CHED orders city college to complete its facilities

By Paulo DS. Papa


The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has recently ordered the City College of Naga (CCN) to complete its campus with facilities.


To recall, the city government of Naga established its Covid-19 treatment center at the CCN’s campus along Almeda Highway in Concepcion Pequeña, which accommodated city residents infected by the virus.


Sometime in 2018, the city government under administration of former Mayor John Bongat started the construction of the two-storey school building with 16 classrooms. Its completion was delayed due to the pandemic.


Magno Conag, CCN administrator, said that after receiving the CHED order requiring the school to complete the needed facilities for students, the isolation beds and other medical equipment installed in the school building were already removed and transferred to the Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) in Barangay Liboton.


He said the transfer of the treatment facility was the result of his dialogue with Mayor Nelson Legacion about the completion of the CCN campus.


Among the facilities to be constructed are the school library and science laboratory. The completion of the school facilities will cost some P5 million, Conag said.


He admitted that the school’s completion was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. the CCG enrollees numbering 280 students decreases by 38 percent due to Covid-19.


Despite the present health crisis, Conag is optimistic that the number of enrollees will reach more than 600 students. New courses such as Bachelor of Science in Office Administration will be offered once the school building is completed.


He said CCN will comply with the requirements to start limited face-to-face classes once the school facilities are complete.


CHED recognized CCN as a higher education institution on Oct. 27, 2020.


On August 24, 2021, CHED issued CCN a certificate of program compliance (COPC) for the diploma course on Midwifery. Two days later, the commission issued another COPC to CCG for its course on Bachelor of Science in Midwifery.


As of press time, there are eight classrooms and eight comfort rooms on the school’s second floor. Classrooms and faculty lounge on the first floor are yet to be constructed.


Temporarily, the CCN is located at the second floor of the City Health Office building.