The Eastern Samar State University, Main Campus hosted the 5th International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction and Management with the theme “Plan. Act. Live.” held last September 4-6, 2018. With the purpose of drawing insights from all the participants of the annual convergence through providing a holistic and federal platform for stakeholders to come up with disaster resilient infrastructure, disaster risk-reduction strategies, human rights and environmental protection, the conference presented 36 researches and 17 poster presentations conducted by various institutions and agencies. Present during the conference were officers, researchers, planners and members of the academe from Eastern Samar State University, Main Campus, Eastern Samar State University, External Campuses, members of the Local Government Units, SUCs from all over the country and guests to discuss informative and emerging topics on disaster management. The Eastern Samar State University as a DRRM champion once again exhibited its commitment to the crucial role that the institution plays as a leading advocate of disaster risk reduction management through hosting the annual ICIDRRM, now in its 5th year.

- Anbony Cuanico

Four students from AB Political Science of the Eastern Samar State University emerged victorious in the recently concluded debate on federalism led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government on April 24, 2018 at the DILG-8 Regional Training Center, Tacloban City. 

The team from ESSU toppled their counterparts in the final match from the Leyte Normal University who bagged the 1st Runner Up award. 

The final round was the culmination of 10 provincial elimination matches, 4 quarterfinals matches and 2 semifinal matches that were joined by some of the biggest colleges and universities in the region.

The team from ESSU was composed of Wences Alfon Cafe (1st Speaker), Joseph Jay Ayon (2nd Speaker), Jeric Ueno Montes (3rd Speaker), Christian Daniel Campomanes (Researcher), with Ma. Teresita Quillo and Minerva Acedillo as coaches.

Aside from the major award, the ESSU team swifted all the minor awards in the final round which include the Best Debater and Best Speaker both awarded to Mr. Montes. Ayon was also adjudged as the Best Speaker in the Semi-final round. 


Photo Credit to the DILG Reg.8

Initiated by the Department of Interior of Local Government and in partnership with the Extension Office of the Eastern Samar State University, a series of activities to improve the capability of the LGU to document their best practices was conducted in December 2017 and April this year. 

As an initial undertaking, ESSU conducted a research study describing the perception of the respondents of the tourism potential of Borongan City. A writeshop on how to properly document best practices was soon followed and was participated by different stakeholders in Borongan City. The inputs of the said research study and writeshop were said to be essential in crafting the tourism plan of LGU Borongan.  

On April 14, 2018, the ESSU extension team, headed by Dr. Jun Agda, invited guests from DILG, LGU Borongan and ESSU faculty and students and presented their output of the said activities. Dr. Agda gave the rationale of the program and emphasized the importance of sharing their best practices among LGUs. These best practices according to Dr. Agda will be stored in data bank, making it available for other LGUs to replicate once they will apply the same practice at their own jurisdiction. 

Meanwhile, ESSU President Dr. Edmundo A. Campoto, in his message encouraged the participants of the said program to continually be supportive in all the endeavors of LGU to promote Borongan as the next tourism destination hub in the country. He said that Borongan has so much to offer in terms of natural attractions which only requires creative and positive packaging and branding that will entice more tourists to visit Borongan in the future. 

 by: Samson Robedizo

 “We aim to invigorate the students’ capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Ranie Operario

The Supreme Student Council- Tertiary Student Government (SSC-TSG) President Mr. Ranie Operario of the Eastern Samar State University spearheaded the 1st State of the Council Address (SOCA) and Consultative Meeting held at the ESSU Multi-purpose Hall on February 13, 2018.

                The said event was a brainchild of the SSC-TSG office through the advisory of Mrs. Marcelle A. Badillo and was participated by the various Federated Class Organization (FCO) of the different colleges of the university under the administration of the Office of the Students and Alumni Affairs (OSAA) headed by Dr. Jonas V. Palada. Present were the presidents of the CAS, CANS, CBMA, CON, CCS, SVT, and COED,each were given the time to relay their accomplishments and projects with the students of their respective colleges witnessing the said event.

SOCA aims to connect the student leaders to the whole population of ESSUnians in the delivery of information regarding the activities held during the school year and to make mention of the different achievements that these leaders have purposefully accomplished during their term of office.

The president of the SSC-TSG, Mr. Rannie Operario welcomed everyone on his speech and reiterated the importance of leadership among students. Being the mother organization, Mr. Operario relayed the sacrifices that had been made in order to fulfill a leader’s duty and the hardships that were encountered starting from the elections, up until the realization of projects and activities, undergoing the process of approval in the administration. Mr. Operario also stressed on the different qualities of leaders that holds the most importance in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives. “We aim to invigorate the students’ capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Ranie Operario

He mentioned that a leader should be futuristic in his vision and develops a sense of integrity, as a person who will deal with a lot of people from different brackets in the university society. He further elaborated self-confidence, commitment, creativity and communication skills as important characteristics in becoming a person to guide his subordinates. Added to this list of characteristics are self-awareness and adaptability, decision-making, openness, and understanding. Notable highlighted abilities that the SSC president has mentioned is the ability to inspire and motivate, also managing the organizational change which focuses on the innate value of a leader in performing duties towards a community of students and going over and beyond in achieving the goals of an institution in the name of selfless public service.

Finally, Mr. Operario thanked everyone who had helped him in realizing the dreams of the organization, a big chunk of the gratitude going to the amiable, active and productive adviser, Mrs. Marcelle Badillo, whose support and guidance has never wavered in the face of obstructions.

The SOCA was concluded with an open forum with the students writing their questions on pieces of papers and handing them to the emcees to be asked to the respective person who holds interest and supervision of a specific issue. Each of the presidents accepted and wholeheartedly answered the questions thrown at them with grace and utmost knowledge, giving the most relative solution to problems that the students are raising.

As the event was successfully launched, the SOCA will become a yearly celebration, giving the leaders an opportunity to bridge the gap of misconceptions. It is a venue to prove their worth as elected officials of their respective organizations and a way to inform all ESSUnians that ESSU student leaders, especially the SSC-TSG officers, are always on the go, giving life to its tagline – Build. Unite. Transform.



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