ISU for Sustainability

Embracing SDGs towards Quality Education and Academic Experience in the Countryside

2022 – Research | SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities


Proponents: Isaias C. Dela Peña, Josephine C. Cristobal & Cipriano M. Ticman Jr. Abstract Conforming to SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 17 Partnership for Goals, the Institute of Agricultural Technology spearheaded by Isaias C. Dela Peña launched its “Pato Manok at Gulay, Maka-Kabuteng Pangkabuhayan” at Brgy. Nagrumbuan, Cauayan City, Isabela on January 1, 2022. The project involved the cooperation of Isabela State University-Cauayan, Cauayan City Green Ladies Organization, and DAFRO Regional Crop Protection Center-Region 2. The program intended to uplift the socio-economic status of the recipients by providing technical assistance and consultancy services in poultry, vegetable crops, and mushroom production. These aimed to create income-generating activities that can be transformed into small-medium scale enterprises in the adopted community. Participation in the project was open to all citizens. This was done to ensure that the program will foster equality and avoid under-representation of any gender, whether male, female, or LGBTQIA+. Backed by a sustainability plan, the IAT will continue the production of inputs to strengthen the viability of the whole project in the years to come.

Proponents: Hazel Beth M. Bautista, Nikki Joyce C. Curan, Christian Lloyd D. Taguba Abstract Today, dramatic advances in technology and progress in globalization are transforming our communities into a single borderless community in which there is interaction of diverse knowledge and culture. Our society demands continuous innovation and the creation of new knowledge to achieve sustainable development and growth. As the country moves toward the promotion of sustainable development, the role of the academe, industry, and other sectors of the economy become increasingly significant. Thus, this outreach program is timely for it provides an appropriate action to help the unemployed women in barangay San Fabian, Echague, Isabela to develop their skills and potential in order to earn for a living in order to addressed several Sustainable development Goals namely:

Proponent: Lia Concepcion B. Villanueva Abstract The Mission FOCUS (Fostering Our Children with Unique Struggles) Project, initiated by the College of Education in collaboration with the Department of Education, addresses several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Primarily aligned with SDG 4, focusing on inclusive and equitable quality education, the project aims to enhance literacy and reading proficiency among Grade 7-10 students at Cubag Integrated School. By tackling the issue of reading proficiency as a priority, the project empowers learners, aligning with the SDG 4 target of promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Additionally, by involving BSEd students in facilitating sessions and conducting action research for sustainability. Thus, the project supports capacity building (SDG 4.7) and partnerships (SDG 17) to achieve sustainable educational outcomes. Through the development of instructional materials and modules integrating various disciplines, the project contributes to a holistic and multidimensional approach to education, indirectly supporting other SDGs related to quality education, poverty reduction (SDG 1), good health and well-being (SDG 3), and reduced inequalities (SDG 10). Ultimately, the initiative underscores the interconnectedness of education with broader sustainable development objectives.

Proponent: Jenifer L. Subia Abstract San Mateo, Isabela is popularly known as the Munggo Capital of the Philippines. The town has more than 7,500 hectares of farms planted with mung beans during the dry season. There was an average production of 1,000 kilograms of munggo per hectare which could imply a total production of 7,500,000 kgs. The ultimate challenge nowadays is to make the economy more stable. One approach is to provide the community with workable livelihood projects that will generate business and patentable innovative products to help people in the community to have a reliable source of income. As an institution of higher learning, ISU-San Mateo Campus shares the goal of other public and private organizations to stabilize the economy. Due to the higher demand for product innovation, and as a support to the programs: One Town, One Product (OTOP) and One Campus, One Product, and the greater needs in livelihood programs strengthening the innovative processing of mungbean should be implemented. As a result, the institution created an extension program on mungbean processing that could be adapted by different clientele with different outcomes. The Rural Improvement Club San Mateo Federation, the Isabela Green Ladies Organizations, MSMEs Out-of-school-youth, and P4MPs were the first organizations that benefited from the training program offered by ISU-SM. The said training was attended by 47 participants which include thirty (30) married women over 40 years old who are RIC, IGLO, and MSMEs; twelve (12) male farmers who are P4MPs over the age of forty (40); four (4 ) unmarried males who are out of school youth between the ages of 18 and 21; and a 19-year-old girl. The extension project entitled, “Mungbean Processing: Munggo Hatid ay Bagong Kasanayan at Pangkabuhayan” will cater to viable livelihood in the community. The four (4) courses incorporated in the project will develop both the personal and entrepreneurial competencies and skills in making innovative products from mungbean. Additionally, the activity promotes mungbean product processing as an agri-business opportunity, creates proficient mungbean product manufacturers, and improves the standard of living for marginal farmers and landless individuals, especially women’s organizations.

Proponents:  Abstract This extension project aims to establish Community Learning Tech Hubs (CLTHs) in the Northern Isabela region, with the goal of fostering equity and facilitating enhanced access to education. The project recognizes the pressing need to address educational disparities and bridge the digital divide prevalent in underserved communities. The project made use of a participatory approach to involve local communities in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the CLTHs. The project worked with local government units, and schools in identifying the areas and communities that will benefit the most from the CLTHs. The project also provided training on the use and management of CLTHs to local stakeholders to ensure its sustainability. The project likewise made use of survey to collect data on the significant changes brought about by the CLTHs on the communities. Statistical analysis was used to analyze the data to identify the immediate effect or outcome of the project. Overall, this project was able to contribute to the efforts of the local government units in promoting social inclusion and equity in education, and in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Proponent: Rosemary L. Buraga Abstract The project, titled "Redesigning Workflow towards a Sustainable and Efficient School Ecosystem through the Implementation of Network and Grade Reporting Systems with Feedback Mechanisms," is a comprehensive initiative that profoundly impacts several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By redefining and enhancing the educational landscape of Cabagan Riverside National High School, the project directly addresses or aligns with various key SDGs, which aim to enhance the quality of education by improving access to digital resources, streamlining grading procedures, and empowering teachers with new skills. It also aligns with SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) by establishing a computer network and enhancing network infrastructure. These efforts promote innovation in educational technology and contribute to the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Additionally, it promotes SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).  Its objective of ensuring equal access to digital resources for all educators’ works to reduce inequalities within the school community. By bridging the digital divide and providing equal opportunities for all teachers, the project promotes greater inclusivity. In alignment with SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), the project emphasizes collaboration and cooperation by adopting the AIDTech methodology and involving stakeholders. It underscores the importance of partnerships and working together to implement technological solutions for educational enhancement. Moreover, the project indirectly contributes to SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The improved efficiency and workflow of the school ecosystem resulting from the project can lead to reduced stress and better overall well-being for both the students and their teachers. Additionally, efficient systems in school contribute to creating a more sustainable and conducive learning environment.

Proponent: Marvin Cabantac Abstract The “Tulong Dunong sa kawaning Gobyerno” extension program of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) has successfully produced a total of twenty-four (24) Civil Service Exam passers composing government employees, youth, and mothers from the March 17 and August 7 Civil Service Commission (CSC) exams. The 24 examinees from the different localities of Isabela such as the City Government of Cauayan, Alicia Water District, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Alicia, LGU Burgos, the Local Youth Development Office of Cauayan City, and a volunteer from a non-government agency which is not yet included as a clientele of the program have undergone a series of reviews before the set examinations. The examinees included eleven females and thirteen males. The Tulong Dunong jumpstarted in 2013 as a program to cater to the students of the Bachelor of Arts in preparation for the annual Career Service Eligibility Examination, professional and sub-professional category, of the Civil Service Commission. It generated 85 passers since the establishment of the program. At present, the successful passers are serving in different government agencies serving as civil servants. They are now working as lawyers, law enforcers, and government employees. This project was designed to give equal opportunity to everyone especially mothers, persons with special needs, and working students in the law or postgraduate degree to attain their professional advancement by providing a chance to obtain their career service eligibility at the ease and comfort of their time and place. Specifically, it aimed to provide quality review for the examinees in the different areas of the examination; to train them how to use different techniques in responding to the different questions during the CS Examination; to provide equal opportunity to women who are struggling in their work and studies to prepare in their CS Examination; and to increase their chances of passing the CS examination. This extension project is scheduled to be presented by Mr. Marvin Cabantac, the project leader, in the Higher Education category at the 8th Biennial National Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementors, Inc. (PAEPI) convention next year.