ISU for Sustainability

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2022 – Research | SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Technical Research Category

Proponent: Victoriano V. Casco


An agronomic evaluation of test entries of the Multi-environment Trail (MET) comprising new rice genotypes developed by the International Rice Research Institute was conducted during the 2022 Dry Season at the experimental area of the College of Agriculture, Isabela State University. The test entries were shared by the ASEAN Ricenet, a network of research institutions, universities and government research agencies in the ASEAN region where ISU - Echague is an active member. The Trial was laid out in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with two replications. Agronomic data were statistically analyzed using the STAR software version 2.0.1 A total of 36 rice cultivars were evaluated for plant height, maturity, productive tillers and yield performance. Significant variations on plant height and yield performance were observed. On the other hand, there were no significant differences among test entries in the number of productive tillers and maturity. Based on yield performance, the best entries are 7, 2, 18, 23, 1, 15, and 8. These entries had a yield of at least 6 tons per hectare. Another season of performance test is now being conducted to validate these initial results.

Proponents: Rafael J. Padre, Melanie A. Baguio, Edward B. Panganiban, Rudy U. Panganiban, Carluz R. Bautista, Justine Ryan L. Rigates, Allisandra Pauline Mariano


Cauayan City, Isabela is one of the country's premier agro-industrial hubs and considered as one of the Philippines' first smart cities (Smart Communications, 2019). Since urban areas, such as Cauayan City, are the hub of economic development and activity, there is a tendency for people and businesses to converge, with that, a risk analysis was done to analyze hazards for urban water infrastructures within the city. With the aid of GIS Software and gathered data, maps were generated for flood hazards with 5, 25, and 100 yr. return period, Analysis of liquefaction and ground shaking as well as drought hazard of urban water infrastructures in the City. Risk maps were generated in this study wherein water infrastructures such as drainage and water utilities located at the 4 barangays namely Cabaruan, Alicaocao, Turayong and Labinab were classified as high risk in flooding. For liquefaction and ground shaking analysis most of the barangays were classified as low risk. Similarly, majority of the barangays were classified as moderately dry and near normal for drought hazard analysis. Generally, the study demonstrated the need of an intervention to address high risk of water infrastructures from flooding at the City of Cauayan.

Social Research Category

Proponents: Ma. Teressa S. Alvarez ,Exequiel M. Perez, Elmer A. Rosete


Goal 6 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations 2030 Agenda and SDGs is a national call for Clean Water and Sanitation. For society's demographic, social, and economic development, reliable and outstanding water quality and long-term water supply services are deemed essential. The study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the City of Ilagan Water District in terms of water supply and wastewater management. The performance evaluation was based on the following domains - (a) sustainability of water supply; (b) consumer satisfaction; and (c) waste management practices; including compliance of the local government unit and service units by water security and management. The International Water Association's assessment framework and indicators employed (IWA). The method used to collect information and/or data for this study, key informant interviews, and field surveys were conducted, with a total of 300 respondents drawn from 10 active barangays using stratified random sampling. The results showed that in terms of water sustainability for the next 60-year considering the future population and based on the present demand as of 2019, water demand will skyrocket with an equivalent percent increase of 12%, 36%, and 72% for 2030, 2050, and 2080 respectively. The result analysis does not include the agricultural demands or groundwater withdrawal for agricultural purposes and individual domestic wells within the City of Ilagan. Overall acceptability on water quality was acceptable with a rating of 43% wherein 55%, 54%, 43% and 31% acceptability ratings were attributed to taste, odor, color, and pressure, respectively. On the issue of sustainability, it is highly recommended to develop alternative water resources that could increase water distribution efficiency, eliminate or lessen illegal tapping/ connection, increase coverage area, and maintain water quality valuation as a sustainable approach to sufficiently and dependably supply water demand for future generations.

Technological Research Category

Proponents: Betchie E. Aguinaldo, Marvee Cheska B. Natividad


The Philippines is prone to natural disasters and climate impacts; the Cagayan Valley Region especially the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela are vulnerable to hydro-meteorological hazards. Amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, decision-making for planning disaster preparedness and response is crucial. This paper proposes an online decision support system with a multi-criteria decision-making model using Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) as Optimization of Decision Support System for Effective e-Governance, a Project ODeSSEe. Data gathered from multiple source agencies were processed and analyzed and the developed model was integrated into the system. The result was validated through evaluation by end-users with an overall grand mean response of 4.46, with a descriptive interpretation of very strongly agree, and the IT experts with a grand mean response of 3.56, equivalent to strongly agree as their evaluation to the developed system.

Proponents: Betchie E. Aguinaldo, Paulo Opiña, Jane Gelindon


This study aims to the development of the iCity Digital Business Locator in Cauayan City, Isabela to be able to create an initial online business platform that will contain a foundational database management system for the business locator used by IT Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) score cards for investors. It is also intended to locate the businesses in the city based on the data of the DTI as well as the data of LGU to create opportunities for future investors and existing MSMEs. The result shows the conceptual model diagram of the development of the iCity Digital Business Locator the researcher needs to gather data from different agencies of the municipality of Cauayan City to get their profile (Human Resource, Transportation, Water, Power, Residential, Business, and Crime data). The data will be used for data mining and analytics processes to generate data from different organizations. It also enhanced local business awareness and aided citizens in navigating city services, facilities, and events, its web apps increase the effectiveness of city administration by applying the Agile Scrum and data mining techniques to generate data trends of consumer and market profile of Cauayan City to attract investors.


Proponents: Isaias C. Dela Peña, Josephine C. Cristobal, Cipriano M. Ticman Jr.


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.

Project Title: Training and Technical Assistance on Local Development Planning

Proponents: Maria Theresa R. Aggabao, Cecilia B. Mangabat


The project on Training and Technical Assistance on Local Development Planning aimed to train trainers for the Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (ELCCAP) which will in turn capacitate the various Local Government Units who will request for technical assistance in crafting their ELCCAP. It is a requirement for all LGUs to prepare an ELCCAP as part of their application for Seal of Good Local Governance being awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). This project addresses SDG 13 (Climate Action) which is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by assisting LGUs to finalize their plans on climate mitigation and reduction of carbon emissions. As a result, it also somehow addresses SDG Nos. 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Proponent: Marisol C. Bareno


The project aimed to promote the following UN SDG’s: end extreme poverty in all forms through provision of skills and training to operate catering business that would generate income for the target clientele; end hunger achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture through practicing proper business protocols, food handing and sanitation to meet nutritional needs of potential catering clients; achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through engaging the target clientele.
SMGLO as an association positively affected their way of living by empowering the members in producing their own income through catering business services and eventually mitigated discrimination against women and girls. Lastly, this project sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all through provision of dignified jobs.

Proponents: Martina R. Penalber, Joel V. Panganggaan, Myleen R. Corpuz, Jose P. Gallena Jr., Vivian Dumrique


According to Republic Act no. 7898 or an act providing for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, it’s in the principal thrusts of the program the enhancement of the AFP’s capability to fulfill its mandate to protect the Filipino people not only from armed threats but from the ill effects of life-threatening and destructive consequences of natural and man-made disasters and calamities, in short, from all forms of ecological damage. From the thrust, it can be clearly grasps that the Armed Forces of the Philippines has a huge role in leading others to defend their country and to support peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts across the globe. In simple term, they work to maintain peace and order in the entire nation, protecting the country up to the extent of putting their lives even at worst is aligned to the SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 16 (Peace Justice and Strong Institutions). However, part of the world’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes the sustainability of cities and communities aligned with the SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). It’s in the goal that by 2030, the security of the provisions of universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for men,women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities must be achieved. Therefore, all citizens either in blue – collar or white – collar jobs should come together hand in hand to achieve this. Further, the world’s SDG includes the mitigation of poverty and the campaign of “no to hunger”. Anyone is capable to help stop/mitigate human problems for as long as there is the willingness to learn how to contribute for the improvement of the stand of the country. This is in line with the SDGs No 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being). Also, SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals) this advocates the revitalization of global partnership for sustainable development. This goal can somehow be attained through building productive local partnerships. Thereby, introducing this extension activity with the intention to bring the armed forces of the Philippines explore new roles not just by being human protectors but all the same in both human and environmental concerns based from needs. This extension activity will provide an avenue for the men and women in-uniform to explore other source of income as they will be engaged not only to the beautification of environment but as well as to achieve financial viability out of their crafts.

Proponents: Aida B. Singson, Mario P. Tamana


The project is a whole year recreation program designed to offer and facilitate varied physically active activities for the staff and personnel of the 513TH ENGINEERING BRIGADE, PHILIPPINE ARMY CAMP MELCHOR F. DELA CRUZ (ANNEX), BARANGAY SOYUNG, ECHAGUE, ISABELA. Generally, it aims to address the satisfaction needs of the clientele in terms of leisure and recreation such as psychological, intellectual, social emotional, physiological and aesthetics. Once their needs are met through regular participation then workers would be satisfied and enjoy life. With this, armies would be more motivated to create innovative ways of transforming their unit into its mission and vision. Thus, this extension Program catered to address the Sustainable Development Goals specifically, Goal #3 which is to promote Good Health and Well-being of an individual and SDG goal # 17 for Partnerships.

Proponents: Paulino V. Derilo, Editha C. Bautista, Marilou G. Luis


In a world driven by technology and digital communication, the importance of preserving and enhancing traditional skills cannot be overstated. Hence, The “Sining Tanghal sa Eskuwela” (Performing Arts at School) extension program aims to enhancing the proficiency skills of students on the four macro skills through the captivating medium of performing arts. This initiative was implemented to empower and uplift the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students of Dalenat Elementary School in Angadanan, Isabela.
Before the implementation of this program, a benchmarking activity was undertaken to gauge the needs of the students. The results revealed a low level of proficiency in the four macro skills in Filipino. It was this performance gap that guided the development of the program’s materials, strategies, and activities, ensuring that they would effectively enhance the students’ proficiency in these crucial language skills.
The learning activities which were integrated into the “Sining Tanghal sa Eskuwela” program had been drawn from the learning competencies of the Department of Education in the four macro skills. These activities were also inspired by the creative approaches showcased during the National Festival of Talents. The program offers a holistic approach, with activities carried out through a series of training sessions during the students’ vacant hours over the course of a year. The training encompasses a range of techniques, including listening through “rinig ko, drama ko” (what I hear, I act), speaking through radio broadcasting, interpretative reading, and writing through “sulatanghal” (poem writing).
The impact and effectiveness of “Sining Tanghal sa Eskuwela” transcended regional boundaries when it gained recognition and was presented during the 8th Philippine Association of Extension Providers, Inc. (PAEPI) Biennial National Convention on Extension and General Assembly Meeting in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, in partnership with Bohol Island State University from August 16-18, 2023. Additionally, it was showcased at the 1st International Multidisciplinary Research & Extension Conference in San Antonio, Basco, Batanes, from September 19 to 22, 2023.
By enhancing the proficiency skills of students in the Filipino language through performing arts, the program contributes to the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all as emphasized by SDG 4 – Quality Education. Through its collaborative approach involving faculty members and educational institutions, the program also seeks to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development exemplifying the principles of SDG 17- Partnerships for the Goals. In the symphony of learning and artistry, this program is a crescendo of enlightenment and empowerment, illuminating the path to a brighter, more vibrant future for education.

Proponents: Hazel Beth M. Bautista, Nikki Joyce C. Curan, Christian Lloyd D. Taguba


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


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.

Proponents: Martina R. Peńalber, Nikki Joyce C. Curan ,Christian Lloyd D. Taguba, Mylene R. Corpuz


They are giving all their best to protect the country up to the extent of putting their lives in danger. They are obeying “Comply First Before You Complain”. They even sacrificing their own families for the country. They are the most in demand government employees when calamities come at the most unexpected times. They are obliged to go and save people before protecting their own families. They are always ready anytime to support and share their knowledge, skills and resources for the benefits of the people where they are destined as public servants. This is aligned to the SDGs No.16 “Peace,Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG No. 17. Partnerships for the Goals and Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is also undergoing accreditation to upgrade their services based from standard and they are required to be trained not only to protect the country but to help upgrade the standard of living of the people around them, but not to forget to also start with their own families as a model and application of their responsibilities. This is in line with the SDGs No.1: No to Poverty, SDG No. 2: Zero Hunger, and SDG 5: Gender and Equality.
They need advice to balance their way of living by giving attention not only to the community people but at the same time to the welfare of their own families. They need to make ways and remedies to provide everything for their own family a descent way of living despite of being committed, dedicated and passionate public servant for happy and fulfilled living. They are required to rear their children by providing them food, shelter, health care and quality education for a better life and a productive living.
Hence, one of their advocacies is to support livelihood program towards sustainable community development: Providing access to livelihood opportunities for their dependents and for the people in the community where they are assigned. They should uplift the moral of every Filipino to combat all trials and calamities happening on earth especially the covid19 pandemic so that they can survive and be a model individual to all.
Their stories and lessons highlighted the importance of convergence, collaboration, and grassroots, human rights-based approach to community development. It shows that the military’s role is evolving and it should also be open to collaboration with other government agencies like SUC’s and different stakeholders to bring peace and improve lives of their own family and the people under their protection. The Community Support Program is a first step towards changing their paradigm. They are no longer just focusing on improving their warfighting skills; they are now also facilitating development like livelihood programs, reintroducing government services, and bridging the gap between local governments and far-flung communities.
These programs show that the best way to counter insurgency is to efficiently address the people’s needs. Therefore, as an extension modality of ISU, Echague Campus, we will assist its clients in the adopted 513th ECB, 51EBDE, PA, CMFDC (ANNEX) BRGY SOYUNG, ECHAGUE, ISABELA as our partner in the university by providing a Livelihood Training Workshop Event Management and Food Processing Also, as a state university, ISU has a social responsibility to its clients to help them improve their standard of living in terms of increased income to meet their families’ needs aligned to the 17th Sustainable Development Goal’s on the part of ISU community, and other stakeholders, will also an avenue where they can make savings for economic growth and development. It will also support the community needs as it helps them to be responsible by making them busy for more productive endeavor and to imbibe a sense of collaboration and promote local economic development to attain peace and order. Hence, it is the intent of this extension project to be established and implemented.

Proponents: Rosalie C. Leal, Orpha S. Saguibo, Ryan Jay O. Agron, Isagani M. Valerozo, Mar Heisen A. Yanos, Renalyn P. Mora


Value - laden education is significant yet rare component of the contemporary society. This kind of education can empower individuals who are capable of leading not only small communities but entire nations. In an attempt to promote such endeavor, the Isabela State University launched the Project CAVE (Community Attitude and Value Enhancement). The project aimed to cultivate positive attitudes and enhance individual values with hopes of fostering sustainability in high performance and productive personal growth among members of the target community.

The extension program was implemented on January of 2019 and successfully completed on June of 2022. It was carried out by the entire faculty and staff of College of Education, ISU, San Mateo Campus in collaboration the stakeholders and beneficiaries namely; NIA, the Local Government Unit (LGU), the St. Matthew Parish, the organizations IGLO, and, RIC. The project was implemented and achieved through dynamic lectures and discussion, workshops and flexible collaboration, and application exercises.

To further ensure the attainment of the project’s goals, monitoring and evaluation was regularly conducted in order to assess the progress of the said endeavor. It also effectively measured the impact that the project in the community. Dr. Rosalie Leal, the project leader emphasized the immeasurable significance of value development in creating a just and well environment, “honing the core values of a person is not only a personal journey, it’s a fundamental building block for a harmonious and strong society”. Ms. Orpha Saguibo also stated the complimentary connection of a strong core value to one’s life, in his own word he said, “Understanding the significance of values (could) help us navigate life’s many complexities with integrity, empathy, and respect, fostering meaningful connections and positive changes in our communities”.

This project is the output of the researches conducted by R. Leal (2014) and J. Espinosa (2018), in their study regarding stress experiences and roles and practices of parents in youth development, respectively. The project CAVE is expected to continue its operation even beyond the assigned duration of implementation. “It is committed to significantly contribute to the development and be a stepping stone for sustainable attitude and values formation to the community.” (Project CAVE Terminal Report 2022).

Proponent: Rosemary L. Buraga


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: Myrna C. Cureg


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include life on land as the 15th goal among the 17 SDGs. It calls for the sustainable management of forests, to combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (UN, n.d.). Among the issues it is trying to raise is the fact that “while protected areas now cover 15 percent of terrestrial and freshwater environments and seven percent of the marine realm, these areas only partly cover important sites for biodiversity and are not yet fully ecologically representative and effectively or equitably managed.”
According to the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES, 2019) around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction – many within decades. The report called for transformative changes to restore and protect nature as it showed that the health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever and this is affecting the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.
Another related concern that is addressed is the 13th SDG on climate action. Climate change is affecting the lives not only of people in every country and every continent but even the survival of different species of plants and animals. With the changes in weather patterns, rise in sea levels, and weather events becoming more extreme, climate change has disrupted national economies and affected the lives of billions of people and other living creatures around the globe.
In the light of the recent massive flooding that the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan had experienced this November 2020, more and more people are realizing the urgent need to protect our remaining forests in the northern Sierra Madre.
To address the concerns raised above, the Department of Development Communication and Languages (DDCL) now Department of Communication (DoC) of ISU has worked hand in hand with Mabuwaya Foundation for more than a decade in informing people and creating awareness about conservation issues in Northeast Luzon. Its CEPA Strategy on Philippine crocodile conservation has paved the way for reported significant increase over time in people’s awareness of legislation protecting crocodiles in the peripheral and urban areas from 41% of the people in 2008 to 76% in 2013 in the peripheral areas (Cureg, et al., 2016). As communication activities were facilitated and CEPA materials were distributed, different stakeholders were covered by the CEPA campaign which includes men and women in the community - fishers, farmers, school children and local government officials in the communities covered by the project.
In its continuing quest to protect the threatened species in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park and other neighboring areas along the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mabuwaya Foundation continues its CEPA campaigns to involve grassroots communities in conservation. As the integrity of the park, its biodiversity and its ecosystem services are threatened by illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, hunting, and unsustainable fishing, establishing community conserved areas is a way of addressing the threats to biodiversity. One of the underlying problems is that people composed of farmers, fishers, loggers, merchants, LGU officials, school children are not well aware why the park is important and what the rules and regulations are. Communities are not “engaged” in conservation and management of the park. Communication is seen as one of the basic tools in enhancing community engagement in conservation.
It is in this area that the DDCL, basically an academic department composed of Development Communication faculty members and students, extends assistance to MFI in the form of CEPA materials production and the implementation of CEPA campaign activities.
Communication campaigns in 12 target communities with at least 3,500 households will help increase awareness of men, women and children regarding the importance of and support for the conservation of natural ecosystems. The project will facilitate capacitating community members as sanctuary guards and in involving community members in monitoring species, land-use change and ecosystems (citizen science) which will help increase conservation awareness of the people.
Since many of the residents in the remote target areas have limited education, wherein a large portion of the adult population were only able to finish elementary schooling, CEPA campaigns will help inform and educate the people coming from different levels of educational background, including at least 50% women, on their role in environmental protection. Educating the community people on environmental law enforcement will help increase awareness and knowledge regarding environmental laws and its actual implementation on the ground. It is hoped that enhancing the capacity of community members as sanctuary managers will generate a high level of ownership over the sanctuaries, local adherence to rules and regulations and action if rules are not followed. Basically, MFI’s project seeks to implement activities like identifying nature-based livelihood options, training community members and supporting the actual establishment of nature-based livelihoods that will further increase support for conservation and provide alternative for unsustainable or illegal activities such as hunting and slash- and-burn farming.
Through intensive communication and education (in which DDCL will help facilitate) and with communities receiving lasting support for nature-based livelihood activities, it is hoped that majority of the men, women and children in the community will be convinced that ecosystem and biodiversity conservation is indeed needed. With people believing that biodiversity conservation is beneficial and its success rests in their hands, then sustainable safeguarding of critical habitats and associated species in the Northern Sierra Madre can be achieved.

Proponent: Marvin Cabantac


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.

Proponents: Clarinda C. Galiza, Elizabeth C. Barrera, Hydee G. Cuizon


The participants were Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) officers and members. They were chosen because as student-leaders, they are expected to be good communicators, and must have excellent comprehension skills to alleviate communication problems. They were given classroom activities which aimed to develop the learner’s communication skills. These activities come in the form of learning tasks and other activities that require excellent reading performance.