Category : Administration | Sub Category : Governance Posted on 2021-07-28 09:21:33
𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐃𝐫. 𝐀𝐳𝐚𝐧𝐳𝐚 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭
There used to be a Pavillion in the Cabugao property of the Catanduanes State University, that provided a scenic view of the vast seas and a cool breeze that made one feel relaxed. It was frequented by people who wanted a change in their daily routine, including the late Congressman Jose M. Alberto who would spend hours just enjoying the ambiance.
Now it is gone. Almost half of the 10 hectare CatSU property was ceded to the Cabugao School of Handicraft and Cottage Industries operated by TESDA. What is left to the University is what you see in the pictures. A portion of the land has also been occupied by settlers, after the University has practically abandoned for years the area without assigning a guard or a single personnel to tend to it.
When I visited it, I saw how the idle property fits into my envisioned CatSU Agro-Industrial Economic and Processing Zone. We can make use of the strategic location as an Eco-Acad-Tourism spot, and promote it in partnership with the very community that dwells in it. It is important that we embrace the legitimate settlers and make them part of the solution because kicking them out of the site will only create more problems. For me, the University has a social responsibility to serve the People.
I remember the fishing villages in Vietnam and Thailand; the fishmarkets in Boracay; and the Mercado del Lago of Taguig. These are successful models of how we can develop the Cabugao property instead of just leaving it idle and unattended. The resulting vibrant fishing village with food park (a modernized concept of Talipapa) coupled with an attractive eco-tourism theme like the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco Bay Area, or other successful nature-friendly, sustainable models will boost the socio-economic status of the people.
The eco-tourism fishing village and food park can boost the economic activity and promote the livelihood opportunities in Cabugao, while serving as a venue for on-the-job training and real life work laboratories of Agriculture, Fisheries, Nutrition, (and even future BS Tourism) CatSU students together with CatSU faculty and researchers. This can be an added tourist attraction that can also make people come visit our paradise island. Imagine how regular weekend night markets and morning fish bargains could draw people to this place that will be designed like a fishing village theme park!
Seeing the sorry state of the University's Cabugao property even makes my resolve to wear my other hat as University President, that of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CatSU Corporate Entity under its Charter, in order to harness the idle resources of our beloved institution.
Imagine. Just imagine how we can make use of all the CatSU property to help our communities more prosperous. Imagine how we can transform our idle assets into useful learning sites and field laboratories so that our students can learn more and our teachers can have real life field and production laboratories.
This could be life-changing! I am excited and thrilled to see this come to reality here in Cabugao with strong partnership with the community folks; the town and provincial government; TESDA, BFAR, DA, DTI, Tourism agency; the private sector; and the People's Organizations.