Maricar R. Casquejo, PhD, CESO III
Commision on Higher Education Region XI
" The Year 2020 is my second year as Regional Director in CHED Regional Office XI. In general, this Year
was full of challenges. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our lives are radically changed, the higher education
just like all other sectors is shaken, our economies faltered, but on a positive note, this has also provided us
– both the Office and the Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to rethink our ways of management,
challenge the status quo and brought significant reforms to the higher education system.
In addition to facing the challenges brought about by the pandemic, I was also given this year, the
opportunity to serve as OIC, Office of the President of the Davao del Sur State College, a newly created State
College in the Region from the start of the year until the end of the third quarter. Moreover, work results
and output were somehow affected due to adoption of the Work From Home Scheme and the optional
retirement of the four (4) organic personnel in the last quarter of the Year. The Regional Office was also given
additional slots for grantees and scholarships due to the implementation of the various programs of the
government that assist affected individuals. Inspite both the opportunities and constraints brought about
by the pandemic, some additional assignments in the exigency of service, the preparations for new normal,
the Regional Office, together with the Higher Education Institutions were able to navigate its operations
and shifted into the new normal. Through the Bayanihan spirit, coupled with resiliency, understanding and
perseverance, more significant changes and improvements both for CHED RO XI and its internal and external
stakeholders took place, as what have taken off in the previous year were enhanced and strengthened.
Although we are a little bit short on two targets which are not within our control, generally, the Regional
Office was able to perform more than the targets. For this Year, CHED RO XI serves as street lights along the
roads of HEIs’ initiatives in shifting to new normal without compromising quality and excellence of services.
We light up their paths and make the walks worthwhile while they develop their Learning Management
System, course packs, enhance their standard operating systems to suit in the new normal, and provide some
solutions on their issues and concerns.
Cheers to another year of realizing our thrusts and programs on internal and external efficiency, resiliency
in times of pandemic, providing solutions, and in becoming this Regional Office an instrument in providing
quality, relevant, responsive and accessible education!"