CNU students immerse in Indonesian language and culture through CULTURA 2023

Cebu Normal University participated in The 2nd Course of Language and Culture of Indonesia (CULTURA) 2023 which was held from July 3rd to August 16th via Zoom. CULTURA 2023 was a six-week virtual summer course program hosted by the Sultan Agung Islamic University (UNISSULA).

Students from different universities from different countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Chile, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.A. huddled virtually to learn about the Indonesian language and culture.

Cebu Normal University was represented by the following students: Noel Junior Quijano and Krestine Velos from the College of Teacher Education; Lendejhar Pescador and Lera Jane Camangyan from the College of Arts and Sciences; Shenna Montero from the Balamban Campus; and Delight Rosales from the Medellin Campus. These students were endorsed by the College IZN Focal Persons.

The opening ceremony and first session had the students introduced themselves coinciding the first lesson about “Salam” or the basic Indonesian courtesy. Hon. Rio Pribadi, Head of the Office of International Affairs (UNISSULA), briefed the students everything about the program.

Over the next sixteen meetings, the students engaged in different learning activities and cultural exchanges, on the “Alfabet”, on the “nama-nama hari” which translates to “names of the days” and “nama-nama bulan” or “names of the months”, on “angka dalam Bahasa Indonesia” or “the numbers in Indonesian”, on “Perkenalan” or “Introducing Oneself”, and even the “kata ganti orang” or “pronouns”. The students also carried out homework and tests, as well as presentations of their “keluarga” or “family”.

As the final assignment, the students were tasked to either cover a traditional Indonesian song or recite an Indonesian poem with corresponding awards up for grabs. For a remarkable triumph, all winners from the final assignment were from the Philippines and were recognized during the CULTURA 2023 closing ceremony. Our own Krestine M. Velos won the “Most Liked Performance” award. The winning students’ performance videos were presented as well. All students who completed the virtual summer course program were given a certificate as well as a letter of credit.


The internationalization of Cebu Normal University (CNU) is keen to involve the integration of international and intercultural dimensions to mark its position among the prominent educational institutions in Asia and the Pacific region. The National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Annual Conference & Expo is a forum attended by professionals and international education leaders to discover emerging trends in student mobility, establish new partnerships, participate in networking opportunities, and identify upcoming marketplace needs. This year, NAFSA’s theme is “Inspiring an Inclusive Future.” As such, CNU embarked on this opportune mission aligned with the university’s internationalization priorities and strategies.

The External Affairs and International Linkages Office in response to the invitation from the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Staff invited Dr. Ma. Socorro G. Manaloto, Dean of the CNU-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) College of Medicine, to represent CNU. CNU’s participation in the international forum is aimed at crafting comprehensive internationalization pathways, enhancing the international reputation, visibility, and branding of CNU, establishing new partnerships with international Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and exploring collaborative opportunities in student and faculty mobility, curriculum development, and research.

Dr. Manaloto’s mission highlights include meetings with different United States HEIs and discussions on potential avenues for partnerships. For instance, the meeting with Lin Larson of the

College of Engineering of the University of Texas at Arlington offered a possible workshop collaboration with the College of Medicine  (COM) and College of Nursing for Medical Informatics; CNU COM curriculum includes Informatics for Level 2 students. The feasibility of exchange programs for both undergraduate and graduate levels in Biology, Psychology, and Medicine, were discussed with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Other U.S. HEIs in connection were the Texas Tech University Health Service Center, Kansas State University, University of Arizona, Loyola Marymount University of California, and York College of Pennsylvania. The conversations encompassed academic and research collaborations, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), internship programs, and virtual simulations. The last day of the conference involved a final debriefing with Ms. Christine Grace Catindig of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

Dr. Manaloto remarked that the NAFSA 2023 Conference and Expo has opened doors for internationalization and is a new step to global commitment.

CNU forges partnership with Chitkara University

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cebu Normal University and Chitkara University was signed in a virtual ceremony on June 1, 2023, to formalize the engagement for international academic cooperation through promoting educational collaboration and cultural understanding.

The MoU stipulates the collaboration between CNU and Chitkara University of India through internationalization programs such as international mobility, joint bilateral academic and research meetings, joint research cooperation, and academic exchanges. The programs covered in this partnership include Psychology and Counseling, Mass Communication, Hospitality Management, Education, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts.

The MoU Signing Ceremony was attended by Ms. Naila Y. Beltran, the Director of the External Affairs and International Linkages Office and the Internationalization Focal Persons of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Jeson A. Bustamante and Dr. Jollibee A. Aharul. Dr. Genara B. Pacana also attended the ceremony on behalf of Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the University President, and Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy, the Vice President for Research, Extension, and Publication.

Chitkara University was represented by the Honorable Vice Chancellor Dr. Archana Mantri, as well as Dr. Amit Mittal and Dr. Rahul Pandey.

In her closing message, the Honorable Vice Chancellor shares her hopes for a cordial, fruitful, and impactful research collaborations.

After exchanging messages of commitment to the success of the partnership, a photo opportunity was held.

Consumers Enjoy the Freshness at Tabo sa CNU

The Cebu Normal University grounds host the bi-weekly vegetable market known as Tabo sa CNU every Monday and Friday. This initiative, initiated by the Office of External Affairs and International Linkages, supports local farmers while promoting nutritious food to the Faculty, staff and students of Cebu Normal University.

On April 17, 2023, the External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) successfully organized another edition of Tabo sa CNU, with an array of fresh, locally sourced vegetables on display. From leafy greens like spinach (alogbati) and Chinese cabbage, to a vibrant root crops such as carrots, purple yam (Ube), squash (Kalabasa), taro (Botig/biga) Potato (Patatas) Tomatoes (Kamatis), garlic (Ahos), Onion (sibuyas Bombay) and cucumber (pipino), students, Admin staff, and faculty members of Cebu Normal University had numerous options to choose from.

A key strength of Tabo sa CNU is its dedication to partnering with local farmers to offer various seasonal vegetables. This direct relationship ensures fresh products for customers and supports small-scale farming operations in nearby areas.

Tabo sa CNU’s primarily aimed to strengthen the established partnership between Cebu Normal University and adopted communities in the Municipality of Balamban, Cebu to mention a few anchored on UN SDG 17 “Partnership for the Goal”, UN DSG 1 “ No poverty”, UN SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” and UN SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” It encourages community members to make informed food choices by providing a charming and welcoming environment in which to buy high-quality, farm-fresh produce. This initiative emphasizes the importance of incorporating vegetables into one’s daily meal plan, thus contributing to a healthier lifestyle.

The External Affairs and International Linkages Office’s tireless efforts contributed to the success of this latest event. They contribute to fostering a health-conscious culture at CNU and beyond by consistently providing a convenient way for people to access fresh produce.

Cebu Normal University faculty, staff, and students are delighted to purchase fresh vegetables at an affordable price.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to shop for fresh vegetables at Tabo sa CNU! Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming dates and take advantage of this exceptional initiative brought to you by Cebu Normal University’s Office of External Affairs and International Linkages. (LET)

Empowering Communities: Unleashing the Potential of Partnership through RED Monitoring and Evaluation Training

The Community Building Partnership: A Research Exploration and Development (RED) Monitoring and Evaluation Training was held on May 12, 2023, at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Balamban Campus, and was organized by the External Affairs and International Linkages in collaboration with three barangays in Balamban Cebu (Nangka, Sunog, and Gaas). The training program was a huge success that left a lasting impression on all participants, with the goal of providing extension workers with the necessary skills and knowledge for conducting community-engaged extension programs, with a particular emphasis on monitoring and evaluation.

The training program attracted diverse participants, including Barangay officials, teachers, and beneficiaries from three barangays: Sunog, Gaas, and Nangka, collectively known as “SUGA NA!”  with a vision: United Barangays with a passion for sustainable development using resilient technologies in collaboration with different stakeholders towards healthy and progressive agripreneurs. Their active participation showcased their commitment to community engagement and their recognition of the importance of monitoring and evaluation in extension work. Their presence enhanced the training course by encouraging insightful talk and information exchange among participants.

Director Naila Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages), expressed her appreciation to those who attended the training. She expressed her gratitude in her message for their consistent attendance and enthusiastic participation, despite circumstances beyond their control. She emphasized the importance of increasing productivity and income, as required by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and necessary for daily survival. Director Beltran emphasized the daily challenges that individuals face and the importance of preparation and resilience in overcoming them.

Director Naila Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages) with poise and eloquence, she delivered her welcome remarks, captivating the audience with her words. Her rationale resonated, infusing the room with inspiration and signaling

Additionally, she expressed the joy she felt at the participants’ resolve to attend the training with a passionate heart. The importance of building a reputation for being receptive to the needs of the community and the environment was emphasized by Director Beltran for Cebu Normal University. She emphasized the need for Cebu Normal University to establish a reputation for responsiveness to the environment and the community’s needs. She highlighted the university’s vision of seeking opportunities to improve livelihoods and identifying possible niches for development.

The engaging session led by Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio (former Center Director, ATI 7), a highly respected expert and resource person for the morning and afternoon sessions, was a standout moment of the training program. As a former Center Director of the Agricultural Institute of Bohol with a wealth of knowledge, Dr. Daquio offered priceless insights into community-engaged extension work.

Dr. Daquio presented a thorough framework for rural development through extension services in the morning session, engaging participants in understanding the vital components and their connections. Participants’ understanding of the difficulties involved in fostering development and growth of the community through extension initiatives was heightened by this practical activity.

Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio (Former Center Director ATI 7) guiding the way with expertise and passion, the resource person orchestrates an engaging activity, capturing the attention of all.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Daquio shared her knowledge of agritourism as well as her travel experiences, particularly in Bali. Her presentation highlighted the potential of agritourism as an extension strategy for long-term community development. Participants gained valuable insights into the principles and practices of agritourism and how they can be applied in their own communities.

Following Dr. Daquio’s presentation, participants engaged in a collaborative action planning session, either within their groups or by barangay, with the assistance of the College extension chairs. This session provided an opportunity for participants to put their knowledge from the day to use and create concrete strategies and initiatives for community development through extension programs.

Afterwards, participants were given the opportunity to present their action plans to the group. Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio was critical in evaluating the participants’ outputs, providing valuable feedback and insights to further improve the action plans. Her evaluation encouraged critical thinking and refinement, ensuring that the proposed strategies were well-founded and aligned with the goals of sustainable community development through extension efforts.

A moment of strategic vision and empowerment unfolds as representatives from each barangay confidently present their meticulously crafted action plans. With unwavering determination, they outline their strategies for positive change, illustrating a share.

The integration of the evaluation component in the afternoon session reinforced the importance of accountability and evidence-based decision-making in community development. It emphasized the need for thorough monitoring and evaluation to assess the effectiveness and sustainability of proposed extension interventions, thereby promoting continuous learning and improvement within the community.

The presence of Barangay officials, teachers, and SUGA NA beneficiaries aided the training program significantly. Their active participation and firsthand knowledge enriched the discussions by providing practical and nuanced perspectives. The diverse group of participants promoted a holistic learning environment and emphasized the value of collaborative efforts in community building through extension initiatives.

A dynamic display of participation unfolds as participants eagerly immerse themselves in the invigorating activity. United by shared purpose, they contribute their energy, ideas, and smiles, forming a tapestry of collaboration.
Mr. Abel A. Tolero, the representative of the Balamban Mayor, is presented with a well-deserved certificate. Assisted by Ms. Cherry G. Dumdum (Extension Chair, Balamban Campus) and Dir. Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages) they stand united in honoring his outstanding contributions. It is a moment of recognition and camaraderie that symbolizes the power of collaboration and achievement.
Radiating with pride and celebration, a remarkable SUGA-NA beneficiary is embraced by a symphony of support as they receive a well-deserved certificate. Guided by the illustrious presence of Dir. Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio (Former Center Director, ATI 7), and the College Extension Chairs, this captivating moment encapsulates the transformative power of education and collaboration.


Doctors from CNU VSMMCM-College of Medicine are Empowered to Serve: Ready to Make a Difference with Impactful Extension Projects Developed through COPAR Training

The Office of External Affairs and International Linkages successfully organized a three-day training workshop entitled Community Organizing Participatory Action Research (COPAR) Training: Basis for CNU E-HELP Intervention Projects of the College of Medicine´ last February 16-18, 2023 at One Central Hotel in Cebu City, which was attended by CNU key administrative officials, including Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy (Vice-President for Research, Extension, and Publication), Director Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages and Dr. Ma. Socorro G. Manaloto (Dean, VSMMC College of Medicine) together with the faculty of College of Medicine and College Extension Chairs. This intensive training program was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the External Affairs and International Linkages department and the CNU College of Medicine. The purpose of the training was to lay the groundwork for CNU E-HELP Intervention Projects and to empower participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to drive community-based initiatives.

This three-day training in Community Organizing and Participatory Action Research (COPAR) serves as the foundation for the College of Medicine’s CNU E-HELP intervention projects. It aims to empower stakeholders to work collaboratively and efficiently to alleviate their immediate and long-term problems using the COPAR Framework; conduct Community Organizing Action research from the College of Medicine; and foster three new project proposals for CY 2023-2025 for implementation in three communities.

On the first day of the training began with a warm welcome by Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy on her welcome remarks hoping they have a heart and a dedication to served. From that day forward, she believed that the College of Medicine can do a better part in empowering healthy communities, not just empowering the community but to sustain also the projects particularly those related to health.

“Today your presence demonstrates our culture of commitment to served and para nako it is so touching that no matter how busy you are you gave time by being here and I would like to believed not just commitment to help others, I know that we can soar higher”… she said.

Dr. Pogoy is enthusiastic that they will be able to fulfill the faculty of the College of Medicine’s commitment through their projects, which will initiate today with the aforementioned training.

“We are fortunate that we have somebody also has the expertise like you. With your expertise and experience and if we do this together with synergy with commitment and dedication, of course we can achieve what we want to achieve”… she said.

Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy (Vice-President for Research, Extension and Publication) delivering her warm welcome remarks
Director Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages) outlined the Extension Services and their respective responsibilities to the participants.

The event commenced with a thought-provoking keynote speech by Dr. Josefino A. Ronquillo, an expert in Participatory Action Research. Over the course of the training, he conducted interactive sessions, imparting valuable insights on various aspects of COPAR such as community assessment, identification of critical issues, collaboration strategies, and project planning.

Dr. Josefino A. Ronquilo (Resource Person), Education Program Supervisor Program Specialist, CHED ROVII

On the second day, participants were divided into small groups to engage in hands-on workshops. These interactive sessions allowed trainees to apply their newfound knowledge to real-life scenarios by crafting a proposal by identifying deprived, depressed, and underserved communities. Workshops covered critical aspects of community organizing, such as facilitating community meetings, conducting needs assessments, and developing participatory action plans.

The final day of training focused on synthesizing ideas and presenting the draft proposals and cohesive action plans. Each group collaborated to develop a comprehensive intervention project proposal based on their learnings throughout the duration of the program. Presentations showcased innovative ideas aimed at addressing various health concerns within targeted communities. By the end of day three, all participants gained valuable insights into the potential impact of well-planned community-driven projects.

Photo Opportunity with Dr. Josefino A. Ronquillo along with the key Administrative Officials Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy (Vice-President for Research, Extension and Publication), Dr. Ma. Socorro G. Manaloto (Dean, CNU VSMMC College of Medicine), Dr Gwendelina A. Villarante (Vice-President for Academic Affairs and OIC-Testing Centers) and Directo, Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages)

By the end of the three days, participants were better equipped to apply their newfound knowledge in designing and implementing community-based intervention projects. The skills acquired during this training will greatly benefit CNU E-HELP projects and empower future initiatives at the College of Medicine. In sum, the event was a resounding success, paving the way for stronger collaborations toward addressing pressing healthcare concerns within local communities. (LET)

Photo Opportunity with the Dr. Josefino Ronquillo together with key Administrative Officials and with the empowered extensionists Doctors.

WRITING WINNING PROPOSALS: Capacity Building on Project Development and Resource Generation for Research, Development and Extension

The office of External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL)  successfully conducted a three-day training workshop entitled Writing Winning Proposals: Capacity Building on Project Development and Resource Generation for Research, Development and Extension held on March 28-30, 20223 at Alta Cebu Resort, Cordova, spearheaded by Director Naila Y. Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages) which was attended by seventeen selected College faculty members and facilitated by nine College Extension Chairs and administrative staff which was a fruitful, meaningful and engaging training activity.

This three-day training-workshop program is aforethought for new faculty members without extension projects and no experience writing extension project proposals. Its goal is to share cutting-edge information, knowledge, and skills in order to improve the capabilities of CNU staff in project development and resource generation. In general, the goal of this training is to strengthen CNU’s capacity for project development and resource generation.

The first day of training began with an engaging activity called “getting to know each other.” Director Naila Beltran elucidated the strategies of the extension services and the mandates in detailed during her opening remarks. Additionally, she discussed with the participants the goals of university extension services, the principles for conducting extension services, and the standards for project evaluation.

“Make sure that when you’re going to have this engagement, to take the extension must be based on the CNU’s vision and your strength translated into a framework of an extension precisely”, she said.

Director Naila Beltran (Director, External Affairs and International Linkages) delivered her Open Remarks and Rationale

On the second day, the faculties superbly presented their output to Dr. Evelyn Esquejo. The faculty were expected to present the Project Idea, Stakeholders Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Problem Tree Analysis, and Objective Analysis. Afterward, Dr. Esquejo appraised on their output they presented and she clearly discussed the log frame and on how to write a project proposals from picking the right topic and picking a good subject.

First presenter, presented by Ms. Rianne Ranario and Mr. Joebert Padata a faculty from Medellin campus
Second presenter, presented by Ms. Bridyet Garcia a faculty from Balamban campus
Third presenter, presented by Mr. Landmark and Ms. Mirasol Montano a faculty from CAS department
Fourth presenter, presented by Dr. Menchu A. Montezon  a faculty from CTE-ILS department
Fifth presenter, presented by Ms. Marjorie Sta. Teresa and Mr. Alberich Machacon a faculty from CAS department
Sixth presenter, presented by Mr. Jovanni Villacora and Mr. Gallardo Gulay a faculty from CAS department

The third day of training was jam-packed with engaging activities plied by Dr. Esquejo. Faculty members from various colleges presented their outputs. Dr. Esquejo talked through of her presentation after the faculty presented their project proposal outputs. She generously shared her knowledge of writing a project proposals and sustainability plans. Her discussion is so insightful that the participants can actually learned something. She also has activities that taught logic that are very applicable and related to her topic, along with this, for those who can answer correctly, she awards prizes. Her activities are extremely enjoyable, and the participants are undoubtedly enjoying and learning from her.

Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo (Deputy Director, ATI, Quezon City) imparting her knowledge to CNU faculty participants
The folding and tearing of a piece of paper while following instructions is one of the fun activities they experienced.
Rock-Paper-Scissors hand game during the engaging and fun activity

The External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) team was indeed extremely happy and grateful to Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo (Deputy Director, ATI, Quezon City and Adjunct faculty of Benguet State University-Open University) for taking part the training program and tirelessly assisting the faculties to developed a good proposal by generously imparting her knowledge. Cebu Normal University will never forget her tenacity, passion, and dedication in training the CNU faculty participants. (LET)

Awarding of Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo (Deputy Director, ATI, Quezon City and Adjunct faculty of Benguet State University-Open University) assisted by the College Extension Chairs.
Photo Opportunity with Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo along with the College Extension Chairs, CNU faculty members and staff

Extension Project In-House Review

On March 2, 2023, the Office of External Affairs and International Linkages held its annual In-House Review at Tandang Sora Hall, Cebu Normal University. This annual in-house extension project review is one of the most important activities for developing valuable skills, increasing coordination, and raising the project profile. It will bring together the faculty and partner agencies involved in community building, and a representative from each project attended the aforementioned event.

This Project In-House Review is one of the core processes of the Extension Services for the depressed, deprived, and underserved. This review will assess the sustainability, viability, and impact of the new extension projects of faculty extensionists who do not have projects as part of their MFO4 functions at the university.

The goal of an Extension Project In-House Review is to enable the project proponents enough time to prepare next-phase proposals for existing projects for additional funding or to start a new extension project based on community needs.

With a total of 43 extension projects that were successfully presented, the School of Arts presented twelve (12) extension projects, the School of Sciences presented four (4) extension projects, the College of Teacher Education presented twelve (12) extension projects, the College of Nursing presented eight (8) extension projects, the Balamban Campus presented four (4) extension projects, and the Medellin Campus presented three (3) extension projects. This activity aims to determine whether they wish to keep working on the extension projects, terminate them, or start new ones.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy, Vice-President for Research, Extension and Publication, emphasized that as a Higher Education Institution, we fulfilled a mandate in instruction, Extensions, and Research. She stated that the E-HELP program, led by Director Naila Y. Beltran has adopted communities and various projects in Education, Health, Environment, Livelihood, and Peace (E-HELP). Every year, the university conducts a call for project proposals and conducts the In-House Review to maximized the use of government resources for extension services. Several extension projects were implemented, monitored, and evaluated, or impact studies, MOAs, resolutions, and even some registered utility models and copyrighted modules were published as outputs.

 “We’ve gotten this far because it began with careful planning and dedication of people, and with the synergy in the university, we’ve grown exponentially as evidenced by our accomplishments every year,” she explained.

Several extension projects from different colleges and campuses were implemented, monitored, and along the way they have done some challenges and she knew that the extension project proponents experience that also, but even though those things that come to their way they have thrived and hope to continue doing the mandate with a commitment, dedications and diverse talent in the university and the community.

Today, with the new projects that are proposed, they will do the in-house review in extension services with their experience and expertise and will continue to work together in demonstrating the culture as to make the extension services relevant and significant to empower and improved our adaptive communities.

Dr. Josefino A. Ronquillo (Supervising Education Program Specialist, CHED ROVII), Dr. Merinisa J. Olvido (Public School District Supervisor, DepEd Mandaue City), Dr. Jonah Lydia Langga (Chief Nurse Officer, Saint Anthony Mother and Child), and Dr. Jestoni P. Babia (School Dean/Director, University of San Jose Recoletos) are the experts who have been invited to assess and evaluate the extension projects.

Director Naila Y. Beltran clearly presented her Rationale and Updates on Extension Activity Delivery and Documentation. She discussed the Legal Framework, the Extension Process Overview, and the Food Framework Agreement. She outlined the various mandates, an overview of extension services in Philippine Higher Education, as well as the goals of HEIs. She defined Extension Work as a collaborative, purposeful activity by the various members of HEI aimed at contributing to empowerment for identified communities so that the latter can eventually achieve development and inclusive growth on their own.

“As a collaborative, purposive activity it is assumed that extension service-in order to respond to the needs and requirements of the identified community-shall web together the functional expertise of the three pillars of higher education: instruction, research, and extension”.

Pertaining to the Extension process, she discussed the Pre-Assessment Phase, which includes the following steps: Identification of the Project Site; Meeting with Officials; Environmental Scanning; Needs Assessment/Benchmarking; MOA Signing; and Community People Orientation.

Furthermore, she also highlighted the Intervention Phase, which is a significant stage in consulting with various stakeholders before submitting a project proposal. The project proponents must submit a proposal for pre-screening, a project internal review for external evaluation, approval of the project proposal for funding, submission of a program of work, implementation, and submission of an accomplishment report at the assertion of the implementation of extension projects.

She went into great detail about the guiding principles of community development during her speeches. The community itself establishes the aims and purposes of extension initiatives; Extensionists’ duty is to direct and support the realization of these objectives.

Afterwards, she discussed the Extension Food Framework Procedure and the implementation period is April to December 2023 under the first come first served basis.

In his keynote presentation, Dr. Josefino A. Ronquillo focused on the Community: Socio-Economic Development for Sustainability and International Zone Network. He briefly talked on integrating the SDGs into the Philippine Development Plan 2023–2028 as well as the Millennium Development Goals, SGDs, and Ambisyon Natin 2040, which embody the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the nation up to 2040.

In addition, Dr. Ronquillo shared several key takeaways with the audience, emphasizing that in light of the information aforementioned, the following must be considered when making decisions: “What do we need to do” Who will carry it out? Whom, When, and How do we need to act? How do we do it? How much do the beneficiaries of our stakeholder’s benefit? To address Dr. Ronquillo’s conclusions, we need to take aggressive actions to address the issues preventing the Philippines from meeting the 17 SDGs in accordance with the revised 2030 objectives and Ambisyon Natin 2040 incorporated within the Philippine Development Plan 2023–2028. For the benefit of the Community/Stakeholders, the CNU and Community Partners will carry it out. How will it be accomplished? By partnerships, collaboration, and connections. Lastly, how much will the Stakeholders benefit? It is both locally and globally.

A question-and-answer segment immediately followed the presentations where an invited Resource Persons expressed clarifications on the result and utilization of the extension programs.

Subsequently, the breakout sessions began, with representatives from each extension project conveying. Dr. Ronquillo evaluated the extension projects presented by the Medellin and Balamban Campuses at the Office of External Affairs and International Linkages, Dr. Merinisa Olvido evaluated the extension projects of the College of Teacher Education and ILS at the CTE extension office, Dr. Jonah Lydia Langga evaluated the extension projects of the College of Nursing at the CN e-classroom, and Dr. Jestoni Babia evaluated the extension projects of CAS-School of Arts and School of Sciences at Tandang Sora Hall.

Balamban and Medellin Campuses presented their extension projects
College of Teacher Education presented their extension projects
CAS School of Arts and School of Sciences presented their extension projects

The EAIL team would like to extend their gratitude to the Resource Persons who analyzed and reviewed the extension projects as well as to the project proponents for their efforts in delivering extension services. (LET)

Photo opportunity along with Dr. Josefino A. Ronquillo (Supervising Education program Specialist, CHED ROVII), together with Director Naila Y. Beltran and the College Extension Chairs.
Photo opportunity along with Dr. Jonah Lydia Langga (Chief Nurse Officer, Saint Anthony Mother and Child), together with Director Naila Y. Beltran, Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy and the Extension Chairs of College of Nursing and Balamban Campus.
Photo opportunity along with Dr. Jestoni P. Babia (School Dean/Director, University of San Jose Recoletos), together with Director Naila Y. Beltran, Dr. Angeline M. Pgoy and the College Extension Chairs.
Photo opportunity along with Dr. Merinisa J. Olvido (Public School District Supervisor, DepEd Mandaue City), together with Director Naila Y. Beltran, Dr. Angeline M. Pgoy and the Extension Chairs from different colleges

Collaborative Community Planning and Organization Through Partnership

Building For The Attainment of SDG 2030

At Barangay Nangka Balamban in Cebu, the Office of External Affairs and International Linkages successfully carried out the first day of training on “Collaborative Community Planning and Organization Through Partnership Building for the Attainment of SDG 2030” last February 6, 2023. The on-site program was spearheaded by Director Naila Y. Beltran and Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy with the coordination of the Barangay Nangka, Balamban, and Municipal Agriculture and Municipal Planning and Development of Balamban, Cebu.

“This training aims to conduct multisectoral partnership collaborative planning and organization with community stakeholders in four days, define a common vision for the community, combine complementary resources and competencies, and share risk in order to maximize the values of SDGs to benefit each of the partners.

The main objective is to identify what programs must be implemented in relation to agriculture and this training program will be led by CNU.

The training program was graced by representatives from the Provincial and Municipal Planning and Development, Engr. Nemesis R. Almento, Mr. Felojyn Sundo, Municipal Agriculturists of Municipal Agriculture Balamban, Cebu as well as Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio, Regional Director ATI VII, Dr. Anthony Del Socorro, Extension Coordinator, CNU-FAII, Hon. Pablo P. Tagalog, Barangay Captain of Barangay Nangka, Balamban Cebu, Hon. Jocelyn T. Badili, Barangay Councilor, Barangay Nangka Balamban, Cebu and the beneficiaries of the Extension Project “Root Crops Production” and “Superwoman” attended this training.

Meanwhile, the Vice-President for Research Extension and Publication, Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy, gave her opening remarks. She set out what is E-HELP and on her remarks.  She hoped that everyone succeeds with the assistance of different government agencies

Director Naila Y. Beltran, Director, External Affairs and International Linkages gave her rationale and gave a brief background of the E-HELP when it started. She states that the CNU team is looking for a project for the farmers last 2022 and that is the Extension Project Root Crop Production. She encourages the beneficiaries of the Root Crops Production and Superwoman to showcase their product for the upcoming Agro fair that will be held on September 2023 and challenge the beneficiaries to discover new products, with the hope that the product will be huge and draw attention to the advancement of the barangay and municipality of Balamban, Cebu.

Engr. Nemesis R. Almento, Municipal Planning and Development Officer, talk through about Municipal Planning and Development of Agricultural Areas for Food and Root Crops Production. He expounded on how to and where to and what to consider when planting according to the month’s seasons and with the hope that whatever is learned during the training will be applied.

A question-and-answer segment immediately followed the presentations where an invited expert made clarifications on the result and utilization of the program.
The emphasis of the Municipal Perspective on Food Crops Grown for Domestic and Commercial Consumption was made by Mr. Felojyn Sundo, Municipal Planning and Development Officer. He discussed how important agriculture is to reaching sustainable development goals.

With an open forum, Dr. Antonio Del Socorro emphasized if the DAR would give information on what plant was best during seasons or what was best to plant during that month (planting calendar).

Dr. Carolyn May Daquio encouraged to have their own herbs or have institutionalized seed banking, attract the young to agriculture and have a farm business venture for the out-of-school youth with the support of LGU in Balamban, Cebu.
The program came to a conclusion at the perfect time to improve the community through pertinent efforts of the Research and Extension Services in collaboration with the renowned partner community and related organizations like DTI, DepED, DOST, DAR and what extent to the program will help the beneficiaries of the community to implement the plan. (LT)

Ms. Naila Y. Beltran (Director, EAIL), Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio (Regional Director, ATI VII), Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy ( Vice-President for Research, Extension and Publication), Dr. Antonio Del Socorro (Extension Coordinator), Mr. Felojyn Sundo ( Municipal Planning and Development Officer)