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.

CITE Students Donate to Blood Drive

A steady stream of CITE students joined the blood donation drive organized by Juanito I. King Foundation Inc. (JIKFI) in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Friday, September 27, 2019.

About 98 volunteers from diploma program and senior high school provided valuable blood and platelet donation to the bloodletting event with theme, “Donate Blood, Save Life”. JIKFI has also tapped other partners such as the King Group of Companies, Juanito King & Sons Inc., RDAK, SkyGo, 6R Mercantile, Nitos Auto Supply, and Cebu SubZero to donate blood.

JIKFI’s efforts and its partners have been recognized by the Philippine Red Cross who has awarded the foundation a service recognition for its annual bloodletting campaign, which has produced close to 150 bags of blood since 2016.

Bleachers Report#2: Team Aguila Dominates Sportsfest 2019

Blue Eagles proved to be too much for the rest of the competing teams during the recently concluded Sportsfest on September 11-13.

Aka Team Aguila (Mechanical Technology Department) garnered 561 points dominating major events such as basketball and volleyball events during the 3-day inter-departmental tournament held at CITE and at the Cebu City Sports Complex on the third day.

Red Dragons (Elec) scored shy of 480 points to qualify for the second spot, Green Hornets (Elex) placed third with 405 points, tailed by Black Panthers (IT) with 337 points.

Team Aguila’s path to the title did not come easy though as they have to go through a neck-and-neck battle with Red Dragons stunning the “Live Wiretappers” during the basketball match. Team Aguila also proved their mettle in the cheerdance competition with two powerhouse cheering squads winning top prize and dominating some track-and-field events.

The first throwing events were another huge turnaround for Team Aguila as players dominate the shot put and javelin throw. Indoor games also proved to be Team Aguila’s expertise when it won gold for chess and scrabble.

In volleyball, the Green Hornets bested three teams teams to clinch the crown. Red Dragons also enjoyed its three-peat for soccer.

Sportsfest was made possible through the following sponsors:

CH LEAD Industrial Supply
Christopher Pacifico
Alex Senagan
Juanito I. King Foundation, Inc.
Watchdog Automation Sales & Services
PLC Systems Technik, Inc.
Ricky Caputolan and family
Darryl Catipay and family
Amando Barda Jr. and family
Hrothgar Duazo and family
Anonymous Donor
Racquel Faelnar of Woven Furniture Designs, Inc.
Aldwin Jake Mejellano
Serviam Professionals, Inc.
and Friends of CITE

You can also grab awesome photos on this link courtesy of Clyde Gerebese, Bailon Ceniza, and Dylan Balagtas.

Bleachers Report#1: Sportsfest 2019 is Star-Studded!

In the spirit of camaraderie and fair play, CITE kicks off its 3-day Sportsfest with a blast!

The opening salvo was a 7.5-km Fun Run from CITE to Nasipit on September 8, 2019 participated by some 600  students from Senior High and diploma program. The event was graced by ace long-distance runner and renowned triathlete Prince Joy Lee who breezed through the Fun Run effortlessly.

Black Panthers asserted their dominance in the running scene with former mainstay runner Marnell Ardiente breasting the tape in 36 minutes with Roland Pardillo (Green Hornets), and Erwin Sasan (Red Dragons) tailing Ardiente.

The opening ceremony on September 11 was highlighted by the parade of the four participating teams — Black Panthers, Blue Eagles, Red Dragons, and Green Hornets. A cheerdance competition among 8 diploma program and 5 senior high school sections capped the morning event with 2 sections of Blue Eagles winning championship and 3rd place. The second place was won by Green Hornets.

The event was graced by Cebu City committee head for scholarships and south district councilor Dondon Hontiveros who reminded the students in attendance to value their education. 

The sports competitions will run until September 13 at the Cebu City Sports Complex with sports events like soccer, soccer baseball, swimming, track and field, and decathlon. The event aims to strengthen CITE solidarity and imbue the value of team spirit in everyone developing their competitive character and determination to excel. 

This year’s event was made possible through the help of the following sponsors who made the event possible.

  1. CH LEAD Industrial Supply
  2. Christopher Pacifico
  3. Alex Senagan
  4. Juanito I. King Foundation, Inc.
  5. Watchdog Automation Sales & Services
  6. PLC Systems Technik, Inc.
  7. Ricky Caputolan and family
  8. Darryl Catipay and family
  9. Amando Barda Jr.  and family
  10. Hrothgar Duazo and family
  11. Anonymous donor
  12. Racquel Faelnar of Woven Furniture Designs, Inc.
  13. Aldwin Jake Mejellano
  14. Serviam Professionals, Inc.
  15. and Friends of CITE

A Finished Road, A Simple Life, a Meaningful Summer

Thirty (30) university students and teachers from Metro Manila and Cebu (Philippines) came together for ten days during the summer break to build an access road to the cemetery in Bogo City, Cebu. There they made a startling discovery: the joy of simple living.

“What’s up?!” With that short phrase my friends and I greeted each other warmly when we met in Amber Drive University Center, a center of Opus Dei beside the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City (Philippines). We were en route to Odlot, a small community in the north of Cebu, to build a road from scratch stretching from the main highway to the community cemetery. In Cebu, we joined forces with other students and teachers from Sugbu Study Center and CITE, a technical institute that was built in 1990 with the encouragement of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.

Work camps are a venue for the youth to do concrete service for under-served communities through building or fixing basic infrastructure. Through interaction with the community, the “workcampers” grow in meaningful experiences and human solidarity. Since this year we were building a road towards the town cemetery, we joked among ourselves that this was going to be not a “stairway” but a “road” to heaven!

The Quiet Community of Odlot

Our home base was the parish house of the Virgen de los Remedios Church, thanks to Monsignor Ildebrando Leyson, the parish priest and a member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. Aside from providing us lodging, he celebrated Mass for us regularly. We immediately noticed how in Odlot, the church serves as the center of all the town activities like seminars, sports, and gatherings. Every night, Msgr. Ilde organizes a living rosary, either in the Marian garden beside the church or walking around the streets of the town. It was heartwarming to see a lot of young people my age being so involved in the life of the town and the parish, even to the late hours of the day.

Located in a sixth class municipality in Cebu, Odlot would not make it to anyone’s list of top tourist destinations in the Philippines. But the beauty of this small community lay in the warmth and kindness of its people. The simplicity of these Cebuanos was highlighted by their kindness, hospitality, and warmth toward us. They made it easier for us to adjust to our almost-spartan living conditions: sleeping with only mats on a concrete floor, waking up at 5 a.m. to prepare food, and washing dishes.

Our experience of difficulty and the people’s joy amidst their own difficulties taught us how to be simple again. We were surprised at how happy we felt just by tasting their cheap but delicious breads. Seeing the smiles of the manangs (old ladies) when we greeted them, “maayong hapon” (good afternoon) was enough to take away our tiredness from the day’s work. Many of us realized through these encounters that sometimes, we can get caught up in our personal concerns that we forget the joys in ordinary things. These experiences were in stark contrast to the bustling metropolis life back in Manila. It enriched us “big-city” folk in a rather unexpected way.

Daily Work in Odlot

Building a cement road was not a walk in the park. Even though Odlot is a community nestled beside a pristine, white-sand beach, this work camp was not a beach vacation but real work in the service of others. We started the day with prayer and Mass, then we took a quick breakfast. After changing to work clothes, it was off to seven hours under the sun, carrying bags of sand and gravel, mixing cement, and paving the road. We would return to home base for lunch and get-together, then it was back to work until sunset. Seven days like this wasn’t easy. What made the work bearable, was that we knew that there were thirty of us contributing our time and energies to work for those who needed help. We constantly encouraged each other by cracking jokes, pulling each other’s leg, or simply asking, “What’s up?” at random moments.

It helped that at the end of every working day, we could swim in the beach nearby or play basketball or volleyball with the townsfolk in just our flip-flops. And we had two memorable excursions. One was to a beach in the municipality of San Remigio with its incredibly wide sand bars. Another was to the islet of Capitancillo. Cebuanos and tourists flock to this tiny island for its white sand, clear waters, and rich sea life. These two days served to recharge our batteries for the remaining days of work.

As the work progressed, we discovered more efficient methods, like using a van to transport the sacks of sand and gravel, taking interval shifts, and advancing the sacking of materials for the next day. We gave everyone a chance to try out the different jobs while maintaining the pace of the work. At the end of the ten days, we had packed around 800 bags of sand and gravel and some two hundred bags of cement to complete the 100-meter “road to heaven.”

Long-Lasting Bonds

When I look back at the work camp, I can say that I wouldn’t have spent those ten precious days of summer any other way. Working on the road, beating the heat, and living with my newfound work camp friends, was a downright fulfilling experience. When I remember the smiles of the simple folk, I wonder how happy we would be if we lived more simply. They taught me with their lives that human beings could be happy even without the best living conditions or the latest technologies.

As my fellow work campers and I returned to our individual homes, we knew how we would greet each other when next we meet. It would surely be with the same greeting that we started with ten days previously when we met at Amber Center – only much warmer and longer this time, as in: “What’s uuuup?!”

Butchered fromhttps://opusdei.org/en-ph/article/a-finished-road-a-simple-life-a-meaningful-summer/

by Kyle Reiner Pineda (with Robert Cortes)

CITE Joins ASEAN Business Community to Improve TVET

Bangkok – Industry Linkage Manager Bonifacio Mercado Jr. joined more than 100 delegates from ASEAN gathered for the 9th Regional Policy Dialogue on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on June 24, 2019 to discuss how to improve TVET’s quality, image and outcomes. Key decision-makers coming from both private and public sectors attended the dialogue.

TVET is considered important in the strategies of ASEAN Member States (AMS), the Philippines included, to upgrade their workforce in line with the requirements of new technologies and new processes for production and service delivery. TVET also aims to prepare the labor force for decent jobs.

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Economic Community, in his opening remarks, highlighted that the dynamic interplay between innovation and improvement is needed so that TVET can live up to its potential to improve social and economic outcomes. Dr. Rillo emphasized that new and stronger partnerships for TVET are needed across sectors and countries; most importantly, partnerships of mutual learning and exchange across sectors and countries that combine the expertise and resources of business and industry, TVET institution and the public sector.

Since June 2018, a regional working group comprised of 20 representatives from chambers of commerce, business associations, and a range of enterprises from all AMS identified recommendations for policy makers and entrepreneurs aimed at ensuring TVET’s fitness for the future. The 45 recommendations are summarized in a document entitled the “Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET.” The recommendations focus on such areas as enhancing the relevance and quality of TVET regulations and strategies; strengthening the leadership of business organizations in TVET; rebranding TVET; and deepening the collaboration of TVET schools with business and industry.

At the dialogue, the regional working group called on the ASEAN business community to lead the way in implementing the Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET in the years to come. Dato Palaniappan Joseph, speaking on behalf of the regional working group, committed “to invest our time and energy to continue this work, which we have begun in order to make the changes we advocate a reality.” It was emphasised that what counts is the will to act – at the national and regional level as much as at the level of each TVET school or college.

The 9th Regional Policy Dialogue served as a forum to review the recommendations and identify promising approaches and alliances to make the Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET a reality. The Future Agenda will be presented to the relevant sectoral bodies of ASEAN for integration in their future strategies and work plans.

Since 2014, Regional Policy Dialogues on TVET supported by the Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET) on behalf of the German government have become an important forum for exchange on pressing topics of TVET reform for decision-makers from ASEAN. The 9th Regional Policy Dialogue was jointly organised by the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and RECOTVET.

After the 9th Regional Policy Dialogue, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Philippines, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat and RECOTVET, will convene a workshop on “ASEAN TVET Agenda and Governance” that will consider ways by which cross-sectoral and cross-pillar regional cooperation for TVET system development may be undertaken.

Palace Approves TESDA Technical Skills Development Plan

Business World, 21 June 2019 – PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order “approving and adopting” the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2018-2019 prepared by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The four-year plan, according to TESDA, “serves as a compass that informs the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) actors, movers, and leaders in coming up with responsive policies and implementing programs for the sector, and to support the broader development goals and objectives of the national government.”

Pres. Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 83 on June 17. The Palace released copies of the EO on Thursday.

The NTESDP, according to the EO, was created to “galvanize and strengthen the TVET sector in order to attain global competitiveness and workforce readiness, as well as social equity for workforce inclusion and poverty reduction.”

All national and local government agencies were ordered to adopt, disseminate and support the implementation of the development plan, while the private sector was encouraged to support it.

The President also directed TESDA to ensure that all skills development programs and schemes conform with the objectives of the plan and “aligned” with the Philippine Qualifications Framework and all instituted national standards.

The NTESDP 2018-2019 will be funded by appropriations intended for the skills and development and training programs of TESDA and the respective budgets of the national government agencies involved. (Arjay L. Balinbin)

CITE Supports YouthWorksPH to Create Job Opportunities

YouthWorks PH

Young people will soon benefit from training opportunities that will help them land a job in the areas of construction, tile setting, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, industry skills program or even in engineering technology.

Campaigner Jundryl Oplado explains the program to walk-in applicants

This after YouthWorks PH, a five-year youth training and employment project of Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), slated a series of recruitment activities on June 13 and 14 (Thursday and Friday) at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Activity Center.

The program which aims to connect at least 40,000 young people in the country to tech voc schools and private sector partners who are willing to provide work-based training positions. YouthWorks PH also promotes work-based training for OSYs and unemployed youth.

Working committee members including Wayne Comendador, Paul Bernard Rodrigo and Jundryl Oplado station at the exhibit booth to promote the program.

YouthWorks PH partnered with CITE Technical Institute, Inc., SKILLS + Primary Structures Corporation, SKILLS + Aboitiz Construction to provide prospects opportunities to make them employable such as mock interviews for the applicants. Similar activities will be conducted in Quezon City, Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Gen. Santos City, and Cagayan de Oro City.

Launched in 2018, YouthWorks PH is PBEd’s five-year, P1.7-billion workforce development project in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development. It aims to make education and training more responsive to the needs of the economy by working with the government, industry and academe to provide opportunities to youth not in education, employment or training.

Turning the Page: CITE Education Revitalized

Prof. Genara gives the overview of the importance of education in the 21st century.

We teachers often thought we are just another cog in the wheel. Until such time that we felt that our vocation has made some impact on the lives of our students. How many times have teachers felt that “special classroom moment” when students are all agog to listen to your discussions to the extent that they don’t want you to finish the session?

Teachers are now rewired to become a facilitator of learning, guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage. They have gradually turned into inspirational leaders from just nameless functionaries producing competent individuals ready to brave the nagging challenges in life.

Efforts have been focused on training the teachers to become good classroom managers, knowledgeable with the changing styles of the generation Z and the millennial students, and adaptable to the changing technology that has challenged the traditional classroom set-ups.

Last May 6, Dr. Cristie Ann Jaca, associate professor of the University of San Carlos gave a short talk before CITE staff on the adoption of Differentiated Instruction and a premiere of Outcome-Based Education (OBE).

Differentiated learning, in educational parlance, is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing all students within their diverse classroom community of learners a range of different avenues for understanding new concept. This can be an anchor to develop a new curriculum based upon individual’s varying needs.

Prof. Genara is flanked by staff after the seminar.

Last June 7, another resource speaker,  Professor Genara Pacaña, Chair of Institute for Research in Innovative Instruction Delivery at Cebu Normal University, made an impression on CITE staff on her session on the Principles of Education and Classroom Management.

Engr. Pepe hands the certificate to Dr. Genara.

Dr. Pacaña uses her own research to support how educators can develop the 21st century skills among students which are pertinent to their success. This includes creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, care, and choice. Dr. Pacaña emphasized the importance of producing competent graduates who can help the country achieve its sustainable development goals in no time.

In the afternoon, Dr. Pacaña gave a short workshop on how teachers develop these 21st century skills among students through the art of questioning. She also made the staff commit to the ideals of the school and remind them that teachers have great responsibility in molding their students.


Catechism Kids Get Free School Bags

Matmat Limotan was 10 years old when he started joining the Sunday catechism classes. He was a bit shy during the first few meetings, but soon began to open up when he got to know some friends. The group started with 20 pupils about urban area at Purok II, San Jose. The sessions were fun-filled especially when the catechist gets to the part of drawing hands-up participation from doe-eyed pupils who competed for his attention as he threw questions about God.

After a year, the number increased as some pupils told others of the free snacks the group was giving to them whenever they can answer some questions during catechism sessions. The Catechism club led by Mc Art Neil Gamutin was a small group of 5-10 catechists who spent their Sunday afternoon teaching kids about lessons on Creation, Jesus Christ, and Mother Mary.

Mc Art believes that children should start young getting to know God and doing the norms of piety such as holy rosary. That is why during their sessions, catechists like Mc Art emphasizes the importance of prayer. Last May 4, 2019 it was a answered prayer when the Rotary Club of Mactan decided to give out 82 schools bags and school supplies to less privileged kids in San Jose Gym. The civic group led by rotarian Fernando Manglapus and Miss Clemen came to personally hand the school bags to the identified beneficiaries who are mostly catechism pupils.