CHED, Bicol's HEIs gather to discuss updates in curriculum for AY 2019-2020

Thursday February 7,2019

Updating the knowledge of concerned departments of higher education institutions (HEI) regarding creation and implementation of their curricula, representatives of various private and state universities and colleges of the Bicol Region gathered in Bicol University East Campus in Legazpi City for the ‘General Assembly and Conference on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Orders (CMO) for Higher Education Curricular Programs’ this February 01, 2019.

Themed “Preparing HEIs for AY 2019-2020 with the New CMOs for Higher Education Curricular Programs”, the said gathering was held at the BU-BRFICC Hall and was organized by the Council of Deans and Department Chairs of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Incorporated. It served as an avenue to clarify details regarding changes in their curriculum implementation, particularly on the issue of new curricula to adapt to the K to 12 program.

During the said event, authorities from CHED discussed the guidelines in curricular implementation based on the original law and new CHED CMOs. As the topic focuses more in the changes in applied sciences, pure sciences, humanities and communication programs, Bicol University was represented by the heads of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (BU-CSSP), including CSSP Dean Atty. Alex Nepomuceno, and the College of Arts and Letters (BU-CAL).

At the start of the assembly, the HEI representatives in attendance were welcomed by CODDCCAS-V President and Dean of Ateneo de Naga University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Dr. Digna M. Paner-Alba in her opening message and explained the intent and purpose of the conference.

To provide an in-depth understanding on CHED’s General Policy updates, as well as updates specific to Humanities and Communication (HUCOM) academic programs, and its prospects for 2019n onwards, the latest CHED CMOs were discussed in details by CHED-ROV Education Specialists II Atty. Christian Rivero and Dr. Jean Salalima-Go.

After the discussion of the resource persons from CHED-ROV, the representatives of Bicol region’s HEIs were given the chance to ask their questions during the open forum. Among the points raised in the forum was the offering of recently updated Filipino subject in college. The CHED officers also shed light on the Student Internship Program in the Philippines (SIPP).

In the afternoon, the participants proceeded with their business meeting and election, facilitated by the CODDCCAS Secretary. Afterwards, the gathering concluded with a closing ceremony and distribution of certificates for the CODDCCAS member-participants, headed by BUCSSP Dean Atty. Alex Nepomuceno.