LUNA, Apayao – The Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC) decided to cancel its 2016 regional socio-cultural and sports competitions this year to allow the different state universities and colleges to use their available resources for rehabilitation of damages caused by Supertyphoon Lawin, climate change adaptation and mitigation programs, planning and other developments in their respective institutions.
Dr. Nieves A. Dacyon, CARASUC president and incumbent president of the Apayao State College (ASC), said the cancellation of this year’s regional socio-cultural and sports competitions was a consensus among the participating SUCs regionwide.
“We have to wisely use our meagre resources to allow our respective institutions to recover from the damages our structures suffered from the recent onslaught of Supertyphoon Lawin in the region last October. The decision to cancel this year’s regional socio-cultural and sports competitions was an agreement of all the officials involved in the said activity,” Dacyon stressed.
The participating SUCs also agreed they will send to the national competitions their best entries in the socio-cultural and sports events to serve as the delegates of the regional CARASCUC in the competitions organized by the Commission on Higher Education and the national organization of SUCs.
According to her, ASC, Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST), Benguet State University, Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kalinga State University (KSU), Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and the University of the Philippines College Baguio (UPCB) suffered significant damages to their structures and other facilities during the recent typhoons, thus, the need for school administrators to focus their attention on rehabilitation works coupled with the implementation of various programs and projects to allow the schools to recover from the typhoon’s wrath.
Dacyon expressed confidence that the CARASUC delegates who will be coming from the different SUCs regionwide will be able to bring home awards in their respective fields from the national completions because their inherent talents and skills that will help them achieve honor and pride for their schools.
The CARASUC official underscored the importance of concentrating their efforts on rehabilitation to allow their facilities to be fully utilized by the students.
ASIST was supposed to host this year’s regional socio-cultural and sports competitions scheduled first week of December until the region was struck by Supertyphoon Lawin prompting organizers to cancel the various activities lined up for this 2016 CARASUC regional meet.