The Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) celebrates its 29th Foundation Anniversary as a public higher educational institution in the province of Camarines Norte on April 7-8. CNSC started as Camarines Norte High School in 1920, and it was converted to CNSC in 1992 by virtue of the Republic Act No. 7352, otherwise known as the CNSC Charter.
This year’s theme is, “Preserving Institutional Identity in its Continuing Service to Humanity.” The two-day activity commences with a Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Chito Estrella attended by CNSC Administrative officials headed by CNSC OIC President Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, teaching and non-teaching employees. Fr. Chito’s homily revolves around the role of educators as the messenger of truth, he stressed that it is essential to focus on more important things in life that lead us to the truth.
In his message, CNSC OIC President/CHED Regional Director Dr. Freddie T. Bernal shared a brief history of CNSC and thanked the past administrations for bringing CNSC to its current status as a growing and emerging institution. He also thanked the Board of Trustees and all education stakeholders for supporting CNSC through the years of its existence. He emphasized that the pandemic did not hinder him to take the responsibility and enthusiasm to serve as OIC of the College. He called on the entire CNSC Community to reaffirm their commitment to excellence and to continue to work with him on a meaningful journey towards delivering quality education.
CNSC BOT Chairperson and CHED Commissioner Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag delivered an inspirational message. His message focused on delivering selfless service for the integral formation of innovative and transformative education. He commended CNSC for being continually united with one another despite any occurrences. He encouraged everyone to continue working guided by truth, justice, peace, equity, and equality. The board expects educational institutions to honor and respect the BOT decisions regardless of any circumstances. He mentioned that CNSC is an exemplar of academic service with a humane way of serving its stakeholders as evident by its achievements and milestones. He reiterated that educators shall continue to serve and be loyal to the institution guided by moral and right character. He highlighted that “We shall work hand and hand ONLY for the benefit of our students and NOT for the selfish interests of the few and our mission is to educate the youth through ethical and holistic education”. He ended by the quotation, “The functions of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.”
The advocacy campaign through Audio-Video Presentation of every delivery unit was played anchored on the theme, “Preserving Institutional Identity in its Continuing Service to Humanity” which also includes about their campus, curricular offering, and programs to cope with the global pandemic.
The morning activity culminated with the Wreath Laying on the Monument of Late Congressman Renato Unico Sr. the Principal Author of RA 7352, the CNSC Charter that converted CNHS to CNSC with the OIC President/CHED RD Dr. Freddie T. Bernal and CNSC Administrative Officials and Heads of Offices in attendance.
The UCaN Logo Making Contest presentation facilitated by the Cultural and Performing Arts Unit Coordinators was conducted in the afternoon.
In observance of the current health crisis, attendees to the Holy Mass and other activities are limited following the Inter-Agency Task Force protocols. Other participants joined the celebration via the Zoom platform and Facebook live.