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by Jhennie Villar, september - December 2010

The Colegio, for the second time, spearheaded the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP)’s Board of Education (BOE) 2nd Assembly last November 18 and 19. 

Representatives from other DPP schools attended the event.
The two-day assembly, like in the first assembly, aimed to address the different provisions in the Acts of the Provincial Chapter, specifically on the area of educational apostolate. 
A secretariat and a working committee had been formed for the assembly. The secretariat serves as the coordinating group of the different committee members with regard to their committee activities. Meanwhile, the working committee prepares the program and logistics.
The first group composed of the heads of the DPP schools worked on guiding principles and administration; the second group composed of academic coordinators discussed issues on lay empowerment; the third group tasked to review religious education was attended by different religion and theology coordinators; the fourth group planned for a collaborative community and extension services, by extension coordinators; financial planning was the task of the fifth group as presented by finance managers; and the other group discussed different strategies in marketing and issues on student services, which was attended by admissions officers, student affairs directors, psychometricians and guidance heads/directors. 
“Newly-formed” groups also participated in the event such as the Research group, which discussed about the research projects for the DPP schools; the Continuing Education group that talked about the possible collaborative projects among DPP schools which was participated in by the deans and representatives and the Communications group which had a brainstorming session for the Dominican Communication Education.
At the end of the sessions, each group was able to finalize initial plans and came up with other activities for specific areas. The guiding principles group worked together with the committee on lay empowerment and had a seminar on the Dominican Philosophy of Leadership and Management and its Application to the Four Components of Dominican Education (Dominican Spirituality, Instruction, Research, Community Service). 
Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. and Fr. Ramonclaro Mendez, O.P., acted as facilitators during the first and second day, respectively. 
The group on religious education finalized the Minimum Learning Competencies for its area with the end in view of the articulation and progression of religion and theology courses. 
The community service group reviewed the Extension Services Plan for AY 2009-2012 and discussed about the integration of DPP schools’ activities in terms of spiritual development program (transformative education). During the second day, they joined the continuing education and research groups in attending a seminar on research ethics.
The financial viability group finalized the chart of accounts; the research group, on the other hand, discussed the policies and procedures for the coming-up of a DPP Manual of Research and the Continuing Education group was able to draft activities for the consortium building.
The group on student management and admissions was able to present the draft lay-out for the marketing collaterals and presented revised timetable for the adoption of the unified entrance exam tool. 
The communications group started to lay down its  plans and activities for future work.
The DPP schools include Aquinas University of Legazpi, Colegio de San Juan de Letran of Manila, Letran College of Calamba, Angelicum College of Quezon City, Angelicum School of Iloilo, and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary College of Manaoag. Although, the University of Sto. Tomas is not a DPP-member school, representatives attended the workshops.
The BOE has the following functions as stipulated in the statutes of the DPP: (1) Standardize the DPP schools in accordance with currently adopted norms of accreditation; (2) forge strategies for the uplifting of educational institutions in terms of finance, academic management and administrations; and (3) initiate cooperation among educational institutions in matters of human resource development and educational technology exchange and transfer.
Jhennie Villar was appointed Executive Secretary of the Board and was in-charge of the group student marketing and admissions. 
Randy Castillo of the Planning and Development Office, Jeffrey Consignado of the Human Resources Department, Manuel Zamora, Jr. of the Center for Community Development, Ronald Dugang of the Auxiliary Office, Dean Rowena Reyes of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Golda Crisostomo of the Research Center and Dean Antonio Macaranas of the Graduate School formed part of the secretariat. 
Each was assigned to different concerns such as guiding principles/lay empowerment, financial affairs, religious education, community service, communication, research and continuing education, respectively. 
The working committee was composed of Jeneva Quijano, Ma. Kristina Vincoy, Rafaela Paula David, and Sherman Gabito.