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by: Dr. Mercelita V. Orden

    The adverse effect especially of finances and manpower is bringing nightmares to stakeholders.

    The advent of the K-12 Program, an initiative of the Philippine educational system does not seem to be inspiring albeit challenging to colleges and universities especially those in the private sector like PLT college, Inc. (PLTCI), a non-stock and non-profit higher education of learning. These major reforms are believed to be necessary for global competitiveness but to deal with the enrolment gap during the transition years  will surely bring about serious problems.
    This early, PLTCI is experiencing the effect of the exodus of a significant number of educationally qualified faculty to state colleges and universities and because of this, there is much struggle with manpower resources. The adverse effect especially of finances and manpower is bringing nightmares to school stakeholders. Where will the school get the financial wherewithal to pay salaries of faculty and staff, to sustain the cost of instruction, and to maintain equipment and facilities? How can it deal with changes in programs structures where there will be possible reassignments, re-tooling or even early retirement and separation of employees from the school?
    In the midst of this uncertainty, however, PLTCI is trying its best to find solutions or at the least mitigate the impact of these national developments to the operation of the school. So far, the following measures have been done: 
1. The institutionalization of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 is a big leap that PLTCI has undertaken. The enrollees from the preschool, elementary, and junior high school can help fill the enrolment gap in the college level. Teachers from the college level can teach in the preschool, elementary and high school departments.

2.  The offering of the Senior High School has been perceived to be help, thus the school applied for 3 Tracks, namely, (1) Academic Track- (Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand, Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand,  and General Academic (GAS); (2) Technical, Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) Track- Agrifishery Arts Strand, Home Economics Strand, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strand, and Industrial Arts Strand; and (3) Sports Track. (Government Permit (R-02) No. 010 s. 2015

3.  In the effort to attract more enrollees and in order for students to have more program choices in the Senior High School, the school has explored new specialization, namely, Cosmetic Science (attached to the College of Pharmacy), Entrepreneurship (attached to the college of Business Education), Police Integrated Course (attached to the College of Criminology), Aircraft Maintenance, and Able Seafarer-Engine.

4. To gain prestige and to maintain quality and excellence, the school endeavors to go on with its accreditation ventures with the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).  In addition to the Business Administration  and Office Administration programs which were granted Level I accreditation from June 2014- to June 2017, the following programs are due for accreditation visit on January 28-29, 2015: Criminology and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs (Level II 1st Reaccreditation Visit), Nursing (Level I Formal Visit), Radiologic Technology and Information Technology (Preliminary visit).

5.  The faculty and staff are encouraged to qualify themselves to be able to teach in other fields especially in the Technical, Vocational and Livelihood Track, hence, they were able to acquire National Certification II (NC II) in various fields and have undergone Trainers Training conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

6.  To further strengthen and engage faculty and staff for continued training and development, the academic community was oriented with current issues and concerns like the Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA), K-12 Program, Quality Assurance System (Horizontal and Vertical Typologies),  Outcomes-Based Education (OBE), Higher  Education and National Development Plan presented during the 2015 Philippine Higher Education Presidents’ Summit, the directions set during the region 02 Executive Conference, and the like.

    Moreover, the school has some other initiatives especially in the field of research, student services, and community extension  and in establishing linkages and strengthening existing networks with industry partners, sourcing out funds for scholarships and others. It is worth mentioning, however, that all initiatives and achievements could never have been possible without the untiring support, the positive response, as well as the high level of commitment of the administration, faculty and staff, students, parents, industry partners and the community. If this sound partnership will prevail, there will be no reason why we cannot weather all the challenges brought about by the K-12 program.