The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

CHED 5: Utilize all possible resources to help students learn this pandemic

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA 5) – As the occurrence of COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented disruptions in the education system of the country, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) RO V continues to remind all educators of higher education institutions (HEIs) to make all considerations to help their students learn their lessons.


“Meron po kaming CMO for flexible learning na nakalagay po doon na gagawa ng lahat ng paraan ang teacher para matuto talaga ang mga students. Ibig sabihin kung hindi applicable [ang teaching strategy], then try another (We have a memorandum order on flexible learning which mandates that an instructor will do all possible ways to help their students learn effectively. It means to say that if the teaching strategy is not applicable, then try another),” said Dr. Ma. Teresa De Alban, Chief Program Education Specialist, in an interview at Ugnayan sa Bicol radio program on Tuesday.

The CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 4 states the full guidelines on the implementation of Flexible Learning. De Alban also said that what HEIs must achieve is an effective and efficient learning process. 

“Hindi po namin sinasabing ipasa ninyo, no. Gumawa ng paraan [alternative teaching strategy] according to the situation, kung paano mo mae-ensure at maa-assure na meron talagang effective and efficient teaching-learning process (We do not say you pass the students, no. Depending on the situation, make a plan to ensure and assure that there would be effective and efficient teaching-learning process),” De Alban added.

The CHED ROV, through the assistance of the Bicol Foundation for Higher Education, also conducted series of trainings to all faculty members on how to teach in asynchronous and synchronous learning. CHED Central Office funds these trainings that amounts to P28M.

De Alban also advised the students to learn to ask their teachers if they do not understand their lessons. She advised the students to come up with their questions on lessons they do not understand. If there are gray areas, then they should ask their teachers.

Limited face-to-face classes

On the other hand, the recent joint memo for the conduct of limited face-to-face classes for identified health programs requires thorough and complete crisis management programs to avoid any possible exposure or outbreak of COVID-19. She also mentioned that CHED ROV suggested implementing health insurances aligned from other fees unutilized like dental fees, etc.

Scholarship Programs

As of the press time, there are about 34,000 students benefiting from their scholarship programs from Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) to K-12 Scholarships.

Moreover, De Alban guarantees that their agency will continue to function more effectively and efficiently as an aid to school administrators in regulatory and developmental areas. (PIA5)

By Keren Anne V. Bernadas




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