NIPSC as an Icon of Hope for Development
Hardwork and dedication have propelled the career of Prof. Bobby Gerardo as an educator, researcher and as a leader. Known as an innovator and authors to numerous research publications, he becomes advocate in producing the countries top-notch scientists and researchers.
After 27 years in government service as an educator, Prof. Gerardo was elected as the new President of Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College located in the Northern part of Iloilo, Philippines, around 130 kilometers from the downtown area of Iloilo City. He was formerly the Vice President of West Visayas State University (WVSU) for almost 10 years and had served other posts like Dean of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Director of Planning and Director of International Affairs.
As a leader, he championed infrastructure development in the university and program globalization through linkages and collaborations. He also pioneered the implementation of the e-learning system and major computerization developments at WVSU.
He is a proud alumnus of Kunsan National University (KNU) in Kunsan, Korea, where he finished his Doctor of Engineering in the field of Distributed Systems (Information and Knowledge Engineering) major in Telecommunications and Radio Communications Engineering in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Jaewan Lee of the College of Engineering. Gerardo had pursued his doctorate through the auspices of the Brain Korea 21 scholarship and had a sojourn in Korea for four years. He also served as Research Assistant at the Distributed Systems Laboratory until he completed his course in the same institution.
With his supervisor, in 2002 they assisted in the forging of Memorandum of Understanding between WVSU and KNU for the Summer and Winter Programs, where students from Korea visit Iloilo for a study and tour program at the University Language Center. The ties between the two universities had strengthen cross-cultural understanding and sharing of knowledge. KNU became a bastion of education that provides opportunities to Filipinos to study at the graduate level education.
New challenges are posed for the new President to improve the curricular offerings especially in the Information Technology, Engineering, Fisheries and Agriculture programs. This is to make the programs achieve the high level of education quality and its global competitiveness. The school was originally founded in 1956 in the Fifth District of Iloilo as a fishery and agriculture school and later offered other multi-disciplinary courses. The President is geared towards the establishment of various Research Centers and Business Incubation Facilities to have portals for research innovations, publications and commercialization.
One of the visions of the President is to establish a Local Economic Zone in the 5th district to promote job employment opportunities and to strengthen the school- community collaboration through joint undertakings of projects to support locally produced products for national and international markets. This will be possible by forging relationships with other private and government agencies to support the said undertakings. With his well-founded education in Korea on information technology, he will be enhancing the e-learning system of the school to facilitate better teaching and learning activities of the students and professors.
“Dream with me and let’s work with dedication in realization of our mission and vision”- said President Gerardo on his commitment as an academic leader towards the development plans envisioned for the institution. Let us possess the characteristics of being zealous to make this school achieves the high level of recognition as a quality higher education institution and as an “icon of hope for development”.
September 23, 2021
NIPSC’s 65th Founding Anniversary:
“Icon of Hope for Development”