President’s Corner

SR MIla

Welcome to school year 2017-2018!

 

“ A grateful heart is a life lived in joy.”  I like to begin by sharing with you the blessings we have for SY 2017-2018.  For our Senior High school Department, we have 533 Grade 11 students and 374 Grade 12 students, a total of 907 Senior High Paulinians. We have 80 Grade School pupils who are now enjoying their new building, the Tiu Cho Teg- Ana Ros Building in Barangay Ticud, La Paz.  They now have their own science laboratory, computer laboratory, home economics, library, clinic, canteen, playground, parents’ waiting area and the soon to be blessed Bishop Frederick Rooker Multipurpose Center wherein we will be using solar panels for its roof, a big help to decrease our electricity bill. For the Tertiary level, we are expecting more or less 700 students who will be the last batch to use the present curriculum since next school year, our new first year college students will be using the new curriculum given by the Commission on Higher Education or CHED.  A concrete example for this will be the curriculum for the BS in Physical Therapy that will be 4 years instead of 5years.

Joining our teaching workforce this school year are young and competent teachers who are also passionate to share their expertise and help in your formation, my dear future Paulinian professionals.  We also have new faces in our non-teaching and support staff, who are hardworking and committed to assist us in our different student services like the canteen, guidance, clinic, dormitory and library.

We thank our loving God for all these blessings and rely on His mercy as we continue to face the challenges brought about by the K to 12 program which is now on its second year of implementation.  It is providential that last July 3 and 4, we had the strategic planning for Iloilo Cluster, our SPC Sisters, lay managers and teachers of St. Paul School Barotac Viejo, St. Paul School Barotac Nuevo and St. Paul University Iloilo gathered to articulate our Strategic objectives, plans and programs.  For the next 3 years we will then be working together on 4 Key Result Areas or KRA, namely:  KRA 1 :  Paulinian Formation; KRA 2 : Quality Teaching-Learning; KRA 3:  Value-innovated programs and services; KRA 4:  Good Governance and Stewardship.

Last August 8, Sr. Mary George, Mrs. Tilos and I attended the first Administrative Conference organized by CHED Region 6.  The speakers shared about the 10 point Agenda of the Duterte administration, the 20 at 22 Malasakit at Pagbabago agenda, the Region 6 Development Plan ( I would like to mention at this point that the City Government is putting up Esplanade 6 and it will be along this river near our gym), the CHED Strategic Plans for 2017-2022.  As I listened to them I believe we all are putting our efforts together to address the need for quality education to improve the quality of life of every Filipino.  For us here in St. Paul University Iloilo, this year will be a busy year in reviewing and revisiting the curriculum of the different programs, the learning outcomes, the program outcomes and the attributes of a Paulinian graduate, using the OBE or the Outcomes Based Education framework.

My dear Paulinians, we remain faithful to our commitment and mission. SPUI continues to move forward, live out our Paulinian motto and our Paulinian core values: Christ-centeredness, Charity, Commission, Community and Charism.  May our Blessed Virgin Mary, the model of all Paulinians in humility and simplicity teach us what it means to be “ Christ-bearers” and may St. Paul our Patron, who made himself “all things to all”, inspire all of us to be always driven by love.  Together, may we all have a meaningful and successful school year 2017-2018.

CARITAS CHRISTI Urget Nos.

 

Sr. MILA GRACE SILAB, SPC
University President