“All glory to Jesus Christ, our Lord, for sustaining Philippine Christian University with heavenly favors that go beyond words and numbers.”
The University President, Junifen F. Gauuan, Ph.D, gave his statement on the upholding by CHED of PCU’s autonomous status. He accords due recognition of the university officers and of the entire academic community for observing due diligence that yielded positive results in the most recent CHED’s evaluation of PCU’s caliber as a Higher Educational Institution (HEI).
Dr. Gauuan noted that the retention of autonomous status puts the University in a much more challenging position which requires the entire institution to arise in facing up to global standards. In doing so, he pointed to the need for the rapid and comprehensive transformation of the institution’s academic processes, infrastructure, technology and leadership.
Contrary to the chilling effect of the seemingly unending wait for CHED’s announcement, thrills of joy overtook everyone’s heart when the good tidings that PCU retains its autonomy finally came. It is noteworthy that CHED’s affirmation came just a few days after PCU celebrated its 73rd Founding Anniversary: this leaves a sense of elation among us all!
Although this reward was long-awaited for and caused wild cheers and appreciation for the fruit of unified and diligent work of the entire academic community, it nevertheless creates a humbling realization of what Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Philippi said, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it in the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).” Indeed, God marked to unfold, on this day, the partial completion of the good work He started with the founding fathers of our beloved institution. The phrase ‘partial completion’ connotes that the good work, which God initiated through PCU’s Christ-centered founding fathers, has yet to be completed in full. This calls for more of due diligence in guarding our ranks as God-fearing stewards of this academic institution.
Let us always remember that victory begins with small beginnings, as did happen with our founding fathers. So, let us watch very carefully each stride we take to avoid unnecessary pitfalls.
Mabuhay PCU for God’s glory!
** excerpts from the Christian Cord Newsletter, October – December 2019 issue (Volume 15 Number 2)