Monday, 6 August 2012

CME Asst Dean clarifies issue on JRMSU consortium

By Jeffrey John G. Bungcasan

After hearing several complaints from its students, Negros Oriental State University–College of Maritime Education (NORSU–CME) Assistant Dean Edgardo Santillana shed light on the issue regarding the university’s consortium with the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) in Dapitan City.

The issue brought confusion to CME students after knowing that some of their subjects will beoffered in JRMSU. Santillana said that the issue is not true.

He added that the CME students will not be going to JRMSU to take their subjects. Instead, the instructors from the said university are the ones to come to NORSU.

Since JRMSU is in consortium with NORSU, they will be opening subjects that would compensate the 24-unit deficiency of NORSU–CME as required by the Commission on Higher Education.

The subjects to be offered are Spanish Language, English Proficiency Enhancement, Accelerated English Proficiency, Ship Construction and Stability and Safety II (Safety Procedure).

Junior Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) student Christian Kate C. Mandal said, “It is very okay that they will send professors here but it is still a hassle because instead of only three years, we have to take another semester for the additional 24-unit requirement.”

NORSU–MC I lib implements ‘log-in’ system

By Jela Mae T. Ruales

To help determine the number of students who avail of the services of the Negros Oriental State University–Main Campus I (NORSU–MC I) library, a ‘log-in’ system was implemented last June 4.
The new system was mandated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in order to have documentary records on the number of students who use the library every day as well as assess and evaluate the performance of every library personnel.
Library attendant Zaldy Elmido said that a total of seven regular staff members are assigned to do the ‘log-in’ system—to record and tabulate the names and number of students entering the library.
Elmido explained that each staff member is given a quota of approximately 1,000 names of students per semester as required by the CSC. The number of students each library personnel can record will determine how well they have performed their job.

Moreover, he said that the new system would require each student to write his/her name, course, year level and his/her purpose in going inside the library. With this, library personnel would easily determine students who borrowed books, magazines, newspapers and other reading materials. More so, it would help them impose fines on students who fail to return the materials they have borrowed.

“This might be a hassle for them but they will surely get used to it soon,” Elmido said.

Library student assistant Dayanara Villalon shared that she has prepared on how to do the ‘log-in’ system which will surely help her facilitate the students in using the process.

“It [log-in] looks formal to have that in the library,” first year Bachelor of Science in Tourism student Cookie Mae Pialago said.

Merry Queen Legaspi, a junior Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering student shared that she was glad that NORSU has employed a new system this semester. “Ok ra siya kay it’s for the library’s benefit man pud—to have a record of students nga musulod sa library,” she said. On the other hand, sophomore Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student Gemmarie Tindoc said, “Useless ra siya kay dili man pud mu-fill-up ang ubang students.”


EBA committee nominates Sojor in International Award

By Francis Ivan G. Ho

The Europe Assembly Nomination (EBA) committee based in Oxford, United Kingdom nominated Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) President Henry A. Sojor to the International Socrates Prize in the Science Sphere (ISPSS).

According to EBA Director John W.A. Netting in an e-mail, Sojor has been nominated in the ISPSS because he qualified the requirements for international ‘contemporary’ leadership.

“We are happy to inform that your high authority and immaculate reputation, active civic position and fruitful professional activities, personal contribution to the national science and integration processes got high recognition of the international community,” Netting stated.

The director continued, “Your establishment [NORSU] was chosen as one of the best representatives of national education. The best graduates of your university are well known for their high level of knowledge and professional skills both in your country and abroad.”

Dr. Henry A. Sojor supposed that he is nominated because he has been invited into international fora and symposia as key speaker and research person. “In my own point of view, I am nominated because I am responsible in making this [NORSU] into a state university, giving quality education for poor but deserving students, and besides, their [EBA] research institutions are the ones responsible in investigating public opinions to discover leaders,”he said.

In addition, the president said that he will not attend the awarding ceremony because he cannot afford to be there.

The distinction is designed to honor the best personalities in the field of higher and secondary education, fundamental and applied researches, science and culture. It also symbolizes the highest degree of professional achievements, recognitions and services for common values enriching. The awarding ceremony and euro science open forum will be in Dublin, Ireland on July 1-15.

Meanwhile, EBA research teams are the ones responsible in examining likely individuals prospected to be leaders. Those who have excelled and have prolifically made contributions to the national science and positive social processes are the ones chosen and nominated.

Macahig challenges new LSO president

By Jeffrey John G. Bungcasan

Negros Oriental State University–League of Student Organization (NORSU–LSO) Adviser Giovanni Macahig challenges newly-elected LSO President Xyza Mae Callao to help all student organizations to be actively involved in civic and community activities this school year.

Macahig said that the LSO must participate in tree planting, clean-up drives, and blood donation activities, among others. With these, Macahig added that the organization’s involvement will be its way to get registered easily in the LSO.

“We will be planning to clean and plant trees at the banks of Banica River and in Brgys. Balugo and Candau-ay because these places need it most,” Macahig said.

The LSO adviser is also asking Callao to arrange an “organization day” wherein each student group will be allowed to advertise their own organization and recruit new members. According to him, this plan would sustain the number of registered student organizations and would help them prepare for NORSU’s 85th founding anniversary.

Asked about her opinion on the LSO adviser’s challenge, Callao, a graduating Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences student, said that Macahig’s plans are ‘okay’ for her and that she is willing to help the LSO achieve its purposes. More so, she said that there must be a collaboration between the LSO and the student body in order for them to attain the goals and plans they want.

Meanwhile, Callao added that she is open to any suggestions from the studentry since this would help them identify the areas that need improvement. She added that the LSO office will be open to cater the needs and suggestions of the students and that an LSO officer will be readily available to aid them.

“I cannot work alone because I also need the cooperation of my members to answer students’ questions,” Callao disclosed.

CIT adopts ‘green architecture’ for P28-M renovated bldg

By Mei Anne A. Morales

In order to maximize space and be energy efficient, the Negros Oriental State University–College of Industrial Technology (NORSU–CIT) currently adopts the ‘green architecture’ design for its second floor extension to the tune of P28 million. The project includes the renovation of the ground floor.

The ‘green architecture’ design was initiated by Assistant University Engineer for Architecture and Civil Works Architect Roy Solis. The new second floor has 12 classrooms, two storage rooms and comfort rooms located on its south and north wings.

“We only have 12 rooms because we cannot expand the dimension…we have
limited space,” Solis said. 
Solis added that with the ‘green architecture’ design, electric fans and fluorescent lights will be less needed because there is sufficient ventilation and light that can freely enter into each room. “In that way, we consume less electricity,” he noted.

CIT Dean Glicerio Duran, Jr. said that the design made their college beautiful and conducive for learning. More so, Duran is hoping that the new building will “inspire students to learn.”

“It will be easy for us now to organize our major classes,” said Rudilito Cabajon, CIT Drawing Department instructor.

Moreover, Assistant Professor II Lorenzo Sugod said, “The building is properly designed. We can now establish a good teaching-learning process since we already have new rooms.” Sugod also suggested that every technology room the college has, must also be provided with tool and file cabinets for safekeeping of documents, as well as new white boards.

“New look, new building, new people, new instructors,” said Aida Francisco, a sophomore Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology student.

Meanwhile, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT) students Jed Ryan Alabastro and Reynaldo Katada Jr. praised the placing of benches along the waiting area of the second floor so that the students will not be bored while waiting for their next classes.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

NORSU Registrar launches Student Web Portal

     ' New Milestone for NORSU'.One student signs up for the newly installed computerize system.
(Photo by:Marve G.Fabela)

Norsunians complain water filters unchanged

No Worries.One Student drinks water from an installed drinking fountain in the open court.
(Photo By: Kendrex Pael)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012



Did you know that…?

· The narrowest strait in the world is found in the Philippines. San Juanico Strait is only 2 kilometers (1.2 ml) wide.

· The blood of a lobster is blue.

· In Reykjavik, Iceland, it is a crime to own a pet dog.

· To prevent crying while cutting onions, chew gum.

· Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables.



Are you convinced with CJ Corona’s conviction?

“The non-declaration of his dollar account and katong ni-admit si Corona na naa siay’y 80 million peso account, siya na’y ga-buko sa iyang self. Iyang mga palusot palpak. CJ Corona is convicted because he broke the trust of the people. Being the highest official in the Judiciary, he is not a good model. Dapat wala jud siya’y hugaw bisan gamay, for this will affect the economy of the Philippines since many people across the globe are watching. Betrayal of public trust is an impeachable offense.”

Bethlyn Joy Pagasian – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering-IV

“Corona was not honest enough. Bearing the highest position in the Judiciary Department, his integrity must not be unquestionable. In all aspects, he should be honest.”

Dr. Dalisay Dumalag – Dean College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences

“I’m not convinced. It is very clear that the decisions of the senator judges are tinted by their political and personal interests especially that the senatorial election is fast approaching.”

Ace Vincent Zerna – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering-IV

“I was convinced because of the senators’ proofs against him concerning his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).”

Everon Joy Catanus – Bachelor of Secondary Education-I

“Corona is proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. He did not fairly present his SALN. As a public official and as the top official of the Judiciary Department, he should be the role model and his integrity must be untarnished. This serves as a warning to the ones concerned, who until now did not declare their SALN fairly and honestly.”

Dr. Recto Reyes – Assistant Dean College of Business and Accountancy

“Yes, klaro nga guilty siya kay wala niya natarung ug defend iyang self.”

Karla May Iñgan – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-IV

“Based on the presentation, although I was not in Manila, I can say that Corona is really guilty. As far as a government employee is concerned, there should be amendments that any official shall have transparencies like the so called SALN. What he did was an abuse of power and that was really unfair for us. So mabuti lang sa kanya.”

Dr. Reynaldo G Tan – Instructor, College of Business and Accountancy

“Mura’g guilty. Basing on the evidences presented.”

Giovanni Co – Bachelor of Science in Biology-III

“Yes, because he has a lot of properties nga wala naapil sa SALN.”

‘Catherine’ – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-I

“Dili ko in-favor nga guilty si Corona kay iya rang sala is wala niya napakita ug tarong iyang SALN.”

John Dave Calanza – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-IV

“No, kay nasagulan ra gihapon ug politics. Kay sa pag-ingun ni Santiago about atong “Grounds for Impeachment,” wala nakabutang nga ma-convict if kulang ang SALN.”

Catherine Abella – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-IV

“Although the impeachment trial was politically motivated, I believe that as one of the top officials, he should be a model to everyone. He should be fair especially in filing the SALN. And there were a lot of instances which influenced the Senator Judges to accuse him guilty; such is when Corona walked out from the hearing.”

Mr. Floro Salgado -- Instructor, College of Industrial Technology


What can you say about the current enrollment procedure in NORSU?

“Medyo taas jud ang linya… so far okay ra sa pag-kuha og schedule compare didto sa cashier nga perteng taasa dayon dugay pa jud kaayo.”

John Rose Balangaan – Associate in Hospitality Management-I

“Very tiring samot na ang interview …super daghan jud ang mga students.”

Germelyn Elnar – Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy-I

“Lisod jud ang mu-linya samot na kay bali pa jung taasa. Pero mura’g makaya ra man, mahuman ra bitaw japun.”

Edna Bangkat – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering-I

“Taas kaayo! Kapoy kayo og tindog!”

Rosedy Cuevas – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-I

“Kapoy kaayo tungod sa kataas sa linya.”

Lady Hazel Albina – Bachelor in Technological Education-I

“Taas ra jud kayo ang linya, dili parehas atong sa MC-II nga maba ra tapos gamay ra pud ang tawo.”

Marijoy Enero – Bachelor of Science in Architecture-I

“Taas ang linya, dugay pa mahuman ang process maong kapoy jud kaayo.”

Chade Absin – Bachelor of Science in Nursing-I

“As in bali jud taasa ang linya; maka-ugtos lami na dili i-balik pero unsa-on ta man kinahanglan man jud mi mubalik. Kapoy jud og tindog.”

Romalyn Avanzado – Bachelor of Secondary Education-I

“Daghan kaayo ang students maong ‘big trial’ jud nako ning paglinya. Ganahan na jud kong maki-insert na lang pero policy man nga dapat jud mu linya, so wala na ko’y mahimo.”

Evangeline Muit- Associate in Hospitality Management-I

“Makahulat ra man ko bisan taas ang linya; part man pud ni siya sa enrollment so okay ra.”

Michael Louis Tilos – Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation-I

“Taas. Dugay. Tapos bali jud inita, kung i-compare, mas dali jud ang line sa pagkuha ug schedule.”

Melody Gadingan – Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy-I

“Ang positive thing aning pag-line, paspas. On the negative side, taas ra jud kayo, dayon daghan ang students.”

Jonah Taniog – Bachelor of Science in Geology-I

“Bisa’g asa man pud ko mu linya parehas ra man tanan.”

Marjorie Lozada – Bachelor of Secondary Education-I

“Okay ra man. Kaso kapoy ug sige’g tindog samot na kay taas ang line.”

John Bart – Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation-I

“Taas kayo ang line! Very tiring and I observed some students sitting on the bench, maybe, they are tired too.”

Ayah Calumpang – Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management-I

2 die after truck sideswipes pedestrians

Victims walk on the wrong side, authorities said

By Joeylen Dela Cruz

Bayawan City – Two pedestrians were dead and four injured after a speeding Isuzu Elf truck sideswiped the victims along Talas Place, Cansilong, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental on May 19.

The fatalities were identified as Analy Torres, 36 and Glenda Gelera, 19, a fresh graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education in Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) – Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus (BSC). The two were declared dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Victor Nuico of Bayawan District Hospital.

The other victims who sustained bruises in the different parts of the body were Apolonio Copra, Ramon Cayang, Globilyn Cayang and Yen Gelera.

Victims were on the wrong side

Based on the initial investigation conducted by the Bayawan City–Philippine National Police headed by Police Chief Inspector Teodorico Picardal, at around 10:30 p.m., a fast Isuzu Elf was travelling en route Basay to Bayawan City upon reaching the curve of Talas Place, Cansilong area.

The chief inspector added that the six victims were walking “on the wrong side of the road.” Meanwhile, Picardal noted that the Isuzu Elf driver was drunk when the incident happened.

The driver, Herman Baldado, 49 years old and a resident of Brgy. Cawitan, Santa Catalina, will be facing the cases of reckless imprudence, homicide and multiple physical injuries.

Picardal advised pedestrians to be more vigilant when walking along or crossing national highways to avoid the same accident.

Marve Fabela, a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student and one of the witnesses of the incident, admitted that they [pedestrians] do also have a fault since they were walking on the wrong side. According to him, they should have walked on the left side of the road.

NORSU extends help for Gelera

Glenda Gelera is the youngest among the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Bordet Gelera and is a magna cum laude awardee.

NORSU–BSC College of Education (CEd) donated a humble amount for the victim’s funeral. CEd Assistant Dean Lucille Himpayan shared that she was really shocked about what happened to Gelera. She added that Gelera is surely a big loss to the community since she had been a good student leader and a member of The Pylon.

Meanwhile, NORSU–BSC Student Affairs Office Director Francis Galon said that the parents of the victim will receive their daughter’s death insurance worth P50, 000.

BSN grad qualifies for TOSP R-VII 2012

By Shenmae S. Sojor

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduate of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Felix Mosqueda III was adjudged as one of the top 20 qualifiers for this year’s search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in Region VII.

A cum laude graduate, Mosqueda was nominated under the field of Medicine and Health-Related category after excelling in the academics, leadership and social responsibility categories.

College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences Dean Dalisay Dumalag expressed her happiness for the achievement of Mosqueda and encouraged other students to be involved in activities that will hone both their leadership skills and academic performances.

The dean added that she had seen the potential in Mosqueda that is why she pushed him to join conferences and activities outside NORSU.

“We are very proud of him,” Dumalag said.

The top 20 qualifiers underwent series of evaluations and were determined by a roster of screeners in the different fields.

Wina Jane Gulima a BSN student said that Mosqueda is a pride of the university since such honor of being a nominee is a rare opportunity.

“Although he did not make it to the top 10 list, at least Mosqueda did his best,” second year BSN Jennelyn Traumata said.

Likewise, senior BSN students Rechelle Lee Ramoda and Kimberly Rose Miano said that Mosqueda deserves a “big congratulations because of a job well-done.”

“I hope next time maka-sulod gi-hapon ang nursing sa TOSP,” Miano asserted.

The TOSP is an Awards and Formation Program that seeks to stimulate the youth into nation building through exemplary academic achievements, societal change, and inspiring leadership services to their school, local communities, and the country.

The regional TOSP was a joint project of the Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community, RFM Foundation Incorporated, Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Corporation.

NORSU's first-ever summa cum laude,

Ymbols breaks university's academic record

By Francis Ivan G. Ho

With a cumulative grade point average of 1.2 or 93%, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics graduate Henzel Mae Ymbol made a record-breaking feat after being hailed as Negros Oriental State University’s first-ever Summa Cum Laude during the university’s 54th Commencement Exercises last March 23.

Twenty-year-old Henzel Mae Ymbol is a scholar of the United Coconut Planters Bank–Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB–CIIF). Ymbol is the first ever graduate who achieved the summa cum laude award in the history of NORSU and in UCPB–CIIF.

NORSU President Henry A. Sojor told the The NORSUnian (TN) that he was glad with the achievement of Ymbol as the ‘record-breaker’ in the university’s history. He added that if someone will gain such recognition, he/she will lead a way for aspiring students.

“Because someone broke the record, soon enough, [more] Norsunians will follow,” the university president disclosed.

Ymbol, being the NORSU graduate who first achieved the summa cum laude award, also received the Medal of Excellence from UCPB-CIIF Foundation, Medal for Leadership Award from Senator Aquilino Pimental III and the Medal of Excellence from Senator Manny Villar and former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves.

“Your advocacy for excellence has guided her [Miss Ymbol] to strive for the highest academic performance as well as hone her leadership skills,” said UCPB-CIIF President Edgardo Amistad in a letter to the university president.

Edgardo also expressed his admiration for what Ymbol has done and recognized her as the first UCPB-CIIF scholar to gain the highest award among the 385 UCPB–CIIF scholars from the different universities in the country since 2004.

Meanwhile, Ymbol in an interview with TN, expressed her happiness about the recognition. "I am happy with the awards I have received…it was a mixture of feelings actually. I am even afraid because there's a bigger responsibility I have to shoulder. I'll be representing and carrying the flag of NORSU, and I have to live up with the expectations of the people," she said.

Ymbol also thanked her scholarship [UCPB-CIIF] for letting her avail of a free college education that her parents could not afford.

"We were classmates before. She is very quiet but answers questions well," said Katherine Villocillo, a fresh graduate of Bachelor of Science in Technological Education.

Furthermore, Rojan Talita, a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student said, "I hope that she can achieve what she opt for."

Ymbol’s achievement solicited national attention and that several leading newspapers in the Philippines published articles about her ‘record-breaking’ performance.

EE grad tops RMELE

By Janethriz B. Aso and Jela Mae Ruales 

A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) graduate of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Mario Erosedo placed 10th in the Registered Master Electrician Licensure Examination (RMELE) last April 24.

Erosedo obtained an 81 percent passing rate, putting him on the 10th spot of the board examination. With him is another NORSU–RMELE passer, Reinhold Jek Abing.
Sought for his reaction on the recent examination, Erosedo said that the result surprised him a lot and he never anticipated in topping the exam. According to him, with added prayers and patience in reviewing, nothing is impossible in obtaining a satisfactory outcome.
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Erosedo added that he had a hard time focusing for the RMELE. “Lisod para nako ang RMELE kay wala jud nako nabasa maayo ang Philippine Electrical Code book; focused man me sa Electrical Engineering Licensure Examination,” he stressed.

College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Dean Josef Vill Villanueva congratulated Erosedo and Abing for the name they have brought to their college. He added that he was glad with the two passers for inspiring students to excel in their field of endeavor.

“There were those who topped the Master Electrician Exam before, and I am glad that my students continued doing it,” Villanueva disclosed.

Third year BSEE student Charess Villalva said, “His [Erosedo] five-year stay in CEA was all worth it.”

Another junior BSEE student, Gladys Marie Morales, commended Erosedo’s satisfying mark in the exam. She said, “I was never regretful upon choosing my course for I know our instructors are molding us well to become successful engineers in the future…it shows on the number of passers CEA gains every year.”

“Engr. Erosedo brought NORSU’s name into fame,” said fourth year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering student Armand Paul Mangubat. For Bethlyn Joy Pagasian, another senior BSEE student, the result will motivate and inspire her and other students to study harder. Pagasian related that CEA’s instructors are really employing their best skills to train students and future topnotchers.

The Professional Regulation Commission announced that 690 registered master electrician passed out of 1,953 RMELE takers.

Dumaguete’s Pride wins 3rd in It’s Showtime inter-town tilt

By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz

After showcasing their best dance moves, Dumaguete’s Pride emerged third during the grand finals of the top-rating noontime television show It’s Showtime.

The dance group is Dumaguete City’s representative to the reality talent show with dancers from the Skip Dance Crew, Kabilin Dance Troupe, and the Tightbeat Crew of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU).

Dumaguete’s Pride Trainer Jerome Culanag said that he is happy and thankful with the result even though they were not hailed as the champion and that the city government of Dumaguete, with Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong and NORSU President Henry A. Sojor, aided them financially.

To note, the dance group made its way to the top by winning the daily and weekly eliminations where the remote performances were held inside the university gymnasium.

“The experience was great and it taught us to be more responsible, patient and respectful towards our teammates,” Culanag shared.

Meanwhile, performing with them live in the remote during the grand-finals were The Most Wanted Crew, New Born Crew, Silent Crew, Sole Extreme Crew, Kids Supremacy Dance Crew, Teenage Crew, School Boys, Skip Dance Crew, Kabilin Dance Troupe, Street Dance Crew and other Dumagueteños.

City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. opined that the group did their best in the competition. Though Dumaguete’s Pride did not win the Grand Champion title, Maquiling said that they “are still the champion for me.”

Mariz Cellona, a sophomore Bachelor of Mass Communication student said that she is contented with the result since it was adjudged fairly.

Moreover, sophomore Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student Shienna April Fausto shared that she is proud of Dumaguete’s Pride for giving another name for NORSU in the national level.

Two of the remote performers, Steffany Cox and Jexter Majan, expressed their gratitude to all the people who supported them all throughout the practice. The two disclosed that the hectic schedules of their practices did not hinder them from obtaining the 3rd spot.

7 BS Accy grads pass CPALE 2012

By Myrna B. Alarcio

After posing no passers from last year’s examination, Negros Oriental State University–College of Business and Accountancy (NORSU–CBA) have finally produced seven Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) during the May 2012 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE).

The new CPAs were Charlotte Alinsunurin, Jonald Bendaño, Ranelo dela Cruz, Shelah Dorio, Christine Chelo Laurante, Meriane Salik, and James Earl Villacorte.

NORSU-CBA mustered a 53.85 percent passing rate after seven out of 13 takers passed the CPALE, higher than the 37.85 percent national passing mark set by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The passers consist of three from the six Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BS Accy) fresh graduates and four from the seven repeaters.
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CBA Dean Silveria Ochotorena said that she is pleased with the performance of the examinees. “I am happy that they have reached the passing mark, thus the performance of NORSU is quite improving,” she said.

The dean shared that dedication and religious studying, together with the right preparations, helped the CPALE takers pass. Meanwhile, Ochotorena disclosed that the CBA gave monetary assistance worth P20, 000 to the takers for the review materials.

However, Accountancy Department Chair Brigido Enquilino said he was a bit dissatisfied with the result. “The performance was not that good that’s why we are aiming to get a 100 percent rate or maybe at least 80 percent this October,” he said.

Moreover, the department chair advised future takers to have proper study habits. “They [BS Accy students] need to study with a minimum of 5 hours daily.”

He furthered that the department is employing the zero-based grading system effective this year where students must maintain a grade of 75 percent or higher in all major subjects. “Once they failed in a major subject, we advise them to shift,” Enquilino disclosed.

Stephanie Bilocura, a senior BS Accy student, opined that she was glad with the result. “I am happy because it is already an achievement of the department from 0 to 50 percent,” she said.

Jennilou Sienes, another freshman BS Accy student, shared that she was inspired to finish her course. “If nakaya nila, makaya pud namo,” she said.

Meanwhile, the PRC announced that 1, 995 out of 5, 315 examinees passed the CPALE conducted in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Legazpi.

CEA produces licensed engineers, topnotcher

By Jela Mae Ruales

The Negros Oriental State University–College of Engineering and Architecture (NORSU–CEA) produced a new set of passers during the April and May Electronics and Communications Engineer Licensure Examination (ECELE), Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (EELE), Civil Engineer Licensure Examination (CELE) and a 10th placer in the Registered Master Electrician Licensure Examination (RMELE).

The successful ECELE passers were Melvin Belnas, Mark Jaed Bendijo, Roderick Indab, May Joy Leonora, and Karole Joseph Torres. Meanwhile, the CELE passers were Ernie Diputado, Kristoffer Gantalao, Celestina Ojano, and Lemalyn Ragasa. Moreover, Reinhold Jek Abing and Mario Erosedo were the EELE passers.

Of the six examinees who took the April ECELE, five of them passed, giving NORSU an 83.33 percent passing rate as compared to the 53.55 percent national passing rate set by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Meanwhile, two out of three EELE takers passed, mustering a 66.67 percent passing rate as compared to the 43.87 national passing rate.

On the other hand, four of the seven takers of the May CELE passed, obtaining a 57.14 percent passing percentage as compared to the 34.07 national passing rate.

In a related development, Erosedo placed 10th in the RMELE after gaining an 81 percent passing rate. (See related article.)

CEA Dean Josef Vill Villanueva shared that he is very happy with the results of the examinations because the marks only prove that they are still able to produce passers and a topnotcher in the national examinations. The dean also commended the success of the teachings in their college. “Our faculties are giving their best in providing our students with quality education,” he said.

John Kevin Racabal, a graduating Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BSECE) student said, “We are so proud of them! They will become an inspiration to the rest of us.”

Furthermore, senior BSECE student Lili Andrea Piñero shared that she is proud with the result. She believed that their college will continue to produce more batches of licensed engineers especially that they are now equipped with modernized tools and competent instructors.

The different examinations were done in the different testing centers in the Philippines.

Faith Ignited

By Rock in Roll’in

It was the dawn of May 21. I was awakened by the blinding light of the fluorescent lamp and the steady stare of three pairs of eyes on the ceiling of that old rest house. For a moment, I wondered how unreactionary I was at the presence of the three geckos when I used to freak out at the sight of one reptile. As I checked on the time and the plight of my sleeping colleagues, I crawled out of bed, said a little prayer, and began throwing into my bag some necessities to bring.

It was indeed a beautiful Monday dawn, the day our five-day youth camp would commence and the day I planned to enroll myself as a senior student of this state university. I was more or less one hundred and five kilometers away from Dumaguete City that time, and a good Christian friend, who was also an officer of our youth church organization, offered me a lift back home so that I could prepare for the enrollment. We had a deal done weeks before that big day.

Everything was well-planned before we embarked. We gave instructions to the rest of the officers left behind and prayed for a good weather. I was pretty confident that everything will be fine. Everything. Except for one.

As the morning sun made its graceful entrance to meet and greet a Monday anew, our travel was as smooth as silk on the asphalted road. Though both of us were in a ‘sticky situation’, literally, (since we skipped taking a bath before leaving the venue) and were almost hungry for breakfast, we managed to have short conversations once in a while and filled the car’s atmosphere with gibberish talks. But still, my main concern was what lies ahead, what awaits me when I arrive home. I may not look fresh, but my father’s voice over the phone the night before was as fresh as a newly-picked orange in a tree.

“Ging, have you prayed for your enrollment?” He meant the money intended for my enrollment. (He had told me months ago that he could not assure me of an amount for my senior year education. We were also struggling with our finances during that time because of my summer classes.)

I quickly sensed what was going on. Either God has already answered my prayers or has delayed it for some more hours, I was certain that I could be enrolled the next day.

“Today,” I thought, “I will be going home empty-handed and without the full assurance that I will be enrolled. But I am happy and excited for I know that I am rich in faith and hope that God has answered my prayers. I have prayed to God for the nth time that He shall provide my needs for my enrollment, according to what has been said in Philippians 4:19. But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

After a very quick drive of one hour and a half, I shut the door of the car and said goodbye to my friend who also made earlier plans of having himself enrolled at the neighboring university. I was welcomed with a smile by my mother as she kissed me. She told me she missed me.

I did not immediately ask for the tuition from my father, neither asked my mother about it. I wanted to prolong the thrill that I was feeling inside – the thrill of an answered prayer. I just uttered from time to time, “Oh Lord, help me accept the news with a grateful heart.”

Then my father called me, saying, “Ging, I have something to tell you.”

I looked at my mother who was standing beside him that time and she gave me a frown. I turned back to my father and I could not read his countenance.

“Okay, this is starting to give me goosies,” I thought.

He started opening his mouth and told a story. I gave a half-smile and a lazy stare at both of them and started turning pale.

“Could you please get to the bottom of this already?” I thought again.

And suddenly, out of the blue, my father fished a very small brown envelope from his pocket, about 5 centimeters wide and 7 centimeters long. I did not even know how he ended his story. I was so pre-occupied with the brown envelope. That thing seemed to sparkle, just like that of the cartoon shows I used to see on Disney and Cartoon Network, with a hushing, almost screaming, tinkling sound of glory along with it.

My father handed it to me with a grin. My mother said nothing. She only gave me another big hug.

“Ging, you can now enroll. God answered our prayers. And congratulations kay 4th year na ka.”

“Pakuyaw kaayo ka Tay. Kaingon ko’g di na ko ka eskwela,” I blurted in excitement.

“Ah madahan? Naa kay Ginoo. Di g’yud ka Niya pasagdan,” he answered.

I did not ask for more questions. I just heaved a sigh of relief and thanked them both. My God is an awesome God indeed.

To cut it short, I was enrolled on that same day and it took me just half a day to do it. Later that afternoon, my friend and I went back to Basay with his family and another youth camp officer. I knew by that time that my business in NORSU was over. Hence, I have to face my responsibilities for another event, all for God’s glory.

I could only stand amazed on how God continues to sustain my needs. The time I made my first tiny steps into my first classroom in kindergarten until today that I am almost nearing the finish line, He has never failed to prove how rich and gracious He is. Until today, I am living under His mercy and grace, and until today, I claim His promise. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

Rock in Roll’in is a Baptist, and a member of one of the organizations here in NORSU. She is currently in her senior year.

The Woman of the Hour

By Lycel D. Caingcoy

The deafening drums and the yells of amazement echo simultaneously around the four-walled stadium. She humbly walks through a narrow aisle where a thousand pairs of eyes stare at her. But she knows that she is going to be alright because her family is right there, too. In their faces are hues of vibrant smiles and proud hearts. And from them she took the courage to step forward towards the stage and shake hands with the upper echelons of the university. She is yet to receive the highest form of academic award a Norsunian can ever achieve.

The cheers and never ending applauses continued to overwhelm her as she finally arrived at the stage. For the first time in her life, she herself has become the spotlight. The mass media flocked at the sides of the stage to commemorate an event that will mark a new local history of the province – the only state university in Negros Oriental to produce its first Summa Cum Laude.

Bitterness of Life

Twenty-year old town girl Henzel Mae Ymbol was raised in a simple life with her average earner parents. A native from San Juan, Siquijor and the eldest of four siblings, she admitted that she helps her father tend their coconut farm, livestock, and usually do chores that are intended for boys. Recounting her yesteryears, Ymbol related that in behalf of her mother, she was the one who sets their food and that her usual routine was to wash the wet blankets and baby pads of her younger brother before heading to school and babysit him after classes. Ymbol shared that the sacrifices she undertook during her grade school were the ones that tested her courage and made her realize that there are a lot of more important things to attend to.

Going to school without a penny in her pocket, having been mocked by classmates because her clothes and bags have once been theirs’ and retaining old pencil and notebooks at the start of the school year did not beset her. Henzel admitted that she started to become aware and worry the thing that worry her parents—and that is the financial status of her growing family. It was the time she painted a mark in her heart that she will become more serious. Henzel ensured to manifest whole shrewdness towards her studies. Her adversities did not hinder her to graduate class valedictorian at Catulayan Elementary School.

Was and Always a Victor

After treading the rocky road of her elementary years, she had to face another unsure chapter of her student life. Her being a high school student brought her another set of responsibilities and undertakings that yielded another gathering of tough times to further assess her persistence and faith in the Almighty. She became a working student in her school for free miscellaneous fees and even accepted laundries and cleaning jobs from one of her teachers to fund her projects. When summer comes, her father would send her as a family helper at Larena, Siquijor where she learned how to deal with other people and that the values she attained from doing so lives up until the present. With the plight she was in, she still managed to work and even brought home the bacon after graduating as class valedictorian at Catulayan National High School.

Plain living as it was, Henzel was rest assured that her parents could not send her to college. She knew that her old and frail parents would be grappling with more and more expenses. Indeed, desperate times call for desperate measures; hence, her brother was urged to stop schooling, giving way to pursue her dream.

Being top of her class, a scholarship program was offered by the United Coconut Planters Bank–Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB–CIIF) to shoulder her studies here in Dumaguete City. She never disappointed them anyway. To further compensate her schooling, she worked as a student assistant in the Mathematics Department and even conducted tutorial classes in Math. She borrowed a laptop from a tutee so as to finish her thesis and projects.

Because of Henzel’s brilliant academic performance, her four siblings would battle with endless queries regarding their individual standing in the academe, figuring out who among them had a share of blessing. Henzel however related that she is still their proud “ate” who accepts and loves them for who they are and what they are capable of.

Friendly Gal

When among friends, Henzel shared that she wanted her pals to feel comfortable with her as a companion. Instead of getting pissed off when a joke is thrown on her, she manages to gag back and eventually join with the laughter. She treasures her friends as much as they treasure her. That is why she always exerts effort in knowing them first before getting at ease with them. When she is left alone, she can be found daydreaming after reading a novel. Some of her most favorite novels were Jane Eyre and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by English writer Charlotte Brontë and American author Harriet Beecher Stowe, respectively. Aside from that, she could also be seen sitting alone in the Perpetual Church or having a walk around the city with no certain destination.

To satisfy your insatiable desire regarding her potion to success, Henzel shared that she has always been a fan of merely understanding the lessons instead of doing so much memorizations. “The best way to learn is by sharing,” she continues, “but not in the sense of letting others copy my works, rather, letting them understand what we are doing and why we have that certain answer.”

Moreover, Henzel said that she always thinks that she knows nothing or the least so that her mind would be open to greater ideas when a new discussion arises. “Just like a glass. If it is already full and you still pour water in it, that water will just end up overflowing. But if you are like an empty glass, craving for knowledge the world could offer, you’ll learn even small things humbly,” she quoted.

Asked about her study habit, she said that she does a little scanning for minor subjects whereas she patiently studies her major subjects especially the higher Math to the point that she needs to write her notes respectively.

“And one thing, there should be mellow music playing—some kind of a relaxing tool for me,” she confessed.

Bearing the fact that she had been the Summa Cum Laude, her love for pure Mathematics cannot be denied. According to her, Mathematics gave her the hint to look at things deeply. She added that the field is in everything, without us realizing it. To her, life is a problem with certain ends but it is up to us what formula to be used to come up with the ultimate answer.

“If you believe in Mathematics and its concepts, you’ll have the perception that every problem has a solution,” she asserted. On the other hand, if Math was her first love, she reveals that her second and third love were Science and Agriculture and related craft, respectively. Asked about her lovelife, Henzel shared that it is almost three years now since she entertained someone special. Conflict of interests and distance were some of the factors that made them unable to maintain their relationship. Henzel realized that she cannot serve two masters at the same time.

Currently, Henzel works as a Market Specialist in Makati City, leading the way to finally raise their standard of living as well as supporting her siblings’ school fees.

No matter how good you are in something, no matter how skillful you are, no matter how edgy you are among others, if you do not put into actions these God-given talents, you will gain nothing. You will remain the same person as you were yesterday. The kind of values you live today greatly spells the kind of person you become in the future. Indeed, Henzel serves as a model for students who are never afraid to dream that once impossible dream.

Unprioritized Priority

By The Arbitrary Pointer

Several complaints have been created by students who do not have proper classrooms to hold their classes with. In fact, a few of them have dropped their subjects because of the hassles brought about by this dilemma. The rest remained voiceless and complacent because of fears of being reprimanded when they complain.

When I first stepped inside Negros Oriental State University three years ago, this problem has already existed yet it remained unanswered. I know students have been telling their teachers about the issue but still nothing happened. Perhaps, if indeed teachers have told the administration, they could have probably answered or if not, perhaps the authority covered their ears to refrain from hearing the students’ similar cries. That is a problem!

For Bachelor of Mathematics students for example, looking for vacant classrooms has been their struggle. The course is no less than attached to the College of Arts and Sciences, yet they still go to the College of Education to have classes or if not to the College of Business and Accountancy and to the College of Industrial Technology. Others conduct classes under lounges in the university.

While we are in the peak of sacrifices, it is sad to say that the administration is a slowpoke regarding these concerns. We know we have to understand the university because evidently they are after the best welfare of the students. However, for the past few years, the same problem has been aired by the students in the university.

Remember! We are supposed to enjoy an ideal training place as part of the privilege of being a student. And classrooms are one of the most essential elements of our development.

Classrooms are believed to be a safe space where learning can take place. It is where instructors and students share ideas. Moreover, it is in classrooms where instructors integrate learning into students’ daily life.

Now, what do you think will happen if this part is missing? Perhaps, proper class interaction cannot take place or maybe the interests of the students will slowly disappear. We know you aim for higher in advancing our proficiency as mark is showing. So we suggest you have to sensitively look this matter.

As part of the studentry, we can say that the university still has wide pylons to hone our personalities. We, students, hoped that the university will not take our requests for granted.

Partly a part, partly apart


We have finally come to the dawning of a new school year. The university is pleased to welcome all freshmen, transferees, and returnees with a wide smile. With a sure increase of enrollees, it could be said that Negros Oriental State University is an institution no lesser than other high-class universities in the province.

But how does it really feel like to be a true-blue Norsunian?

Evidently, there are a lot of students who seem to have successfully enrolled themselves in NORSU but have not really felt the essence of being one. Perhaps, here is the answer to that.

Being apart. It is quite a sad thing to still see a lot of students who remain lax and indifferent about the events happening around them. They are consciously aware of some anomalies and probably misconduct of some administrator or faculty member yet they remain mute. They are witnesses to acts that order on abuse by some teachers, yet they act blind and pretend not to see the real picture. They are aware that they have the abilities and skills that they can use for the common good yet they remain secretive, saying that they are shy or that their skills and talents are nothing compared to others. They are students with capabilities, strength, power and knowledge to make a difference for themselves and for the community yet they remain ignorant, indefinite and unsure.

Be a part. It is high time that all students become a part of something that benefit themselves and the people around them. This state university is a good ground for excellence in almost all fields. Various organizations, institutions and small groups have been put up for the empowerment of students.

We have the Kabilin Dance troupe for aspiring dancers, the Kabilin Choir for golden voices and the Kabilin Band for music makers. We also have The NORSUnian, the official weekly student publication of Negros Oriental State University, an institution that seeks to fight for the welfare and rights of students thru paper and pen. At the same time, the institution hones the writing, drawing, and photography skills of students. Then, we have The Pylon, the official yearbook of Negros Oriental State University, which seek to empower students thru developing the graphics designing and writing skills of individuals, among others. We have more or less fifty organizations under the League of Student Organizations in the academic, religious and special interest categories.

There are a lot to choose from. Unless you have not graduated yet, you still have all the chances in the world to participate and be a catalyst of change. We assure you it is all worth the effort and sweat, knowing that you have become a part of something, be it an organization, institution, or group.

This academic year 2012-2013 opens with a lot of opportunities offered for you. It is for you to decide – to remain apart, or to be a part.

K to 12: A Boon or Bane?

By The Anatomy Of

Statistics says it. A rough estimate of 21.49 million elementary and secondary public school students will once again enter the premises of their beloved alma mater for once the school year 2012–2013. Well, that’s a big challenge to our Department of Education (DepEd) officials and teachers since this year also marks the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum and the inclusion of “mother tongue” from Kindergarten to Grade III.

Apparently, in a country that’s seeking for advancements in education and in producing qualified learners, the K to 12 program might be the answer to these problems. As a matter of fact, the Philippines is the only country that’s been following the 10-year basic education cycle in Asia; hence, it is high-time for our basic education system to follow the trend of other countries— one year Kindergarten level and 12 years of basic education (which includes six years of primary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school).

However, there are glitches in this new system.

Since this school year’s batch serves as the ‘pilot class’ for this new program and that a sum of 21.49 million students will flock to nearby public schools, how then will our Filipino learners grab a gist of the lessons taught in the classroom if they don’t even have, or lack a classroom in the primary and junior high levels, plus the two-year senior high level?

More so, this curriculum would also mean that additional teachers will be hired to man the extra levels, but, as the DepEd noted that a total of 47,000 teachers are badly needed, who will then handle those remaining echelons of learning with qualified and professional skills in teaching?

And the perennial problems still exist like inadequacy of books, overcrowded classrooms and sometimes the learning of the basics under the shed of a tree.

For me, what the Filipino learners need is the quality of education rather than focusing on the quantity or number of years an individual should spend to become a more competitive and productive graduate of this K to 12 curriculum. Although, we lagged in the lowest spot during the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), maybe this problem could be remedied by sewing first the weak spots in some of our learning institutions and providing adequate supports and funds.

With that, I think the Filipino learners will strive hard and excel if they feel that their learning environment is conducive for learning. Above all, learning occurs in the learner and therefore should not be solely based on the years a learner must take.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Norsunians excel in 2012 SCUAA Nat'l Olympics

By Myrna B. Alarcio

Bringing the banner of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) as the representatives of Region VII in the 2012 State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Olympics, Chantely Kaye Gonzales was crowned Miss SCUAA 2012 and John Paul Bayona hoarded medals in the swimming competition.

Beauty and Wit

An Elementary Education major and also Ms. NORSU 2012 4th runner-up, Gonzales shared that her happiness towards her achievement is indescribable. “I have always dreamed of joining a national pageant, and I brought home the crown,” she said. Asked about her edge among other candidates, she opined that the way she carry herself and her personality paved her way to the title.

Aside from the crown, Gonzales also won the Best Festival Costume and Best in Terno awards.

Moreover, Jeoffrey Laranjo, Mr. SCUAA 2012 has been included as one of the 7 finalists for the interview portion.

Not empty-handed

Meanwhile, after a week of sports competitions in the Nat’l SCUAA Olympics, Norsunians did not go home empty handed. John Paul Bayona garnered five medals of different categories in the swimming competitions. He won a gold medal in 200m breaststroke, silver in 50m backstroke, and bronze medals in 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke categories.

Furthermore, Sean Rey Sanchez won a bronze medal in Taekwondo Welterweight Division.

Sports and Athletics Department Director Robeleo Padernal expressed his delight towards the achievements of the Norsunians. He added that in terms of performance he was quite satisfied of the efforts exerted by all Region 7 participants. “But one consolation for me is that, all medal producers were all from NORSU among the five schools representing Central Visayas,” he continued. He disclosed that NORSU athletes still needs more improvement and more training especially in the ball games.

Meanwhile, all the winners will be given cash incentives prior to the University President Henry A. Sojor’s announcement during the pre-departure briefing.

The 2012 SCUAA National Olympics was held in Iloilo City on February 19 to 25.

NORSU students elect new leaders

By Janethriz A. Aso and Albert C. Umbac

Another set of student-leaders are yet to prove their skills in leadership for the next school year, The Union of Dedicated Organizations and Responsible Students (TUDORS) standard bearer Kathleen Jean Yuson is the new Student Government of Dumaguete City (SGDC) One president. While, unopposed Ace Vincent Zerna is pronounced as SGDC Two president.

Main Campus I elections

Main Campus I elections was successfully carried out last February 24, which was spearheaded by its Committee on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Geraldine Mapula and assisted by some SG scholars.

In a consolidated data given by the COMELEC chairman, dated February 28, Kathleen Jean Yuson from the TUDORS party list beat Katherine Valdez from the IDEALS in an 806–674 total number of votes. Meanwhile, Carmelito Sojor IV (IDEALS), running for the Vice-Presidential position, got 953 votes against competitor Brian Ponce (TUDORS) with 529.

Mapula also shared to the The NORSUnian that only two of the six colleges in MC I have competing candidates for the local Gubernatorial and Vice-Gubernatorial position indicating a sure-win for the unopposed ones.

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Gubernatorial and Vice-Gubernatorial candidates Michael Vincent Tubog and Michael Hidlao got 295 and 276 votes respectively. While Christine Antosada (209 votes), Rodrigo Jay Miralles (206 votes) and Janny Alemania (196 votes) were the new representatives for the college.

Moreover, Daryl Balbon (77 votes) and Josie Wen Lejarso (64 votes) were the newly-hailed Governor and Vice-Governor for the College of Industrial Technology (CIT). For the Representative position, five candidates were chosen including ­­­___ Lazona (56 votes); Pal Anton Casinto (54 votes); Almae Grace Silay (53 votes); John Rex Villas (51 votes) and Julius Tejam (45 votes).

The College of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences (CNDPHAS) winners include: Norelyn Talorete (81 votes)—Governor; Jean Rose Regon (72 votes)—Vice-Governor; Sheena Lou Saloman (72 votes) and Jiselle Marie Señagan (64 votes)—Representatives.

Newly-hailed College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) Governor Arnel Toledo got 148 votes while Louie Limbo obtained 126 votes for the Vice-Gubernatorial position. The winning representatives of the college are Vince Joedd Guevarra (127 votes), Romar Barrera (109 votes), Shella May Laspinas (106 votes) and Retsell Badili (88 votes).

The College of Education (CEd) and the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) are the only two colleges with opposing candidates for the local positions.

Emma Sarah prevailed as CEd’s new governor after defeating Zenaida Gapuz in a 208–108 student votes. For the Vice-Governor seat, Rene Baraudo got 297 votes defeating the aspiring governor Noel Canobas with 129. Likewise, Gerald Palomar (222 votes) and Cherry Mae Lingcong (221 votes) are the representatives.

Edging against his competitor for the Gubernatorial position, Stephen Villegas (279 votes) beat Lalaine Rachel Orcullo (182 votes) whereas, Claire Ann Olis (227 votes) wins over Judelyn Sumanoy (231 votes) for the Vice-Gubernatorial position.

Main Campus II elections

Both running unopposed for the SGDC II President and Vice-President seat, Ace Vincent Zerna garnered a 649 total student votes while his partner Jillie Ann Rubio, former MC II SG president obtained 635 votes.

The COMELEC in MC II under its chairman June Hannah Pagbonocan scheduled the election last February 16.

Moreover, Reynadel Belingan running for the gubernatorial seat of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) who was unopposed gained 164 votes. Meanwhile, Janethriz Aso clinched 111 votes against her competitor for the Vice-Governor position, Seth Abraham Singuit earning 74 votes.

CEA’s winning representatives include Feb Marie Boncales (130 votes), Jhon Kevin Rabacal (113 votes) and Allen Tulabing (91 votes).

Vying for the gubernatorial place for the College of Maritime Education (CME), Audillo Fundador Jr. won over Joemar Jabonillo in a 392–247 votes. Furthermore, Janice Bayawa was pronounced as CME’s new vice-governor after obtaining 340 votes against Norbert Casas with 285.

For the Representative spot, Joseph Kent Tañara got 308 votes; Lyndon Navarro attained 296 votes while Felix Amores and Lester Busarang acquired 275 and 264 votes respectively.

Having 368 number of enrollees as of this semester, the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF) voted Mae Bolotaulo as their Governor after receiving 46 votes against Benedict Hope Japinan with 19. Roden Ubarre (36 votes) defeated Charles Young Zurbito (25 votes) for being the Vice-Governor whereas, Arnel Caday and John Rey Sedigo were hailed as the representatives collecting 55 and 53 student votes respectively.


Winning SG Vice-President for the MC I, Carmelito Sojor IV expressed his gladness to those who trusted and voted for him as their vice-president. “I am happy because I won…to those who voted me, I want to say ‘thank you’ for trusting me.”

“In behalf of my party list (IDEALS), I’m thanking them that they gave their support because I know that what they believed is for the better. And to the University President Henry A. Sojor who recommended and encouraged me to run for the position, thank you sir,” he continued.

Asked about his plans for the betterment of the entire campus, the new vice-president said that he is hoping that the plans he have said during the forum will be made possible through the help, support, cooperation and respect of all Norsunians. “Running for the position is not just for show but for real, I have plans for the betterment of NORSU.”

Since Yuson (TUDORS) and Sojor (IDEALS) are from the different partylist, the latter humbly said that it will not become a barrier for him to make sensible projects with the initiative of the SGDC I president and that he will serve as the shadow of the president.

“I believe in her (Yuson) and we can make it!”

Moreover, Sojor added that all of the hopes and wishes of the studentry will be catered the soonest time possible because they “voted the right person and the right leader.”

“As the new Vice-President, all I could say is,they chose the right person, they chose the firm believer and a firm leader.” “It’s not the position but the possession of the one who has responsibily and who takes the lead,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, newly-hailed president for MC II Ace Vincent Zerna commented that he will keep his plans for the upcoming school-year in secret while his vice-president, Rubio, aims for a better CEA in the future that will satisfy all the students.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Of Canes and Being Outstanding

By The Ventriloquist

The palace floors glistened as he walked on it slowly and surely. The chandeliers above sparkled like diamonds of forever. Everyone threw stares at him, but this time, he is certain that those were not stares of prejudice and mockery, rather it were stares of awe and pride. He finally reached the platform where the petite president of the Republic of the Philippines was waiting. He was definitely shorter than the honorable lady but he did not mind it. He prided his barong much more than his sense of insecurity and self-pity.

Now, the president has handed him his plaque, he shook her hands with jubilee, and the crowd was just speechless as they gave him their wildest applause.

Four years ago when the Malacañang Palace, through the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, conferred this man, Richardson Estrella Navor, as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Just like a mere student, his dreams were shallow—to finish a degree, help his family, land a job. But something in him, which he thought at first as a curse, changed the course of his fate.

This person, whom I met before on a seminar called ‘The Outstanding Students of Philippines’, had a cane on his right hand and a techy gadget on the other. He stood inconveniently behind a pulpit and talked about leadership and success, but him sharing his personal life gave me goose bumps and a wide grin. Let me share his story.

At an early age of two, Richardson Estrella Navor, or Chard by his friends, was diagnosed of what sounds so familiar to all of us—cerebral palsy. He could not stand up straight, for both his legs aren’t as brawny as those with the normal people. His limbs are small, and at one glance, one could say that he will never survive life’s cruelty. He surpassed an operation, though, and had a cast at both legs for six straight months. He grew up in the loving arms of his family but teases and taunts were also present in the picturesque. He was mocked during his childhood. “They were piercing stares at me,” he said.

During his high school life, he tried to live as normal as possible. He even tried to court a girl, but this was her reply to his reverent confession. “You are not good for me.” Painful was it indeed, yet he did not wallow in his failures and disability. He did something for the things that he has, and did not resort to asking his Creator a million times about how and why he looked like that.

Amidst life’s rocky roads and winding paths, he was convinced that he would never succeed if he continues to cry at his failures every now and then. He learned to stand up, and lived a normal life of a student, as much as possible.

Fate absolutely did not fail him, for he has indeed proven his worth. Both in elementary and high school, he graduated as valedictorian, aside from the clubs and other extracurricular activities he became engrossed with.

In college, he took up Accountancy, though he so wanted to be a civil engineer. But since his favored course involved drawings and he has no artistic abilities, according to him, he gave up the idea.

Fruitful were his years in college despite being a PWD (Person with Disability). He won many excellent awards and had performed at his best that at the graduation day of April 17, 2008 in the grounds of the University of the East, he became the first UE graduate to earn four titles—Magna Cum Laude, Outstanding Graduate Awardee, Leadership Awardee for Men and College Distinguished Graduate Awardee.

On the 17th of July of the same year, he was awarded in the Malacañang Palace as one of the Top Ten Students of the Philippines (TOSP), as what has been aforementioned.

“Being outstanding is not being good. It is because of the good people around me,” he noted with humility.

The day for him to take the CPA Licensure Examination came. That was on the 8th of October, still on the same year. Little did he know that it became his Calvary, for after the results were posted, he discovered that he was not on the list. He did not pass. A Magna Cum Laude? An Einstein? An awardee of the TOSP? And a failure in the CPA Licensure Exam?

Word spread all over his school, and he felt a bit ashamed. Yet, “I learned acceptance,” he said. Of course, he retook the examination the next year, on May 9, and finally passed.

At the end of the lecture, he gave a wide grin and raised both eyebrows for encouragement. “It’s not what I’ve lost that matters…what matters is what I do with what is left,” he ended.

Just like Richard, each one of us has struggles and problems that we ought to face. School works are definitely a bustle and teachers could just be so boring and uninteresting. Student life could be a humdrum cycle of projects, lectures, Midterm examinations, and INCs. Boyfriends or girlfriends could be annoying at times, even your own siblings or parents. Life could seem to be a never-ending loom of misery.

But try to think of it this way. Richardson has found his way out of the tough maze of college. Even with his disability trying to hamper his chance of excelling, he did not stop getting up every time he trips and falls. He did not look at life the hard way. He strived, persevered, and outstood many other students even if he was branded a PWD. Surely, a man like him is worth becoming an inspiration.

Bigotry behind Vague Governance

By The Arbitrary Pointer

Earlier last year, the Student Government of Dumaguete City-I, notably known as the SGDC-I, asked for the students’ sympathy during the SG election last February. We heard sufficing platforms and assuring podiums presented during the Meeting De Avance. They accumulated public attention and trusts from the whole Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) studentry.

With all trust and hope, the students voted them in desire of helping the school and incorporate discipline and deliberate social development among studentry as anticipated. Moreover, students, in innocence, expected comprehensive governance including general welfare and safety from them. This is so because partly, it is their responsibility.

Apparently, they are expected to function on four major areas. First, they must build concrete projects that would benefit students and help develop one’s personality. Second, their services must be available and accessible to the students. Third, they must be subsidiary to students’ interests and welfare. And lastly, they must be role models in inculcating ideal leadership and transparent governance among students. But how many of these do you exactly know were realized?

As one of the many crying students, I have always aimed of prolific ascendancy. And in my aim of uncompromising trust, there existed cancellation of hope. Few months ago, we have experienced on and off communication towards the SG office and we do not know why. We just noticed later that there was a personal fight among the SG officers. Some quit from their respective positions. We note it is mirrored to the whole studentry, so it must not have happened. They were disorganized, and they jeopardized their union, communication and workforce, resulting to inefficient and ineffective leadership. During those very times, they were not able to come up with satisfying output. We, the students, were massively affected since they no longer function well in their jobs as bestowed officers. We can conclude that the last area where they are supposed to function is already halted.

SG also said that they will renovate and add more canopies along the sidewalks; initiate activities to develop students’ talents and skills; and roof the open court, among others. They further elaborated that the canopies should be added so that students won’t get wet during rainy days. Activities like Sports Fest would be one of their plans to improve Norsunians’ athletic skills and other activities that would hone their talents. And lastly, they said that the open court roofing would be their biggest project in their term.

I am particular with the outcome and I see nothing. The open court was not roofed yet apart from their promise that it must be their biggest project. We can see it! Anticipated canopies were also invisible from students’ eyes. In the actual sense, these laid back personnel seem to be doing nothing but sit in a throne. They have all the coffers but have done nothing.

Similarly, from the sprouting issues about culpable manipulation and mishandling of public funds came a purulent monopoly about NORSUFFA tickets. It is noted that the SG collected some amount of 20 pesos for NORSUFFAA tickets for raffle draw. However, a total P54, 000 worth of NORSUFFAA tickets were allegedly lost. According to SGCD-I President Angelo Nabalse, he unintentionally lost the tickets. But, as a responsible leader, can you afford to lose such amount just because of your negligence? Undeniably, it is a big loss of students’ funds in which if handled properly and meticulously can be used to build for additional student-projects.

The very question in my mind now is that is it really lost? If yes, would let Nabalse depart from this institution without resolving the problem? It would be unjust for us some Norsunians!

There are actually many things still happening around the SG office right now. These things mentioned are just few of the many disrupting reality that must be corrected before we end this semester. But, if these will not be stopped, we will all end unproductive. The school year 2011-2012 is nearly ending, but we are still seated on the top of a rotten eggplant.

So, it is in this light that they are hoped to change and adhere to the prolific grounds of absolute governance. They must be ready to take new steps for societal change and plant legacy that is worth remembering and emulating among us students.

A Not so Fun Day


Waking up early at dawn and looking forward to the awaited Fun Day, Physical Education students wore their designated red, blue, yellow and green T-shirts. They have gathered up in the wide grassy field of the Main Campus II. Everyone and everything is set for the fun-filled activities.

But to have fun in the midst of sorrow of fellow Negrenses who were devastated by the recent earthquake is not right, says University President Henry A. Sojor. Thus, he made a call to the P.E. Department to halt the Fun Day the night before the said event.

Now, the question lies whether the call of the university president is just or not.

We, Filipinos, are known to be softhearted and pitiful. With the destruction brought by Typhoon Sendong and the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, many Negrenses, some Norsunians included, were greatly affected. Some even lost their homes and loved ones, and worst, their own lives.

Showing sympathy is certainly a positive trait anyone cannot abhor. Most likely because no one in their right mind would like to be devastated by calamities and suffer its rage. Thus, the declaration of Dr. Sojor was an act of compassion and consideration.

On the other hand, is the situation of the victims enough to nullify the efforts of the organizers and the payment of the students for the supposed P.E. Fun Day? Weeks of planning and preparation just disappeared into thin air.

The P.E. Department has already prepared the game materials such as relay ropes, monkey bars, huge rubber balls, takarang sticks, three-wheeled carts, and obstacle courses. But sadly, those were just for the eyes of the students, for them to see where their P70 contribution had gone.

There were also prizes prepared for winning teams but those prizes were only tossed in the air, and now it is of the students’ luck if they can get a share or not. Some had gotten many, some had few, and many had nothing.

P.E. Department Director Carlou Bernaldez related that rescheduling the Fun Day is not possible since some of the organizers will be attending another activities and it will be an additional cost for the students. He continued that some of the amount for the Fun Day was allocated to buy some goods which will be given to the victims of the quake.

We, The NORSUnian, take a stand on this issue. We admire the university president’s exemplary character. But we believe that there could have been a better turn out of events.

Both Dr. Sojor and Dr. Bernaldez are admirable leaders. However, if only there has been an early communication between the two parties, then no effort could have been nullisfied and there could have been no dismayed students. After all, communication is a big part of leadership.

Certainly, the students were again caught in a situation where all they could do is abide with the call. But deep inside, queries are waiting to be answered. Should an annual activity be cancelled just to show sympathy? Would having fun make them inconsiderate?

Unexpected Farewell

By Rotten Egg

Hurrying impatiently, I almost slipped off my feet down in the staircase because of a text message saying that I can now avail my course T-shirt.

I directly entered the Information Technology Office to get the T-shirt. Unfortunately, I was not able to get one since the assigned personnel is still not around. I sent her a message for that matter but then she just told me to wait up for she had some things to attend to.

Half an hour had passed and she has not arrived yet. I got bored there so I opened the door slightly to see whose outside. I saw a beautiful girl wearing her P.E. uniform sitting beside the old IRS with phone on hand.

I looked at her earnestly and felt fascinated. She was so pretty and I felt an inexplicable sensation. Without hesitation, I sat beside her exerting fleeting glance, consciously aware of my movement.

“Kinsa diay imong gihulat miss?” I ask her politely. “Gainusara ra lage ka?” I felt my words getting stammered and stumble but I reacted calmly holding my feeling enthusiastically.

“Ahh, nagpalipas ra ko og oras diri.” She replied attentively. “Naa man me practice ron sa badminton din ganahan ra pud ko magtambay dri.”

“Ikaw gaunsa ka diri?” she queried.

“Ako? Ah! Gahulat ko sa akong course T-shirt wala man gud nako nakuha sauna.”

I almost cannot talk because I trembled with unnecessary hearth discomfort.

I asked her name and course. She is Janet, BS Geology as I could remember. After that I introduced myself simultaneously shaking our hands. My God, our hand entwined enticingly as I felt thousands of volt running through my spine. We look at each other feeling amazed.

From that very moment I have already caught her attention. It seems that we know each other that we do not even hesitate to partake our experience, life, achievements and other random things.

While the conversation was getting profound, she stood up to relieve her pain from lying almost a minute. Then, I convinced her to come with me in ITO’s office to wait and to have some cool air also.

“Og kasab-an ko?” she insited. “Din wala pud koy kaila dinha.”

“No! dili ka kasab-an ana,” I insisted enthusiastically to convince her, “besides I will just tell them that you are my special friend, ai! best friend!.”

She grinned secretly on what I have said but hiding her smile make me sense that she feels something for me too. I look at her eyes sincerely and with concerned so that she can feel that I can be counted and trusted. At this point she felt no hesitation at all.

I have convinced her, so we both went to ITO’s office. “Hala tsada lage dri,” I did not respond.

When we got inside the assigned person who will give course T-shirt to was not yet around.

We waited for a moment, refreshing from warmness. I looked at her standing, so I offered a sit. 

“Ikaw diay, magtindog ra ka?”she asked.

“Okay ra ko, para imoha na,” I said modestly. I felt something significant when I hear those words.

I felt fascinated since I have done something great. She got her phone and played some games, she let me play too. We both enjoy playing. At that particular moment, I forgot the time and hoping that the time will not continue since we got our time valuable enough to make it worthwhile.

After I got my course T-shirt, we went out of the office. “Adto na ko kay hapit na ang time sa try-out namo sa badminton.” “I sige kay pauli na pod ko,” I replied. I almost touch her hand but I controlled as a sign of respect since we just met.

Deep inside I do not want her to go away since I started falling for her and I wanted us to know each other well. Leaving our momentous moment make me feel bad but still I really want her.

Before we got departed, I stated my last message “You know! I really enjoyed our conversation.”

“Hala ako pud, kita kita ra unya ta?” she replied.

But that meeting did not have a part two. I was so stupid not to ask her phone number. I still want her but I do not know where to find her.

These probably my one of the most unforgettable moment in NORSU, until now she still marked on my heart. It is probably a mysterious past that still wanted to portray the shadow of myself as a person who wants to meet her again.

P.S. Janet, in case you are reading this diary, I really want to see you again. Please contact me at 09057131422.

Rotten Egg is a second year BS Information Technology who loves to reminiscence his special moments in the university.


When 'not now' becomes 'never'

By Jessie P. Dolia

Putting down your home works and other related works in school because you still have to play Dota or more probably open your Facebook account to check for new updates, and hence getting incomplete grades? How about failing in one of your major subjects because you have delayed passing the course requirements? Well, generally, you are procrastinating. defines procrastination as the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Basically it is the process of voluntarily delaying a task or decision until a later time, often resulting in a negative effect.

See? This is probably what you encounter most of the time. You might not have noticed it because you think all is fine. Favorably, you have got your mind thinking that all is under your control and that ‘later time’ is the best answer to your sluggishness. In fact, when you find this story lousy and stopped from reading this, you have definitely procrastinated.

If by chance you can pursue reading the story though this appears to be boring for you, then I will say you have understood and ravaged the word procrastination itself. According to The Daily, only 35 percent of people convert immediate actions from his thinking summing up to positive result. People who in hand, take full action in prioritizing important tasks achieved fulfilling product compared to those people who usually put things off unattended even though he knows it results negative things.

What probably cause you to procrastinate?

It is important to get to know yourself well so you can recognize what you are doing – or not doing is right or wrong. Why do people procrastinate and keep themselves from having the good stuff?

Too often people have no idea what they really want and they pursue goals they think they should want or what others want for them. That is one reason why many successful people feel unhappy – like something is missing. They are living somebody else’s life rather than one that would make them happy.

Or you sometimes lost momentum and motivation to finish your work. Without support and accountability, you lose steam and enthusiasm quickly and fall back into old behaviors.

Negative self-talk and beliefs. This is a huge reason why folks procrastinate. All the conversations people have in their heads that scare them and make them feel like crap. They construct stories about inevitable outcomes (worse case scenarios, what happened in the past will surely repeat) that they believe as truth! It is amazing what you do to yourselves, isn’t it?

You do not know where to start or what to choose. It is a double-edged sword. Having choices is important and yet, having too many causes confusion. Often people make a hasty choice to get it over with, defer to someone else to take responsibility, or do nothing. You become overwhelmed, and confused, and stressed. You lack structure, routines, and boundaries to help them stay on track.

What procrastination can do to you?

You lose energy when you put things off all the time. You will no longer have the drive and energy to approach tasks that require a fair bit of work. The longer you leave things the harder they are to complete the task.

Stress and anxiety will then follow. The main problem with procrastinating is that it causes you to become stressed and anxious. The reason for this is that when the task drags on and on we think about it in our head and we stress about when it is going to get finished. This is quite ironic because it is we who are causing it to take a long time!

When all of these things happened, you are then depriving yourself to achieve things in life. One of the really sad things about this thing called procrastination is that it stops you from achieving your goals and dreams. It is like a beggar having a lump of gold his whole life and not spending it to change his crappy situation.

True Confessions

According to a third year Bachelor of Science in Geothermal Engineering student Edward Macute, procrastination had been a big hindrance to him in realizing his ambitions. He narrated to the The NORSUNian that he failed from one of his major subjects because he prioritized his happiness first than submitting the requirements asked by his teacher. “I always play Dota, when I have vacant times, I used it in playing. I can no longer resist from playing since I am tempted again and again, then I will no longer go to school because of the play,” he said.

This failure taught Edward a lesson to prioritize first his education before anything else. “Tungod ani nga failure, I realized that I should have prioritized my education kai dili nako gusto nga ma fail na pud sa lain nakong subjects. Tungod sa akong girlfriend nausab ko, sigi ko niya gina advice-san and it paved me the way that sayop jud ko. Sugod ato,dili na kaayo ko mudula then musulod na pud ko sa ako klasi,” he disclosed.

In a related situation, Huskarr, not his real name told the The NORSUnian that he got an incomplete grade in his PE class because of the same reason. Huskarr came to class always late-late to attendance, late to exams, late to projects, late to anything because of procrastination. He prioritized other things apart from his studies-playing. Huskarr just noticed that a big INC mark appeared into his grade form during the end of the semester. He cried out loud and seems to regret but he was too late. The teacher already failed him.

Moreover, Huskarr who is used of delaying realized that he needs to be always prompt in attending his class so as he can pass. Thus, this begs his advice to all Norsunians to always attend classes on time, participate on the class discussion and pass all the course requirements. “In order for you to be successful in your education and career life, just be patient in attending your respective classes and be prompt in going to school, then you will be victorious,” Huskar disclosed.

We students tend to prioritize things which are actually of less value just for the sake of meeting our physiological happiness. We know that if we uphold this practice, we may become unproductive and may lead us to frustrations with our dreams. We know actually what should have been done. With the in-hand knowledge and information, we can definitely break the barrier and can be productive in our own ways.

Dental Health Month brings smiles to Norsunians

By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz

“Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya.”

Thus, was the theme for the celebration of the 8th National Dental Health Month.

Last January 24, a room to room distribution of Dental Bulletin, the official dental health magazine of Negros Oriental State University, and giving of dental health cleaning aids were initiated by the university dental clinic. And on the 25th, dental services were offered such as tooth extraction and tooth cleaning.

Meanwhile, as an early training to some pre-Doctor of Dental Medicine students (pre-DDM), they were assigned to perform dental cleaning operations on patients. While a number of Associate in Medical Dental Nursing Assistant students together with some faculty members were able to help in the overall facilitation.

Aside from those offered services, there were also dental health related activities that was set for the Norsunians to enjoy such “Libreng Posteso Program” and Mister and Miss Perfect Smile 2012.

Marites Electona, the university dentist who was the person-in-charge of the event, expressed her gratitude to all the Norsunians who have cooperated. She said that if possible, everyone should participate whenever these kinds of activities are held because aside from it is free; it has also a lot of benefits.

She continued that Norsunians should also undergo regular dental check-ups for them to be aware with their dental health condition.

“It was a day of fun and experience. Besides, it was overwhelming to hear those countless thank you’s of the patients after a back-breaking session on tooth cleaning”, pre-DDM student Erwin John Elmido shared. Aside from that, he also expressed his infinite gratitude to the dentists who took part of the activity.

Ched Charmaine Aguilar, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student, who availed the tooth extraction service, shared that she was so happy since she will no longer suffer from painful toothaches.

Aguilar was seconded by Caryll Mae Oracion, a freshman Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student saying that she can now eat well without any hesitation. However, she deeply stressed that she will be very careful in choosing the food to eat.

The said affair is an annual celebration usually held during the months of January and February.

MC-II studes demand IRS revamp

By Janethriz B. Aso and Mayette Hanna F. Diez

With the right amount of money collected at the very start of every semester, Main Campus II (MC-II) students demand Internet Research (IRS) Station to render proper services.

As of press time, there are only less than 20 computers functioning which is insufficient to cater to the whole population of MC-II.

Third year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) student, Anthony Gresula said that the IRS lacks computers and that they were not enough since there were three colleges using the computers. He added that there were times when the IRS is crowded and some students cannot use the computers for research. He also suggested that those computers which are not functioning should be replaced or repaired so that the students can use them.

Rovelito M. Carganian , and Jyson D. Calas, both third year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) students, commented about the slow connection. According to Carganian and Calas, a faster connection is needed and a downloader should be installed to the computers so that students can listen to some music or videos, those videos which are related of course to their lessons. They are hoping that they can benefit if ever there will be an improvement especially if they wish to do some research.

Freshmen BSCE student, Marjorie R. Polio supposed that the reason why there is slow connection is because of the old computers. She also said that it should be replaced in order to have good facilities and she also noted that some keys on the key board are not functioning well.

Her colleague Clia Mae P. Tabasa expressed her disappointment on the insufficing computers in the IRS. Like the others, she also suggested that some computers should be repaired so that it will be used.

Sought for her reaction as to the said complaints, Merdy-Laine Ventura, the assistant chairwoman of the IRS personnel in MC-II thinks that the system in the IRS is just okay. However, she admitted that there were computers who are not functioning anymore but they have no budget to repair those. The budget, according to Ventura, should supposedly come from the Student Government of Dumaguete City-II (SGDC-II).

About the problem of students not being able to use the computers during peak hours, she said that they already have the reservation list prepared for those who have to wait for their turn. She sadly expressed that indeed there were times when the waiting takes a long time that some were not able to do their research. 

Ventura added that they have already suggested to SGDC-II for the computers to be repaired but it really takes a big budget. Another problem that needs to be fixed is the printer which has malfunctioned since a year ago. She continued that it would have been a great help to the students because if they do not have flash drives, they can immediately have the printed copy in the IRS. Concerning the downloading of videos and music, Ventura stressed that it is prohibited there in the IRS.

“First come first serve is our main policy here. But don’t worry; if you can’t immediately use the computers, there is a room for reservation anyway. Just be patient, hopefully we can add more computers plus a new printer so that all of us students can benefit from it”, she assured.

SGDC-II President Jillie Ann Rubio said that the administration is on the process in purchasing 50 more computers in the IRS of MC-II. She added that they always follow-up the administration for the definite time and when will the 50 computers be accommodated.