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Extension Office conducts first In-service training

The University Extension Office conducted a two-day first in-service training on Extension Project Proposal Preparation, Monitoring, and Evaluation, and Sustainability Planning participated by the colleges’ extension coordinators and invited project leaders at Farmers Training Center, August 15-16.

The activity was led by Dr. Emmanuel T. Baltazar, Director of Extension and Dr. Luzviminda T. Simborio, Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension together with the different units of the RDE office.

In an interview with Dr. Baltazar, he stressed that under his directorship this is the first three in one (3in1) in-service training conducted by their office.

“The purpose of the training is the enhancement of the capability of our faculty and staff who are involved in extension projects,” Dr. Baltazar added.

According to him, the training comprises three modules: Module 1 concerns on the enhancement of a project proposal preparation; Module 2 is about the development of monitoring and evaluation system; and Module 3 is on the ability to come up with a sustainable project.

Dr. Raquel O. Salingay, the faculty member of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding and college extension coordinator and Prof. Mahalia M. Acuña, Head of Information and Communication Unit and faculty member of the Department of Development Communication, were the resource speakers during the training.

In an interview with Dr. Raquel O. Salingay, she said that the training is an offshoot of the suggestion from the previous AACCUP visit that the extension implementation must be strengthened.

“This activity is very important especially the inputs for the strengthening of the extension intervention to the community,” Dr. Salingay highlighted.

The training sought to achieve the following objectives: (1) designed/revised a project proposal; (2) constructed a logical framework; (3) formulated the evaluation framework; (4) designed M&E system; (5) presented an evaluation plan; and (6) presented a sustainability plan.

Engr. Indie G. Dapin, the faculty member of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and participant, said that the training is very informative for the making of their project proposal.

“Before it was hard for us to link the monitoring and evaluation site to sustainability planning but because of the training we have now the insight.” Eng. Dapin asserted.

The participants submitted their workshop output per module to the Training Management Team as the requisite in claiming the training certificate. (WBorja)

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