USTP Claveria marks grand launch
By Anne Lorraine R. Sitoy
CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL.— The municipality of Claveria in Misamis Oriental was in festive mood in the morning of March 29 as guests, students and faculty gathered at the gymnasium of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria to witness the grand launching program of the newly established USTP.
A grand motorcade started at USTP Cagayan de Oro at 7 o’clock in the morning with 48 vehicles participating. The lively music of the drum and bugle corps along with the balloons and banners on each vehicle added color to the festive mood.
Hon. Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” B. Emano, governor of Misamis Oriental, graced the occasion as keynote speaker with no less than the USTP system president, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, making the introduction. The governor congratulated the former Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology for uniting with the former Mindanao University of Science and Technology stressing out that each institution complements each other. He cited USTP Cagayan de Oro’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) as one example of a good avenue for such collaboration with agricultural products from USTP Claveria to be processed and packaged by the USTP CDO’s FIC, improving its shelf life and market value.
Congratulatory messages were given by the following distinguished guests and stakeholders of USTP Claveria: Hon. Ricardo C. Quimada Jr., Central Student Government President of USTP Claveria; Hon. Jose L. Ambonglay, Alumni Association President of USTP Claveria; Hon. Apolinario B. Gonzaga Jr., Faculty Association President of USTP Claveria; and Kag. Rodrigo Dumaluan who gave a message in behalf of Hon. Meraluna S. Abrogar, Municipal Mayor of Claveria.
Hon. Rufus B. Rodriguez, one of the authors of the University charter, and Hon. Maximo B. Rodriguez, member of the USTP Board of Regents and representative of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro, also gave warm congratulatory messages.
In like manner to the grand launching at USTP Cagayan de Oro the night before, the blessing of the University marker and the laying down of the time capsule took place. Synchronized release of balloons ended the program. Participants of the grand launching program enjoyed a sumptuous lunch afterwards.
Apart from the grand launching program, various activities were held at USTP Claveria simultaneous to activities at USTP Cagayan de Oro from March 27 to 29.