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Students train as Citizen Journalists

By Jill B. Saquing

tv-patrol-ifsuGiant network ABS – CBN and its affiliates has coached about 50 students at the IFSU Review Center, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao earlier this month to become part of a “movement for change” which started in 2005.

ABS-CBN Bayan Mo,iPatrol Mo, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and UNICEF Philippines were the frontrunners of the four-day training who equipped the students on Citizen Journalism  that  aims to direct them to become so called “Bayan Patrollers” or Citizen news reporters via  media platforms of ABS-CBN network such as TV Patrol, Bandila, TV Patrol Weekend, Umagang Kay Ganda, ANC news programs, dzMM, abs-cbnnews.com and Current Affairs programs.

As Patrollers, the students will personally newscast their own stories to “give local issues national attention and give voice to their community.”   As such as the network says they are also instilled with a belief that as citizens they have a power bring about change”

A story was featured by Bayan Patroller Gretchen Ho at TV Patrol. #

Campus Director receives award for IFSU’s rank in Criminologist Licensure Exam

By: Jeremy M. Gawongna

IFSU ranks 4th resizedLamut or Main Campus Director Dr. Diosdado M. Aquino received the plaque and certificate for IFSU placing 4th in the October 2015 Criminologist Licensure Exam during the Joint National Oath-taking and Induction Ceremonies for New Criminologists and New PCAP Members on January 16, 2016 at the PICC Plenary Hall, Pasay City.

The result was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on November 26, 2015.

It obtained a passing percentage of 88.89% surpassing the 32.68% national passing rate.

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IFSU hopes to still dominate RAATI

By: Jill B. Saquing

The Ifugao State University-Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. (IFSU-ROTC) which holds the first ever record as a back – to – back champion obtained in AY 2014 and 2015 in the Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection (RAATI) remains burly and sturdy as it braces for this year’s annual assessment. Continue reading

IFSU in Paving the Road to Internationalization

By: Leonard Ivan T. Melana, RN,MAN

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The road less travelled may lead you to unexpected but surprising destinations. It is through by taking the chances and pushing every single hope can yield to greater opportunities especially in the global world. The process of internationalization means that there is an integration of international/ intercultural perspective into education, socio-economic, employment and other service functions of an institution or a country. This gave birth to the concept of ASEAN integration where there are mutual recognitions in different areas and agenda in the South East Asia countries. Moreover, all the countries not only in Asia should prepare for the upcoming challenges of internationalization so not to get lost in the international scene.

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Christmas Message

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Christmas comes to us in different ways! To some, in form of gifts so cherished and longed, to some loved so desired and wished, while to others a chance for eternal life. Whatever it is, they are blessings that come along with Christ, born to redeem us and give us the chance for everlasting life.

Blessings come in different forms too. It is just for us to fathom what events, experiences —blissful or painful— really mean for us. Surely, they are what are best for us; they are God’s way of beckoning us to Him, to life better than what we currently have.

As a whole, we in IFSU had been blessed so much this 2015! Our institution continues to march forward to where we envision it to be. Our capacity is in the best position to catapult us, as a collective institution or a single individual, to dream and have a better future. A lot of us are blessed with promotions at magnitude never imagined. Salary increases also looms as 2016 ushers. We just sympathise for our brothers, within IFSU, and all over for experiencing immeasurable loss and pains this Christmas. They remind us of fragile life and all that surrounds it are, and that the greatest meaning of life is, to give meaning to the life of others.

I surely missed various Christmas Celebrations all over our University. But I choose the greater cause of preparing and defending our development agenda in the meeting of the Board of Regents. Gladly, the Board acted in our favour and approved the granting of additional monetary benefits that will make our Christmas celebration with our families better. Each permanent employee shall be receiving our 95th year anniversary bonus of 3,000 and a CNA incentive of 3,900 to add to the bonuses we already received in 2015 (13th & 14th month pay plus Performance Based Bonus). The Board also approved vital matters that will make us ready to hit the ground running at the start of 2016. Instructions are given all contractual employees to be renewed and be given their new appointments/ contracts in the first week of 2016.

Let us all be grateful of our blessings for they far outnumber our woes. Merry Christmas and blessed new year to all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SERAFIN L. NGOHAYON, Ph.D.

Simbang Gabi sponsored by IFSU and Barangay Nayon

By: Jeremy M. Gawongna

Aguinaldo MassThe Filipino tradition of holding the dawn Mass, popularly known as Simbang Gabi, was sponsored by Ifugao State University (IFSU) and the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) of Barangay Nayon at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Lamut, Ifugao on December 17, 2015.

Simbang Gabi is a nine-day series of Masses symbolizing nine months of Jesus’ stay in His mother’s womb, being held from December 16 to 24 at 4:30AM, in preparation for the worldwide celebration of His birth on December 25. Holding it at dawn is connected to Philippine agriculture where farmers used to wake as early to avoid the noon day heat and gather together for a Holy Mass before work.

The genealogy of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew was the highlight during the IFSU-sponsored Mass. Assigned sharer from IFSU, Dr. Alice Brawner, drew inspiration from this citing the connection between Jesus being the fulfillment of God’s promises to his ancestors and the IFSU outreach programs and other initiatives for the common good being the fulfillment of Jesus’ teachings on love, faith, and hope.

The IFSU students also spearheaded the singing of Liturgical songs having rendered “Star ng Pasko”, the former station ID of ABS-CBN, one of Philippines’ largest TV networks.

Press Con awards dominated by IFSU studes

By: Jeremy M. Gawongna

The IFSU administration commended the staff of The Upland Farm, the official student publication of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) for winning Best Tabloid in the 17th Regional Higher Education Press Conference held in Baguio City on December 1 to 5, 2015.

Dr. Jeng Jeng Mandolado Bolintao, the adviser, said the IFSU students dominated the awards under the group category: first place in; Best in Feature Page, Best in Layout, Best in Column Page, Best in DevCom Page, and second place in; Best in News Page and Best in Sports Page.

Further, she said under individual category, five staff members of The Upland Farm and two staff members of the Hagabi, the official student publication of IFSU-Lagawe, qualified to participate in seven categories in the Luzon-wide Press Conference to be held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.