Lingayen – The Accreditation Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) has lauded the provincial government led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. for its active participation and all-out support to the accreditation of various curricular offerings in the Pangasinan State University (PSU).
The appreciation and high regards to the present provincial administration came from Prof. Randolf Warren Gregorio T. Mayo II, Over-all Coordinator of AACCUP team during a courtesy call to the Governor on August 26 at the Urduja House.
“Never before accreditation that a Local Government Unit (LGU) participates; but for the province of Pangasinan, it’s participation to accreditation manifests support to the lone state-run university in Pangasinan, Mayo said.
Mayo, a professor at Central Luzon State University, was joined by 21 experts from State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) in the country. The accrediting team will be in PSU from August 26-30 for accreditation survey of eight curricular offerings in Lingayen, Infanta and Urdaneta campuses of PSU.
“With the Governor as alumnus of the PSU, we can be assured of a big help in developing the four core areas -- instruction, research, extension and production – to make PSU become a world-class institution of higher learning,” Mayo said.
PSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Manolito Manuel, on the other hand, said the courtesy call to the Governor of AACCUP accreditors has become a culture. “The Governor always wanted to meet the visitors of PSU where he, himself, earned his Master’s Degree in Development Management,” Dr. Manuel said.
Meanwhile, during the 65th birthday celebration of outgoing PSU President Victoriano Estira held at the Sison Auditorium the Governor vowed all-out support to PSU in all its endeavors to attain total quality education for Pangasinenses.
To help the bright students who are from families with meager income, the province has given scholarship grants to PSU students since Governor Espino assumed office in 2007. At present, the province supports 1,240 Provincial Scholars enrolled at PSU; 500 others are under the joint-scholarship program of the province and 1st District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste.
The province has already produced 847 provincial scholars (from 2007-to present) who are now successful on their chosen careers.
Espino, who enrolled in PSU Bayambang sometime before he pursued at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Bagiuo City, also pioneered the offering of Master’s in Development Management in the Graduate School of PSU and proposed the opening of Nursing program in Bayambang campus.
The provincial chief executive also served as member of the PSU Board of Regents; and received Honoris Causa degree from the institution.
Programs that are lined-up for survey visits in four campuses include: Lingayen Campus -- AB English (Level II re-accredited for 3rd survey); BS Mathematics (Level I Accredited for 2nd survey); BSEd (Level I accredited for 2ndsurvey); Infanta Campus -- BS Agriculture (Candidate status, 1st survey); and Urdaneta Campus -- BS Architecture, BS Civil Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering and Master in Development Management (all for Candidate status, 1st survey). /MGNO