UPDATES FROM THE PRESIDENT

UPDATES on HARRIS MEMORIAL COLLEGE, INC.

(School Year 2019-2020)

Dr. Cristina N. Manabat, Harris President

(Excerpt from the President’s Report to the Annual Conferences Session 2020)

 

 I.  GREETINGS

A pleasant and blessed day to all of you!

II. UPDATES on PROGRAMS, PROJECTS and PLANS of HARRIS MEMORIAL COLLEGE, INC.

                I would like to share with you major updates on programs, projects and plans of Harris Memorial College, Inc. (Harris, for brevity).

     A.  ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

  1. Enrolment and Graduation

This current semester, we have a total of 77 college students, compared to 66 students last SY 2018-2019, with an increase of 11%. We have 68 student deaconesses and three home missioner male students under the deaconess and home missioner degree programs, and 6 under the non-deaconess program. Below is the breakdown:

  • 29 students are taking up Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education (ABCE)
  • 16 under the Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Early Childhood Education (BEEd-ECE) and 26 under the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (formerly, Bachelor of Kindergarten Education)
  • 6 under the Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Early Childhood Education (non-deaconess program)

We have 19 candidates for graduation; 14 under the deaconess program (five ABCE and 9 BEEd-ECE) and five (5) under the non-deaconess program. Below is the distribution of graduating student deaconesses by episcopal area and annual conference.

     a. Manila Episcopal Area (MEA) – 7

SNEPAC – 1                  RPACE – 1                           PamPAC – 1    MidPAC – 2                  WMidPAC – 2

    b. Baguio Episcopal Area (BEA) – 7

TarPAC – 1                   NEPAC – 1                           NWPAC – 1

CLPAC – 2                     PangPAC – 1                      NCPAC – 1

  1. Accreditation Status of the Liberal Arts (ABCE) and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECEd) College Programs and Preschool Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education (ABCE) and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (formerly Bachelor of Kindergarten Education) are the two degree programs being offered and taken by student deaconesses and home missioners who are being educated, trained and prepared for full time ministry in the church. These programs have been enjoying high level accreditation status from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) through the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities – Accrediting Council, Inc. (ACSCU-ACI) since 1984 under the leadership Dr. Zenaida P. Lumba, then President of Harris Memorial College.

The ABCE program has been enjoying Level 3 accreditation status valid for five years (2016-2021). We are currently preparing for the accreditation resurvey of this degree program.

We are waiting for the result of our application for Level 3 accreditation status of our BECEd program, which will be released this year.

Additionally, the preschool program of Harris has been enjoying Level 2 accreditation status, the highest level accorded to this program, for many years.

These programs being offered by Harris have exceeded the minimum requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Our school has been working judiciously to maintain a high level accreditation status to insure the provision of quality programs to student deaconesses and home missioners for full time church ministry, as well as to kindergarten pupils.

 B.  STUDENT AFFAIRS

  1. Dormitory Life Curriculum (DLC)

Dormitory life is a major and critical component in the formation and development of student deaconesses and home missioners who are being prepared for Christ-like life and service. As such, deaconess faculty and staff on special appointment to Harris, together with the Dean for Academic Affairs, Guidance Counsellor and Chaplain, worked so hard in preparing a Dormitory Life Curriculum that would guide the dormitory life program of Harris.

Dormitory life is one of the five (5) areas in the Deaconess and Home Missioner Formation Program (DHMFP) of Harris Memorial College. The dormitory life curriculum is anchored on the function of deaconesses found in The Book of Discipline of The UMC, Paragraph 1913.2, Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, which states:

“Deaconesses function through diverse forms of service directed toward the world to make Jesus Christ known in the fullness of his ministry and mission, which mandates that his followers:

  • Alleviate suffering;
  • Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;
  • Facilitate the development of full human potential; and
  • Share in the building of global community through the church universal.”

The other four (4) areas of the Deaconess and Home Missioner Formation Program are:

  • Academics, including Institutional Requirements needed for church ministry;
  • Field Education, which is considered the heart of the training;
  • Christian Discipleship Formation Program (CDFP); and
  • Christ-like Leadership Development

These five areas constitute the Framework for the Deaconess and Home Missioner Formation Program, which was approved by the Board of Trustees of Harris.

  1. Christian Discipleship Formation Program (CDFP)

The Christian Discipleship Formation Program is another significant area in the DHMFP of Harris. It is led by our very capable, deeply committed and dependable chaplain, Rev. Estelito M. Binuya, Jr. We have different spiritual forms of discipline being done and led by our Chaplain, as follows:

  • Weekly chapel services for college and Basic Education students
  • Annual spiritual retreats for faculty and staff and students
  • Monthly prayer chain in the dormitory
  • Weekly Accountable Discipleship for faculty, staff and students
  • Giving of brief meditation during flag ceremony of the Basic Education students
  • Annual Christian Emphasis Event, among others.

An important part of the CDFP program is the daily morning and evening devotions in the dormitory being led by the Deaconess-in-residence. Also, there is once a month devotion of student deaconesses and home missioners by annual conference, with deaconess faculty and staff staying on campus joining. Likewise, deaconesses take turn leading in the morning devotion with the students once a month, and provide fruits for all students. This gives inspiration to the student deaconesses and home missioners.

After being trained by our Chaplain and with his regular guidance, student deaconesses and home missioner students handle different Care Groups composed of the Senior High School students as part of witnessing and to bring them to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The aforementioned CDFP programs aim at helping our students, faculty and staff to know and accept Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, and eventually help them experience transformation of life by God’s grace and through modelling of a Christ-like life and leadership of the faculty, staff and school administrators.

  1. “I Love Jesus, I Love Harris”

On October 18, 2019, as part of the 116th Founding Anniversary Celebration of Harris, we launched a school-wide “I Love Jesus, I Love Harris” coin bank. All students, faculty members, teachers, staffs and school administrators were given each a coin bank. Everyone is challenged to save at least one peso a day for 365 days in their coin banks to be offered to God during the 2020 Harris Anniversary. The proceeds from this campaign will be used for scholarship and basic needs of indigent students in the Basic Education and College.

The “I Love Jesus, I Love Harris” program is guided by this principle: “From the students, for the students.” It is one way of helping the students and employees of Harris develop a spirit of partnership, gratitude and generosity. In a matter of three months, a senior high school student has filled her coin bank. Praise God!

Big things begin with small ones. Numerous things start with a few ones. This is the philosophy behind the “I Love Jesus, I Love Harris” campaign, which started in 2009.

We thank God for some alumni here and abroad who donated funds for the purchase of coin banks.

  1. Harris Entrance Examination and Interview

The Harris Entrance Examination and Interview was held simultaneously at Lingayen Christian Center, Ecumenical Kindergarten at Central UMC, San Fernando, Pampanga, and Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Rizal on February 22, 2020. So far, there were 13 prospective freshman students who came with their parents/guardians.  Succeeding examination and interview will be done by appointment, and every day in April and May.

  1. Visit to Christmas Institutes

Deaconesses and pastor assigned to Harris visited different Christmas Institutes last December. There were several young people who expressed their desire to become deaconesses. They need to be continually nurtured in their respective local churches to keep their calling alive through the leadership and guidance of deaconesses and pastors.

C.  BUSINESS AFFAIRS

  1. Scholarship

Harris Memorial College, Inc.  is committed to helping student deaconesses and home missioners fulfill their calling to the ministry by providing scholarship, food subsidy and merit scholarship to qualified and deserving students.

For the current school year, out of 68 student deaconesses, 42 students enjoyed scholarship amounting to P2,104,177.50; 36 students availed of food subsidy amounting to P532,500.00 and 13 students benefited from merit/academic scholarship amounting to P143,989.70 for a grand total of P2,780,667.20.

Below is the breakdown of students by annual conference and episcopal areas who availed of scholarship from Harris and those coursed through our school as well as food subsidy and merit scholarship from the school.

Manila Episcopal Area (MEA)

      Annual Conference

 SY 2019-2020 Number of Students             Amount

         TOTAL

PamPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

12

15

P 291,651.24                        384,825.00 676, 476.24
BULPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

 6

4

133,334.50

115,000.00

248,334.50
WestMidPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

5

5

148,952.33

148,213.65

297,165.98
MIDPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

4

4

94,119.60

82,931.24

177,050.84
SNEPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

3

2

156,834.86

71,247.70

228,082.56
RPACE 1st Semester

2nd Semester

2

1

55,734.40

29,000.00

84,734.40
SWPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

1

1

7,500.00

7,500.00

15,000.00
QCPACE 2nd Semester

1

5,813.85 5,813.85
1,732,658.37

Baguio Episcopal Area (BEA)

      Annual Conference  SY 2019-2020 Number of Students               Amount           TOTAL
CLPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

4

3

P  125,469.92

103,745.09

229,215.01
HIPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

3

3

135,684.93

137,365.95

273,050.88
NEPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

3

3

70,008.46

69,561.55

139,570.01
NWPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

3

3

44,169.00

47,500.00

91,669.00
PangPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

2

2

44,384.93

59,384.93

103,769.86
TARPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

2

2

79,960.11

79,960.11

159,920.22
NCPAC 1st Semester

2nd Semester

1

2

22,500.00

28,313.85

50,813.85
P1,048,008.83

There were eight (8) student deaconesses who received the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) from CHED amounting to P60,000 each for a total of P 240,000 for SY 2018-2019.

We thank God for our faithful and generous partners in ministry here and abroad who send scholarship funds for the students. Our major donors include the Harris Family from US; Scranton Women Leadership Center based in Seoul, Korea; alumni, local churches and individuals in the Philippines and the USA.

  1. Financial Status of Harris

From June 1 to December 31, 2019, the total income of the school was P9,167,298.41, while the total expense was P22,251,448.118, with a cash deficit of P13,084,149.77. Below is the breakdown:

INCOME:

  • Tuition, Miscellaneous and Other fees (Basic Education & College)………. P7,295,965.35
  • Other Income……………………………………………………………………………….. P1,642,421.70
  • Rental of school facilities…………………………………………………………………. P 228,911.36

TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………………………… P9,167,298.41

 EXPENSES:

  • Salaries and benefits of employees (Basic Education & College).……………..…. P10,551,403.20
  • Cost of Administration…………………………………………………………………………. P 1,105,921.80
  • Operating Expenses……………………………………………………………………………… P 4,329,594.67
  • Dormitory Meals Expense……………………………………………………………………. P 1,524,280.00
  • Security Services………………………………………………………………………….……. P      796,593.74
  • Utilities…………………………………………………………………………………………….. P   1,761,933.55
  • Repairs and Maintenance…………………………………………………………..………. P      347,203.30
  • Non-operating Expenses…………………………………………………………………… P   1,834,517.92

TOTAL……………………………………………………………………………………………….. P22,251,488.18

SUMMARY:

                Income…………………………………………………………………………………..     P   9,167,298.41

Expenses………………………………………………………………………………..     P22,251,448.18

CASH DEFICIT…………………………………………………………………………………..    P13,084,149.77

RENTAL INCOME FROM TIMES PLAZA……………………………………………..     P  7,797,996.99

NET CASH DEFICIT……………………………………………………………………………     P  5,286,152.78

  1. Application for increase in tuition and selected miscellaneous and other fees for SY 2020-2021

In the last eight (8) years, Harris has not increased the tuition, miscellaneous and other fees for the College and Basic Education Departments, despite increase in salary and benefits of employees thrice. Likewise, we have not increased the board and lodging in the last six (6) years despite the skyrocketing cost of prime commodities. To mitigate the huge deficit, we are in the process of applying with CHED and DepEd for increase in tuition and a few selected miscellaneous and other fees for SY 2020-2021 for the College and Basic Education Departments, respectively.

One thing is sure: Harris will continue to provide scholarship and food subsidy to needy and deserving student deaconesses until they graduate.

  1. Observance of Harris Sunday with Special Offering

We are grateful to God for local churches that observed Harris Sunday with special offering. There were 27 churches, alumni and individuals abroad who sent offering to Harris amounting to P96,028.00. Some deaconess faculty and staff of Harris and deaconesses served as speakers.

D. PLANS AND PROJECTS 

  1. Preparation for the centennial celebration of Harris being the pioneer in ECE

Harris Memorial College has contributed significantly in the formal educational system of the Philippines by being the first school to set up a kindergarten in the country in 1922. RA 10157, otherwise known as the Kindergarten Education Act of 2012, made kindergarten education a formal part of the educational system in the country. RA 10533, known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, made kindergarten education an integral part of the Basic Education.

With this context, we started brainstorming and preparing various programs for the centennial celebration of Harris as the pioneer of kindergarten education in the Philippines in 2022. We plan to hold a National Research Conference on “Best Practices in Kindergarten Education” among selected kindergarten schools related to The UMC, as well as selected private schools.

  1. Perimeter Fence Project

There is a need to construct perimeter fence at the rear side of Harris campus to insure the safety and security of the students and employees. This is a major project of the school, in partnership with the Harris Alumni Association (HAA). As of date, we received donations amounting to P65,000.00. There are individuals who pledged to donate toward this project. We continue to pray for God’s provision. 

  1. Renovation of the preschool building

The renovation of the interior of the preschool building is done. Provision of air-

conditioning units and LED TV in every classroom is underway. It will house the preschool and elementary classes. We thank God for giving us kind-hearted and generous donors who financed this project. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 III. CLOSING WORDS

                Words are not enough to express our gratitude to all our partners in ministry in the Philippines and in the USA; to our supportive episcopal leaders, church workers and local churches; to church-related agencies; to alumni and friends; and to the Harris academic community.

May God’s abundant blessings be upon us all as we continue to serve God by serving the last, the last and the lost for the glory of God.