LUNA, Apayao – Officials and employees of the State-run Apayao State College (ASC) expressed their gratitude to Dr. Nieves A. Dacyon, former College President, for her services to the higher education institution for over five years that contributed in elevating the delivery of quality education to the students in a higher level.
Dr. Nobleza C. Sadao, incumbent board secretary and former vice president for academic affairs, stated that Dacyon’s stint in the institution were years characterized by aggressive efforts in situating ASC to the limelight of the higher education landscape and her sincerity in bringing ASC to greater heights to be at part with other state universities and colleges in the Cordillera is evident.
She admitted that she never heard Dacyon even once complaining about her work as college president because her sincerity of serving ASC is on top of her personal concerns.
“In her heart is the call of a true leader working seven days a week, four weeks a month and twelve months a year. Her Saturdays and Sundays were even devoted to ASC. She was unanimously voted by the Board of Trustees over two candidates in November 2012 and assumed office in December 2012,” Sadao stressed.
The ASC official disclosed that accreditation of courses during her time was doubled which paved the way for higher levels of accreditation of the institution’s programs.
Further, the Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) was given full attention during her time which again paved the way for the certification awarded in 2019.
According to her, these academic activities have not been achieved in only a year-round that is why she announced that if ASC has reached that far in accreditation and COPC, it is also the result of prior years of hard work and passion to serve the institution over personal gains.
Sadao claimed that ASC’s Graduate School Program, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), and Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education was approved as additional curricular offerings for Luna campus as approved by the board during Daccyon’s first meeting with the board in March 2013 in Ifugao.
Sadao explained that Dacyon has strategically situated the needs of ASC in terms of infrastructure development which people can now see the tangible outcomes such as the Research, Development and Extension building in Luna campus, MITHI-ICT building in Luna campus, academic building, food complimentary building, RDE building in Conner campus, BSHRM building, and the Student Services building in Conner campus.
Among her additional flagship projects include the SAFE project, Apayao Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, food complimentary program and shared service facility funded by the trade and industry department.
Earlier, the ASC family conducted a simple but fitting send-off ceremony to Dacyon in recognition of her significant contributions in the upliftment of the status of the higher education institution as she officially retired from the service after approximately 39 years in the academe.
Dacyon also served as the college president of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) from 2005 to 2012 prior to her being elected as college president of the ASC.