It was indeed a one Happy Professors’ Day at MCC. Each full-time faculty member received a postpaid phone for unlimited text and call to all networks. According to President Ong, this will greatly help the teachers in monitoring the progress of their students in the flexible learning setup. In her speech, she thanked the LGU especially the Chairman of the Board, Mayor Crisostomo Garbo who fully supported the activity and even added sweet treats for the teachers to bring home.
On the second part of the program, Smart Network Managers and staff witnessed the awarding and giving of electronic tokens to most punctual instructors in the submission of modules as well as most favorite professors as voted by students.
MCC and Smart announced their partnership in providing updated information to teachers and students through infocast. Smart officially tagged MCC as a Smart School.
In its quest to provide equal access to education during this pandemic, Mabalacat City College helps pave the way for its students to avail of different financial aids and scholarships for them.
In partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and UniFAST, the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) is one financial assistance program where deserving students are given aid through cash subsidy for their studies. The said subsidy was distributed this October 19, 2020 to 51 TES MCC student grantees at the MCC Cultural Hall.
This program solidifies MCC and CHED’s vision by providing students different assistance in order to succeed in the future and develop a better community through education.
Mabalacat City College is one of the recipients of the Gawad Parangal award. The Gawad Parangal is given to LUCs with institutional recognition from 2016-2019 which makes them eligible to receive the UNIFAST assistance.
The ceremony was attended by the College President, Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong, and the Vice President for External Affairs, Mr. Raymond John Vergara. The trophy was awarded by none other than CHED Commissioner Dr. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera assisted by CHEDRO3 Director Maria Teresita Semana.
According to President Ong, the award is a product of concerted efforts from all units. She also thanked the LGU and Mayor Crisostomo Garbo as well as her predecessor Dr. Carmelita Soto for this achievement.
Performance of duty in the new normal can also cause stress to employees. As a response, Mabalacat City College Human Resources Management Office developed the WELLNESS PROGRAMS. One of the activities was the Sports Competition which ran every Fridays of December last year.
Conclusively, today is the awarding ceremony of all winners in different sports. According to employees, the said activities were enjoyable and it certainly provided a happier environment. Wellness program is still a continuing program but this month has a different theme.
MCSAT, a TESDA licensed school was inaugurated this February 02 which coincided with the city’s 309th patronal feast celebration. It was attended by national and regional top officials of TESDA and DOST as well as LGU and MCC officials.
In her speech, Dr. Irene G. Alvaro Chairman of MCSAT said that the school shall provide trainings that respond to the immediate needs of the industry hence providing employable skills. She further said that, they want to be a part of the solution in the economic crisis that the community is currently facing as an impact of the worldwide pandemic.
MCC President Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong disclosed that they are working on a partnership with MCSAT that shall benefit MCC student applicants. She also added that they are studying the option of fitting the tesda trainings offered by MCSAT with MCC’s related degrees for possible ladderized program. President Ong said, “it will be good to assure MCSAT students that they can always comeback for a college degree in MCC whenever they are ready”.
MCSAT is offering Food and Beverage, Housekeeping and other trainings related to hotel and restaurant management and with plans to open more programs in the coming months. The school is located beside Teresita’s Restaurant.
Ms. Marjorie Yandan, officer-in-charge for Special Projects of Casino Filipino- PAGCOR-Angeles, said “We have chosen Mabalacat City College because we know that this is the school that progress and that is in progress, and we know that any assistance (we provide) can give help every indigent student that are enrolled here (in Mabalacat City College).
This is a project from our Chairman, Ms. Andrea D. Domingo, and gusto po niya na makatulong siya in any way sa mga tao not only in Manila but nationwide na nangangailanagan ng tulong..specially at these times…for this is our way of giving back…” She further said that it is PAGCOR's top priority to extend assistance to every public schools and indigent communities.
Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong, MCC College President, expressed her warmest gratitude to PAGCOR for this partnership. “We thank PAGCOR for always including MCC in their humanitarian generosity. The donated televisions will help our transition to digital when face-to-face is allowed. The new televisions will be installed on our laboratory rooms to magnify any demonstration.” Ong said.
Here's a sneak peek of our on-going infrastructure projects MCC is striving for the continuous improvement of campus facilities. The green spaces, re-engineered offices, and visuals guarantee conducive learning spaces for our students.
In celebration of the National Commission for Culture and Arts’ (NCCA) National Arts Month, MCC opens its first art exhibition, Sibul Ning Kalalangan. MCC President Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong together with the Mabalacat City Arts and Culture Council composed of great Kapampangan advocates, Center for Kapampangan Studies Director Mr. Robby Tantingco, Mr. Alex Castro, Architect Ed de Castro, and CDC Media Affairs Manager Mr. Noel Tulabut together with noted Kapampangan Historian, Mr. Francis Musni and other respected guests led the grand launching of the exhibit. Led by Mabalacat Artist Mr. Dodjie Aguinaldo, the exhibit showcased stunning art-pieces from eighteen local artists with the likes of Mr. Erwin Dayrit, Mr. Arnel David Garcia, and other prominent artists in the community.
Translated as the “Spring Time For The Arts”, this event symbolizes the stepping stone of the local community to gather new interest again in the arts during the New Normal. In an exclusive interview, Mr. Robby Tantingco said “Napakaganda ng nangyari because MCC is hosting a group of artists from all over Pampanga to come here…so it is the school’s show of supports for artist.” He also mentioned that “In terms of this being held during the pandemic, of course when you showcase the talent, the artistry of the artist then you are showing everyone what the human spirit is capable of achieving…”
Likewise, Mr. Francis Musni, stated that what just happened shows how the school puts great value for the culture of people here in Mabalacat as arts presented the culture here in Pampanga. He added that “Culture is a mirror to people.”. He further urge everyone to continue this kind of programs that cultivates the culture and values of people.
In her speech, Dr. Ong expressed her warmest welcome and thanks to all the respected guest and local artist for coming and said that Mabalacat City College is an open home for all the great artist that desires to help in spreading the Arts and Culture in Mabalacat City. She also mentioned to the artist that “Please consider Mabalacat City Collge as your Bale Ning Kalalangan”. She assured all local artists can utilize MCC as their hub in showcasing their masterpieces.
The Sibul Ning Kalalangan also highlights the importance of such event in influencing the significance of the culture, heritage and the arts to our students. Together with different industry partners, MCC hopes to provide such events in the future in the academe.
We would like to give our warmest gratitude to
Commission on Higher Education(CHED)
for inviting Mabalacat City College (MCC) to be part of the Development of Internationalization Plans and Institution of Best Internationalization Practices, today, November 18, 2020.
In collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education Region III, Pampanga State Agricultural University, Bulacan State University and Mabalacat City College, this webinar paved ways in sharing different internationalization efforts and future plans for the internationalization of other different Local Universities and Colleges, State Universities and academic Institutions.
Institutionalizing Internationalization in different colleges and universities can be materialized despite this pandemic. Because of the setback, developments were made to accelerate the interconnectedness of each and every one through various mediums. Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong, MCC College President, in her closing remark stated that “Internationalization is within reach. Our Colleges and Universities just need to explore this a little more and be bolder in tapping the wide array of opportunities.”
An example was the International Webinar Series of Mabalacat City College. The webinar series was able to feature Harvard Senior Fellow and bestseller author James Scott as a resource speaker, other academicians in Asian and European countries were also featured, including the Mayor of Hiroshima Japan for Peace Education. All undertakings were done online, during the CoVid-19 Pandemic; further cementing that Internationalization is, literally, at the tip of our fingers.