The Sorsogon State College Office of the Extension Services (OES) spearheaded this year’s two-day OES Highlights anchored on the theme, “Embracing the future perspectives of Extension Services:
Forging new partnerships and building local capacities for inclusive growth and development” last September 26-27, 2018 at SSC Sorsogon City Campus.
The first day of the activity highlighted the Extension Conference where esteemed speakers from international and national institutions were invited to give their lectures.
Keynote speaker Dr. Eing-Ming Wu, Professorial Chair of Shu Te‟ University in Taiwan, focused his discussion along the topic, “Taiwan-Philippines 90 Minute Miracles: The Common Path of the Philippines and Taiwan to Inclusive Education: Dual Wings and Engines Approach”. Dr. Wu emphasized the Industry-City-University
Entrepreneurship (ICUE) Collaborations for Inclusive Education. Valuing the importance of local and international linkage, Dr. Wu presented the Taiwan Philippines Bayanihan scheme Spirit which highlighted regional integration, inclusivity and complement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Vice President for Research, Extension and Training of Cavite State University.
(CAVSU), discussed the topic along “Embracing the Future Extension Education Perspectives Strengthening Industry-Academe-LGU Collaboration: The CavSu Experience”. Dr. Mojica pointed out in his talk the importance of strengthening university and industry collaboration to realize the vision, mission and goals of an institution. Lastly, Mr. Marc Sebastian, Operations Head of Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Inc. Bicol Region, gave a lecture about “Community Development for Inclusive Growth and Poverty”. Mr. Sebastian stressed how the academic community can help eradicate poverty through education. He opined that poverty is not a hindrance to have big dreams and have better lives.
The OES Search for Extension Best Practices was organized during the second day where faculty extensionists presented their papers along the categories, a) Food Security, Health and Agri-Fisheries, Environment and Natural Resources; and b) Continuing Education, Literacy and Technical Assistance.
Consequently, the winners in the paper presentations are endorsed by the College for various extension presentations and conventions at higher levels. Further, it aims to identify the projects that could be effectively adopted by larger community groups. It also intends to determine which project could be supported in a macro level that would boost sustainability in various aspects addressing the local demands and at par with the international standards.
Apart from recognizing best extension practices, the 2018 OES Highlights also include the “Executives‟ Session”. The activity gathered all SSC Extension key players and partners in a round table discussion with the local chief executives, planning officers, academicians and SSC administrators in a convergence initiative that provided insights in strengthening partnerships and highlighting new extension services modalities that could be worked for, in the attainment of the mission and leveraging out plans for the inclusive growth and development of the Sorsogueños.