CTU welcomes new CHED Commissioner and BOR Chair

(L-R): Dr. Maximo Aljibe, Dr. Maura Consolacion Cristobal, Dr. Rosein Ancheta Jr., Dr. Jo Mark Libre, Dr. Joseph Pepito and Atty. Joselito Alisuag during the supervisory visit at the CTU Main Campus

Cebu Technological University’s family welcomes the new Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner in his Supervisory visit on April 21-22, 2022.

Commissioner Jo Mark M. Libre, DPA, who also serves as the Chair of the CTU Board of Regents, replaced former commissioner Perfecto Alibin whose term ended on July 21, 2021.

Along with the Commissioner in his visit were former CHED-VII Director Dr. Maximo C. Aljibe, who will now be the Director in CHED Region VIII; Incumbent CHED-VII Director, Dr. Maura Consolacion Cristobal; and the Regional Director of CHED-MIMAROPA, Atty. Joselito Alisuag.

Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr., SUC President IV, welcomed and congratulated Commissioner Libre, whom he defined as a great leader, young, intelligent, and very smart.

“Our CHED Commissioner is a great leader, young, intelligent, very smart, and he who knows the way goes the way, and shows the way. Our warmest congratulations to Hon. Jo Mark M. Libre,” Dr. Ancheta in his welcome address.”

“I am very much confident that your support and guidance will bring us to greater heights,” the University President added.

Commissioner Libre was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 9, 2022 and will serve a three-year term until July 21, 2025.

Under CHED Special Order (CSO) No. 22, Series of 2022 issued by CHED Chairperson J. Prospero E. de Vera III, Commissioner Libre will serve as the regular Chairperson and Presiding Officer of the Governing Boards of 24 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines, including the CTU.

To name a few of Commissioner Libre’s successes, he has formerly served as the Vice President for Communications and External Affairs at the Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. in Davao City.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). Furthermore, he has been awarded a scholarship from CHED to pursue his Master of Arts in Political Science with a major in Global Politics at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

Commissioner Libre also took a Master of Public Administration from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) and earned his Doctor of Public Administration from Ateneo de Cagayan-Xavier University. Over and above, he is a professional and licensed teacher with a specialization in social studies.

In his message, Commissioner Libre commends the University “The CTU has unquestionably set the benchmark for offering outstanding education to the stakeholders and its nearby communities. It is committed to living up to the mission statement of adhering to the philosophy and maintaining a persistent dedication to excellence in education.”

He ended his message by giving a pledge to the University, where he ensured that he would give his support. “We, in the Commission of Higher Education, commit to collaborate at the same time complement with the University to achieve the goal and direction that you have set for the University’s future. Rest assured that for Cebu Technological University, while I am the Chair, designate my due respect to everyone. You have my 110 full support in all of the undertakings.”

Further, Commissioner Libre also visited the Danao Campus, Carmen and San Francisco campuses to foresee what the academe can offer specifically with regard to the four core functions of a university.

(L-R: )Prof. Carmencita Quino, Dr. Roselyn Gonzales, Dr. Gamaliel Gonzales, VP Adrian Ybanez, Ched Dir. Maximo Aljibe, Dr. Rosemary Almacen, Hon. Jo Mark M. Libre, Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr, Ched Dir Atty Joselito Alisuag, BOR Sec. Mira Nona Flores, Dr. Decem Suladay in Danao Campus

As claimed by the CTU Danao Campus Director, Dr. Rosemary L. Almacen, smart campus was justifiable as it showcases its state-of-the-art facilities featuring the ERRC’s Educational Laboratory 2 for the “Hybrid Learning” a classroom equipped with Sinew Mini-HD Max live streaming solution, an interactive whiteboard, and a document projector, the Galileo One which converts a regular Smart TV into an interactive touch surface with the press of a button, with its powerful Kneura Al Cloud LMS, an addition to a smart classroom set-up.

The new building of the CTU Danao College of Management and Entrepreneurship add up to a wide array of advanced facilities, from fully airconditioned, wifi-ready with 75 inches Smart TV situated in each classroom. The Olympic-sized track, tennis court, fitness gym, swimming pool, facility centrum, fabrication laboratory, high-speed sewing machines, and the student activity center gives the guests an impression that CTU Danao Campus is a campus with class and substance.

From facilities to offices and personnel, CTU Danao is indeed a representation that even state universities and colleges can keep up with renowned universities in the country.

Dr. Jo Mark Libre (3rd from right) with the Key Officials of CTU, Dr. Rosein Anchea Jr. (5th from right) and Dr. Ambos, CTU Carmen Campus (1st from right) during the visit at CTU Carmen Campus on April 21, 2022

CTU Carmen Campus also welcomed Dr.Mark Jo Maribujoc Libre through a live band at the campus facade. Then, the administrators, professors and non-teaching personnel waived the balloons during the arrival of Dr. Libre’s team. The Future Science and Technology Leaders of the Philippines (FSTLP) officers also joined the welcome activity.

Hence, Dr. Libre’s supervisory visit inspires the CTU administrators, faculty, non-teaching staff and students to remain committed to the vision, mission and goals of the university.

Sarah Jane Colina/ICPA Danao, Almie Mata/Center for Communication and Media, Jihan Comeros/ICPA Carmen