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2014 Christmas Message of the University President

              As the end of 2014 approaches, I and my family would like to extend our warmest and heartfelt Christmas greetings to one and all in behalf of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU)!

             Let me take this opportunity to articulate my ardent thanks and profound gratitude to all our benefactors, university officials, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and students who have stalwartly taken the challenge in pushing transformational changes for the university towards the attainment of our One Institutional Goal (OIG) that, “RMTU shall attain SUC Level IV in 2017 and be accredited as a premier university in Central Luzon and recognized in the ASEAN region.”

             This Christmas Season and the unfolding New Year remind us to keep sharing our 3Ts – time, talent and treasures. We should share our time and use it wisely to contrive positive difference in our respective service areas. Always remember, Ramonian time is always on time. Likewise, let us maximize our exceptional talent in a way that it would contribute towards the realization of our OIG. Your talent counts a lot! And lastly, let’s impart our treasures to the University. Our treasure of wisdom, our treasure of values and our treasure of experiences would be a great help in achieving our collective vision and mandated mission. As the Magi offer their three gifts to the Messiah, our Savior Jesus Christ, let us do the same by imparting these 3Ts to our fellow Ramonians and to our beloved University.

 

            Year 2014 has been a good year for the Ramonian community! We thank the Lord God for bestowing us so much blessings this year. And I thank you for your staunch support and trust for the PCCG Administration. As we build RMTU into great university, let us continue to embrace and imbibe our core values - Righteousness, results-based and responsible governance; Moral courage, integrity and honesty; Transparency, trust and respect for self and others; and Unity in diversity and being one with the community. I trust that every Ramonian will continue to see the “big picture” of building RMTU to become a leading people’s university of science and technology for sustainable development in a global society.

             May the blessings of this Christmas be with you all! I wish for a prosperous 2015 for everyone.

           

                                                                                                           CORNELIO C. GARCIA, Ph.D.

                                                                                                                     University President 

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President CCG

1.0   WHO IS DR. GARCIA?

            G      =        God-fearing/Globally-Oriented/”Go for Green” Manager       
            A      =        Administratively-Skilled Manager
            R      =        Research-based Writer & Extension Leader
            C      =        Calculated Risk-Taker; Caring & Approachable Leader
            I       =        Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leader; Practitioner of “Reinventing SUC Mgt.”          
            A      =        Academically-prepared Manager; Assertive Problem-Solver & Peace Maker

 

2.0   WHAT ARE MY PLANS FOR RMTU?

   7-POINT AGENDA: “I SERVE U”


I    =   Intensely Dedicated, Visionary & Strategic Leadership
S   =   Synergistic Campus Amalgamation/Administration & Typology of Program Offerings
          & R&D Programs
E   =   Expansion of IGPs, Networking & Resource-Generation
R   =   Reputable & Responsive Governance
V   =   Vigorous Faculty & Staff Development Program; Values Reformation Through
           Transformational Leadership
E   =   Extension Program for Comprehensive Rural Development., Job Creation,
           Poverty Alleviation & Climate Change Mitigation
U   =   Upgrading/Modernization of Infrastructures/Physical Facilities, Libraries and
          Laboratories, ICT Equipment Sports & Recreational Facilities

 

3.0   RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGE

 

WHO IS DR. GARCIA?

G

God-fearing/Ethical Leader:

  • Prepared Memo for honesty and accountability in RMTU Governance;
  • Prepared Memo on Observance of CSC Rules and the Code of Conduct for Public Officers and Employees (RA 6713).

 Globally-Oriented Leader:

Practitioner/Advocate of:

  • “Think globally, act locally.”
  • “Knowledge-Driven Economy”.
  • Global Village

 “Go for Green” Manager:

  • No. 1 Global Concern: Climate Change
  • Ride the “Green Wave”
  • Towards Green Economy
  • Climate-Smart Tech. & Mgt. Strat.

 

A

Administratively-Skilled Manager:

  • 10 years as EVP
  • 2 years as Planning Director
  • 5 years as Agritech. Dept. Chairman
  • 1 year as CIRPS Exec. Dir., SUCs Reg. III
  • 2 years as Sec. Sch. Head Teacher (Farm Mgr.)
  • 2 years as Sch. Farm Coord.

NOTE: 35 years of service in RMTU/WLAC

(Invested huge efforts in serving Zambales)

R

Research-based Writer and Extension Leader:

SOME PUBLISHED WORKS:

a)   10 Headline News in RMTU BULLETIN (ISSN 16655-4280)

b)   “RMTU Centennial History” In: “RMTU Achievers of the Century” (ISBN 978-971-92-921-2-8)

c)    “RMTU: Advancing the Frontiers in SUC-LGU Partnership Towards Sust. Devpt.” (Mnla Bltn, 4/8/05)

d)   RMTU Profile Update 2003 In: “SUC Profile Updates 2003” Vol 5. pp 289-315 by PASUC & TUP

e)   Editor of RMTU Bulletin & RMTU Research Journal

f)     THESES/DISSERTATION CONDUCTED:

  • BSA Thesis (PAC, 1977): Effects of Different Levels of Nitrogen on the Growth and Yield of IR-36
  • M.S. Thesis (CLSU, 1985): “Influence of Varying Levels of Ipil-Ipil Leaves As Organic Fertilizer for Corn/Mungbean Intercrop”
  • Ph.D. Dissertation (PCHS, 2011): “EQ and Conflict Management Styles Among College Deans in Selected HEIs: Basis for Training Program”

g)   Thesis Adviser of more than 10 B.S. Agriculture Students (Agronomy/Horticulture)

h)   Co-Researcher in Several R&D Projects

  • Effects of Herbal Drink Supplements on the Growth of Free Range Chicken
  • Multi-Environment Trials of Hybrid Rice (RMTU-PHILRICE)
  • Performance of Selected Cash Crops in Mango-Based Farming Systems

i)     Received 10 Cert. of Recog. for Delivering Research-Based Speeches Re: Launching of Techno-Pinoy Centers in different towns of Zambales

j)     Recipient of 10 Cert. of Apprec. as Resource Person on Various Topics and as Facilitator in Various Seminars

k)    Delivered more than 30 Data-Based Speeches on Various School Occasions

l)     Conducted Legal Researches such as: Legislative Intent of Section 4(x) of RA 8292 As Basis for Term Extension of a SUC President Beyond Age 65; Petition for Certiorari on COA Disallowances, etc.

 

C

Calculated Risk-Taker/Networker/Resource Mobilizer:

SUPPORTED THE UNIV. PRES., RE:

  •  30 Self-Lqdtng Curr. Prog. (SCLP)
  • Incomes from SLCP Tuition Fees @ Php 70M/year
  • RMTU-LGU Satellite Campuses: Casti, Masinloc, Sta. Cruz
  • PPP such as “RMTU-POBC-LGU 50-Hectare Techno Demo Farm Cum DTS” and Scholarship for Agric Students

 

I

Innovative/Entrep. Leader:

Practitioner/Advocate of:

a)   Reinventing SUC Mgt.

b)   Comp. Adv. Strat.

c)   Winning Strat.

d)   Blue Ocean Strat.

e)   Corporate Culture in SUC Mgt.

 

A

Academically-prepared Manager:

a)   B.S. in Agriculture (Agronomy)

b)   M.S. in Crop Science (Agronomy)

c)   Ph.D. in Management

d)   > 30 Seminars Rel. to SUC Mgt.

e)   > 40 Scientific Seminars on Sustainable Agric., Farming Systems, Organic Agric., Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation

* Tech. Knowledge + Mgt. Skills à “RMTU to be a Center of Excellence for Sustainable Agro-Industrial Development.”

 

7 – Point Agenda: “I SERVE U”

I

Intensely Dedicated, Visionary & Strategic Leadership:

* RMTU Mission:

“RMTU shall primarily provide instruction, undertake research and extension, and provide advanced studies and progressive leadership in agriculture, forestry, engineering, education, arts, sciences, humanities, and other fields relevant to the development of the province” (Sec. 2.0, R.A. 8498).

* CCG Vision for RMTU:

“A leading people’s university of science and technology, producing industry-ready workforce and environment-friendly technologies, products and services for sustainable development in a global society.”

 

S

Synergistic Curr. Devpt. and R&D Agenda:

SWOT ANALYSIS:

  1. A.   CASTILLEJOS CAMPUS

Strengths & Potentials:

  • Proximity to Industrial Growth Centers (SBFZ, Hanjin, Subic Shipyard, Subic Industrial Park, etc.)
  • Proposed Flagship Courses (on or before 2017): Shipbuilding Tech. (in collab. with Hanjin) Eng’g., Industrial Tech., ICT, Entrep., & Teacher Educ. in S&T.

B.    SAN MARCELINO CAMPUS

Strengths & Potentials:

  • 230 hectares agric’l land
  • Viable Mango Nurseries & Huge Mango Orchards
  • Competent Faculty & Researchers
  • Organic Fruits & Veg. à Huge demands of SBMA Hotels & Restaurants
  • High potentials to establish “Feed Mill” to encourage farmers to engage in massive production of cassava, legume crops, and other feed ingredients.
  • Proposed Reg’l. Mango R&D and Agribus. Center
  • Presence of 50-Hectare POBC Techno Demo Farm
  • Proposed Flagship Courses:

a)   New Agric. Courses tailored to the needs of Mango-based Industries and other agribusiness enterprises

b)   Hybrid DAT-BAT Curriculum designed for Self-Employment in agribusiness.

c)   Teacher Educ. in S&T, agribusiness, home technologies, handicrafts, etc.

  1. C.  BOTOLAN CAMPUS

FEATURES: Sloping and HillyTerrain, Forest Area, Biodiversity, etc.

Proposed Flagship Courses and R&D Agenda:

a)   Agro-Forestry/B.S. Forestry/Forest Ranger Cert.

b)   Wildlife R&D, Conservation & Breeding Center

c)   Clonal Nursery à National Greening Prog.

d)   Bamboo R&D and Commercial Prodn.

e)   Tissue Cultured Orchids & HVCs

  1. D.   IBA CAMPUS

Strengths & Potentials:

  • Capital Town à Center of Prov’l. Govt. Offices & “University Belt”
  • Center of Population, Trade, Commerce & Ecotourism
  • Huge beach resorts, hotels & restaurants

* Proposed Flagship Courses/R&D:

  • Eng’g., Ind. Tech., Tourism, HRM, Business Mgt., ICT, Health Sciences, Teacher Educ. in S&T fields, etc.
  • High potentials to embark on cutting-edge S&T: Renewable Energy, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Mechatronics & Robotics, Re: Consortium with premier Universities and R&D Centers.

* Est. of OPEN UNIV., Distance Education

  1. E.    North Campuses (Candelaria, Masinloc & Sta. Cruz)
  • Existing Courses:

* Fisheries, Fishery Educ., Teacher Educ., ICT Courses, Business Mgt., etc.

  • Proposed New Courses for Candelaria: Env. Sci., Marine Biology, Food Tech major in Fish Processing, etc.
  • Masinloc & Sta. Cruz: to focus on ICT Courses, Teacher Educ. in Social Sciences and Languages, Tourism and HRM.

Synergistic Campus Amalgamation & Typology (Timeframe: 4 yrs):

  • South Campuses (San Marcelino & Castillejos) under the Adm. of a Chancellor with semi-autonomous set-up.
  • Central Campuses (Iba & Botolan) under the Adm. of a Chancellor with semi-autonomous set-up.
  • North Campuses (Masinloc, Candelaria & Sta. Cruz) under the Adm. of a Chancellor with semi-autonomous set-up.

Amalgamated Campuses shall complement (rather than duplicate) their programs & resources

E

Expansion of IGPs:

  • Strengthen the existing POBC-RMTU-LGU Proj.
  • Enter into joint ventures with agribusiness firms à Mango Fruit Prod’n, Processing & Marktng
  • Proposed Est. of FEED MILL: Cassava + Legume Crops for Feed Ingredients
  • Strengthen the IGP Org. Structure
  • Establish Commercial Centers in diff. campuses.
  • Strengthen the profit-sharing scheme Re: Sale of Local Instructional Manuals, Lab. Manuals, Books, etc. (Adm. Share -vs- Faculty Share)

R

Reputable & Responsive Governance

  • “Public office is a public trust.”
  • Strengthen the Financial MIS for greater transparency
  • Conduct weekly meetings with Finance Staff
  • Strengthen the Administrative Manual for better GASS, Budgeting, Cashiering, Accounting, Personnel Mgt., Records Mgt., Supply & Property Mgt., etc.
  • Improve the University Code, Faculty Manual, Research Manual, Student Manual, IGP Manual, QA Manual, etc.
  • Apply RBPMS, PBB, TQM, Customer-focused QMS, Toyota’s Lean Mgt. Strat., and other mgt. tools as may be appropriate to RMTU.

V

Vigorous Faculty/Staff Devpt. Prog.:

  • Strengthen the local scholarship program: Type A (Full-time), Type B (Part-time), & Type C (Thesis Support).
  • Tap scholarship funds & research/travel grants from CHED, DOST, PCAARRD, PCIERD, DA-BAR, etc.
  • Tap the funds from International Foundations, Research Institutes, Progressive Universities, etc.
  • Tap the support of Successful Alumni working as executives in government & private sector, locally & abroad.
  • Send faculty & staff to local and international trainings for skills upgrading
  • Strengthen the RMTU Training Dept for quality trng. activities intended for internal & external clienteles (farmers, fishermen, entrepreneurs, teachers, administrators, etc.)

Values Reformation Through Transformational Leadership Trainings

  • Empower the top, middle and frontline managers including the faculty and staff through skills upgrading, values reorientation, human relations skills, etc.
  • In-Service Training Program on Leadership Upgrading Through Enhancement of EQ, CMS, AQ and SQ Competencies
  • Provide attractive incentive schemes for star performers

E

Extension Program for Comprehensive Rural Development, Job Creation, Livelihood Devpt, Poverty Alleviation, Health and Nutrition, Climate Change Mitigation, etc.

 

U

Upgrading Program for:

  • Classrooms, Lab. Rooms, Lab Eqpt., etc.
  • Library = Digital Library
  • Purchase of updated textbooks, journals, and other reference materials
  • Students’ Dormitories
  • Sports & Recreational Facilities
  • Health Clinics & Canteens
  • Marketing Center, and other facilities

 

3.0     RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGE:

  • “An organization may rise or fall depending on the strength of character and managerial competence of its LEADER/CEO.”
  • May you find my qualifications and development agenda worthy of your support!
  • May you accept my offer of selfless service by giving me the mandate to lead RMTU…
  • Thank you very much/Maraming Salamat Po!

 

(SGD.) CORNELIO C. GARCIA, Ph.D.
President, RMTU

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Dr. Feliciano S. RoseteThe Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, a merger of three public education institutions in the province of Zambales, was formally created as a state university on February 12, 1998 by virtue of Republic Act 8498 authored by Zambales Second District Rep. Antonio M. Diaz. The University Charter integrated the former Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic College (RMPC) in Iba, the Western Luzon Agricultural College (WLAC) in San Marcelino, and the Candelaria School of Fisheries (CSF) in Candelaria. Dr. Feliciano S. Rosete assumed office as the first duly elected and appointed President of the University effective February 12, 2001, the start of the full operation of the institution as a multi-campus university system.

Over the last ten (10) years, the Rosete Administration has effectively strengthened RMTU’s capability in line with its mandated mission to provide instruction, undertake research and extension, and to provide advanced studies and progressive leadership in agriculture, forestry, engineering, education, arts, sciences, humanities and other fields relevant to the development of Zambales (Section 2.0, RA 8498). The institution transformed dramatically as the Administration accelerated the full integration and upgrading of the component campuses. Moreover, Dr. Rosete’s strong network with the local government units (LGUs) made possible the establishment of LGU-subsidized satellite campuses in Masinloc, Castillejos, and Sta. Cruz in the year 2002, 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Faculty development shifted to high gear. For the period in review, more than 100 faculty members were granted local and international scholarships. The university has established a strong partnership with prestigious universities in South Korea especially with Andong National University which is a recognized center of excellence in engineering and information technology. Local scholarships consist of Type A (full-time), Type B (part-time) and Type C (thesis support) which are funded from internal income. Degree programs grew almost five times, from 12 to 65 in accordance with the mandate of the university to offer relevant and marketable courses (nursing, tourism, HRM, computer technology, etc.) and to produce highly employable graduates to help alleviate poverty and unemployment problems in the province. Enrolment quadrupled from 2,000 to 8,000 per semester primarily because of the “AMD Educational Assistance Program” which provides massive financial assistance, partial and full scholarship grants to students.

In terms of infrastructure development, more than 90% of the 58 existing/old/dilapidated buildings/classrooms/laboratory rooms in various campuses have been repaired and renovated. With funding support from the LGUs, Congressional PDAF, DPWH and other sources, new infrastructures have been constructed namely the College of Nursing Building (Iba and San Marcelino Campuses), the College of Law Cum Student Center, the College of Tourism, Home, Hotel and Restaurant Management, the New Administration Building Cum Library (2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors), CTHHRM Hostel, RET Center, and others. Road networks in Iba campus have been asphalted. Office/classroom furnitures and laboratory equipment in all campuses have been purchased, fabricated and/or upgraded.

RMTU’s major curricular programs attained various accreditation levels in accordance with the standards of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP). Based on the CHED-PASUC-DBM “SUC Leveling System”, RMTU attained an unprecedented Level III-A status, only seven points (7) short of the maximum Level IV rank. Moreover, RMTU has been listed as one of the top 30 higher education institutions (HEIs) recognized by the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and other technology - oriented countries.

RMTU graduates also registered commendable ratings in licensure examinations especially in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering with passing rates consistently higher than the national average for the past four years. The university has recently produced board topnotchers namely Mr. Richard William Domondon (8th Placer, 2009 Nursing Board Exam) and Mr. Gonzalo Guatlo Ong (7th Placer, 2008 Master Electrician Board Exam).

In terms of research, RMTU contributed to the stock of new scientific knowledge when it won the Regional Best Research Paper Award in agriculture among 26 CLARRDEC-member agencies in 2008, and eventually emerged as Second Placer among hundreds of PCARRD-member agencies nationwide in the same year. And in 2009, RMTU also won the Regional Best Research Paper Award in energy/environmental remediation research among 19 CLIERRDEC-member agencies. From a mere transmitter of knowledge through traditional classroom teaching, RMTU emerged as a vibrant educational institution capable of generating new scientific knowledge through research. Its dynamism also spurs the diffusion of new technologies through extension service to the communities within its sphere of influence. With more than 20 annual training programs, RMTU has directly provided technical assistance to the farmers, fisher folks, cultural minorities and other sectors.

The Rosete Administration’s distinctive contribution to the higher education sector and SUC management in the country is its successful implementation of RMTU’s corporate powers as vested in its Charter (RA 8498). It has implemented more than 50 Self-Liquidating Academic Programs that generate about Php 80.0 M internal revenues annually which is almost of the same level as its annual budgetary subsidy from the national government. RMTU has been employing more than 200 contractual faculty and about 200 contractual non-teaching staff whose wages come from internal incomes from tuition fees and IGPs. Many contractuals were granted “regular status” with regular wages and benefits by virtue of BOR resolutions and in coordination with the Civil Service Commission. To generate more funds, mango orchards, seedling nurseries and mango processing projects have been expanded. Likewise, commercial stalls for canteens, computer shops, and other auxiliary services have been established in various campuses to generate rental incomes and to provide efficient and responsive services to the studentry.

To date, RMTU stands proud with its high-performing seven (7) campuses, 65 degree programs, 8,000 students, 600-strong faculty and staff, and viable international linkages and consortium agreements. With such splendid achievements and enduring legacy, the Rosete Administration has set a good example for other SUCs in the country. It has launched a paradigm shift in SUC Management i.e. a development strategy of maximizing SUCs’ corporate powers to ensure institutional growth and development despite declining government subsidy. It has also demonstrated how strong networks with various stakeholders (LGUs, NGAs, NGOs and international agencies) can generate massive resources for the university. Therefore, at this crucial point in the history of the university as it enters into a new era of its bicentenary, it is imperative to ensure the continuity of its development efforts to pursue world-class academic excellence amid the challenges of globalization.

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