DBTC, Cebu City (August 17, 2020)DBTC-Cebu formally opens the new Academic Year 2020-2021 in a rather different yet technological way, no thanks to the CoViD-19 pandemic that started five months ago.

Unlike in previous years when DBTC opened the school year at the big gym, this year’s opening program came live online, pre-recorded through the school’s official Facebook page.

Last school year, Bosconians were able to start the school year with a program held at the Big Gym. Here, the school president, Fr. Fidel presents DBTC’s new thrusts for the next 5 years. (File Photo)

The 55-minute broadcast was simple. It included video montages that featured major events from the previous school year. It also showcased DBTC’s upgraded facilities, some of which are amenities for our educators to provide online learning materials to Bosconians.

DBTC adopted and rolled out a Modular Learning Program while government still prevents students from leaving their homes until vaccines become available to arrest the pandemic. To recall, CoViD-19 forced the school to shift to online teaching during the fourth quarter last year.

During the first few minutes of the broadcast, Fr. Fidel Ma. D. Orendain, SDB, Ph.D., our school president, emphasized in his opening message that Bosconians, while schooling from home, should never cease to apply the values learned in school.

“Continue to be fearless even when faced with trials. Be determined and dedicated to do your tasks even without the continuous follow-up by your educators, and be disciplined despite any watchful eyes of the educators and student leaders.

Even when working at home, “it is still needed that we keep our faith and to keep true to our school motto, ’Ardua Non Timeo,” he pointed out.

Faculty and Staff serve as Technical Support by operating the school’s online broadcasting system. A vital asset in maintaining connections between the school and the community (Photo By: Rev. Fr. Keith Amodia, SDB)

The program continued with the presentation of the Salesians, teachers, department heads and non-teaching staff. School principal Fr. Wilbert S. Dianon, SDB. then led the Salesian Educators Pledge.

The broadcast concluded with the singing of our Alma Mater Hymn that reminds Bosconians to continue to thrive and do their tasks, even through the rage of hardships.

This school year may be different as Bosconians could not meet each other for a time, even their educators face-to-face.

Institutional Masses and other Institutional Gatherings – A common occurrence during normal school days, may be shifted to online, as classes and other large gatherings are still being barred from happening. (File Photo)

Yet, for as long as the virtues of being Disciplined, Dedicated and Determined are being practiced, even in the comforts of home, with faith and hope that the pandemic will subside, Bosconians will prevail even in today’s troubled times.