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As leadership is not only about taking charge but also taking care of those under your charge, Pangasinan State University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas rolled the conduct of the President’s Hour. The first stop – – Alaminos City Campus.
Nestled in the home of the world-renowned Hundred Islands, the PSU Alaminos City Campus faculty and non-teaching personnel cheerfully welcomed Dr. Galas for his first visit to the campus as President.

Campus Executive Director Dr. Jenylyn V. Oboza aptly described the President’s visit as a form of leadership that creates an organization where people feel empowered as they can freely ask and voice-out their concerns and sentiments.

“One way for us to achieve the core competencies is through an open two-way communication, that people are listened to and that leaders communicate their objectives and their plans to everyone,” Dr. Oboza said in her welcome remarks.

Dr. Galas presented to the 89-strong employees of ACC, the strategic direction of the university for the next five years which is anchored on the vision to become a leading industry-driven state university in the ASEAN Region by 2030.

The President went on to explain each of the five strategic goals, the Industrial Revolution 4.0, Smart University, STEER Hub, student development, extension program with tagline as a ‘public service university’ and Educational Management Operations System, among others.

“We will prioritize infrastructure development for Alaminos City Campus. This Campus will also take the lead in the Occupational Safety and Health Systems,” Dr. Galas said.

Highlight of the President’s Hour is the discussion on the concerns of the employees. Faculty representative Dr. Christopher Cocal and non-teaching force representative Melchor Tugade opened up queries on contractual faculty members’ salaries; plantilla items; overloading and overload pay; promotions; interruption of classes of faculty members with designations; fate of contractual employees after June 30; policy on daily time records; computer upgrading; and deloading policies, among others.

The President listened intently and answered each question patiently that allowed for a free-flowing interaction with the management and the employees.

“Six years akong naging contractual. Hindi ko papayagan na maranasan ninyo ang mga delays. We are doing the best we can. We have exhausted all means para sa kapakanan ninyong lahat. Tiwala lang,” the President explained.

Meanwhile, lending full support to the PSU Administration is Pangasinan First District Board Member Apple D. Bacay who personally visited the Campus and expressed her praises to the PSUnians for their exemplary achievements.

“Saludo ako sa galing ng mga taga PSU. Napakaraming accomplishments. We are proud na doon sa apat na latest topnotchers ninyo sa professional teachers, dalawa ay galing dito sa First District,” Board Member Bacay exclaimed.
Accordingly, President Galas expressed his gratitude to First District Representative Arthur Celeste and Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste of Alaminos City for the parcel of land donated by the local government unit to PSU through their initiative.

“ I would like to extend my gratitude, together with the entire PSU Alaminos City Campus workforce, to the hardworking father and son tandem of Congressman Celeste and Mayor Arth Bryan and the local government of Alaminos City for the lot donation to PSU. Now we can continue with the improvements in infrastructure needed by this campus,” Dr. Galas said.

The conduct of the President’s Hour was started by former University President Dr. Dexter R. Buted in 2015 that incorporated the concept of people-centered, productivity-oriented and passion-driven leadership.

With the dawning of the administration of the 7th University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas, PSU is assured of the continuing distinctive competence in instruction, research, extension and production while further reinforcing its quality assurance mechanisms and paramount advocacy to safeguard the people’s welfare especially its most important asset– the human resources.