COMMUNITY EXTENSION SERVICE….In a Nutshell for s/y 2012-2013
(M.F. Trinidad, ICES)
The University of Nueva Caceres – Institutionalized Community Extension Services (UNC – ICES) is the central office and coordinating center of the University for its Extension Service Program. It serves as the institutional coordinating arm of various departments, colleges and student organizations’ community services. The office initiates and/ or co-implements projects and programs and identify department who will be the lead implementer based on its line of interest and/ or expertise. It assists, advises, monitors and evaluates the Extension Program of the university or specific department as it ties up with offices like the Research Center, DSA, VPSEA, Deans and Principals, and the Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Line Agencies, NGOs and POs. The prime concern of the office is the development of socially aware and socially involved and relevant persons (faculty, employees, students, school friends) who are both productive and proactive in recognizing and responding to the country’s needs with consideration to local and nearby communities.
ICES programs, activities and projects are designed to help the poor, urban/suburban and rural communities improve their quality of living. Programs and services come in forms of organizing and community – building, livelihood education and support, literacy – numeracy / education enhancement, environmental education, advocacy and rehabilitation, relief and welfare, health, nutrition and life-saving program. Capacity – building, skills and knowledge development, organization strengthening and values formation of both community partners and in – house extension workers are strategies used to optimize the utilization and mobilization of resources both in the campus and community partners. These strategies are expected to help realize community development and empowerment as well as student – faculty – non teaching employees’ social responsibility and involvement.
ICES ensures that students, faculty members and non – teaching personnel of the University are provided with opportunities to get involved in various extension activities or program either institutionally or departmentally initiated and implemented. Once in a while alumni and UNC partners like Parents – Teachers – Council are tapped to support activities. Students’ involvement in Extension is varied. It can be curricular – related (like Social Arts, NSTP – CWTS, Practicum), extra – curricular involvement (like student organizations / fraternities / sororities), or simply volunteerism like (ICES student volunteers, Campus Ministry volunteers, Peer facilitators, College Red Cross Youth). For the teaching and non – teaching personnel, they can participate as resource speakers, lecturers, facilitators, trainers or initiators / organizers of an activity together with identified student organizations or community groups.
Significant activities, program and projects for the school year 2012-2013 is presented here by department: