By ALDWIN QUITASOL and DELIA BAGNI
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Bayan Muna Party List Representative and Makabayan coalition senatorial bet Teddy Casiño congratulated the Don Mariano State University (DMMSU) Mid La Union Campus (MLUC) on its 32nd anniversary as a state university.
Casiño in his keynote address urged the students, teachers and administration of DMMSU to live out its theme “Innovation and excellence: DMMSU’s response to the challenges of globalization.” He also reminded them of the important role of the youth and students in the building of a society where they will be the future leaders of the country.
Casiño led the awarding of certificates and plaques to the teachers and students who represented DMMSU in different national and regional academic and athletic competitions as well a those who were exemplary in social activities and services.
According to Luis A. Tattao, DMMSU-MLUC president, the whole community of the university should persevere in upholding the excellence of the school in sports and academics. He said that the school is proud to have students who are topping the scoreboards in terms of athletics and even in academic competition.
He also said that the celebration of DMMSU of its 32 years of service is to acknowledge the teachers and students who are giving honor and pride to the school. “Sana, sa taong ito ay lalong dadami ang bilang ng mga guro at estudyanteng magbibigay ng karangalan sa DMMSU lalo na sa palakasan at akademya (I wish that this year, there will be more student and teachers that will give honor to DMMSU in the fields of sports and acedemics), said Tattao.
According to DMMSU Chancellor Dr. Reynaldo M. Laudencia, in order for DMMSU to attain its theme, community members of the school should be responsible and active in pursuit of the good quality of life. This, he said, is through the active participation of each and everyone in the realization of the schools vision and mission.
In his message, Laudencia said, DMMSU in its 32 years has produced leaders of society in the fields of economy, agriculture and industry. He said this contribution to the nation is a legacy that the school is proud of.
Aldrin Soriano, editor-in-chief of MLUC school publication The Voice, said so far the administration of the school is supportive. He said their relation as campus journalists with the school heads has paused no problem at present though he noted that a couple of years ago, there was a misunderstanding that involved the staff of The Voice and DMMSU management after an article exposing alleged malpractices involving a school head was published. He said the matter has been satisfactorily settled.
Liel Madraso, a first year student taking up Bachelor of Science in Administration, said she has no questions on the management of the school. What she regrets, is the seemingly non-participation of the students in the program celebration of their anniversary. She said maybe there is a slight problem in the explanation of the signoficance of the celebration. She hopes to see more improvements in the school facilities in the following years.
The school was established in 1907 as the La Union School of Arts and Trades and was integrated into DMMSU on May 25, 1978. # nordis.net