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The Pangasinan State University, known for its best practices in quality assurance, welcomed delegates from Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC) for a benchmarking activity on December 14.

In the Meeting of Minds held at the Audio-Visual Room of PSU Main Campus, the CSPC Circular Reforms, Quality Assurance and Management Services (CRQAMS) office targeted additional knowledge on quality assurance mechanisms helpful for them in pursuing accreditation.

PSU President Dr. Elbert M. Galas, represented by Dr. Evangeline O. Pescador Executive Secretar, warmly welcomed the CSPC delegates from South Luzon.

“If I may say, PSU has always pursued its quest not only for quality assurance. We have never stopped our quest for excellence in public service. I hope that as you stepped out of the doors or the gates of PSU, you will be able to bring with you the practices which you may apply in your institution hoping that these will be appropriate for you,” Dr. Pescador said.

The Director for Institutional Assessment and Accreditation Office headed by Prof. William Cayetano, led the sharing of best practices in the Quality Assurance unit while other officials including Prof. Mary Ann Macaranas, QA coordinator in Bayambang Campus; Ms. Shiela Marie G. Malicdem, the University Document Control Custodian; Dr. David Livingstone Ramos, Director for Monitoring and Evaluation Head and Mr. Jufri M. Narvas, who represented the Lingayen Campus Executive Director Dr. Randy Joy M. Ventayen, provided inputs in the open forum.
Areas concerning challenges undertaken during the PQA journey, resource generation and division of labor were discussed in the activity.

The CSPC also benchmarked best practices in Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) particularly in the advance integration of Human Resource Information System (HRIS) which is relevant in accessing data and providing electronic and online access for the activities of the office.

The CamSur delegation led by the Director for CRQAMS Dr. Estelito Clemente thanked PSU for the valuable inputs as they pursue PQA accreditation.

“I learned a lot. Marami po kaming nakita at natutuhan in this benchmarking activity. Hindi po kami nagkamali as to what school are we going to benchmark. From the presentation, explanation and exchange of ideas I can truly say that this is a fruitful activity,” Dr. Clemente added.

Before heading back to Camarines Sur, the delegates toured the PSU-owned Golden Lion Hotel and explored its different amenities.

PSU, guided by its strategic goal of being responsive to globalization and diversity, shows windows of opportunity for other academic institutions to become paragons of excellent standards, freely attainable through benchmarking activities.