September 11, 2019

Automated Elections Implemented in NCF BED

The Naga College Foundation Inc., Basic Education Department (NCF BED) composed of the grade school pupils and the junior and senior high school students cast their votes on separate dates from July 5 – 12, 2019 at the Computer Laboratory to select the new leaders of the department for school year 2019 – 2020. But this time, without using a pen and paper but rather, using the Automated Counting Election System.

This is a breakthrough computer system set up by the College of Computer Studies (CCS) headed by Mr. Ronald Baldemoro, a college instructor together with his student-staff composed of fourth year senior college students majoring in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The purpose of which is to educate the students and to promote a fair and honest election through digitization.

This breakthrough project is auto-generated, using a transparency server during casting of votes. A matrix of actual voting count and figures and the turnout of the number of voters with hidden names of the candidates were shown on wide screen outside the polling precinct to monitor its progress.

To cast their vote, the students used a PIN Code, a unique number per student which was only known by the COMELEC. All the students did was to input their PIN CODE and click beside the name of their chosen candidate. To avoid flying voters, student PIN CODE was automatically blocked upon voting. The ICT head and staff disclosed that the system was safe as votes were automatically added and tallied.

Days before the event, the system was tested through a mock election participated by the COMELEC officers and members. The trial was productive as the tally results were automatically generated.

During the actual election process, monitored by the COMELEC officers and members along with COMELEC advisers Mr. Joward M. Diocos and Ms. Jeannylene F. Adan, it was smooth, systematic and well-facilitated.

Students commented that the election was enjoyable, fast, and accurate. It was a proof that the NCF BED cannot be left behind as far as modern innovation is concerned.

September 11, 2019

School Belt joins Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Naga City

The main roads of Naga City’s school belt which include Camarines Sur National High School, Naga Central School, Minds that Matter and Naga College Foundation, Inc. (NCF) along with other public and private schools closed temporarily, early morning of June 28, 2019 as they joined all together for the simultaneous earthquake drill.

More than 24,000 students, faculty members and personnel performed an earthquake scenario where everybody went out of their respective classrooms and offices and proceeded to their allotted spaces outside their schools with the “Duck, Cover and Hold” exercise mandated by the NDRRMC to ensure preparedness and observe safety techniques during the occurrence of an earthquake.

The LGU Naga spearheaded the said drill in partnership with the schools’ administrative officials, the Safety and Security Officers, and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO). They coordinated with agencies such as the Special Rescue Unit of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Naga City Hospital and the Philippine National Police (PNP) among others to ensure that drills like this will be properly executed and facilitated.

Simulation of several scenarios during an earthquake were undertaken like search and rescue operation and emergency medical services wherein junior students from NCF were selected to portray as casualties of the earthquake.

This simultaneous earthquake drill along the school belt is exercised yearly and NCF is one of the schools in Naga City that actively participates and efficiently exercises its emergency plans by anticipating and knowing the proper actions to take when there is an earthquake or even other disasters that may be experienced in the future.

This is also one way of continuously instilling in the minds of students, faculty and personnel the significance of disaster preparedness and to ensure that the school’s defenses against disasters are in place.

The earthquake drill lasted for about 45 minutes until all persons involved returned calmly to their respective schools and workplace.