking for Cyrus Tabi who sneaked in from the outside to receive the ball. He drove in to the basket in an isolation play.  He was fouled. PCU was not yet in penalty and had one more foul to give.

Cholo once again threw in the ball again to Cyrus Tabi who received it in the left corner.  Again he was fouled.  3.6 seconds remaining.  For the third time Cholo inbounded the ball to Tabi in the same left corner.  Tabi wasted no time.  He drove to the basket and did a reverse lay up with his left hand.  It did not go in but he was fouled!  The buzzer sounded.  There was no more time.  Tabi will take two free throws.  If he makes one the game will go on overtime.  If he makes both the RizalTech wins.  If he misses both the RizalTech would lose this one hard fought game. 

Cyrus Tabi sinks both foul shots.  The roof of the Gym was all but blown off! 

The RizalTech wins 70-69.

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3-Peat: RizalTech wins three straight NAASCU Over-All Championships

Posted on August 20, 2017

 

We joined the league in 2014. We won the Over-All Championship in 2014. We have won all Over-All Championships in all the three years we have been in the NAASCU.

The NAASCU is the biggest collegiate league in the country. We won these Over-All Championships against some of the biggest universities and schools such as OLFU, MLQU, NEU, PMMS, Holy Angel University, PUP, EARIST, AMA University, PCU, UMak, CEU, Diliman College, and Enderun Colleges.

The other member schools are Arandia College (a new comer this 2017 season), City College of Pasay, Lyceum of Subic Bay, St. Clare College of Caloocan, De Ocampo Memorial Colleges, De La Salle Araneta University, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Francis of Assisi College, and Colegio De San Lorenzo.

Success is Not An Accident.

 


Categories: President's Corner

The Most Expensive State Universities and Colleges, Academic Year 2016 to 2017: Where is RizalTech

Posted on August 19, 2017

Heart strong!”

                     –Coach Tai Bundit

We rank 92nd out of 114 State Universities and Colleges in the country. We belong to the 25 least expensive SUCs. But we keep on improving. It’s really all in the heart.

According to LOCALPULSE (www.localpulse.net), among the SUCs in NCR, PNU ranks 7th among the most expensive, TUP is 35th, PUP is 85th, RTU is 92nd, MPC is 102nd, Philsca is 109th, and EARIST is 111th.

We give the best of what we have. Honest, dedicated, selfless service to the University…this is really the best of what we have.

Categories: President's Corner

Culture of Negativism

Posted on August 18, 2017

Every morning while preparing for work, I often open the TV to a morning show, which after the program opening jingle proceeds right away to their “Ronda Reports.”  The “Ronda Reports” always show dead people, such as those who “nanlaban sa mga pulis” during a drug raid and “nakuhanan ng dalawang hinihinalang sachet ng shabu,” or a “holdaper” whom the police cornered in a narrow street and was killed.  There are always dead motorcycle riders, old people run over by vehicles, rape cases, and massacres.  Just in case the reports become so violent, I have the remote control of the TV ready to punch another channel.  In the article Culture of Negativism written by Joel Villaseca which appeared in Inquirer (November 14, 2015), Mr. Villaseca so aptly put into words how we can describe the propensity of people to look for the negative in events:

I’VE HEARD a number of people, mostly fellow Filipinos, assert that we have a culture of negativism. They say we Filipinos seem to have a special talent for homing in on the bad news, on other people’s foibles, especially those in the government and those seeking to run it. With one unfortunate comment, we pounce, and pounce hard, judging that person as if his or her entire being were contained in that one unfortunate comment (or two), disregarding the totality of his or her life, the things done, the choices made, however honorable, however worthy of praise.

This culture breeds additional similar cultures such as the culture of envy and the culture of anger. All that it takes in an organization is a group of that will spread lies and negativism and discontent.  All that is needed is one person who will spread anger, someone who is in his or her nature negative, and the entire organization—or university—is infected. 

It is best to avoid these people.  “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”  Proverbs 22:24-25

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THE UNIVERSITY CODE

Posted on August 17, 2017

“Mas madaling mang alipusta kaysa gumawa.”

                   –Former President Simeon Benigno C. Aquino III

I STARTED WRITING THE University Code in 1999 when I was VPAA, about one and a half years after we became a University.  It took me several months to finish it.  I started writing sometime in April, 1999.  I finished writing the First Draft in October of 2000, finally presenting it to the Academic Council on the same month.  

Disappointing.  That’s the understatement to describe that meeting.  One faculty member rose to complain that they were not given advance copies of the draft.  And then with a sneer on her face she walked out of the meeting.  Another complained that the no consultations were made when in fact there were.  The majority of the members of the Council were silent, but animosity and negativism are contagious. 

That meeting ended with nothing being accomplished.  I kept the draft in the deepest part of my files in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, as if I tried to bury the pain of the insults hurled on me in that meeting, and to try to forget the rudeness of my colleagues.  The two-hundred page draft, the product of one and a half years of labor, was about to go to waste, because I was so badly affected by the criticisms of people who never had any contribution in the writing of the draft. 

But I made a mistake.  I gave one copy to Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug who created committees which would study the various portions of the draft.  Months later, all the committees met for a few days at the Training Hall on the 4th floor of the JV Estolas Building for finalization of the University Code. 

I was then invited on one meeting of the Board of Regents to present the Second Draft to the said body.  Commissioner Mona Valisno presided in that meeting.  I remember it was a rainy day.  Classes were suspended but the meeting went on just the same.  Commissioner Valisno addressed me as “Professor Torres.”

The Final Draft was finally presented to the Board of Regents on August 20, 2002 and was approved by the said body.  The University Code was then sent to the printer.  It has my name in one of its pages.

There is one thing I learned from this experience.  Never let yourself be put down by adversity.   


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The RTHU:  Rizal Trying Hard University:  We always try hard—everyday—to make the RizalTech a better University

Posted on August 15, 2017

STUDENT ASSEMBLY August 4, 2017

We are honored on this occasion by the presence of former SSC Chair and Regent Annareah Alcazar.  Annareah is one of the most courageous Student Regents we have had, serving during one of the most crucial periods in the history of the RizalTech. 

She was the Chair of SSC when the RizalTech would be choosing a new President.  The RizalTech was already under the leadership of an OIC in the person of the former President whose term has already expired.  The Board of Regents has scheduled the search process for the new President.  The Search Committee has been constituted.  The candidates have filed their applications. 

On August 31, 2010 the candidates were presented in a public forum where they presented their vision and strategies for the University and to answer the questions in an open forum. 

On September 6, 2010, the Board met to elect the new President.  It was held in the office presently being occupied by the Legal Department.  Two members of the Board questioned the process of election.  The Chairperson of the Board insisted on the election.  The two members decided not to participate in the election.  The Board nevertheless proceeded with the election with only six members present and voting.  The Board opined that since the whole membership is eleven, six would comprise the majority.

I was elected President with a unanimous vote of 6 by all remaining members.  Annareah was there.  I hope she can tell us what happened in the deliberations of the Board for the sake of history.  But she was there.  I knew she fought hard for the sake of this University.

I took my Oath of Office as President right after the election.

Ten days later, September 6, 2010, the Board in a Special Meeting once again met, this time in the CHED Chairman’s Conference Room.  The Board this time voted to invalidate my election of September 6, and to retain the former President as Officer in Charge.  Annareah was there.  I knew that together with the Faculty Regent and Alumni Regent they fought hard against the invalidation of my election but there was just three of them. 

Forty four days later, on November 4, 2010, the Board met again.  This time they decided to finalize their choice of President.  I was again elected unanimously with a vote of ten against zero for the other candidates.  Annareah was there.  I hope she can tell us her version of this very controversial period in our history as an institution. 

Your theme for this Assembly is commendable.  “Responsibility Over Legacy:  A Courage to Transform.” When we were the student leaders ourselves we did not have that kind of theme, but we were here at the time when the very existence of this institution was in question.  We were about to be wiped out from the face the earth, but we did not allow that.  We fought to save the RizalTech from oblivion.  I was the equivalent of the Chairman of the SSC during that time though we called our organization the Kabataang Barangay School Chapter, the only school-wide student organization allowed during Martial Law. 

The RizalTech is not even remotely near dissolution right now but we face challenges every day and you must participate actively in addressing these challenges.  Just yesterday I called a meeting to discuss how we can save on electricity because in just one month our bill shot up by more than PhP 700 thousand.  It would be hard for us to sustain this and instead of using our money to pay for electricity we can spend it to buy books, computers, and equipment, and of course electric fans.  I am asking your help in this matter.  Maybe we can help in bringing our electric bill down.

Before I became President the RizalTech, in the words of a court judge, was one big dumpsite because it was very dirty.  We decided to clean it up because we wanted to show that we can have a better school than what we had.  A clean school is conducive to learning, but cleanliness costs money.  We have to hire janitors.  But we also must do something about this.  Our students must learn to cooperate in the cleanliness drive of the University.  We cannot act like spoiled brats who are entitled to throw garbage just about anywhere because janitors are going to pick them up anyway.  No.  We must be responsible young men and women. 

Faculty members are told often to teach well.  They are told often that our mission in this University is to give our students the opportunity to have a bright future, that when they graduate they will be equipped by how they were prepared by the RizalTech to face the challenges of life ahead.  We tell them to set the example in the exercise of values.  We tell them not to collect money from our students and not to do power tripping over them.  We tell them to really let the students learn from them.  However, we sometimes receive reports about faculty members who are not doing their duty to teach well.  Some of them are incur more than the allowable absences.  Some collect money from their students.  Some are abusive and tell their students harsh words.  Some are arrogant and do not care whether their students learn or not.  This type of behavior is not acceptable.  We must help each other.  We want to put the University in order, and order starts in the classroom. 

We must help each other.  I am your President.  I am a former student of the RizalTech like you.  I have seen the worst of what this school can become.  I tell you, you are now in the best years in the history of this institution.  Even when the budget given to us for your tuition would not be enough and would cover only 60% of what we are supposed to collect, or a shortfall of 80 million, I told my people just to accept those who will not be covered, “Kesa naman matigil pagaaral, tanggapin na natin, abonohan na lang natin ang gastos, total me naitabi naman tayong pondo for this kind of situation.”  It is in your nature to be rebellious.  I, too, was a rebel once, but being a rebel must be for a cause. 

When I was writing the bill that became the law that converted the RTC into a state university, I thought of various names for our school.  RTUST, RUST, RSUST among others.  Now I have entertained the idea of calling the RizalTech the RTHU or the Rizal Trying Hard University.  It is because we try hard every single day to give you the best education we can possibly give.  In this endeavor let us help each other.

Categories: President's Corner

GENDER AND SENSITIVITY TRIP TO THAILAND, NOTES

Posted on August 16, 2017

When I studied in the Chulalongkorn University in 2006 I had a glimpse of the role of women in Thai society.  It seemed they had rights which their society does not give much thought, a non-issue because they have been practicing them all along. 

All our professors in the course I took were female.  I asked them about some important issues such as pre-marital sex.  My professor thought about it for a while before reacting.  I asked about abortion.  With a shrug of her shoulders, one professor said matter-of-factly that it is allowed in Thailand.  I remember her adding that abortion in Thailand is safe and medically supervised though their Buddhist society does not wholly approve it.  This was the only information she gave me.

I went to Thailand again on July 20 to 24 of this year together with a tema of experts in Gender and Development.  We visited several universities and conferred with counterpart experts from the country.  We visited the Office of Higer Education Commission and conferred with the Chairman and other officials.  The purpose was to learn as much as possible about their gender issues and programs.  The visit is a preparation for the establishment of an ASEAN cooperation on the GAD in a GAD Summit to be held in the Philippines in October. 

After this trip, I researched my previously-obtained data on the Internet.  I learned that abortion is allowed but it should be under medical supervision and that there only a few instances when the law would sanction it.  I also learned that abortion is being advocated by feminist groups as a way of promoting the rights of women particularly the “right of women to choose” and to reduce illegal abortions.

Thai women play traditional roles in society.  Their primary duty is caring for the family and her husband. 

They enjoy political rights equal to men.      

Thai law requires a man to have only one legal wife. 

Thai girls receive university education.  It is not safe to have a Thai girlfriend especially if she comes from the sex industry.

Thai women are getting the same employment and pay as the Thai males. 

Discrimination is still present.

Sexual harassment is a serious problem in Thailand.  Rape cases have been going up.

Note:  The matter of GAD in our trip was mostly one-sided with the Filipino side, particularly Ms. Eleanor Fernandez and Dr. Helen Dayo doing most of the explaining to the Thai side, except when we talked to the professor from the Christian University.  She is in a theological seminary for future Protestant pastors.  Quoting the Bible, she explained the traditional Christian view about women as playing a subordinate role to men.  It is in I Timothy 2:12.

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Day Moon in the RizalTech Quadrangle

Posted on August 14, 2017

Here is a picture of the day Moon I took with my cellphone from the Quadrangle.  You can take your own pictures through your smart phones and have an album of day moons.  Ipakita nyo sa nanay nyo.  Sabihin nyo sa akin kung ano sasabihin ni mama. 

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