SSC PRIME-HRM Level 2

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 institutions 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

OES organizes 4th Extension Highlights

The Extension Conference keynote speaker Dr. Eing-Ming Wu of Shu Te’ University in Taiwan discusses the importance of local and international collaboration in today’s globalized community.

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.

Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Vice President for Research, Extension and Training of Cavite State University (CAVSU), gives emphasis to the importance of strengthening university and industry collaboration in achieving institutional goals and objectives.

(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.

Mr. Marc Sebastian, Operations Head of Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Inc. Bicol Region, asks a student on his perspective about poverty.

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

DOST awards 15M fund to SSC CPCF Project

Dr. Helen R. Lara, together with the officials and staff of the Department of Science and Technology ROV, poses for a photo opportunity after the Project Fund Transfer ceremony.

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.

In behalf of the institution, Dr. Helen R. Lara in her acceptance message expresses her sincere gratitude to DOST for its support to SSC and to the other SUCs in the region.

On Becoming a University : The Sorsogon Experience

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.

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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.

SSC inks MOU with KWF

Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) ties up with Sorsogon State College (SSC) through a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Sentro ng Wika at Kultura at SSC. In the photo (left to right) are KWF Commissioners, Dr. Purificacion G. Delima and Dr. Virgilio S. Almario, SSC President Helen R. Lara and SSC Professor and SWK Director Felisa D. Marbella.

         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

SSC initiates curriculum review

Sorsogon State College President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Campus Administrators and Program Deans pose for a photo opportunity together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region V Director and CHED Education Specialists and Supervisors.

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.

PRC ME Chair visits SSC

 PRC ME Chair visits SSC  

In this photo: (L-R) PRC-SID Representative Arthur G. Bonto, SSC President Helen R. Lara, Engineering Architecture Dean Rufo Durian III and PRC Board of Mechanical Engineering Chair Arthur G. Bonto after their discussion of the monitoring and inspection results.
Professional Regulatory Board of Mechanical Engineering Chair Jesus M. Redelosa together with PRC representative Arthur G. Bonto visited Sorsogon State College for the inspection and monitoring of its Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program last September 12, 2018.

program and others. Redelosa and Bonto also congratulated College President Helen R. Lara and Engineering Architecture Department Dean Rufo Durian III for the commendable performance of SSC
graduates in engineering board examinations.


Remarkably, SSC ranked 23rd in the national level and 1st in the region for the August 2018 Mechanical Engineering Board Exam with an overall passing rate of 82%. In the September Registered Master Electrician (RME) licensure exam, the
College ranked 4th as top performing school in the Philippines with 81.25%
over-all passing rate. Significantly, SSC also produced two top examinees for RME grabbing the 7th and 10th places. In the last April 2018 RME
examination, the College also produced four top notchers taking the 4th, 8th and 9th (two qualifiers) places.


College ranked 4th as top performing school in the Philippines with 81.25%
over-all passing rate. Significantly, SSC also produced two top examinees for RME grabbing the 7th and 10th places. In the last April 2018 RME
examination, the College also produced four top notchers taking the 4th, 8th and 9th (two qualifiers) places.


Meanwhile, for the Electrical Engineer Board Exam, the College recorded 35 passers out of the 50 takers, an over-all passing rate of 70%.
These recognitions of the College reflect its continuous effort to deliver quality instruction and produce competent graduates who will take the lead as professionals in the local and national scene

The four campuses of the College express their genuine support

The four campuses of the College express their genuine support to the
administration of Dr. Helen R. Lara as the new SSC President.
  

The four campuses of the College express their genuine support to the
administration of Dr. Helen R. Lara as the new SSC President.
Through the effort of the teaching and non-teaching personnel,
specifically the faculty organizations of the four campuses and the
ASSAI, gatherings like convocations were organized to formally
welcome and congratulate Dr. Lara in her new position.
  

DBM conducts Forum Budgeting Updates

DBM conducts Forum Budgeting Updates

Because of the budget reform program, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Regional Office V organized a forum on Budgeting Updates last August 28, 2018 at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Dr. Helen R. Lara receives the certificate of participation in behalf of the institution during the closing ceremonies of the Forum on Budgeting Updates spearheaded by the DBM.

Participants of this forum are representatives from various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the region including Sorsogon State College headed by its President, Dr. Helen R.
Lara. Also involved in the forum were SSC Vice President for Administration Alberto N. Naperi, Finance Officer Gloria

B. Despuig, Budget Officer Rosalie D. Labitag, BAC Chairman Gerald E. Fulay and Human Resource Management Officer Ma. Sylisa J. Estur. This regional forum aimed to enable the institution to adopt with the evolving reforms and policies in Public Financial Management (PFM).