The Aklan State University (ASU) bagged major awards at the 1st Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI Regional Extension Symposium at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology, La Paz, Iloillo City last week.
The "Palayamanan-Kabuhayan (Aklan) Project: Harnessing People’s Participation and Local Resources for Greater Productivity" by Prof. Paterno I. Rebuelta, and others, and "Capacity Enhancement for Improved Productivity and Community Participation of Women in Kinalangay Nuevo" by Prof. Carolina I. Navarra, and others won Best Paper in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Category and First Place in the Poster Category, respectively, both from the ASU-College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences.
The project "Response Against Poverty" by Prof. Angeline G. Regalado, and others of the ASU-College of Industrial Technology won 2nd Runner Up in paper presentation under Livelihood Category. The awards carry cash prize and Certificate of Recognition.
There were 30 extension paper presentations and 27 posters in the fields of Education and Humanities; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Health and Environment; and Livelihood.
The event was highlighted by the inspirational message of Director Asterio P. Saliot of the Agricultural Training Institute and National President of Philippine Extension Network, Inc. He emphasized that SUCs are "think tank" of the government to develop modalities in extension service delivery that generate information for policy considerations.
The symposium was organized by the PASUC VI Extension Managers Council, Inc. led by its Chair, Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, Director of Extension and Community Services of ASU, together with the Council Members and Board of Directors who are Extension Directors from 11 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Region.
The activity aims to provide a venue for interactive sharing of experiences and best practices on extension, identify and analyze constraints and opportunities in extension work, create and strengthen collaboration and extension capability of PASUC VI extensionists.
Some 180 participants comprised of Vice Presidents for Research and Extension, Director for Extension, Extension Chairperson/Coordinator, Faculty Extentionists and staff from 11 SUCs attended the symposium./MP