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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Chairman Prospero de Vera of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) urged the State-run Benguet State University (BSU) to continue delivering world class education that aggressively promotes sustainable development amidst climate change and the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In his message during the 35th Charter anniversary of the institution, he extended the Commission’s greetings and congratulations for having achieved another year of success that will help the same soar to greater heights even in the most challenging times besetting the global education sector.
He also congratulates Dr. Felipe S. Comila for having been installed as the 7th BSU President and he is certain that under his leadership, BSU will be able to achieve its overall goals and objectives as the university moves on to another chapter of its existence.
“We at the Commission support the efforts of higher education institutions all over the country in implementing initiatives that promote partnership, cooperation, and integration. We are certain that our higher education institutions would realize and maximize their potential in serving the nation,” de Vera stressed.
He challenged the new BSU leadership to continue providing quality education to enhance food security, sustainable communities, industry innovation, climate resilience, gender equality, institutional development and partnership.
The CHED official pointed out that the celebration of BSU Charter anniversary is just not intended to celebrate the achievements of the BSU community but also to pay tribute to the personnel who exemplify discipline and commitment for quality service amidst the fast-changing times and the prevailing pandemic.
“Our achievements are shaped by the strength of the foundations we set. Thank you for commitment to excellence. I invite BSU to work closely with the Commission as we aim to transform Philippine higher education to greater heights of excellence and resilience,” he added.
BSU was declared as a state university on January 12, 1986 by former President Corazon C. Aquino as it was previously known as the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC).
For this year, BSU lined up simple but meaningful activities to celebrate its 35th Charter anniversary that started last January 12-15, 2021 to ensure that there will be compliance to the prevailing implementation of the basic health and safety protocols to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the institution.
Comila was elected by the members of the BSU Board of Regents as the 7th University President during the special meeting of the aforesaid body held last November 26, 2020 where he immediately took his oath of office and assumed the position right after his election.
CHED serves as the regulating agency for private and public higher education institutions in the different parts of the country where the Chairman is serving as the presiding officer of the board of Regents of state universities and Board of Trustees of state colleges that are distributed in the different parts of the archipelago.
BSU is now serving as the center for research and development among the existing state universities in the Cordillera.
By HENT, Photo lifted from pia.gov.ph