• Classes and work of employees in TUP Manila are suspended on January 9, 2019 in view of the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene.

President's Corner

Message from the President

Paint the Floor White and the Railings Red, the Corridors in Apple Green and Red
Posted: January 18, 2019
Pagandahin natin ang TUP.

Yesterday, January 17, 2019, we visited the CIT Building to examine some of the facilities there. I think the flooring in the hallways need repainting, so I asked Mam Maria Agnes Inosanto of the Supply Office to buy red and green paint for these areas.

Next we visited the machine shop laboratory. We will paint its floor white, and the railings red. There were some objections on the white color, but this color will give the laboratories a clean work environment. The red railings, on the other hand will give the laboratory a more dynamic ambiance.

Madami pang gagawin. Kaya natin basta tuloy tuloy lang ang effort.

Posted: January 16, 2019
After spending many hours poring over documents, making decisions, and signing papers, I decided to take a small break. As I looked out the window from the Board Room of the President’s Office I saw some students milling around a strange-looking machine. It turns out to be an invention by these students which they call the AUTOMATED EMERGENCY FIRE FIGHTING ROBOT. They explained to me that this is a robot that will detect fire through the photons or light which the fire will emit. The robot will then get to work by approaching the source of the light and activate the fire extinguisher attached to it.

I am sure I will see many more inventions like this in the months to come. Already, Dean Ben Fortaleza requested me to invite Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena in a proposed exhibit of student inventions this coming February, 2019

I would like very much wish that this invention is patented and commercialized.

The Grayhawks are Christian Abragante, Sameena Al Hasani. Alexander Braganza, Angelo Cunanan, Mark Wil De Andres, and Dhara Dianne Morcilla. They are all Electrical Engineering students.

Grayhawks Score Win vs. Garbage
Posted: January 14, 2019
Looking at the pile of discarded aircon cases at the back of the Administration Building, I had the idea of recycling them into garbage receptacles. I gave the idea to the highly-skilled Mr. Felixberto (Fel) Escribe who put two rings to a plywood attached to the aircon case. Fel then weaved nets to the rings. Dean Almina Tengco-Chan, together with Mr. Ferdinand Doctolero, painted design to the contraption to make them more attractive. Vicky Galiza placed trash bags inside them. Now the students can aim at the rings with their trash and shoot them down to the trash bags!

These aircon-case trash cans are not only useful and a work of art, but they reflect the innovativeness of the Grayhawks.

Congratulations to the RTU Blue Thunders!
Posted: January 10, 2019
The heart of this Grayhawk is Gray. And Blue.

The Blue Thunders have won the Over-All Championship of the NCR SCUAA for the 15th consecutive season with a haul of 138 Gold Medals, 90 Silver Medals, and 49 Bronze Medals, while PUP which placed 2nd Over-All won 108 Gold Medals, 104 Silver Medals, and 60 Bronze Medals.

The TUP placed 3rd Over-All with 27 Gold Medals, 29 Silver Medals, and 39 Bronze Medals. PHILSCA won 18 Golds, 25 Silvers and 28 Bronze Medals.

EARIST won 4 Gold Medals, 50 Silvers, and 84 Bronze Medals. The hosts Marikina Polytechnic College won 1 Gold Medal, 3 Silvers, and 15 Bronze Medals, while PNU did not win a Gold Medal but won 2 Silver Medals and 30 Bronze Medals.

The Blue Thunders have won the Over-All Championship in 2004 through the determination of then President Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug and the late Dr. Gregorio Coronel. I continued the winning tradition when I assumed office as RTU President in 2010 until 2018. I must say that Prof. Norie Larosa, herself a great athlete and National Player in Volleyball, has been doing a great job.

I wear a different uniform now. I now wear the gray jacket of the TUP Grayhawks.

The heart of this TUP Grayhawk is gray. And blue.

STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS: Honoring Past Presidents of the Technological University of the Philippines.
Posted: January 08, 2019
Isaac Newton said: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulder of giants.”

On December 13, 2018 we gave recognition to TUP Past Presidents Dr. Bernardo Adeviso, Dr. Olympio Caparas, Dr. Adora Pili, and Dr. Fedeserio Camarao. They have served the University to the best of their knowledge, strength, and wisdom. They’ve had their trials and tribulations, moments of extreme challenges which could have felled a lesser mortal. They have shepherded the University and defended her against fierce adversity. Drs. Camarao and Adeviso came in person, while Dr. Caparas who is in Canada is represented by his sisters, while Dr. Pili was represented by her husband. Director Maria Luisa Salonga-Agamata of the Civil Service Commission was our guest speaker in the program which was also a recognition for the top-performing employees and for the Loyalty Awardees. I received my Service award for my 40th year of service to the Government.

John F. Kennedy, himself among the greatest Presidents of the United States of America, recognized the heavy burden of the presidency:

“When I ran for the Presidency of the United States, I knew that this country faced serious challenges, but I could not realize-nor could any man realize who does not bear the burdens of this office-how heavy and constant would be those burdens.”

After the Bay of Pigs disaster, Kennedy sought out former President Dwight D. Eisenhower for advice. The two men are seen on the photograph below from www.nppa.org, with their backs to the camera, heads bent, conferring seriously on the issue of Cuba.

When he was elected President but has not yet assumed office, Barack Obama requested then President George W. Bush to host a cocktail among the living Past Presidents. Here is an account of the gathering from www.usnews.com:

"One message that I have and I think we all share is that we want you to succeed," George W. Bush told Obama at the opening photo op. "Whether we're Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country. And to the extent we can, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you. All of us who have served in this office understand that the office transcends the individual, and we wish you all the very best, and so does the country.":

Barack Obama replied graciously:

"This is an extraordinary gathering," he told reporters. "All the gentlemen here understand both the pressures and possibilities of this office, and for me to have the opportunity to get advice, good counsel, and fellowship with these individuals is extraordinary, and I'm very grateful to all of them. But again, thank you, Mr. President, for hosting us."

Posted: January 07, 2019
Keep on training hard, but study harder. Gold medals are only pieces of metal if you do not earn your degrees.

The Grayhawks garnered 27 Gold Medals, 29 Silvers, and 39 Bronzes in the recently-concluded NCR SCUAA Games, for the Third Over-All place. RTU won the Over-All Championship for the 15th consecutive season, and the PUP won the 2nd Over-All place.

There is still much room for improvement. Keep on training hard boys and girls. But study harder. Grayhawks fight and lift up the spirit of the University!

Posted: December 28, 2018
These pictures were taken on the occasion of the ADFA Night on the celebration of the 117th founding anniversary of the TUP. The occasion was attended by Senator JV Ejercito and Cong. Salvador Belaro Jr. There were presentations by the various colleges of the University. It is a fun night. It is the most enjoyable ADFA Night I attended.

Grayhawks Fly High! TUP Passers and Topnotchers
On Monday, December 10, 2018, I met with the TUP passers in the TUP Electronics and Communications Engineering Board Examination held in October, 2018.

According to the Dean of the College of Engineering, Engr. Ben Fortaleza, TUP-Manila ranks 10th among the Top Performing schools in the country in the Electronics Technician Board Examination with a passing rate of 86.01% while TUP-Visayas ranks 3rd with a passing rate of 97.18%.

On Top 2 for ECT is Alvin Javel-Lana Almencion of TUP_Visayas with a passing score of 94%.Most remarkable in this achievement by the University is that we got the Top 1 in ECE with Daniel Dilag Cabrales of TUP-Manila obtaining a score of 92%.

As I had to leave early on that day, I just waited for the thanksgiving mass to end. I talked to our board passers right inside the chapel.

Grayhawks Fly High!

Vicky's Garden
The beautification of the TUP-Manila Campus is well underway, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Vicky Galiza. She has already improved areas in the Campus with her gardens, and she has plans for more. In time, the TUP will be a nice, well-manicured place with the plants Vicky has requested from the DENR.

And Vicky’s efforts are beginning to transform the University in this very pleasant way.

The NSTP Department has submitted to me a list of activities which will transform the entire TUP-Manila Campus into one big garden.

Expect the TUP-Visayas, the TUP-Cavite, the TUP-Taguig, and the extension campuses in Lopez and Cuenca to follow suit.

Great job Vicky. Keep it up.

TUP Batangas
On November 29, 2018 we visited the TUP in Batangas, situated in the town of Cuenca. The campus is a quiet place with few but lively students. I have instructed the key officials of the University to include in the plans for 2020 the construction of a 3-storey classroom and office building in the Campus, as well as a basketball court. The arch at the gate should also be beautified.

There is one significant item I found in the Campus. It is a painting of myself. It is significant not because I am the subject of the painting but because it was painted by a student. I was informed that two of his paintings are exhibited in the National Museum, and one day I will go there and look at them. The painting was done in scrap plywood, not even in canvass, but the artistry is excellent, showing the skills of the artist. His name is Ray Maralit.

There was a workshop with topics on leadership. I took the occasion to give some lecture.

The campus can be a big garden.

On the ISO Award of TUP in Cavite
I am well pleased to have had the honor to speak before the employees and faculty members of the TUP in Cavite on the occasion of the awarding of your ISO 9001:2015 certificate last December 5, 2018 at the elegant Taal Vista Hotel. The ISO award is not an idle award but is proof that the institution being awarded has complied with the stringent standards of the International Organization for Standardization.

According to www.certificationeurope.com,

"ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) is internationally recognised as the world’s leading quality management standard and has been implemented by over one million organisations in over 170 countries globally. ISO 9001 implemented, to its full potential, becomes an invaluable asset to your organisation.

The purpose of the standard is to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements relating to their product while achieving excellence in their customer service and delivery. The standard can be used throughout an organisation to improve the performance or within a particular site, plant or department."

The award means that the TUPC has the capability of giving the best service to its clients, particularly the students and the community. This is the most important essence of a university. The extremely utilitarian view of higher education as a dispenser of technical and practical knowledge and skills as necessary preparations for a career is important, and this seems to be the greatest influence to the TUP mindset. But even technical education should go beyond this utilitarian mission.

The University should aim to include the development of the whole person, to prepare him to think, to cultivate his creativity, to help him develop maturity. The University should develop in the students a passion for social and cultural responsibility, a passion and love for life and learning. Our graduates should become thoughtful and caring citizens who shall dedicate part of themselves in being relevant and helpful to the community.

Our job is not done after this award. Our job has just began. The success of any endeavor lies in our capacity to work hard for the University.

The Technological University of the Philippines is our home. It is the house where we live. We must always do our best for our University.

The TUP-Visayas Campus is a quaint and quiet place with plenty of trees giving the place much shade. It is an unexciting place that lacks most of the colors and sophistication to be found in most modern schools here and abroad, but the Campus sure packs some great punch when it comes to academic excellence.

In a letter sent to me by Dr. Norie Validor, Director of the TUP-Visayas, she informed me of the topnotchers from the said Campus.

The Campus was ranked 10th by the Professional Regulations Commission among the top performing schools in the August, 2018 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination with a passing average of 80.30% or 106 out of 132 takers.

In the Certified Plant Mechanic Board Exam, the Campus got the TOP 1 place with Dionisio Abancio Java III obtaining a passing percentage of 85.90, while Joffre Bando Libo-on got Top 4 with 81.05%.

Congratulations to the Campus Director, Mam Nors, and to the faculty and staff of the Campus. Surely you care greatly for your students and their parents.

On November 16, 2018 at 8:50 in the morning, Dr. Myrna Tepora, affectionately called "Mam Teps" by many people in the TUP community, texted me to announce that TUP-Cavite has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification by TUV SUD, the international awarding body for the certification. This means that the campus complies with internationally-accepted standards of the TUV SUD, the international body which assesses the readiness of an organization for the award.

According to www.certificationeurope.com,

"ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) is internationally recognised as the world’s leading quality management standard and has been implemented by over one million organisations in over 170 countries globally. ISO 9001 implemented, to its full potential, becomes an invaluable asset to your organisation.

The purpose of the standard is to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements relating to their product while achieving excellence in their customer service and delivery. The standard can be used throughout an organisation to improve the performance or within a particular site, plant or department."

Dr. Tepora announced that the awarding will be done of December 5, 2018 in Tagaytay City. I went to the Cavite Campus for an impromptu visit yesterday (November 20, 2018). Mam Teps showed me a framed provisional certificate for the ISO award.

On November 18, 2018, Mr. Allan Soria, the Sports Director of TUP, texted me to relay the message that the TUP Swimming Team has won 13 Gold Medals, 6 silvers, and 3 bronzes in the 1sr FESSAP or the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines.

According to Wikipedia,

"The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, abbreviated as FESSAP is a university sports federation based in the Philippines established in 1999. It is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education since 1999 and member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) since 2009. The university sports body is the sole recognized body for university sports in the Philippines by FISU. FESSAP is also a member of the Asian University Sports Federation since 2000."

A controversy arose when the UAAP questioned before the FISU the membership of the FESSAP in the FISU. The Wikipedia explains:

"In 2013, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) disputed the membership of FESSAP in FISU. The UAAP asserts that from the 1967 to 2007 the UAAP has been sending athletes to the Universiade, which is organized by FISU. In a meeting by the FISU Executive Committee in Trento, Italy held in December 8, 2013,FESSAP's membership was confirmed by FISU."

Nonetheless, the Grayhawks have given us much honor this time.

Rise Grayhawks!

Posted: October 26, 2018
Written: October 25, 2018

Yesterday, October 24, 2018, exactly one month after I took my oath as President of the Technological University of the Philippines, I attended the ceremony for the ISO 9001:2015 awarding to TUP-Taguig. But before the actual ceremony, I had time to go around in the campus. The janitors were busy sweeping the leaves from the trees. The campus has a lot of trees which gives you the feeling that you are not in a crowded city but somewhere in a far provincial state college. Students are few. I miss the very busy and lively RTU Quadrangle during a perfect afternoon.

The Technological University of the Philippines lives up to its claim as the Premier Technological University. Topnotchers in board examinations are plentiful, and exceeding the national passing average is normal and seems to be no longer surprising. As a matter of fact, the TUP-Visayas Campus reported yesterday right after the program that 53 out of 53 of their students passed the Chemical Technology Board Exam, with 6 topnotchers, including the Number 1!

In the pictures below, Dr. Selfa Briones, the Campus Director, and myself, receive the Certificate from the General Manager of TUV Sud 9001, Ms. Femelyn Lati.

The technological savvy and sophistication of TUP should be dedicated for the benefit of the human race, I told the audience in the program, comprised mostly of TUP employees and some students. Storms are becoming stronger, the ice shelfs of the Antartic and the Arctic are melting, the seas are rising, there is drought and floods where there have none before. Climate change is all too real, and we must accept it.

Science and Technology brought us to this predicament. The use of fossil fuels, hydrocarbons, light pollution, the thousands of pieces of debris in our immediate outer space—all of these were brought to us by our own insensitivity and lack of concern for our world.

Now, only Science and Technology can save us. Let the TUP contribute its share to the mitigation and even reversal of climate change. We have the skills and knowledge. We can do it.

TUP For The World.
Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres
President, TUP