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       “Sometimes, we put the limitations upon ourselves, in fact, these limitations have been a constant challenge until today, and what have we actually done with these limitations? We should instead strive to turn these limitations into opportunities.” This was the gist of the year-end assessment which was participated by officials and designees of the four major sectors of the College, including the Office of the President.

The 2-day year-end assessment for 2019 and planning for 2020 which was held in San Juan, La Union on December 9-10, 2019 primarily aimed to assess the accomplishments of the College vis-à-vis the targets for 2019.

       Dr. Rogelio K. Balcita, Jr, VP for Administration and Finance emphasized in his opening remarks that this year’s assessment would use a different process, and he advised the participants to first conduct a workshop to aid the Vice Presidents in determining what ought to be presented and not just what everyone should expect to be presented. He further stressed that it is vital to highlight the significant sectoral accomplishments for 2019. To do this, Mr. Dexter Lingbanan, the Chief of the Staff of the Office of the President and Planning Officer strongly suggested to the participants to use the Strength-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis process to assess their respective sectoral accomplishments. He added that in the sectoral action plan, the participants need to review the indicators and targets for the year 2020 in view of the trends and priority thrusts of the Administration.

       In his message during the opening program, Dr. Rexton F. Chakas, College President said, “Let us scan, let us surf our strengths as a College and work on these to enhance our programs, however, let us also scan and surf our limitations and weaknesses to improve the areas that need our attention.

       During the first day, a workshop by sector was undertaken in the morning. The outputs of the workshop namely the SWOT analysis and the sectoral accomplishment report were presented during the afternoon session. The presentation exceeded expectations as the outputs demonstrated results of collaborative work strengthened by participants’ active participation. Comments, suggestions and questions which emerged from the College President and other officials were addressed and noted by the sectoral leaders. Capping the first day was the strong and emphatic message of the Dr. Chakas prior to discussing the priority thrusts of the College for 2020. He reiterated his earlier message during the opening program on turning limitations into opportunities. He affirmed, “Let us be more opportunistic in an affirmative way and empower ourselves despite the limitations; in fact, limitations can be empowering.” He further challenged all college officials to support him in his experimentations. He stressed, “Management is a journey of discovery and management is an experiment to discover not only new things but to empower the College.”

       On the second day, Mr. Lingbanan presented to the group the template to be used for the preparation of the sectorial action plan for 2020 vis-à-vis the trends and priority thrusts of the Administration which include the Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA), ISO accreditation, and RQUAT, among others. The template used during the workshop was designed according to the template of the strategic plans to facilitate an efficient way of writing the action plan. In the afternoon, the sectoral representatives presented their respective action plans for implementation next year. The College drivers, who henceforth, shall now be called the mobility service crew also created their action plan for 2020 which was presented by their representative, Mr. Kim Clark Aspiras. A team-building activity and an Administrative Council meeting culminated the second day.

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