By BSU UPAO - Posted on 23 October 2017

Benguet State University (BSU) President Feliciano G. Calora, Jr. was awarded as the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Forestry and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus for Institutional Service during the 99th UPLB Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming on October 9, 2017.

Calora graduated 1981. He then took his Masters degree and graduated in 1985, and finally taking his PhD in 1992 all in UPLB.

He then served BSU as a faculty, then became the Dean of the College of Forestry, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and director of the Planning and Development Office before transferring to the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology in 2012 until 2016. He then was elected as BSU President in 2016.

According to Calora, the award was given to him as recognition for his administrative functions in BSU.

“Awards have value, but this is simply part of the job. If you are enjoying what you are doing and I do not feel that I should be awarded. However, I am grateful as forester and as an alumnus,” expressed Calora.

Calora when asked what his future plans for BSU is and responded that the main goal is to utilize all his capabilities in achieving the BSU Vision to becoming a premier University delivering world-class education that promotes sustainable development amidst climate change.

“Though it takes more than my term to achieve the vision, we are currently laying down the groundwork. We are also making major investments to our social resource,” said Calora.

He added that in the process of achieving the University’s goal, the university is currently developing faculty and non-teaching staff so that they are able to adapt to the changes and developments in the light of ASEAN Integration.

“The playing field now is not limited nationwide; it is not even limited to South East Asia. The playing field is now worldwide. And we should optimize the use of technology and promoting the University through social media,” Calora pointed out.

He added that the University is encouraging its students and faculty to venture outside the country and submit papers. He encouraged that it is in this way one can gain different experiences and expand their perspective on improving him/herself.

“What we are trying to do is we expand their comfort zones,” Calora said. “When we are confined within the University all we can do is look outside. When we go out, and see the world we can now appreciate what is outside and also appreciate what is inside,” he concluded.//MDPenchog