SORSOGON STATE COLLEGE COVID - 19 GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
I. ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES
1. The College shall continue to adopt the skeletal work scheme so as not to hamper its operation.
2. Personnel residing outside Sorsogon City may work from home considering that public utility shall operate in a reduced capacity.
3. Attendance of skeletal workforce shall be recorded by the Security Guard on Duty.
4. Faculty members may no longer report to school but shall exercise utmost consideration and leniency to their students in this time of health crises. Provided further, that the faculty members had conducted learning interventions to their students using technology and other modality in their instruction to complete the requirement of the course
5. Faculty members under permanent status with pending financial and property accountabilities as identified by the different units/offices shall be notified by the Human Resource Office to settle and comply with all the requirements on a scheduled date as a requirement for the payment of their proportional vacation credits earned. The supply, library, and accounting units/offices shall submit the list of faculty members with pending accountability to the Human Resource Management Office not later than May 15, 2020. Online submission of grades of faculty members shall be the basis for payment of proportional salary.
6. Faculty members under temporary/COS status who will end their contract on May 31, 2020 shall be issued an End-of Term notice. Payment of proportional vacation earned shall be based on the existing policies of the College.
7. Attendance to training/seminars outside the province is prohibited. Likewise, online training and seminars maybe conducted and attended by the employees.
8. Wearing of face mask is still required. Observing social and physical distancing is still a must.
I. ACADEMIC POLICIES (for BOT Approval)
1. Academic Calendar. The College shall implement the same academic calendar for the second semester, which is from January 13 to May 23, 2020. Students shall no longer report to school until the end of the semester. Classes in all levels shall continue using the homebased flexible learning modalities through online or offline technology mediated or flexible delivery modes.
2. Final Grade. Students shall be given a numerical rating on their enrolled subjects. The faculty is directed to make the necessary adjustments in curricular requirements with respect to the SSC grading system without compromising the attainment of learning outcomes. For the remainder of the second semester, student performances based on the home-based learning modalities shall be considered to complete the final grade of the students. Moreover, Laboratory High School shall adopt DepEd Memorandum No. 42 s, 2020 on grading the students. However, due to the difference in the academic calendar, student performances based on home-based flexible learning modalities shall be considered to complete the final grade of the students in the LHS.
3. Submission of Grades. Deadline of the submission of grades shall be on or before May 06, for graduating students and on or before June 05, 2020 for non-graduating students.
4. On the job training. On-the-job trainees who have been pulled out from their respective training centers or host training establishment shall not go back to training to complete the required training hours of the program. The Industrial Link Development (ILD) Coordinators shall ensure that the number of training hours rendered by the students prior to the implementation of ECQ shall be credited and be considered in the giving of a passing numerical rating. The ILD Coordinators shall exercise full discretion in facilitating homebased, online or technology mediated learning activities to supplement the required training hours of the students if necessary. They shall be responsible in evaluating the outputs of the student-trainees and in the computation and submission of the grades of the students.
5. Commencement Exercises and Recognition Rites. In person graduation and recognition ceremonies in the College shall be postponed indefinitely given the continuing need for social distancing and the restriction on mass gatherings.
6. Student Clearance. Issuance of student clearance is hereby suspended. However, those with accountabilities are required to settle the same as identified by the concerned offices in the Student Account Information System to facilitate issuance of credentials and subsequent enrolment. The concerned student shall settle accountabilities once notified and as scheduled by the concerned offices.
7. Degree Completion. All eligible graduating students must meet the graduation requirements per evaluation of the registrar and are cleared from all liabilities as determined by the concerned offices. Moreover, graduating students in the graduate school shall be required to submit the soft and hard copies of their manuscripts and acceptance oft thesis for publication.
8. Faculty Submission of Other Reports. Accomplishments reports, and other required reports including the mode of learning interventions conducted by the faculty members shall be submitted to their respective deans on or before June 8, 2020.
9. Summer Classes. The summer classes of AY 2019-2020 based from the SSC Academic Calendar, which is from June 13 to July 18, 2020 shall be suspended. However, graduating students in the undergraduate and graduate levels who need to complete the final academic requirements of the course may conduct special classes during this period. The deans shall make the request justifying the conduct of special classes and is subject to the approval of the President. Home-based flexible learning modalities through online or offline technology mediated or flexible delivery modes shall still be utilized to prevent the students from coming to school and to ensure public health safety and security.
10. Completion of Incomplete Grade from the previous semester. The completion of INC grades of non-graduating students from the previous semester shall be made flexible thus, extending its deadline up to the first semester of the next academic year of AY 2020-2021. On the other hand, graduating students shall be required to complete the requirements of their incomplete grades the earliest time possible and until June 19, 2020. The faculty should exercise all possible means to accommodate the concerned students while employing greater flexibility, leniency and wide latitude of considerations to help students graduate within the school year.
Press Release - Against Unauthorized Social Media Accounts
Sorsogon State College informs the public that the OFFICIAL SITE of the college for posting of announcements and news reports is through its OFFICIAL WEBSITE at https://sorsogonstatecollege.edu.ph/ and the OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE: Sorsogon State College with link https://www.facebook.com/sorsogonstatecollegeofficial/ which bears the Facebook verification badge.
SSC also stands against UNAUTHORIZED social media pages which may post wrong and misleading information and announcements about the College. The use of the new logo and name “Sorsogon State University” is not yet made official by the institution as it is still complying with all the necessary requirements prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) needed to fully and officially enjoy and implement its status as a university. Likewise, the unauthorized use and posting of copyright-protected materials such as logos or other graphic contents, books, publications, research, etc. without the permission of the author or institution shall be dealt upon legally and shall not be tolerated.
As the College values the importance of transparency and timely updates about its accomplishments, it also values the veracity and truthfulness of information being disseminated to the public. SSC encourages everyone to be critical in this milieu of fake news and bogus social media contents.
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3 Japanese visit SSC for potential linkage
Moving towards international success through student mobility and placement, Sorsogon State College strengthens its linkage through collaboration with possible link agencies in Japan.
Last February 11, 2019, Mr. Masatoshi Kawagishi of Global Support Corporation visited SSC to invite students for on-the-job training in Japan. The corporation ensures the institution that it will shoulder the air-fare, apartment, living allowance, over-time fee and insurance of the OJTs. It also gives opportunity to good-
performing students to be hired in the company. Meanwhile, once the agreement is established, the corporation requests SSC to provide them with information along the school’s profile, the available fields of trainings for the students and the track record of former on-the-job trainees. Accordingly, level 4 Nihongo proficiency shall be required among the trainees.
Mr. Katsumi Furuta, owner of 19 hospitals, nine nursing homes and a lunch box making company in Japan, visited SSC to encourage students to
apply as care giver assistants or lunch box makers after they pass the level 4 of Nihongo proficiency test.
Last January 28, 2019, Philippine Office Director of the Japan International Human Capital Development Organization (JIHDO) Hiroyuki Masuda visited the college to ink a potential memorandum of agreement which aims to promote the mutual exchange of students and workforce between the Japan and the Philippines. It also targets the spread of Nihongo and establish understanding of the Japanese intent and culture in the country.
The tentative schedule of MOA signing between JIHDO and SSC shall be on April 12, 2019. This shall open employment and OJT opportunities to students and graduates of the college.
SSC achieves Maturity Level 2 in PRIME-HRM
The Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) Award System recognized Sorsogon State College as 100% compliant for a processdefined PRIME-HRM under Maturity Level 2, after the on-site assessment of the College last November 12-13 at SSC-Sorsogon City Campus.
The PRIME-HRM Policies and Systems Evaluation Division (PSED) composed of Regional
Office V (ROV) Chief HR Specialist Lilia A. Jadji, Supervising HR Specialist Sharlaine L. Prieto and Human Resource Specialist II Lynbee N. Navio spearheaded the assessment of the institution‟s documents under the four (4) core human resource management (HRM) areas: Recruitment, Selection and Placement (RSP); Performance Management (PM); Learning and Development (L&D); and Rewards and Recognition (R&R). Further, an interview was conducted to 61
teaching and non-teaching personnel of the College to validate whether they are knowledgeable of the HR practices and policies.
Having complied with the core indicators for Maturity Level 2, SSC is given the authority to take final action on appointments of its employees. As per Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 19 s. 2016, an institution qualified under Level 2 is also awarded with the “Bronze Award” and entitlements including: announcement of bureaucracy-wide agency programs/projects may be undertaken by the Commission through the Commission‟s website; free installation of available computerized
HR systems developed/owned by the Commission; 20% discount for the HRMO or Agency Representative for Civil Service Institute trainings or conferences; and nomination or recommendation of the HRMO for scholarship grant or Civil Service Commission‟s Certification Program.
Generally, PRIME-HRM is designed “to encourage creativity, innovativeness, integrity and productivity in the public service by recognizing, awarding and providing incentives to agencies that meet certain level of Maturity Indicators.”
Source: CSC MC No. 19 s. 2016
The Sorsogon State College Office of the Extension Services (OES) spearheaded this year’s two-day OES Highlights anchored on the theme, “Embracing the future perspectives of Extension Services:
Forging new partnerships and building local capacities for inclusive growth and development” last September 26-27, 2018 at SSC Sorsogon City Campus.
The first day of the activity highlighted the Extension Conference where esteemed speakers from international and national institutions were invited to give their lectures.
Keynote speaker Dr. Eing-Ming Wu, Professorial Chair of Shu Te‟ University in Taiwan, focused his discussion along the topic, “Taiwan-Philippines 90 Minute Miracles: The Common Path of the Philippines and Taiwan to Inclusive Education: Dual Wings and Engines Approach”. Dr. Wu emphasized the Industry-City-University
Entrepreneurship (ICUE) Collaborations for Inclusive Education. Valuing the importance of local and international linkage, Dr. Wu presented the Taiwan Philippines Bayanihan scheme Spirit which highlighted regional integration, inclusivity and complement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Vice President for Research, Extension and Training of Cavite State University.
(CAVSU), discussed the topic along “Embracing the Future Extension Education Perspectives Strengthening Industry-Academe-LGU Collaboration: The CavSu Experience”. Dr. Mojica pointed out in his talk the importance of strengthening university and industry collaboration to realize the vision, mission and goals of an institution. Lastly, Mr. Marc Sebastian, Operations Head of Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Inc. Bicol Region, gave a lecture about “Community Development for Inclusive Growth and Poverty”. Mr. Sebastian stressed how the academic community can help eradicate poverty through education. He opined that poverty is not a hindrance to have big dreams and have better lives.
The OES Search for Extension Best Practices was organized during the second day where faculty extensionists presented their papers along the categories, a) Food Security, Health and Agri-Fisheries, Environment and Natural Resources; and b) Continuing Education, Literacy and Technical Assistance.
Consequently, the winners in the paper presentations are endorsed by the College for various extension presentations and conventions at higher levels. Further, it aims to identify the projects that could be effectively adopted by larger community groups. It also intends to determine which project could be supported in a macro level that would boost sustainability in various aspects addressing the local demands and at par with the international standards.
Apart from recognizing best extension practices, the 2018 OES Highlights also include the “Executives‟ Session”. The activity gathered all SSC Extension key players and partners in a round table discussion with the local chief executives, planning officers, academicians and SSC administrators in a convergence initiative that provided insights in strengthening partnerships and highlighting new extension services modalities that could be worked for, in the attainment of the mission and leveraging out plans for the inclusive growth and development of the Sorsogueños.
DOST awards 15M fund to SSC CPCF Project
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) granted Sorsogon State College the P15,000,000.00 fund for its approved project entitled “Crab Processing and Canning Facility” (CPCF) during the DOST
Project Fund Turnover last November 16, 2018 at the DOST V Conference Room, Rawis, Legazpi City.
To be implemented in SSCMagallanes Campus, the project aims „to infuse appropriate and value adding technologies to maximize economic gain from available marine resource in the province of Sorsogon vis-à-vis develop productive and globally competitive products‟. Thus, the 15M fund awarded by DOST will be instrumental in the realization of the project’s general and specific aims.
Representing the institution in the turnover of fund for the CPCF was SSC President Helen R. Lara, who in her developmental goals as new President, values the importance and significance of research, extension and production towards the success of the institution and the community.
On Becoming a University : The Sorsogon Experience
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11088 granting Sorsogon State College (SSC) a full university status effective October 26, 2018. This paved the way for the province to have its very first home grown university, a Sorsogon pride. Sorsogon State College is the former Sorsogon College of Arts and Trades (SCAT), which was founded in 1907 as the Sorsogon Provincial.
Trade School. Through the effort of Hon. Salvador H. Escudero III the school was converted into a state college by virtue of RA 7666 approved by Pres. Fidel V. Ramos on December 30, 1993.
After decades of rising up to the challenges, Sorsogon State College has become a leading resource institution of higher learning continuously promoting innovation, transformation and excellence in
education. For the past years, SSC has proven that it is ready and geared up for the challenges of reaching higher grounds. It continuously upholds quality service in realizing its mandates along instruction, research, extension and production.
True to this, the College is 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. As it ensures quality and excellence, the College also submits its programs for assessment and evaluation of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
Deputy Speaker and Sorsogon Rep. Evelina G. Escudero persistently pushed for the conversion of SSC into a university as she values quality education for her constituents. In one of her interviews, Rep. Escudero said that to become a university is a welldeserved recognition for an institution that continuously produces topnotch graduates and has been a constant source of pride for the province.
Becoming a university entails both privilege and responsibility for the College. As there is no turning back, it shall embark on this new journey prepared for new opportunities and unseen challenges.
SAN MIGUEL, MANILA – To safeguard, preserve and promote the Filipino language and culture, Sorsogon State College (SSC) and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) signed a memorandum of understanding last July 27, 2018 for the establishment of a Sentro ng
Wika at Kultura (SWK) at SSC.
Representing the College in this important event was the College President, Dr. Helen R. Lara. Together with Dr. Lara were SSC former Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Magdalena M. Ocbian and SSC Professor and SWK Director Dr. Felisa D. Marbella. Meanwhile, KWF was represented by its chairman, Dr. Virgilio S. Almario together with the other members of the commission including Dr. Purificacion G. Delima.
The Sentro ng Wika at Kultura of the College is expected to organize activities
for the promotion of the Filipino language and culture; spearhead provincial and regional events; conduct research and seminars with themes along language and culture; strengthen linkage with organizations and institutions within and outside the College; support the campaigns of KWF in promoting Filipino language and ensuring the welfare of the teachers specializing in Filipino. Thus, the MOU between SSC and KWF further entails responsibilities of both parties in ensuring that the goals of the establishment of a Sentro ng Wika in the College will be realized.
SSC initiates curriculum review
Anchored on her development goal of strengthening the quality and relevance of instruction through academic programs responsive to the needs of the community, newly-elected Sorsogon State College President Helen R. Lara initiated a meeting
with the Commission on Higher Education Region V Director George M. Colorado last July 23, 2018 at the CHED ROV, Legazpi City.
Together with Dr. Helen R. Lara were SSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Magdalena M. Ocbian, the campus administrators of the four campuses and the program deans of the different departments.
The College sought for the suggestions and review of the CHED
supervisors along the implementation of its newly approved curricular offerings.
Other academic concerns were also discussed during the visit.