“I want everyone in the college to create a future for everyone. The College exists primarily because of our students. So I invite everyone to hone their skills, talents, and other forms of creativity. Everyone in the college much nurture all of the potentialities and eventually turn them into opportunities. Finally, what we shall all achieve are meant to be shared. This is the very essence of the existence of the College of Humanities and Sciences. By sharing, we become agents of change and transformation,” says Juanito Cabanias, PhD.
Dr. Juanito Cabanias is not a new face at DLSHSI, but the college that he is currently steering to great heights is.
The College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS) was born this school year after the opening of the innovative Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program. The move prompted the recreation of the General Education Department into a full college with its own program and new services. Under its tutelage is the Center for Language Training and Professional Development which offers language training for foreign students, tutorials, editing, proofreading, translation, statistical, and other special services. CHS also holds pre-employment and professional development training courses for new graduates and alumni.
Dr. Cabanias has been an administrator of DLSHSI since he joined it in 2008 when he was seconded by DLSHSI from DLSU-D, where he was originally serving as a full time faculty. After the expiration of his secondment, he opted to join DLSHSI permanently where he was given various assignments including as Director of the then General Education Department and Director for Academic Services.
When the creation of CHS was formalized and he was appointed as its Dean, Dr. Cabanias immediately set his vision for the college through a 5-point Agenda delivered during his State of the College Address on June 4. Included in the agenda is the consistent pursuit of improvements in the delivery of instruction for humanities and science courses through the utilization of online classrooms and the training of students from paper presentations and participation in academic and co-curricular competitions and programs beyond the borders of the campus. He is also keen about faculty development, promising to institute programs that will enable the faculty to pursuie professional development.
Also serving as the Chair for Academic Services and the Center for Scholarship Program and Development, Dr. Cabanias is committed to ensuring that Lasallian education is accessible to all deserving students. Thus, he animates members of his college to continue working to raise funds for the scholars through catchy-named programs such as “Crumbs from the Heart,” “TSIBOG,” and “Pass it On.”
On its first year, CHS’s Biochemistry program has already attracted 61 students. It is currently the only two-year trimester pre-Med program in the Philippines where qualified students can jump to Medicine proper after only two years of study in Biochem. Those who will not proceed to Medicine can establish fulfilling careers in the academe, industry, and research. “Graduates can work in the academe as college instructors/professors and do basic and applied science researches in chemistry. This properly designed track allows graduates to take the Licensure Examination for Chemists, allowing them to work as chemists or laboratory analysts in government and private industries. The industries, where chemists and biochemists could work, are those that deal with agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, cosmetics, oil and petroleum, environmental analysis, textile, quality control, chemical manufacture, and research,” explains Dr. Cabanias.