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Community Extension Program

The Office of the Community Extension Program is located on the second floor of the ICDC Building next to the Office of the Administrative Officer. It is manned by the Director for Community Outreach and Extension.

As a center of excellence in community service, the Community Outreach and Extension is envisioned to commit to the improvement of the quality of life of the people in its service area. Its mission is to uplift the living condition of the depressed, deprived, and underserved communities in the area through relevant and responsive extension programs, projects and activities; and the goal is to provide appropriate and relevant extension services to children, out-of-school youths and adults; enhance technology transfer; and provide technical assistance to the community through committed and dedicated service.

The Community Extension Program of the college contributes to social progress and sustainable development by aligning its projects along with these programs:

  1. Livelihood Enhancement/Income-generating projects
  2. Environmental Management, Protection, and Enhancement, Cleanliness and Beautification.
  3. Proper Nutrition, Health, and Sanitation
  4. Maintenance of Peace and Order in the community.
  5. Youth Development/Literacy Training
  6. Family Development
  7. Community development/Institution Building
  8. Values Formation
  9. Emergency Assistance and Gift-giving Projects
  10. Research

The different academic units of the college have their assigned Community Outreach and Extension Coordinators every school year. The department coordinators are given the assignment to coordinate all the activities of their respective departments to the Director for review before being approved by the Vice-President for Academics and the College President. They also serve as facilitators and guides to the student and staff volunteers in every outreach and extension activity.

Annual Action Plans of each department are submitted to the Director of the Community Outreach and Extension Program for review before the approval of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the College President. The Action Plan of each department contains the proposed outreach and extension activities and projects for the school year including the persons who will be directly involved in the said programs and projects.

The college maintains its linkages to different government and non-government agencies locally and abroad in order to realize the mission and vision of the Community Extension Program. These agencies include the following:

  • Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Japan
  • ChildFund Japan (CFJ)
  • Japan Platform
  • Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church
  • Ford Foundation
  • World Council of Churches
  • Wilde Ganzen
  • Hincks-Dellcrest Center
  • Oceana Gold
  • FCF Minerals
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Municipality of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Municipality of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Department of Agriculture (DA)
  • Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya
  • Mother and Child Nurse Association of the Philippines (MCNAP)

The faculty, staff, and students of each department are encouraged to render their voluntary services to the outreach and extension programs of the college.  The program thrust of the college on Social Relevance is enhanced in this particular aspect in which the faculty, staff and students’ spirit of volunteerism is enhanced/honed.

A strong partnership with the adopted barangays is established through proper coordination with the local government leaders to strengthen the implementation of the different programs to be conducted in each adopted barangay. Likewise, a memorandum of agreement with the municipal and local officials is established to ascertain the cooperation of the leaders in the implementation and sustainability of the programs and projects in each adopted community.

A Manual on Community Outreach and Extension Program is available at the Office of the Community Outreach and Extension Program and is distributed to each department coordinator every school year for their guidance and file. The Manual is being revised accordingly if needed. The realization of one of the tri-thrust goals of the College of Social Relevance is realized through the social services conducted by the college through the Office of the Community Outreach and Extension to its adopted communities. Each Academic Units of the college adopts a community to conduct their outreach and extension activities aside from the conduct of outreach activities to other communities other than their adopted ones. 

The Extension Programs

The Aldersgate Christian Child Center (ACCC) has been conceptualized and implemented since the school year 2003-2004 that served as the over-all extension program of the college. This extension program is a project of the college in partnership with Child Fund Japan (CFJ) formerly known as the Christian Child Welfare Association (CCWA). This program caters to children, their families and the community as a whole and focused on three program thrusts: Child Development, Family Development, and Community Development. Three barangays in the municipality of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya  particularly barangays, Calaocan, Darubba, and Maasin served as the beneficiaries of the program. The program has catered to almost three hundred (300) sponsored children and their families from the start of the program to its termination. The program also has institutionalized a livelihood project for the beneficiaries by organizing them and forming a Cooperative in each barangay duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) of the government. These Cooperatives helped a lot in their economic growth and contributed to the economic growth of their community. The program was terminated in May 2018.

The Aldersgate Women’s Training Center located at barangay Aurora in the municipality of Quezon serves as another extension program of the college that caters to different pieces of training for the benefit of the people covering the area. The construction of the building was made possible with the funding of another foreign partner agency, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) of Japan. Since the Aldersgate Christian Child Center has already been terminated, the Aldersgate Women’s Training Center at present serves as the over-all extension program of the college catered by all of the academic units of the college.

Individually, the different academic units also cater to their own extension programs in the different adopted areas. Starting the school year 2018-2019, the college selected eleven (11) barangays of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya particularly  Aggub, Bagahabag, Bangar, Concepcion, Curifang,  Dadap, Pilar D. Galima, Quezon, San Juan, Tucal and Uddiawan as community extension areas which are distributed to the different academic units. Several extension programs have been conceptualized to be acted out for a span of five (5) years in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement with the barangay leaders and the college.

The Outreach Programs

The different academic units of the college maintain their outreach activities aside from their extension activities. These are conducted in various areas of the province and neighboring provinces aside from the adopted barangays of each department. These outreach activities are in the form of community services such as tree planting, clean-up drive, medical missions, feeding programs, relief operations, and gift-giving, livelihood training, values formations, and others.

The Partner Communities

The Municipality of Quezon is a fourth class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. It is politically subdivided into twelve (12) barangays namely, Aurora, Baresbes, Buliwao, Bonifacio, Calaocan, Caliat, Darubba, Maddiangat, Nalubbunan, Runruno, Maasin, and Dagupan. Three of these barangays ( Caloocan, Darubba and Maasin) were adopted by the college as the beneficiaries of the Aldersgate Christian Child Center (ACCC), the extension program of the college, while one barangay(Aurora) served as one of the outreach areas since the Aldersgate Women’s Training Center is located in the area. The three barangays adopted as extension areas of the college were developed in different aspects as to child, family and community development.

Solano, Nueva Vizcaya The Municipality of Solano is a first-class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. This owes to the presence of numerous business establishments and banks located in the municipality being a business district of the province. However, several barangays in the municipality especially in the outskirts are still economically incapacitated, thus needing further assistance from concerned agencies. Thus, the college, with the partnership and cooperation of the municipal government adopted eleven (11) barangays particularly  Aggub, Bagahabag, Bangar, Concepcion, Curifang,  Dadap, Pilar D. Galima, Quezon, San Juan, Tucal and Uddiawan as partner communities to be developed. The partnership shall last for five (5) years in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement made between the college and the barangays concerned, which is renewable depending upon the situation.

Community Relations

The school maintains a harmonious relationship with the wider community, utilizes community resources and makes available its own assets and resources when needed. The college is able to establish a harmonious relationship with the wider community through its linkages in other towns and barangays. It also makes its resources available in the wider community through the use of the Audi-Visual Room and the EZE Rooftop for activities and programs.      

Social Awareness and Concern

     As an aspect of the student’s orientation, it is included in the student’s mind and feels the concerns of “service to mankind”. This provides the student’s insights that awaken their awareness on prevalent issues that call appropriate actions, which on the other hand, are relevant to the students’ learning process.

     Various activities for the students are provided which are learning experiences to enhance their acquired knowledge and skill and develop attitudes of concern to the needs of other people and the commitment to serve the community especially the underserved and underdeveloped areas to uplift their lifestyle and be at par with other developed communities.

            Also, a part of their growth and development is the integration of learning activities that would create within themselves the sense of responsibility and initiative to share their capabilities without expecting or thinking remuneration in an act of “sacrificial love” through volunteerism and humanitarian services.

Community Service and Involvement

Students of each program offered by the college are involved in the school’s projects and activities for community extension by participating in the activities related to their expertise; like health education and other health-related activities for the School of Medical Sciences; starting a small-scale business for the community folk for the School of Business and Accountancy to mention a few. Action Plans have been set for this particular project.

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