30 Sep 2011

Leccio launches initiatives for CapSU constituents, community

By Niño Manaog
Photos by Ralph Gerard Cadiz

Since he became vice-president for administration and finance of the Capiz State University (CapSU) in 2008, Dr. Aladino L. Leccio has consistently delivered his share of noteworthy accomplishments for this fast-growing university.

In 2010, Dr. Leccio reviewed, updated and submitted the plantilla to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and likewise led the administration’s move to evaluate, review and submit for the NBC 5th cycle. Among others, Leccio initiated this in support of the prerogative of CapSU President Editha Magallanes to compensate the university’s workforce as it seeks to achieve academic excellence and quality services to its clientele.

In support of Dr. Magallanes’s thrust for the university and working closely with the CapSU community, Leccio has allowed for and encouraged trainings and professional enhancement activities and involvements for its administrative personnel, faculty and staff on gender and development orientation on programs, activities, projects and budget preparation.

Dr. Leccio facilitated the awarding of scholarships from the Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE), a party list at the House of Representatives chaired by Congressman Eulogio Magsaysay. Leccio also made substantial efforts to prepare and submit resolutions to AVE and the six sectors, moving for the construction of the central administration building at Capiz State University Dayao Campus worth Php10M. His linkage with AVE facilitated the release of supplemental budgets across a number of campuses from 2011 onwards.

Officials of Mambusao National High School receive the scholarship program
 endowment by the Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE)
as witnessed by its lobbyist Vice-President for Administration
and Finance Aladino Leccio (second from left),
along with Mambusao officials.
As fruits of these partnerships and linkage, CapSU Burias Campus has been granted 500,000 pesos for the renovation of the old library; while CapSU Sigma Campus is given 150,000 pesos to complete the second phase of the construction of the AVE Teen Center. From AVE, CapSU Dayao Campus will also receive 250,000 pesos to finance the second phase of its stage construction.

Also, under his leadership, the Mambusao Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative was cited the Most Outstanding Cooperative by the Province of Capiz for 2010. 

Dr. Leccio (standing rightmost, in white shirt and cap)
leads the delegation of the Mambusao Farmers
Multi-Purpose Cooperative during their tour of Iloilo City
and environs.
In the past year, the central administration personnel particularly the human resource department submitted the supplemental plantilla and other DBM requirements for the release of allotment for the re-classification of positions. CapSU also had the service records of faculty and staff encoded and emailed to the GSIS database and portal and also facilitated the reclassification of its non-teaching personnel.

In all these, Leccio says that the primary purpose is to help the campuses advance their infrastructure and continually enhance their personnel. These and other accomplishments of the university are attributed to the genuine support and all-out commitment of the officials, faculty, staff and students even as it also enjoys fruitful collaboration and assistance from private organizations and government agencies.

Through VP Leccio's constant lobbying, the CapSU administration sees brighter prospects in relocating its central office at the CapSU Dayao Campus. On the said site will rise the future Central Administration Building. For this, among others, Leccio announced the P1M initial grant through the office of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. The said amount will be released to start the construction of the said administration building. According to Leccio, groundbreaking for building construction will also commence before the year ends.

Hardworking and unrelenting in his service while being staunch in his campaigns and lobbying for the university, Leccio leads the new brand of leaders of this university whose initiatives and accomplishments will exceed everyone’s expectations and benefit CapSU constituents and the bigger community.

23 Sep 2011

Tanco turns over computers to CapSU Mambusao

Governor Victor Tanco/
NEDA RDC 6 Photo

Mambusao, Capiz—Capiz Governor Victor Tanco has awarded ten units of desktop computers or personal computers (PC) to the Capiz State University Mambusao Campus recently. 

In the turnover, Tanco stressed on the mandate of the provincial government that “supports educational institutions in their goals to give quality and relevant education to students.”

“My administration gives priority to education as it molds the future workforce of our province,” Tanco said. Through the donated equipment, the province best prepares the students in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

Dr. Roman Belleza, campus administrator of CapSU Mambusao, announced that the new computer units will be placed in the computer laboratory and provided for the use of all students of said campus. According to Belleza, students will now enjoy better computer services, since there will be more functional computer units.

The Capiz Times, September 12–18, 2011, 2.

14 Sep 2011

CapSU Pontevedra’s ALAY-Kaunlaran named PASUC 6’s best livelihood project

By Niño Manaog
University Extension Associate
Capiz State University

A tree planting participant returns
to Mother Earth her much needed
replenishment, a new planted tree.
In the Second Regional Symposium for Best Extension Practices hosted by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI Extension Managers Council, Inc. on August 31, 2011 at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, the “Alamin at Linangin ang Ating Yaman para sa Kaunlaran (ALAY-Kaunlaran): A Program to Improve the People’s Quality of Life ” a multi-project extension program by the Capiz State University (CapSU) Pontevedra Campus clinched the first prize under the livelihood category. The paper also won first place in poster category, out of some 23 poster entries across the region, bringing back-to-back honors for CapSU.

Presented by Engr. Corazon Ditarro, extension coordinator of CapSU Pontevedra, ALAY-Kaunlaran beat seven other livelihood papers across the region. Composed of various livelihood projects and activities launched in 2010, ALAY-Kaunlaran has benefited a wide range of community constituents—from out of school youth, household women and farmer organizations to ordinary barangay folks in Bailan, Pontevedra, Capiz and neighboring communities where CapSU is situated.

According to Engr. Ditarro, Alay-Kaunlaran considered the need to deliver to the community mature technologies; provide technical assistance needed by cooperating agencies; and enhance skills and livelihood opportunities for the clienteles. “While it aimed to develop among specific clienteles the spirit of cooperation and productivity, the project likewise enriched community extension services of the project leaders,” the summary paper said.

CapSU leads the product demonstration
on the operations of rice hull gasifier
stove to enthusiasts and potential customers.
ALAY-Kaunlaran featured five sub-projects, each of which came with a series of activities designed to enhance the livelihood of the beneficiaries. The Ecological Awareness Project included Adopt-a-Purok Project, Tree Planting Activities, Clean and Green Campaign and Solid Waste Management. Under Technology Introduction and Utilization Project, CapSU Pontevedra led a product demonstration of improvised rice hull gasifier stove as response to high fuel costs.

A seminar on Electrical and Fire Safety and another on the Economy of the Electrical Consumption were also conducted under the Risk Management and Disaster Prevention Project. For Livelihood Augmentation Project, CapSU Pontevedra initiated skills trainings on basic photography, signboard painting, ands silkscreen and T-shirt printing for out-of-school youth and barangay folks, among others.

Participants and facilitators of the seminars
on fire and electrical safety and prevention
and the economy on electrical consumption
For the Human Resource and Technical Assistance Project, a training course on the operation and maintenance of flatbed dryer was conducted for farmer organizations beneficiaries to enable them to maximize the use of said equipment.

Photography training participants
present their sample outputs.
Another winning extension project from CapSU was the “Kalinga Project” presented by Prof. Jay Ann Gregorio of CapSU Pontevedra’s College of Nursing also joined the regional competition. Kalinga Project sought to provide health services assistance, environmental awareness to adopted communities in CapSU Pontevedra. In particular, the completed extension project trained family beneficiaries acquire healthy lifestyles through health education including training them on proper waste disposal and sanitation practices. Most important, it also provided the family beneficiaries free medical and nursing care.

The CapSU delegation included Dr. Raul Ticar, CapSU extension director; Dr. Elisa Delmindo, CapSU Pontevedra extension chairperson; Prof. Remar Apolinario, extension chairperson and Prof. Carmelo Villanueva, Mobile Technology Schools (MTS) coordinator of CapSU Roxas; Prov. Vivian Alejaga, CapSU Dayao extension chairperson; and selected faculty members from other CapSU campuses.

Convening some 120 participants including vice-presidents for research and extension, extension directors, extension chairpersons and coordinators, faculty, extension workers and staff from 11 state universities and colleges in Western Visayas, the symposium served as venue for interactive sharing of experiences and best practices in extension work.

Students and farmers are taught on how to use the moisture meter
to get the moisture content of their palay grains (top photos);
and farmers are taught the proper operations procedures
for a diesel engine needed to run a flatbed dryer (lower photos).

CapSU extensionist trains national HS paper staff on basic journalism

Photos by Lorie Legada

Great things come from small beginnings, an ad says.

To enhance the writing skills of high school students for campus publication, some 32 staff members—contributors, artists and editors of The Highland Echo, the school publication of the Mambusao National High School (MNHS) took part in the two-day Seminar-Writeshop on Basic Campus Journalism Workshop led by Capiz State University (CapSU)'s Extension Institute at the MNHS's Science Laboratory Room in barangay Tumalalud, Mambusao Capiz on September 12–13, 2011.

The seminar featured Mr. Nino Manaog, extension associate of CapSU, who led the students in learning the basic concepts in journalism and news writing skills. Guided by Mr. Manaog, the Highland Echo staffers—composed of students across the four year levels—studied news values and the key steps to writing news articles including pointers in writing good headlines. In the second-day workshop, selected students took part in practicing their interview skills required in the practice of journalism. Through the workshop sessions, students took diagnostic tests in writing and were also asked to write news articles following a number of writing models.

For two days, Mr. Manaog (top left) led the students to learning new skills, by using
varied approaches that encouraged their listening, reading, speaking, thinking
and writing skills.
According to Mr. Rolando Ricardo, school principal, The Highland Echo staff needs to be trained to supply intelligent publication to the campus and the community. “We want to record our activities well. Training student writers to write will help us do just that,” Ricardo said.

Fifteen-year-old Jayson Gula, editor-in-chief of The Highland Echo, expressed gratitude for having been part of the training. Gula said that the skills given to them were helpful and that they will do their best to produce their school paper. While Associate Editor Irene Francisco is grateful to have gained important strategies in writing, 20-year-old Margelyn Gaspar, school paper’s circulation manager, cited the expertise of the “very good lecturer.”

Moreover, Associate Editor Gilbert John Lacorte said the writeshop “caught my attention” and sparked his interest to take writing seriously for the purpose of the school paper. For his novelty lead in his news article under workshop, Lacorte wrote that the training served for a “new power for The Highland Echo.”

According to Ms. Emily Sibug, school paper’s co-adviser, the participants consisted mostly of students from MNHS’s Special Science Class. For Sibug, the students were privileged to have learned journalism concepts from a practitioner.

The writeshop initiative was led by Mrs. Loreli Legada, adviser, in coordination with Mr. Rolando Ricardo. Towards the end of the writeshop, Ricardo urged the students to find their strengths in the tasks of campus journalism, encouraging them further to shine in their chosen fields of expertise in the future.

An advanced journalism workshop which will cover feature writing, editorial writing, cartooning and creative writing has been slated by Ricardo and Legada in October this year to serve as follow-through activity for the student writers.

Mrs. Emily Sibug, English teacher and Mr. Rolando Ricardo, principal of
Tumalalud High School (standing, first and second from right) join Mr. Manaog 

(first row, far right) who served as resource speaker for the journalism training attended by staff 
members of The Highland Echo, the high school paper. 
The photo was taken by Ms. Lorie Legada, school paper adviser.

7 Sep 2011

CapSU assists Plan Int’l, PhildHRRA, farmers’ orgs in advocacy workshop

By Niño Manaog, Corazon Ditarro and Marty Delfin

To empower farmers by way of advocacy—this was the essence of the assistance extended by selected personnel of the Capiz State University (CapSU) during the Advocacy Training and Planning Workshop led by the Plan International (Plan) in cooperation with the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) held on August 1–3, 2011 at the Lawaan Garden Inn in Lawaan, Roxas City.

Ms. Corazon Ditarro (far right), agricultural engineer
from CapSU Pontevedra, facilitates the
group dynamics for the farmer participants.
The workshop convened some 20 participants composed of agricultural technicians and members of three farmer’s organizations representing three towns of Capiz, namely: the Maayon Community-based Agricultural Development Organization (MCBADO); the United Men and Women for Agricultural and Fishery Development (UMWAD) Pilar; and the Pontevedra Fishers and Farmers Development Organization, Inc. (PFiFaDO).

Plan and PhilDHRRA officers were assisted by CapSU personnel including Engr. Corazon Ditarro and Engr. Marty Delfin of CapSU Pontevedra’s agricultural engineering department and Niño Manaog, university extension associate of  CapSU's Research, Development and Extension Center (RDEC).

Engr. Marty Delfin (center) helps a Maayon farmer
participant identify the items in a workshop exercise.
During the first-day lecture workshops, participants were taught basic concepts of advocacy and the different steps of advocacy which can help them air their concerns to the local government officials. Toward the end of the three-day study, participants helped identify advocacy issues for policy formulation and drafted their own advocacy action plans for approval in their respective local government units.

Most important, the participants drew relevant advocacy action plans for approval in their respective LGUs. Led by their chairperson, 48-year-old Elvira Trinidad, MCBADO moved to pass a municipal ordinance requesting official recognition and financial support to the Barangay Farmer Agricultural Technicians (BFATS) of seven barangays of Maayon, Capiz. Trinidad’s group sought to pass an ordinance that fully recognizes and gives financial support to the BFATS in barangays of Maalan, Tuburan, Cabungahan, Manayupit, Alasaging, Parallan and Duluan.

For their part, UMWAD Pilar moved to pass legislation that penalizes farmers who burn their rice stalks in their farms. According to Vice-President Evelyn Vega, 45, they will fully coordinate with their municipal agricultural officer to lobby or advocate against those who burn rice hulls and straws across the farms in their municipality. Meanwhile, PFIFADO chose to pursue a bigger advocacy program that targets sustainable organic farming practices.

On the ordinances that the organizations wished to pass, the facilitators expressed varied insights. Calaor expressed optimism, saying it’s not hard to lobby their concern; and so ordinances will be passed. “Before October 2011, things will happen,” Calaor said.

University Extension Associate Niño Manaog (left)
gathers vital information from PFiFaDO president
Ronnie Patanao on the advocacy plans of Pontevedra.
While Alvin Solis, Plan’s project officer for Pilar, said that farmers need more support from the LGUs as regards advocacy, Edison Advincula, his PhilDHRRA counterpart, took pride in the farmers’ accomplishment in advocacy. Advincula said Pilar’s advocacy will easily be passed.

Plan’s Mercenario San Jose and PhilDHRRA’s Alma Leaver, both project officers for Maayon, said that the advocacies need to be followed through, by way of involving the members of the LGUs and soliciting their cooperation and full support.

At this writing, the stakeholders and extension workers are pushing for the advocacy action plans of the said three towns in the province.

The advocacy training workshop forms part of Plan International’s bigger program called Productive Capacity Improvement of Civil Society Groups in the Philippine Agricultural Sector and Establishment of Safety Net Measures against Volatile Food Prices or FFP (Food Facility Project) funded by the European Commission. Since 2010, FFP has benefited 60 members of the farmers’ organization representing seven barangays representing Maayon, Pilar and Pontevedra. In all, Plan lists some 420 individual beneficiaries from each of the three municipalities.

Other components of the project included the distribution of fishing and garden inputs and garden tools and farming equipment and distribution of certified seeds and livestock; and tree planting participated in by said communities.

Participants and facilitators at the end of the advocacy workshop

5 Sep 2011

CapSU Mambusao Eng, PolSci majors study journ, leadership

By Virginia Magbanua and Freden Delgado
Photos by The Courier Staff
CapSU Mambusao
It was a double treat for future communicators and leaders.

On July 27–28, 2011, the Bachelor of Arts (AB) Department of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Mambusao Campus led by its chairperson, Dr. Lillibeth Leonor, hosted the first Seminar Workshop on Leadership and Basic Journalism at the CapSU Graduate School Bldg. in Poblacion, Mambusao, Capiz.

University Extension Associate Niño Manaog
(standing, in white shirt) engages the students
in discussions to effectively instill
the skills to his target learners.
The skills workshop gathered some 80 AB English and AB Political Science majors of CapSU Mambusao. Prof. Virginia Magbanua and Prof. Freden Delgado, advisers of the college paper The Courier likewise sent their editorial staff for the workshop.

The first of its kind in the campus, as noted by AB Chair Leonor, the training workshop featured Mr. Niño Manaog, CapSU’s university extension associate, who shared his expertise on basic journalism, news writing and feature writing to the English majors.

Drawing from his experience as school paper adviser at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System, Manaog stressed on the immediacy of straight news article and the timelessness and novelty of the news feature story. Manaog made use of actual board exercises to facilitate interactive learning among the students.

On the second day, he assigned news writing and feature writing across the year levels. At the end of the workshop session, Manaog also inspired participants into writing experimental forms in poetry, asking some of the participants to read their poems aloud to the audience. Winning news and feature stories were chosen and cited by the department.
Students hold an actual session in which
parliamentary procedures were employed
and evaluated  by Mr. Glenn Guzman.

For his part, Mr. Glenn Guzman, local government operations officer of Sigma town, was tapped to share his know-how on leadership and basic parliamentary procedures to Political Science students. After lecturing on the basics of leadership and details of parliamentary procedures, Mr. Guzman allowed the students to stage an actual meeting where all their appreciation of the concepts could be applied. Outstanding speakers and debaters were likewise cited at the end of the two-day training.

The initiative was well lauded by Dr. Roman Belleza, campus administrator and Dr. Nelson Berondo, dean of the college of arts and sciences; while Dr. Leonor was fully supported by the AB Department advisers and teachers, namely: Prof. Freden Delgado, Prof Lalaine Ricardo, Prof Julie Dalida and Prof. Virginia Magbanua, Ms. Felyn Mae Yap and Ms. Meschel Lacson.

Publish or perish: Magallanes urges CapSU faculty, staff to pursue research

Text and Photos by Niño Manaog
Since she assumed the CapSU presidency,
Dr. Editha Magallanes has continually
encouraged productivity particularly
in the field of research and extension
from among the faculty and personnel
across the CapSU campuses.
“If you don’t want to perish, then do research,” Capiz State University President Editha Magallanes made this pronouncement to some 30 faculty and staff researchers during the 22nd Annual In-house Review (AIHR) held July 25–26, 2011 at the CapSU Sigma Campus in Poblacion, Sigma, Capiz.

Magallanes highly encouraged the University faculty and staff to initiate relevant studies even as she encouraged them to pursue further education that will assist them in moving up the professional ladder.

This year’s in-house review led by CapSU’s Research, Development and Extension Center headed by Dr. Geronimo Gregorio, vice-president for research and extension gathered some fifteen research studies and 10 extension projects from cross the CapSU campuses across Capiz.

Award-winning faculty researcher
Ryan Sarimong of CapSU Burias presents
his study on upland rice varieties.
Three research papers from CapSU Burias were awarded the top prizes. The “Response of Selected Indigenous Upland Rice Varieties to Various Weeding Methods in Rain-fed Lowlands” presented by Mr. Ryan Sarimong won first place; Prof. Julito Albaladejo’s “Development of Pedal-Operated Saba Banana Chipper” won second place; while the “Agronomic Performance of Selected Varieties of Indigenous Upland Rice Applied with NPK Fertilizer” presented by Dr. Federito Launio won third place.

In the Extension category, Mr. Carmelo Villanueva’s presentation on CapSU Roxas’s Mobile Technology Schools won first; followed by two projects from CapSU Pontevedra, namely: “Alamin at Linangin ang Ating Yaman para sa Kaunlaran (Alay-Kaunlaran): A Program to Improve the People’s Quality of Life” presented by Engr. Corazon Ditarro of the Agricultural Engineering Department and the “Kalinga Project” authored by Ms. Jay Ann Gregorio of the College of Nursing.

Carmelo Villanueva's presentation on
CapSU Roxas's Mobile Technology Schools 
got the nod of the judges, winning first
place in the extension category.
Panel of evaluators were Dr. Corazon Arroyo of the Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-WESVIARC); Dr. Greta Gabinete of the West Visayas State University (WVSU); and Dr. Evelyn Gregorio and Dr. Merlita Navarra, both of CapSU.

Anchored on the theme “Strengthening the Research Activities of the University towards Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation,” the 22nd AIHR was well supported by CapSU Sigma Campus led by Campus Administrator Annalie Campos and the RDEC staff.

Participants, officials and facilitators of the 22nd AIHR