Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) president and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Committee for Communication (TCC) chairman Ramon R. Tuazon conducted an orientation on CHED’s new policies, standards, and guidelines for communication-related programs on 23 November 2017 at Bayview Park Hotel. More than 100 communication educators from higher education institutions (HEIs) all over the country attended the event.

The implementation of CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) 35, series of 2017 (Bachelor of Arts in Communication) and CMO 36, series of 2017 (Bachelor of Science in Development Communication) will start in Academic Year 2018-2019.

Prof. Tuazon reminded HEIs to adopt the degree titles as required in the new CMOs. He also highlighted that the total units for BA Communication is 125 while the total for BS Development Communication is 128.

The TCC chairman challenged the heads of communication units to adopt interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives and to pursue a “seamless” curriculum delivery mode. According to him, “To be seamless means your functions of instruction, research, and extension should be interconnected rather than pursued independently. It also means interrelating the different subjects so that learners are able to have a holistic education.”

The BA Communication degree now offers four tracks: Political Communication, Creative and Performing Arts, Communication and Sociocultural Change, and New Media. Prof. Tuazon clarified that HEIs can develop their own track based on their institutional and program outcomes.