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Miriam College turns over AUDRN secretariat to Silliman University

Miriam College recently turned over the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) secretariat to Silliman University after hosting the network for the past four years.  Dr. Dave Marcial, dean of the College of Computer Studies in Silliman University, is the network’s new executive director.
The 4th Board of Directors (BOD) meetings held on February 16, 2017 signaled this transition under the leadership of the president of Silliman University and 2nd AUDRN president, Dr. Ben Malayang III. The meeting was attended by eight presidents and representatives of the network's BOD, namely: Dr. Rosario O. Lapus (President, Miriam College), Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Angeles (President, Angeles University Foundation), Bro. Manuel Pajarillo, FSC (President and Chancellor, University of St. La Salle), Dr. Darren Datilles (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Notre Dame of Jolo College), Fr. Randy Odchigue (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Fr. Saturnino Urios University), Fr. Richard Ang, OP (Vice-Rector, UST) and Fr. Jay Miranda, OP (Secretary General, University of Santo Tomas). 
Dr. Malou Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs and former AUDRN executive director, presented the network's accomplishment report for school year 2015-2016 as her final official function to the network. She now serves as the official coordinator of Miriam College to the network. The board discussed several innovative proposals which include the possible creation and offering of a graduate program (master and doctorate levels) on local knowledge and educational digital technology through a consortium of the network's partner schools. The board of directors approved and passed a resolution of gratitude and commendation to Dr. Lapus as AUDRN's first president and Dr. Baybay and Sheila Lo Dingcong as secretariat for their full support to the local knowledge initiative and hard work in contributing to the development of quality and holistic education in the Philippines and Asia.
The AUDRN coordinators' planning was conducted the following day and Miriam College was represented by Sheila Dingcong. Among the major activities of AUDRN for this year are the youth camp, its biennial national convention, and a knowledge exchange conference which will revolve around the theme of building competence, consciousness, and conscience in education.

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MC bags top recognition at the Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA)

Miriam College won two top recognition at the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) given by Bayan Academy last June 21, 2016 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN. The school received the Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency Award for showing the most “innovation and transformation in its learning environment, school processes and systems towards learning effectiveness and school efficiency.”
The school’s very own High School Principal and Director for Innovation Development, Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, received the first Dr. Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Award for Educational Leadership for “developing and implementing transformative programs that has a led a school towards excellent learning outcomes.” This award is a tribute to Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. 

“It is not surprising to see Miriam College as a place where teaching and service live hand in hand with Innovation. After all, our school was founded 90 years ago by the Maryknoll Sisters of New York, missionaries full of great courage, fearlessness, and progressive ideas. The New York Times calls them ‘Trailblazers in Habits’. Innovation is clearly in our school DNA,” Dr. Lapus said during her acceptance speech.  She also dedicated the award to the school. “Our success comes from our shared vision and our passion, commitment, and willingness to embrace change and meaningful innovation. As we expand young minds, let us not be afraid to try out new things.”
Presenting the awards to both the school and Dr. Fermin were Bro. Armin Luistro, outgoing Department of Education Secretary; Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., Bayan Academy Chairman; Gina Lopez, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chair and recently-appointed Department of Environment Secretary; Rina Lopez Bautista, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; and Atty. Dominador Buhain, Rex Bookstore, Inc. chairman and president.
For the both awards, Miriam College received trophies and checks as well as a Knowledge Channel On-Demand Package for the OML Award for Educational Leadership.

The EETA aims to recognize a school’s exceptional efforts in leadership and innovation, especially in the areas of Quality of Education, Learning Environments, Access to Education, and Leadership, Governance and Management. It is organized by Bayan Academy in partnership with Department of Education, REX Bookstore, the ABS-CBN Foundation and Knowledge Channel.

The EETA is the most recent recognition of Miriam College. Earlier this year, the school was designated as a  Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education; as a Center of Development in Communication; and was granted Autonomous Status effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019.

Miriam College, C & E Publishing ink partnership to train educators in e-learning

Miriam College and C & E Publishing, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to provide teachers, school administrators, and school owners with professional training and official graduate studies certification on e-learning. The signing was held last May 3 at the C & E Information and Resource Center in South Triangle, Quezon City.

The MoA detailed the joint effort of the two institutions in launching the Integrating Technology in Education to Advance Change (iTEACh) Program, a five-day graduate certificate course equivalent to three academic units.

The program aims to provide teachers, school administrators, curriculum designers, information and communication specialists, librarians, and media services staff with an understanding of digital and mobile learning as new platforms that support 21st century education.  iTEACh will include lectures on principles and practices vital to technology integration in education, as well as various teacher-led, hands-on workshops.

“Because everything is mobile it is important to be open to new ideas and help empower our teachers because they are the key to e-learning. Miriam College and C&E are committed partners in helping educators move forward in this field,” said Dr. Lapus during the signing.

For her part, Gomez said that school owners are concerned not just on the e-learning infrastructure and products in the market “but rather in the readiness of teachers to adapt to new learning methods.”

Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College; Dr. Rosario Aligada, dean of the College of Education; Candida Gomez, president and chief executive officer of C & E Publishing, Inc.; and John Emyl Eugenio, chief operating officer of C & E Publishing, Inc. signed the MoA.

Also present during the signing were Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic education unit director and High School principal of Miriam College, and Marion Jude Gorospe, coordinator of the Summer Institute on Technology in Education Project of Miriam College.

Miriam College was recently declared as a Center for Excellence in Teacher Education by the Commission on Higher Education for its trailblazing work in various areas of child development and education. It is the only higher education institution in the Philippines that offers a major in e-learning in its masteral program in education.

C & E Publishing, Inc. is a dynamic academic publisher dedicated to becoming the leading developer, publisher, and provider of globally competitive, cost-effective textbooks, references, and other educational resources and solutions for the academic and professional markets. The company is actively involved in promoting 21st century learning by conducting seminars, workshops, and other types of professional trainings for educators.

In top photo are (from left) Eugenio, Gomez, Dr. Lapus; and Dr. Aligada together with Miriam College administrators and executives  of C & E publishing.

Dr. Lapus reelected as PAASCU board member

Miriam College President, Dr. Rosario Lapus, was re-elected as board member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) during the association’s General Assembly last February 12, 2016 at Ateneo de Davao University.

PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education. It is also a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

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Lego Education distributor Felta to develop MC-HSSIC robotics, engineering lab

Felta, the exclusive distributor of Lego Education in the Philippines, and Miriam College recently sealed its partnership through the signing of a Deed of Donation. Under the agreement, Felta will donate Lego Kits; develop and furnish a laboratory dedicated to robotics, engineering, and coding at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC); and training MC faculty. 

Present at the signing were (from left): Melinda Agoncillo, Felta Sales Executive for Miriam College; Mylene Abiva, president and CEO of FELTA Multi Media, Inc.; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College; and Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic Education Unit Director and High School Principal.

MC shines at the 2016 Global Forum on Girls Education in New York

Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, together with HS Principal and BEU Director Ed Fermin, and MS Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Gina Ganapin attended the 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education held last February 7-9, 2016 in the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY. The forum, which revolved around the theme “Creating a World of Possibilities” was organized by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), of which Miriam College is a member.

Dr. Lapus was invited to be one of the keynote speakers during the forum. Her inspiring speech entitled “Building a Movement to Create Change: Moving Girls’ Education Forward” was well received by the participants. Other keynote speakers during the forum include Gloria Steinem, writer, organizer and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, as well as Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.

Dr. Lapus’ plenary presentation followed the awarding of the 2015-2016 Ransome Prize to Maryknoll alumna Concepcion “Chit” Alvar (Coll ’65) for her achievements in the field of education. Dr. Lapus was sponsored by the Philippine Alliance for Girls’ Education (PAGE), the product of the Miriam-led initiative COGENT or Cooperation for Girls’ Education, Nurturance, and Training.

Photos show (clockwise from left) Dr. Lapus giving her keynote speech; with Chit Alvar and a participant, with Miriam College alumnae; and with NCGS officers. Bottom right photos show Dr. Fermin facilitating a workshop for NCGS participants.

EDSA@30 visits MC

Miriam College remembers the EDSA revolution on its 30th year through EDSA@30:How the People Power Revolution Transformed the Philippines, a roadshow initiated by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV). 

Held last January 19, 2016, the roadshow aims to reach out to the youth and help them understand the relevance of the 1986 People Power revolution today. It featured three essential components: a lecture on the historical perspectives of the EDSA People Power Revolution by Miriam College’s very own Dr. Vicky Narciso-Apuan, a showing of the documentary film “Laban” produced by Sally Go Bellosillo, and a dialogue with three EDSA veterans – former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, Maan Hontiveros, Hon. Raffy Alunan.

Dr. Apuan opened the program by giving a historical perspective of the EDSA revolution. She recounted life during martial law years, the days of hiding and working underground, the events that led to the revolution, and the highlights that finally forced the Marcoses to flee Malacañang. This was followed by the showing of the film Laban, helping the young audience better understand the events surrounding the revolution. 

Former Pres. Fidel Ramos shared the positive changes brought about by EDSA, telling students that the historic people power became a model for other nations in similar oppressive situations. He also reminded them that “EDSA belongs to the Filipino people” and that the revolution continues. 

A dynamic dialogue soon followed with students asking important questions to the EDSA veterans in the panel. 

The event was made possible through the coordination of the College of Arts and Sciences led by its dean, Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.

Miriam College is one of 25 colleges and universities that the roadshow will tour.

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Miriam College hosts Int’l Communication and Business Conference

Miriam College hosted and organized the International Conference on Business and Communication (ICBC) last November 27-28, 2015 at the Marian Auditorium. Carrying the theme “Business, Tourism, and Identity in the ASEAN Economic Community,” the conference aimed to provide a platform for strengthening the relationship between business and tourism and for building identity in the context of the ASEAN integration initiative through various creative individuals, team-based activities, competitions, and exhibitions.

Dr. Rosario O. Lapus welcomed more than 500 international and local participants to the conference. Participating countries were Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Local participants were from UST, St. Paul’s College, Miriam College, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Assumption College, St. Scholastica’s College, National College of Business and Arts, Philippine School of Business Administration, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines, and College of St. Benilde.

The keynote speaker was Honorary Consul General Robert Lim Joseph (top left photo). He is also the founder of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies and the Tourism Educators and Movers Philippines. In his talk, Joseph noted that tourism is the biggest business in the country today. He emphasized that the age of Internet and social media has contributed much to the industry because knowledge and information have become accessible to everyone. Because of technology, people have no reason to say, “I don’t know” anymore, he said.  He also emphasized on the need to be savvy in sales and excellent in public relations and communications to be able to boost any business.

Plenary topics include Business, Entrepreneurship, Tourism Education in the ASEAN region, and the ASEAN Economic Community. In between plenary topics were parallel sessions that gave the participants an opportunity to discuss and learn about student study initiatives, cultural-based tourism development, and tourism education across the ASEAN region.

A highlight of the event was the Innovation Challenge, wherein students were grouped randomly and given three hours to develop an innovative product or service using coconut.  Awards were given for three categories: Band de Coco was named People’s Choice; Cocos Nucifera won Most Sustainable Product Innovation and Over-all Product Innovation; and the Layered Coconut Husk Breakwater got Most Socially Responsible Product Innovation award.

The conference was organized by the President’s Office through Christina Ibañez and the College of Business, Entrepreneurship & Accountancy.

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MC, Bangkok University seal partnership

Last October 27, 2015, Miriam College and Bangkok University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and strengthen its relationship on the following areas: faculty and student exchange, joint research, cultural programs, and joint conferences and workshops.

During the three-day visit, the MC delegation led by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, took the opportunity to visit other schools and expand its partnerships in Thailand. They met with the school administrators of Assumption University, Srinakharinwirot University, and Sarasas Witaed Saimai School.

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Gender programs to be mainstreamed in PH academe by Sr. Mary John Mananzan OSB | Philippine Daily Inquirer

In the 1970s when we were starting the women’s movement in the Philippines and in the ’80s when we created the Institute of Women’s Studies at St. Scholastica’s College (SSC), I cherished a dream that, one day, there would be gender mainstreaming in all schools in the country. I never thought that the dream would be realized in my lifetime.

Gender mainstreaming is a global strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any legislation, policy or program, according to the International Labor Organization. It is supposed to apply in any area and at all levels.

The schools that pioneered in gender mainstreaming saw the fruit of their labors in the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 01, 2015 to mainstream gender in all higher education institutions, private and public, nationwide.

Credit has to be given to CHEd Chair Patricia Licuanan, a feminist and one of the convenors of Beijing 95. Past male chairs did not think of it even though there was a law requiring that five percent of the budget of all government institutions, including educational institutions, had to be reserved for the empowerment of women (known as the GAD budget).

Credit also goes to lawyer Carmelita Yadao-Sison, head of CHEd’s Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System, who directed the whole process of formulating the CMO and organized educational summits and other meetings on the issue.

Main provisions

The CMO requires all higher education institutions (HEIs) to establish a GAD Focal Point System 90 days after its effectivity.

For private HEIs, the focal points will be responsible for the development and coordination of the institutional GAD   programs. It has to maintain records of GAD programs, activities and projects.

As for public HEIs, they will establish a GAD database and submit a report on the status of GAD implementation.

The CMO identifies four main areas of the university that should be gender responsive: Administration, curriculum, research and extension programs.
The HEI administration should review policies, standards and guidelines 90 days from the date of the CMO’s effectivity.

The HEI’s GAD Focal Committee shall recommend appropriate measures to align institutional policies with GAD mandates and take immediate action to ensure full compliance.

As for curriculum, there should be gender-responsive curricular programs that prevent all forms of gender-based discrimination in the curriculum, research, extension, production and methods. Marketing and promotional materials should promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

All employees of HEIs shall undergo regular and continuing training. Adequate and accessible library and related learning materials across various disciplines and educational levels, as well as nonsexist textbooks, have to be produced. All documents and learning materials should use inclusive language.

Research programs should ensure researches complement the National Higher Education Research Agenda. Priority areas have to be defined and gender-specific researches have to be included. A GAD database should be institutionalized and an ethics board established. Incentives and other support structures should be provided.

Extension programs should be characterized by gender responsiveness across all disciplines, should contribute to the continued growth and development of the entire higher education sector and cover the principles of social protection and appropriate technology.

Priorities should include technology transfer, livelihood programs with financial literacy, technical assistance, advocacy and local and international linkages.
CHEd should recognize zonal/regional GAD Resource Centers that act as mentors to other educational institutions in their area that are just beginning gender mainstreaming. Accrediting associations, both public and private, will be required to include gender responsiveness in their evaluation criteria.

The CMO addresses the perennial problem of sexual harassment on campus. The entire process is detailed—from the lodging of the complaint to adjudication, as well as responsibilities of parties involved. The CMO establishes the accountability of HEIs in case of non-action or failure to resolve complaints.

Context of CMO 01

According to the Gender Gap Index (GGI), the Philippines is the only country in Asia-Pacific in the top 10 of the GGI, which measures women’s economic participation and opportunity, girls’ and women’s educational attainment, women’s political participation and empowerment and women’s health and survival.

In education, the Philippines registers a higher female (96.1 percent) than male (95.1 percent) basic literacy rate, according to a 2008 report of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)).

The same report says functional literacy rate is higher for female (88.7 percent) than male (84.2 percent).

Women also show higher ability to communicate and comprehend (69 percent vs 63 percent).

While enrollment is equal for boys and girls in Science, Mathematics and Technology, more girls graduate, according to a 2012 CHEd report.

More boys enroll in Engineering but the number of graduates is the same for both sexes, the same CHEd report says.

The number of women graduates of Physics and Meteorology (weather forecasting) are also the same.

In public elementary and high schools, enrollment and completion rates for girls are higher than boys’ (school year 2010-2011).

In spite of these figures, Filipino women remain disempowered and impoverished.

They do not control family property and they have no decision-making rights on the use of income.

As of 2013, women accounted for only 37.5 percent of wage and salary workers in the country and only 49.8 percent of women, compared to 78.1 percent of men, were in paid work. Four of seven unpaid family workers were women (in family-operated ventures).

With the continued outflow of overseas contract workers, there are more and more poor women-headed households.
Initial moves

In 2010, CHEd institutionalized the GAD Focal Point in its national and regional offices. From 2011 to 2014, CHEd organized three Education Summits on Gender Issues.

The first summit in 2011, Call to Partnership, focused on creating gender sensitivity in CHEd regional offices and HEIs.

The 2012 summit was on Violence against Women on Campus and Mainstreaming GAD in the Curriculum. In 2014, focus was on Public Consultation on the CMO.
Before the third summit, in 2013, regional capacity-building sessions were held in all regions.

Three intensive workshops were held in 2014 to draft the CMO. There were consultations and group editing of the draft in CHEd regional offices in October and in HEIs in November.

Three educational institutions that pioneered in gender streaming helped with the workshops: SSC Institute of Women’s Studies, Miriam College Women and Gender Institute and University of the Philippines (UP) Center for Women’s Studies.

Experts from the Philippine Association of Gender and Development Advocates Inc., UP Los Baños Gender Resource Center and gender focals of Technological Institute of the Philippines and Philippine State College of Aeronautics also helped.

After the CHEd en banc approved in January CMO 01, 2015, public orientation meetings were held for HEIs and other stakeholders in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

After the CMO was published in the Official Gazette on Aug. 8, it became effective two weeks later on Aug. 23.

A Technical Panel on Gender and Women Studies was created composed of the three pioneer schools (UP, Miriam and SSC), a representative of the Philippine Commission on Women, the president of the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines and a representative of a Mindanao HEI (Marawi University).

The group reviewed proposed course offerings, research proposals, extension projects, gender-responsive curriculum and instructional plans. It also provided technical assistance.

The CMO is one of CHEd’s most significant actions and will be Licuanan’s long-remembered legacy. With the CMO, the Philippines is the only country in the world or the first to undertake and promulgate gender mainstreaming in the academe.

SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >

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