CITE Marks 29th Foundation Day Anniversary

February 14 marks a special milestone each year, when we show our gratitude for the commitment and dedication demonstrated by those who helped establish our school.

With their vision, thousands of less privileged youth in the Visayas and Mindanao have received quality education through CITE programs.

Without Blessed Alvaro del Portillo’s vision, students belonging to the lower income status of the society would not have had the opportunity to better their lives.

This year, celebrations were an exciting opportunity for staff and students to reflect on the growth of the school over the last 29 years and a promising future ahead.

This year’s theme is “Promoting Tech-voc Program” highlighted with the Feast of Our Lady of Fair Love on February 14, interschool competitions in Computer System Servicing, Visual Arts, Pop Dance, and Quiz Bowl on February 15.

Students also pitted against one another in the Mechatronics, EPAS (Electronic Products Assembly Servicing), and Machining Skills Olympics, Catequiz, and board games. The event drew some nine public and private schools in selected events which included Cabancalan National High School, Jagobiao National High School, Tipolo National High School, Canduman National High School, Consolacion National High School, Talamban National High School, Cabangahan National High School, and Inayawan Night High School.

An invitational basketball match between varsity players from San Isidro Parish School and Sky Basketball players capped the event.

List of Winners

Fun Run
Champion – Ken Harold Sadili
2nd place – Joemarie Jugalbot
3rd place – Marniel Ardiente

Inter-school Poster Making Contest
Champion – Talamban National High School
2nd place –  Consolacion National High School

3rd place –  Canduman National High School

Skills Olympics – Machining 

Champion – Wilbert Sanchez
2nd place – Sean Fritz Letigio
3rd place – Daniel Flores

Interschool CSS Competition
Champion –  Lemar Escomo (CITE)
2nd place  –  Clark Subing-subing (CITE)
3rd place  –   Carl Ashley Planas (Cabancalan National High School)

Electronics Competition
Champion – Ricardo Jose Saquilabon
2nd place – Kent Ryan Tabon
3rd place – Jereco Gonzaga

Interschool Quiz Bowl

Champion – Talamban National High School

2nd place – Jagobiao National High School

We are 175th!

CITE joins top 200 colleges and universities in the Philippines included in World Ranking Web of Universities, according to Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain

As of January 2019, CITE landed 175th in the top 200 list with world ranking of 20382. The University of the Philippines-Diliman takes the top spot with a world ranking of 1216.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities based their rankings on the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence, impact, openness, and excellence.

Philippines has a total of 2,374 higher education institutions, according to 2013-2014 statistics released by the Commission on Higher Education.


US Climate Analyst John Davis Speaks About Climate Change

No filter. The world is on the brink of destruction, according to climate analyst John Davis during his talk on Climate Reality to senior high school students on November 16, 2018. “With the world being engulfed by massive greenhouse gas increases due to continued use of fossil fuels caused by countries refusing to input massively restricted regulations or supporting sustainable energy and by corporate greed,” he said as he reeled off foils on how our activities have contributed to the worsening state of our environment.

Philippines, being one of the countries in Asia mostly affected by rising sea levels, has put itself right on the forefront of the typhoons and tropical depression thus causing the sea level rise to increase at a continued rate, according to Davis.

The statistics he showed have startled the students in attendance, but Davis has claimed that there is still  hope upon presenting tips that anyone can do to save Mother Nature such as:

  1. Pick up garbage anywhere you see it.
  2. Have groups coordinate weekly or monthly trash pickups.
  3. There are many climate groups in your area. Join them and help contribute to a cleaning nation.
  4. Start a climate club in your school. You’ll make an impact almost immediately.
  5. Be active, develop projects you can do in your school and encourage other schools to start their own clubs and work together.

Davis has been a climate analyst for over 20 years. After leaving President Clinton’s administration, he continued his work on climate doing researches that deal with climate issues and doing mentoring for other climate activists. He is a climate reality leader and knighted by the King of Spain for work on global warming. He has keynoted environmental summits here and abroad  and was invited as a guest speaker at the 2018 Philippine Environmental Summit and UN Climate Summit in Paris. He currently resides in Cebu with his lovely wife.

For the copy of Mr. Davis’s powerpoint presentation, please click this link: View Presentation

CITE Facilitates Scholarships for Mindanao Graduates

Young people in Cagayan de Oro will soon have opportunities to better themselves upon taking the one-year course in Production Technology.  Through the aid of SM Technical-Vocational scholarships, young people are given financial assistance to finish a short-term course for a quick leap to the industries.

The course which is under the Industry Skills Training Program of CITE Technical Institute is offered to male and female graduates of senior high school, old curriculum, and out-of-school youth.

This batch comprises 69 participants coming from Misamis province, Bukidnon and CDO.

Entrants are given classes and values formation training to better prepare themselves for industry exposure within one year. Industry partners then conduct orientation and screening process to those who pass the training. Trainees may be assigned to do production work including sorting, assembling or inspecting manufactured products or automotive equipment. For this batch, a recruitment team from Nissin Monde came to conduct a screening process to the applicants.

The Cagayan de Oro leg from November 5-9 is headed by ILU Manager Dr. Bonifacio Mercado Jr. The training was held at MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center.


CITE Calls for Waste-Free Community

As part of its collaborative efforts to involve the community and the local government units in its relentless task of reducing and recycling waste, CITE and CITE Multipurpose Cooperative held a seminar-workshop on October 27, 2018 (Saturday) attended by students, parents, and some local government officials.

Two resource speakers who spoke on environmental activism were invited to share with the attendees their advocacy and solutions on reducing the risks emanating from the frivolous collection of non-biodegradable products especially from wastes made of plastic.

Renowned marathoner and founder of Cebu Ultramarathon Club, Tony Galon, showed the participants how a daily habit of picking up 5 pieces of garbage everyday can be helpful in maintaining the cleanliness of the surroundings. Galon, a strong advocate of waste-free community, has made rounds in the school and mall events promoting the reduction and recycling of plastic. He also founded the Basura Run which began in Minglanilla where runners are asked to pick up litters while on the race. 


The second speaker was Engr. Rosalie Fuentes, a Global Ecobricks Alliance Accredited trainer, who explained how dry non-bio materials such as candy wrappers can be stuffed into recycled plastic bottle containers thus re-purposing them into filler bricks in building systems such as fences or chairs.

To start an ecobrick, one needs to wash and dry plastic wastes. Hard plastics are cut into small pieces and soft plastics into bigger pieces and fitted through the mouth of the bottle with the use of  a stick making it compact to meet the minimum weight requirement.


Here students are stuffing the plastic into the container to make the ecobrick sturdy enough. In so doing, trash are lessened and were reused to attain a waste-free community.

The seminar was graced by the presence of barangay councilors and SK officials from Canduman, Pit-os, and  Talamban.

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Indonesian Educators on Study Tour to CITE

To meet the growing demand for trained and qualified operators in the field of power generation in Indonesia, PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk. (Saratoga) teamed up with Ora et Labora Foundation to set up Indonesia’s first private vocational school specializing in Electrical Engineering Program (SMK Program Teknik Ketenagalistrikan).

The establishment of the program serves as a concrete support to the government’s realization for a 35,000 MW electricity program, thus leading to the creation of more qualified young Indonesians in nation building and positively contributing towards country development.

During the first year of operations, SMK Program Teknik Ketenagalistrikan Ora Et Labora will open application to one class of  students to enroll in a four-year program in Diploma I. In order to ensure the quality of instructions and delivery, the training center tied up with Swiss German University (SGU) to bring competent and credible educators in their respective fields and CITE for electrical engineering technology through its Business Manager Roy Zapata.

To get a first-hand experience of CITE’s enrollment to employment processes, SMK sent a delegation of educators to CITE on September 27-29, 2018. This consists of Tuti Rosida Simamora, Tegu Dwi Susanto, Purnomo Sejati, Slamet Sujono, Thomas Wibowo Agung, and Jerry Ngo.

The study tour runs a  gamut of class observations, school tour, interactions, and company visits which introduce them to the dynamics of CITE education.

Ora et Labora Foundation Head of Board of Trustees, Edwin Soeryadjaya  in a press release said that the concept of educational–corporate sector collaboration can serve as a  benchmark for other industry players…to  contribute more to the development of the nation.

Industry Partners Attend Curriculum Presentation

20180817_142436Industry experts from different DTS partner companies convene at CITE on August 17, 2018 during the Curriculum Presentation of the Diploma in Engineering Technology Program (DIET). The industry sector has been instrumental in crafting the new curriculum that paves way for a seamless pathway for DIET graduates to obtain a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

20180820_073520Industry partners are welcomed by staff of Industry Linkage Unit and Academic Council during the whole-day affair. Dr. Bonifacio Mercado, ILU Manager, oriented the partners on the new curricular offerings.