Monday, December 11, 2006

Please Help the Catanduanes State Colleges


The devastation wrought by Typhoon Reming to the island of Catanduanes on November 30, 2006 is so tremendous. As one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit the island, its wide swathe of destruction is palpably evident everywhere.

One of the institutions that suffered enormous damage is the Catanduanes State Colleges, wellspring of formal education of some 7,000 youth of the island and nearby provinces and workplace of over 600 teaching and non-teaching employees. Classes were suspended until January 8, 2007 to give way to immediate rehabilitation works of vital academic facilities destroyed by the typhoon.

We appeal to all alumni of the Catanduanes State Colleges, and all other benevolent individuals and organizations to help the school be back on its feet.

The CSC Administration is exerting every means to ask assistance from appropriate government offices as much as it also anchors on the valuable help from its alumni all over the globe and other civic spirited individuals and organizations.

Any amount will be most welcome. Donations can be coursed through the account below:

Account Name: Catanduanes State Colleges
Account Number: 0892 1054 48
Land Bank of the Philippines
Virac, Branch

To promptly acknowledge all the donors to this fund rehabilitation drive and for proper accounting and auditing procedures, please immediately email us your name, address and amount given to this address:

Monday, November 27, 2006

CSC Statesman adjudged Bicol's
best tertiary student publication

WINNERS TAKE ALL – Ruzzel Valdepeña, Ezra Efondo, Michael Jake Arcilla, Misty Irish Gail Villasana and Adem Nalu V. Rubio show off the major awards they bagged in the 11th ICSCJ, both in the group and individual writing contest categories.

For the second time, the Catanduanes State Colleges’ official tertiary student publication was proclaimed Campus Paper of the Year, as well as Best in Editorial Page, Best in Layout and Best in Sports Page in the 11th Intercollegiate Summit on Campus Journalism conducted by Society of Junior Fellows and National Youth Commission on November 24-26, 2006 at Carolina, Naga City.

The contest entry, the SY 2006-2007 1st Semester issue of CSC Statesman, the official tertiary student publication of the CSC, competed with other campus papers of state and private colleges and universities in Region V.

Aside from the unprecedented sweep of four major group awards, the CSC student writers also scored top ranks in the individual writing contest.

Proclaimed winners were Misty Irish Gail Villasana, 1st Place, News Writing and 3rd Place, Editorial Writing; Michael Jake Arcilla, 3rd Place, Copyreading & Headline Writing, Adem Nalu V. Rubio, 3rd Place, Sports Writing, and Ruzzel Valdepeña, 3rd Place, Editorial Cartooning. Ezra Efondo, the Statesman’s Graphics and Layout Editor likewise received the Best in Layout award for the publication.

It can be recalled that the CSC student publication also bagged major awards in previous ICSCJ stagings. It was proclaimed Campus Paper of the Year, Best in Layout and Best in Features Page in 2001; Best in Editorial Page in 2003, and Best in Investigative Report in 2004. Its student writers likewise consistently garnered major awards in the various writing events in the said journalism competition. # #

Monday, December 19, 2005

CSC to start offering next
SY 06-07 BSIT curriculum

CSC-CICT – embarking on expanded curricular program to keep in step with the evolving trends in information technology education.

As its response to the continuing demand in information technology education, the Catanduanes State Colleges College through the College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) will offer Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) course starting first semester of school year 2005-2006.

The new curriculum was duly approved by the CSC Board of Trustees as well as authorized by the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V.

According to Dr. Moises L. Toyado, dean of the College of Information and Communications Technology, the BSIT curriculum is based on core courses that provide students with a combination of knowledge, hand-on experience and application of theory to information technology issues. The program will keep pace with evolving technology and related business practices by offering courses in areas such as systems analysis, web applications, program languages and graphical user interface (GUI).

Dr. Toyado added that the curriculum will emphasize quantitative and communication skills as well as establish an environment that will strengthen the course foundation. The required courses combine concepts and practices utilized by IT professionals. Graduates of the program will fit into the IT job market needs, starting out as an entry-level software application engineers, computer systems analysts, network systems professionals and computer systems software engineers.

The CSC College of Information and Communications Technology started operating as a comprehensive college on January 23, 2003 to improve the delivery of information and communications technology education as well as lead in directing management information systems needs of the CSC. Expectedly, the BSIT curriculum will expand the curricular program of the CICT. The other program offered by the college is BS in Information Management.

Complementing the needs of the expanded curricular offerings of the CICT are its adequate teaching force (its current faculty-student ration is 1:35), a well-placed staff development program, ICT facilities and equipment which are continuously augmented to fill in the needs of its service area and instructional facilities. Aside from its classrooms, CICT has six computer laboratory rooms, and a networking technology simulation room equipped with network servers and workstation using Windows NT environment and Windows 20204 Advanced Servers. (CSC)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

CSC Lawn Tennis, Dance Sport teams
declared Bicol SCUAA meet champions

A respectable two championship trophies, courtesy of men’s Lawn Tennis team and the Dance Sport quartet, prevented a dismal shut-out of the Catanduanes State Colleges contingent in the 2005 Region V State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Meet last November 27-December 1, 2006 at Camarines Sur State Agricultural Colleges, Pili, Camarines Sur.

Powered by ace netters John Kim Belangel, Angelo Antonio Peña Jr, Roberto Tria Jr and Ernesto Tabor Jr., the CSC men’s Lawn Tennis successfully wrestled for the championship crown, bringing in the much-needed shot in the arm to the CSC delegation. They were coached by Prof. Hector B. Abada and trained by Mr. Edwin Romero.

Meanwhile, Dance Sport pairs Ryan Molod and Mariette Lacson and Alfredo Suarez and Christine Jane Tan demonstrated their winning terpsichorean skills in the ballroom dance competition, eventually lording over contenders from state colleges and universities in Region V.

Molod and Lacson prevailed in Latin American Dance category while Suarez and Tan ruled in the Standard Ballroom category. They were coached by Prof. Amelia B. Armea. They earned the right to represent the CSC in the said competition by winning in the local elimination contest spearheaded by the CSC Office of Student Affairs a week before the SCUAA meet.

The CSC Athletics Team likewise produced Gold medals courtesy of Rodel Santos, 1st Place, Javelin Throw and 1st Place, Discus Throw and Denver Dacumos, 1st Place, Long Jump and 1st Place, 200 Meter Dash. His team likewise earned Gold in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Bagging Silvers were Rodel Santos, Shot Put; Denver Dacumos and teammates, 4 x 400 meter relay; Amador Bernardo, 200-meter dash; Henry Bon, 800 meter run and another one for Amador Bernardo in 100-meter dash.

Denver Dacumos finished third in the 100-meter dash while Henry Bon and Jonathan Rojas clinched in the 4th spot in the 1,500-meter run and 400 meter dash respectively.

Krisna Davie Angeles captured two Golds for her almost peerless performance in the Javelin Throw and Shot Put competition.

Other placers in the Women’s Athletics are: Eziel Teston and team, 4th place, 4 x 100 meter relay; Edna Isidoro, 4th place, Discuss Throw, women; Helen Bagadiong, 4th Place, Shot Put, Women; Eziel Teston, 4th place, 100 meter dash and Mary Dealagdaon, 6th place, 100 meter dash.

The CSC’s Swimming Team, both men and women, were adjudged fourth place in the overall medal standing.

The CSC Volleyball Men garnered the First Runner Up trophy. Softball women bagged the Third Runner Up honors while Lawn Tennis Women finished fourth. Other team sports placers were Table Tennis men, 3rd Runner Up, Chess Men, 3rd Runner Up and Basketball men, 4th Place. (GSR)

The CSC’s DANCESPORT TEAM- Christine Jane Tan, Alfredo Suarez, Mariette Lacson and Ryan Molod flanked by Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC President, Prof. Amelia B. Armea, coach and CSC PE Department chair, (left) together with the team’s chaperon Mrs. Crisanta Lacson and training assistant, Michael Lucas. (CSC PHOTO)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

CSC campus writers bag 13 major awards
in regional tertiary schools journalism contest

The Catanduanes State Colleges students once more proved their dominance in scholastic journalism competition when they hauled 13 major awards, including the much coveted Highest Individual Pointer citation, during the 6th Regional Tertiary Schools Press Conference (RTSPC) held on November 23-25, 2005 at Bethlehem Retreat House and Human Resource Development Center in Sogod, Bacacay, Albay.

WINNERS ALL - Top placers in the RTSPC 2005-2006 Individual Writing Competition - (left to right) Anthony Emerenciana, Michael Jake Arcilla, Mark Anthony Viñas, Adem Nalu Rubio and Loraine dela Cruz. (GSR/CSC)

Leading this year’s awardees are Mark Anthony Viñas, (College of Industrial Technology) - Highest Individual Pointer; Loraine Dela Cruz (College of Education) - 1st Place, News Writing (Filipino); Anthony Emerenciana (College of Nursing and School of Midwifery) - 1st Place Copyreading and Headline Writing (Filipino); Mark Anthony Viñas (College of Industrial Technology) - 1st Place, Comics Strip Drawing (English); Adem Nalu Rubio (College of Education) - 1st Place, Poetry Writing (Filipino); Mark Anthony Viñas (College of Industrial Technology) - 2nd Place, Editorial Cartooning (English); Mark Anthony Viñas (College of Industrial Technology) - 2nd Place Literary Graphics Illustration (English); Michael Jake Arcilla (College of Education) - 2nd Place, Copyreading and Headline Writing (English); Anthony Emerenciana (College of Nursing and School of Midwifery) - 3rd Place, Editorial Writing (Filipino).

In the Group Writing Competition, the First Issue of the CSC Statesman, the official tertiary student publication of the CSC garnered the following awards: 4th Place, Best Devcom Page, 5th Place, Best Page Design, 5th Place, Best Opinion Page and 5th Place, Best Magazine category.

The Highest Individual Pointer Award is given to a contestant that earned the biggest point in all the writing competition. From the many schools that competed in the said event, the CSC garnered this prestigious citation.

The winning student writers are all senior editors of The CSC Statesman, the official tertiary student publication of the Catanduanes State Colleges.

About 160 student writers coming from private and state colleges and universities in Region V, including community colleges, took part in the annual regional writing competition. As regional winners, they will represent the CSC in the 5th Luzon-wide Higher Education Press Congress Individual and Group Writing Competitions to be held on the first week of February 2006 at Naga City.

Prominent journalists from the Philippine Daily Inquirer Southern Luzon Bureau, key officials from Philippine Information Agency and other government entities, media specialists from the academe and officials from Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V served as resource persons and judges during the 3-day event.

Most Reverend Jose C. Sorra, former Bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi, gave a lecture focusing on the overview of the Philippine media today as well as imparted insights on ethical standards about the trade during the final day of the press conference.

Addressing the more than 160 finest student journalists in the Bicol Region, the Catandunganon Bishop exhorted: “Media today is the most powerful and unpredictable of all human tools that now threatens to replace the Church, the school and the home, as the primary headmaster of the youth. Accordingly, you must respect it with awe, exercise it with honesty, diligence and responsibility. But above all, live out religiously media’s ethical tenets of Do’s and Don’ts. And you will surely enjoy it more as a vocation rather than just a moneymaking profession”.

The Bishop cited Isagani Yambot’s discussion on social responsibilities and competencies required of media – that is for "media practitioners to take a vow of poverty and obedience – poverty because journalism, particularly print journalism, does not pay very high salaries, and vow of obedience because you have to obey the laws governing media, the Canons of Taste, the ethical standards of the media”.

This year’s Regional Tertiary Schools Press Conference was organized by the Bicol Association of Tertiary Schools Publication Advisers in coordination with Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V.

CSC student wins 4th place
in National CE Student Quiz

Devy S. Santos, a 5th year Civil Engineering student from the Catanduanes State Colleges once more reasserted her numerical supremacy by emerging as one of the top winners in the tightly contested National Civil Engineering Student Quiz held last November 17, 2005 at Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel.

WINSOME WINNER - Devy S. Santos proved once more her might in the recent National Civil Engineering Student Quiz. The Bicol Region Champion triumphantly flexed her mental muscle against other quiz whiz from 17 regions in the country, emerging as the 4th best contender.

From among the 17 brightest regional CE Student Quiz champions, Devi garnered the 4th place plum prize.

The 21-year old daughter of Noel Santos and Erlinda Sabeniano of Tariwara, Pandan, Catanduanes, pitted with other regional champions from the National Capital Region, Region III, Region VI and the Cordilleras in the decisive Finals Round.

Devy was earlier declared champion in the Regional Civil Engineering Student Quiz held on September 30, 2005 at Aquinas University in Legazpi City. She was coached by Engr. Michael Traballo, one of the faculty members of the CSC College of Engineering.

It can be recalled that Devy, together with Ruben Quintal Jr. May 2005 Civil Engineering Board topnotcher, made a historic back to back win during last year’s edition of the National Civil Engineering Quiz held at UP Diliman. (GSR)

Monday, November 28, 2005

CSC produces 3 more placers in
November 2005 CE Board Exam

More and more graduates from the Catanduanes State Colleges are joining the league of board topnotchers and placers.

Six months after Ruben T. Quintal Jr. made waves as Civil Engineer Board Examination topnotcher, three of his classmates at the Catanduanes State Colleges College of Engineering likewise built their respective conquests in the same licensure test – two garnered the 12th place while one bagged the 16th slot.

Keyel L. Isorena and Nathaniel C. Turado tied on the 12th place with an average of 91.9 percent while Gilbert R. del Valle finished on the 16th spot with an average of 91 percent.

The three low-key board placers join 27 other graduates from the CSC who passed the Civil Engineer Board Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission last November 19-20, 2005.

Isorena and Turado were bosom buddies, having been classmates from high school until college. They both stayed in the same boarding house during their review sessions but were on separate rooms during the board examinations.

BOSOM BUDDIES - Keyel, extreme left, and Nathaniel, extreme right, chill-out with their friends during their senior years in college.(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - KLI)

Keyel is the son of Lorencito Isorena of Caramoran, Catanduanes, an employee in a local shipping company in the province and Betty Lao of Cabugao, Bato, Catanduanes, a storekeeper engaged in vending gasoline.

Keyel thought he just merely passed the exam, his parents related. “We were approaching Metro Manila to fetch him when he texted us the good news – that he passed the exam. But he later knew, upon information of his classmates, that he was the Top 12 in the board examination.”

Also making an impressive record on the 12th slot is Nathaniel C. Turado, son of Mr. Opero Turado of Bagamanoc, and Rebecca Camu of Virac. Nathaniel, graduated at Virac Pilot Elementary School and at Catanduanes National High School. (Keyel however studied at Cabugao Central Elementary School from Grades 1 to 5 and later transferred to VPES).

Nathaniel related that he has already a strong hunch that he will do well in the board exam. "Actually sir, Gilbert and I were 6th and 7th placers respectively sa mid pre-board sa review center", the former high school CAT Corps Commander said in an SMS interview. "Dakula talaga ang natuwang pag review, maski pa financially masakit, nagpursige man ang mga magurang ko. Kaya maisabi ko sa mga estudyante, higos lang talaga pati dedikasyon sa pag-adal", he imparted.

Gilbert del Valle, who placed 16th, related that he decided not to take the refresher course after their formal review sessions due to financial constraints. He opted for a self-study. A refresher course is given after the formal review sessions and a month before the examination

PRIDE OF HIS BIG AND HAPPY FAMILY - Gilbert takes a big leap towards achieving his dream - getting his college diploma on his graduation day last March 30, 2005. (GIANAN STUDIO)

Gilbert is the 3rd of the 11 children of Leoncio del Valle, a welder, and Luzviminda Rafael, a housekeeper, of Del Sur, Pandan, Catanduanes. He was the last to know that he placed 16th in the board exam. It was his parents who excitedly informed him that he was on the Top 20. They got the information from the Internet, he said.

Gilbert took his elementary grades at Pandan Central Elementary School and his secondary education at the Pandan School of Arts and Trades.

Getting the whereabouts of the three low-profile students were as reclusive as they are. As of press time, they are still in Metro Manila waiting for the oath taking registration at the PRC scheduled on December 1-13, 2005. Their mobile phones, which took many attempts to be finally reached, aided in getting first-hand accounts about their unprecedented feats.

For their achievement, the three will be receiving cash incentives from the Catanduanes State Colleges. In an earlier report disseminated by Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC President, the CSC Board of Trustees has approved, effective January 2005, the move of the administration to award CSC board topnotchers and placers. Board topnotchers will receive a cash inventive of P20,000 plus a Plaque of Recognition. Second to 10th placers will get P15,000.00 cash reward and a Plaque of Recognition while 11th to 20th placers will be given P10,000 and a Plaque of Recognition.

In a report by Engr. Charlie B. Hibo, Dean of the College of Engineering, the 27 other CE board passers from the CSC are: ABLE, Karen T.; ALMOJUELA, Melvin C.; ASUNCION, Dennis A.; BORROMEO, Joel V.; DELEÑA, Michael C.; GIANAN, Novelyn L.; MANOGUID, Lolita I.; MATIENZO, Alex J.; MOLINA, Mary Grace T.; OBO, Mark Vincent T.; PANTINO, Ryan T.; RAMOS, Karlo Andrew S., SARMIENTO, Lloyd B.; TABUZO, Leoncio III T.; TAJAN, Wilmar S.; TIBAR, Henry C.; TOMAGAN, Francois B.; VALEZA, Ruben Jr. D.; VALLEDOR, Gary V.; VARGAS, Lucio Jr, S.; VARGAS, Rey T.; VEGA, Julie T.; VEGA, Nieva V.; VEGA, Raymundo Jr. E.; VERANO, Terevi P.; VILLEGAS, Juvy V.; ZAFE, Maricel M.

The latest feat of the CSC College of Engineering once more strengthened its supremacy in the civil engineering education.

Meanwhile, the CSC has just tendered last November 11, 2005 a testimonial dinner for Merlen dela Cruz, 19th Placer in the October 2005 CPA Board Examinations.

For the record, the CSC produced one board topnotcher and four board placers this 2005, which is distinguished so far as the school’s most outstanding year in the field of licensure/board examinations.

Since 1992, the CSC College of Engineering has already produced 15 board topnotchers and placers, two of whom were First Placers and the rest either clinching in the Top Ten or in the Top Twenty slots. (GSR)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

VP Morales wins 3rd Best Paper Award
in Southern Luzon research forum

Dr. Minerva I. Morales, Vice President for Research, Extension and Production (REP) of the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) garnered the 3rd Best Paper Award in the 9th Southern Luzon Zonal Research and Development Review on October 24, 2005 at Multi-Media Center, Javier Hall, University of Batangas.

VP Morales’ study on the indigenous knowledge system of fishers in Parongpong Island, Catanduanes, bested 25 other researches in the zonal paper presentation sponsored by Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development, UP Los Baños and the Southern Luzon Zonal Center for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development.

The winning research underscores the fishers’ accumulated nuggets of wisdom from Catanduanes, specifically in the Parongpong Island. Fishing practices and indigenous knowledge gained from personal experiences of fishers were documented in this study that adopted descriptive ethnographic research design.

The study, which serves as a good anchorage of community-based development efforts on fisheries management, documented indigenous technique of determining a rich fishing ground which is the squala method. In the documentation, it was buttressed that stars serve as reliable guide in locating a rich fishing ground. The position of the crest of waves also served as dependable guide of the fishers for fishing venture. The study also ascertained that observation of fish behavior, atmospheric and sea condition, and the physical consequences to the fishers, influenced the schedule of fishing of the islanders.

A total of 27 researchers coming from fisheries/marine-based research institutes of UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, Partido State University, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Bicol University, University of Batangas, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Fisheries Development Center, University of Sto. Tomas, UP Los Baños, Western Philippine University, and National Fisheries Biological Center, participated in the paper presentation.

Dr. Morales, who holds the academic rank of Professor I, was formerly the Director of Research and Development Services Center of the CSC. A zealous R & D specialist, she has authored numerous studies in her field of specialization. She has likewise obtained and spearheaded externally funded CSC research projects with socio-economic impacts.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Cultural show generates seed fund for
CSC's sports development program

The cultural show mounted by the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC), through the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) headed by Dr. Aida A. Dianela, and the CSC Supreme Student Council, successfully generated seed fund that is expected to support the school’s sports development program.


The cultural extravaganza aptly named “Handog” featured on the frontline the CSC’s cultural outreach arm, the Hablon Dawani, together with CSC Laboratory High School and CSC Elementary Laboratory School.

This coming November 11, another featured presentation, a dance for a cause, will be staged by the CSC students while a Dance Sports Competition among the competing units in the CSC tertiary level will be held on November 16. The winner of this contest will represent the CSC in the Region V State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association Meet (SCUAA) to be held on November 27-December 1, 2005 at CSSAC, Pili, Camarines Sur.


On the other hand, a year-end spectacle will take the center stage on December 14, 2005 as parents, faculty and staff of the CSC combine their talents for a variety show dubbed as “Christmas Frolics”.

Handog, which was initially showcased on October 3, 2005 proved to be an enthralling evening of music and dance of various genres as the CSC showcased some of its finest homegrown talents.

Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC President, in her short message before the show proper, hailed the prime movers and supporters of the activity. “More than the individual artistic expression and beyond the showcase of talents, what makes this cultural show an even more profound undertaking is its noble purpose. Truly, the spirit of magnanimity and cooperation is evident in tonight’s affair”, the CSC President said.

The CSC administration through the OSA has lined up these projects to help subsidize student welfare activities.
Other undertaking in the pipeline is the tapping of the institution’s successful roster of alumni to share their resources for the benefit of the CSC studentry.(GSR)

Waste management program implemented at CSC

Rubbish. Garbage. Trash. Left-overs. Scraps. They go by many names but one thing, they won’t be thrown wantonly elsewhere – the CSC will see to that.

Through Office Circular No. 05 series of 2005, Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC President, ordered the implementation of Systems and Procedures on Waste Management which was proposed by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Production headed by VP Minerva I. Morales. The System will look into sound disposal of the institution’s junks accumulated from the daily operation of its various units. This is also in compliance with RA 9003, the recommendation of AACCUP and the CSC’s NGO partner in environmental protection, the Tanggol Kalikasan.

Designated as Coordinator for Waste Management Program of the CSC is Engr. Jomann Socito, faculty member of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries. Engr. Socito will ensure the comprehensive observance and implementation of the Program's provisions.

The Office Order carries systematic procedures which would guarantee the thorough observance of waste management. Separate schemes have been identified for waste segregation, collection and disposal of papers and its by-products, organic materials, recyclable and factory returnable items like bottles, cans, ink cartridges and for plastics. Taking charge of this activity is the Janitorial Services, including the Supply Services and concerned units and offices of the Colleges. Labeled trash bins are strategically placed in various areas in the Colleges to this effect as well as composting areas for biodegradable materials.

The Office Circular likewise created working groups that will take charge in generating awareness, support and sustained implementation of waste management program. This is composed of the Office of the President, Office of the Director of Student Affairs, Research and Development, College of Agriculture and College of Education. Other identified lead units in this program are the Extension Services and Corporate Business Operations.

Active participation of all the offices and units of the Colleges, as well as the student body organizations, have been also enlisted. (GSR)