ANGELES CITY- “Start building your professional dignity now.”
Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during his speech as he addresses the students of the City College of Angeles (CCA) in the opening of the new academic year on July 3, here.
Pamintuan was joined by CCA President Dr. Richard Daenos, Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, and Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. in welcoming the students of the academic year marked by a symbolic opening of the CCA gate.
During his speech, Pamintuan confirmed his administration’s commitment to provide education opportunities through the CCA which has produced more than 637 graduates and field professionals, to date.
“Before I assumed office in 2010, part of the crafting of my political agenda, the Contract with the Angeleños (CWA), was to establish the first public college in the city for we found out that only 20 to 30 percent of the youth here have access to tertiary education which was then monopolized by private colleges and universities,” said Mayor Pamintuan.
“How about those 30 to 70 percent of youth who cannot afford the high cost of tertiary education? Should they surrender to poverty? This makes the building of CCA rational and relevant in today’s social and economic scenario for it has stood firm as an institution of hope and opportunities,” Pamintuan added.
Based on the Enrollment Statistical Data (ESD) of the CCA Registrar as of June 29, the college recorded 1,712 enrollees for the first semester of the new school year.
However, CCA President Daenos said that enrollment at the college is still on going. The college targets more than 2,000 enrollees for the said semester.
For his part, the mayor lauded the teaching and non-teaching force of the CCA for raising the quality of education and form of instruction in the public college which gained numerous recognitions and accolades all over the country and even globally.
“I believe in the dictum of former President Magsaysay that, those who have less in life should have more in law. Here at CCA, we have not stopped improving. We are on the right track ensuring that quality tertiary education for the underprivileged is at hand,” Pamintuan said.
Improving CCA’s educational system
Daenos said that CCA has been recently identified by the League of City of the Philippines (LCP) as an institution capable of delivering the Chinese language and cultural programs of the Confucius Institute of the University of the Philippines in Diliman (CI-UPD).
Just recently, the CCA administration, CI-UPD, Xiamen University, at Confucius Institute Headquarters of China forged a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) last June 16.
The said MoA sigining indicates the collaboration of the institutions in developing educational and service partnership based on the shared values and visions with regards to Chinese education and cultural understanding.
Moreover, the MoA states that the institutions involved mutually agree to collaborate in designing programs that will provide Chinese language and culture learning, upgrade the quality of Chinese language instruction through immersion programs in China, capacity-building for teachers, and students and faculty scholarship grants in the Chinese language.
Aside from this development, the administration of CCA is currently working on strengthening and developing and updating its curricula through benchmarking and sharing of best practices with other learning institutions, empowering its teaching force through learning opportunities, and thru the conduct of in-house seminars and fora that will enhance the quality of instruction in the college.
As of this writing, CCA is offering eight (8) programs namely: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science, BS in Information System, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, BS in Accounting Technology, BS in Entrepreneurship, BS in Tourism Management, Bachelor of Physical Education (Major in School PE), Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education (Major in Food and Service Management) and Associate in Computer Technology.