Chancellor's Corner

A Message from the Chancellor



UE Caloocan Chancellor

I take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the UE Board of Trustees and to our beloved President Ester A. Garcia for giving me the trust and confidence to lead the University of the East-Caloocan Campus. I am humbled and privileged to be part of this great institution. Let me thank also my predecessor, Dr. Fedeserio Camarao, for the warm welcome, advice and encouragement.

As UE heightens its commitment to academic excellence, I offer my sincere, transparent and active leadership gained from varied experiences as an administrator, scientist, developmentalist and sportsman.

Similarly exemplified by my predecessors, I commit to be at par and live up to UE's tradition of excellence by way of this eight-point Development Agenda:

1. Strengthen academic programs and performance

Achieve the tri-focal effect of academic excellence in terms of superiority of student performance, highly competent faculty and learning- conducive environment. To achieve this, the following shall be vigorously pursued:

  • Institutional accreditation and recognition - Deliberate and sustained efforts shall be undertaken to pursue earlier initiatives to strengthen all aspects related to providing the best services to achieve academic excellence. Existing programs shall be prepared for higher-level accreditation. Extra efforts shall be undertaken to facilitate government recognition of new academic programs, i.e., Tourism and Hospitality Management. Toward this end, active recruitment of quality faculty members shall be done with priority for MS degree-holders for new recruits or at least those that have graduated with honors. Faculty members will be encouraged and supported to pursue graduate degree programs and or short courses from advanced academic institutions-to be nurtured to become full-time faculty members of their respective Colleges and attain the highest possible academic rank. Professional development and capacity development shall be actively pursued targeting at least 75% of each College to have achieved master's degree and 25% with PhDs within the next 36 months.

  • Relevance of academic programs - Academic offerings shall be evaluated regularly for relevance to industry needs and client satisfaction. Programs with very low enrollment shall be gradually phased out while those with greater and emerging markets shall be considered based on relevant feasibility and market studies.

  • Recruitment of quality students - The quality of students accepted to the University greatly determines future performance. Marketing strategies and admission policies shall be enhanced to attract the best students graduating from elementary and high school to enroll in appropriate programs. In line with this, scholarship support for students shall be increased from 10% of total enrollment to 15% by way of active partnerships with successful alumni, philanthropic organizations and other sources, in addition to existing privileges provided by the University.

  • Continuous facility upgrading - Plans shall be laid out with a corresponding budget to deliver the requirements for achieving the best environment for learning. Library facilities, laboratories, classrooms and other facilities shall be continuously upgraded compliant to CHED and accreditation requirements.

2. Strengthen research and development

This leadership will continue to help build an environment and culture of research- and science-based investigation through technical cooperation, academic exchange and co-implementation with national and international partners. The following shall be undertaken in coordination with the University Research Unit:

  • Development of a Medium-Term Integrated R & D Plan for the Campus focused on the areas of strength of its faculty and academic programs. Partnerships shall be sought with both national and international institutions and the private sector to generate the much-needed funds through resource and expertise sharing through formal collaborations;

  • Facilitate collaborative research with like-minded institutions to optimize reach & resources;

  • Tap experts in appropriate fields for inputs to research, encourage visiting research fellows and professors from advanced R & D institutions;

  • Facilitate the provision of appropriate training for enhanced research capabilities of faculty members that will encourage the culture of R & D;

  • Actively seek travel grant programs to allow for more opportunities for faculty members, including graduate students, to present scientific works in national and international forums and the publication of research findings;

  • Actively pursue publication and patenting of relevant research outputs;

  • Enhance delivery of extension services to clients in selected communities within the CAMANAVA area along education, health, poverty alleviation, climate change and environmental management that will improve general well-being;

  • Encourage participatory monitoring and evaluation of outcomes and impacts of extension and outreach programs;

  • Initiate the development of special projects and a project development center; and

  • Propose the development of a University Business Incubation Center.

3. Strengthen international linkages

Deliberate effort shall be undertaken to forge formal collaboration with both national and international institutions of higher learning. Through this effort, students and faculty members shall have greater opportunities for internationalization through formal academic exchange programs. The University shall also collaborate with partner institutions in pursuing R & D activities of mutual interest while advancing opportunities for information, intellectual and cultural exchange.

4. Generate more scholarship support for students and the faculty.

5. Sustain excellence in culture and the arts and sports as we harness our niche on beach volleyball and soccer.

6. Strengthen alumni relations

Solicit the active engagement of alumni supportive of a continuing partnership towards the generation of scholarships and the creation of better learning facilities of their respective colleges and the overall development of UE.

7. Make UE Caloocan the cleanest and greenest campus in Metro Manila

Deliberate and sustained effort shall be undertaken to ensure well-manicured lawns and ornamentals, and that trees are kept in best condition at all times. The comfort rooms shall be kept clean at all times; waste segregated; material recovery and recycling, absence of stray animals within Campus premises. A landscaping plan shall be put in place considering the construction of the new EHSD building and Lualhati monument. Student rest/study centers shall be established strategically to promote better interaction among students.

8. Promote the culture of unity, professionalism and teamwork in the workplace to achieve excellence in every undertaking

The academic community is the sum of its parts - one component interdependent with each other in a dynamic system, the faculty, the students and the administrative staff. The leadership shall nurture and value academic freedom and shall promote the culture of honesty and respect to dignity of each member by creating a tolerant and responsive administration that is service-oriented and with a strong sense of public good. The strength and potential of each member shall be cultivated, maximized and put to good use. Each member shall be encouraged to epitomize commitment, honesty, hard work, sacrifice and positive attitude through leadership by example. Decisions shall be guided by what is right, not by what is popular.

This was the message of Chancellor Zosimo M. Battad for the freshmen during their orientation on June 25-26, 2013, at the LCT MPH.

College Life, Focusing your Mindset to be the Best

My dear students' good morning/afternoon. At the onset, allow me to warmly welcome all of you to UE. You will be joining roughly 30,000 students from 2 campuses and a medical center who entrusted their future on us. We thank you and your parents for this rare opportunity to be of service to you.

Let me start by telling you that my parents did not spend much for my education. I was an honor student from primary up until I earned my doctorate degree. After graduation, I became a faculty member and researcher at the same time and worked mostly in the government sector for 30 years. I followed the footsteps of my father - both of us becoming administrators/president of state higher educational institutions. A great deal of what I am was captured from my parents and leaders I was associated with, and my own personal experiences. Take advantage of your opportunity to study because not everyone is given this rare privilege to be in higher education. Your parents spent a great deal of effort, hard work and financial support to send you to school and I believe that the only way you can make them happy are for you to deliver the promise and that is to complete your degree.

There are three things that can influence your character-the people you are associated with (family/mentors), the books you read (education) and your faith. College life is what you make it to be. For me, it is focusing on what I can and love to do and do it to the best of my ability, always. At the start, there is an aura of pride that goes along with being an honor high school graduate when you enter College but you will soon come to realize that there is more to College Life than meets the eye. You will encounter challenges, problems, crisis, rewards, victories and defeats. It will not be a bed of roses, I assure you of that. You must therefore face your new world prepared and equipped with the skills and fortitude to hurdle these challenges. You must become a fast and dedicated learner; learn from every situation good or bad. Learn from the great scholars and men that preceded and inspired you. Now you may ask me, are there secrets or formula for being a successful student/person? I will tell that there is! My formula has always been hard work and positive attitude…..and to be successful in life, you must always be guided by a personal mission statement (PMS); some call it Philosophy of Life. Whatever is your PMS, allow me to share with you some important thoughts which I am sure can help make your College life become more meaningful, joyful and productive:

1. Face your challenges with the right attitude - Everything you do in life is determined by your attitude and a great percentage of your success will be determined by how positive your mental attitude is. There is virtually nothing impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. In Zig Ziegler's book "See You at the Top", he discussed the ability of the bumblebee to fly. Most aeronautical engineers will tell you there is no way the bumble bee can fly. Its wingspan is not broad enough, it is too heavy and its body build makes it impossible to fly. Fortunately, the bumblebee doesn't understand aeronautics, so it just goes along and fly. If we can control our attitude, our way of thinking, then we can control our actions, outcomes and destiny.

2. Commitment to excellence – Have a burning desire to be the best. If you don't have desire to be the best that you can be in every single phase of your life, you need to check your values. You have do be dedicated and committed. Remember that the difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little bit of something extra. We must always strive to achieve the best in whatever we do. To be the best, I am always reminded by Daisaku Ikeda's passage "Do your utmost best, make each day count, ask yourself today and tomorrow also, did I do my best? This is what makes a hero. A person who can do this is a winner". As Aristotle once said, "If you repeatedly excel in what you do, excellence becomes a habit."

3. Work hard, work harder - Successful people in every field are often said to be "blessed with talent" or even just lucky. But the truth is, many worked harder than the average person can even imagine. From athletes like Michael Jordan to executives like Howard Schultz, these people are known for waking up early and working towards a goal while other people are still in bed, and staying later than everyone else too. Michael Jordan had prodigious physical gifts. But as his long-time coach Phil Jackson writes, it was hard work that made him a legend. When Jordan first entered the league, his jump shot wasn't good enough. He spent his off-season taking hundreds of jumpers a day until it was perfect. It was written that Jordan's defining characteristic wasn't his talent, but having the humility to know he had to work hard constantly to be the best. So how do you become an expert then? If you put in 10,000 hours of deliberate, purposeful practice into any human endeavor you will become an expert. Ten thousand hours is about 3 hrs/day for 10 years. But it is not simply putting in the hours. The key is practice that is focused, challenging, consistent and with immediate useful feedback- meaning the current level of skills must be elevated beyond their normal boundaries. But, you cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to work hard and climb a little higher.

4. Exercise self-discipline – Is there anything more important than self-discipline? We have scientist that go into space and dive into the depth of the oceans, yet it is ironic that man can conquer space, oceans, mountains and yet many times he can't conquer himself. Until we learn to have self-discipline, we cannot control our own destiny. Self-discipline is one of the greatest assets an individual can possess. It is a quality that is won through practice of self-leadership-doing what is right even when no one is watching.

5. Patience and perseverance – I always believe that a great individual is the one who can get up off the ground after he had been knocked down by adversity. I always tell my sons', daughter, nephews and nieces not to be discouraged when losing tennis matches because each loss is a preparation for more trophies to be won. We have to learn from every mistake and come out better each time. Can you imagine the perseverance and patience that Thomas Edison possessed? We are all aware that he invented the light bulb and 1,092 other inventions, but not many people realize that he did so after thousands of unsuccessful experiments. When asked if he ever got discouraged after so many failures, he said "I never failed, after every experiment I realized that I was successful in proving that you could not make light bulbs in that manner". Successes don't just happen, you have to believe, and you have to work hard for them.

6. Do what is right - It is right to be on time, polite, and honest; to remain free from drugs, smoke and alcohol. It is fundamentally sound to be a self-starter. Nobody is going to permanently wind you up in the morning, give you a pep talk and push you out or up. It is right to treat others, as you would like to be treated. Have you ever seen a team, family or business that cannot become better with love, care and understanding? The laws of sowing and reaping, cause and effect, action and reaction, have different names and terminology expounded by the various authors from Plato to Emerson but they all refer to the iron principle that "what you put out, you will get back, you reap what you have sown". In the east, it is known as the Law of Karma, meaning in the Sanskrit, the law of "come back". Whatever you send out in thought and in deed will return to you again.

7. Have a vision – Be clear about your thoughts on what your future should be; remember what Helen Keller said, "worse than not having sight is having no vision." Visioning gives direction, motivation and speed for people and organizations to achieve their goals and aspirations. As the philosopher Daisaku Ikeda puts it "Win with speed, look into the future, take steps quickly and act without hesitation, then you can do in a year, work worth a hundred year's value". Without vision, you life goes on circles and you will always be an underachiever. Steve Jobs advised, "See genius is your craziness, believe is yourself, believe in your vision, and be prepared to defend your ideas."

Today, the greatest challenge of any society is poverty. There are around 1B people in the world who are hungry. Economist Benjamin Diokno said, "It is not only guns that kill. Poverty kills. It is a slow death from hunger; from diseases that we thought no longer existed, from the loneliness of a life with an empty future. It is also the dying of human dignity." Poverty affects the most vulnerable sector of the society, the youth, and our future. But with good education coupled with hard work, discipline, patience and perseverance, many have proven to have risen from the pits of poverty like Taipan Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, MVP, Manny Villar and many more. Therefore, the greater purpose of your education is to change your life and lead your family & community for the better. "Education is the greatest weapon we can use to change our world," Mandela said. Help develop better ideas & technologies aimed at giving every man, woman & child a better and happy life – in all areas via innovative leaps in how we create energy, grow food, distribute wealth, treat diseases and protect our environment. In essence, we should always be reaching for the next stage of our development-that is to create value "character value" (jinkaku kachi). Develop yourselves holistically, not only in mind but also in character. Join RSO's; exercise your extra-curricular skills, talents and leadership potentials. We nurture you to become better individuals here.

Lastly, remember that happiness in life does not depend upon how well things go in your youth. No matter how many mistakes you make, you always have another chance. If you are not happy with your achievements in college, there is still hope when you become active members of society later on. "True success in life does not reveal itself until we reach our forties & fifties". So start fresh from today, from this moment with hope in your heart. Finally, let me remind you of this famous Italian saying "mens sana is corpore sano"- a sound mind in a sound body. It implies a lot about you taking good care of your body, your nutrition, your health to be able to make the best use of your brains. Thank you and good day.