by Lynrose Jane D. Genon, OVCRE-DE/CASS
The Department of Extension (DE) of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) held the second in-house review of extension programs of MSU-IIT on September 15 through a virtual program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The activity was live-streamed at WE CARE Extension Program of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Facebook Page.
The Online Panagtagbo: In-House Review of Extension Programs 2020 attracted nineteen (19) extension projects and programs from within MSU-IIT that were divided into two (2) clusters for judging.
Awards were given out for the top three (3) Best Extension Projects (three per cluster), top three (3) Best Video Presentations, and top three (3) Best Posters.
The Bayug Mangrove Rehabilitation and Conservation (A Sustainable Intervention Program of the Academe) of the Department of Political Science of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) won first place in the Best Extension Project Category under Cluster A.
For Cluster B, Sagip-Piitan Health Care Initiative (Health Lecture Series and Hygiene Kit Project) Program of the College of Nursing won first place. (See news article at https://www.msuiit.edu.ph/news/news-detail.php?id=1306.)
The Training Workshop for Teachers on the Teaching of Reading and Children’s Literature (with Self-Mastery Workshop) of the Department of English of the CASS won the Best Video Presentation.
Another CASS extension project, PROJECT YACAP (Youth, Amplifying, Co-Creating, and Advocating Peace) won the Best Poster award.
To evaluate the entries and pick the winners, the DE invited judges from different government and non-government agencies, who have been partners of the Institute in various programs and initiatives.
Brother Reynaldo Barnido, a development communication expert and one of the judges of Cluster B, applauded the different extension projects of the Institute. “Extension is essential in the life of the center of learning, and it is the center of the learning process,” Barnido said.
The holding of the in-house review of extension projects demonstrated the Institute’s strong commitment to carry out extension engagements that contributed significantly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through its different extension projects and programs under MSU-IIT’s WE CARE framework.
With the theme “Innovation and Sustainability through Transformative Leadership”, the activity gathered extension program implementers and practitioners to (1) assess the quality and impact of the extension projects/programs of the Institute in its alignment to the WE CARE framework and its contribution the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; (2) recognize and make visible the extension practices that work in different partner communities; and (3) provide a space for sharing knowledge, experiences, and expertise in crafting and implementing extension projects and programs.
During the program, Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol highlighted the challenges that confronted MSU-IIT due to COVID-19 and acknowledged that the pandemic pushed the Institute to heights of innovativeness and creativity as exhibited in the different Institute-led initiatives in response to the pandemic.
Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Jinky B. Bornales added that the DE has a crucial role in improving MSU-IIT’s innovation ecosystem through generating collaborations and innovations, and seriously addressing the cycle of innovation through ideation, research, and technology transfer to affect significant impact in the community.
At the end of the program, the DE called for proposals for the 2021 extension engagements with the theme “Reset, Rebound, Recover: Investing for Resiliency and Sustainability”.
*Ms. Lynrose Jane D. Genon is currently a faculty member at the Department of English, College of Arts and Social Sciences, and an assistant to the Director of the Department of Extension of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of the same university. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Culture and Arts Studies. Her works are focused on youth leadership, education, and peace.
You can connect with Ms. Genon on linkedin.com (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynrosejanegenon).