Led by the dynamic AAHNU-BI president Engr. Tibbs Bullecer, Jr., the group took the 6:05 AM trip to Cebu City on the said date and was fetched at Pier 1 in Cebu City by Mr. Ferdinand S. Boncayao. Mr. Boncayao is the Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs, Job Placement and Scholarship of the University of San Carlos (USC).
Ten (10) members of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of HNU-Bohol, Inc. (AAHNU-BI) finally pushed through with the plan to interact with other alumni groups in Cebu City. The plan had already been part of the action plan for the past two years but only saw fruition on June 16.
The group’s first interaction is with the USC Alumni Association, which was represented by its president Mr. Ronald S. Po and Mr. Boncayao. Mr. Po currently sits as Vice Chairman for Finance and Administration of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Fr. Ernesto M. Lagura, SVD, currently the Coordinator of Verbum San Carlos Foundation, Inc., was very instrumental in arranging the interaction.
The discussions focused on the major programs of the USC Alumni, which included the awarding of The Outstanding Carolinian Alumni (TOCA) and the Carolinian Alumni Young Achievers (CAYA). Mr. Boncayao underscored the significance of giving recognition to the USC alumni who have become exemplar bearers of the school’s motto: Scientia (Professional Competence), Virtus (Nobility of Character) and Devotio (Commitment to Social Transformation).
Mr. Po, on the other hand, shared his experience of helping out individuals set up micro and small enterprises through the USC-Kapamilya Negosyo Na (KNN) program of the University of San Carlos College of Commerce Alumni Association (COCAAI). USC KNN is the longest running, multi-awarded Community Extension flagship program of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and is now on its 13th year of assisting micro and small enterprises develop their businesses. USC KNN is also an accredited co-partner of the DOLE in the implementation of its Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) and is a recipient of the 2017 DOLE Kabuhayan Award, which is aimed to recognize the relentless efforts and perseverance of beneficiaries in successfully managing and sustaining their livelihood undertakings.
The next stop was at the University of Cebu-Main Campus where the majority of the members of the UC Alumni Association welcomed the group. The UC Alumni President, Mr. Eunoco Arellano, expressed his elation to the AAHNU-BI president for choosing the UC Alumni as one of the former’s benchmarking partner. The very productive discussion focused on the programs and activities that the UC Alumni association implement every year. It also included aspects on self-sustainability, alumni welfare, organizational strengthening processes and collaborative initiatives with the alma mater.
The very fruitful and fateful benchmarking experience of the HNU Alumni BOT exposed some challenges and opportunities. The question of sustainability and relevance was always at the heart of the discussions with the benchmarking partners. The Board of Trustees of the AAHNU-BI certainly will have a very lively discussion as it evaluates the gains of the activity in its forthcoming regular monthly meeting on July 16.