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


Cebu Normal University spearheaded by the External Affairs and International Linkages Office unveiled its E-HELP Life Festival, which was participated by its own extension community partners-two barangays from Medellin- Caputatan Norte and Antipolo, Pulpogan, Consolacion, and Barangay Nangka in Balamban.

Present on the opening day were the Director of External Affairs, and International Linkages Office, Ms. Naila Beltran, the Vice-President for Research, Extension, and Publication, Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gwendelina Villarante, the administrative council officials, and the Barangay Captains and Councilors of the 4 barangays.

This 2-day celebration showcased the project extension products feasible as livelihood programs for its partnered communities. The festivity and merriment continued with the “Festihaw” performed by the CNU Faculty Performing Arts and CNU Chorale.

Meanwhile, Hon. Raul Remulta, Barangay Captain of Caputatan Norte, Medellin uttered wonderful words of appreciation for the extension programs of the University. He took pride as he shared their lived experiences that create great waves of opportunities that turn a ripple of success.

The celebration did not just offer an avenue to celebrate its success but it also included informative lectures, engaging the minds and curiosity of the exhibitors. A plenary talk from Mr. Emmanuel Ng of Ai-Reen Designs brought the audience to different places by sharing his own experiences in handling business. The speaker shared tips to expand its services and answer the needs of its clientele.

Following was the lecture led by Engr. Joenero Bollozos enthralled the physical and online audience. He imparted his expertise in product licensing and registration.

True to its theme “Celebrating Success: Capacity Building and Innovation in Empowering Communities”, the first day of the festival has brought together the members of its partner communities to herald and celebrate.

The celebration of the 12th  anniversary of the E-HELP Program commences its 2nd day with the presence of the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region VII, Hon. Shalaine Marie S. Lucero.

Today is a demonstration and engagement of how converenge works in the community,” said Hon. Lucero on acknowledging the efforts of the University in working hand-in-hand with the local and national government units in their service beyond the walls of the academe to provide a sustainable livelihood program.

8 booths were making the celebration more festive by bringing the best products, from lagundi juices, detergent soaps, delectable pastries, fresh vegetables, and recyclable handicrafts to handmade pieces of jewelry. Each booth was scrutinized and gained praise by our esteemed evaluators, the Education Supervisor Program Specialist of CHED Region VII, Dr. Josefino Ronquillo, and the Director of Extension Services of Cebu Technological University, Dr. Jorelyn Concepcion.

The booth of Caputatan Norte the Lagundi Ko, Kaayohan Ko (LakoKako), and My Skill, My Key, My Future. This was awarded as the Best Community Booth and DSWD Choice Award

The booth of Nangka National High School, Balamban, Cebu the PAN Alang sa Negosyo. This was awarded as Best in Innovation Award.

The booth of Pulpogan, Consolacion, Cebu the Chika Ta. This was awarded as the Best in AgriFood Product.
The booth of Antipolo, Medellin, Cebu the Germs Alis. This was awarded the Best Scientific Award and the CNU President’s Choice Award.
The booths of Nangka, Balamban, Cebu the Superwoman which was awarded the DTI Choice Award, Kwarta sa Di Malata as Best Educational Award, and One Bead at a Time as CHED Choice Award and Best in Entrepreneurship.

The exhibit showcased wonders from various walks of life. It also displayed the creativity and learnings of those who worked behind each project. In addition to highlighting the distinctive characteristics of each booth, the exhibit displayed the beauty of diverse barangay and municipalities through colorful images and mementos, aiming to empower communities’ capabilities.

Words by: Florelie Mae Datulayta, EAIL Staff

Photos by: CNU-PIO