Celebrating Excellence: The 2021 USTP PRAISE Awards

Jomerl I. Gomez, USTP System Strategic Communication Office

USTP PRAISE Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel

 

To acknowledge and celebrate the services, ideas, and performance contributions of its employees in research, innovation, and extension, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) held the 2021 USTP PRAISE Awards at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel on May 3, 2022. The event was organized by Dr. Ismael N. Talili, Director of the Research Office, USTP Cagayan de Oro, and Chairperson of the USTP Suggestion and Incentive Awards Committee.

The Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE Awards is open to all teaching and non-teaching employees of the USTP System, including the individuals from the Suggestion and Incentive Awards Committee (SIAC). In addition, any regular employee of the University may nominate a deserving employee underscoring the distinctive features of their accomplishments that make the nomination stand out from others, such as the achievements and accolades they have received and the contributions or impacts they have made.

Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP System President, opened the celebration by welcoming everyone who has dedicated their time, efforts, and life to the fulfillment of the shared vision for the University. Dr. Cultura reminisced on the challenging journey that the University had gone through, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 until the present.

Dr. Cultura also took pride in taking the necessary steps toward the University’s development, saying,

“The path we took was not easy but look where it brought us. It brought us together, it brought us that positive change we need, and it brought us to greater heights.”

He adds that the university would not be where it is today without everybody’s commitment to the USTP community’s shared goal.

“You are all the reason that we were all able to push forward development not only to the University but also to the region as well,” he said.

Dr. Cultura ends his message, urging everyone to continue striving toward excellence.

“It is my hope that you continue to pursue excellence in all that you do and remain committed [to] fulfilling our shared vision. We have, together, made great strides already. That means we are on the right track…. My congratulations to all of you for a job well done. You deserve all the recognition as you are the reason we have achieved so much. [The] USTP System is proud of all that you do. And this is just the start of many more accomplishments that we will together achieve.”

The event was also graced by the presence of CHED Commissioner and USTP Board of Regents Chairperson, Hon. Jo Mark M. Libre, DPA, who shared a few words of inspiration.

USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II with CHED Commissioner and USTP Board of Regents Chairperson, Hon. Jo Mark M. Libre, DPA

“We must also remember that we have gathered here today not only to celebrate the achievements of these employees but also to give regard to our values and morals, which these awardees exemplify, such as discipline, compassion, and commitment,” Commissioner Libre shared.

“Ang pasasalamat at pagbibigay parangal sa ating mabubuting empleyado ay dalawa lamang sa mga paraan upang mahikayat na lahat na magsumikap pa lalo sa kanilang mga larangan. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit ang programang ito ay ipinatupad at isinasagawa,” he added.

Commissioner Libre also reminded everyone of the importance of staying enthusiastic in one’s work, keeping the desire and drive for growth, and ensuring that the organization has a plan for whatever may happen. With these traits imbibed in each member of the USTP community, he says that the University can achieve excellence.

Dr. Cecilia L. Pangan, Director of the Human Resource Management Office of the USTP CDO, led everyone in the prayer before meals. While everyone was enjoying their meal, the musically-gifted members of the USTP CDO Sanghimig Chorale crooned the event-goers with their renditions of popular OPM “Bongga Ka ‘Day” by Hotdog, “Nosi Ba Lasi” by Sampaguita, “Ikaw ay Ako” by Klarisse de Guzman and Morissette Amon, “Yakap sa Dilim” by Apo Hiking Society, “Ikaw Lamang” by Gary Valenciano, and “Ikaw Nga” by South Border, and Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You.”

After the dinner with entertainment, the most awaited part of the program started — the Awarding Ceremony. The USTP System President, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, awarded the plaques of recognition to the recipients.

Dr. Tito M. Mariquit, the Director for Human Resource Management of the USTP System, and Dr. Vanessa V. Ascaño, the Vice President for Finance, Planning and Development of the USTP System, presenting the awards

Dr. Tito M. Mariquit, the Director for Human Resource Management of the USTP System, presented the Award for Exceptional Utility Performance, Best Customer Centricity Award, Loyalty Award, and Service Award:

Award for Exceptional Utility Performance

  1. Leonil B. Mangaron (Claveria)

Best Customer Centricity

  1. Millicent Mary D. Oclarit (CDO)
  2. Josie Jane F. Maghinay (CDO)
  3. Jay V. Ilagan (CDO)

Loyalty Award

  • 10 years
    1. Cordulo P. Ascaño II (CDO)
    2. Dennis B. Roble (CDO)
    3. Maria Cecilia L. Pangan (CDO)
    4. Rafaela M. Laput (Claveria)
    5. Rojien V. Morcilla (CDO)
  • 15 years
    1. Angelie P. Monsanto (CDO)
    2. Armando M. Samorano (CDO)
    3. Fernando T. Capilitan (CDO)
    4. Maricel C. Mandawe (CDO)
    5. Nivea Louwah D. Sermona (CDO)
    6. Rosie G. Tan (CDO)
  • 20 years
    1. Alenogines L. San Diego (CDO)
    2. Jennifer O. Parcutilo (CDO)
    3. Rhegie M. Caga-anan (CDO)
    4. Nelda R. Gonzaga (Claveria)
  • 25 years
    1. Annielyn P. Lasagas (CDO)
    2. Charly G. Alcantara (Claveria)
    3. Consorcio S. Namoco (CDO)
    4. Elvira T. Salatan (Claveria)
    5. Erich P. Abad (CDO)
    6. Ma. Hazel G. Tumapon (Claveria)
    7. Marife V. Ubalde (CDO)
    8. Mary Ann O. Pajegal (CDO)
    9. Milagros T. Villamil (Claveria)
    10. Nelyn A. Manto (Claveria)
    11. Venerando C. Comaling (CDO)
    12. Vilma P. Zacal (CDO)
  • 30 years
    1. Camelo R. Auxilio (CDO)
    2. Chona Q. Allego (Claveria)
    3. Felix V. Saquilayan (CDO)
    4. Josie Jane F. Maghinay (CDO)
    5. Lilibeth M. Gadiane (CDO)
  • 35 years
    1. Tita B. Albay (CDO)
  • 40 years
    1. Jocelyn A. Chua (CDO)
    2. Leonida S. De Asis (Claveria)
    3. Chona M. Pestillos (Claveria)

Service Award

  1. Alenogines L. San Diego (CDO)
  2. Alex L. Maureal (CDO)
  3. April Marie Allexes B. Rosales (CDO)
  4. Beverly P. Cimagala (Claveria)
  5. Bronson G. Mabulay (CDO)
  6. Clint Django G. Pacana (Claveria)
  7. Dennis A. Apuan (Balubal)
  8. Dennis A. Tarepe (CDO)
  9. Dennis T. Yamuta (Claveria)
  10. Joel D. Maramara (CDO)
  11. Leonel L. Pabilona (CDO)
  12. Mary Fern V. Mercado (System)
  13. Nivea Louwah D. Sermona (CDO)
  14. Ramil C. Pagon (Claveria)
  15. Ronelo G. Cablinda (Claveria)
  16. Ruvel J. Cuasito (CDO)

Dr. Vanessa V. Ascaño, the Vice President for Finance, Planning and Development of the USTP System, presented the awards for Outstanding College in Research Productivity, Outstanding College in Extension Productivity, Outstanding College in Extension Partnership and Collaboration, Community Engagement Sustainability Award, and Top Performing Delivery Units:

Outstanding College in Research Productivity

  1. College of Agriculture (Claveria)
  2. College of Science and Technology Education (CDO)

Outstanding College in Extension Productivity

  1. College of Science and Technology Education (CDO)
  2. College of Engineering and Technology (Claveria)

Outstanding College in Extension Partnership and Collaboration

  1. College of Science and Technology Education (CDO)
  2. College of Engineering and Technology (Claveria)

Community Engagement Sustainability Award

  1. College of Science and Technology Education (CDO)

Top Performing Delivery Unit

  1. USTP System – Level Support Cluster
    1. First Place: Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) (CDO)
    2. Second Place: Digital Transformation Office (DTO) (CDO)
    3. Third Place: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) (CDO)
  2. Satellite Campuses Cluster
    1. First Place: Balubal Campus
    2. Second Place: Villanueva Campus
    3. Third Place: Oroquieta Campus
  3. Academic Cluster
    1. First Place: College of Information Technology and Computing (CITC) (CDO)
    2. Second Place: College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) (Claveria)
    3. Third Place: College of Agriculture (CA) (Claveria)
  4. General Administration Services Cluster
    1. First Place: Financial Management Services (FMS) (CDO)
    2. Second Place: Sports, Arts & Culture, NSTP (CDO)
    3. Third Place: Enterprise Division (CDO)
  5. Support to Operations Cluster
    1. First Place: Health Services (CDO)
    2. Second Place: Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and Library (CDO)
    3. Third Place: Quality Assurance and Accreditation Services (QAAS) (Claveria)
  6. Research, Extension, and Innovation Cluster
    1. First Place: Research Office, MJST (CDO)
    2. Second Place: Extension and Community Relations Office (ECRO) (CDO)
    3. Third Place: Career Center and Industry Relations (CDO)

Dr. Ma. Elena L. Paulma, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the USTP System, presented the USTP Novice Researcher Award, Research Productivity Award, and USTP Research Mentor Award (Faculty-toFaculty):

USTP Novice Researcher Award

  1. Fritzie B. Salado (CDO)
  2. Judife N. Magallanes (Claveria)
  3. Kennet G. Cuarteros (System)
  4. Richelle E. Gerong (CDO)

Research Productivity Award

  1. Alexander L. Ido (Claveria)
  2. Angelo Mark P. Walag (CDO)
  3. Apolinario B. Gonzaga, Jr. (Claveria)
  4. Dennis B. Roble (CDO)
  5. Kennet G. Cuarteros (CDO)
  6. Laila S. Lomibao (CDO)
  7. Nelda R. Gonzaga  (Claveria)
  8. Renante D. Taylaran (Claveria)
  9. Renato O. Arazo (Claveria)
  10. Richmund A. Palma (Claveria)
  11. Val Irvin F. Mabayo (Claveria)

USTP Research Mentor Award (Faculty-toFaculty)

  1. Apolinario B. Gonzaga, Jr. (Claveria)
  2. Dennis B. Roble (CDO)
  3. Nelda R. Gonzaga (Claveria)

Atty. Erwin B. Bucio, the Vice President for Administration and Legal Affairs of the USTP System, presented the Academic Achievement Award, Publication Award, and Citation Award:

Atty. Erwin B. Bucio, the Vice President for Administration and Legal Affairs of the USTP System

Atty. Erwin B. Bucio, the Vice President for Administration and Legal Affairs of the USTP System, and Dr. Ma. Elena L. Paulma, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the USTP System, presenting the awards

Academic Achievement Award

  1. Ace Virgil D. Villaruz (CDO)
  2. Argin A. Gulanes (Claveria)
  3. Helen Grace B. Gonzales (CDO)
  4. Kristiane B. Pagurayan (CDO)
  5. Nelson T. Corbita, Jr. (CDO)

Publication Award

  1. Alexander L. Ido (Claveria)
  2. Angelo Mark P. Walag (CDO)
  3. Apolinario B. Gonzaga, Jr. (Claveria)
  4. Dennis B. Roble (CDO)
  5. Fernando T. Capilitan, Jr. (CDO)
  6. Fritzie B. Salado (CDO)
  7. Glenda D. Libed (CDO)
  8. Janeth Q. Rondina (CDO)
  9. Judife N. Magallanes (Claveria)
  10. Kennet G. Cuarteros (CDO)
  11. Laila S. Lomibao (CDO)
  12. Maria Antonieta A. Bacabac (CDO)
  13. Marife V. Ubalde (CDO)
  14. Mary Allein Antonette C. Bug-os (CDO)
  15. Nelda R. Gonzaga (Claveria)
  16. Renato O. Arazo (Claveria)
  17. Richmund A. Palma (Claveria)
  18. Rosie G. Tan (CDO)
  19. Sarah Lyn A. Pepito (Claveria)
  20. Sarah O. Namoco (CDO)
  21. Val Irvin F. Mabayo (Claveria)

Citation Award

  1. Alexander L. Ido (Claveria)
  2. Angelo Mark P. Walag (CDO)

Ms. Maria Consuelo R. Del Castillo, the Director for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the USTP System, presented the Intellectual Property Rights Award under Industrial Design, Intellectual Property Rights Award (Copyright and Related Right), and Incentives for External Grants:

Intellectual Property Rights Award under Industrial Design

  1. Adonis A. Closas (CDO)
  2. Arcel R. Salem (CDO)
  3. Clark Darwin M. Gozon (CDO)
  4. Crisline Mae C. Alhambra (CDO)
  5. Erlyn Grace P. Aguilar (CDO)
  6. Gladdy Christie H. Compasan (System)
  7. Jerry B. Halibas (CDO)
  8. Jonathan H. Perez (CDO)
  9. Jude Andrea Eve P. Maternal (CDO)
  10. Kenneth James Brylle G. Magsayo (CDO)
  11. Renato O. Arazo (Claveria)
  12. Romeo M. De Asis (CDO)
  13. Val Irvin F. Mabayo (Claveria)
  14. Wendell D. Talampas (CDO)
  15. Wiliva G. Andoy (CDO)

Intellectual Property Rights Award (Copyright and Related Right)

  1. Adolph Vincent E. Vigor (CDO)
  2. Adonis A. Closas (CDO)
  3. Angelo Mark P. Walag (CDO)
  4. Antonio-Abdu Sami M. Magomnang (CDO)
  5. Crisline Mae C. Alhambra (CDO)
  6. Cristopher S. Dolino (CDO)
  7. Erlyn Grace P. Aguilar (CDO)
  8. Jocelyn B. Barbosa (CDO)
  9. Jude Andrea Eve P. Maternal (CDO)
  10. Ma. Esther B. Chio (CDO)
  11. Petal May M. Dal (CDO)
  12. Richmund A. Palma (Claveria)
  13. Therese June V. Aranas (CDO)
  14. Vilma P. Zacal (CDO)
  15. Wiliva G. Andoy (CDO)

Incentives for External Grants

  1. Alex L. Maureal(CDO)
  2. Antonio-Abdu Sami M. Magomnang (CDO) – 2 external grants
  3. Bronson G. Mabulay (CDO) – 2 external grants
  4. Dennis E. Ganas (CDO)
  5. Edgar Allan C. Po (CDO) – 3 external grants
  6. Greg M. Cubio (CDO)
  7. Jocelyn B. Barbosa (CDO) – 2 external grants
  8. Jocelyn L. Garrido (CDO)
  9. Jodie Rey D. Fernandez (CDO)
  10. Liezl M. Jabile (CDO)
  11. Love Jhoye M. Raboy (CDO)
  12. Marvin V. Rosales (CDO)
  13. Miriam M. Bergado (System)
  14. Nelda R. Gonzaga (Claveria)
  15. Nelson T. Corbita, Jr. (CDO)
  16. Reuel C. Pallugna (Claveria)
  17. Wencel Jean C. Dacay (CDO)
  18. Imelda U. Hebron (CDO)
  19. Jonathan O. Jacobo (CDO)

Dr. Ismael N. Talili, the Director for Research of the USTP CDO, presented the following awards for Outstanding Innovator of the Year and Global Citation Award (AD Scientific Index):

Ms. Maria Consuelo R. Del Castillo, the Director for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the USTP System, and Dr. Ismael N. Talili, the Director for Research of the USTP CDO Campus, presenting the awards

Outstanding Innovator of the Year

  1. Chrisline Mae C. Alhambra (CDO)
  2. Erlyn Grace P. Aguilar (CDO)
  3. Jude Andrea Eve P. Maternal (CDO)
  4. Wiliva G. Andoy (CDO)

Global Citation Award (AD Scientific Index)

  1. Renato O. Arazo (#2 – Environmental Engineering)
  2. Dionel O. Albina (#3 – Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development)
  3. Van Ryan Kristopher R. Galarpe (#4 – Waste Management, Plastic Analysis, Environmental Impacts of Wastes, Environmental Science)
  4. Angelo Mark P. Walag (#5 – Natural Products Chemistry, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Science Education, Educational Gamification)
  5. Consorcio S. Namoco, Jr. (#6 – Materials, Industrial Technology, Metal Forming)
  6. Rhoda A. Namoco (#7 – Optimization, Traffic Equilibrium Problems, Multi-Criteria Decision, Mathematics Education)
  7. Ambrosio B. Cultura II (#8 – Renewable Energy, Power Electronics, Energy Storage)
  8. Jonathan H. Perez (#9 – Finite Element Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Moisture Diffusion, Rice Grains, Food Engineering)
  9. Renante D. Taylaran (#10 – Agronomy, Crop Physiology, Biological Sciences)
  10. Charita A. Luna (#11 – Mathematics Education)
  11. Val Irvin F. Mabayo (#12 – Environmental Engineering)
  12. Laila S. Lomibao (#13 – Mathematics Education)
  13. Crisline Mae C. Alhambra (#14 – Food Science)
  14. Charlemagne P. Recente (#15 – Aquaculture, Fisheries, Marine Biology, Biology and Natural Sciences)
  15. Marylene S. Eder (#16 – Information Management)

After all the awards were presented and given to their respective and well-deserving recipients, Chancellor of the USTP CDO Atty. Dionel O. Albina gave his concluding message, expressing his gratitude for everyone’s hard work and dedication to their craft and expertise.

Atty. Dionel O. Albina, Chancellor of the USTP Cagayan de Oro, during his closing remarks

Atty. Albina shares,

“I know your award matters to you, but it matters more to us in the administration. I hope the award will provide you [with] more meaning in the way you work in the university—building relationships much better, more motivation to do work.”

Today marks Day One until the next set of awardees will be announced. We hope to see more of you at the next USTP PRAISE Awards, Trailblazers!

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