This could be another option for students, since David mentions that students who need to do their internship at the university have only one student MOA to submit. The agreement also stipulates that during their OJT period, students must be supervised by both the HTE and the DLSU in order to ensure the safety of the students. Once a student has spent their OJT hours, the university must perform a post-training verification and assessment of the tasks performed by the student, the overall program, and the HTE. Asked how the literary department has handled these issues, Piocos explains that the MOA process has been well learned to ensure a safe internship for students. Other sites on campus were also included as options for OJT, with students still able to gain “the same experience they would have if they left for an off-campus internship.” After the mandatory implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) in Workplace Training Activities (OJT), DLSU followed the Memorandum of Understanding order shortly thereafter. CHED defines OJT or practicum as the practical application of classroom learning in regular work environments. Under the CHED protocol, student interns must now submit an internship plan and moA to their host training institutions (ETHs) or companies prior to their internship itself. The student MOA serves as a formal contract between the company and the student, while the institutional MOA is a formal contract between hTE and the university. On the other hand, the internship plan describes what the students will do during the duration of the OJT and the expected results after the experience. However, blockages can occur not only within the department, but also within partner companies and institutions. According to Piocos, the main problem with the MOA mandated by CHED is that renowned companies and government institutions are themselves reluctant to sign MOAs that are not their own.
Dimaranan reiterates this concern and says there was a time when the university`s MOA was rejected by companies, forcing students to look for other companies they could apply to instead. “It`s difficult, it takes a lot of time, because the legal counsel needs to have enough time and a complete review of the other company`s MOAs,” he says. Gary Mariano, OJT coordinator for the Department of Communication Arts, says that in 2008-2009, all ID 106 students were invited to attend a three-part internship. Different departments have established their own rules and regulations for the internship. They had also submitted different documents to companies with different requirements. Carlos Piocos III, coordinator of internships and vice-president of the literary department during the Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018, says that the adoption of the guidelines led to hiccups in the department, as teachers and staff tried to catch up with the new process. . .