by Nathan Angelo B. Cruz | News Writer
Faculty members from the departments of English and Filipino launched textbooks “Retorika: Sining ng Mabisang Pagpapahayag,” “Panitikan sa Iba-Ibang Rehiyon ng Pilipinas,” and “Purposive Communication” at the Ausejo Hall grounds, Aug. 1.
The writers for Retorika and Panitikan from the Filipino department are namely: Ginalyn Orillana, Danilo Mira, Ronald Kinilitan, Leslie Jane Devibar, and Jean Cristine Ontal, with Rolando Bernales as lead author; while Ronelaine Picardal from the English and Literature department wrote Purposive Communication alongside nine authors from Regions 7 and 8.
The books are to be published by Mutya Publishing House. These will be the first set of reference materials for first year college students under the new curriculum, taking up the subjects General Education 5, 10, 11.
Last 2017, under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 69, CHED implemented new general education courses fit for the pioneering batch of Senior High School graduates.
When asked about the challenges they faced in the course of making the books, Orillana and Picardal stated that their heavy teaching load and responsibilities at home were their toughest obstacles in the process.
“I’m very happy of course that I was able to co-author a book together with other teachers from the Visayas area… There might have been challenges that I had to face, but I did not give up because I considered the benefits that it can contribute to the English and Literature Department, to my colleagues and students, and to the university as well,” Picardal said.
The writers of Retorika and Panitikan are planning to co-author books for senior high school and are aiming to start by the end of this semester.
Meanwhile, Picardal will be collaborating with her colleagues at the English and Literature Department for her next book.