Driven by the organization’s thrust to extend its mission being the channel of advocacy to address issues and concerns of extension services towards the development of the community, the MHAM Community Extension Services Office (CESO) showed its support in the Visayas-wide Training on Capability Building for Extension Program Implementors Convention which was held at the Big Hotel, W.O. Seno St., Mandaue City, Cebu last July 16 to 18, 2018.
Spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers, Inc. (PAEPI) and in cooperation with the Cebu Academe Network (CAN), the 3-day convention among extension program implementors in the Visayas regions was made with its intent to promote people empowerment for sustainable development.
Bringing extension to the level of discipline and as a profession as its mission, this year’s seminar-workshop was focused on “Meaningful Integration of Teaching Learning, Research and Extension to drive Education for Sustainable Development” as its theme.
Unwavering to cede the school’s support to partner communities rooted from the institutionalized programs that the MHAM CESO has ever sustained, its current director, Mr. Jarvis Prochina and incoming assistant dean for the BS in Environmental Science Major in Disaster Management for the Allied Courses, Mr. Huberto Zanoria graciously attended the fruitful 3-day event.
Started with an energizing ‘getting-to-know-you portion’ with the same vision for the event facilitated by the University of Cebu, the Visayas-wide training which was held in Cebu City for the very first time was also conducted with varied speakers who dished out various information for the participants who will soon utilize in their respective schools’ development.
In his opening message, Dr. Josephino A. Ronquillo who made the endorsement to CHED Central office conveyed his warmest greetings to all the participants from regions VI, VII and VIII for gracing the convention. The Supervising Education Program Specialist of CHED-7 expressed his delight that the aforementioned undertaking which was postponed for how many times was realized at last.
“I really liked the theme, ‘Meaningful Integration of Teaching Learning, Research and Extension to drive Education for Sustainable Development’ and with this convention today I would like to say that this is the time for masturbation of your minds according to Sigmund Freud. This is how to get everything what is in our minds and we could share to everyone for complementation and collaboration so with this mental masturbation of ours would be productive following the six standards of the six parameters from introduction to enrichment”, Dr. Ronquillo said.
A university professor in various undergraduate and graduate programs in Region VII and a Gantimpala Agad Awardee in 2007 by the Civil Service Commission also enumerated the six parameters such as Introduction, Inquiry, Motivation, Presentation, Delivery and the Formative and Summative Assessments for Enrichment as a manual of the teaching guide that every teacher should follow. Moreover, he shared the four domains for sustainable development in education centered to Investigate the World, Recognize Perspective, Communicate Ideas and to Take Action. “I’d like to note that research and extension are the two main parts of the four mandate of the Higher Education that Republic Act 7722 emphasized that these two are inseparable things in the Higher Education”, he added.
Meanwhile PAEPI president, Dr. Pedrita Medrano, during the PAEPI presentation commended the event organizers particularly to PAEPI-R7 headed by PAEPI board Visayas cluster, Ms. Brenette L. Abrenica and in partnership with CAN and CHED-7 for making the seminar-workshop possible. A doctor of Philosophy in Community Development, professor and the university director for community extension and training of Isabela State University, Dr. Medrano reiterated that PAEPI is a key player in people empowerment and sustainable development as a non-profit organization started in 1989 at the Technological University of the Philippines with only thirty-nine members at that time.
At present, its members cut across different HEI’s, government and non-government organizations with collaborative works and linkages for innovative research and extension programs to various agencies and institutions.
The open forum on Input Sessions where Mr. Jarvis Prochina served as the moderator created a channel for the participants to voice out their concerns towards the development of their respective institutions.
To point out further emphasis for sustainable development, the president of Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education, Dr. Maria Rosario Piquero-Ballescas, explained the importance of education to sustainable development of any institution during her presentation.
A retired UP System professor and a columnist at The Freeman Newspaper, Dr. Ballescas cited the important links of the social, economic and environmental dimensions which were highlighted in the sustainable development for better, prosperous life for people and planet. “Since many of you are academicians we will focus on what is education to sustainable development which means developing the economy and producing people with potentials but let’s not forget our planet which was mentioned in the expanded human development”, Dr. Ballescas said.
According to Mr. Job Sarmago who is a community organizer for twenty-five years of Cebu Doctors University, the PAEPI convention has a big significant particularly on the part of the implementors who delivered the advocacies to the very community they are working with.
“We as implementors from the extension programs are the direct contact with the people in the community to whatever project that the organization has implemented especially on environmental issues. I am optimistic that what we have learned from here will be applied to the community especially on the implementation process with the hope that those several researches in the colleges and universities will be applicable in the community”, Sarmago said in an interview.
Gracing the first day with an intermission number were the students from Mandaue City College Cultural Troupe who entertained the participants with popular local dances.
In addition, Assistant Chief Operations officer and General Manager of Green Enviro Management Systems, Inc., Dr. Jerome Taboada, gave his talk on Teaching-Learning-Research-Development-Extension Integration while Mrs. Lesly Comiso-Magaiso of St. Theresa’s College Cebu shared her knowledge on Community Organizing for Community Development together with Mr. Huberto Zanoria.
A dynamic CAN facilitator who is also a Social Work faculty at Mandaue City College, Mr. Zanoria also shared his expertise on Community Organizing for Community Development where he became a mentor for life to most of the social workers who are now in the academe.
His topics, which were centered on Service Learning, Working with the State, Research and CD, Types of CD CD Activities and Social Policy Development and Advocacy completed the input sessions in the afternoon of the first day of the 3-day event.
“We always emphasize that universities should not be ivory towers but we should more or less relate our activites to the things that are happening in our respective communities and that is the primary reason why there is such a thing as service learning”, Zanoria said during his presentation.
To concretize their learning during the discussions, the participants completed the whole day activity through a workshop and they were grouped according to schools as a basis to do the capacity building activity in the future. The said workshop was also a venue for the implementors to address their difficulties in relation to community development work. They were given three sets of questions and reported their output in a form of group sharing.
The second day of the seminar-workshop also highlighted the input sessions on Proposal Packaging for Research and Extension Programs/Projects, Resource Generation for Research and Extension Programs and Regional Extension Agenda while the third day paved way for the participants to travel to extension sites of selected HEI’s and SUCs in Cebu, community tour and reflection and sharing facilitated by the CAN representatives.
Set forth to apply the learnings and input they have acquired from the 3-day sessions, the participants travelled back to their respective regions bringing with them the principle of membership that ‘Once a PAEPI, Always a PAEPI’. (Ana Liza Abao)