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.

CNU fosters US-PH exchange programs

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United States (US) and the Philippines (PH) exchanges, Cebu Normal University (CNU) hosted the U.S.-PH Exchanges Roadshow at the Tandang Sora Hall yesterday, May 19, 2023.
The External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) headed by Director Dr. Naila Beltran and the CNU – Tourism Society (TourS), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the U.S. Department of State, spearheaded the event to witness the promotion and strengthening of the U.S. Government exchange programs and opportunities.
In her opening speech, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Gwendelina Villarante described the beauty of the U.S.-PH relationship and the exchanges that brought possibilities for both countries.
“We will witness the exchange of ideas, the blending of culture, and the forging of life-long connections as participants engage in academic programs, professional internship[s], cultural exchanges, and entrepreneurial ventures. They will not only enrich their own lives but contribute to the development and progress of both our nations,” she said.
Moreover, the Deputy Cultural Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Pauline Anderson proudly pointed out the 350 exchanges happening every year and highlighted the US’ high investment in the Philippines’ education.
“We are schooled that there are three pillars of our relationship…I go to bed and I think three pillars…those are friends, partners, and allies,” Anderson added.
In an interview with Ang Suga, Math Circle Mayor Hon. Niño Rey L. Armas expressed his joy in joining the event and shared that it was “beneficial” on his part.
U.S. experiences
Public Engagement Specialist of the U.S. Embassy of the Philippines Helen Vallejos directed the discussion on the plethora of programs and exchange opportunities and underlined the specifications of each program, such as the age requirement and application process.
Vallejos accentuated the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) as the U.S. Government’s most featured program in liaison and leadership training in Southeast Asia and the Fulbright program that offers scholarships.
“Don’t be intimidated by the idea of trying to apply, don’t be afraid of rejections. The first step is for you to just start applying [and] unless you start doing that, you won’t really get a hang of how to do your applications,” Vallejos reminded.
Meanwhile, YSEALI Professional Fellowship Alumna Atty. Aliko Garganera; Fulbright CHED Alumnus Arch. Neil Andrew Menjares; and Fulbright CHED Alumnus Mr. Adrian Perez Del Monte graced the event as speakers in the panel discussions and narrated their struggles in applying and their life abroad.
“Be truthful sa imohang narrative…for example, these are your goals in life, make sure na they are truthful and pwede siya mabuhat ba, dili nga you are aiming for the biggest stars. Maybe start from simple na mga pangandoy nga achievable,” Del Monte said.
Meanwhile, YSEALI Alumni and Tourism Faculty Member Ms. Clareziel D. Ladringan conveyed how important the event was for students to experience the opportunity to live abroad fully funded by the government.
“I can say that no amount of heartbreak can equate to the gains you will gain once you join the fellowship. I can say it’s a life-changing experience for me to be able to go to these programs,” she shared. §
Words by Aldwin Villacrucis
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CNU-CAS amps up quality education, readies for internationalization

College of Arts and Sciences faculty members get ready with their Internationalization Project Proposals.
From left to right: Dr. Bustamante (Chair, International Relations), Dr. Greif (College Dean), Ms. Cachapero (Resource Speaker), Engr. Camus (Resource Speaker), Dr. Ferrer (Resource Speaker), Dr. Moratilla (Resource Speaker), Ms. Beltran (Director, Office of the External Affairs and International Linkages), Dr. Aharul (Chair, International Relations)

In the name of crimson and gold, various Departments and Research Institutes under College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of Cebu Normal University held a three-day training and workshop called Internationalization Cascading and Training-Workshop held at Summit Galleria Hotel on April 12-14, 2023.

Dr.Milagros Greif, the College Dean, shared a message to the participants.

Bearing the theme “Building Academic Mobility and International Partnership Opportunities,” the goal of the said event was to bolster the university’s high-caliber education and services through solid collaboration and strategic planning for internationalization (IZN), such as proposing projects that will globalize students, increase cultural competence and diversity, broaden the research horizon of the university, and strengthen its institutional capacity.

“Understanding our purpose for internationalization, learning from our own practices and benchmarking from other institutions in this ever-changing higher education landscape, give us the motivation and determination to carry on what we have started. This might be challenging but doable,” said Dr. Angeline M. Pogoy, Vice President for Research, Extension and Publication.

Over the years, Cebu Normal University has been receiving awards and accolades with its national feats. Its ambitious aim now is to position itself outside the national borders, map out its direction toward international partners, and expand its linkages while fortifying its relationship with its existing partners.

“If our dreams are not lofty, they will remain a to-do list…our dream now is to aim higher,” said Dr. Michelle Mae J. Olvido, Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development Office.

In her speech, Dr. Olvido also emphasized the need for adapting strategic and sustainable ways of internationalizing the university while upholding social sensitivity and excellence. She also tackled how internationalization as a direction would change the university in different levels.

During the breakout sessions of the event, the three representatives from each department were given more than an hour to plan and craft their project proposal which would be presented on the last day. An open forum was also conducted to ask questions, offer suggestions, and share experiences.

Participants crafting their internationalization project proposals during the breakout sessions.

CNU in the threshold of the global doors

Dr. Daisy Palompon, former OIC-President, emphasized the CNU internationalization initiatives.

Cebu Normal University, being a leading multidisciplinary research university, was recently rated an overall three stars by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global leading provider of services, analytics, and insights to higher education institutions in the world. The international badge it acquired is one of the significant leaps in strengthening its international profile, not to mention that QS gave a 5-star rating for its inclusivity while 4 stars for academic development, employability, and social responsibility.

On the other hand, CNU has already started putting its foot on the threshold of the global doors when it accepted and warmly welcomed a few international students to study in its undergraduate programs. Since internationalization is still uncharted waters, the university needs to be innovative and flexible, and must abide with the international policies without disregarding the essentiality of having its faculty members and stakeholders united in crafting and realizing globalized programs.

“You need to be united, you need to stand on the same ground, you need to be on the same boat,” said Engr. Rosette Eira Camus, one of the three guest speakers during the event and is the Director of International Career and Exchange Programs of Mapua University.

In her talk entitled “Internationalization Partnership Models and Framework,” Engr. Camus clearly sketched out a blueprint on how CNU can achieve internationalization successfully. Given its limited resources yet, she said that the university must build sustainable projects and assess its operational and financial fit to work with an international partner.

Atty. Lily Freida Milla, the Director of the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Services (CHED-IAS), graced the event via Zoom with her inputs on what the CHED envisions the Philippine Higher Education Institutions to be in relation to building academic partnerships for quality education.

A few of the fundamental strategies CNU can adopt in expanding its reach are to build niche or flagship programs, acquire visiting professors, and join international conferences to increase the university’s input and output. Since the teaching models and methodologies play a key role in internationalizing an academic institution, CNU must also be fully abreast with technology as it will equip students with global experience, international skills, and intercultural competence without leaving the campus.

 Internationalization Projects

To increase the university’s global presence, CNU launched a program called Cross-Cultural Communication Virtual Exchange (CCCVEX), striking a vibrant partnership with Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. The said program, which will start on August–December 2023, offers Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), which is a competent platform for faculty members to facilitate students and enrich their intercultural competence through the use of technology.

Prof. Andrew Osborne of Douglas College Canada presented via Zoom the Collaborative Online Interactive Learning (COIL) Project in collaboration with the CNU Department of Languages and Literature.

On the other hand, the Department of Languages and Literature is also proudly launching the English Intensive Training Program, which offers seven courses, with writing and speaking being the focus. The said program will aid international non-English-speaking students who are enrolled in the university to learn and improve their English communication skills. To further bolster competencies, the said department also has an international academic exchange program called Global Learners of English Education Exchange Program or GLEE ExPro to be offered at the undergraduate level for one semester, targeting international students coming from partner institutions.

Moreover, during the said training-workshop all the Departments—which are the Departments of Communication, Mathematics, Tourism,  English, Biology, Social Sciences, Public Governance, Chemistry and Physics, Filipino, Psychology, the three Research Institutes: Computational Mathematics and Physics; Public Governance; Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology, and the Gender and Development Unit–successfully presented and justified their internationalization project proposals specific to their departmental needs and capacity, such as student and faculty exchange, and internship abroad.

Internationalization (IZN) Project Ways Forward

The internationalization project proposals of the different departments and institutes of the College of Arts and Sciences will undergo the next phase of evaluation which is the in-house review. With the next phase of evaluations and deliberations, it is targeted that the implementations of the projects commence the soonest as possible. The Office of the External Affairs and International Linkages through Director Naila Beltran, together with Dr. Milagros M. Greif the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will take the lead in realizing the ways forward of the internationalization project proposals.

Contact Office:
Dir. Naila Y. Beltran
External Affairs and International Linkages Office





“Internationalizing the Classroom and the Curriculum: Onboarding the Faculty towards Internationalization”



The Cebu Normal University External Affairs and International Linkages Office, together with the College of Teacher Education, conducted a training workshop entitled, The College of Teacher Education Internationalization: The Onboarding with the theme, “Internationalizing the Classroom and the Curriculum: Onboarding the Faculty towards Internationalization”, held at Summit Galleria Hotel on April 19-21, 2023. This is to orient, capacitate, and engage faculty members in the college through the program chairs, coordinators, and focal persons of the unit. A total of 25 participants reported to Summit Galleria Hotel for 3 days.

The Director of External Affairs and International Linkages, Ms. Naila Beltran, commenced the program with her welcome remarks, followed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gwendelina Villarante. She gave her inspirational message emphasizing the need to go global and international. The formal talk started with the Director IV, International Affairs Staff of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Atty. Lily Frieda Milla, who emphasized internationalization in Philippine higher education. She congratulated CNU for reaching three stars in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Ranking 2023. She shared the CHED framework for internationalization and a list of initiatives in her office. A number of internationalization programs funded by CHED are also announced to challenge the participants for their active involvement.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gwendelina Villarante, discussed the CNU Academic Policies in Students and Faculty International Mobility.  She highlighted the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the university as she also emphasized the policies and requirements of the students and faculty in engaging with internationalization.

The next topic was the future directions of IZN or internationalization with no less than the former SEAMEO Director and now the Education Advisor, ASEAN Secretariat, Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela was the guest of honor. She led her part with a short energizer.

She shared a talk with regard to Internationalization Trends and Future Directions in Research, Policy, and Practice. She initiated an activity where the attendees of the training discussed different issues related to internationalization and how to resolve it. The participants were very engaged as they asked questions and shared their experiences with internationalization. The policies of the university were discussed and at the same time issues that needed discussion from the higher-level administrators. The lecture of Dr. Valenzuela also tackled the possibilities for conducting internationalization at home since in this model, lesser expenses are required and at the same time, this is very doable.

The participants were reenergized for the afternoon session with a dance exercise.

Then, via Zoom, the Director of International Affairs at Tarlac Agricultural University, Dr. Christine Ferrer presented the topic regarding Internationalization Partnership, Models, and Framework. Dr. Ferrer highlighted the importance of benchmarking and mechanisms in achieving the internationalization journey of the College of Teacher Education. At the end of Dr. Ferrer’s talk, she gave a template for the workshop.

The IZN focal person of CTE came to discuss the CTE IZN initiatives which were soft launched in March and the need to create an implementation plan for these. Dr. Janet A. Mananay presented the four internationalization initiatives by CTE namely, the Cebu International Academic Immersion (CNU – CIAI), the International Teacher Education Academic & Cultural Honing (I – TEACH),  the Cultural Education Exchange to Bridge Understanding (CEEBU), and the College of Teacher Education Internationalization Ambassador. From the four initiatives last March, the College has come up with 9 breaking I-TEACH and coming up with additional including International Internship Abroad.

Toward the end of the session Dr. Daisy R. Palompon, Director of the Center on Research and Development presented the Purpose of Rationalization in Internationalization Activities. She emphasized that Internationalization helps improve the quality education at the university. Then, Dir. Beltran presented the challenges and opportunities of the university in acquiring the QS Ranking as the ways forward. The first day of the event ended at 5:00 PM and was hosted by Ms. Baby Jane Uytico.




“Internationalizing the Classroom and the Curriculum: Onboarding the Faculty towards Internationalization”



The second day of the CTE IZN: Onboarding Day Two opened early at nine in the morning. Attendees from different departments arrived early and preparations were furnished accordingly. Dr. Jem Cloyd Tanucan opened the ceremony in high spirits, whereby after the prayer, a quick Zumba session kicked off immediately with all the attendees actively participating.

To recap the activities that transpired during the first day, Dr. Remedios Bacus, program chairperson of the CNU Graduate School, took the floor and presented the brief highlights using counting numbers. Starting from nine, she mentioned that the program started at nine AM. The number eight represented the number of hours in the event, which spanned from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. She also noted the presence and participation of the VPAA, VPEP, EAIL, ESD, CTE, IRIID, and the CIFL, all of which provided great insights relevant to the internationalization agenda of the program.

Likewise, the number six signified the peak time to internationalize the classroom, and the five focused on the topics that were covered in the entire day: IZN in the Philippine Higher Education, policies in student and faculty mobility, IZN trends and future direction, IZN partnerships, and purpose and rationalization of IZN in the university. The rest of the numbers pointed to integral aspects of internalization, with number one embodying the single bold step needed for the success of the agenda: creative partnerships and one office.

The fourth talk, The Nature and Concept of Transnational Education (TNE) commenced with Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, the ASEAN adviser of The Future of Education, as the speaker. She started her talk by sharing the online course she created in CHED, in which she encouraged the attendees and the rest of the faculty members in CNU to enroll themselves and accomplish promptly in order to be recognized as one of the pioneer graduates.

Introduction to Transnational Education as the first module traced the pillars of internationalization in higher education. Dr. Valenzuela said that enrolling in internationalization programs and courses are a great investment for oneself and the institution because it maximizes opportunities and opens new doors for partnerships. As such, she urged the attendees to do the same to benefit CNU, especially since the university is gearing towards opening its CTE IZN plans and projects to the body soon.

The second module centered on Southeast Asian Transnational Education Models. One of the highlights of this segment was the virtual tour of the Incheon Global Campus (IGC;, the first joint campus of global universities in Korea. This very example cited by Dr. Valenzuela emphasized that Southeast Asian nations are highly supportive of internationalization, whereby universities within this realm are amenable to franchises, branch campuses, twinning degrees, offshore institutions, international institutions, and distance and virtual learning universities.

However, even in these global and remarkable benchmarks, Dr. Valenzuela emphasized that such programs are only effective because they are contextualized and built from the assessments done in their respective nations. As such, the speaker encouraged the attendees to do the same and be mindful of implementing and applying the same programs directly without tailor-fitting them to the needs that we have in the country as a whole.

In the midst of the talk, the Think-Pair-Share workshop proved to be helpful in materializing internationalization plans as the attendees grouped together and presented their responses to the question: Can we move TNE HE in CNU? Can we have our courses and offerings internationalized? The answers were positive at large, most of which were grounded on dual degrees, language facilitation, collaborative programs and research, and chiefly, making CNU borderless.

The third part of Dr. Valenzuela’s talk focused on Global Transnational Education models and Benchmarks. The speaker delineated the different driving forces of internationalization in SEAMO AMCs. Primarily, it is about connections and providing quality not only in the local and national scene but also in international academic relations.

The talk likewise featured a roleplaying workshop simulating instances of collaboration between CNU and an international partner. Dr. Marlon Bojos and Dr. Christise Espera, joined by Ms. Baby Jane Uytico and Dr. Jem Cloyd Tanucan, showed an example of the way schools ought to partner with other key stakeholders outside of the school. Dr. Valenzuela noted that such was a prime case in point but can still be improved through the inclusion of proper interactions, such as the correct way of giving business cards, to make partnerships more formal.

After the break, the second part of today’s session commenced. Talk Six entitled “TSU Internationalization” began with the introduction of the speaker by Dr. Janet A. Mananay. This portion’s speaker was none other than Dr. Jasper Jay Mendoza, the Dean of the College of Teacher Education at Tarlac State University.

The first part of the talk focused on fast facts, where the number of public and private HEIs were identified. Looking at this, Dr. Mendoza noted the opportunities that are available in number as these institutions may partner in terms of linkages to provide the means for internationalization. Similarly, the speaker shared the four Rs that are indispensable in forwarding the internationalization agenda within schools: relevance, responsiveness, recalibrate strategies, and rebuild better. The first one notes that programs must be relevant and build the foundation of internationalization. Responsiveness likewise emphasizes the need for institutions to be prompt to not miss out on activities and opportunities. To recalibrate strategies suggests that institutions must check and recheck their programs, and to rebuild better must best be based on those.

Likewise, Dr. Mendoza presented the different factors that affect internationalization. Firstly, projects must be built on existing/potential niche/flagship programs that support the economic and social agenda as internationalization programs touch external aspects. Moreover, they must support unmet local demand and widen access to international qualifications and bolster the PH in the ASEAN higher education sector. Finally, programs and other projects must support the broader ASEAN and UN relations as internationalization itself is concerned with the two and those help support the agenda at large.

In internationalization, Dr. Mendoza emphasized that projects must not just be about knowledge transfer but rather on co-creation of knowledge that transcends borders. He remarked on the fact that the focus of internationalization must not only be geared for the university but also for the stakeholders that are directly affected and involved in the process.

The speaker likewise mentioned the key elements of the internationalization agenda. Institutions must have clear key actions and projects in order to materialize the projects better. Another element is to have measures of success that serve as a guide in moving forward. Both strategic objectives and key outcomes are equally pertinent as those elements as they are the ones that determine the direction of the program and projects at large.

The rest of the discussion centered on the means to benchmark the programs of Tarlac State University in Cebu Normal University. The attendees of the event likewise raised their questions to the speaker which led to fruitful discussions until the end of Dr. Mendoza’s speakership.

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)


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