by: Dr. Juner Windel M. Valdez, IDQA Officer
In compliance to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order 46 series of 2012 or the “Policy Standard to Enhance Quality Assurance in Philippine Higher Education through an Outcomes-Based and Typology- Based QA,” which became the birth child of CHED’s Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) initiatives and which encompasses what is now known as the Outcomes-Based Education system that is being applied nationwide, Saint Louis College started to prepare to embrace the shift from input-based to output-based education through the creation of its College Outcomes-Based Education Committee (COBEC).
The COBEC is composed of selected members of the academic community who will be in-charge of facilitating the processes of transforming the academic operations into OBE-compliant practices. Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, the College President, heads the committee. Working closely with the President in monitoring the shift are Dr. Lea L. de Guzman, VP for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Juner Windel M. Valdez, IDQA Officer. The various academic deans that include Dr. Aurora R. Carbonell (CASTEIT), Engr. Rolly L Carreon (CEA), Mrs. Helen R. Tugade (CCSA), Dean Dr Rosario Garcia (Graduate School), and Atty. Edwin C. Siapco (CCJLE) serve as the area heads in their respective departments. In addition, Mrs. Marlyn Torcedo, Natural Science Department Head, was appointed as the chairperson for the General Education Program.
by: Chester Alan Merza, Edifice Staff
Mr. Rodolfo C. Aquino Jr., MAGC and Ms. Catherine Jennifer C. Flores, MAGC, two of the College Guidance Counselors, joined the pool of 288 newly registered guidance counselors (RGC) after passing the recently concluded Licensure Examination for Guidance and Counseling held at Manuel L. Quezon University, August 5 – 6, 2014.
The two day board examination gauged the guidance counselors’ knowledge in six different subjects, specifically, group process, counseling techniques, foundations of guidance, psychological testing, career development, and organization, administration and supervision of guidance.
Before the said examination, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Flores, college guidance counselors, attended a two month review program at Benguet State University. They were given lectures on the six subjects, enhancement activities and various mock tests. Their lecturers from the field of guidance and counseling added review and testing tips. The examinees did not only rely on the review center but they spent their nights reading different counseling books and answering practice questions to increase their chances of passing the board examination.
Overcoming pressure and planning for the future
Mr. Aquino and Ms. Flores faced a lot of challenges before they were able to get hold of their license. The examinees needed to report in the office and travel over the weekend for the review. Ms. Flores had to attend her children’s needs and the lost of her mother. But these challenges pushed them even harder to prepare for the board examination. Mr. Aquino and Ms. Flores plan to continue working for the improvement of the facilitation of the guidance services to the studentry. They are enthused and ready for the demands and the challenges of being licensed guidance counselors.
Saint Louis College produced three new Geodetic Engineers in the August 2014 Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Geodetic Engineering in Manila.
Engr. Sharlaine Joyce A. Arizala, Engr, Harold A. Joseph, and Engr. Raisa Dey G. Rosales, all members of the last batch of BSGE graduates were among the 179 passers out of 479 examinees. SLC registered a 75% passing mark for first takers and a 33.33% Overall School Passing against the 37.37% National Passing.
The members of the Board of Geodetic Engineering who gave the licensure examination are Engr. Pedro L. Noble, Officer-In-Charge and Engr. Restituto U. Bautista, Member.
“Our HRD Day celebration is essentially relevant as we are having fighting the bully battle as our central theme. Why do I say relevant? Well it’s primarily because you are parents, brothers and sisters, or relatives of school children, of college boys and girls, whom you send out every day to kiss the world right on the forehead, trusting that the world will spare your young loved ones from its cruelty.” These are the words of Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, the College President, in his opening remarks during the annual Human Resource Development (HRD) Day of Saint Louis College held at Father Burgos Gymnasium, July 4, 2014.
The seminar, which was participated in by the members of SLC management, faculty, and personnel, focused on one of the pressing issues that beset the academic community today which is the practice of bullying. The said event was graced by Dr. Maryneth Penetrante.