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2013 – 2014 – University Social Involvement Council

2013 – 2014

Highlights:

PREVIOUS PARTNER COMMUNITIES

Impact Evaluation on USIC Interventions covering 2007-2010 for the Partner Communities, Municipalities of Buhi, Cabusao, Calabanga and Sagnay, Camarines Sur. The University Social Involvement Council (USIC) conducted an Impact Evaluation on USIC Interventions covering 2007-2010 for the Partner Communities on March 20-21, 2013 at the Municipalities of Buhi, Cabusao, Calabanga and Sagnay, Camarines Sur. The activity intended to measure the impact of interventions that has been delivered; to describe the changes observed or achieved; to identify the factors that brought about the changes; to Identify indicators that enable us to know that the changes and impact are indeed happening; to draw out lessons and insights from the entire experience; to identify the key elements that make such an intervention effective; to rate the overall performance the intervention based on its achievements; and to identify next steps towards sustaining the gains and realizing the goals set out to be achieved.

NEW PARTNER COMMUNITIES

Field Validation of Ateneo New Partner Communities, Milaor, Magarao and Canaman, Camarines Sur. The field validation of the new partner communities of Ateneo were conducted on June 21 and 28; and July 5, 2013. The purpose of the field validation was to observe and examine the real situation in the barangay/s. Through this, the Council identified the areas that qualified to with the requirements set by the university. The process was guided by a set of questions which were based on the eight priority or development areas that include Health and Nutrition, Environment, Governance. Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, Teacher Training, Religious Education, Housing and Disaster-Response Management.

Approval of the New Partner Communities of Ateneo. The new partner communities of Ateneo include Milaor, Magarao and Canaman, Camarines. The set of new partner municipalities was approved by the University President on May 15, 2013 while the set of partner barangays was approved on July 15, 2013. The new partner communities include Barangay Ponong, Borobaybay and Casuray of Magarao; Mayaopayawan, Cabugao and Flordeliz of Milaor; and San Roque, Fundado, and San Nicolas of Canaman, Camarines Sur.

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing with Ateneo Partner Communties. The partnership between Ateneo de Naga University with the nine (9) barangays was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) Signing on September 10, 2013 at the Bro. Richie Fernando Hall. The event was participated by the representatives from the different Barangays, Municipalities and the Ateneo de Naga community. In particular, the partner communities were represented by Hon. Bobby Abad, Punong Barangay of Ponong; Hon. Salvador Candelaria, Punong Barangay of Barobaybay; Hon. Tomas Civico, Punong Barangay of Casuray; Hon. Josue Brabante, Vice-Mayor of Magarao, Mr. Rico Alvia, Municipal Planning and Development Officer of Magarao; and Mr. Antonio Camalla, Municipal Councilor of Magarao. The Municipality of Milaor was represented by Hon. Carlos De los Reyes, Punong Barangay of Mayaopayawan; Hon. Arnulfo Parado, Punong Barangay of Cabugao, Hon. Virgilio Gases, Punong Barangay of Flordeliz; Ms. Maria Cristina Camarote, Barangay Secretary of Flordeliz; and Mr. Benito Claro, Municipal Administrator. The Municipality of Canaman was represented by Hon. Bernabe Trinidad, Punong Barangay of San Roque; Hon. Librado Banastao, Punong Barangay of Fundado; Hon. Leonardao Cañaveral, Punong Barangay of San Nicolas.

PROFILING AND PARTICIPATORY RURAL APPRAISAL (PRA) BY ASSRC

Living Conditions Baseline Survey in Nine USIC Partner Communities in Camarines Sur. On August 15, 2013, the Ateneo Social Sciences Research Center through Dr. Michael Cuesta presented the proposed Profiling and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to be conducted to the new partner communities to the members of the University Social Involvement Council.

In November 2013, the research proposal on the Living Conditions Baseline Survey in Nine USIC Partner Communities in Camarines was approved by the Ateneo de Naga University Research Council. The household survey was initially conducted on December 3, 2013. The research involved a survey of 1,168 randomly selected, anthropometric survey of sampled children aged 0-7 years, hazard and poverty mapping, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions.

In August 2014, the study entitled, “Living Conditions Baseline Survey in Nine USIC Partner Communities in Camarines Sur” was finally completed by the ASSRC. The study was intended to establish a profile of the nine (9) USIC partner barangays in terms of their current socio-economic, environmental and institutional situation; to provide direction to USIC in its development of social involvement policies, programs and projects for the target population; and to establish a benchmark for future monitoring and evaluation of USIC program and project outcomes. The output of the survey was used as basis in the preparation of USIC action plans for the CY 2015 to 2016 for the partner communities.

UNIVERSITY SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM

Presentation of Ateneo Social Involvement Program to New Partner Communities. The University Social Involvement Council made a presentation of the Social Involvement Program on a formal meeting with the three Punong Barangays, Local Chief Executives, Municipal Development and Planning Officer and other local officials on September 2 and 3, 2013 at the municipalites of Magarao, Canaman and Milaor, Camarines Sur. After a series of consultation, the communities willingly accepted to partner with Ateneo.

Preparation of the Proposed University Social Involvement Activities for thePartner Communities. The University Social Involvement Council conducted a workshop on the proposed University Social Involvement Activities for the Partner Communities on January 24, 2014. Activities under the Eight Development Agenda were identified. The activities were based on the identified programs of the partner communties during the Barangay Participatory Planning and Budgeting workshop conducted by the Center for Local Governance and the Graduate School. The Ateneo Social Involvement Program was presented to New Partner Communities on February 2014. Thereafter, on a resular USIC meeting, the specific activities were identified.

AREAS OF CONCERNS

TEACHER TRAINING/EDUCATION

Regional Innovation Conference on Education (RICE 2013): Educating to Build Resilient Communities. The Samahang Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyong Pilipino (STEP) participated in the Regional Innovation Conference on Education (RICE 2013): Educating to Build Resilient Communities on June 14-14, 2013 at Legazpi City, Albay. The activity intended to provide an avenue for UNESCO Clubs to share best practices and open unique opportunities for growth, partnership, and internalization; to craft a regional action plan for Bicol targeting issues unique to the region; and to orient UNESCO accredited clubs and potential clubs for accreditation the ideals and thrusts of UNESCO, NAUCP, including the accreditation guidelines.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Medical, Dental and Optical Outreach. The College of Nursing in partnership with the Pay it Forward Project Asia Foundation conducted a Medical, Dental and Optical Outreach activity at Balongay Elementary School, Calabanga, Camarines Sur on March 10, 2013. The activity was provided and facilitated by invited doctors, dentists, optometrists, and nursing students and faculty of the College of Nursing.

Health Education Campaign. The College of Nursing conducted a health education campaign on March 15, 2013 at Dominorog, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. The topics included nutrition, good grooming and garbage segregation for the elementary pupils and substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases for ht e 3rd and 4th year students.

ABFA Outreach Program. The Ateneo Banking and Finance Association of the College of Business and Accountancy conducted an outreach activity among the elementary students of San Agustin, Elementary School, Canaman, Camarines Sur on February 24, 2013. The members of the organizations conducted sessions on health and proper hygiene.

GOVERNANCE

Alternative Class Program: “Sampolong Tugon para sa mga Responsableng Botante”. In line with the 2013 Midterm Election, the University Social Involvement Council through the Center for Local Governance conducted the lecture discussion entitled, “Sampolong Tugon para sa mga Responsableng Botante” during the Alternative Class Program on February 28, 2013. The activity was conducted by Mr. Rojo Bulao and participated by the Ateneo students.

Voters’ Education Seminar. The University Social Involvement Council (USIC) thru the Center for Local Governance (CLG) in coordination with the Committee on 2013 Midterm Elections conducted series of Voters’ Education Seminar. Its main objective is to encourage the participants to exercise their right to suffrage through the Ignatian approach of Experience-Reflection-Action scheme. The seminar was conducted in the following areas:

a) Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ragay, Camarines Sur, April 5, 2013;
b) St. Anthony de Padua Parish, Iriga City, April 17, 2013;
c) Atulayan, Sagnay, Camarines Sur, April 18, 2013;
d) Nato, Sagnay, Camarines Sur, April 23, 2013; and
e) Tinambac, Camarines Sur, May 8, 2013

Entry Contracting to the following Civil Society organizations: (1) Simon of Syrene; (2) Social Action Center; (3) Bicol Center for Community Development relative to the Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Project, Legazpi, Albay. The Center for Local Governance conducted the “Entry Contracting to the following Civil Society organizations: (1) Simon of Syrene; (2) Social Action Center; (3) Bicol Center for Community Development relative to the Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Project on February 26, 2013. The activity is part of the ‘Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations’ Project of the Ayala Foundation. It aims to describe the project, its components, desired outputs and outcomes; review and validate the organizational diagnosis results; review and validate the organization’s Capacity-Building Plan and agree and commit to participate in the identified activities of the Capacity-Building Plan.

Barangay Participatory Planning and Budgeting Workshop (BPPBW) Workshop for the Partner Communities. On September 14-15, 2013, the Center for Local Governance organized the Barangay Participatory Planning and Budgeting Workshop (BPPBW) Workshop for the Partner Communities in Ponong, Borobaybay and Casuray, Magarao; and San Roque, Fundado and San Nicolas, Canaman, Camarines Sur. Thereafter, another workshop was conducted in Cabugao, Mayaopayawan and Flordeliz, Milaor, Camarines Sur on October 5-6, 2013. The activities were facilitated by the Masters in Public Administration student who are under the MPA Program of the Ateneo Graduate School. It was participated by the members of the Barangay Council and other sectoral representatives in the community. The output of the activity shall serve as the basis in identifying the possible interventions that could be provided by the University.

Strategic Planning and Formation. The Center for Local Governance conducted the Strategic Planning and Formation activity for Alpha Phi Omega, International Phil Inc -Southern Luzon Administrative Region at Champagne Garden, Naga City on August 10, 2013.

ENVIRONMENT

Public Awareness Survey on Solid Waste Management for the Partner 9 Barangays. A Public Awareness Survey on Solid Waste Management was conducted by the INECAR on December 17 and 19, 2013 and January 7-8, 2014 at the partner communities. The activity aimed to identify topics as basis for the crafting of environmental education modules on solid waste management. In particular, the result of the survey shall provide the specific needs for information regarding waste and how to manage waste disposal. The prioritized topics based on the survey include, 1) Recycling, 2) Proper waste disposal, 3) Burning of waste/garbage, 4) Segregation of waste, 5) Non-biodegradable wastes/garbage, 6) Biodegradable waste/garbage, 7) Dumping of waste/garbage on the streets, and 8) Proper sanitation. The respondents were Grades 5 and 6 students from each barangay elementary school.

LIVELIHOOD AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Training Needs Assessment on Livelihood. The College of Business and Accountancy conducted a Training Needs Assessment on Livelihood at Casuray, Canaman, Camarines Sur on April 26, 2014. The Training Need Assessment focused on the development and training of existing and/or would-be small and medium business entrepreneurs in order for the participants to effectively contribute to the growth and stability of their business and/or start a small and medium business in the community.

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND RESPONSE MANAGEMENT

“Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM): lessons Learned and Way Forward”. The Knowledge Development Center facilitated a video conference on Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) entitled, Lessons Learned and Way Forward on January 17, 2013 at the James O’Brien Library.

Typhoon Glenda Relief Operation and Campus Clean-up. The partner communities particularly Barangay San Roque through a resolution requested for a calamity assitance from the University after the destruction of Typhoon Glenda. In response, the University extended some modest relief assistance to the typhoon victims on August 2014. The relief operation was facilitated by the Center for Community Development. Moreover, a campus clean-up activity was also conducted in the University. It was participated by the faculty, staff, students and other sectors in the University.

INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Xavier Day Celebration at the partner communities. To commence the working relationship between Ateneo and the new partner communities, the University celebrated the feast day of St. Francis Xavier with its new partner communities on December 2, 2013. The event also aimed to foster the University’s mission to form men and women for others through community service and deep personal interaction. The activities were Story Telling, Community Merienda and games which was facilitated and participated by the different sectors of the University; and Infrastructure consultation which was facilitated by the College of Engineering. There were 48 non-teaching staff, 70 faculty members and 168 students from the University who joined the activity and a total of 2,187 pupils from the new partner communities who participated in the activity.

On December 1, 2014, the University again celebrated the feast day of St. Francis Xavier with its partner communities. The activities conducted were Community Merienda/Feeding Activity, Tree Planting, Mangrove Planting, Medical Mission, Bahay Atenista, Tutorial Session, Photo Booth and Water Back Pack Pre Launching. The activities were coordinated by the Center for Community Development. It was facilitated and participated by the different sectors of the University. There was a total number of six hundred fifty-eight (658) non-teaching staff, faculty members and students from the University who joined the activity while there was a total of two thousand nine hundred eighty-nine (2,989) beneficiaries from the partner communities.

by Den Rayala