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ASU undergoes PRIME-HRM assessment; qualifies for CSC recognition 

Assessors from the Civil Service Commission Regional Office VI conducted  the  Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) assessment on the human resource management of the Aklan State University on October 10-11, 2016 at the Banga Campus. Mrs. Lucrecia Garces and Mr. Ramon Refugio, Jr. checked the HR records and conducted interviews to university officials and HR officers from the five campuses to validate the Level 2 Maturity Level report submitted to the CSC office by the ASU. The assessors looked into the systems and competencies adopted by the university in its HR activities.

PRIME-HRM is a program of the CSC whose objective is to elevate the HR sector to a level of excellence for good governance. Its global standards consist of four core systems: recruitment, selection and placement; performance management; learning and development; and rewards and recognition.

In the assessment report presented during the exit conference, the two CSC assessors announced that ASU garnered 100% in the three core systems, except in learning and development where ASU got 95%. Mrs. Garces revealed that, "You [ASU] are lucky and more advanced compared to other agencies. In fact, there is one SUC in the Visayas region that only passed in one system." She congratulated the university officials and HR officers of the five campuses for doing the job as public servants, and said that they are to recommend to the CSC the issuance of a certificate of recognition to ASU for this achievement.#

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WINFISH elects Tolentino BOT member for Visayas

The National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (WINFISH) elected Mr. Sergio F. Tolentino III,  Instructor III  at ASU-CIT, as member of the Board of Trustees representing the Visayas region during its election of officers that closed the two-day 8th National Conference on Gender and Fisheries sponsored by WINFISH on September 28-29, 2016 at the Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Elected president was the BFAR Region-6 Director, Ms. Remia Aparri.

Tolentino's attendance to the conference was endorsed by the university after his paper, "Ang Babaye kag ang Sinsuro: Understanding the Role of Women in a Small-Scale Fishing Community in Antique" was accepted for presentation in the parallel sessions. This year's conference, with the theme "Promoting inclusive development for women and men in fisheries and aquaculture" was in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the University of the Philippines - Visayas.

Concurrently, Tolentino sits as the Faculty Regent in the ASU Board of Regents being the President of the ASU Faculty Association (ASUFA), Inc., had been a three-time and is the President of the Faculty and Employees Association (FEA) of ASU-CIT.#

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Ejar, Abella guest CIT civil service anniversary celebration

Ms. Evelyn N. Ejar, Director II of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Kalibo Field Office and Mr. Ronnie N. Abella, Head of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Extension Office in Kalibo served as resource speakers during the forum spearheaded by the College of Industrial Technology Faculty and Employees Association (FEA) at the ASU-CIT Function Hall, Kalibo, Aklan on September 28, 2016. This Forum on Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, GSIS Updates and Loyalty Awards Ceremony capped the month-long celebration in the campus in support to the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, with the theme: "Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani at Kalikasan". This was attended by the administrative and academic officials, employees and staff of ASU Kalibo Campus, and graced by Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, Vice President for Administration.

Ejar talked on Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees that focused on the eight (8) qualities of civil servants which include professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy, and simple living. She also enumerated the five (5) S of professionalism -- specialized knowledge, spirit, skill, standards, and supportive environment. 

For his part, Abella talked about employees benefits, loans, and practical processes on claims and other issues. He also answered questions raised by some personnel after his talk.

Subsequently, employees who had served the university continuously for ten years and every five years thereafter were awarded certificates of loyalty in recognition of their unrelenting commitment in the service to the institution. "Zumba" dancing and raffle of prizes were the sidelights of the program.#

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AACCUP Accreditation 2016 ends 

The weeklong accreditation survey visit by the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) of the different academic programs offered in the university ended with exit conferences and closing programs held separately in different campuses on September 24, 2016.

For the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), with majors in Home Economics and Industrial Arts program of ASU Kalibo campus, and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd), Major in Technology and Livelihood Education program of ASU Makato campus, the joint exit conference and closing program was held at the ASU-CIT Function Hall, Kalibo, Aklan. Administrative and academic officers, members of local accreditation task forces, and graduate students stayed witness to the activity. Strengths and recommendations in the ten areas of the two programs were reported by the AACCUP Team, afterwhich ASU President Danilo E. Abayon pledged his commitment to comply with the suggestions for the next survey visit.

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