LINGAYEN — Eighteen Malaysian students from the University of Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus (UMSLIC) plan to adopt the 5S Good Housekeeping system of the provincial government for their school after their brief visit here last May 27.
“We were overwhelmed not only of the aesthetic sights of historical buildings but most especially the cleanliness of surroundings within your workplace,” Gubenderan Krishnan, UMSLIC president said.
Led by Dr. Geoffrey Harvey Tanakinjal, a senior lecturer of the UMS’s International Marketing course, the group was on a visit to the Philippines, particularly the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in Manila and the University of Luzon (UL) in Dagupan City for their Sharing Exploration Program.
According to Krishnan, the program aims to foster ties between the Filipino students and Malaysian students for mutual exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise on academic development to improve the quality of education as well as to learn the different cultures of the Philippines.
“We have learned your 5S here in your place and we plan to adopt it in our school,” he said, in an interview, referring to the province’s practice of Good Housekeeping among its workforce that means to Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Sanitize and Self-Discipline.
Implementation of 5S started during the first term of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and now being adopted by almost all cities and municipalities in the province.
Krishnan also said that he would encourage his relatives and friends to visit Pangasinan which he described as “the best and cleanest tourist destination.”
On the same note, Tan Yew Chuan said he felt overjoyed by the hospitality of Pangasinenses, which he said is “the best culture of Pangasinan that is worth sharing to my fellow countrymen.”
The visiting group was accompanied by Engr. MacArthur Samson Jr., executive assistant to the president of UL and also a former board member of Third District together with Angel Reyna, associate network administrator.
The Malaysian visitors, who were welcomed by Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan and Executive Assistant Modesto Operana, gleefully received tokens from the provincial government, including the I Love Pangasinan pins. (With report from PIO)