About the Office of the President

The President’s Office performs many different functions in the spheres of administration and governance; academics; research, development and extension; production or the corporate arm of the University; local and international linkages; and other undertakings for the development of the University.

"...learning is not something you do for the sake of it, but something you do in order to achieve a greater purpose."
- Lourdes C. Generalao, PH.D.

Message of the President

"The true aim of education is not knowledge but action."   -Herbert Spencer


Herbert Spencer once said that “the true aim of education is not knowledge but action.” When we talk about education, people often think that acquiring knowledge is the sole objective. While it is indeed the key, taking action is its ultimate goal, for learning is not something you do for the sake of it, but something you do in order to achieve a greater purpose.

Aside from the economic value of education, allowing students to land on high-paying jobs, its value towards the development of the community should also be acknowledged. After all, the purpose of state universities is to research and come up with useful innovations to improve the quality of life, both individually and as a society.

With these goals in mind, the University of Southeastern Philippines aims to become a premier university, internationally recognized for its distinguished teaching and world-class research. USeP shall produce graduates equipped with high quality and leading edge learning committed to an interactive, participative and technologically enabled experience. Towards this end, it will provide a rewarding and challenging environment for faculty, staff and students to kindle and sustain a passion for excellence.

In order to achieve such aim, I have drafted my programs for the University. My plans and programs for the entire university are anchored on the continuing and current development trends, challenges and opportunities; competitive advantages; and mandates of the University.

I. Academic

  1. Offer new programs in line with the mandate that are responsive to the needs of the region and the country. These are Tropical Medicine as a support public university to government hospital, Veterinary Medicine in USeP Mabini, Bachelor of Laws, and Industrial and/or Sanitary Engineering in USeP Obrero.
  2. Continually improve the licensure examination passing rate
  3. Host Balik Scientists and foreign scientists (as part of the efforts on internationalization including hosting of  exchange students, visiting researchers
  4. Review academic year calendar
  5. Improve laboratories
  6. Add to the centers of development and work to transform some centers of development into center/s of excellence
  7. Enrich faculty teaching materials through the incorporation of outstanding R&D results into student syllabus

II. Governance and Administration

1. USeP Internal Management Review

  • Review the Strategic Plan, 2007-2021, to determine how far away the university has attained its objectives vis-a vis  outputs and outcomes undertake program performance audit across major final outputs (to determine status and assess university’s ability to deliver expected outputs and achieving the desired outcomes)
  • Continuous review and re-engineering  of administrative processes and operations to achieve higher efficiency in the use of USeP resources  to better serve the academic community and improve client satisfaction
  • Review Organizational Structure
  • Review and Improve University-wide Enrolment System, that is, computerized system in all campuses
  • Push for less paper transaction
  • Institutionalize a functional database and management information system to enable continuous online access of pertinent data essential to decision-making.
  • Increase effort to secure titles of all university-owned lands
  • Review and enhance operations of various University centers
  • Pursue quality assurance by engaging ISO and Philippine Quality Award

2. Human Resources

  • Develop a well-meaning faculty and staff development plan that will provide strong support to academic programs and research priorities; Health and wellness program will also be sustained for a healthy USeP workforce.
  • Review  USeP Human Resource Development Plan [Staffing pattern gap analysis, rationalize policies on appointments, promotion and dismissal, areas/fields to be developed, management skills, employee benefits (non-cash and wellness program, etc)].
  • Aggressively pursue an expanded modernization program (a program that fast-tracks the faculty development plan so that most if not all faculty would be doctorate degree holders)  where faculty are sent out for graduate studies in prestigious universities here and abroad; host foreign faculty as visiting researchers; attract the best graduates (honor graduates) to serve the University as members of the faculty offering them two steps higher upon entry and allowing them to be mentored by senior faculty then encouraging them to go on straight PhDs
  • Empowerment/capacitating  middle managers as basis for developing succession plan of next university leaders
  • Collaborate with various funding donors for innovative scholarships

3. Infrastructure/Capital Outlay

  • Repair/renovate /construct new buildings to replace dilapidated and hazard-prone buildings in Mabini
  • Modernize laboratory  facilities to strengthen agricultural sciences and engineering programs to support R&D and internationalization efforts
  • Put up a University Publication Office
  • Shuttle service vehicle for students, faculty and staff

III. Research, Extension and Community Service

  1. Develop Research and Extension Program that will address adoption, utilization and commercialization of S&T-based innovations
  2. Strengthen Intellectual Property/Technology Management/ Transfer and Full Operationalization of the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) in USeP
  3. Strengthen Extension Programs by mobilizing the energy of the university faculty, students and alumni in responding effectively to local disasters and other natural calamities
  4. Enhance research management capability
  5. Design incentives for university faculty and provide resources to manage a cultural shift that does not undercut basic research but puts a clear priority on engaging with industry for mutual benefit and for the benefit of society.

IV. Resource Generation

  1. Maximize resource utilization and business ventures from university assets/landholdings
  2. Secure funds/endowments for Professorial Chairs and other forms of incentives to faculty
  3. Strengthen linkages between research and extension, public-private partnership, implementing-donor agencies, interagency cooperation
  4. Continue and strengthen partnership with DOST-PCAARRD, the university’s biggest benefactor for R&D and capacity building over the past decade
  5. Explore possible collaboration with local and foreign funding agencies on their on-going programs (USAID-STRIDE, Fulbright, JICA, UNESCO, Israel, AusAID, Rockfeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, others)

V. Student Services

Improve student services for effective delivery of quality education: guidance and counselling, medical dental, canteen services in all campuses, student council office, establish student assistance center; improve the  state of the  library to promote intellectual advancement, productive learning, relevant research and quality education;

VI. Improving Interpersonal/Interagency Relations

  1. Foster camaraderie and teamwork by institutionalizing inter- and intra-campus team building activities
  2. Identify ways to promote closer coordination/interaction of the different colleges in implementing various programs and projects
  3. For USeP to be a significant partner of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in promoting sustainable regional development. In such a way, USeP shall fully use its able and skilled human resource in establishing a science, technology and innovation driven – university so that USeP will become a more relevant arm of the RDC in strengthening further the priority industry clusters of the Davao Region, thereby ensuring food security, intensifying industries’ global competitiveness, refining the resiliency of the communities and addressing poverty and conflict
  4. Strengthen collaboration with other SUCs and Private HEIs in the Region
  5. Close coordination and active partnership with other government agencies such as CHED, DOST, DA, DENR, DBM, NEDA, TESDA, CSC, SMARRDEC, etc.

Finally, USeP has a special set of responsibilities to our region and country. It is our responsibility to promote conversations in forefront issues so that our students, employees, and community members can arrive at informed conclusions. As center of diversity in all forms, it is our responsibility to embrace and provide a safe environment for responsible people of all backgrounds.  Our campuses must assume leadership toward a sustainable future, and our natural setting reminds us on a daily basis of the importance of our environment. We have the responsibility to help our students realize the connections between their daily actions and the rest of the world.

Underneath all of these plans is one desire, and that is the pursuit of excellence—excellence in faculty and staff, excellence in fiscal management, excellence in information management, excellence in research, excellence in community service, excellence in resource management, excellence in partnership with the community, and more importantly, excellence in educational programming and learning environment to become excellent provider of quality education.

May we all recognize that education is our best shot in uplifting the country’s current economic status. With the knowledge, tools, and resources that we have, let us take action and start making a difference!

Significant activities of the

University President

Among the significant activities initiated by or which involved the University President are the following:

Consultation-meeting with the student leaders

17 November 2015

With the election of the new USeP President, the Office of the President believed that it is appropriate to conduct consultation with the various stakeholders in the University for them to know the plans and programs of the President and to as well get their inputs on these programs.

Since the most significant stakeholders in the university are the students, the Office of the President set a consultation-meeting with the student leaders across campuses. The student leaders were headed by no less than the Student Regent. The meeting that was held on November 17 proved to be fruitful. The President was made aware of the concerns of the students.

Convocation Program and Campus Visit at the USeP Tagum-Mabini campus and at Mintal Campus, Davao City

23 November 2015 | 4 December 2015

The purpose of the convocation was to introduce the new president to each campus’ faculty, staff and students. It was also an opportunity for the President to share her plans for the University and to listen to the concerns of the university stakeholders.

At the end of each convocation program, the President and her team did a campus tour to do physical assessment of the pressing needs of each campus.

On January 18, 2016, the President toured the Obrero campus to inspect the classrooms and other facilities so to determine those that need immediate attention.

Investiture of the USeP President

14 December 2015

Some members of the USeP Board of Regents; presidents of SUCs in Mindanao; representatives from academic institutions in the Region; heads of partner-institutions;and the faculty, staff and students of the University attended the Investiture of Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, the sixth University President. This was held on 14 December, 5:00 P.M. at the USeP Gymnasium and Cultural Center, Obrero, Davao City.

Meeting on USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program

19 November 2016

The activity was geared towards possible funding linkages for research and development as well as for faculty development, and potential offering of Professional Science Master’s degree in Precision Agriculture, Research and Extension. Dr. Fiorello B. Abenes, the Institutional Development Manager of STRIDE was the resource person.

Co-organized the Mindanao Jobs Report Job Value Chain Validation Workshop which happened in USeP Obrero Campus

21-22 January 2016

Before the activity started, Dr. Karl Kendrick Chua of The World Bank had a brief meeting with the University President and some officials. It is worthy to note that four (4) faculty members of the University were tapped by The World Bank in preparing the background papers of the Report. They are: Dr. Agustina Tan-Cruz; Dr. Purisima Bayacag; Mr. Joeteddy Bugarin; and Ms. Jennifer Hinlo.

Meeting with Congresswoman Mylene Garcia-Albano of the Second District, Davao City

22 January 2016

The meeting was regarding the crafting of a memorandum of agreement between USeP and the Second Congressional District of Davao City for the operations of the proposed Dormitory for the IP student-scholars of Cong. Garcia-Albano, currently constructed inside the Obrero campus.

Other significant activities initiated by the President:

1. Held respective workshops on:

  • Preparation of Work and Financial Plan, Project Procurement Management Plan and Annual Procurement Plan 2016 as well as Annual Investment Program 2017, 08 December 2015
  • Faculty Development Plan, 22 January 2016

2. Attended Round Table Discussion with Commission on Higher Education Central Office and State Universities and Colleges relative to the offering of Graduate Education Program for Higher Education Institutions, 27 January 2016

3. Participated in a meeting at the CHED regarding the ESGPPA and SGP-PA scholarships, 03 February 2016

4. Had a meeting with NEDA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division regarding Pantawid Pamilya Program, 03 February 2016

Office of the President


  • At the helm of the University, the President, as the chief executive officer, reports to USeP’s Board of Regents, the highest governing and policy-making body of the University.
  • The Office of the President is the executive office of the University of Southeastern Philippines’ system. It supervises the operations of the five campuses and two external studies programs of the University through the related offices of the Vice Presidents, Chancellor, and Campus Deans.
  • The President’s Office performs many different functions in the spheres of administration and governance; academics; research, development and extension; production or the corporate arm of the University; local and international linkages; and other undertakings for the development of the University.

Office of the

President Staff

Joan D. Gervacio, Ph.D.
University/Board Secretary
Jeane Ann A. Argame
Secretary of the President
Public Information Officer
Melanie C. Pagkaliwagan, MSDCM
Executive Assistant of the President
Robert Tortal
Administrative Aide III
Gina C. Mallo
Secretary of the University/BOR Secretary
Aldren R. Chavez
Administrative Aide I
Maricris R. Berden
Assistant Secretary of the President
Aurelio P. Bagasbas
Light Equipment Operator


Former Presidents

Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin
(2007- 2015)
Dr. Eduardo AL. Araral
Dr. Julieta I. Ortiz
Dr. Rufino O. Islao
Dr. Edmundo B. Prantilla
Dr. Pedro O. San Vicente
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