Mabalacat City College has new president

MABALACAT CITY — The Mabalacat City College now has a new president in the person of Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong, the former Executive Director of the Nayong Filipino in Clark.

Ong, who has a Ph.D in Public Administration, bested two other candidates for the position after the city government here conducted an official search for president of the government-owned educational institution.

The MCC, meanwhile, is the 5th city college in the country to conduct such a scout.

The search started mid-July of 2020, and all applicants underwent public forum and panel interviews, while abiding by proper health protocols and procedures.

The final deliberation was conducted last September 11, 2020 via a video conference.  Just like any other search, it had a committee composed of representatives from different sectors including Education, Business, Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The Committee for the search for MCC President was composed of Dr. Irineo “Bong” Alvaro Jr., Chairman, representing the business sector; Dr. Dolores T. Quiambao, representing DHVSU President Dr. Enrique G. Baking for Education; and Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) Executive Director.

The three applicants were all qualified for the position based on their professional merits and achievements. However after thorough deliberation, the committee adjudged Ong as the most qualified to run the MCC.

Ong, who was also a Television Host at a Public and Media Affairs Program of GNN TV 44 and Part-Time Faculty Member of the Graduate School of DHVSU, officially took her oath as the new MCC President on Sept. 18.