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Weekly Centralian Link (June 9, 2017)

CPU starts its enrollment for the SY 2017-2018

Central Philippine University Enrolment June 2017
The newly constructed lobby has made waiting more convenient for Centralian enrollees.

As of 9am of June 9, 2017, and just the second day of enrollment, CPU has already enrolled 3,931 students. Last School Year 2016-2017, the total number of students enrolled was 13,057 (Preschool – 150, Elementary – 793, High School 1,538, Senior High School – 713, College – 8,578, Master’s level including Law and Medicine – 1,192, and Doctoral level – 93). The CPU Administration is hopeful that this year’s enrollment will surpassed that of last year. There are still 3 weeks to go until enrollment time is over.

On June 19, 2017 CPU will formally open its classes in all levels except Senior High School which will start on June 13, 2017.

CPU Senior High School enrollment breaks last year’s record

According to the data provided by the CPU Senior High School, the enrollment figures as of June 9, 2017 for Grade 11 is 815 students and still counting. Last School Year 2016-2017, CPU enrolled 713 Senior High School students in the First Semester, and 691 in the Second Semester. This data shows that CPU gained more than 100 students for this year, and may reach a higher number once the enrolment is over. The previous year was the start of the implementation of the K-12 program of the government. The enrollment figure for the Grade 12 is 538 as of the moment. The office of the CPU Senior High School is expecting at least 650 enrollees for the Grade 12.

The opening of classes for the CPU Senior High School will be on June 13, 2017. Their enrollment will continue up to next week.

CPU College of Law fresh takers performance ranks No. 19 in 2016 BAR exam

Central Philippine University College of Law

15 out of 18 or 83.33% of the first time takers of the CPU College of Law successfully passed the 2016 BAR examinations held at the University of Santo Tomas on November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017. The new takers performance garnered the college a rank of No. 19 all over country as determined by the Legal Education Board.

The ranking is a by-product of the hard work and efforts of the college holding true to its vision of producing exceptional and dedicated lawyers striving for justice, equality and righteousness in the service of the people and the glory of God.

In 1953, the CPU College of Law was granted government recognition for the four-year course in law leading to the degree of Bachelor of laws. 57 years later, the college revised its curriculum leading to the degree of Juris Doctor.

The college continues to pursue excellence by creating an academic environment of discipline and faith.

Dr. Trompeta attends 2017 Annual Conference and Expo of NAFSA

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Dr. Trompeta attends 2017 Annual Conference and Expo of NAFSA

Representing Central Philippine University – Dr. Leilani Fatimah L. Trompeta, Director of the CPU International Programs attended the 2017 Annual Conference and Expo of the Association of International Educators at Los Angeles, California on May 30 to June 2, 2017.

With the theme: Expanding Community Strengthening Connections, 9,000 international educators from 90 countries across the globe showcased their university to attract foreign students, discover emerging trends in student mobility, forge new partnerships, participate in networking opportunities, and identify global market place needs.

Prior to the trip, Dr. Trompeta met with selected institutions from the United States at the US Embassy in Manila. The meeting included initial discussions on possible joint collaborations between higher education institutions in the US and the Philippines.

The gathering is participated by seven other representatives of higher educational institutions in the country; namely University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University , De La Salle University, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, University of Mindanao, Filamer Christian College and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Dr. Trompeta’s trip aims to promote Central Philippine University to the international community and to promote enrolment of foreign students. The event is also a venue of showcasing Iloilo as an educational hub for social and economic investment.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world´s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA´s 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries. It believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals (

CPU CLGIPS and KDC with DLSU-JRIG hold Local Knowledge Workshop

With the aim of developing communities across the region, the CPU Center for Local Governance and Indigenous People Studies and Knowledge for Development Center together with the De La Salle University – Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance held a Local Knowledge Workshop on Making All Voices Count Project: Universities and Knowledge Partnerships for Open Government at the Educational Media Center on June 7, 2017.

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Information sharing – Engr. Dimpna C. Castigador emphasized the importance of sharing information in inclusive growth during the workshop.

For the welcome remarks, Rev. Joniel Howard Gico welcomed participants and recognized the role of advocacy work in ensuring that progress is attained by everyone.  On the other hand, Mr. Dominador Co, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Iloilo showcased Iloilo’s performance on good governance and transparency. “Here in Iloilo City, our city mayor has made transparency and accountability the hallmarks of our administration. Since our first term in 2010, we’ve advocated and practiced participatory governance – bringing local government down to our 180 barangays and responding to our people’s needs and listening to their suggestions, among others. “

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Group workshops aim to get ideas and suggestions on improving community participation in CSO projects.

Dr. Francisco Magno, DLSU – JRIG Director, talked about the importance of the project and its impact to growing communities. According to him, inclusive growth and information sharing are crucial in social development.

Mr. Ian Jayson Hecita, DLSU-JRIG emphasizes the importance of patnership of CSOs and academe.

Engr. Cesar Rico Acanto, CLGIPS committee member talked about the workshop objectives of the seminar. “Our objective today is to provide understanding on the roles of universities and knowledge partnerships in fostering open government, social accountability and participatory local governance. Second is to enhance awareness and knowledge of local CSOs and universities about open government and third is to identify how universities can help local CSOs as knowledge partners in fostering development.”

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Prof. Renia F. De La Peña , Coordinator of CGLIPS ackonwledges participants of the seminar.

For the seminar proper, Mr. Ian Jayson Hecita, Program Manager of DLSU-JRIG talked about universities as knowledge hubs for open government. Mr. Ildefonso Orquejo Jr., Local Government Officer V of the Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division – DILG then lectured about citizen participation and open government programs of the DILG under the Duterte administration. He also talked about ADM, SGLG and Masa Masid as government initiatives for community development.

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Particpants discuss partnerships of CSOs and the academe.

Participants from both the academic and CSO sector had workshops and group discussions regarding the role of the academe in social involvement and the current situation of community information sharing. The discussions concluded that more partnerships between both sectors have to be developed.

Mr. Francisco Magno, Director of the DLSU-JRIG discusses the impact of the project.

On June 8, 2017, after the seminar, KDC and CLGIPs together with DLSU-JRIG conducted a meeting with CPU Webmaster Mark Clemens J. Ortaliz regarding the development of a transparency and accountability portal that communities can use to get essential information about government and CSO research and projects.

Welcome Greetings of Mr. Dominador Co, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Iloilo City during the

CLGIPS Local Workshop on Making All Voices Count at the

CPU Educational Media Center on June 7, 2017

I’m honored and greatly delighted to join you this morning as you gather for a worthy and significant cause – developing a knowledge portal to help build the capacity of local civil society organizations in promoting transparency, accountability and participation in local governance.

But first let me extend Iloilo City’s warm welcome to all the resource persons and participants of this Local Knowledge Workshop on Making All Voices Count. We hope our city offers your assembly appropriate ambience and inspiration that will enable you to accomplish your goals and expectations from this workshop.

At any rate, I also praise the Center for Local Governance and Indigenous People Studies and its partners Central Philippine University and the Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance at De La Salle University for working to increase direct and indirect interaction between ordinary people and their government.

Your work to ensure that ordinary Filipinos get the opportunity to voice their governance concerns and needs is, indeed, commendable.

Here in Iloilo City, this City Mayor has made transparency and accountability the hallmarks of our administration. Since our first term in 2010, we’ve advocated and practiced participatory governance – bringing local government down to our 180 barangays and responding to our people’s needs and listening to their suggestions, among others.

Ours is also an open and responsive government working to make information on city government activity, budgets, procurements and socio-economic services accessible and user-friendly for civil society, media and the general public.

Our administration is also working with private partners to support the local government’s effort  to gather, analyze and act on information provided by our residents because we believe in the importance of community feedback to improve our service delivery systems.

As a result, the City of Iloilo has gained reputation and a number of awards and distinctions from the DILG and other national government and private organizations for transparent good governance. Other cities and municipalities have, in fact, made Iloilo City as their governance and best practices model with our accomplishments as their benchmarks.

Ladies and gentlemen, Iloilo City is the modern, most livable city it is today because the local leadership worked hard along with the people to make it so.

On this note, I wish you all a fruitful, productive and successful workshop that will redound to the benefit of all who aspire for clean, honest, accountable and transparent local governance. Again our warmest welcome to all!

Thank you and a pleasant morning to all!

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