Cagayan State University

Francisco completes PhilHECS–EDP; snatches CHED award for Most Promising HIT Plan

By Rachel Miguel - University Training Office


Posted on January 24, 2017



For his excellent Higher Education Innovation and Transformation (HIT) Plan, a former university official and lone representative of the region at the just concluded Philippine Higher Education Career System – Executive Development Program (PhilHECS-EDP) received the Most Promising HIT Plan Award in a ceremony in Manila on Jan. 19.


At the culminating activity of PhilHECS-EDP held at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Mr. Ian Roger M. Francisco, former University Planning and Development Director, was cited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) the distinction of having developed a HIT Plan that meets the five criteria set out by the Technical Working Group of PhilHECS chaired by CHED Commissioner Alex Brillantes. Based on the criteria, HIT Plans should be relevant, innovative, student centric, collaborative and implementable.

His HIT Plan titled “Power from the Sun and Wind: A ‘Green’ Energy Plan for Cagayan State University” was presented to a panel in a colloquium held on Jan. 18 at the said hotel. The panel included former UP President Emerlinda Roman, CHED Deputy Executive Director Napoleon Imperial, former Civil Service Commission Commissioner Mary Ann Mendoza, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines President Emanuel de Guzman.

CSU President Urduja Tejada sent Dr. Editha Pagulyan, director of instruction, to represent her during the final oral defense of Francisco, an Associate Professor IV of language and communication at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Following his plan, Francisco proposed the implementation of a renewable energy project in CSU, consisting of the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of campus buildings and structures for institutional use and construction of solar and wind farm at CSU Gonzaga Campus for commercial purposes.


The plan was anchored on a fourfold objective:

1). Support government’s program for clean, sustainable and self-sufficient energy source and disaster preparedness and risk mitigation;

2). Generate megawatts of electricity that will cut down the institution’s energy costs and to supply generated energy (stocked) to local electrical utility for distribution to nearby barangays (and towns later) to be credited to the University as an income generating activity;

3). Advocate for ‘green’ society/campus by reducing the school’s carbon footprint and too much reliance on the finite resources of fossil fuel such as natural gas, oil and coal; and 4) Boost institutional ranking/position/reputation in the field of public higher education in terms of sustainability and self-efficiency and research and development along alternative/renewable energy.

The full paper and presentation of Francisco may be read using this link.
POWER from the SUN and WIND: A 'Green' Energy Plan for Cagayan State University

A major requirement to complete the program which aims to further professionalize the selection of state university presidents and executives beginning with the creation of a pool of higher education executive eligibles who will soon be called HECOs or Higher Education Career Officers, Francisco’s HIT plan is a product of thorough research, extensive consultation with experts and mentoring and coaching sessions with invited specialists from CHED and Development Academy of the Philippines, the agency that implemented the program for the Commission.

The former official who also served as the University PBB Focal Person for almost two years received the same award with eight other candidates: Dr. Renante Egcas of Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, Dr. Felisa Gomba of Samar State University, Dr. Feliece Yeban of Philippine Normal University, Dr. Marita Magat of Partido State University, Dr. Medardo Bombita of University of Rizal System, Dr. Andrew Eusebio Tan of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Dr. Ruel Mojica of Cavite State University and Dr. Bobby Gerardo of West Visayas State University.

All received a certificate of distinction from Brillantes, Imperial, DAP President Antonio Kalaw and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Ricardo Rotoras.

The event, which also included the graduation rite of 39 candidates chosen from a series of written and oral examination last year to form the first batch of PhilHECS-EDP, culminated the program that began on Aug. 23, 2016 and ended officially on Jan. 20.

DAP Senior Vice President Magdalena Mendoza said the next leg of assessment which will be completed in a month or two will start immediately for the Commission to identify from the 39 candidates who will be conferred the HECO eligibility, an entitlement similar to Career Executive Service Officer (CESO).

Final assessment, according to the official, will be based on the candidate’s performance on the EDP modules (30%), University Dynamics Laboratory (shadowing and immersion) (30%), and HIT Plan (40%).

Imperial, vice chair of the PhilHECS TWG, said in his Facebook post that the application for the second batch will soon be made known.

“Meanwhile, eligible candidates from SUCs, other government agencies and private sector are welcome to apply for the Second Batch, the application for which shall be announced soon.,” the official said.