By Sally R. Villasis
Two extension programs of the Aklan State University (ASU) won top prizes during the 3rd Regional Extension Symposium led by the Philippine Association State Universities and Colleges VI – Extension Managers’ Council, Inc. (PASUC-EMC, Inc.) on August 30, 2012 at Madrangca, San Jose, Antique.
The “Eco-Health Agenda” Program:Through the Eyes of Partner-Beneficiaries won First Place in the Health Category. The program was a joint effort of Carol Joy Palma-Remaneses, Generlyn Lapuz, Dahlia Lariosa, and Salbie Zabala.
On the other hand, the Mangrove Tree Nursery Development Towards Enhanced Reforestation of Wetlands: The ASU Initiative by Fred P. Mejia and Ronnie J. Dela Cruz won 1st Runner-up in the Environment Category.
According to Dr. Greta G. Gabinete, PASUC VI-EMC, Inc. Chairman, the symposium aimed to provide a venue for interactive sharing of experiences and best practices in extension, create collaboration among extensionists in Region 6, identify and analyze constraints and opportunities in extension. The symposium also aimed to strengthen the capability of PASUC 6 extensionists.
“This year’s symposium has a total of 26 papers, with five categories. These papers are very good harvest for the PASUC Extension Managers Council as well as to the respective State Universities and Colleges (SUCs),” Gabinete added.
Dr. Victor Navarra, University of Antique President stressed that for a SUC to flourish, extension programs are indeed essential, because through linkages and coordination with people in the community, it fulfills our vision, mission and goals.
Dr. Navarra highlighted the pains and joys of extension work, sustaining the enthusiasm may be difficult but the joy is immeasurable when the clients are adopting the technologies and knowledge being shared with them.
Ms. Carol Joy Palma-Remaneses receives the award from University
of Antique President Victor Navarra (left), while Prof. Fred P. Mejia
presents his winning extension project (right).