Outstanding Bicol Students Search Launched

LEGAZPI CITY – The search for the Ten Outstanding students of Bicol (TOSB) was launched last Sept. 5, 2009 at the Embarcadero de Legazpi here.

A project of Ako Bicol in partnership with the Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisers (PACSA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the search for the 10 outstanding students of Bicol seeks to recognize the academic excellence, leadership potential and community service rendered by our studentry.

In his speech, Dr. Dennis Rebueno, representing CHED regional director Dominador Peralta Jr., said that the search for the TOSB is indeed a welcome development in the academe of Region 5 considering that in the past 15 years, the CHED has also been tasked to undertake the search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSB).”

He added that the search for the TOSB would promote not only academic excellence but also the leadership potentials of the college students.

Lawyer Rodel Batocabe, Ako Bicol president, said: “By sponsoring this program, we want to invest in our youth because many years from now, they’ll become our future political and economic leaders.”

Prof. Glenn Narvaez, PACSA president, said he was requested by Atty. Batocabe to draft the guidelines for the search for the TOSB. The guidelines follow:

The search for the TOSB is open to all college students (from 1srt year to 5th year) who are enrolled in school year 2009-10.

Applicants should be of good moral character, the son or daughter of a Bicolano parent (not necessarily both parents should be Bicolanos).

A student studying outside the Bicol region is eligible to join the contest provided his or her parents are Bicolanos or at least one of them is a Bicolano.

Application forms are available at the deans of student affairs or can be downloaded at www.akobicol.com Deadline for the filling of application forms will be on Dec. 30, 2009.

The criteria for the selection of the TOSB include: academic excellence, 50% campus leadership, 20%; community service, 20 and essay to be conducted by Ako Bicol 10%.

The chairman of the board of judges will come from the CHED.

Proclamation of the 10 outstanding students of Bicol will be made on Feb. 14, 2010. Each of the 10 outstanding students will receive a cash prize of P20,000 plus plaque of recognition and surprise gifts.

By Florencio P. Narito
Source: Bicol Mail

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