USTP, DILG and Dansolihon seal MoU on lifelong learning and livelihood

Aiming to advance and improve policy formulation and community development, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan de Oro (USTP-CDO) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region X (DILG X) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Lifelong Learning Program designed for officials and employees of local government units of Region X.

In attendance of the forging of MoU between USTP and DILG R10 last December 20, 2019 at the Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras Memorial Hall were USTP System President, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP-CDO Chancellor Atty. Dionel O. Albina, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Oliva P. Canencia, Director of Extension and Community Relations Division Dr. Maria Teresa M. Fajardo and Extension Coordinator for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Montano F. Salvador. DILG was represented by its Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, CESO III and Local Governance Regional Resource Center Administrator Jose Miguel A. Siao.

Dr. Montano F. Salvador, is the focal person for the Lifelong Learning Program. His expertise in local governance and administration and experience had led to the conceptualization of this relevant collaboration and partnership. A number of modules on Executive Course were designed to be offered to local officials and employees of Region X. The modular courses to be offered in this present project is an outcome of a full-blown research on the learning needs of LGU officials and employees in Region 10. The research was conducted by a team composed of the former USTSP ECRD Director Nivea Louwah D. Sermona, Dr. Ismael N. Talili (now, Director of Research, USTP CDO), Mrs. Ronela C. Enguito, Extension Coordinator, and Dr. Montano F. Salvador, former MUST President. The results of this research was presented to the DILG R-10 Multi-Sector Advisory Council (DILG R-10 MSAC) of which USTSP is a member, for validation purposes. Heads of the various national government agencies based in Cagayan de Oro City which are also members of DILG R-10 MSAC inputted their respective suggestions for the improvement of the lifelong learning lessons contained in the research recommendations. LGRC Head Miguel Siao finalized the list of courses to be included in the modular course. USTP Extension Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Salvador arranged the courses into six (6) modules with each module containing three (3) subjects. Heads of the national government agencies will recommend the lectures for the subjects that are related to their respective agencies/offices. These training modules will provide the participants with tools and techniques including a number of approaches in understanding the intricacies involved in local governance.

In addition, a memorandum of Understanding was signed between USTP and Barangay Dansolihon. USTP-CDO adopted Barangay Dansolihon, a NEDA project priority area, for livelihood extension programs and projects. As a start, the Department of Technology and Livelihood Education (DTLED) under the College of Science and Technology Education of the USTP CDO will offer skills training on fruit and vegetable pickling and fermentation.

Prior to the MOU signing, a forum involving various women leaders representing different sitios in Barangay Dansolihon was conducted by the Extension and Community Relations Division to determine their training needs. Majority of the women identified a number of livelihood projects that they are most interested in and the concerns relative to water supply, electricity, out-of-school youth and need to augment income were highlighted.

Also in attendance during the MOU signing were Dr. Dennis A. Tarepe, dean of College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Laila S. Lomibao, dean of College of Science and Technology Education and Dr. Alenogines L. San Diego, dean of the College of Technology together with the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Ruvel J. Cuasito.

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