Nobody should be left behind amidst the pandemic. The Department of Agriculture and Aquatic Sciences (DAAS) of ASCOT Bazal Campus conducted series of orientation program for first year, transferees, and old students, with the theme “Agricultural Education in the New Normal”. The first orientation was conducted on August 31, 2020 at Maria Aurora, Aurora then on September 3, 2020 at San Luis, Aurora. The DAAS team then proceeded to Casiguran on September 15, 2020 and to Dilasag the following day, while the municipality of Dipaculao was scheduled on the 17th and Baler, Aurora on the 18th of September 2020. The orientation and modules distribution was spearheaded by the Department Director, Dr. Evi Q. Fontanos, together with the General Education and Agriculture Faculty and Staff.

DAAS, in partnership with the said municipalities, prepared a short program that provided the students information about the things that they needed to know in studying at ASCOT. Likewise, the orientation helped the students to be enlightened about the new normal in the education system.
The highlights of the program were the Introduction of the faculty and staff led by Dr. Ma Luz F. Cabatan; followed by a discussion of the Policies on Student Affairs and Services (SAS) by Dr. Riosahlie Y. Madrid; then the Policies and Mechanics of Online Class Implementation under New Normal by Dr. Evi Q. Fontanos; and lastly, the Campus Policies were discussed by Mr. Mark Vincent Padilla.
After the program proper, students were grouped into designated areas according to year level to meet their instructors and be briefed regarding the policies in their respective enrolled subjects. Likewise, modules were distributed and specific instructions were given to the students who made use of the opportunity to air their queries and uncertainties in this time of the new normal in the education system that they will be facing. Then, the program concluded with a closing remarks by Ms. Maribelle A. Soriano, the program chair.

In the course of the activity, everyone saw to it that health protocols were observed like wearing face mask, physical distancing, and use of disinfectant. The DAAS is grateful that everything went right and well through the joint effort of all the members of the DAAS family with the support of the College Administration and partner municipalities.
Random pictures of the activity.

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