Today, we have a guest article from regular LiP reader and contributor, Bob NewYork. Bob spends time regularly in Iligan, in Northern Mindanao, and has some of his adventures to share with us today. Thank you, Bob! MindanaoBob
While visiting MSU-IIT on my recent trip to Iligan City, as I have in the past I brought some donations for various schools and departments. One of these dontation included Stethoscopes and Aneroid Bp Cuffs for the School of Nursing at MSU-IIT. As I always present my donations in the Chancellors office, Dean Clowie of the School of Nursing was called to the Chancellors office to recieve them. Dean Clowie was most grateful and asked me if I would like to tour the School of Nursing which of course I accepted.
This also happened to be Registration Day at MSU-IIT and there were what seemed like hundreds of students lined up to register for the next semester. There was a line of students at the School of Nursing that went all the way down a long hallway and then even down a multi story staircase !
As we entered the Deans Office, a rather large room, there were at least 12 desks with what appeared to be office workers with lines of students submiting paperwork to each of the office workers. Upon entering, something just did not seem right in this very large office. Dean Clowie invites me to have a seat at his desk so we could talk for a while. I looked up at the ceiling and counted 15 ” High Hat ” recessed light fixtures. Only 2 of these fixtures were working. When I inquired about this the Dean explained that most of the bulbs had burned out and the school had not yet recieved its annual budget so at the moment there were no funds for the pruchase of replacement light bulbs. The fixtures had 15 Watt Compact flourescent bulbs in them.
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Now for a bit of ” Kano Kulture Klash ” ! I am thinking to myself if this situation with the lights happened in the USA and any student tripped or fell over on something as small as a pencil erasure and got injured, the school could face a law suit in the millions of Dollars ! I just could not concentrate on a conversation with The Dean watching all of those students lined up with their paperwork in that dimly lit office space even though there was plenty of sunlight comming through the windows.
A friend that was with me, an MSU-IIT engineering student was also sitting with us at the deans desk. I gave it a moments thought and said to my friend ” Can you do me a favor ” ? my friend says ” Sure ” . I take out my wallet and remove a 1000 peso bill and as I hand it to my friend I ask can you go out and get 1000 peso worth of light bulbs and bring them back.
My friend returns a short while later with a bag full of exact replacement 15 Watt compact flourescent bulbs. No ladder available so I grabbed a chair and began changing all of the light bulbs in the ceiling.
As I am in the process of doing this, someone exclaims ” The School of Nursing has an Imported Electrician ” ! That statement kind of put me on the spot and I thought I had to think fast to come up with some kind of reasonable response !
In 2009 I became the first Honorary Alumni to MSU-IIT and this was quite an honor to me since I never went to college myself. It was a pleasure when I visited in 2010 to be able to just show my official MSU-IIT Alumni ID Badge to security and be welcomed right onto the campus, by the Security Guards. My response to the ” Imported Electrician ” comment as I was changing light bulbs was ” This is an Annual Alumni Project ” and I left it at that !
Bob in New York is a regular reader and participant on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob has traveled to the Philippines many times already and primarily visits the Iligan and Cagayan de Oro areas. Bob is a big fan of Jollibee Corporation, and even owns stock in the company!