By Rachel Miguel
Posted on May 06, 2015
The staff of CSU Andrews Campus, who are members of the Andrews Campus Administrative Personnel Association (ACAPA), proved that leisure and learning can be both most happily accomplished.
On April 21-24, the group did a bench marking of some of the best practices of their counterparts from the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) at Lucban, Quezon, a dip at the hot springs of Pansol and a seminar on Violence Against Women and Children and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law.
Before the benchmarking activity, the group went for a pilgrimage to the renowned larger-than-life image of Jesus Christ at Lucban town. After hearing mass there, the members scaled the almost 100 steps to reach the outstretched image of Jesus Christ which almost made one feel that she or he is close to heaven. The view of the province from the top was awe inspiring and the cool, refreshing breeze was a reward for the tiring ascent.
The group then proceeded to the SLSU and was very warmly welcomed by the administrative staff. There was a short but very informative audio-visual presentation about the history and thrusts of SLSU and an open forum immediately after that. A sumptuous snack of pancit habhab and broas for which Lucban is known for was served by the very hospitable host University.
The group toured the University to see some of its best infrastructures and to experience some of its finest office and administrative practices.
The registrar's office of the University, for example, has a very spacious file storage area and is strategically located in the campus, making it easier for the staff to implement a "no student in the file area" policy.
Employees, during summer, have four-day work which starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. This gives the staff to take advantage of the longer days during summer season and have more time for semi vacations.
Their student center, cashiering section and accounting office are arranged to allow students more space for the queue and transact business over the counter and not inside the office.
The school’s IGP funds saved from the robust projects of the colleges are used to cover the scholarships of part-time faculty members, who are obliged by the administration to pursue their graduate studies in top universities such as University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University.
The next stop of the group was at the Villa Sual Hot Springs in Laguna. Staying there for a night, members spent some bonding moments in songs, dances, friendly games and foods by the pool.
A day later, members participated in the seminar on violence against women and children and on the anti-sexual harassment law. Speakers invited urged them to be actively involved in the efforts to end VAWC and sexual harassment at home, in the academe and in offices.
Before heading home, the group dropped by Nuvali at Sta. Rosa, Laguna to see how the very well known Koi fish is cultured by farmers there. Our convoy, after that, rolled to the Mall of Asia in Pasay for some last minute shopping.
It was a very tiring but extremely and definitely a fruitful and enjoyable learning experience and leisure activity for all of us. A million thanks to President Romeo R. Quilang for this.
We all can’t wait for the next Land L!