The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) invited Dr. Charlito P. Cadag during the
Dagyaw 2020: Virtual Town Hall Sessions to discuss the topic, “Usapang Edukasyon: Mga Hamon at
Pagbangon sa Panahon ng Pandemya” on October 21, 2020.

Through a 20-minute recorded video, Dr. Cadag shared how Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
(CSPC) is overcoming the educational challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Cadag shared how CSPC introduced the CSPC Learning Online Space (LeONS) as a platform for
flexible learning approach. He discussed how it is helping CSPCeans to create and manage lessons,
courses, quizzes, and other teaching materials and deliver announcements and training materials to its
faculty.

He also tackled how the institution provided technological modernization assistance to its faculty
for flexible learning delivery. “To complete the package in capacitating the faculty in the delivery
of online/flexible teaching, the College appropriated the six million budget for the procurement of
high-end laptops to be used by faculty in the delivery of online teaching,” says Dr. Cadag. “The technological modernization assistance will assist to effectively deliver online learning activities such as development of learning materials in a form of videos, animation, sounds and other multimedia
format for educational purposes,” he added.

Dr. Cadag also mentioned CSPC’s provision of learning tablets to its marginalized students. Despite
being recipient of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the College felt the need
to provide learning tablets to 400 marginalized students in aid of flexible learning delivery during
this pandemic. With the introduction of the learning tablets to the selected students, the College upholds
the policy of “no student left behind.”

Moreover, the President also revealed how the College is investing on radio broadcasting using the CSPC FM Station. Dr. Cadag remarked that the College re-aligned its budget and allocated 35
million for the enhancement and upgrading of the CSPC Campus Radio. This is an effectual system for
delivery of education to larger number of people not only in Rinconada area but also in central Camarines Sur, Partido area, and Albay.

He also informed the audience how CSPC intensified its management information and communication services and other online services. “The virtual world has become the norm of the time. Hence, the College ensures that Information and Communications Technology is heightened to ensure the smooth running of school operation,” Dr. Cadag claims.

Lastly, he presented the current research and extension undertakings of CSPC responsive to the
community. “We have committed to collaborate and integrate research initiatives by providing
organizational, technical and other relevant resources within the priority thrusts in the industry, energy and emerging technology sectors in the region.”

Dr. Cadag ended his presentation with this statement: “The COVID-19 crisis is already having and will continue to have devastating consequences for academic institutions, which must not be underestimated. The hope is that we can come out on the other side of this pandemic with more evidence and lessons learned about how to expand the impact of effective social interventions and
introduce new ways of working within our education systems to provide quality learning opportunities to all.”

CSPC was the sole educational institution that was given the chance to share its COVID-19 initiatives during the Dagyaw 2020 celebration as a development partner of DBM.