TESDA BM Isidro Antonio Asper Visits CITE

Dr. Mercado (far right) explains the program to Mr. Asper.
Dr. Mercado (far right) explains the program to Mr. Asper.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Board Member Isidro Antonio Asper visited CITE on November 18, 2019 to discuss the provisions of the diploma program and exchange pleasantries with CITE management.

Mr. Asper is also Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and currently the chairperson for Direction Setting Committee.

Executive Director Ruben Laraya gives the token of appreciation.
Mr. Asper (3rd from left) with the welcoming team.

CITE is among the four pilot schools in the country for the diploma program and the only one in the Visayas region. Its offering of diploma courses is aligned with the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Level 5 complemented with essential 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and problem solving), as well as subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Diploma programs are referenced with the Sydney Accord, which sets the international qualifications for engineering technologists, all with the aim of further improving the competitiveness of the resultant TVET graduates.

 

 

Executive Director Becomes AOTS Alumni Society President

Executive Director Ruben Laraya is now the president of Visayas AOTS Alumni Society, Inc. (VAAS). VAAS is a non-profit private organizations voluntarily founded by EX-AOTS (Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships) or HIDA training participants, who share the common experience of training in Japan.

VAAS is one of 72 alumni societies which are actively involved in human resources development toward the economic and industrial development of home countries, as well as the enhancement of their countries’ friendly relations with Japan and other countries.

Turning 25 this year, VAAS gathered AOTS alumni for a general assembly meeting and induction ceremony on November 16, 2019 at Maayo Hotel. AOTS Senior Managing Director Tetsuji Kawakami, who was invited to speak before the alumni, expressed his felicity towards the efforts of VAAS in engaging in promoting the welfare of the people in the Visayas.

Mr. Kawakami also reported that the 10th World Convention of AOTS Alumni Societies in August has resulted to an open discussion on how to grow together and ensure the development of the next generation by furthering a collaboration. During the convention, about 200 delegates from 65 alumni societies were in Japan to celebrate the 60th year of AOTS which has provided training opportunities to 196,000 executives, managers and engineers from across the world.  The global total includes more than 10,000 Filipino nationals.  Also  with  Mr.  Kawakami  is Wataru  Naito, of  AOTS  General  Affairs  and  Planning  Department.

Engr. Laraya, in his welcoming message, urged the assembly to renew friendships, reminisce their Japan experiences, and rekindle their commitment to make the alumni society vibrant in the years to come. He also added that VAAS will foster initiatives and activities that meet the objectives of AOTS programs in becoming a core institution for global human connectivity.

VAAS also named the following alumni to comprise the new set of officers. President: Ruben Laraya, Bonifacio Mercado Jr. (VP- Internal) Ric Ampiloquio (VP External), Perpetuo Echavez (Secretary), Jefferson Tan (Treasurer), Wally Ong (Auditor), Don Go and Dann Diez (PROs), Mariano Francis Xavier A. Hamoy, Reuel Jose Zapata, Faustino Langahin Jr., Elias Tecson, Nelia Navarro, Jose Mateo, Roberto Sembrano (Board of Directors).

Also in attendance were Cynthia Reyes and Lorrenti Velasco of Philcutaros, Celestino Siao and Virginia Siao, Carlos Cornejo, Alan Hendric Buena, Romero Enoc, Marie Ross Sembrano, and Paulette Liu who was named an advocate of VAAS.

TEVSAPHIL Holds 6th TVET National Congress

Cultural heritage takes glitz and glamour to a different level during the 6th TVET National Congress on November 8, 2019 at SMX  Convention Center.  This year’s theme on local tradition seeping into the core of Industrial Revolution 4.0 seems to be in style as top executives and members of TEVSAPHIL (Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines) sashayed down the runway to primp and pose.

CITE and other Region 7 representatives showcase creations of Dexter Alazas of Hablon de Cebu, a handloom weaving in Argao.

TEVSAPHIL is a national association of schools and organizations in the technical vocational education and training industry. The association was established to represent private TVET institutions. TEVSAPHIL and TESDA have always been a notable developer of individual careers and of the nation as a whole.

TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapeña who spoke on behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte narrated the World Economic Forum report on “The Future of Jobs Report” citing that 4IR (Industry 4.0) will displace some workers and at the same time create new opportunities for others. The reports says emerging professions will rise 27% across all industries in 2022.  About 26.8% of jobs in the services sector were identified to be at risk of being automated followed by 12% from industry sector such as machine, equipment and plant operators.

However, with the approval of EO no. 83 by President Duterte on the Adoption of the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP),  a new compass will be set up to align policies and implementing programs to support the development goals and objectives of the national government. The said plan, according to Sec. Lapeña aims to create a conducive and enabling environment, ensure the preparedness of the workforce for 4IR, provide growth industries with quality workforce, address basic sector needs, and instill values and integrity in TVET.

As automation improves human productivity and remove the redundancy of admin work, people can now focus on solving complex issues. Sec. Lapeña identified five 21st century skills needed to survive in 2020 such as critical thinking, creativity, people management, and coordinating with other.

TESDa has identified skills requirements in the conduct of  the Skills Needs Anticipation (SNA) and  Workforce Skills Survey (WSS) to ascertain skills for 4IR, essential skills, green jobs, and digitization.

TEVSAPHIL, a  the pioneer association of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools in the country, is gearing to present the transformation of these leading industries (agriculture, automotive, textile, culinary, robotics, native crafts, etc.) as the country moves towards more sustainable progress.

CITE Conducts Fire Drill, Mock Firefighting Ops

Talamban fire officials give an orientation to the students on responding emergencies.

CITE puts to test its emergency response and firefighting capabilities during a Fire Drill on November 7, 2019 as part of its safety awareness program at the start of the second semester.

Student gets to wear coveralls and try their firefighting skills during a mock ops.

About 500 students from SHS and diploma program participated in the orientation conducted by  FO2 Ramil B. Herrera and FO1 Raymund Jade Lauglaug of Talamban Fire Sub-Station (TFSS).

Students perform the duck-cover-hold routine during earthquake evac.

“We should hone our capability to quickly respond to emergencies especially for schools with large occupants (like CITE), “ according to FO1 Lauglaug in an interview. FO1 Lauglaug underscored the importance of training and re-training not just for students but for staff as well. “Students do come and go, but teachers should equip themselves with know-how how in responding emergencies,” he added.

Mr. Gene Rey Eyas tries to put out fire to demonstrate the PASS steps: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle low, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.

He added that the regular fire drills are an opportunity to educate the students on the importance of immediately reporting fire incidents to authorities to prevent loss of lives and minimize destruction of properties. CITE has a safety brigade led by Mr. Rey Gimena. It has also a response team of students who are well trained in emergencies.

Prior to the drill, TFSS personnel conducted a walk-through to probe the fire exits and fire extinguishers at the school and assess the employees’ skills and knowledge on fire suppression and evacuation.

My Experience at Tsuneishi

Technical training from the best in the field

In-plant training is part of college life. It aims on improving our technical knowledge into a much better experience. Our plant exposure is very important not only to teach us students regarding our field of choice but also to show us the truth about working in the industry.  It allows us to to experience work and learn at the same time.

Tsuneishi Technical Services (Phils.)  Inc. (TTSP)  is well-known for being a competitive shipbuilding company.  It is a Detail Engineering and Production Design company which serves the manufacturing, fabrication and construction needs of shipyards within the Tsuneishi Group in the Philippines as well as in Japan and China. At the same, it is also open to opportunities of serving the non-captive markets.

It might be out of our comfort zone still it gave us new path, new insights, and new knowledge in life. Our experience has given us challenges that were unusual to us, as we were Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology students. It’s new to us but still we are ready to face whatever obstacles we might face in this career. Though it is hard but we’ll keep on fighting to reach our destinations, our goals.

The growing family of TTSP

TTSP delights its customers with its strengthened brand equity and technical services through competitive quality, cost-efficient and on-time delivery. On the other hand, TTSP strengthens its employees through healthy competitive benefits, not only onto their customers and employees but they also showed us how to be socially responsible by reaching out to our community.

Reaching out to the immediate community is never out of style.

Being in this type company which values their customers, employees, and the community is a great privilege for us CITE students. They had given us the best experience, best insights, and the best mentors. They nurtured us with the best advice and know-how in shipbuilding that we will be using in our future careers. Here we know that we are not better than each other, but are better than what we used to be.

Teambuildings are always the heart of good working relationships.

TTSP taught us never to give up. They taught us to be brave and take risks in our every move. They guided us with tender advice every time we’re in doubt. But there’s only one important thing that they left on us, “Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience “.

This gave me a thought that when life brings you down, be brave and face it, because success is much sweeter in this way. Now we are enjoy our training and cherish every moment with it because right now is the oldest we’ve ever been and the youngest we’ll ever be again. (Jude Oybenes, Mechanical Engineering Technology Trainee)

How Mentoring Creates Positive Change

Mentors have different gimmicks in order to catch the attention of children.

Psychology Today has reported a study that shows children with supportive mentors have grown to become more intellectual, emotional and interpersonal beaming with self-confidence and self-awareness.

Mentoring involves writing and reading.

Mentoring, in any form, has created positive impact on children. Those who are mentored have better staying power in the school and are less likely to become dropouts. In the future, they create life goals of their own.

Children are treated to a storytelling.

At CITE, young mentors have become someone that children look up to and trust. Mentoring sessions in Barangay San Jose on Saturdays included storytelling, arts and crafts, and games that are productive and drawing out creativity from children. Mentors also had time to talk to about 20 children aged 3-5 about their family, homework, and their simple lives as kids.

Icebreakers and action songs keep the kids on their toes.

Young Mentors Organization chairman Jushua Avila said that being a mentor is a rewarding experience that allows himself to live his younger self. Another member, Jhon Carl Abelleja said that getting close to the kids reminds him of his younger siblings in Compostela Valley. The training these mentors get from Mrs. Editha Erana, helped more than 25 current members equip themselves with Montessori skills to teach children get through their assignments and projects. The training which zeroes in on learners has provided opportunity to the mentors themselves to develop virtues like patience and kindness.

Says Jushua, a weekly meeting with children may not seem like to be a huge impact, but definitely each encounter is treasured by both the mentor his mentee as long as both shall live.

CITE Joins World Congress of Family Enrichment

CITE joins more than 1,000 participants from 70 countries and all continents and regions during the World Congress of Family Enrichment on October 18-20, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK.

Organized by the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), the said gathering aimed at strengthening and invigorating the family through hosting series of working sessions and roundtable discussions to discuss different challenges of family life. 

IFFD brought about a unique group of highly acclaimed experts including Shaunti Feldhan, Sir Henry Burns, Laraine Bennett, Thomas Lickona, Tom Harrison, Renata Kaczmarska and Andrew Mullin to discuss family-related issues.

Dr. Mercado (3rd from left) is joined by other delegates from Educhild Foundation, Inc.

Issues such as raising kids, family and wellness, technology, secrets of happy marriages and couples were the center of discussion.

Also, the Congress represented an opportunity to keep on working to put the crucial role of the family on the public agenda. Among others, there was an strategic meeting with Global NGOs on Family Issues and the Division for Inclusive Social Development, part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to discuss the joint preparations for the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

Industry Linkage Unit Manager Dr. Bonifacio Mercado Jr. represented the school to this conference with members of Educhild (Education for the Upbringing of Children) Foundation, Inc., which a founding member of IFFD.

The next edition of  World Congress will be held in Manila.

CITE Joins Campers in RAFI Kool Adventure Camp

Crystal John Aloyan and Jose Saquilabon

CITE joins campers from other private schools during the 4th Students’ Congress held through RAFI Kool Adventure Camp Youth Development Program on October 21 and 23 in Balamban.

RAFI Kool Camp boasts breathtaking activities that promote teambuilding.

Dubbed as iQuest: Youth Leadership, the program intensifies the skills of young leaders and increase self-awareness and social responsiveness through learning experiences and group dynamics. CITE young leaders Jose Saquilabon and Crystal John Aloyan were joined by SAO staff Viador John Viajar II.

Teachers and facilitators enjoy themselves during the 2-day event.

The event was organized by Cebu City Private Schools Administrators’ Association, Inc. (CCPSAA) in partnership with the DepEd Cebu City. Photo grab from RAFI Kool Adventure Camp.

Looking at Student Mental Health

Participants from different schools gather to discuss real issues on mental health.

There is no doubt that being a student can be stressful. When one experiences significant life changes, relationship and family issues, and academic pressure, it can contribute to changes in mental health.

Many would fear when recognizing a mental health issue within themselves, as they might not be able to figure out where it came from. At times, conditions can be debilitating making young people  retreat inward rather than seek help. That is why a good way to alleviate this issue is to raise awareness among young people and provide help.

Student representatives receive their certificate after attending the seminar.

A very sensitive topic indeed, but spate of mental health cases has gripped many young people nowadays.

Experts during the seminar sponsored by Arczone Professional Development, Inc.  at UP Cebu Performing Arts on October 25, 2019  have raised real-life issues and increased awareness among young people which included ways to promote good mental health.

Speakers included Dr. Carlo Magno, Gabriel Sebastian Lizada, Dr. Adelaida Gines, Theresa Amita dela Cruz, Dr. Hector Perez, and John Christopher Castillo.

CITE participants included Goldwyn Carbellido, Jereco Gonzaga, Christianver Zambrano, Raul Araneta Jr., and Virgel Borbon. Communications staff Chris Wayne Comendador joined the group.

SK Officials Responsive to Diploma Program

Eleven Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials from 7 barangays in Mandaue and Cebu City made their appearance at CITE  during the first leg of orientation series on CITE diploma program on October 5, 2019.

The officials toured the facilities and received a comprehensive overview of the scholarship program and the placement of 3-year diploma program in the Philippine Qualifications Framework. 

In attendance were D’ Andrei Christian Pono (Mantuyong), Jane Ailyn Seno  and Eijii Tawason (Tawason), Dominic John Beltran and Mary Hazel Truz (Cambaro), Kay Bongo  and Angie Montebon (Paknaan), Vince Ray Sanchez (Ibabao-Estancia), Miraluz Dosado and Dallie Mae Cabatingan (Casili),  and Joane Suson (Pagsabungan).

On hand to welcome the visitors were members of working committee headed by Chris Wayne Comendador, Rhiane Matas, Eljon Lauria, and Jundryl Oplado.

Another batch of officials from Cebu City are expected to attend the diploma orientation come October 12.

Drug Prevention Seminar Held

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO-Station 8) conducted a symposium on drug awareness and prevention on September 27, 2019 to over 600 senior high school and diploma program students of CITE as part of its drug awareness and prevention efforts.

PSSg. Merlito Patatag of Station 8 and public information officer, said Friday he conducts the lectures for students to raise awareness of the effects of drug abuse and provide them crime prevention tips. PSSg Patatag has cited cases of high school and college students engaged in illegal drugs and has found cases alarming.

While schools have duty to inform students not to get involved in counterproductive activities including cybercrime, vices, internet usage, social media activities, and joining insurgents, schools have the primary obligation to provide avenues for them to make their stay in the school productive.

PSSg. Patatag showed video documentaries to drive his point and engage the audience to be grateful for their support system such as parents  and teachers.

PSSg. Patatag was joined by police interns from station 8 during the event.