Gov. Sharee Ann Tan, NwSSU meet for Consultation and Purple Desk Deal

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Samar Gov. Sharee Ann T. Tan sat down with the university delegation led by University President Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo for a consultative meeting on how the provincial government, through the Office of the Governor, can support the university’s development plans. Among the agreed plans and commenced preparations are the Affirmative Action Plan of Educational Assistance to deserving students from the province’s poorest of the poor class, Extension Program on Agriculture Courses and Scholarship Program for Agriculture students, enrolment of provincial department heads and administrators to the Masters in Public Management program of the Special Academic Program, implementation of the SMART City program of DOST with NwSSU as Partner Academe, Free Review Program for the examinees of the Civil Service Examination, and board examinations for Criminology, Education, Engineering, and Nursing graduates, Free Dental Services Program through the University Health Center, and expediting the process of preparations for the opening of the Nursing program this coming new academic year.

After the consultative meeting, both parties signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of the Purple Desk Program in NwSSU as one of the measures to promote the well-being of the people, especially the students in the university, by ensuring that mental health is valued, promoted, and protected through several intervention programs and activities.

SIRAK Kabataan spearheads the contextualized sub-program for mental health called Purple Desk, which aims to provide efficient and effective mental health services to the university community in accordance with Section 15 of the Mental Health Act. The program will involve the training of university mental health trainers, advocates, and peer counselors and the establishment of a Purple Desk Center.