With the  cosmetic reforms he denounced as palliatives and band aid solutions—instead of giving long term and systemic changes that will push the University to greater heights and prepare the institution for future challenges such as this global pandemic— President Azanza will focus during his term on “systemic reforms.” Thus, he said he’ll keep on harping on Transparency, Integrity and Accountability because these will bring real reforms in the way we govern CatSU. “Coupled with a lot of common sense and empathy to our constituents, we will make great strides,” he added.

          Now, here’s the breaking news. The Green University, which celebrated its 50th Foundation Anniversary on June 19, 2021 and its 9th Foundation Anniversary as University this coming October 19, 2021, made history today as the first SUC in the whole Bicol Region to be a DOH- accredited “Vaccination Center.”

          According to DOH Provincial Chief Dr. Robert John  Aquino, CatSU was declared as a “Model Vaccination Center” as per evaluation results. Brimming with a sense of pride and gratitude, the workaholic public servant said in the vernacular:

          “Mabalos sa full support ng CatSU nurses and doctors and staff!!! Mabalos sa DOH, PHO and sa full support kan Catanduanes Medical Society and sa Philippine Nurses Association, Catanduanes Chapter. Now, the real job starts our continued fight against COVID,” he concluded.

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           With the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic and other highly contagious diseases and lawlessness or violation of human rights, the need for doctors and lawyers had increased tremendously. The provincial government of Catanduanes proactively addressed the need for said professionals with the signing of the scholarship agreement by Gov. Joseph C. Cua in a brief ceremony at the Capitol lobby last July 29, 2021.

Gov. Cua, who chairs the Scholarship Board, signed the agreement on behalf of the provincial government.

            Congrats and good luck to Medical  Scholars Catherine Toledo, Christine Sanchez and Jinah Garcia and Law scholars Lynrose Tabuzo, Jude Tacorda, Rochelle Molina, and Sunshine Tapiador.

            In his message, the governor expressed high hopes that the program will change the people’s mindset that only those privileged have the opportunity to become to become a doctor or lawyer. Among those present were PBM Robert Fernandez, Provincial Legal Counsel Atty. Rizalina Tanon, Atty. Norlito Agunday, CatSU President Patrick Alain Azanza, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Hazel Palmes, who are also members of the Scholarship Board. In less than a decade the province will have a new crop of these young professionals.