Cagayan State University

8 stellar grads receive 2017 distinguished alumni award

By the University Alumni Relations and Placement Services

Posted on June 13, 2017

Eight accomplished graduates of the Cagayan State University were honored at the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award held during the 39th anniversary celebration of the University on June 10, 2017.

Each of these alumni received a plaque of recognition from this year’s guest, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the father of the University he being the author of Presidential Decree 1436, a law creating CSU as a University, and CSU President Urduja A. Tejada in a ceremony at the CSU Carig Red Eagle Gymnasium.

Awarded for their exemplary career and community accomplishments, the recipients are Dr. Milagros C. Morales, Director Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr., Lt. Col. Renato N. Narag, Dr. Nixon J. Cabacuna, Dr. Wilhelmina B. Manzano, Mr. Greg M. Ramil, Atty. Carmelo O. Villacete, Ms. Zenaida A. Dumlao.

Here’s a brief description of the key accomplishments of each of the awardees.

Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr: This awardee, like President Tejada, is a consistently rated outstanding career executive service officer, who endeavored to make Cagayan Valley the second largest rice-producing region in the Philippines for CY 2011-2016 and Isabela, Ilagan City in particular, as the corn capital of the Philippines. As a scientist, our awardee is known to have developed three (3) sweet Siamese pummelo trees that were Certified as Parent Source in the Philippines by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC). An active member of the CSU Board of Regents since he became regional executive director of the Department of Agriculture, this man behind the massive transformations in the regional office is a proud graduate of BS Agriculture cum laude from then Cagayan Valley Agricultural College now CSU Lal-lo Campus in 1977 and a proud 1985 graduate of Master in Public Administration from CSU Tuguegarao now CSU Andrews.

Dr. Nixon J. Cabacuna: He is a 1997 biology graduate of CSU Carig’s College of Arts and Sciences. Immediately after graduation, he was admitted in the College of Medicine and Surgery. He passed the physician’s board examination and practiced his profession with commitment and seal until he became part of the elite Philippine Orthopedic Society. As fellow of that society, he is then qualified to be a parttime consultant or visiting consultant of a list of hospitals here and other parts of the country. Regularly conducting medical missions in his hometown Baggao, our awardee is founding member of Kalye Trese a group of 13 surgeons who donated to Tuguegarao North Central School 10 TV sets with DVD and to Caritan Norte Elementary School two classrooms. In between his busy schedule, he comes to CSU to teach medicine courses. He initiated the organization of the CSU

Ms Zaida A. Dumlao: She is a successful pharmacist, who graduated from the former Sanchez Mira (Arranz) High School now popularly known as CSU Sanchez Mira in 1953. She finished the degree Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of the Philippines in 1957, and a year later, she took the pharmacist board examination and passed it. Committed to her vital role in the health care system through the medicine and information they provide to their patient’s who want to get well, she put up her own community pharmacy known as the Dumlao Drugstore that is now catering to the health needs of thousands including teachers, staff and students of CSU at Sanchez Mira. As a health ambassador who genuinely looks out for the health of the community, our awardee strongly believes in Anthony D’ Angelo’s line: “Without sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”

Dr. Wilhelmina B. Bucaneg: She is a teacher who rose from the ranks to become Professor IV and dean of the College of Education of CSU Gonzaga Campus. With more than four decades of sterling government service, she thought that retirement from CSU in 2006 did not stop her from her passion to serve and give back as a iskolar ng bayan who finished her master’s and doctorate degrees in social studies from the University of the Philippines. She accepted Buguey’s Northeastern Academy’s offer to become its principal in 2012. Upon retirement from CSU, her alma mater she being a 1960 graduate of Gonzaga High School (CSU Gonzaga Laboratory High School), she busied herself with community work serving various capacities to advance the causes of women, children and persons needing special attention, the latest of which is her active involvement as barangay human rights action officer. Being the vice president of GOSECA Inc., she makes quality time to look out for the welfare and services of her kind—the senior citizens—and those who are still in the denial stage.

Dr. Milagros C. Morales: This next awardee has the most number of programs completed in CSU: High School in 1972, Certificate in Fisheries in 1976 and Master in Public Administration in 1999. Her academic credentials and work experience are impressive. She is a CESE eligible, licensed fishery technologist and a professional teacher who holds a doctorate degree in fisheries technology. Being the present regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, she has been working for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the Cagayan Valley’s fisheries and aquatic resources through the execution of a lot of strategies such as the fishery research and development program and technical support services of which CSU has been recipient.

Lt. Col. Renato N. Narag: He is a bemadalled soldier and officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. His awards and outstanding performance in the military service swept his way up to become the current Head of the Regional Military Intelligence Group II, Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines after he became an officer of the Joint Special Group, the country’s premier counter terrorist unit of AFP. He chose to be a soldier rather than becoming a certified public accountant. Now he is here with us not only to receive the award from the University but also to lead, he being the elected president, the homecoming activity that his batch, CSU Tuguegarao High School Batch 87, organized to happen today at 3 p.m. with no less than the former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile as guest who will swear them in as officers of their batch.

Mr. Greg M. Ramil: A product of CSU Lasam Campus, awardee no. 7 is a graduate of BS Information Technology batch 2004. The campus feels very proud about his accomplishments including that experience to become its OIC dean of the College of Information Technology in 2009. He has been involved in software consultancy and onsite implementation of SWIFT related products in numerous banks in the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei and Lao PDR. This is in his capacity as application support engineer of BLITZ Consultants based in Manila. Earlier on at Archangel Systems, Inc., he was tasked to develop and maintain accounting software and point of sale systems of Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club Inc., Wack Wack Gold and Country Club and Lucky Circle Corporation.

Atty. Carmelo O. Villacete: He is a proud 1978 high school graduate of the then Northern Luzon State College of Agriculture now CSU Piat Campus. He was born in Penablanca, Cagayan but his heart is in Piat as he is the town’s local chief executive. Before his stint as mayor, much of his time was devoted to being an senior NBI agent, counsel to private corporations and companies, manager of security and investigative agencies, chairman and vice president of associations and farmer’s cooperative. He maintains a law office with an associate in Tuguegarao City, where he could be of best help to legal needs especially of those who are financially incapable locals. He is a staunch supporter of the programs and activities of CSU Piat Campus.

The newly created University Alumni Relations and Placement Service (UARPS), headed by its director, Prof. Ian Roger M. Francisco, launched the first-ever Search for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award last month with the aim to recognize the alumni of the University who have made outstanding professional achievements and significant contributions to community service.

Under the guidelines approved, each campus through a committee of five created by the Campus Executive Officer used four criteria as bases to select the campus recipient from among the nominations made by the college deans. The four criteria are:

1. The nominee should have made an outstanding contribution to his or her chosen field of specialization or discipline.
2. The nominee should have given an exemplary service to the community.
3. The nominee should have demonstrated his or her continuing interest in Cagayan State University by sharing time, talent or money to one or more programs to benefit students and faculty members.
4. The nominee should be a person of integrity and stature that all faculty members and students of the University will take pride in and be inspired by his or her recognition.

On June 5, the campuses formally endorsed their picks to the office of Dr. Lina Garan, vice president for partnership and resource mobilization, who later sought the approval of the University President on the list of recipients.

On June 8, Dr. Tejada confirmed the list and authorized the conferment of the award to the named successful graduates.

For other information about the distinguished alumni award, please call or text 0917-400-2215 or send an email to UARPS temporary office is located at the CSU Andrews Gymnasium, Caritan Sur, Tuguegarao City. (Photo coutersy of Prof. Edenjoy A. Manuel and Photo Design by Mr. Rowbie Lopez of University MIS-Planning Office)