NISU Confirmation and Oath taking of the First University President
The long wait is over due to the recent development that NIPSC conversion to a university was finally acted upon by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). NIPSC was elevated to a university through Republic Act No. 10597 as amended by Republic Act 11005, and upon the confirmation by the CHED En Banc Resolution no. 222-2022 dated April 26, 2022. Hence, the school shall be called as Northern Iloilo State University (NISU).
A ceremony for the inauguration of NISU was conducted last April 28, 2022 at the University gym at the main campus, Estancia, Iloilo, Philippines. The program includes declaration of NIPSC as a University, and this was followed by the oath-taking of the first University President Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, which was initiated by the CHED Chairman J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera. The last part of the program was the unveiling of the University Landmark, assisted by the CHED Regional Director Raul Alvarez, Jr., Cong. Boboy Tupas, Cong. Junjun Tupas and other key officials.
This grand milestone to our institution reflects the hard work, perseverance, and leadership of the past administrations and at the same time the cooperation of the entire academic community of NIPSC.
Let this moment be a time for us to recognize their great contributions in building a solid foundation as we journey towards greater heights in achieving the university status. To our past college presidents, former officers-in-charge, former vice presidents for academic affairs, research and extension, resource generation and administration and finance, retired and past campus administrators and other key officials who are present today… without your time and your loyal service to our institution, this dream shall never be turned into reality. Thank you for being part of this achievement.
The journey does not end to where we are now. We shall continue to sail bringing with us our new set of mission, vision and goals as we deliver the mandate of Northern Iloilo State University to the people of this great nation.
Chair “Popoy” de Vera, the NISU Board of Regents and in front of our stakeholders, I humbly accept with all my heart the role as the first University President of this institution of higher learning in the 5th District of Iloilo, said Dr. Gerardo. I will continue to commit myself to lead this university towards achieving international status, placing NISU as Centers of Excellence or Development and looking for more valuable outputs through our intensive research works and international programs.
Beyond the name and status of being a university we shall also upgrade our commitment and dedication. I call upon my teaching force to continue to inspire, cultivate, and mold our young generations and prepare them to become as better citizens of our country armed with the NISU values and aspirations. To my non-teaching staff, continue to deliver our best services to our clienteles and remain to fully support the system following the standards, rules and regulations set by the government instrumentalities.
I am one with you in this glorious moment. Let us thank our dear Lord for this wonderful gift we have prayed for almost nine (9) years, all for His glory. My deep appreciation also to the principal authors of Republic Act 10597 by Former Congressman Niel “Junjun” C. Tupas and Republic Act 11005 by Hon. Congressman Raul “Boboy C. Tupas, thank you for the undying support to the institution built and loved by your father, the Former Assemblyman and Governor of the Province of Iloilo, Niel D. Tupas Sr. My heart shouts with gratefulness to our CHEDRO6 family for the support during our university hood quest. Thank you to the Commission on Higher Education, no less than, the Chairperson himself together with his staff who travelled this far and brought with them a new history to our institution.
We shall bid farewell to our old name but shall brought forward our desire in making and proving Northern Iloilo State University as an Icon of Hope for Development.
Hail to the star of the north, Mabuhay Northern Iloilo State University! Our Pride! Our Institution!
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