Eighty-six (86) members of the faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) - University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) gathered during the Faculty Planning Conference held on 10-12 June 2016, in Baguio City. With the theme, “KKK: Kumperensya ng Kaguruan tungkol sa K-12,” the conference aimed to lay out concrete plans of action at the College and Department levels in the coming academic years when the peak of the K-12 program will be felt in the different aspects of University operations.
The three-day conference commenced with the welcome remarks of Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. In her speech, she looked back on the past faculty conference, where the CSSP Vision 2020 was formed and strategies in attaining the goals were devised. This year’s conference served to address pressing national issues that concern the implementation of the K-12 program and how the College would respond to the transition years when UPD would accept Senior High School graduates for the first time.
The first plenary titled, “Present Scenario,” immediately followed after Dean Aguiling-Dalisay’s welcom remarks. This involved a presentation on CHED K-12 Transition Program and DepEd qualification standards for academic and core subject teachers delivered by Associate Dean for Research and Publications Dr. Josefina Natividad and a panel discussion focusing on the CSSP involvement in the K-12. The panel was composed of Department of Sociology Chair Dr. Manuel Victor Sapitula, Dr. Ma. Ela Atienza of the Department of Political Science, and former Deans of CSSP Dr. Zosimo Lee and Dr. Elizabeth Ventura.
The second plenary tackled student admissions, course demand and teaching load. This included a short presentation of data from the Departments regarding the prospective number of enrollees, students to be admitted, courses to be offered, and activities of the faculty such as research, teaching, and extension service.
The first and second workshops focusing on Department plans and College plans, respectively, in light of the upcoming transition years were also conducted. All sessions and workshops proceeded to an open forum where the delegates gave suggestions and comments, and posed clarificatory questions regarding the presentations.
Over the past years, the CSSP has regularly conducted annual faculty conferences to discuss issues that concern the College as well as provide a suitable venue for interaction and possible collaboration for the members of the faculty. Last year’s faculty conference was held in Clark, Pampanga, with the theme, “Pasundayag Tungo sa Haraya 2020.”