Christmas message of the Vice Chancellor for Academics

December 17, 2020 | 8:35 am

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
-Albert Camus, Nobel Prize-winning philosopher

Our faith in God, our resiliency, our creativity and resourcefulness, our patience and understanding, our health, our unity, support and compassion for one another, our love for our students, colleagues and to the Institute, and our future have been put to a test. Everything has become uncertain. But part of our existence is to accept the realities before us. We have to make the most out of the situation given to us. More importantly, we need to be true to our mission of teaching minds, touching hearts and transforming lives of the people entrusted to our care. The road may have been or may continue to be tougher, but as Lasallians, we always see things on a positive perspective.

Through our collective efforts, creative thoughts and proactive moves, we have been able to see instead the brighter side of the uncertain future brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has indeed strengthened our relationships as members of this wonderful community of learning who value the Lasallian Healing Ministry the most.

Together and by association, let us always pray for our beloved Institute, our Brother President, the DLSMHSI students, academic teaching faculty, academic service faculty, non-teaching personnel, administrators, alumni, and other stakeholders.

Let us celebrate this Christmas 2020 with more love, more hope, more compassion and care, more patience and understanding, more creativity and resourcefulness, more resiliency, and more positivity.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
-Hellen Keller

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all!

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

For and on behalf of
The Academics

Dr. Johnny O. Cabanias

Academics observes Wellness Break 

The Academics implemented the Wellness Break on November 17-21, 2020 to give students and Academic Teaching Faculty an opportunity to detach from academic activities and spend time to relax and rest. During the break, the conduct of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, submission of learning assessments and scheduling of learning output were postponed. Faculty members were encouraged to disengage from school and academic-related activities, including meetings and student consultations. DLSMHSI looks after everyone’s health and well-being during these unusual times of learning and the Wellness Break enabled members of the Academics to rest, recharge and be ready to face tomorrow’s challenge.

Academic Service Faculty join in Tea and Substance with the VCA

The December episode of Tea and Substance with the VCA held on December 9, 2020 via Zoom Webinar featured the Academic Service Faculty (ASF) and their roles and personalities. Mr. Marlon G. Gado (Director and Librarian), Ms. Raquel P. Samar (Librarian), Ms. Ma. Sheila Q. Ricalde (Guidance Counselor) and Mr. Alex F. Camama  (Formator) from different ASF groups were invited to share their thoughts about their responsibilities within and outside the Academics, their work relationships with the Lasallian community and their personal goals and dispositions.

Attendees joined in the conversation by sending their serious and witty questions and feedback to the ASF, which Mr. Gado, Ms. Samar, Ms. Ricalde, Mr. Camama, and even Dr. Cabanias, happily answered. The program ended on a light note, with the attendees appreciating the informative, casual and fun way to get to know the members of the ASF.

OVCA and AQM recognize Colleges and Services for document review performance

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics and the Academic Quality Management conducted the Online Document Review for 2nd Term, SY 2019-2020 across Academics. The review was performed online in consideration of the quarantine guidelines and the current practice of accreditation bodies that require universities to submit electronic copies of school documents.

A document review checklist was provided to Colleges and Services which was used in collecting and organizing their respective documents. A rating scale was used to measure the compliance of the Colleges and Services in terms of availability and completeness of the documents and records. A summary report was released, which contained the performance of the Colleges and Services in the said review.

Below are the top performing Colleges and Services in the document review:


  1. College of Pharmacy
  2. Center for Community Engagement and Health Development Program
  3. College of Humanities and Sciences


  1. Center for Internationalization, Academic Affiliations and Engagements
  2. Romeo P. Ariniego, MD, AFSC Library