Boac, Marinduque, Philippines – The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Professor Raoul J. Magcamit, recently participated in the Internship Exit Conference on June 3, 2024 at the OP Conference Room, MSC Boac, Marinduque, organized by the College of Governance. The event, held in collaboration with Host Training Establishments (HTEs), aimed to gather essential feedback to continually improve the Bachelor of Public Administration program.

Sharing of feedback and insights. (Photo by R. Magcamit)

This initiative aligns with the implementation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 104, series of 2017, titled “Revised Guidelines for Student Internship Program in the Philippines.” The memorandum mandates institutions to conduct comprehensive exit conferences to ensure the quality and effectiveness of internship programs.

Ms. Maricel P. Go, OJT Coordinator of the BPA program warmly welcomed the participants to the activity hosted by Ms. Cyra Madrigal, BPA-IV student.

During the conference, VPAA Magcamit emphasized the importance of stakeholder engagement in enhancing educational programs. He highlighted that feedback from HTEs is crucial for identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the internship process. “Our goal is to mold graduates who are not only competent but also embody strong values and ethical standards,” she stated.

The conference brought together representatives from various HTEs, faculty members, and students who shared their experiences and insights. Key topics of discussion included:

**Internship Experiences: Students and HTE representatives discussed the practical challenges and successes encountered during internships.

Skill Development: Feedback focused on the skills students acquired and the gaps that need addressing to better prepare them for real-world governance roles.

**Skill Development: Feedback focused on the skills students acquired and the gaps that need addressing to better prepare them for real-world governance roles.

**Program Enhancement: Suggestions for curriculum enhancements and additional support mechanisms for interns were deliberated.

College of Governance Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anne Grace M. Labatete reiterated the institution’s commitment to excellence in education. “By actively seeking and integrating feedback, we can ensure that our programs remain relevant and effective in preparing students for their future careers. This is part of our ongoing effort to uphold the highest standards of academic and professional excellence.”

In her synthesis BPA Program Chair Ms. Katrina E. De Mesa mentioned that the insights gathered from the Internship Exit Conference will be used to refine the Bachelor of Public Administration program. The College of Governance plans to implement recommended changes and continue regular consultations with HTEs to maintain a dynamic and responsive internship program.

CGOV with participants from other offices and agencies. (Photo by R. Magcamit)

The event underscored the collaborative effort between Marinduque State College and its partners in the academic and professional communities, striving to produce graduates who are well-equipped to meet the demands of the public administration sector. Among the attendees were representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government & offices in MSC.

(RJ Magcamit/Vice President for Academic Affairs)