Coronavirus (COVID-2019)

Message to the Community

Malayan Colleges Mindanao (A Mapúa School) is continuously pursuant in its efforts of updating the community on its policies and precautionary measures concerning the recent viral pandemic that is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-2019.

“To the community of the Mapua schools,

Amidst the torrent of issuances, advisories and social media posts about COVID-19, I wish to send a singular message of oneness amongst ourselves and with the larger communities of which we are a part – the Filipino people and indeed humanity.  It could have happened under better circumstances, but the current situation has made us acutely feel this sense of belongingness as, perhaps, never before.

We are now in the thick of a very global and yet very local public health battle that can be won only with common resolve and unified action. As in any battle, drastic or even draconian actions may have to be taken to stem the tide against the adversary. Such actions will inevitably involve much difficulty and even sacrifice on our part. But our part we must do.

In the unaccustomed distance between each of us that we now find ourselves in, we have to find new ways to continue to operate to achieve our customary tasks. We are fortunate perhaps that we have earlier put in place the online tools that can dispel such distance. We must now maximize its use for the academic and administrative tasks that need to be carried out. This attempt to carry on despite the circumstances – keeping a part, small though it may be, of the socio-economic life of our nation humming – constitutes a major contribution to the fight.

I wish to thank our students, faculty members, administrative staff, alumni, officers and trustees who are doing their best to help our Mapua schools cope with the situation.

I wish that we can all pull together, as one Mapua community, to make the personal situation of each and everyone of us as  safe, and as less fraught with difficulties, as possible.

I wish that we can continue to support the bigger effort to win this battle against a global pandemic whose face we have now seen up close. Together, we shall overcome!

Ingat po tayong lahat!”

— Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President & CEO of Mapúa University and Malayan Colleges Mindanao

“We are in a crisis! Now more than ever, our paramount concern is the well-being of our students and personnel. We have taken unprecedented measures to protect our students and personnel while upholding academic continuity during this novel, worldwide crisis. We are privileged enough of having the foundation to do remote work and learning, and both the capability and the will to upscale these to a level that would allow us to continue to fulfill our mission as a learning institution despite the situation.

We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we tread our way away from this crisis. I encourage everyone to foster solidarity and demonstrate empathy by constantly helping one another and by aiming for the greater good. Our communication lines will remain open for all the members of the MCM community who are in need of assistance.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our students, the parents, our faculty, and staff for being one with us in taking steps to prevent the spread of these corona virus disease. May we continue to rely on each other for support in this time of crisis and in navigating the difficult circumstances.

Let us keep on working hand in hand towards overcoming the threat of COVID-19.”

Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, EVP-COO of Malayan Colleges Mindanao

 

Community Updates

Updates, News and Important information shared to the rest of the community concerning the Corona Virus Disease 2019. 

Recent Declarations/Memo on COVID-19:

      Department of Health COVID-2019 Hotline (Nationwide):
        DOH COVID-19 emergency hotlines 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 (For PLDT, Smart, Sun & TNT)

 

Academic Continuity

Here at MCM, conducting online or remote learning is embedded in our system given the Blended Learning approach integrated in instruction but due to the societal effects brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, online learning is elevated to a full scale. This transition to fully online learning is a significant adjustment for everyone in our community and everyone is doing their best to provide the necessary support needed.

Online, Remote or Distance Learning

The remaining Face-to-Face (F2F) classes will be converted to online material to be delivered through our Learning Management System (LMS). The institution has enough tools to maintain the appropriate teaching and learning activities despite the social distancing required. Below are the tools being used by the institution to cater to the situation:

  • Blackboard Learn will be the avenue for the teachers and students to continue their teaching and learning activities. Here, teachers can upload files for students to download and create assessments for students to take and etc.
  • Bb Collaborate Ultra or ZOOM will be used to conduct video conferences to cater real-time student-teacher interactions such as discussions, presentations and reports
  • Panopto will host the pre-recorded lecture videos that students can view any time, even on the mobile application
  • VitalSource Bookshelf will shelve the 12,000+ e-books and e-learning modules provided by Wiley and Cengage that students can access via the browser or mobile application 24/7

Online Help Desk

The institution shall provide its students and teachers Technical Support via the following means:

  • Students can email their Online Class concerns to bbsupport@mcm.edu.ph
  • The Innovations in Digital Environments and Learning Solutions (IDEaLS) Department also has a Facebook Page that students can reach out to and message for immediate technical support
  • Students can also directly contact the IDEaLS Page via this Facebook Messenger link: me/MCMIDEaLS

For concerns other than technical, the Center for Guidance and Counseling (CGC) will also extend their services online. They will now offer Online Counseling and other services. You can visit their Facebook Page for more information.

Internet Connectivity and Community Quarantine Issue

With the number of online users in Davao increasing due to the community quarantine, concerns regarding participation in online sessions have been raised. To address these concerns, the institution has imposed the following guidelines/policies:

      Higher Education

  • Students may opt not to participate in remote learning, formative assessment or summative assessment activities if internet connectivity is unavailable and/or violation of home quarantine procedures is a concern
  • Students who failed to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the current term, for any reason other than absences, will not be given a failing mark and will be allowed to complete the requirement of the course up to the end of the first term of SY 2020-2021 under the Extended Learning Time (ELT) program 

      Senior High School

  • Students may opt not to participate in remote learning, formative assessment or summative assessment activities if internet connectivity is unavailable and/or violation of home quarantine procedures is a concern
  • Students who failed to demonstrate achievement of the learning competencies for the current semester that may be attributed to the suspension of face-to-face learning sessions will not be given a failing mark and will be allowed to complete the requirement of the course up to the end of the 2020 summer term under the Extended Learning Time (ELT) program

Extended Learning Time

An outcomes-based program initiative of MCM where learners are allowed to extend their learning period beyond the end of the current term.  Under this program, students are given a grade of “C” or “Continuing” at the end of the current term which can be completed in succeeding terms when the learner is already ready to demonstrate the learning outcomes set.

For any concerns, please feel free to contact us using via this Facebook Messenger link: m.me/MCMIDEaLS.

Remote Work Policy

Compressed Four-Day Workweek

All offices must maintain a skeletal workforce based on the MCM’s regular working hours and ensure that operations are not hampered. Department Heads are responsible in monitoring the respective work accomplishments and deliverables. All schedule related concerns must be coordinated to HRMO for our reference and monitoring.

Remote Work Scheme

Employees on remote work are reminded of the observance of the following guidelines:

  • Employees are expected to be available during the usual working hours (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Employees should have a strong internet connection at home
  • Work deliverables should be clear and measurable
  • Employees should be available and on-call during regular working hours and attend meetings via tele or video conference

Department Heads are responsible for the workload distribution and assignments, and in monitoring the individual accomplishments. All IT related concerns must be coordinated with ITO upon release of this advisory for assistance.

Relevant flexible work arrangements are being implemented by the Human Resources department as endorsed by the department heads. This is to put premium and primary consideration on the safety, health and wellness of our employees, and the general public.

 

Preventive Measures

MCM is further upholding the guidelines that follow consistent updates made by national and local government, department of health and education authorities pursuant to MCM’s ongoing efforts to provide updated advisories on its Precautionary Measures regarding the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and in order to continue in helping control the spread of the virus, SARS-COV-2 (technical term adopted by the WHO) which is causing COVID-19:

  • As regards recent travels to countries with local transmission and high risk of importation such as: Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America (based on DOH DM # 2020-0112); or to areas in the Philippines with enhanced community quarantine due to local transmission, MCM is adapting the following updated algorithm as prescribed by DOH:

  • MCM through its Center for Health Services and Wellness (CHSW) continues to promote and adopt good hygiene and infection control practices such as those from the updated preventive measures endorsed by the WHO (see video through the link below) and by the DOH (see infographics below.)

  • On disinfection and cleaning of the campus facilities while still in operation but with reduced work activities, the Campus Maintenance and Development Office (CDMO) of MCM is tasked to provide tissues, alcohol/sanitizers and trash receptacles at all times to concerned frontline and support offices; and to maintain regular disinfection of surfaces, equipment and other elements of the work environment using FDA-approved cleaning materials.

 

Social Distancing

The following areas of Social Distancing are being implemented in MCM:

Community Quarantine

  • Security personnel conduct COVID-19 preventive measures at the campus entrance gates such as checking of body temperature and flu-like symptoms and reminds all to observe sufficient, physical distancing while on campus.
  • Students and applicants may still transact business at MCM offices but limited only to Admissions’, Registrar’s or Treasury Office’s concerns.
  • Employees’ work spaces have been increased to observe proper distancing
  • Sufficient hand sanitizers are made available in most-visited offices and more frequent disinfection of facilities are being done by utility personnel all over the campus premises.

Limited Travel

  • All curricular and non-curricular, off-campus activities for both students and faculty have been cancelled or postponed
  • Off-campus trainings, seminars or conferences for employees and administrators have been suspended.
  • Need for students and faculty to report to the campus has been eliminated; teaching and learning resources have been made available online through MCM’s e-books subscription and its Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn.

Mass Gatherings

  • Any occasion of mass gathering that will be gather more than 10 persons in one place within the campus is being prohibited.
  • If a meeting among administrators and staff is necessary, one arm’s length is maintained between attendees and attendance via video-conferencing platforms (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, BBL Collaborate, Messenger) is also an option

Class Suspension

  • Classes for both SHS and College level have been moved from blended learning (i.e. face-2-face + online) to fully online.

Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Work-from-home, compressed work week, staggered working hours and other relevant flexible work arrangements are being implemented by the Human Resources department as endorsed by the department heads.
Student Admission

Procedures for student admissions covering online or on-site application, admissions examination, and registration during community quarantine phase.

The MCM admission examination for incoming grade 11, SHS transferees, college freshmen and college transferees can be taken through any of the two (2) options below:

  1. Online Admission Exam
    • All applicants may directly apply and take the admission examination anytime through this link: https://mcm.edu.ph/admissions/online/.
    • Once examination is finished, result and list of enrollment requirements will be automatically sent through email provided by the applicant.
  2. Onsite Admission Examination
    • Admission exams are held every Friday with two (2) sessions to choose from:

Session

Exam Time

Result Released By

Morning Session

8:30 am – 11:00 am   

1:00 pm of the same day

Afternoon Session

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

5:00 pm of the same day

       Notes:

  • MCM admissions team can only accommodate 40 applicants every session.
  • Applicants must register at least a day before the preferred Friday schedule: http://bit.ly/MCMadmissionexam
  1. The following admission requirements must be submitted on the day of the exam:
    1. Duly filled out application form (https://mcm.edu.ph/downloadables/)
    2. Two (2) pcs 1 ½ x 1 ½ ID picture with plain background
    3. Photocopy of any of the following:
  • Current School ID with indicated year or grade level.
  • Certificate of Enrollment for the active school year or term

Notes on Application Fee:

  1. Application fee must be paid at least a day before taking the exam:
    • College – PhP350.00 (waived for applicants from public schools)
    • Senior High School- PhP300.00

       2. Application fee can be done thru ONLINE BANKING or initiating a BANK FUND TRANSFER to our RCBC account with the following details:

    • Bank Name: Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC)
    • Branch: Davao Matina Business Center
    • Account name: Malayan Colleges Mindanao (a Mapua School), Inc.
    • Account number: 9029-684-079
    • Kindly send a SCANNED COPY of your validated deposit slip or bank confirmation to treasury@mcm.edu.ph and indicate the following in your email:
      • Student name
      • Purpose: Admission Exam Fee

Providing KonsultaMD

Malayan Colleges Mindanao wishes to provide its students and employees with easy access to medical assistance, healthcare consultations and reliable information especially during this time of crisis.

KonsultaMD is a 24/7 hotline manned by licensed Filipino doctors who provide medical assessment and advice, basic healthcare and permissible medication over the phone at affordable subscription rates for which MCM will shoulder ALL COSTS of. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still take the Admissions Entrance Exam?

Yes, entrance exams are still ongoing. You may take our ONLINE ADMISSION EXAM here. For on-site admission exam, applicants must register at least a day before the preferred Friday schedule: http://bit.ly/MCMadmissionexam

How can I submit my Registrar requirements?

Please photo or scan your needed requirements and then send to registrar@mcm.edu.ph

Can I still apply for Academic Scholarships?

Yes. Make sure that you were able to take the Online Admission Exam and upon final assessment the Scholarship Committee will contact you. For further inquiries please email cgc@mcm.edu.ph

Will frontline offices (e.g. Admissions, Registrar, Treasury) still be open to process enrollment concerns?

Yes, frontline offices are still open Monday to Friday, 8-5pm except for holidays. 

Is the Center for Health Services and Wellness (MCM Clinic) still open? 

Yes, currently the MCM Clinic is still open for any walk-in concerns. You may also contact the Clinic at clinic@mcm.edu.ph or +639985950024

If I was not able to take my Final Exam, what can be done?

Students who failed to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the current term, for any reason other than absences, will not be given a failing mark and will be allowed to complete the requirement of the course up to the end of first term of SY 2020-2021 (OR 2020 summer term for SHS) under the Extended Learning Time (ELT) program.

How can I process my payments to Treasury?

You may pay Matriculation and other fees through M. Lhuilier or through online banking or fund transfer to Malayan Colleges Mindanao’s RCBC Account.  Read more details on M. Lhuilier process here, and RCBC account details here

May we still enter the MCM Campus?

Yes, but we strongly advise that for any concerns it is best to contact any of our offices/departments thru email or phone. 

In the event that my internet connection is unstable and I cannot access BlackBoard, is there an alternative way I can pass my academic requirements?

If you are experiencing any issues with your Online Classes/Exams or your experience with Blackboard Learn please send a message at m.me/MCMIDEaLS or email bbsupport@mcm.edu.ph for support.

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