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

 

“There’s an option to go Flexible Learning which means that they don’t have to be digital all the time. So, the materials may be physical in nature and the delivery need not necessarily be online, and then they can have a mixed mode of delivery, mixed mode of media content and so on, and that will be more feasible for many schools, I think.”

Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President & CEO of Mapúa University, Malayan Colleges Laguna and Malayan Colleges Mindanao, shares his perspective on the state of education amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of technology and online learning in the future of education on ANC’s Market Edge interview with Cathy Yang on May 28, 2020.

 

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 Flexible 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.

Flexible Learning Options

To ALL the MCM College and SHS Enrollees for SY 2020-2021,

Malayan Colleges Mindanao wishes to provide its students with flexible opportunities to pursue their education for the coming SY 2020-2021. Thus, HERE are the FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS available and applicable to All Incoming Students, Transferees, and Existing MCM Students. Students may pick from the options presented (Batch A or Batch B) depending on whichever mode of learning suits them.

  • Batch A
    July 20, 2020 – Start of Learning
    Phase 1: Remote Learning Mode | Phase 2: Blended Learning Mode
    • PHASE 1 – July 20 to August 23, 2020
       Remote Learning Mode
      • A1: Digital Learning  — Fully Online Learning through MCM’s Learning Management System (requires home internet connection and learning devices such as laptop, desktops or tablet)
      • A2: Offline Learning — Learning kits in the form of printed materials or USB learning modules (requires device that can read USB drive) 
    • PHASE 2 – from August 24, 2020
      Blended Learning Mode (COMBINATION OF REMOTE AND ON-SITE) 
      • A3:  On-site/Face-to-Face Learning — Regular in-campus classes that practices physical distancing

        *NOTE: On-Site/Face-to-Face Learning is subject to approval of Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) and the Local Government of Davao City.  If approved, learners may still continue with remote learning if desired.

  • Batch B
    August 24, 2020 – Start of Learning
    Blended Learning Mode (Remote + On-site)
    • Remote Learning Mode
      • B1: Digital Learning  — Fully Online Learning through MCM’s Learning Management System (requires home internet connection and learning devices such as laptop, desktops or tablet)
      • B2: Offline Learning — Learning kits in the form of printed materials or USB learning modules (requires device that can read USB drive) 
    • On-Site Learning Mode
      • B3: On-site/Face-to-Face Learning (if allowed) — Regular in-campus classes that practices physical distancing

        *NOTE: On-Site/Face-to-Face Learning is subject to approval of Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) and the Local Government of Davao City.  If approved, learners may still continue with remote learning if desired.

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.

Work Arrangements Amidst GCQ

MCM Will be deploying a rotating skeletal workforce to provide essential services, but will be assigning highly-at-risk employees (i.e. senior citizens/immunocompromised persons) to work-from-home arrangements, as much as possible, when such option exists;

Transactions will be conducted online with a few exceptions.

 

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.

Physical Arrangements & Sanitation

• Install transparent plastic shields between visitors and front liners;
• Provide alcohol dispenser stations in corridors, conference areas, elevators, stairways and areas where workers pass;
• Provide foot baths at entrance to buildings & offices and vehicle tire baths at entrance gates;
• Put up signages on social distancing and personal protection;
• Disinfect all work offices 2x daily; before office work starts and after office staff have left.
• Regularly disinfect areas such as corridors, comfort rooms and cafeteria and frequently handled objects like glass partitions, doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, refrigerator and microwave handles;
• Periodically allow fresh air into working spaces and clean air vents;

Personal Health & Protection

• Periodically survey the health status of employees;
• Take everyone’s body temperature prior entry into the campus; allow for a 5-minute rest for individuals that initially registered a 38°C or above temperature;
• Advise symptomatic employees assessed by the Center for Health Services & Wellness to go home and rest or, in extreme cases, refer to the appropriate clinic/hospital for needed medical intervention;
• Provide disposable gloves to frontline employees handling submission of external documents and payments;
• Provide alcohol, sanitizers, tissue papers to offices;
• Require employees to keep face masks on throughout the day and to dispose of said masks in the proper way;
• Remind everyone to wash and sanitize hands as often as necessary and to avoid rubbing hands to face and eyes;

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.

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

• Place documents to be delivered in tray or basket at least 2m from receiving employee; receipt may be acknowledged via scanned copy sent thru email;
• Do not shake hands; do not do beso-beso;
• Do not congregate anywhere; limit gathering in pantry to what the social distancing will allow;
• Preferably, practice bring-your-own-baon and eat-in-your-workstation whenever possible; and
• Eating in communal areas is discouraged and spread out when eating in the cafeteria;

Student Admission

In light of recent events, the MCM Admission Examination is WAIVED for the applicants of S.Y.: 2020-2021.

Incoming Grade 11, Senior High School transferees, incoming College Freshmen, and College transferees who have NOT YET TAKEN THE ONLINE ADMISSION EXAM prior may register through this link: bit.ly/NewStudentEnrollmentRegistrationSY2020to2021

Contact Information

Feel free to message us on our Official Facebook page at: m.me/MalayanMindanao

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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. 

 

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Pagpugay Scholarship Fund

To honor our COVID-19 medical frontliners who have passed away in the line of duty, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, A Mapúa School in partnership with the BPI Foundation, is encouraging their next of kin to apply for the PAGPUGAY SCHOLARSHIP FUND where our commitment is to support your education.

Download the application form here

Learn more here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still take the Admissions Entrance Exam?

In light of recent events, the MCM Admission Examination is WAIVED for the applicants of S.Y.: 2020-2021.

Incoming Grade 11, Senior High School transferees, incoming College Freshmen, and College transferees who have NOT YET TAKEN THE ONLINE ADMISSION EXAM prior may register through this link.

How can I submit my Registrar requirements?

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

Can I still apply for Academic Scholarships?

Yes. After taking the admission exam prior, the scholarship committee will be in contact with you. Otherwise, those who have NOT YET TAKEN THE ADMISSION EXAM may now directly proceed to registration here. For further inquiries please email cgc@mcm.edu.ph.

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

No, because effective last March 26 and aligned with Executive Order No. 20, s.2020 of the City Government of Davao MCM went on lockdown. Thus, frontline offices are no longer open. However, these office may still be contacted via phone and online facilities from Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm except holidays.

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

In concurrence with the lockdown last March 26, the MCM Clinic has been shut down. You may still contact the Clinic at clinic@mcm.edu.ph or through +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. For more in-depth instructions on how to pay through online banking, watch this video

May we still enter the MCM Campus?

No, because effective last March 26, MCM went on lockdown in compliance to the City Government of Davao’s Executive Order No. 20, s.2020. 

(!) Recently, on a radio interview with our City Mayor, she confirmed last June 15, 2020 that students below 21-years old may go to the campus for purposes of Enrollment ONLY.

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.

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. 

 

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