Tarlac State University welcomed Dr. Arnold E. Velasco on the first day of his term as TSU President earlier today (April 1, 2022) at the Administration Building lobby of the Main Campus.
President Velasco met and greeted some of the employees and faculty members of the university including his predecessor, Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari.
In a short address, the new university president reminisced his time as a student of Tarlac College of Technology (now TSU) and shared his struggles coming from a poor family – from his meager lunch of rice and tomato wrapped in banana leaves to taking up odd jobs to support his family and studies.
“Because I consider myself a dreamer – gusto kong maging engineer, nagpursigi po ako. Lahat ng klase ng trabaho pinasukan ko – tricycle driver, construction worker, nakakarating ako hanggang Angeles para lang magkaron ng pamasahe sa pagpasok sa pag-aaral. And to cut the story short, naging engineer na po ako,” Pres. Velasco said.
He also shared some of his priorities for the university like human resource development.
“Gusto ko pong maramdaman niyo, hindi lang ako presidente – ‘yung concerned sa inyo… We will make this a community full of love, full of respect with each other… I will take the challenge that there will be opposition… parte po ng buhay ‘yan bilang presidente. But I will take it as a challenge to produce useful results for TSU,” he added.
Moreover, he said that his office will always be open to everyone, especially on important matters.
“We will work well as one. If we have this teamwork, surely, we will soar even higher with your help,” he said.
Pres. Velasco also released an administrative order on the designation of university officials on holdover capacity effective April 1, 2022 until a new set of university officials will be appointed, unless sooner terminated.