Wednesday, September 17, 2008


All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation's more than 100 colleges and universities, have a third critical mission—extension. “Extension” means “reaching out,” and—along with teaching and research— state universities and colleges “extend” their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through various programs.
These programs should be conceptualized in such a manner that they will create resounding impact to the lives of the people in the communities they serve. Community extension programs should not be delivered for the sake of mere having them to include in our accomplishment reports or to add up in our credentials; they should be delivered because it is the university’s noble mission to help people.
Extension Services constitute the heart of the University's institutional purpose. It pledges that teaching, research, and public service will continue to be mutually enriching enterprises. However, to keep this part of the university’s heart beating, a flow of new blood from people who will be of service is needed. Apparently, only a few have been responding to the call of extra service to serve the community beyond the four walls of classrooms and offices. We aim to prove that the university was and is never detached from the community. We aim to deliver services that will improve the lives of BataeƱos, the country and the world.
A university finds its worth when it transmits knowledge not only to its students, nor the great number of its researches; a university find its worth more when its knowledge and researches are brought down to and felt by the community.
Extension is not just a work we are compelled to do so nor it is not simply a mandate. It is a mission inherent to the very existence of our institution. This is indeed our challenge.

Beyond the call of service

Teaching in BPSU is more demanding than ever. With its annual increase of student population, the university's faculty members are now devoting longer time for instructional preparations and other related matters inside the classroom. It is obvious that majority of the faculty are not engaging in other expected duties like research and extension because of the heavy load of work in instruction alone. Mrs. Bernadeth Gabor, a Food Technology Instructor proves otherwise.

Mrs. Gabor is now in the frontline of extension services in the name of the university and for the sheer love for service to underprivileged communities. Recently, during the 2008 commencement exercises of the Main Campus, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Faculty of the Year—an award given to faculty members who have delivered exemplary performance and have done things beyond the call of service.
A mother of two children and pregnant with the third, it never crossed her mind to stop conducting community services in places as far as Dinalupihan to teach people with livelihood and entrepreneurial activities. In fact, she sometimes brings her children to those places to have them expose in what she’s doing. Mrs. Gabor, who attended high school and college in BPSU, dreamt of the university giving more of what it has to offer to the most underprivileged communities through the commitment of more faculty to engage in extension work.
Surely, Mrs. Gabor has proved that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do something significant outside your classroom; it only needs a burning passion to be of service and the courage to sacrifice.

DC transfers techniques for home-based soap production

To spur the establishment of small, home-based soap-making entrepreneurs as means of livelihood, the BPSU Dinalupihan Office of Extension Services conducted soap-making trainings to residents of Barangays Pentor, San Simon and Sapang Balaf, in the land-locked town of Dinalupihan.
The said training was first launched in Brgy, Pentor last April 28, 2008. Another set of training was held the next day in San Simon. The third leg was held last May 3 in Sapang Balaf.
Backed-up by the Municipal Local Government of Dinalupihan, the three Sangguniang Barangays and DC Chancellor Dr. Maria Fe V. Roman, the extension program successfully trained 60 individuals in the said barangays.
Aside from the aim of spurring entrepreneurial spirit among the residents, the activity also aimed at making high-quality soaps readily available to residents of the three barangays.
The soap-making training was headed by Mrs. Glenda D. Abad along with Mrs. Judy B. Dumlao, Ms. Sunshine S. Talavera, Dr. Nely G. Espino, Dr. Ma. Fe V. Roman, Dr. Susan M. Talavera.
Resource persons were Mrs. Ofelia Mendoza (DSWD Dinalupihan) and Mr. Julius Moncupa (Mom Cares Marketing Company)
The project was pursued with the objective that a simplified, workable process for the production of soap and similar cleansers could be disseminated for commercialization and livelihood means. The project likewise aimed to encourage the participants to become small entrepreneurs by venturing into soap making business which traditionally has been controlled by large companies.

DOST-SETUP Supports BataanCommunity-based Chicken Layer Enterprise

The continuing commitment and advocacy of the university to take part in leading the progress of the community it serves was instituted through the creation and establishment of viable community-based livelihood programs in selected villages in the province.
With the funding support from the Department of Science and Technology – Small Scale and Medium Enterprise Technology (DOST-SETUP) to the project, “The Community-Based Chicken Layer Project” the profitability and potentials of the enterprise were able to extend in other service areas of the university. The funding support amounting to P705,000 was given to then Bataan State College in a form of loan to finance 3000-head chicken layer project. The management team is headed by Dr. Hermogenes M. Paguia with Prof. Rudy C. Flores and Mr. Gregorio J. Rodis as members. The Provincial Science and Technology Center, being the counterpart of the project team is extending assistance in relation to project economic status and technical efficiency analysis.
The project has four recipients namely: Tony Salenga from Brgy. Imelda; Bonifacio Dumlao, Jr. and Ceferino Garcia from Brgy. Palili in Samal and Paul Landicho from Brgy. Pandatung in Hermosa. Each was provided with 500 ready-to-lay pullets and welded wire cages amounting to P127500. Of this amount, a 6% interest per annum as managerial and supervisory cost is included. The recipients will pay back to the university the capital for a period of three years. However, the university retained 1000 heads for technology demonstration, research and training activities. From 11-month project operation, each farmer recipient was able to realize the value and significance of the project through their generated earnings which ranges from P8,000-10,000 per month. Since the said project covers two operating cycles, these cooperators are planning top expand their project from 500 to 1000 heads for the second cycle which is scheduled on May 2008. (H.M. Paguia)

OC teaches proper hygiene to students

Orani Campus headed by Mrs. Florencia C. Chiong, Nursing Department discussed the proper hygiene among 207 students in Orani, last April 28—May 26.
The program also focused on proper handwashing and toothbrushing. Basic hygiene practices and its advantages were few of the highlights of the activity.
There were return demonstrations among children participants to measure knowledge attained which were monitored by Leah Recca T. Felisilda, Ace R. Sanggalang, Efren L.Monday Jr. and Romeo C. Tuazon Jr., nursing Instructors of the Campus.
This project was funded by BPSU.

OC-DepEd leads Volley Sports Clinic

Orani Campus with DepEd had led 102 children from Orani South Elementary School (OSES) to participate in a volleyball sports clinic, April 19-May 26, 2008.
Headed by Mr. Jose Noriel M. Baltazar the program provided worthwhile activity which hone their skills in volleyball and develop sportsmanship and camaraderie for grades 4 and 5 pupils of OSES. Moreover, this activity was conducted to pave way for the selection of the top quality players that will represent the school in the district and provincial athletic meets.
Children were also introduced to history of volleyball, volleyball equipment and rules of the game and demos on offensive and defensive patterns.
An active intercolor competitions were also conducted which ended on a championship game among participants.

ARC Welding, food technology culminating activity holds in Pilar

The first batch of Basic Manual Metal ARC Welding and Bread and Baking technology held their culminating activity at Balut II Barangay Plaza, Pilar Bataan, April 22, 2008.
The program had drawn nearly 300 residents and spectators from other nearby coastal barangays.
The 8-week training program was headed by university extensionists Mrs. Bernadeth Gabor and Ms. Andrea Salvacion.
The program successfully trained 15 youth for welding and 10 residents for bread making and baking technology. Barangay Balut II is one of the priorities of the University Office of Extension Services (OES) in line with its Adopt-a-Barangay scheme.
Barangay Captain Miguel Solomon said that he was overwhelmingly grateful to the university for selecting his barangay and extending its services to his constituents and thereby helping them to be more productive citizens.
Present in the said activity was the Vice President for Research, Extension and Auxiliary Services Mr. Gregorio J. Rodis, Director of Extension Services Dr. Elizabeth Joson, Dean of the College of Education Dr. Rolliver M. Baciles, University HRD Officer Mr. Pritimino Paguio and College of Education Instructors Mr. Benjamin Adraneda, Mrs. Gemma Adraneda, Mr. Jaime Forbes, and Ms. Ma. Blesilda Flores.
Meanwhile, the OES also conducted Basic Catering Services Training led by Mrs. Gabor.
The said projects are still in line with the university’s thrust of empowering the people in the province through various community and livelihood services.