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Dr. Emily Arangote (center) receiving her certificate of completion during the culminating activity of the Phil-HECS Executive Development Program at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM on January 19, 2017. With her are (from left to right) DAP Senior Vice President Magdalena Mendoza, DAP President Antonio Kalaw, Jr., CHED Commissioner Alex Brilliantes, Jr., and PASUC President Ricardo Rotoras.

Ibajay, Aklan – Dr. Emily M. Arangote, Campus Director of the Ibajay campus of Aklan State University, better known as the College of Hospitality and Rural Resource Management or CHARRM, and University Director for Standards, successfully completed the pilot run of the Executive Development Program by the Philippine Higher Education Career System (Phil-HECS) held from August 2016 to February 2017.

 The program was designed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the governing body for all higher education institutions in the country, to engage senior executives of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and enhance their competencies to prepare them for increased roles in the improvement of the public higher education sector in the country.

 The EDP contained a total of nine (9) modules in a span of a seven (7) – month period, for a total of 102 training days, including breaks, immersion, and colloquium, and a grand total of 162 days, including recruitment and final eligibility assessment.

 Dr. Arangote was recommended by the ASU President, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon and VP for Administration, Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, and successfully applied to the program at the start of the Academic Year 2016 – 2017, and received her acceptance letter from the Development Academy of the Philippines, the program’s implementing agency, on July 18, 2016, instructing her to attend a battery of managerial assessment tests on July 21, 2016 at Profiles Asia Pacific, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. After passing said stringent admittance and selection process, Dr. Arangote received a memorandum from the CHED chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, signifying her acceptance to the first batch of executive trainees, along with Dr. Relingo and thirty-eight (38) other SUC executives from all over the country. However, due to the exigency of her post as Vice-President for Administration, Dr. Relingo deferred her spot for the program.

 The training started on August 23, 2016 with modules on higher education perspectives and how to prepare HEI Innovation and Transformation (HIT) Plans. Dr. Arangote chose to focus on making ASU an Industry-Based Workplace because of the graduates’ low employability and job mismatch between the graduates and the industry. She wanted to focus on “backyard tourism” to promote community-based tourism in Ibajay, at the same time providing an additional venue

Dr. Emily Arangote (standing, second from right) posing with her fellow candidates who have successfully completed the Phil-HECS Executive Development Program during the culminating activity at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM. The panelists for the HIT Plan Presentation and Defense were (seated, from left to right) PASUC Representative Dr. Ruth Cabahug, CHED Commissioner Alex Brilliantes, Jr., Faculty Expert Dr. Eduardo Gonzales, DAP Senior Vice-President Magdalena Mendoza, and Institutional Representative, ASU President Dr. Danilo E. Abayon (not in the photo).

for ASU student-trainees to conduct their training while answering the needs of the community. She also envisioned a fully-committed partnership with stakeholders, which would greatly enhance instruction of the flagship courses in ASU-Ibajay as the curriculum will be fully-aligned with the needs of the industry and responsive to the needs of the community as well.

 The final leg started on November 14, 2016 with the HIT Plan writing and defense training, followed by the University Dynamics Lab, then the final writing of the HIT Plan. Dr. Arangote was assigned to do the shadowing activity of the executives at the Pangasinan State University for one week, and the immersion activity at Estanza, Lingayen, Pangasinan for another week. TO her it was a challenging and informative learning activity, and she learned a lot from the work of the various executives she had observed. The candidates were then given 34 days to finalize their HIT Plans, and prepare for the defense in the Colloquium. Submission for the HIT Plan materials was set on December 31, and the Colloquium was held on January 17 – 19, 2017.


 The Colloquium served as the culminating activity of the ED Program, and provided an opportunity for the candidates to showcase the progress they have made towards becoming more insightful and responsive SUC leaders through their presentation and defense of their HIT Plans to a panel of key stakeholders, which was composed of representatives from CHED, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), faculty experts, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), and institutional head or representative of each candidate’s respective SUC.

 Dr. Arangote successfully presented her HIT Plan to the panel of experts and capably answered their questions about the feasibility and significance of the Plan to the development of Aklan State University as one of the leading HEIs in Western Visayas. January 20, 2017 saw Dr. Arangote heading back to her beloved ASU and hometown Ibajay, just in time for the festivities of the 2017 Ibajay Ati-atihan Festival. The Aklan State University management congratulates her achievement and is proud of what she has accomplished towards positive change in the university’s quest for excellence in higher education.

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