Archives for May 2014

K to 12 Participants Rated WVCST Service Outstanding

                The participants of the 5 day Regional training for Grade 9 Math Teachers which concluded on Friday, May 23, 2014 gave WVCST an outstanding rating as a service provider.

                True to what DepEd Regional Director Dr. Corazon Brown said, the training was short but the participants appreciated much what they learned from their trainers. A demonstration class was conducted before the closing ceremony by the class J using a kite as an example in solving mathematical problems to prove that K to 12 curriculum is not about contents but is about pedagogy.

                During the closing program, participants expressed how much they appreciated the trainers who unselfishly shared their knowledge and ideas and gave an outstanding rating to the service provided by the WVCST despite some small problems they encountered. They felt happy according to them that the facilitators and the members of the secretariat committee were always there to help them with their needs and to answer their queries.


                On behalf of the WVCST, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, OIC to the Office of the President,  conveyed that as a service provider, the College welcomes both positive and negative impressions because they are always taken professionally not personally in order to improve the  service quality that the school offers. He added that he is looking forward to another K to 12 training because such activity is not just for the good of the teachers but most of all for the country. Dr. Ambut also reminded them to continue giving quality education and to love their students.

                Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., OIC VP for Academic Affairs and WVCST Campus Administrator, however, challenged the Grade 9 teachers to use what they have learned from the training and to pass it on to their students by giving quality education. The new generation of students spend more time in front of computers, want more excitements but impatient. He said that the challenge is for them to go with their pace and that is what K to 12 is about. He also emphasized that teachers of the K to 12 program are the most important contributors in touching the hearts and minds of the students who will become versatile and productive Filipinos that will make a better society.

Accepting this challenge, the teachers assured that with the week-long training they are now ready to teach as the 21st century Grade 9 teachers.

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WVCST Enrolment Continues

                Now on its second week, WVCST Academic Year 2014 enrolment continues to serve the 2nd year and the 3rd year students as well as the transferees, shifters and the returning students.

                Based on Memorandum No. 014, Series of 2014 from the office of the OIC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., May 26 to May 28 is the scheduled enrolment for the 2nd and 3rd year students. Transferees, shifters and returning students will be catered on May 29 to May 30.

                A month earlier, WVCST enrolled the qualified 1st year College students on April 14 – 30, 2014, while the 4th and 5th year students had their enrolment on May 21-23, 2014.

                Classes will officially start on June 3, 2014. Late enrolees will still be accepted on June 3 but with corresponding penalty. Changing, adding and dropping of subjects will be catered on June 9 to June 13.

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Dr. Ambut Challenges Trainers of K to 12

                Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, OIC to the Office of the President of WVCST posed a challenge to the Mathematics trainers as he addressed the participants to the K to 12 Regional Training for Grade 9 Math Teachers at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center on May 19, 2014.

                In his speech, Dr. Ambut challenged the trainers that at the end of the training, they must be able to give a demonstration on how fractions can be used to solve real life problems. This challenge was given to them when he explained that K to 12 is not about contents in Mathematics, instead it is about pedagogy or how we use strategies in order for students to learn the lessons in Math to be used in solving problems in real life situations. He expects the trainees to learn how to use authentic assessment in Mathematics such as using real objects or relate it to things that exist.

                K to 12 according to Dr. Ambut has a big advantage to Filipino parents in terms of financial aspect. In the K to 12 program, the curriculum is being upgraded and we will no longer fall short in the international education system. Normally, when Filipino professionals go to other countries, they cannot immediately get a job based on the profession that they finished in the Philippines. They still need to study to level with the international education standard which means parents have to spend at least  Php 2.2 to Php2.5M to earn an additional 2 year degree abroad to level with the professionals in the world. For him, this is a very timely move for our government to equate our professionals in the international arena.

                In addition to Dr. Ambut’s explanation, Dr. Novelyn M. Vilchez, Chief, DepEd Curriculum Learning Management Division, said that the general objective of the K to 12 training is to equip teachers with skills, knowledge, competencies and correct attitude in implementing the program. According to her, learning becomes only effective if it is relevant to the lives of the children. Teachers must also learn the modern way of learning that students of the new generation need. “In the height of technology,” she said, ”it is not impossible for students to resort to internet based learning. If we are not going to change ourselves, open our hearts and minds to all of the challenges of the modern educational system,. Time will come that students will no longer come to our classrooms and we will lose our jobs. “

                Likewise, Dr. Vilchez challenged the participants to develop strategies on how to show in classroom demonstrations the principles of localization, the principles of the 21st century and learning of innovation skills.

                The K to 12 Regional Math Training started on May 19, 2014 and will finish on May 23.

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WVCST Facilitates K to 12 Regional Math Training

                Western Visayas College of Science and Technology was chosen for the second time by the Department of Education to facilitate the K to 12 Regional Math Training for Grade 9 teachers.

                The College provided the participants their trainers, training materials and equipment and facilitated the accommodation and their food.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Admin and Finance of WCST and at the same time the Overall Chairman of this activity, cordially welcomed the 692 participants and emphasized that as a service provider, WVCST believes in the importance of this training. She expressed her hopes that the teachers will be able to address the diversified learning styles, strategies, assessments and approaches to make learning Mathematics fun and easy. “Let us all be instruments of learning and carriers of quality education to every Filipino,” she said.

On the other hand, Dr. Corazon P. Brown, Regional Director, DepEd Region 6, mentioned in her speech that although the training is short, the participants will surely learn a lot. She added that she is happy to see faces eager to learn and the attendance in this training shows a picture of commitment. Dr. Brown indicated that every participant is expected to be on time during lectures because every session is essential.

Meanwhile, the Regional Director commended WVCST for accepting the request of the Department of Education to be its service provider despite the small budget allocated for the training. She jokingly said that maybe WVCST has magical powers that they can make ends meet with a small budget.

In May 2013, the College was also chosen by DepEd as the service provider for the K to 12 Regional Math and TLE Training for Grade 8 teachers which was held in WVCST.

 This year’s training is held in Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center which started on May 19, 2014 and will finish on May 23. Dr. Nehema K. Misola, WVCST VP for Admin and Finance is the Overall Chairman and the training implementor is Dr. Asusina Asuncion E. Echaveria, Dean of the College of Education.

Also present in the opening program of the K to 12 Regional Math Training are Dr. Novelyn M. Vilchez, Chief, Curriculum Learning Management Division, DepEd Region 6, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, WVCST OIC to the Office of the President and Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, WVCST OIC-VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administrator.

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            A send off program was held by the College in honor of Dr. Luis M. Sorolla Jr.,WVCST President who has just been elected as the 7th President of West Visayas State University on Monday, May 12, 2014.

                In a simple ceremony, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, the OIC to the Office of the President of WVCST, expressed pride and honor that another distinct member of its clan is sent to an equally challenging role as President of West Visayas State University. This only shows he said, that Western Visayas College of Science and Technology is the cradle of top notch presidents of higher education institutions in the Republic of the Philippines – a strong indication of quality.

                On his part, Dr.Sorolla jokingly said there is nothing to worry nor a reason to be sad because he is just next door or in the adjacent school. Nevertheless, he also expressed his sentiment because this is the school that moulded him and where he built his dreams from all the beautiful memories he had for very long years. Dr.Sorolla also expressed his heartfelt thanks to everybody who in one way or another has touched his life especially those who had supported his administration and helped WVCST grow.

                Dr.Manuel A. Sanchez Jr., VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administrator also conveyed appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the College. He extended his best wishes to Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. as he journeys to another phase of professional life and good health to be able to serve his constituents efficiently and effectively.

                After the ceremony, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. took time to personally thank each of his well wishers who gave him gifts as a gesture of thanks and good luck.  The ROTC Command of WVCST then gave him Military Honors as he was ushered to the University car of WVSU.

                Upon his arrival at WVSU Dr.Sorolla was warmly welcomed by the school’s key officials and staff as well as the members of the ADCO who were waiting for him to preside the meeting.

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Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. is WVSU New President

                After six months of thorough search process for a new President, The West Visayas State University Board of Regents (BOR) finally elected Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. as 7th President on May 6, 2014 in CHED-Central Office, Quezon City.

                The search for the new president started in November 2014 and held its public forum in December.  Dr. Sorolla was one of the three candidates for the said position, together with the two other existing key officials of the university namely  Dr. Luis A. Abioda, WVSU VP for Academic  Affairs and  Dr. Bobby Gerardo, WVSU VP for Administration and Finance.

                Dr. Luis M. Sorolla will assume office on Monday, May 12, 2014. He served as President of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology for eight years.

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