Community Extension Services is the office that implements the community development and outreach program of the university.  It facilitates the implementation of program and services that geared towards empowering communities especially the poor.

 

History of USI-CES

UNIVERSIDAD DE STA. ISABEL (USI)  started its community outreach program in the 70’s under the office of Community Development headed by Sr. Gloria Banares, DC, who was then the Dean of the Social Work Department.  However, the Community Development Office mainly served as the venue for student’s field practice.

        In 1982, the office was renamed COMMUNITY EXTENSION SERVICES (CES) under the Directorship of Sr. Ma. Linda Belo, DC. The CES office acted as a network to provide the school community an opportunity to participate and get involved in community welfare activities in order to actualize and enrich classroom experiences.  It also initiated plans of action for the depressed community and integrated school programs for a wider faculty and students involvement.  Evangelization, non-formal education, cultural and social activities, small scale income-generating projects, health and nutrition and civic/volunteer services were among the several programs and services the CES had for children, youth and adults in the eight barangays of Naga City.

        In 1993, realizing the call for the school to strengthen its community extension for the poor and the marginalized, a structure for a better coordination of all CES activities was created with Sr. Lilia Cuachon, DC designated as a part time Institutional Coordinator for CES with one full time Program Staff.  There was a need for a shift of the CES programs and services to better respond to problems of the targetted poor sectors of the city.  Thus, the change had to highlight the commitment of the Daughters of Charity in responding to the calls of the church and in solidarity with the poor as expressed in the VISION/MISSION and CORE VALUES of the school.  Efforts had been exerted for about two years.

       The school year 1996 - 97, a new direction was set up emphasizing COMMUNITY EXTENSION, together with INSTRUCTION (Teaching) and RESEARCH which are the three basic functions of a learning institution like USI.  The CES is now primarily considered to be the SOCIAL ARM of the school.

       Based on the shifts of the concept of service and of community extension, the CES under the management of SR. REBECCA V. FELIZARDO, DC,  the full time Institutional Coordinator believed that there is a need to change from sporadic programs and services to a more systematic and holistic one.  Consequently, the school year 1996 - 97 marked the change of CES program Goals, Objectives, Components, Approaches/Strategies and Target Areas/Clientele.  The shift was focused on improved quality life and empowerment of the poor toward sustainable development.  

      In 2003, under the leadership of Delfin A. Bondad, the CES revisited its operation and once again redirected its approach; embracing the same approach which is community development-community organizing (CD-CO), the CES intensified its effort to build Basic Ecclesial Communities in the partner communities.  It also brought about the revision of its vision and mission and the area of focus.

      In 2005, the CES re-packaged its services and came up with the program “BUHAI-CES Program” an acronym for Building Communities through Unified and Holistic Approach to Implementation of Community Extension Services.  The program is now being implemented in five communities and being replicated in the new partner community in Malbong, Gainza, Camarines Sur.

 
 
 
     
    Tel. Nos :
(6354) 473-8417/ 473-8451/
473-9954

Fax:
(6354) 472-2871

Web Site:
www.usi.edu.ph