PSU key officials listen intently to Prof. Ferdinand Manegdeg as he discusses the PSU Teaching Hotel project

The Palawan State University (PSU) held a consultative workshop with faculty members from the University of the Philippines (UP) for the establishment of the PSU Teaching Hotel on 9-10 May 2014.

Key PSU officials such as the Vice Presidents, College Deans, and Unit Directors were led by PSU President, Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe in participating during the workshop. On the other hand, Engr. Ferdinand Manegdeg headed the UP group comprised of Arch. Mary Ann Espina, Dean of the UP College of Architecture, Prof. Susan Solis, Faculty of the Asian Institute of Tourism and Engr. Carina Llagas, Manager of the Carina Electrical Construction & Supply.

 The two-day workshop focused on developing a time table of activities for establishing the hotel, creating relevant committees, and deliberating on how to proceed with the hotel project as partners. Specifically, the objectives of the workshop were to discuss how to jointly implement studies regarding the establishment of the teaching hotel on the following components: 1) Academic Programming; 2) Site Development and Building Plan, and 3) Economic and Financial Feasibility and Business Plan. The need to formulate parameters as basis for the project implementation was also tackled.

As a result of the collaborative workshop, an Executive Committee was formed to provide the policy direction and operational oversight of the PSU Teaching Hotel project. The six-member committee is comprised of Dr. Sespeñe as Chair, Dr. Michael D. Pido, VP for Research and Extension, as Vice-Chair, Engr. Maria Rosario Aynon A. Gonzales, Director of the Center for Strategic Policy and Governance, as Deputy Chair, Dr. Carmen M. Fernandez, Dean of the College of Hospitality Management and Tourism (CHMT), as Deputy Co-Chair, Engr. Nena G. Zara, Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and Dr. Nelly I. Mendoza, Director of Planning, as members.

With CHMT as the focal college and beneficiary of the PSU Teaching Hotel, Dr. Fernandez was also tasked to spearhead the Academic Programming Component.

On the other hand, Engr. Zara will also collaborate with Arch. Anthony Anderson, Director of Architectural Planning and Design, to lead the Site Development and Building Plan Component while Dr. Mendoza will partner with Dr. Marie Jardinico, Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy (CHMT), to direct the Economic and Financial Study and Business Plan Component. Meanwhile, CSPG will serve as the main coordinating unit for the PSU Teaching Hotel project.

At the end of the workshop, Engr. Manegdeg, on behalf of his team, expressed their long-term commitment to the project and their willingness to assist the university in the establishment of the PSU Teaching Hotel. The team also conducted an ocular inspection of possible sites within the PSU Main Campus for the establishment of the hotel.