By: Anthony S. Trayco
Editorial Assistant, Publications & Information Office
     University News ----Intending to adapt to a new paradigm of learning, Northern Iloilo State University has discussed the university’s guidelines and preparations during the General Orientation Program for the Academic Year 2022-2023, held at NISU Gymnasium on August 22, 2022.
     With over 1,700 officially enrolled freshmen from different academic programs, “𝐀𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐠 𝐀𝐛𝐢-𝐀𝐛𝐢: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐈𝐒𝐔 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠” not only demonstrates hospitality for the incoming first-year students but has also highlighted the notable shifts and adjustments the pandemic has made and how integral it is to rethink for reconsiderations and innovations of the university’s system to address its overall welfare.
     “When you are enrolled in a university, you automatically become ‘Iskolar ng Bayan,’ but on top of that, other scholarships are offered to help you pursue your programs here in the university,” said NISU President Bobby D. Gerardo.
     The assembly was formally opened by Dr. Alma R. Defacto, Vice President of Academic Affairs. It was followed by the introduction of the university president by Mrs. Julieta S. Ravena, University Secretary.
     “I encourage you to access our extended online services for the improvement of instructional delivery and your university life as well,” Dr. Defacto emphasized.
     Last February 2022, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted NISU a permit for face-to-face classes after satisfying the required stimulated government regulations.
     “Blended learning approach as instructional delivery will be the mode of learning, and face-to-face classes will be observed for skill-based subjects and laboratory classes,” Dr. Gerardo added.
     After that, introductions and presentations of personnel, unit heads under the VP for Administration and Finance, Academic Affairs, Research and Extension, and Deans of Colleges and Department Chairpersons are amongst the mainstream of the said general assembly.
     Moreover, Atty. Zarian Lyn Gasapo reiterated the RA 10931 (Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education) and answered the common misconceptions surrounding the free tuition and exemption of other fees in SUCs. On the other hand, University Nurse, Mrs. Aileen Tan, explained the contingency plans and the health and safety protocols which should be observed inside the campus.
     The said general orientation was spearheaded by the Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS), led by Dr. Jeff George V. Delima III, alongside the Supreme Student Council (SSC), Future Leaders of the Philippines (FLP), and the Young Environmentalist Society Organization (YES-O).