BOR to beef up TAU Org Structure, approves new vision, mission, goals
Consistently assessing TAU’s impact on the advancement of higher education and contribution to community development, the Board of Regents, per the Board Resolution Nos. 25 and 26, s. 2019, approved the streamlining of the University’s Organizational Structure as well as the revision of the Vision, Mission, and Breakthrough Goals statements after series of consultation and scrutiny of the stakeholders and the Board members during the series of strategic planning workshops initiated by the administration, headed by the University President, Dr. Max P. Guillermo.
TAU consciously determines the quality of services it provides as well as the rate of satisfaction of the clienteles from the Tarlac province and its neighboring provinces. And as TAU faces greater challenges after being declared as a SUC Level IV, the administration realized the need to strengthen the line-up of the workforce and services to incessantly address the increasing demand of a larger populace of stakeholders. By opening a new seat for the Vice President for Student Affairs & Services in the Administrative Council, the administration agreed to the re-alignment of the services of each college and department/unit as an intervention to fully determine the institution’s targets and priorities in fulfillment of the revised Vision, Mission, and Breakthrough Goals statements.
President Guillermo to serve second term at TAU
Tarlac Agricultural University President, Dr. Max P. Guillermo, secures his second term as approved by the Board of Regents (BOR), upon the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee for President (ECP), during its 1st Quarter BOR meeting via Google Meet on July 1, 2020.
The ECP presented to the BOR members the results of their evaluation after they had identified the numerous milestones accomplished by the University through Dr. Guillermo’s leadership. The committee was organized last November 8, 2019 by the TAU BOR when the latter passed Resolution No. 66 s. 2019, creating the Evaluation Committee to assess President Guillermo's performance during his first term in office. The said BOR Resolution was pursued per CHED Memorandum Order No. 16 s. 2009, Rules and Regulations Governing the Search for President of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
TAU honors Graduating Class 2020 with virtual celebration amid the pandemic
As the academic sector was in compromise when the pandemic paralyzed the world’s economy last mid-March, the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) nationwide remain resilient as they honor this year’s batch of graduates amid the crisis.
With this year’s theme, “Leading Sustainable Development in the New Normal,” the Tarlac Agricultural University’s 74th Commencement Exercises celebrated the success of 932 graduates through a simultaneous livestreaming via TAU Facebook page and TAU official website at 6 PM of August 7.
When the national and local government units suspended the face-to-face classes in the middle of the second semester due to the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Central Luzon, the TAU’s academic community raised the issues and predicaments they encountered amidst the crisis. With the strong call from the students regarding their lack of resources and capability in engaging to online classes, the TAU Academic Council released guidelines in adjusting the online classes to flexible learning so students could still complete their remaining requirements for the semester.
TAU conducts mid-year strategic planning to mitigate the impact of the pandemic
The TAU Administrative Council (ADCO) engaged in a midyear strategic planning to mitigate the impact of COVID19 while observing safety protocols thru a series of online conferences from August 19, 24-25, until 27.
Spearheaded by the Planning and Development Office (PDO), the Office of the Presidential Management Services (OPMS), and the Gender and Development Office (GAD), the conduct of Midyear Performance Review and Revisiting of Strategic Priorities in the New Normal is an organizational management activity used to identify the priorities and to review and fine-tune the organization's direction in response to the changing environment.
TAU sustains Anti-COVID-19 initiatives in the new normal
As with other establishments and institutions, the TAU Task Force sustains its efforts in implementing safety protocol measures against COVID-19 pandemic when work resumes at TAU after the national government placed the Tarlac province under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) on May 16.
After work was suspended for 58 days when Tarlac was under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, all TAU employees who returned to work as part of the TAU skeletal workforce followed strict Anti-COVID-19 protocols as initiated by the TAU Medical and Dental Services Unit. The skeletal workforce members also adapted the alternative work arrangement as per the Philippine Civil Service Announcement No. 13 s. 2020 released on March 17, 2020. Employees experiencing symptoms like cough, headache, and colds are not allowed to enter the University. Visitors may be given entry subjected to the approval of the TAU Task Force. Meanwhile, the “vulnerable” employees such as the senior faculty/personnel, pregnant women, students age 21 years old below, and PWDs shall not report to the University, instead they will be doing their tasks/work from home.
CHED Chair De Vera lauds TAU during its 75th Founding Anniversary
CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III personally lauded Tarlac Agricultural University as he graced the convocation program of TAU’s 75th Foundation Anniversary last December 18, 2020.
Accompanied by the CHED’s OIC-Deputy Executive Director and the Director of International Affairs, Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, Chairperson De Vera personally greeted the TAU administrative council who were physically present during the program and the rest of the TAU community who were watching the live streaming of the program via Zoom and Facebook.
Despite the pandemic, TAU celebrated its foundation anniversary with the theme “TAU@75: Celebrating Hallmarks of Tradition, Transition, and Transformation.” Chairperson De Vera delivered his speech focusing on the essence of celebrating traditions and customs as well as the duty of the academic sector to address the inevitable changes in society.
He added that the TAU has now achieved greater heights as it successfully forged its name in the region and even on the global academic map as a result of its internationalization efforts, innovation in research and instruction and community development projects.