by Xandelyn Racel R. Baena
February 27- The Department of Extension held its annual community day, moniker Panagtagbo. It was a one-day event at the gymnasium where MSU-IIT extension projects exhibited with the communities involved in the project. An academic institution, like IIT, is mandated to use its expertise to help the community in terms economic livelihood, literacy trainings, capacity buildings, sustainable programs, etc. To have a sense of community and to be responsive to its needs is an important character embed in the institute values. The list of exhibitors includes projects from the College of Arts and Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Science and Mathematics, Teenprenuers of the CBAA, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Nursing, IDEYA, FAB LAB Mindanao, Bamboo Technology Research Center, Ceramic Training Center, VOCEP, Federation of Women Organization in Initao, IPDM, and others.
The Department of Extension, currently headed by Dr. Ma. Cecilia Ferolin, spearheads this year’s Panagtabo 4. Various sectors in the community graced the opening program, as well as the IIT faculty, staff, and officials. To further encourage the exhibitors to package their booth extension work neatly and attractively, the DE held it through a contest. As a result, the College of Education grabbed the Best Booth Award and received P10, 000; runner-ups were the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Nursing receiving P7,000 and P5,000 respectively.
Panagtagbo 4 also highlights the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the CED-IDS with the schools in Iligan City, the Luinab Elementary School, Ubaldo Laya Memorial School, Hinaplanon National High School, Iligan City East National High School; and between the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) with the College of Nursing. This occasion has again proven that MSU-IIT is not confined in its ivory towers, but has a towering commitment to serve the community.