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112th ASIST Foundation Day

“Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future”

I appreciate very much the chosen theme for this year’s foundation day celebration, “Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future.” It is a very fitting theme for a foundation day, especially for an academic institution like the ASIST.

Before delving further with the theme, let me first extend my sincerest gratitude, in behalf of the whole ASIST family, to the honorable Congressman JB Bernos who never gets tired to help us look forward and dream for a better future for ASIST. Thank you Cong JB for always being concerned and for your un-equalled actions in pushing the ASIST to betterment. Thank you, thank you very much Cong for inspiring the future of ASIST.

Celebrating foundation days is also a time of looking back at the past. As the well-known, frequently-said proverb from our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal: “ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan,” in English this means, a person who doesn’t know how to look back from where he came from, won’t reach his destination. We should always look back from where we started and never forget the persons who journeyed with us in the past, - and that is also the essence of giving the awards to those who excelled in their fields as well as give recognition to the retirees who also, in one way or another, worked for the betterment of the institution. May they inspire the younger ones to excel and make a better future for ASIST. We look to the past to celebrate the good things in the past, because the past events could never be duplicated. We should remember, we only pass this way but once.

We also need to look at the past to learn from it. The past, surely, did not only gave us good times, there were also the bad times. And this bad times should be used as a learning springboard. They should be our lessons to plan better for the future. Lessons from the past, even our drawbacks should be used as challenges for us to inspire the future.

To give a concrete example, the various unit heads are required to submit their year-end reports until Monday. The format to be used is a concrete example of looking at the past for a better future. We need to evaluate what we had done this year to be able to determine the actions needed for 2021.

The major thrusts of this administration can be summarized through the acronym: TRANSFORM. T means transformational leadership in governance and management performance; R is relevance and quality of academic programs; A is aggressive faculty and staff development and welfare programs; N is natural environment and climate change programs; S means sustainable community service programs; F stands for free enterprise and gainful resource generation endeavours; O means optimum utilization of human and physical resources programs; R is research capability and output programs; M stands for massive infrastructure development projects and programs.

Recently, I learned that a former professor of the ASIST commented, “awan sa met ti pagbalbaliwan ti ASIST.” This Administration does not take the comment negatively, it should be a challenge instead. I also need to look at the past, in my 2½ years as the College President of this institution, what were the transformations initiated? What were those achieved successfully? Where did we come short? What else should be done in the future?

Nevertheless, I would also want to answer the former professor: “Sir, much had been also done since you retired, just open your eyes please. But do not worry, there are still much to be done, maybe you could still help us, Sir.” Friends, just like my supposed answer to this former ASIST professor, there are still much to be done yet, especially in our endeavors towards university-conversion. Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) survey visit should still be hurdled. Doctorate programs should still be opened and offered, though this is still in stalemate with the CHED. There is a need to hurdle the ISO 2nd surveillance visit on December 28, 2020. The various colleges also need to increase the board exams passing rate to be more competitive with other HEIs and to make our students more competitive as well, and make that globally. More infrastructures should also be put in place. Friends, there are more to be done really.

With this then, I implore each one to look at his own past and plan for a brighter future for him as an individual, better future for ASIST, and better community as targeted in the 2040 Ambisyon.

Let us learn from the 112 years of this institution and apply the lessons of the past a better future. Happy 112th Foundation Day to all. Merry Christmas to each and every one and a prosperous new year ahead.



Unusual situation needs exceptional action (March 15, 2020)

Due to the current Abra situation on the COVID-19 and the need for self-quarantine, work for the teaching and the non-teaching personel of ASIST, except the security force, the finance personnel and the IGP personnel, is hereby suspended from Monday to Wednesday. The situation will be assessed by Wednesday and further advisory shall be issued by then.
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Keep safe and thank you.

ASIST President

Many had already been accomplished, but it seems these accomplishments are not yet enough for the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology or ASIST. And due to this, let us recognize the vast responsibilities and challenges as well as the pressures that we have to face and hurdle.

To overcome the pressures, we have to exert full effort to be able to attain the new objectives as well as to be able to sustain the on-going projects and programs of the ASIST.

All the efforts and activities will be aligned with my vision for the institution, that is: “a transformed state educational institution of higher learning that promotes sustainable development, educational excellence, human discipline, and ecological balance.” And we will be guided with the core values which can be represented through the acronym “CHAMPION” – Commitment, Humility, Accountability, Moderation, Prudence, Integrity, Obedience, Nationalism.

As such, we shall have five development goals: 1) to produce transformational leaders who are locally and globally competitive; 2) to develop/generate new knowledge and verify client-oriented technologies and other solutions to local and national development problems; 3) to disseminate and showcase client-responsive technologies and other solutions to development problems; 4) to develop ASIST as an eco-agri-tourism destination and operate viable income generating projects (IGPs) to augment the finances of the institution; 5) to realize ASIST as a dynamic and responsive-learning and performing organization efficiently and effectively managing its resources.

To realize this goals, we shall be guided by major thrusts which can be summarized through the acronym: TRANSFORM: Transformational leadership in governance and management performance; Relevance and quality of academic programs; Aggressive faculty and staff development and welfare programs; Natural environment and climate change programs; Sustainable community service programs; Free enterprise and gainful resource generation endeavours; Optimum utilization of human and physical resources programs; Research capability and output programs; Massive infrastructure development projects and programs. These programs are very necessary if we want to improve the pace of our development as a holistic institution as we travel towards our dream of university-hood.

Nevertheless, we admit and we should be amenable that the administration, faculty, staff and studentry cannot do all these things alone, we need the assistance of the other stakeholders of this institution.

Let’s look ahead to a fruitful and productive ASIST. Thank you!

Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza Jr.


(Closing Message of the President during the AACUP Accreditation Visit)

Our dear AACCUP Accreditors, VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Noel Begnalen, Academic Deans, Directors of the different unit of our beloved Institution, Administrative Personnel and Staff, good afternoon.

Every end has a beginning and every Opening has a Closing. At this point, it’s our Closing activity of AACCUP Accreditation. Our young generation has something to say about it, “Sabi nila, mahirap daw mag-move on kung walang closure.”

My dear friends, I wish to share with you some points as my Closing Remarks. First, every opening or a beginning is important because one cannot end if there is no beginning. But, before an opening of such event like accreditation there is a preparation, a preparation which was worked hard and collaboratively done by each faculty and administrative staff. Hence, there is something we have learned and should have to realize in every event like this that “WORKING TOGETHER IS THE SECRET OF EVERY SUCCESS and thus, the realization of every dream, and this has to be our PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT. I say it again, “WORKING TOGETHER” and you know the consequence if there is no collaborative work.

Secondly, in the middle of an Opening or Beginning and End is the process to an END, an end which we can claim that we victoriously achieved and say “Yes we made it.” Yes we made it because we worked together. And I’m so sure that before this accreditation we did our part in one way or the other to achieve our goals. However, part of the process from the opening to this moment is the challenges of our dear ACCREDITORS’ findings. First, is our strengths, STRENGTHS that we have to MAINTAIN and SUSTAIN and secondly their recommendations and suggestions to improve, that again call us and be reminded of one of our CORE VALUES which is the last letter of NEW ASIST – which is T for TEAM WORK.

To you my dear ASIST family and collaborators, we have proven that before previous accreditations and we have proven that before the AACCUP accreditation. I am encouraging you, therefore, to let us work on together and do this as our PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT to fulfill our dream for ASIST thru the recommendations and suggestions of our respective accreditors and for the incoming accreditations. Let us all move on and do our tasks.
To you our dear accreditors thank you for confirming us our STRENGTHS and THANK YOU for SHOWING US the things we need to improve. Thank you for your understanding and the support you have shown as well. The success and the realization of our school of ASIST to become a University, part of it are your suggestions.

 Thank you and God bless us all!



How many of you here have heard so many times, “Action speaks louder than words”? Do you believe that WORDS without action we can achieve our goals for ASIST to become University or you can attain dreams in life?

Dear executive dean, college deans, directors, officers of the different offices, professors, instructors, administrative personnel, and fellow public servants a pleasant morning.

Let me choose the WORD Integrity from the theme of this year’s 119th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary and see what we should do to help us attain our goal for the conversion of ASIST to University and towards Building a High – Trust Society.

Please allow me to share a story of:

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued, “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil. He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year went by and the CEO asked the young executives to bring their plants to work for inspection.

When Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot, she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He asked Jim to come to the front of the room. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer — Jim!”

Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. “How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.

“All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

My dear fellow public servants, if you plant honesty, you will reap trust, it is then we can build a High-Trust Society.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success, it is then we can achieve our goals towards the conversion of our beloved school of ASIST into a University.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

Please uphold integrity and have the courage to do what is right. Let me share with you the mandate of the Republic Act No. 6713 sec. 4 which will serve as a guideline for all of us.

(a) Commitment to public interest. - …always uphold the public interest over and above personal interest. All government resources and powers of their respective offices must be employed and used efficiently, effectively, honestly and economically, particularly to avoid wastage in public funds and revenues.

(b) Professionalism. - …shall perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill. They shall enter public service with utmost devotion and dedication to duty.

(c) Justness and sincerity. - …shall remain true to the people at all times. They must act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest.

(d) Political neutrality. - …shall provide service to everyone without unfair discrimination and regardless of party affiliation or preference.

(e) Responsiveness to the public. - … shall extend prompt, courteous, and adequate service to the public.

(f) Nationalism and patriotism. - … shall at all times be loyal to the Republic and to the Filipino people, promote the use of locally produced goods, resources and technology and encourage appreciation and pride of country and people.

(g) Commitment to democracy. -…shall commit themselves to the democratic way of life and values, maintain the principle of public accountability, and manifest by deeds the supremacy of civilian authority over the military.

(h) Simple living. - …shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.

My dear fellow public servants, words are merely word that wait for concrete actions. Hence, with a corresponding action, it is fulfilled.

Thank you very much, and Happy Anniversary!


To the Director of Research and Development and Proponent of this Annual Agency In-House Review 2019. To our ASIST Faculty Researchers and Presenters, Faculty and Office Staff, to our dear Guests and Evaluators and to all present here today good morning.

It is one of my utmost desires for ASIST Community to which I encourage to create an environment and culture of EXCELLENCE. To excel in the main four functions of ASIST and one of these is RESEARCH and today we mark this occasion as another step of achieving our goals, it is because, there is an opportunity of learning and learning indicates growing and growing is a sign of moving towards excellence then competency.

My dear ASIST Faculty Researchers, you’ll be presenting and review accomplishments of your projects to our Guest Evaluators. You’ll be sharing your knowledge and expertise to expound on the status and prospects for competitiveness, systems and technologies, and promotion for competitive, sustainable, resilient and efficient scientific community for Abra in three thematic areas namely: (1) AANR or Agriculture, Aquatic, And Natural Resources; (2) SSEd or Social Sciences and Education; and (3) IEET or Information Technology, Energy and Emerging Technologies.

And here’s the challenge, LEARNING and RELEARNING and INFORM and BE INFORMED. We invited our dear Evaluators to examine and assess your work and provide constructive comments, suggestions and recommendation to improve your research paper and enhance your competence in Research and Development.

At this juncture, I invite you to plant humility, because if you plant humility, you will reap greatness. To plant perseverance, because if you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment. To plant consideration because, if you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

May this event teach us to plant goodness because, if you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

Once, again GOOD MORNING and Thank you!