PSHS-CVC senior students bag bronze in the 20th PNCO 2021
by: Christine V. Ordinario
Two senior students of PSHS-CVC won the bronze medal in the Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad (PNCO) on March 6, 2021.
Edrian Paul S. Liao and Luis Jerard Salum of 12-Eridani, along with Darylle Hope D. Galang (11-Polaris), represented the school in the annual chemistry competition.
Before advancing to the national level, Liao, Salum, and Galang needed to compete in the regional eliminations which was scheduled last January 30, 2021, but there were no contenders from any of the high schools in the region.
Unopposed, the three PSHS-CVC contingents automatically emerged as the region’s representatives, propelling them to the PNCO.
According to Mr. Mark Merrill N. Mesa, chemistry teacher and one of the coaches, since face-to-face classes are suspended, their preparations and reviews were conducted through Google Meet.
"This year's PNCO clearly compelled for a more challenging platform considering the new modality, the busy schedule of students and coaches, and most especially the dynamic set of questions the contestants immersed with. The most important caveat from this event that I would always cherish is the fun that came along with it. Seeing the students have fun learning, given their love-hate relationship with chemistry, made me realize that our efforts have truly come to fruition," quipped Mr. Mesa.
The teachers of the Chemistry Unit took turns in conducting online review sessions with the contestants.
Mr. Mesa was the registered coach of Luis Salum, Mr. Bryle C. Eusebio was the registered coach of Edrian Liao, and Ms. Maria Cristina C. Valeros for Darylle Galang.
Liao and Galang are both first–time contenders in the PNCO, while Salum is competing for his second time this year.
This year’s PNCO was participated in by 54 competing participants and 6 non–competing participants from 16 regions.
The PNCO top four scorers, which include one student from PSHS Main Campus and two from PSHS Central Mindanao Campus, won the gold and will compete in the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad on July 24 to August 2, 2021 to be hosted by Japan.#
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PSHS-CVC joins nationwide earthquake drill
by: Christine V. Ordinario
from PSHS-CVC Documentation Committee
In compliance to the order from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus employees participated in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on March 11, 2021, 2:00 PM.
Earthquake drill is one of the regular activities conducted in the campus to intensify the awareness and preparedness of employees and students.
Due to health restrictions and health hazards posed by Covic-19 pandemic, and to ensure physical distancing, the other parts of the drill that require mass gathering such as evacuation and other physical interactions were not included.
The nationwide simultaneous drill is the initial activity of the four-part program of NDRRMC.
Other drills will be held on June, September, and November this year.
"Disasters can happen anytime, that is why we should take drills seriously. No matter who we are or how busy our schedule is, we should participate and not take it for granted, because earthquakes will spare no one. Lamang ang handa," emphasized Dr. Gallo, the Chief of the Student Services Division (SSD).
The conduct of the earthquake drill in the campus was facilitated by the Student Services Division.#
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Message of Dr. Salvador B. Romo on his Retirement from the Government Service
Dr. Salvador B. Romo
January 18, 2021
First of all, allow me to share with you a verse from the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you; plans to give you hope in the future.” From the time I started my career as a public servant in 1983, I could have good plans for my career, job, and for my family, though I don’t have idea what the future holds for me, but God does. He is in control of everything. He loves us very much and his beautiful plans for each and every one of us, God is so good. I thank Him for all his blessings given to me and my family, and for keeping us always in his loving care.
I can still recall way back in July 2008, the question of former DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro during our interview with the Board of Trustees when she asked me if Pisay–CVC can transfer to its permanent site within a period of two years. I told her, “Yes Ma’am” having a second thought that it is premature to count my accomplishments without having started. Truly, working with great people in the Philippine Science High School System is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. For the challenge focused by Sec. Alabastro, PisayCVC was able to set its foot in two years, that was in year 2010, on its permanent site in Brgy. Masoc, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. Now, Pisay–CVC has metamorphosed into a beautiful campus with state–of–the–art facilities manned by intelligent and dedicated employees.
To the Philippine Science High School System Board of Trustees headed by Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Dr. Danilo Concepcion, Miss Elaine M. Morales, Dr. Leticia Peñano–Ho, Dr. Ramon M. de Vera, Dr. Danilo C. Lachica, Dr. Carlo Arcilla, and Director Lilia T. Habacon, Executive Director, Philippine Science High School System, my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your endless support to Pisay–CVC. Through your support, this was able to transform into a beautiful campus that provides quality STEM education in the region. Maraming–marami pong salamat.
To the Executive Committee, mami–miss ko kayo palagi dahil sa mga meetings natin, hindi lang sa mga ginagawa natin to unwind after the meeting but there are times we argue in principle but at the end of the day, best friends pa rin tayo sa Execom, sa isa’t isa. I appreciate the professional relationship and the respect you have given me – the times shared, friendships forged, and the incredible successes which we have enjoyed have been an extraordinary part of my life. I am very proud of what we have achieved for the Philippine Science High School System. Continue to support and help each other for greatness can be attained through service and care. Working for the Philippine Science High School System has contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development. After 12 happy and productive years, I leave with many memories to cherish for the rest of my life.
To the former Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School System, Dr. Filma G. Brawner and Dr. Josette T. Biyo, thank you so much for your guidance and support in my personal capacity as campus director in all the programs and projects of Pisay–CVC.
To Ma’am Lilia T. Habacon, the Executive Director, Dr. Rod Allan de Lara, Deputy Executive Director, other officials from the Office of the Executive Director headed by Ma. Concepcion Sakai, Dr. Jessamyn Yazon, and Sir Joel Bautista, maraming–maraming salamat po sa suporta nyo sa Pisay–CVC. All our programs and projects in terms of academic programs, infrastructure, equipment, and professional growth of our employees were achieved through your support and able leadership of the Executive Director. With the positive drive and great passion for excellence of the Execom, through the able leadership of Ma’am Lil, I’m certain that Philippine Science High School System, together with the regional campuses would be able to fulfil its mandate of providing quality STEM education in the country. Again, my deepest gratitude to all of you.
To my fellow workers of Pisay–CVC, headed by the Division chiefs - Ray, Salyn, and Harold - thank you for your support and dedication in the pursuit of commitment to quality science education. Thank you for helping me in providing the right direction to our employees and students as well. I am sorry for giving you sometimes a hard time in doing things. It’s not because you are in Pisay, but it is a good training to learn how to withstand the test of time and to cope with the challenges lying ahead of us. For obvious reason, being a public servant of the premiere science high school in the country, people expect much from us in providing quality STEM education. Don’t postpone the opportunity to be good in giving your best in the interest of public service. I’m fortunate working with good people like you. We have achieved so much not only in the physical academic programs of the school but also in nurturing the gifted. These are testaments to countless hours of hardwork, collaboration, inspiration and fun. It’s the result of the support willingly given by all stakeholders. We should all be incredibly proud of what we have achieved. Again, maraming–maraming salamat po sa Pisay–CVC family.
To the loving and supportive parents, the GPTCA Officers and the DPA, thank you so much for being always on our side, your endless support inspired us to work hard to providing the best education for your children. The road to quality science education has no finish line. I admonish you to continue in supporting the programs and projects of Pisay–CVC, for ultimately, it will redound to the benefits of your children.
To my wife, Cathy, our daughters, Kathleen, Faith Lanie and Alvea, my son–in–law IJ, and our grandkids Miguel and Kylie, I’m so blessed to having you in my life. For 38 years and 6 months of my service in government, I only spent eight years being with you. I’ve been away from you most of the time for the remaining years but nonetheless, from this day onward, I can safely say, goodbye to time schedule, office hours, project submission, solving problems, and welcome a carefree life with luxury and fun with you. Maraming salamat sa tulong at pang-unawa ninyo sa akin. Mula nang maliliit ang ating mga anak, kay Cathy, you took care of them. But this time, siguro maghahabol pa rin ako. Sa aking mga anak na nasa ibang bansa, I hope to see you later on para naman makapag–bonding tayo, we could spend quality time.
Again to the DOST and Philippine Science High School System family, my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, to all your support, love and care we shall express in various ways. Maraming salamat sa messages, mga wishes ninyo, sa gifts. I hope this will not be the last time na I’ll be with you. I hope after the pandemic, magkikita pa rin tayo, anyway, just a message lang, isang message lang, you can reach me this time at sabi ng Execom kanina during our meeting this morning, I have to create my Facebook para we could still get in touch with them. Ang sabi ko naman, don’t worry, this time ako na ang mang–iistorbo sa inyo because I have all my time.
Lastly, allow me to share a beautiful quote from Etienne de Grellet: “For I shall pass this way but once, any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” I wish all of you every success for the future. Stay safe and God bless. Muli, marami pong salamat. Mabuhay ang DOST family, mabuhay ang Philippine Science High School. Magandang hapon po uli sa inyong lahat.
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PSHS-CVC Wellness Program continues, opens more activities
by Christine V. Ordinario
from PSHS-CVC Documentation Committee
Launched last February 10, the Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus Health and Wellness Program continues to keep the employees up with its various activities for Weeks 2, 3, and 5.
Picking up from the previous week’s successful launch, Week 2 was fun–filled as the PSHS–CVC employees reminisced their childhood while playing the good old games such as sack race and eggcatching. The parlor games were a new addition to the regular zumba exercises. Other employees also played other sports such as table tennis, badminton, and basketball.
Week 3 commenced with the regular zumba exercises, and the highlight for the week was the preparation of Minute Meals such as smoothies. The demo of preparing these healthy diet options aims to educate the employees of the health benefits of smoothies which include cleansing or detox, boosting the immune system, and energizing the body.
A new set of activities was opened for the fourth week, new options that the dance–inclined and the sports–oriented employees can choose from. Mr. Marwin B. Ruiz, the PEHM teacher and dance guru of PSHS–CVC led the basic chachacha tutorials while Dr. Harold V. Gallo, the SSD Chief and the school’s basketball playing coach, spearheaded the basketball shooting competitions and drills.#
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