Category : Administration | Sub Category : Governance Posted on 2021-06-15 16:57:57
In the recently concluded 27th CHED Higher Education Institutions
and National Higher Education Week last May 17-21, 2021, the Catanduanes State
University led by its Officer-in-charge President and CHED Regional Office V
Director, Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, received three institutional awards.
The university received Plaque of Appreciation in recognition of the
submitted Audio-Visual presentation of Best Practices on Flexible Learning,
Plaque of Appreciation for sharing the Best Practices on Gender and Development
(GAD) implementation, and Certificate of Appreciation for participating in the
Search for Higher Education Institutions with fully compliant Student Affairs
Dr. Maria S. Tugano, CatSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, said
that the university’s initiatives in Flexible Learning were drawn from surveys
conducted among the students. The survey revealed that 66% of the respondents
has access to electricity, 49% has internet connectivity, 61% owns a
smartphone, and 16% owns desktop/laptop computers.
The Gender and Development Office led by Dr. Gemma M. Samas, has
been actively on the move in taking community-based activities, particularly on
gender mainstreaming initiatives of the university, in partnership with local
stakeholders and the community as well. Dr. Samas said that the award goes well
with the University’s consistent campaign on gender and development activities
in the province.
According to CatSU Officer-In-Charge Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, the
university staged its Moodle Learning Management Training for the 326 CatSU
Faculty Members in preparation for the Modular Learning. The university also
coordinated with the different LGUs in conducting on-site enrollment and
orientation while all of the Colleges spearheaded the distribution of flash
drives uploaded with modules and guidelines on flexible learning.
Dr. Jimmelyn Z. Tonio, Director of CatSU’s Student Services Affairs
stated that the office has always considered its utmost priority of help in
distressed students during the pandemic and the aftermath of super typhoon
Rolly in the province. The office has also taken measures to assist various
student concerns even during non face-to-face classes.
In the parade of Typhoons that affected the
province in 2020, the Student Support Services, and Faculty-Representative from
each college, visited students in the evacuation centers and distributed
essential relief packs. It also included distribution of 100 new flash drives
in replacement to the damaged ones, 468 solar lamps, and 4 student-recipient of
new smart phones.
Meanwhile, all Department Chairs devised a
Faculty Work Plan tailored in the new normal and the submission of Accomplishment
Report on a monthly basis to monitor and evaluate faculty and students’
The remarkable milestone of the University was
the installation of VSAT-equipped Learning Centers in the different parts of
the island that provides stable internet connectivity, which also came with
desktop computer units and printer made available for students’
To ensure the psycho-social wellbeing of both
faculty and students as they transition from traditional face-to-face to
flexible learning, the CatSU created a committee which conducted trainings on
psycho-social first aid (PFA) to capacitate guidance facilitators of all
colleges in handling special cases of students. Online platforms were created
to accommodate and respond to students seeking professional help.
The CHEd commends all the Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines who participated and showcased their Best Practices in Flexible Learning and GAD Implementation despite the difficulty brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. #JEPM