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East Central Colleges Pampanga - Integrated into OLFU system
Date Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012
Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) shall continue improving man as man. Its quest for the fulfillment of dreams shall never end. And never end, it really shall.
The East Central Colleges (ECC) of San Fernando, Pampanga is now a part of the OLFU educational system as the former has been recently acquired by the University.

In order to reach out to students, OLFU’s Administrative Officer for Pampanga, Mrs. Muriel Caballero; together with Ms. Ellen Censon, Social Orientation and Community Involvement (SOCI) Officer; the ECC employees, such as the registrars, teachers, and even janitors and guards; and their scholars, went to malls, churches, and other prominent areas to tell the people of the news about ECC being improved both in its physical plant and educational systems.

Matutuwa ka kasi nakikita mong tumutulong talaga silang lahat. Yang guard, makikita mo naka-uniform yan pero mamaya magpapalit na yan para magpintura. (You would be joyous because you could see that all of them are helping out. You would see the guard in uniform but later on, he’d be changing to paint), Mrs. Caballero said with a smile, as she was referring to the experience renovating the school building, marking the new management ECC is in.

ECC, founded in 1945, is now a 67-year-old educational institution. Being such, the facilities and the building themselves are old and outdated. With the mandate of the administrators, through Mrs. Caballero, the campus has been renovated for an improved ECC which demonstrates how OLFU really caters to excellent education with the proper setting for studying.

ECC offers secondary and tertiary education, and vocational courses under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The tertiary programs of ECC are Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accountancy, BS in Business Administration with majors in Marketing Management and Human Resource Development Management, BS in Information Technology, BS in Computer Science, BS in Secondary Education with majors in English, Math, History, Filipino, General Science, and Physical Education, and BS in Civil Engineering. ECC also has associate courses on Computer Technology, Computer Secretarial, and Accounting and Bookkeeping. It also has graduate courses namely: Master of Arts (MA) in Business Administration and MA in Public Administration.

ECC’s TESDA courses are Typewriting (to be changed to Keyboarding), Bookkeeping with National Certificate (NC) II, Stenography, Dressmaking NC II, Hairdressing NC II, and Beauty Care NC II.

We are very excited and we expect a lot from Fatima, said Ms. Ma. Jenny Lyn Layson, 3rd Year BS Secondary Education student majoring in English. Sana, yung mga hinaing namin sa dating mga administrators, pakinggan nila. (We hope that they would listen to our gripes to our previous administrators), she continued.

In ECC, students have two types of scholarship programs: the Presidential Scholarship, and the Working Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship is a per recommendation scholarship. Distinguished personalities such as high school principals may endorse a student who would be given a 100% tuition fee discount. The Working Scholarship, on the other hand, is analogous to the Student Assistance Scholarship program only that they are also given 100% tuition fee discount for their respective work. Their grading system is on a percentage basis, very much different from OLFU’s which is on an equivalent basis where 1.0 is excellent and 5.0 is failed.

Ms. Jenny Layson, a working scholar, after being told of OLFU’s scholarship conditions said that she finds them more challenging than before. It would motivate me to study even harder. It would be fair that what you would receive is the scholarship that you deserve.

In contrast, Mr. Darwin Dimarucot, a 2nd Year BS Information Technology student was in shock. Mas mahirap yan pero kakayanin. (It would be harder but we will try to manage), he exclaimed.

OLFU would tightly monitor ECC in its transition period and it would help the latter to be a full- fledged Fatima community, forming men and women imbued with the necessary skills, virtues and academic development. And together, OLFU and ECC shall rise to the top!

Article credit: Leo Amadeus Ruiz