Exploring the Island Born of Fire: Camiguin, Philippines Escapade

What does semestral break means to us? For college students, it would be that same good old routine every year. That would be going home, have some chit-chat with friends, plan for an outdoor activity, sit under that acacia tree longing for something new and the rest-BOREDOM.

But this year’s break is totally different to the highest degree. It is the most amazing, astounding, astonishing and incredible experience so far and a combination of the E’s – ENJOY! EXPLORE! EXPERIENCE! With one phrase, it’s “Rock the World SPAMmers!”

It was on the last grace of the cold October winds when we [Rolly and Denmark] were informed by our adviser Dr. Jeng Jeng Bolintao that the research paper she submitted with us as co-researchers was accepted at the 9th School Press Advisers Movement (SPAM) National Media Confab at the Paras Beach Resort, Mambajao, Camiguin Islands last October 27-29, 2015. The said activity is a nationwide gathering of campus journalist from the different school levels- elementary, secondary and tertiary- for a common advocacy which is to promote responsible campus journalism.

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When ‘Quality Education’ meets ‘Money’

Beginning Academic Year 2015-2016, students of old and new faces are welcomed with a major overhauling of the organizational structure of the whole university extending even far and wide to its satellite campuses. From last school year’s six colleges, students are caught up by a rather ‘irrational’ merging of the different colleges, departments and programs to form only three colleges—the College of Education & Arts; the College of Tourism, Home Science & Agriculture; and the College of Criminology, Computing Science & Health Sciences.

Accordingly, the merging of the colleges and programs was to meet the minimum four degree programs as agreed and approved by the Administrative Council (ADCO). This was also in compliance to the National Budget Circular (NBC) Numbers 404, series of 1989, and Numbers 548, series of 2013, of the Department of Budget Management (DBM), as recommended by the Commission on Audit (COA).

For the information of everybody, these DBM policies are the rules and regulations governing the grant of Representation Allowance and Transportation Allowance (RATA) to selected government officials such as university officials like Vice Presidents, Deans of Colleges, Directors of Centers, Institutes/Services and Satellite Campuses, and Department Heads to cover related expenses in connection with the actual performance of their respective functions.

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