Three candidates, including the son of a former president, have filed applications for the presidency of the Catanduanes State University with a Search Committee set to submit the rankings to the Board of Regents later this month.
Reportedly the first to file his papers with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) central office was Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, son of the late Dr. Rodolfo V. Azanza, who was president of then Catanduanes State Colleges, and former Graduate School head Dr. Rosario T. Azanza.
According to the capsulized curriculum vitae he submitted when he was shortlisted as a candidate for the presidency of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, he is among the country’s experts in ICT-based education and ISO-certified learning environment.
A Neville Clarke Certified ISO Lead Auditor and a TUV Rheinland Certified Data Protection Officer, he graduated from the University of the Philippines under a straight UP Presidential Scholarship Grant for his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
He completed AB Sociology at UP Los Baños, where he served as University Student Council Chairman and the first elected KASAMA SA UP Chairman from UPLB. He pursued his MA Sociology, PhD in Educational Administration, and Juris Doctor (JD) at UP Diliman.
Dr. Azanza started his professional career as a researcher and instructor at UP Diliman. He served as Chief of Staff of UP President and National Scientist Dr. Emil Q. Javier.
The UP Board of Regents appointed him as the first HR Director of the entire UP System and concurrent HR Director of UP Diliman.
In 1996, at the age of 27, he became the youngest recipient of Lingkod Bayan Award, the highest award given to outstanding public servants by the President of the Republic, and the Civil Service Commission. In the same year, he was likewise conferred the Distinguished UP Alumnus Award for Social Service. Dr. Azanza continued to serve as OIC-UPD Vice-Chancellor for Administration; assistant professor and College Secretary at the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations; and Senior Lecturer at the UP College of Education.
In the private sector, Dr. Azanza served as Chief Operations Officer (COO), SVP for Academic Affairs, and Graduate School Dean at the AMA Computer University; President/CEO of Winsource Business Solutions, Inc.; and Environmental Sociologist at the Manila Observatory. Azanza’s business and management expertise enabled him to serve as member of various corporate governing Boards in the banking, power distribution, real estate, construction, agricultural services, environment, education, and IT sectors. He is a consultant at the House of Representatives.
Presently, he is the President of Eclaro Academy and the Eclaro Business Solutions, Inc., a business process outsourcing and IT firm in the Philippines with headquarters in New York City, USA servicing HP, Canon, IBM, AIG, among others.
At the international level, Dr. Azanza served as a Youth Ambassador to ASEAN countries and Japan. He was a consultant/team leader for Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects in Central Asia; rural/urban sociology consultant of Rhythm Plus, Uzbekistan; management consultant of the Renardet SA, Geneva, Switzerland; marketing partner of the Business Hotel Management Schools-Lucerne, Switzerland; and senior consultant of the French Eiffel-Matiere Consortium. He was a member of the Board of the British Alumni Association (BAA). A multi-awarded author, researcher and academic administrator,
Dr. Azanza is also an active community servant. He served as Executive Director and National Secretary General of the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP), and President of Mandaluyong Jaycees. He is presently a JCI Senator. He was a founding board member of TOFARM, an agriculture-oriented foundation; and a current member of the Board of Directors of Philippine Red Cross-Quezon City Chapter. Dr. Azanza is a free and accepted mason.
The second aspirant is Dr. Agustin N. Arcena, 41, a native of New Lucena, Iloilo, who is an Assistant Professor II and the current chairman for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Climate Change Adaptation of Guimaras State College.
A graduate of Doctor of Philosophy in Management from the International Academy of Management & Economics in 2003, he underwent his final defense for his Doctor of Management Major in HRM at Guimaras State College last year.
A salutatorian in his class during his elementary and high school years, Arcena graduated with a degree in Bachelos of Science in Education, major in English, from De Paul College in 2000 and obtained his Master of Arts in Education (English as a Second Language) from UP Visayas in 2003. He also has 72 units into his Bachelor of Laws at Gullas Law School.
A Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, he is also president of the Guimaras Mango Country Lions Club. A co-author of the “Rain-Induced Landslide Susceptibility: A Guidebook for Communities and Non-Experts” in 2019, he received an award for his outstanding contribution to education during the International Education Summit & Awards (IESA) in Bangkok, Thailand on Feb. 22 2020.
Dr. Arcena counts as his special skills Slaughtering Operations, Events Management Services, Animal Production (Poultry-Chicken), Carpentry, Wellness Massage and Driving, for which he holds competency certificates from the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The third is the home-grown Associate Professor V Dr. Mariyn Bardoquillo-Panti, who is the current director of the CatSU Extension Services, a post she has held since 2013. She has been the focal person for ISO 9001:2015 since October 2020.
Married to CatSU Board Secretary V Renato M. Panti, she finished her Doctor of Education at CatSU in 2015 and her Master of Arts in Nursing as magna cum laude at Aquinas University in 2007, with a Meritissimus thesis.
She is also a holder of a Master of Arts in Education from CSC and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, which she got after graduating with honors from the same institution during her high school and elementary years.
Dr. Panti counts as her expertise her being a national accreditor of AACCUP, ISO Internal Quality Auditor, and as nurse educator.
Aside from attending national level training workshops, she also participated in the 2018 Taiwan-US Global Cooperation and Training Framework in December 2018 and had her research on “Health Status and Programs Implemented by the Provincial Government of Catanduanes in Bicol Region, Philippines” published in the Open Journal of Sciences in May 2020.
In 2016, she presented during the 3rd Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers International (PAEPI) Conference her research on “Department of Health-Catanduanes State University Collaboration Towards Better Health Outcome in the Island,” which took third place during the paper presentation.
In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rolly, her office managed to secure more than P2.5 million in assistance for typhoon victims in Catanduanes from the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo, P150,000 from the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), P543,915 from Buhaybuhay sa Amerika, P152,776 from CSU Nursing Alumni International, P90,000 from Ago Medical Educational Center-BCCM, 60 boxes of nails from Magbubunga of UP Visayas, 21 sacks of used clothing from Sorsogon State University, 250 food packs from individual donors, and P205,000 in various cash and in-kind donations.
Why do you want to serve as CatSU president?
PATRICK ALAIN T. AZANZA:
Great academic leaders do not simply look at the size or location of the institution to be served. What matters most is how much impact or difference he/she will be able to make in joining that academic organization. I am at a point in my life where I want to leave a legacy and I want to do it through the gift of quality education to our beloved provincemates. I share this passion for academic excellence with my father who once served CatSU as President.
For me, it is like going back to my roots and serving the very institution that molded me as a young person. I have always been proud of CatSU. It has given me and my generation the best education, training and discipline during our formative years. It prepared us well enough to be able to compete and become scholars in globally competive higher learning institutions like UP and other schools here and abroad. It allowed many of us and subsequent generations to see the world and enjoy wonderful professional careers at the local, national and international levels. We were all blessed by CatSU, one way or another.
Having gained enough experience and economic stability, I think it is but proper to now give back to our beloved alma mater. I hope to help mold our youth and inspire them about how a CatSU education can help them create noble dreams and catch their own stars.
A great academic leader has to be a Visionary. Together with our other community leaders and stakeholders, I hope to build a world-class academic institution that will make a difference not just in our island-province but in the entire region.
I intend to strengthen the research culture; revitalize curricular offerings; introduce advanced technology and facilities; explore open university concepts amidst the new normal; enhance institutional linkages; improve faculty and staff benefits; broaden support mechanisms for students; and take good care of our retirees and their dependents. I want to build an endowment fund for the future of the University. With Public-Private Partnerships, CREATE Law and PEZA options in place, the University can make better use of its vast and idle resources through land use and development planning.
CatSU has to work for the needs of the province and contribute to its economic progress. It has to provide the much-needed scholarly and research works to guide and help push development and entrepreneurial initiatives in the island that will boost the livelihood and income of our kababayans. CatSU has to partner with farmers, fisherfolks and local entrepreneurs to determine the most viable alternatives that will promote their productivity and economic pursuits. We can leverage on our strong agriculture and engineering courses to see how hydroponics and aquaponics, food processing, mechanization bio-engineering and even solar and wind technologies can address our needs in the province.
Certainly, we need to work on our IT and communications infrastructure as they prove crucial not just for academic interests but even in disaster preparedness and emergency response. We are an island-province. How come we do not offer maritime courses, naval architecture and marine engineering? Also, if we build on our potentials in medical and allied health courses, and see how they are important in providing mainstream and alternative healthcare services in the province, as well as in maximizing the potentials of Catanduanes as a tourist and retirement hub, all these things will push our province to greater heights. We have to start somewhere and we can partner with Bicol University and other established schools nearby, but definitely we should encourage the private sector to build tertiary hospitals that can partner with CatSU as we later offer medical sciences.
Now is the time to do these strategic moves as CatSU marches towards its First Century of existence. We just celebrated our Golden Anniversary and we are now at the crossroads of history. These are interesting times and I want to be part of our people’s journey.
Amidst the pandemic, only a servant leader with strong vision, intellectual grasp, innovative approach, proven experience, business acumen, fund-generation ability, and academic integrity shall be able to lead CatSU in this most challenging phase and defining moment in its history.
While it may look like a homecoming, on my part it is really more of giving back to our province that I now wish to offer my humble services to the University. Inaalay ko po ang aking sarili para makatulong sa pag-unlad ng ating mahal na probinsya at Unibersidad na alam kong lubos na minahal ng yumao kong ama, at gayundin sa aking puso at isip, na siyang laging lubos ang aking pagpapahalaga.
AGUSTIN N. ARCENA:
I am a Servant – Leader who is willing to help the Catanduanes State University achieve its Vision, Mission and Development Goals. A team player and Transformative Leader who has a strong commitment to public service, strong desire to help, an aspiring and excellent leader, pro – people, concern for the welfare of the community, willing to sacrifice for the sake of transforming the system to a higher heights of public governance. A very good follower, service – oriented, advocate of transparency and good governance, amiable, can easily adjust to different situations, very much willing to learn, credibility matters, God – fearing and show respect to all kinds of people despite cultural differences and idealism. Since I am young, I am technology – proficient needed in the new normal. My personal background and academic experience makes me qualified to join and lead the university. A forty-one (41) year old and worked in the education ministry for 21 years. If given the chance to be a CatSU President, my administration is in harmony with President Duterte’s effort to fight corruption, transparency in all government transactions and good governance.
MARILYN B. PANTI:
I must say that running for the presidency of Catanduanes State University, is a decision of love and sense of selfless service for my dear alma mater. Being a Catandunganon, I strongly believe that genuine compassion comes from the sincere sense of belongingness.
My presidency can be translated into “Excellence in service, synergy in leadership with firm resilience of a future-bound university community.” I will unify the human resource of the university with my famous tagline – SARARO, SARABAY KOMUNIDAD NA MAUSWAG ASIN MATIBAY. I will work in synergy with the CatSU community and its network towards the fulfillment of the Pathway of Excellence in the attainment of my Vision, Mission and Goal, enabling CatSU to contribute towards an efficient local and national economy.