State auditors commended the officials of the Western Mindanao State University for its remarkable accomplishment during school year 2012-2013, particularly in the field of criminology, according to a report published in the Philippine Star dated October 29, 2013 titled “COA hails Zambo school.”
The report said that COA hailed the University’s College of Criminal Justice Education, under Dean Prof. Effrendy M.
Estipona, for having been accorded the “Special Award for School/Academe Category” in the field of Criminology Awards given by the Philippine National Police during the latter’s 111th founding anniversary on August 17, 2012. The award underscored WMSU’s consistency in producing criminology graduates who top and give the school a high passing rate in police recruitment examinations and in training programs.
COA likewise commended WMSU graduates for doing well in other licensure examinations and for ranking fifth in the forester, ninth in nutrition and dietetics, seventh and ninth in nursing, and fifth in the geodetic licensure examinations.
WMSU passing rate in the following licensure examinations were higher than the national passing rate: Nursing, Criminologist, Elementary Teacher, ATEP (Accelerated Teacher Education Program), Civil Engineer, Electronic Engineer, Electrical Engineer and Guidance Counselor.
Moreover, government auditors recognized the high quality of graduates produced by the Department of Extension Services and Community Development (DESCD) in non-formal courses such as Baking, Cooking, Food Processing, Plumbing and Practical Electricity and others who consistently register 100% passing rate in the National Certificate II examination administered regularly by TESDA.
As part of the rehabilitation efforts of the University after the Zamboanga siege, DESCD, in collaboration with TESDA, conducted a Mat Weaving Training among 27 Badjao women evacuees. It was meant to economically empower the trainees and help them and their famiies move on. (Evelyn C. Luceño, OP-WMSU)