Friday, September 02, 2005


AACCUP evaluates six
CSC academic programs

Six academic programs of the Catanduanes State Colleges underwent intensive review and evaluation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) as a continuing effort to evaluate its relevance and effectiveness.
The accrediting team, headed by Dr. Nilo E. Colinares, arrived at the CSC lastAugust 28 and wound up their 5-day in-depth accreditation process on September 1, 2005.
The six Level II-accredited academic programs of the CSC that underwent resurvey are the Arts and Sciences (Economics and Political Science), Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing and Industrial Technology.
These programs are part of the eight academic programs already evaluated by AACCUP. The Level II status of the Business Administration program of the CSC is also slated to be resurveyed next year. The CSC Graduate School Programs (MS, MPA and MAEd) have already earned its Level II Reaccredited status.
After the Level II Reaccredited Status, a second resurvey will be conducted. Afterwhich, if the program re-evaluated passed the standards of AACCUP, it will be granted Level III Status.

Level III colleges will be accorded with benefits and privileges that include the authority to offer new courses allied to existing Level III courses, without need for prior approval provided that CHED, through the appropriate Higher Education Regional Office, is duly informed before offering such new programs. It will be also granted full administration and financial deregulation, partial curricular autonomy, authority to graduate students from accredited status without prior approval from CHED, priority in availing funding assistance for scholarships, library materials, laboratory equipment and other development activities and priority for government subsidies for faculty development.
The highest accreditation that a college can get is Level IV.
The accreditation process is being done to stimulate and accelerate the institutional growth and development of educational institutions desiring to achieve excellence, relevance and effectiveness.
AACCUP is recognized by CHED to certify the accredited status of programs offered by state colleges and universities in the country.
The accreditation of all curricular programs offered in the CSC is one of the on-going priority concerns of its President, Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre. The CSC President believes that the process of evaluating and reviewing the curricular programs and all aspects related to them by external accreditors will redound to the improvement of the CSC as an institution of higher learning, thereby assuring the quality service to its clientele. (GSR)
Nutrition and Dietetics student
wins national research award

The undergraduate research Mary Gem P. Dumaguing of Nutrition ang Dietetics Department was declared 2nd Place Winner in the National Undergraduate Student Research Competition, Nutrition and Dietetics Level. conducted by the DOST through its Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Food and Nutrition Research Foundation, Inc and the Science Education Institute last July 5, 2005.
The study, titled “Eating Habits and Nutrient Intakes of Selected College Students of the CSC” competed with other finalists from UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UST, Central Luzon State University and other leading higher education institutions in the mainland.
Dumaguing successfully presented and defended her study, together with her adviser, Prof. Elena G. Tasarra, chairperson of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department. Her research aimed to determine the eating habits and nutrient intakes of BSND and non BSND students and probed into the significant relationship between the nutrient intake and eating habits of the respondents with emphasis on socio-demographic profile, social factor, personal factor and physiologic factor.
Dumaguing, who graduated last March 30, 2005, is now connected with DermStrata, a high-end skin clinic in the central business district of Makati. She assists in dispensing dietary counseling to clients, some of whom are prominent figures in the entertainment industry. (GSR)

CHED grants CSC P1million
development assistance fund

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), through its Higher Education Development Program, granted the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) one million pesos to support its resource generating programs and projects.
The cheque was formally turned over by CHED Acting Chairman Carlito Puno to the CSC through its President, Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, during the consultative conference of State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Presidents at Bayview Hotel in Manila on August 4, 2005.
Dr. Asetre stated that the CSC is lucky to be one of the very few and privileged SUCs in the country to have received a P1 million grant from CHED to be used for funding a techno driven anti-poverty project. Out of 112 state universities and colleges in the country, only 15 received said grant which was based on the merits of feasibility studies submitted by higher education institutions.
The CSC President looks forward that the funding support, which will be utilized for an income generating project, will beef up the financial resources of the CSC, adding that more income would mean more classrooms, more instructional equipment, and better facilities. “Increased revenues could be channelled to support development projects in our institution as well as fund students and employees’ welfare projects. This is one proof that we are definitely pursuing innovative ways of generating funds for the operation of our institution”, the President added.
It can be recalled that in 2004, the feasibility study for the CHED-funded project was successfully presented and defended twice in Manila and this was finally approved by CHED. The proposal of the CSC, which merited funding from CHED, is the Expansion of Milkfish, Mudcrabs Culture and Fattening Project. As a criteria, proposals for funding must be derived from matured technology of SUCs or from other under-utilized assets like land, R & D output, idle machinery and others, has value-added service to the community, and financially viable as shown by a project feasibility study duly approved by the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Asetre earlier signed the Memorandum of Agreement, together with the parties from CHED during the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) Conference in Zamboanga last June 29, 2005.
The said grant is the second of its kind received by the CSC from the HEDF of CHED, the first one was granted last December 2004 in the amount of P400,000 which was used for the purchase of science laboratory equipment. All these were realized through the fund sourcing efforts of the CSC administration.
CHED is mandated, through its Higher Education Development Fund, to formulate programs and projects that would provide opportunities for enhancement and development of higher education institutions in the country.
CHED has established the Higher Education Development Project, under a Memorandum of Agreement, signed by National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Finance, under which programs and projects of CHED will be implemented.
Under the Medium Term Higher Education Development Plan, CHED has identified as priority the setting up of programs to develop the resource-generating capabilities of SUCs which will serve as a vehicle for the transfer and commercialization of its matured technologies. Selected income generating projects of SUCs have been screened reviewed, evaluated and identified for funding of CHED. (GSR)
70 CIT students pass
TESDA trade test

Seventy students from the CSC College of Industrial Technology hurdled the 2-phased Competency Assessment Examination administered by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Catanduanes Provincial Office.
The theoretical and hands-on trade test focused on the occupational trade areas consisting of consumer electronics, general automotive mechanic and building wiring electrician.
The TESDA Competency Assessment Examination passers are the following: Consumer Electronics - Arcilla, Rodrigo Jr. B., Boridas, Raffy A., Lumangay, Jefferson T., Masagca, Edmon B., Padilla, Jericho T., Porte, Florencio Ii M., Quintal, Archie R., Tabirara, William Jr. D., Tatac, Richard V., Teves, Jayson P., Tupig, Rodel C., Zafe, Peter A.
Automotive Mechanic General - Banas, Roy Joseph Lawrence M., Batalia, Hadjie S., Canon, Christianne Gemaima Y., Cariaso, Leynar Ryan S., De Leon, Rey W., Ku, Aristotle C., Rodriguez, Macgale S., Ruel, Sherwin B., Torres, Jessie, Uchi, Joseph T., Vega, Joseph S.
Building Wiring Electrician - Aguilar, Rajiv R., Aguilar, Raffy E., Aguilar, Joel U., Alberto, Paul Mike Q., Aracosta, Marlon T., Avila, Noel M., Bagadiong, Ronald T., Barba, Carlos C., Base, Edwin V., Bayaban, Juan T., Berces, Michael Rusty R., Bodota, Arjay T., De Leon, Cresencio H., Evangelista, Roniel O., Macapagal, Alberto M., Ogalesco, Jenver T., Olalo, Jonathan M., Osorio, Ronel P., Pabugas, Richard M., Pacis, Joseph A., Paladan, James G., Panti, Pio Jr. G., Panti, Jose M., Perez, Charles Jr. T., Romero, Sammy A., Romero, Crisanto B., Santelices, Roque O., Santelices, Marc Leo O., Santos, Nelson Jr. M., Socao, Miljer B., Socito, Sonny G., Sta. Ines, Jesse T., Tablada, Edilberto Jr. V., Tabuzo, Francis S., Tanon, Marck Gil N., Tapar, Joseph T., Tapar, Glen N., Tatad, Edison T., Tesorero, Amado Jr. B., Tibar, Ronaldo O., Tidon, Jose Carmelo D., Torririt, Sonny M., Traquena, Victor O., Tresvalles, Reymaldo B., Vargas, Jeffrey T., Vargas, Joseph A., Zuniega, Rey Jr. F.
The list of passers was released by TESDA through its Provincial Director, Mr. Florente E. Garcia to the CIT Officer-in-Charge, Prof. Lope U. Panti. (GSR)

CSC honors Ruben T. Quintal Jr.,
May 2005 CE Board Exam topnotcher

For topping the May 2005 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination with an outstanding rating of 98.25%, an honor befitting a national achiever was accorded to Ruben Tabuzo Quintal Jr. by the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) administrative and academic officials, faculty, staff and students.

A torch parade was held last May 18, 2005 around downtown Virac by the CSC community, led by its president, Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, proclaiming the latest feat achieved by Quintal who also made waves last year as the penultimate champion in two prestigious national civil engineering quiz competitions.

Ruben’s parents, Mr. Ruben Quintal Sr. and Mrs. Berly Tabuzo Quintal, joined the torch parade, and eliciting cheers from the crowd for their son’s consistent academic achievement. The torch parade was also participated in by Ruben’s peers in the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Sorority. A bonfire ceremony, highlighted by the messages of Dr. Asuncion V. Astre and the parents of Ruben, capped the torch parade.

Quintal, Jr., Bachelor of Civil Engineering Batch 2005, has to skip the graduation ceremonies last March 30, 2005 to attend the refresher course for Civil Engineer Board Examination, the shortest formal review session a Civil Engineer aspirant could get. A Medal of Excellence was set to be awarded to Ruben Quintal Jr., during the commencement Exercises.

In the report of Engr. Charlie B. Hibo, Dean of the CSC College of Engineering, 10 other graduates of the CSC passed the May 2005 Civil Engineer Board Examination. They are: Ronald C. Albaniel, Richard T. Alejandro, Ismael B. Cortuna Jr., Danilo S. Del Barrio III, Melanie M. Manlangit, Evangiline B. Ramos, John Vincent T. Torrecampo, Randy M. Tuplano, Nenita Jane B. Usero, and Israel B. Vasol.
For the record, Ruben is the second Civil Engineer board topnotcher from the Catanduanes State Colleges but by far with the highest rating earned. He duplicated the feat achieved by Edwin T. Ogerio of Caramoran, Catanduanes. Ogerio’s unprecedented achievement as the first CE Board Topnotcher from the CSC auspiciously paved the way for other CSC engineering graduates to set their own records, earning the reputation for the school, and particularly the faculty and staff of the CSC College of Engineering, as the top caliber producer of civil engineering graduates. Despite the dearth of physical resources common in state colleges, the faculty of the CSC College of Engineering are known to provide their students with first-rate lectures, thus priming the students for the eventual rigors of the review and board examination.
A string of board placers ensued after Ogerio’s triumph in 1992. Months after, Manuel Zuniega Jr placed 4th in the 1992 Jr. Geodetic Engineer Board Exam. Barely a year after, Hazel Boragay scored twin victory when she placed 4th in the 1993 Civil Engineer Board Exam and also 4th in the 1993. Jr. Geodetic Engineer Board Exam.

Other CE board placers from CSC are: Carlo Magno Guerrero, 2nd Place 1996 Jr. Geodetic Engineer Board Exam, Richard Tabuzo, 19th Place, 1997 Civil Engineer Board Exam, Aldrin Tapel, 17th Place, Civil Engineer Board Exam, Christopher Yuga, 9th Place, 2001 Civil Engineer Board Exam, Ananias Fernandez Jr., 15th Place, 2001 Civil Engineer Board Examination, Vicente J. Tayam Jr., 19th Place, 2002 Civil Engineer Board Exam and Mary Ann Abundo Traqueña, 11th Place, 2004 Civil Engineer Board Exam.

Ruben, who hails from San Pablo, Virac, Catanduanes, finished his elementary grades at Virac Central Elementary school and his secondary education at the CSC Laboratory High School. He rose to national prominence when he was adjudged champion in 2004 National Civil Engineering Quiz and the 23rd National PICE Civil Engineering Student Quiz, trouncing the best and the brightest competitors from leading universities and colleges in the country. (GSR)

SSC, SBO officers undergo
leadership training

Seventy officers of the CSC Supreme Student Council (SSC) and college Student Body Organizations (SBO) underwent a 2-day leadership training last July 9-10, 2005 at the CSC Little Theater.
With the theme Empowering the Youth for Increased Responsibility Towards an Equitable Society, the participants, led by SSC President Ian Valeza, learned the various facets of running the student organization as well as gained insights on the necessary skills needed for effective student governance.
Judge Jennie G. Agbada, Presiding Judge of the RTC here in Catanduanes, and an alumnus of the CSC College of Arts and Science, served the keynote speaker.
Other lecturers during the training are Dr. Aida A Dianela, (Roles and Competencies of Campus Leaders), Engr. Nieva Garcia (Strategic Planning), Rev. Fr. Joseph Saratan (Situationer on Current National Issues), Prof. Ma. Theresa R. Sarmiento (Fiscal Management), Prof. Lourdes V. Rodriguez (Basic Facilitating Skills), Dean Edwin Tanael (Resolution Making), Prof. Amelia B. Armea (Fund Sourcing), Atty. Francisco A. Samonte (Parliamentary Procedure), and Prof. Victoriano Prolles (Project Proposal Preparation).
The proponents of the training are Dr. Aida A. Dianela, Director of Student Affairs and Prof. Lourdes V. Rodriguez, SSC Adviser. (GSR)

CSC produces 33 new nurses

Thirty-three graduates from the Catanduanes State Colleges College of Nursing and School of Midwifery passed the recent Professional Board Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission last June 2005.

Official records from the CSC College of Nursing and School of Midwifery, headed by its officer-in-charge, Prof. Ofelia P. Duran, reveals that the new nurses from the CSC are: Abines, Antonio O. IV, Ramos, Kristoffer Randolf T., Tusi, Donald F., Albaniel, Arlene C., Cabangon, Christine R., Camacho, Myra R., Casim, Jonah V.;

Cavada, Gilda B., Custodio, Debbie Ela S., De Castro, Genevieve S., Dela Rosa, Ma. Rachel B., Evangelista, Lucely S., Imperial, Leilani B., Lopez, Aireen T., Icaranom, Miraflor, Madera, Salvacion D., Obogne, Imee B., Rodulfo, Abegail A.;

Surban, Katrina Roselle P., Tabo, Cecille S., Tabor, Renee Rhea C., Tapit, Joan D., Tardecilla, Ma. Cecilla B., Tarnate, Yvette Kristine S., Tarrago, Genelyn T., Teston, Ma. Divinia Victoria R., Teves, Edlyn T., Tiburcio, Joy T.;

Tindugan, Rebecca Yvone D., Torzar, Maricar T., Tumaque, Josette T., Usero, Ma. Nerissa B., and Zuniga, Rosalin Rosette V.

Aware of the strict monitoring and evaluation of the Commission on Higher Education regarding the quality of nursing schools in the country, the CSC College of Nursing and School of Midwifery, led by its Officer-In-Charge, has already drafted even before the start of this school year program interventions to improve the professional board performance of the College of Nursing and School of Midwifery, from SY 2005 to 2008.

An even more rigid selective admission of Level II students (BSN - Associate in Health Science Education-based and pure AHSE) as well as students in Level III (Nursing Proper of the BSN curriculum) is in the pipeline to facilitate a more equitable and effective retention of better quality students in the college.

Conduct of semestral validating examination among Levels III and IV students to evaluate terminal learnings as basis for remedial instructions and assessment of teaching strategies is also on the drawing board as well as conduct of in-house review classes among Level IV students and follow-through consultative sessions among graduates for a more intensive preparation for the professional board and conduct of refresher courses for professional board repeaters.

To optimize student Related Learning Experience (RLE), the College will utilize, in addition to its already well-established linkage with other health care institution, other local health institutions and communities for a wider and more enriching student related learning experience. A maximization of the Summer Affiliation Program to cover other special hospitals and health institutions for a more varied and updated student clinical RLE, enrichment of student RLE to provide continuity and harmony with classroom instruction and limiting of student RLE requirements to the most manageable and helpful levels based on student capacity to comply and the teacher’s ability to evaluate and feedback with quality will also be implemented.

To ensure continuous professional development of its faculty and administration, the following will be implemented: realignment of faculty and student researches to areas that will significantly contribute to the improvement in the nursing education and practice, enhancement in the teaching capabilities of the faculty members through post graduate studies and attendance to relevant trainings and seminars, adoption of more appropriate and updated teaching strategies, adoption of a more facilitative and active faculty monitoring and supervision program to strengthen faculty support services and hiring of additional faculty members to fill-up vacancies and meet the requirements of increasing enrolment.

Almost all of the faculty force of the CSC College of Nursing and School of Midwifery possess the requisite Master of Arts in Nursing degree, and some are on the process of obtaining this required qualification. This is in adherence to CHED and PRC requirement on Nursing Education and Professional Practice, especially on the qualification of the Nursing College Dean and Faculty Members.

The CSC College of Nursing and School of Midwifery attracts one of the highest number of enrollees every school year but it strictly implements its Admission, Selection, and Retention policies consisting of entrance examination, personal interviews and internship examination. It is one of the programs of the CSC that has produced board placers. It remains steadfast to its goal of producing quality graduates, having produced innumerable registered nurses that have landed into gainful employment in the country and in many parts of the world, some of whom are even occupying strategic positions in prestigious health care institutions and leading educational institutions.

During the recent CHED evaluation of nursing programs, the CSC College of Nursing and School of Midwifery even dislodged, in terms of performance, one of the biggest private colleges in the Bicol Region that offers nursing program. (GSR)