The participants at the convention. UB's Dr. Charesma Grace Killip – Lud-ayen (center) was part of the event.
Deans and faculty members of higher education institutions in the Cordillera Administrative Region gathered for the 2nd Regional Convention held at the University of the Cordilleras – Legarda Campus, Baguio City last April 10-12.
Organized by the Council of Criminal Justice Educators for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CCJE-CAR), the three-day convention was highlighted by the crafting of a unified course syllabi for the criminology major subjects by the members of the Council.
Christopher Depnag, Specialist Supervisor II of Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-CAR, who opened the convention, noted that it had been a “dream for criminology schools to come together to share their best practices with one another” and that this is a “new era for criminal justice education in the Cordillera region because there is a strong collaboration among the different schools.” After his talk, Depnag administered the oath of office for the CCJE-CAR officers.
The rest of the convention dealt with the writing of the unified syllabi. The syllabi, content-validated by the group, will be adopted by the 15 schools that offer criminology program in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The output will be presented during the National Council of Deans for Criminology Education in May 2019.
Participating schools during the convention included the University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, Baguio Central University, Easter College, King’s College of the Philippines (Benguet Campus), Cordillera Career Development College, Ifugao State University, Kalinga State University, Data Center College of the Philippines (Abra Campus), Cordillera A+ Computer Technology College, and Saint Louis College of Bulanao.
The activity, which had the theme “Embracing Developments in Criminal Justice,” is in compliance with CHED Memorandum Order No. 5 series 2018 (Policies, Standards and Guidelines for the Bachelor of Science in Criminology Program) and Republic Act No. 11131 (An Act Regulating the Practice of Criminology Profession in the Philippines, and Appropriating Funds Therefor, Repealing for the Purpose Republic Act No. 6506”). The new policies, standards and guidelines for the B.S. Criminology program challenges schools to exert further creativity in developing their curriculum and course syllabi.
Through the creation of the Council of Criminal Justice Educators for the Cordillera Administrative Region, the schools are no longer confined in their boundaries; rather, the partnership among them is strengthened. Sharing of resources, facilities, best practices and strategies and establishing memorandums of agreement will guarantee more competent delivery of the criminology program particularly in the region. Further, through the Council, Cordillera schools can further help boost one another so that each of the CAR schools will become Center of Excellence. –Dr. Charesma Grace Killip – Lud-ayen
Dr. Charesma Grace Killip – Lud-ayen is dean of the University of Baguio School of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
Officers of the Council of Criminal Justice Educators for the Cordillera Administrative Region take their oath during the event.