MATI CITY, Davao Oriental, July 22 – The Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology is gearing toward its goal of achieving a university status which has been strongly pushed by some sectors and stakeholders.
However, college president Dr. Edito Sumile said that the college can attain its university status because of its achievements, citing that some of the requirements for the upgrade has been complied with.
“Though our undertakings are going towards that direction, but I don’t want to apply for the university status. They should see the undertakings and performance of the College, and thus, upon passing their scrutiny based on the standards set, they should give the certificate of being a university,” he said.
He stressed that certainly, the College is set for the university status, with some of the requirements already met and currently complied.
“Our programs are already accredited to level 3. Just very recently, three of our programs went through the accreditation process by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). These programs are the BS Biology, BS Math, and BS Environmental Science. By November, three more will undergo accreditation,” he added.
The said programs include BS in Agricultural Technology, BS in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Sumile also reported that his teaching force already has advance degree courses, while improvement of facilities are also underway.
Last week, the institution hosted the turnover of scholarship grants from the Commission on Higher Education, through the Chair, Patricia Licuanan, to 265 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) scholars, and to 400 scholars who are typhoon Pablo victims from the municipalities of Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston.
“For the 4Ps scholars, they will receive P30,000 each every semester for a four-year course. Embedded in the scholarship are free tuition fee, book allowance, clothing allowance, and accommodation in the different boarding houses in the locality. In here, we are hoping that we will produce one graduate in every family. And for the Pablo victims, they will receive P5,000 every semester for a four-year course also. So you see, there is really no reason why the thrust of education for all is not attained, despite the hurdles of the difficult times,” he explained.
The College is also a beneficiary of the E-Library project from the commission on Higher Education.
“The project is worth P3.6 million, a state of the art library that has access worldwide in terms of information, E-books and journals. So, we can truly say the knowledge and information are now borderless because of the internet. This is aside from the P4-million building also constructed through the Commission,” he furthered.
DOSCST is also into coco-sugar production. Last week, the funding institution came for the needed evaluation of the project. They want to know how is the 1.6M project doing so far.
“In the coming weeks, members of the Organic Agriculture Board of the Department of Agriculture will pay a visit to monitor and evaluate the organic soy bean production, another venture of the College with a funding of P1.3-million,” Sumile further reported.
Both the coco sugar production and the organic soy bean production are in Sitio Marfori, City of Mati.
In summing up, Dr. Sumile emphasized that there are many ventures that the DOSCST went into to improve the economy of Davao Oriental, and Mati City, in particular.
“This vision is implemented not only with the academic programs that we are offering, but through the generation of appropriate technologies and information suitable to uplift the economic status of the people in the province and in the city,” he said. (PNA)
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