Last April 30, 2016 at early 5:00 o’clock in the morning, St. Michael’s College participate “BAKLAY for a cause”. This walk for a cause was organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible voting (PPCRV) of Iligan, a non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-profit group that runs independently from any political affiliations whose objective is to ensure free, fair and fraud-free elections and the responsible use of the Filipino’s “Right to vote”.
BAKLAY stands for Botar Alang sa Kaugmaon ug Lihok Alang sa Yanong Katawhan. This activity calls for the renewal of the social and political fabric of the ailing society and enjoins every concerned individual to walk with other participating groups from different sectors, non-government organization (NGO), and local government unit (LGU) including the police and the military and also the clergy. The participants also called on the voting public not to sell their votes as printed on their t-shirts: “My vote is not for sale”.
As the annual election for governing officials for the year 2016 approaches, St. Michael’s College was given the opportunity to be the first private institution to host the BANDILYO 2016; Mayoralty Candidates’ Debate last April 18, 2016 at the St. Joseph Auditorium, St. Michael’s College main campus. The forum was sponsored by the different members of the industry of Iligan City: Frappella, Pop Snack, Ramen-Yah, TomYum, Enang’s Grill and Seafoods, Nature’s Spring, St. Therese de Avilla Learning Center.
The forum was graced with a welcoming address by Prof. Emmanuel Ong and started the debate proper with Dr. Romero C. Hermosilla and Ms. Pamela Dalman as the Debate Moderators. The Mayoralty candidates present to participate on the debate were Datu Ismail Malangas, Atty. Volter Rovira (representative for Hon. Celso Regencia), Pastor Cocoy Sabarre, and Hon. Roderick Marzo. The candidates mentioned their individual platforms. Datu Ismail aims for a good government—livelihood for the people, free education and free medication. Atty. Rovira advertised Hon. Celso Regencia with a platform of peace and order imposition in Iligan and the elimination of the drug problems, graft and corruption. Pastor Sabarre’s platform on the other hand, is the all-out war against drugs. Meanwhile, Hon. Roderick Marzo promises to continue his service to our Iliganon people having been able to bring progress and gave more jobs in his six (6) year experience as a Councilor, Vice Mayor and acting Mayor (recently).
St. Michael’s College is widely known as the most technologically advanced institution in the city of Iligan. It continues to innovate, transform and create an institution fit to produce excellent students through the installation of Instructional Televisions in each classroom to further boost the quality of teaching. ITVs in classrooms allow multiple teaching approaches as not every learner learns through the same process.
According to Howard Gardner in his multiple Intelligences in 1983, people have at least 7 different intelligences that work together. It was his belief that teachers should pluralize their lessons through teaching important information in different format (text, video, music, art and other activities where learning is best delivered).
Republic Act No. 10533 (R.A 10533) otherwise known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, has expanded the years of schooling in basic education from 10 years to 12 years. In school year 2016-2017, an additional 2 years representing Grades 11 and 12 will be introduced in the basic education system through senior high school.
St. Michael’s College, Iligan City, receptive and ardent to new innovations, applied for provisional permit no.110, s.2015 to operate the Senior Hugh School Program. The institution will be offering all the academic tracks namely: Accountancy and Business Management (ABM), General Academics (GA), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) and Tech Voc Track starting June 2016. The program will be manned with very competent and qualified teachers to teach the core, contextualized and specialized subjects in various tracks and strands offered by the school.
The Department of Education will be subsidizing fees of Grade 10 completers from public and private Junior High Schools (JHS) who want to enroll in a (1) private high school, (2) private University or college, or (4) technical-vocational school, which will offer Senior High School (SHS) starting 2016-2017.
St. Michael's College of Iligan City, a Catholic institution of higher learning in Iligan City, administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), offering four levels of education: elementary, secondary, tertiary and graduate school.
Its programs are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) for 25 years, a silver triumph indeed!