by Dave Anthony A. Sedon
With a total of 6,856 enrollees across all levels for the first semester, Purisimians continue to grow in number, almost double from the 3,446 students seven years ago, Academic Year 2008-2009.
The steady increase in enrolment figures was one of the highlights during the General Assembly of the administrators, faculty and staff held at the Audio Visual Room, CPC Arnaldo Blvd. Campus, July 2.
According to Dr. Mabini Bahido, College Registrar, the College of Business Management and Accountancy obtained the highest enrolment increase of 116 students as of press time. Dr. Bahido also added that the population of the College of Education likewise increased due to the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
Rev. Fr. John Alston Azarcon, the Human Resource Development Officer, after introducing the new employees, announced that CPC now has a total of 326 personnel–230 faculty, 85 staff, 6 nuns, and 8 priests. He also presented newly appointed deans and heads of offices: Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Engr. Joel Villaruz and Dean of the College of Maritime Education, Capt. Sixto Pendong; Department Head of the Civil Engineering program Engr. Fred Borbon, Shipboard Training Officer 2/M Jose Joel Davila, Teacher-in-Charge of the Basic Education Unit at the Calipayan Campus, Mrs. Clarence Bueno and Head of the Extension Services Prof. Rosanna Billones.
Rev. Fr. Glenn B. Baes, during his turn to present his department’s updates, introduced the new program offering of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS)–Master of Arts in Education Major in Religious and Values Education. He added that CPC is the only school as of this academic year to offer the said program in Western Visayas.
Building Purisima towards a brighter future
In addition, Rev. Fr. Reynaldo A. Villanoy, Jr., the Vice Rector, updated the body regarding the progress and accomplishment of various renovations and the construction of classrooms, particularly in both the Arnaldo Blvd and Calipayan campuses. He also added updates on the on-going projects to be accomplished this academic year–the San Lorenzo Ruiz Event Center and the swimming pool.
As a reminder, Rev. Fr. Gybbyn G. Gumban urged the body to help the school maintain financial stability through strict implementation and adherence to the policies set by the administration. He also gave updates on collectibles and employee benefits, among other financial matters.
In his first speech addressed to the personnel as College Rector, Very Rev. Msgr. Rufino Regie A. Pamposa emphasized the direction of his leadership which is to instill and strengthen the Catholic faith and values within the community.