THE 12 NEW FELLOWS OF 2018
RAFAEL J. BALICANO
The United Architects of the Philippines elevated architect Rafael J. Balicano to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession on a national level, last April 12, 2018.
The College of Fellows is an institution within UAP which is composed of all Regular Members who have been elevated to “Fellow” for having rendered notable and outstanding contributions to the Architecture profession, community and society, as well as exceptional service to UAP.
Architect RAFAEL J. BALICANO retired from DPWH in 2006 with a position of Architect II, after serving for 21 years; reemployed in the same year at Sorsogon State College and contributed immensely to the education and training of future architects by being a part of the academe, with a permanent position and a current rank of Assistant Professor III.
After their successful finish as top five finalists in the Regional Tertiary Schools Press Conference (RTSPC) last December, Dina Enrera and Jay Floresca of Sorsogon State College brought pride and honor to Bicol Region as they won national places in the recently concluded Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference (LHEPC) last February 28 – March 2, 2018 in Baguio City.
Enrera, a national placer ever since elementary, snatched the 4th spot in Editorial Writing (Filipino) while Floresca grabbed the 6th and 7th spots for Comics Strip Drawing (Flipino) and Editorial Cartooning (Filipino) respectively. Both campus journalists were first timers in the national stage for the tertiary level.
Meanwhile, Bicol Region finished this year in the third spot outranking the other participating regions in the annual press conference.
Sorsogon State College geared up 2018 by hosting this year’s BICOL SCUAA Meet with the theme, “SCUAA: Creating Bonds thru Sports in the 21st Century” last January 11-16, 2018.
The nine State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) which participated in this momentous gathering were Bicol University (BU), Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST), Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC), Catanduanes State University(CSU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT), Partido State University (PSU) and Sorsogon State College (SSC).
Bicol University was declared as over-all champion after winning 123 gold, 62 silver and 38 bronze medals. Thus, official tally for the number of medals and the rank of the SUCs are presented below:
A total of 1,872 delegates participated in this year’s SCUAA Meet with Bicol University having the biggest number of delegation summing up to 356; followed by BISCAST with 305; CSU, 227; CSPC, 215; CBSUA, 200; PSU, 170; SSC, 154; DEBESMSCAT, 135; and CNSC, 110.
The representatives of these SUCs were accommodated at SSC- Sorsogon City Campus while the different events were held at the respective sports venues in Sorsogon including the SSC Covered Court and Quadrangle, Balogo Sports Complex, X-Treme Badminton Court, Alburo Spring Resort, Sorsogon Capitol Park Lawn Tennis Court, Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium, SPPVS Gymnasium and the Gabao Airport.
Meanwhile, the mass and opening ceremonies of the event kicked off on January 12 (Friday) at the Balogo Sports Complex, Sorsogon City. The opening program highlighted the hoisting of the Bicol SCUAA Flag by the Philippine Association of State Colleges and Universities (PASUC) V Chairman and at the same time Sorsogon State College President Modesto D. Detera, followed by the hoisting of the delegation flags of the nine SUCs by their respective SUC Presidents and Sports Directors.
The celebration was also graced by the presence of Governor Robert L. Rodrigueza and Congresswoman Evelina G. Escudero who welcomed the participants to the Province of Sorsogon and expressed their support and congratulations to Sorsogon State College as host of the regional event.
Accordingly during the opening program,, SSC was also awarded and recognized by the National Quality Assurance (NQA) through Mr. Ranilo Bernardino as the first institution in the province and the Bicol region to pass the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification under the latest 9001:2015 version, after the audit visit last December 20-21, 2017. The certificates of registration for the ISO certification were awarded to Dr. Helen R. Lara, Dr. Milagros Ebuenga, Mrs. Sheryll P. Gregory and Dr. Bernardo Quiñones as campus administrators of Sorsogon City Campus, Castilla Campus, Magallanes Campus and Bulan Campus respectively.
The other highlights of the opening ceremony include the Lightning of 2018 Bicol SCUAA Meet Friendship Flame by Ms. Aireen Mancilla, Taekwondo National Player; the Oath of Amateurism led by Mr. Thomas Encinares, Dance Sports National Player; the Unleashing of Balloons of Friendship by the SUC Presidents; and the Field Demonstration by the junior high school and selected college students of SSC.
Dr. Modesto D. Detera formally opened the celebration of BICOL SCUAA 2018.
Dr. Helen R. Lara (Right) receives the Certificate of Registration issued by the National Quality Assurance (NQA) for Sorsogon City Campus after successfully complying and meeting the ISO 9001:2015 standards. In the photo (R-L), together with Dr. Lara are SSC President Dr. Modesto Detera, Congresswoman Evelina Escudero, Governor Robert Rodrigueza and NQA Lead Auditor Mr. Ranilo Bernardino. All four campuses of Sorsogon State College represented by their respective campus administrators, were awarded with the same recognition during the opening program of the Bicol Regional SCUAA 2018 hosted by the college last January 11, 2018 at Balogo Sports Complex, Sorsogon City.
ENSURING EFFECTIVENESS, quality and excellence, Sorsogon State College once again proved its dedication to continuously improve its system and services for being the first institution in the province and the Bicol region to pass the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification under the latest 9001:2015 version, last December 20-21, 2017.
The audit yielded eight good points, 13 Opportunities for Improvement (OFIs), and one minor non-conformity (NC). One of the main points highlighted in the audit is the commendable commitment of the top management, staff and auditees in implementing the institution’s Quality Management System (QMS). Meanwhile, the minor NC finding along the non-evidence of instructional materials submitted and approved for 2nd semester of S.Y. 2017-2018 for BS IT, BSED English and BSED Math of Bulan Campus was already complied by the concerned department.
Accordingly, the good points of the college gained during the audit include:
- Top management, staff and auditees’ commitment in implementing QMS was commendable
- The proper arrangement of supplies inside store room was commendable
- Set-up of security scanner in the library is noteworthy
- The consistency in the implementation of Class/Faculty Monitoring per semester and summary of rating is a good practice (Engineering)
- Clean & organized campuses is noteworthy (Bulan/Castilla/Magallanes)
- The comprehensive review of research papers was evidently seen (Research)
- The extension monitoring of accomplished extension projects is a good practice (Extension Services)
- The achievement of target beneficiaries from the accomplished extension projects is commendable
SSC VP for Administration gives his message and shares the institution’s preparation along the ISO certification audit during the Opening Meeting at the SSC-Board Room, December 20, 2017.
The audit process used the sampling approach in which units were randomly selected for the audit. The certifying body was spearheaded by Lead Auditor Mr. Ranilo Bernardino together with Ms. Aurora Tabuton and Ms. Rhoda VI Demesa of the National Quality Assurance (NQA).
To continuously assess the improvement of the college units, system and services, the next audit visit is scheduled on December 2018
Audited Units for Sorsogon City Campus
Student Affairs & Services
Human Resource Management Office
Medical & Dental Services
Research and Development Services
Physical Plant and Development Unit
*other units including the Supply Office and ICT were also audited for Sorsogon City Campus
**Bulan, Castilla and Magallanes Campuses were also visited and audited on the second day, December 21, 2017
***the Audit Process was done randomly
Sorsogon State College officials, staff, faculty and personnel together with
the three NQA auditors during the closing
meeting of the ISO Certification Audit
Bannering the theme “Gurong Pilipino, Kaakbay sa Progreso”, for this year’s Teacher’s month celebration, the students of the Technology Department expressed their love and gratitude to their teachers through letters, poems and song, and dance numbers last October 2, 2017 at the SSC Pavilion.
THANK YOU Faculty of the Technology Department received recognition from students during the Teachers’ Month celebration last October 2, 2017 at SSC Pavilion. PHOTO BY R BENZON
Initiated by the Technology Student Council (TSC), the minor organizations from the department each played its part in showcasing not only their talents but also sending heart-felt message to their teachers.
Among the faculty who were truly cherished by the students because of her passion in teaching was the dean of the department, Mrs. Geraldine De Jesus.
SSC gears up in becoming a university
From a center of excellence, SSC upgrades its vision to ‘a culture of excellence’.
PHOTO BY VIC ALUB
As a premier higher institution, SSC is expected to produce graduates who will provide for the economic development of the tourism and the trade industry of the province. Thus, new courses related to these fields were approved and is now offered this academic year including Bachelor of Science in HRM, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship for the undergraduate school. Plans on opening courses for BS in Nutrition on Dietetics, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Inclusive and Special Needs Education and Bachelor of Physical Education Major in School PE are being furnished as well. Most of these programs once approved will take effect on the school year 2018-2019.
In terms of faculty development, respective professors and instructors from four campuses are on scholarship grants for their masters and doctorate degrees. This shall ensure an institution of skilled and competent teaching man power who will not only improve instruction in the academe but will also create change agents both in local and international level.
Dr. Modesto D. Detera, college president, explained that the improvement of instruction in SSC will not only benefit its stakeholders but will also help in attaining its goal of becoming an outlet of research and innovations. “We want to increase our manpower here in Sorsogon by producing graduates who are licenced and certified accountants, scientist and engineers and educators ,” Dr. Detera added.
Accordingly, the college has been producing topnotchers in board and licensure examinations. Last year, Edcel Reblora Fortes landed second with a rating of 89.40%, in the 2016 Mechanical Engineering Board Examinations. Likewise, Hazel Rose Deniega, a Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) graduate, ranked 3rd with a rating of 87.60% last year during the 2016 Licensure Exam for Teachers. This year, seven new CPA are proving the competence of SSC as they passed the board in as first timers: Gelyn Estrellado, Jomelyn Dudos, Teddy De Vera, Shyra Janapin, Cherry Españo, Shaira Hillao and Jill Anabelle Laguidao.
Moreover, the Technology Department portrayed leverage on being awarded with the highest employment and certification rate in the Bicol region. This is because of its 13 assessment centers with registered competency programs including Electrical and Installation Maintenance (EIM), Baking and Pastries Production (BPP), Shield Metal and Welding (SMAW-NC1). This year, coming on-the-job trainees of Technology Department are expected to have undergone assessments and acquired National Certificates, to ensure the continuous stand of the Technology Department on producing highly skilled and competent graduates.
In fact, the Technology program is now level 3 qualified together with the Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED) and Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED) programs of the Education Department as evaluated and surveyed by the the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and University in the Philippines (AACCUP).
BACHELOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
BACHELOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
with major in:
BACHELOR OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
with majors in:
- Biological Science
- Physical Science
BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY
with majors in:
- Architectural Drafting
- Civil Technology
- Electronics Technology
- Garment Technology
- Welding and Fabrication
- Automotive Technology
- Electrical Technology
- Food Service Management
- Mechanical Technology
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
BACHELOR IN TECHNICAL TEACHER EDUCATION
with majors in:
- Food Service Management
- Automotive Technology
- Electrical Technology