ON JUNE 8-10, 2016, DR. RUBY ANN L. AYO AND DR. SALVACION L. VILLAFUERTE attended the HONG KONG
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCE at the REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL, 9 Cheong Tat Road, Hong Kong
International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
On JUNE 9, 2016, the first day of the conference, DR. SALVACION L. VILLAFUERTE was awarded Best Paper Award
in the Social Sciences Category.
I. BASIC INFORMATION
- Extension Project Title: COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THROUGH GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (ComEGAD)
- Main Proponent: SALVACION L. VILLAFUERTE, Ph.D.
- Implementing Agency/Station:
- Lead Agency: College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
- Cooperating Agency: Local Government Unit of Pilar, Sorsogon
- Other partner Agency: Local Government Unit of Ligao City Local Government Unit of Legazpi City Macalaya National High School
- Funding Agency: College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
- With counterpart: Local Government Unit of Pilar, Sorsogon
- Local Government Unit of Ligao City
- Local Government Unit of Legazpi city
- Macalaya National High School
- Duration of the Project
- Date Started : AUGUST 2012
- Date of Completion : DECEMBER 2016
This extension project, the Community Empowerment through Gender and Development (ComEGAD) encompassed a holistic approach in responding to the community needs of Pilar, Sorsogon and other partner local government agencies. It is conceptualized in this aim where primarily; social and psychological needs will be addressed to bring realization to an empowered community through social and moral responsiveness and social and psychological well-being. It is aimed to be continuously committed in the holistic development of humankind and the Bikolano community through excellence in programs responsive to the regional, national and global concern and the attainment of the potential of the adopted community through extension.
This project was also in view of capacitating the barangay captains to local governance and empowering men, women and youth to enjoy life, work towards personal goals and feel good about themselves. This coincided with the goals of Extension Service in “Educating to Build Resilient Communities: BU Glocal Actions” in the establishment of resilient communities. Thus, this aimed to create responsible leaders and individuals bringing about secured, happy and organized communities. The project, which started in 2012, aimed to: (1) Raise awareness of social issues with emphasized focus on child protection and building safe environment for the children; (2) Promote physical, social and mental health of family members by equipping them with knowledge and skills focused on social and psychological well-being; and (3) Enhance knowledge and skills of stakeholders as allies for building resilient communities.
The ComEGAD (Community Empowerment through Gender and Development) was the Extension Banner Program of BUCCSSP from August 2012 until December 2016. Extension activities in line with the ComEGAD are concentrated in the 49 Barangays of Pilar, Sorsogon and linkages with the local city governments of Ligao and Legazpi and Macalaya, Sorsogon. Through the consolidated efforts of BUCSSP, this project provides programs and extension activities rendered by the different departments/units of the college, namely: General Education Department, Peace Studies Department, Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, Social Work Department and Sociology Department and also the Non-teaching personnel.
The project was divided into three components which in itself comprise of different activities: (1) Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Program (2) Family Empowerment (youth, parents and elderly) (3) Stakeholders’ Enhancement Program. The activities of the three project components are mostly concentrated on the 49 barangays of Pilar, Sorsogon but a number of activities were extended to other communities outside Pilar, Sorsogon. All three project components were completed and activities were equally distributed based on the needs assessment results of the communities.
The BUCSSP’s extension concept centered on the People Empowering People approach (Page & Czuba, 1999) which connected research, theory, and practice. Adapting this approach successfully focused on the strengths of people, providing opportunities and resources without crimpling them as they take control of their lives from the Community Empowerment through Gender and Development programs.