The Association started in summer 1985 when Registrars, Liaison Officers and a group of supportive staff from DECS IV Higher Education Division headed by Dr. Diosdada C. Boiser gathered in a scenic spot of Caliraya Lake in a resort owned by the Sobrepena’s where this body was formally organized. The association was then recognized as the Association of Registrars and Liaison Officers Region IV (ARLO R-IV).
The main objective of the association is to maintain a strong network of institutions in Region IV in order to establish an effective, fastest and easiest way of sending and transmitting papers and other documents from DECS IV- HED to Higher Education Institutions in the Region. The association has been an effective network that has been supporting DECS IV- HED and its activities since then.
The association became the avenue where the Registrars and Liaison Officers and other personnel of the Registrar’s Office come together to learn and discover the best practices in the Region. This is where the DECS IV- HED and later on the Commission on Higher Education in Region IV-A provides the member institutions with the updates on government issuances and memoranda. The association sponsors forums, trainings and seminars to its members and provides group activities to further enhance their working capabilities. The Registrars and Liaison Officers are always looking forward for the next forum, activities and assemblies of the association. The officers and its members have developed a strong camaraderie where each member felt a sense of belongingness.
On May 9, 2001, the association was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and was named the “Association of School Registrars and Liaison Officers in Region IV” (ARSLO) with SEC Registration No. A200015235. However, with the implementation of Executive Order No. 103, dated May 17, 2002, where Region IV was split into two separate regions, Region IV-A (Calabarzon) and Region IV-B (Mimaropa) the association decided to give the original name ‘Association of Registrars and Liaison Officers Region IV” (ARLO RIV) to Region IV-B (Mimaropa).
Region IV-A created a new name for the association and is now officially known as the “Association of College Registrars and Liaison Officers in Region IV-A Inc. (ACURLO RIV-A)”, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 28, 2013 with Sec Registration No. CN201316597.
One of the significant contributions of the association in the Region is the publication of the first Manual for School Registrars in 2009. It has become the source of information, and a tool that provides the Registrars and Liaison Officers with general information on policies, standards, and processes in the performance of their functions. The manual also contains relevant Memoranda and Circulars that serve as their reference in the overall school operations.
With the intention of the association to introduce to the member schools the new trends on student records management, the Officers initiated series of forums and assemblies to come up with standard processes on major issues and concerns that are being faced by the Registrars and Liaison Officers. The first Handbook “ACURLO’s Handbook Vol. 1 ‘Output of Focus Group Discussion’ was produced and distributed last September 2016 to its member schools during its 30th General Assembly in Baguio City.
On the same occasion, the creation of the Admissions Officers Association in the Region was initiated by ACURLO. It was named University, College and School Admissions Officers Association R-IVA (USCA R-IVA). Its main objective is to establish admission policies and standards that would complement the policies and standards set by the ACURLO.
The association continues to live by its vision and mission to serve and be an inspiration to the Region. It aspires to bring together the Registrars and Liaison Officers of Higher Education Institutions in Region IV as one family moving towards the realization of its ultimate objective of providing excellent services to its clients.
People from other Regions wonder what the acronym ASRLO means. For some occasions the national organization could not fathom why in Southern Tagalog ASRLO was born.
More often than we realize, there are people in the organization that make decisions in the absence of the person in the position. This has been the observation of our own staff in the early days of Higher Education Division under the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Region IV. At the time, almost fifty percent (50%) of our clients were liaison officers. The registrars of the school were either doing their functions in schools or they prefer to delegate the work of making submission and follow – up of papers in the Office. It was felt that the Liaison Officers and Registrars had a shared action wherein they were bound together around a common identity and sense of destiny to excel, learn and provide services to their clients. They possess a set of governing values by which they behave and regard their customers, community, and other publics as valuable components to their work. On that score it was observed further that the registrars and liaison officers were able to speak easier, to speak honestly or to reveal information on whatever agreed-upon values there were. The implications here were apparent for fostering the kind of supportive environment in which knowledge sharing flourished.
It was such a significant summer of 1985 when a group of supportive staff from HED-DECS IV with registrars and liaison officers were gathered in a scenic spot of Caliraya Lake in a resort owned by the Sobrepena’s where this body was formally organized. There were a few officers who were very active that pursued the objectives of the said organization. With them, the job of sending and transmitting paper and other documents were made much easier and pleasantries of both the service agency and the institutions being served had been fruitful. From then on, the organization guided most administrators on what they want from the regulatory agencies.
This was the simple and significant development of the organization of ASRLO R-IV which is now Association of College and University Registrars and Liaison Officers, Region IV-A (ACURLO RIV-A).