Sunday, August 12, 2007

Pres. Sevilleja marks 100th day!

Accomplishments and initiatives ranging from preparation of a work plan and timetable for the finalization of the University Strategic Plan to effecting operational and management efficiency and effectiveness are among the major concerns addressed within the first 100 days of President Ruben C. Sevilleja.

Since May 2, 2007, when he accepted the key of responsibility in leading CLSU from Dr. Rodolfo C. Undan, during a simple turn over ceremony, there was never an idle day for Pres. Sevilleja. He buckled down to work since then in keeping with his pledge of "providing strong leadership and dedicated work" for the welfare of the university, its constituents and clientele.
Following are the highlights of accomplishments during President Sevilleja’s first 100 days.

I. Improved Governance
· Preparation of work and financial plans by office and by program as basis of operation for the period of July to December 2007, and as budgetary benchmark for Fiscal Year 2008.
· Submission of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2008 to the Commission on Higher Education and to the Department of Budget and Management (Region III).
· Issuance of a directive for the implementation of cost-cutting measures to generate savings as embodied in the approved Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).
· A manpower review is on-going for non-academic contractual personnel aimed at rationalizing the number, work assignment, and salary rates, with the ultimate objective of arriving at a reasonable number commensurate to university’s financial capability without sacrificing the overall quality of service.
· Issuance of designations to top level management officials (VPs and Deans/Directors levels). Some changes and realignment/reassignment of program leadership were made.
· Initiated the review of the university’s organizational management structure.

II. Sustained Academic Excellence
· Implemented a computerized enrolment and registration system developed by the Office of Admission for incoming freshmen.
· Developed and finalized MS and Ph D programs in Renewable Energy Systems under the Open University; Certificate in Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medicine in response to the government’s Education Tourism Program.
· Developed a proposal for re upgrading of facilities and equipment for academic and research programs.
· Signed an agreement with the university and Norway for the implementation of an Academic and Research Exchange Program.

III. Knowledge Pursuit
· Carried out (10) new studies; nine (9) training programs in various areas of concern
· Conducted the Annual In-House Review for Completed and On-going Researches last June 8, 2007.
· Constituted a working committee to develop a Bioenergy R & D Program for submission to national and international agencies for possible funding.

IV. Enhanced Development Impact
· The CLSU Center for Central Luzon Studies initiated a study on the problems and opportunities of rice farmers in Nueva Ecija.
· Constituted working committees to conceptualize a Model Rice Drying Facility to be operated by the University Agribusiness Office to serve as a showcase to demonstrate its technical and economic feasibility; and to develop a proposal on Poverty Alleviation and Enhancement of Food Security through Sustainable Technologies to be spearheaded by an Institute of Sustainable Technologies.

V. Proactive Engagement
· Reached an agreement with the Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension (BPRE) for the grant of mobile refrigerated vans for onions, dairy products and fish to be operated by CLSU. This program is a component of the National Cold Chain Program under the Department of Agriculture.
· Developed a 13-ha cultivation and demonstration project for Chinese Hybrid Rice Production in partnership with the Beidahuang Seed Group under the umbrella agreement between CLSU and General Bureau of Land Reclamation of Heilonjiang Province of PROC.
· Extended the IMPACT Project of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme being implemented with the Science City of Muñoz.
· Assigned to the College of Business Administration the development of a training course on Cooperative Management to cater to the skills and management training needs of officers of cooperatives. This course is intended to be conducted in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) for officers of cooperatives involved in the carabao upgrading program.
. Signed an agreement with the Commission on Information and Communication Technology for the implementation of the "iSchool Project" to be implemented by the Information Systems Institute.