Empowering Student Leaders Through Unity, Diversity, and Transformational Skills

In a landmark event, the Supreme Student Government (SSG) and selected officers from the Future Science and Technology Leaders of the Philippines recently participated in a transformative 3-day leadership training held from December 1 to 3, 2023, at the picturesque Hagnaya Beach Resort. The overarching theme of the training, “United in Leading: Bridging the Gap of Diversity and Cultivating Oneself as a Transformational Leader,” underscored the importance of unity amidst diversity and personal growth as essential elements of effective leadership.

Representatives from CTU Daanbantayan Campus and its extension campuses in Tabogon, Bantayan, and San Remigio converged at the venue, seizing the opportunity to embrace their individuality and explore various facets of leadership. The delegation from CTU Tabogon Extension, accompanied by their dedicated advisers, Mr. Joseph Abueva and Ms. Katrina D. Arpon, commenced their journey at 9:40 AM, courtesy of a sponsored vehicle provided by Municipal Administrator Mr. Ronnie A. Hingco Jr., ensuring their safe arrival at the venue.

The inaugural session unfolded with preliminary activities and an inspiring welcome address by Dr. Ricky T. Derecho, the head of all campus organizations. Dr. Derecho highlighted the significance of leadership, urging participants to give their best throughout the upcoming activities. Lovejoy Dela Peña, SSG Senator from CTU Daanbantayan Campus, eloquently presented the statement of purpose, followed by an introduction of participants led by President Jerick Niño Bojos, SSG President of CTU Daanbantayan Campus, who had attendees stand and showcase their brightest smiles.

Dr. Ruben M. Ungui, Campus Director of CTU Daanbantayan, shared valuable insights and wisdom during an inspirational message, encouraging participants to relish the training while internalizing the importance of effective leadership. The afternoon session featured Prof. Felixberto T. Lucabon Jr., Assistant Campus Director and Dean of Instructions of CTU Daanbantayan Campus, who delved into Parliamentary Procedures and CBL construction and amendments. The engaging discussion provided attendees with a solid understanding of the proper processes for conducting meetings and making decisions within an organization.

On the second day, the focus shifted to critical topics, beginning with Mrs. Marlou C. Godinez, CTU Wide GAD Director of CTU – Daanbantayan Campus, discussing Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and the corresponding Republic Act. An open forum ensued, allowing students to address their queries and concerns, fostering a heightened awareness of this sensitive issue.

Dr. Sutero Macabudbud Jr., BAC Chairman of CTU-Daanbantayan Campus, took the floor to elucidate Budget Plans and Completion Procedures (BAC), shedding light on the proper procedures for budget requests, the functions of BAC, the Philippine Government Procurement System (PhilGEPS), BAC Flow, and Supplemental Requirements. A feedback session followed, ensuring that students’ lingering questions were thoroughly addressed. Administrative Officer IV and Budget Officer, Maria Fredelyth E. Arreglo, expanded on the budget-related discussions, covering Budget Expenditure and Management, as well as Public Financial Management (PFM).

Dr. Ruben M. Ungui returned to share additional insights on CTU’s budget and Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP), leaving student leaders enlightened and equipped with practical knowledge for budget-related planning. Administrative Officer V, Mrs. Sofia Montana, initiated a workshop on essential paperwork, such as meeting minutes, communication letters, resolutions, and memoranda, providing a hands-on opportunity for students to apply their newfound knowledge. The day concluded with a hearty dinner, setting the stage for the evening’s challenging activity, the Exodus Walk. This event tested students’ leadership skills and teamwork as they embarked on a blindfolded journey, facing obstacles and challenges together as a cohesive team.

Words by Niel Hanley Elarcosa and Charlene Booc