SASO talks on RA 10931 for incoming freshmen, returnees

By Christianne Faith A. Mahinay

As part of the pre-enrollment procedures for AY 2018-2019, the Student Affairs and Services Office facilitated an intensive orientation on the Implementing Rules and Regulation of RA 10931 for incoming freshmen students of the university last July 14 at the EVSU Auditorium.

Spearheaded by the Office of the Guidance Services, the said orientation aimed to educate both the freshmen qualifiers and their parents about the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 which will have its first year of implementation this school year.

“It is a milestone in our pursuit for quality education that we finally have this act to help our students survive college. But of course, nothing in life is totally free that is why it is important that we really understand the provisions of this law,” Prof. Arabelle Tenebro, Head of OGS said.

Other than the discussion of the said law, concerns related to the overall enrollment process of the university such as problems in the online registration and basis of the enrolment flow were raised during the open forum held after the orientation proper.

Students were also made to submit for verification their Free Higher Education application forms which are to be notarized at their respective colleges.

The entire SASO staff, including the Supreme Student Government (SSG) officers co-facilitated the said activity which is a pre-requisite for the enrollment of freshmen students on July 23-August 5, 2018.

Other than the orientation held last Saturday which catered to the freshmen qualifiers from the College of Engineering (COE), College of Architecture and Allied Discipline (CAAD), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and College of Business and Entrepreneurship (COE), another similar orientation will be conducted on July 21 for the qualifiers from the College of Technology (COT) and the College of Education (COED).

“Some 20 years ago, my generation has rallied on the streets just to have this law put into motion. Now that it is here, we are asking you students just one favor – please take your studies seriously and do good in your academics,” Dr. Gerry B. de Cadiz, Dean of COBE, said on his welcome message which emphasized the importance of education in an era in when the young is easily distracted.