Welcome Remarks by PSU President Dr. Rodolfo Asanion
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PSU President Dr. Rodolfo V. Asanion, represented by Dr. Victoriano C. Estira, Vice President for Administration, expresses honor and privilege of being a partner of DBP along with other agencies in bringing growth and development to the community and the country by hosting the Business Assistance Center in Pangasinan State University, Urdaneta City.
–From the speech of Dr. Victoriano C. Estira, VP for Administration
PSU-BAC Inauguration and Business Forum
Pangasinan State University
June 7, 2007
Full Text of the Speech of Dr. Victoriano C. Estira:
“Thank you. Good morning everyone. Our friends and partners of this PSU-DBP Business Assistance Center that we are having in the university; the first-of-its-kind, and this will push thru the limit. And friends, “mga kasama, magandang umaga po sa ating lahat”. Im sorry while im still having to catch my breath. Because, I just came all the way from Lingayen and, by the way, there is one big thing that is happening in Tagaytay City because this is the media convention of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines; and of course, mid-year plans, for state universities governance and directions the next medium term. So my friends I’m sorry to say that Dr. Asanion, our President cannot make it today because, actually, he is the Ben Abalos of the PASUC so to speak. “Parabang siya ang COMELEC.” He was tasked by the Chair of CHED to oversee the election of the new set of officers of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges for 2007-2009. This is a two year period in which the PASUC will have its hands full of…, of course, for the governance and operations ofStateUniversitiesand Colleges in the entire country today. This is excluding of course, UP and MSU. So ganon po. ”
“So in the mean time, I think, we are now trying to close in our racks, so to speak, in so far as partnership and to be able to come up with a dynamic and synchronized inter-agency relationships, if I may say, to be able to do something that will spark development not only in the institutions and department themselves, but to the community in which we serve. So if we say community, we consider the other, public, NGOs, the farmers group, and all these altogether to be able to benefit from whatever efforts we shall be doing that relates to businesses that may be established in our respective areas of jurisdiction.”
“And my friends this is one big thing that we want to look forward to as we embark on the possibility of being able to, shall I say, be the lead agency, interagency, if I may say, for businesses that may be put up for our people in the years, the immediate future. My friends, this is one, if I may say, thing that we have to consider. The fact that our government has limited resources; our good government cannot provide opportunities to the people; very limited. And if we, the various sectors of government will not close racks, and possibly, in partnership with the LGUs, PGUs, NGOs, and what are we to do for our people, then can just do a little to them. For us in the institution, of course that’s already given. We are state university so if we admit our students, as many students as they come to us, and we educate them provide them the highest quality and competence that we can in our own way of training the students then that is it for us. “Tapos na ang sa amin.” But is that the task for we should exert? “Hindo po, dapat lang na” in the institution, can demonstrate certain levels of competence in ability to do than to educate our people. We should do beyond that. So if we talk of agriculture, we have some competence that the people should be able to see from us. That we are very good along this line, “ganon po iyan.” And that is being done in the university level through our extension arm and that is the Extension Division in the University. So we don’t only do things under instruction of which we educate, we provide them the grades, we also engage ourselves in service, extension activities, by College or by the University as a whole to be able to translate certain things that we do in the university, research for instance, mature technologies, and the other areas in which we are competent enough to demonstrate our capability. So that people could be more prominent in the countryside and become partners in development in their own right having to be more productive as individuals, and more importantly, if they can be formed in to cooperative that’s better. “Kasi sa atin po kasi individualistic tayo eh. Kung individualistic tayo” we can just do this much, but when we put ourselves in to bigger organizations, into cooperatives, then we will have bigger task ahead, bigger impact on the manner of service that we deliver in our communities. So in the mean time “po ganon po ang pananaw nmin dito sa” Pangasinan State University. And I would like to assure the leaders, the conveners, and our partners, and our partners in the countryside, in the communities, that we are committed to this efforts of bringing businesses and other development efforts for our people not only in the province of Pangasinan, but nationwide.
So once again, welcome to Pangasinan State University and we commit ourselves to this important and very significant efforts that we can establish among us. Thank you once again and good day!”
—– End of the Speech of Dr. Victoriano C. Estira —–