CDS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

HEALTH SERVICES

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND NURSING GEARED TOWARDS EMPOWERMENT (CHANGE)Started in 1977, the program provides free diagnosis and consultations, visitations, and taught mothers basic health practices, child care, nutrition, and first aid remedies. CHANGE and HEALS work hand in hand in assisting medical doctor-volunteers during medical mission activities.

HEALTH EDUCATION AND LIFE SERVICES (HEALS)

HEALS started in 1990. It complements the Nursing community outreach program through blood typing, sputum testing, urine and stool examination, de-worming of children, dialogue on health services and procedures, demonstration on desirable health habits, home visitation or follow-ups and other allied activities.

SUPERVISED NUTRITION ADVOCACY FOR COMMUNITY KIDS (SNACK)

The SNACK program started in 2007 as one of the health services for the community is focused on nutrition advocacy for the kids. Likewise, mothers are involved in the program to participate in the preparation of nutritious, low cost and easy to prepare meals.

EDUCATION / LITERACY

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION (COPE)

Started in 1982, COPE provides a head start in formal education for children aged 4 to years old; initiates among children and their mothers good health practices; promotes good eating habits and practices through feeding program, which is worked out by the mothers under the supervision and guidance of the volunteer student-teachers needed in applying for a job. The program started in 1984 to assist out-of-school youths and adults who wish to finish their studies.

ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAMS FOR INSPIRED AND RESPONSIVE EDUCATION (ASPIRE)

The program ASPIRE helps children in the community develop and/or enhance their reading and mathematical skills thus helping them achieve better academic performance. The program started in 1990.

DEVELOPING RESPONSIBLE, EXCELLENT, ACTION-DRIVEN AND MAGNANIMOUS YOUTH (DREAM)

The program of the DREAM of the Basic Education provides an avenue for the youth of the University’s partner communities to understand themselves and acquire real-life skills that will foster their growth and development. Their previous program was with the pre-school children but they eventually transcend with the youth, the majority population in the community.

ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES

BUSINESS EDUCATION FOR SELF-RELIANCE AND TRADE (BEST)

The BEST program started in 1987. It trains participants in basic bookkeeping, record keeping and inventory and other financial and management skills necessary in the operation of a small-scale business. It also introduces to participants various means of procuring either for start-up or expansion of small business holding. It likewise gives training on cooperatives for associations in the community that intend to set-up a cooperative.

The project BEST is also in-charge with practical skills training that aims to improve the economic and quality of life of people.

RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESEARCH (CORE)/ CHANGE. ACHIEVE. NURTURE (CAN)

Started in 2002, the CORE program of the Graduate School assists community-based researches mainly to determine the relevance of outreach programs, actual needs of recipients, quantify and quality impact of programs, investigate areas of concern that would contribute to the improvement of the outreach programs.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CODE-IT)

This program envisions to make information technology accessible to our partner communities through education and training in current information technology (IT) skills practices as well as technical assistance on information technology issues and solutions.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION

The program on environmental protection and conservation is a University-wide program of the different Colleges which ensures that activities are initiated to contribute for the ecological development of different communities through partnership with organizations working for the sustainability of the environment.

SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

  1. Education and Training – The coverage of this program component are: formal, non-formal and informal trainings including leadership formation and other capacity building efforts for community sustainability. The activities and services that are conducted under this program component are as follows:
  • Free Pre-school Education in Barangay Tatalon
  • Mentoring Sessions with Grade School and High School Students on English and Mathematics
  • Computer Literacy Training for Barangay Workers and Officials
  • Computer Literacy Training for Public School Teachers
  1. Alternative Livelihood Opportunities –The community residents are provided technical assistance to develop community enterprises that will be able to augment the income of their family without compromising quality time with their loved ones. The activities and services that are conducted under this program component are as follows:
  • Food Preservation Training
  • Therapeutic Massage Training
  • Cosmetology Training
  • Dressmaking and Tailoring Training
  • Soap Making
  • Welding Training
  • Barista Training
  • Housekeeping Training
  1. Community Organizing- The center assists in organizing people’s organizations and other sectoral groups as requested and needed.
  1. Advocacy- through the different colleges, we help build mechanisms to address violence in the communities as well as advocating for the rights of women and children.
  1. Networking –collaboration with other like-minded institutions is a potent force for cost sharing and best practice in community development work. The following organizations and agencies are partners of the University Extension office:
  • Alban Memorial Foundation, Inc. – Scholarship Grant for High School and College level to selected children and youth
  • Joseph Foundation for Children and Aging, Inc. – Scholarship Grant for College level to selected children and youth
  • Assisi Development Foundation, Inc.- Scholarship Grant for College level to selected children and youth
  • Philippine Center for Population and Development, Inc.- Funding agency for the advocacy and cause on population, health and environment
  • National Council of Social Development- Network of NGOs working for the welfare and development
  • United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA)- Partner of the University in service learning programs and to community service programs focusing on health and environment
  • Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation- Partner of the University in the advocacy for environment wherein PET bottles are recycled into shirts and blankets
  1. Health and Wellness– health is an integral part of the development programs of the Center. This program ensures that our partners are healthy through curative and preventive activities for the total well-being of people. The activities and services that are conducted under this program component are as follows:
  • Feeding Program with malnourished and undernourished children
  • Health Education sessions with the mothers and elderly
  • Free Laboratory Tests (Glucose Testing, Urinalysis, Fecalysis)
  • Blood Donation
  • Health and Nutrition Session for parents
  1. Ecological – The Center is in the forefront of ensuring that environmental activities are carried out for awareness, protection and conservation of the environment where our beneficiaries live.

PHILOSOPHY

The Community Development Section’s philosophy adheres to the University’s vision of preparing students to life that is Christ-centered gearing towards leading the society to change and development that is humane and sustained for all generations.

FAITH – CDIFraming an Active, Inclusive, Transformative and HumaneCommunity Development Initiative. This envisions the proactive engagement of the stakeholders in the community in the assessment, planning and implementation of programs and services in their respective areas as facilitated by the University’s faculty and students wherein both parties are learning in the process of development. This may be achieved through the following:

  • The achievement of the goals and objectives of the of the programs of the community development section is its evident impact on the lives of the people of its partner communities
  • The measure of effectiveness of the community extension program is the achievement of its objective and its desirable outcome that is based on people’s perspective
  • The extension program shall be research-based and is responsive to the actual needs and resources of its partner communities matched with the expertise of the different Colleges to ensure sustainable, integrative and transformative development.

GOALS

  • Expand and sustain service-learning programs to the community through intensifying volunteerism among students and faculty;
  • Share unselfishly skills and expertise in nurturing others for self-development; and
  • Establish harmonious working relationship and linkage with the community, government, and private institutions for socio-economic development.

OBJECTIVES

  • Encourage volunteers to community outreach projects and activities geared to cultivate and heighten spiritual nurturance, education, health, social awareness and concerns, among community project holders and recipients.
  • Coordinate and monitor the different volunteer development and credited service learning programs to ensure their effective and continuous provision for the benefit of the community being served.
  • Support other special service learning programs like the International Partnership Service and Learning Program which enhances international linkages for global awareness and involvement of the school community in general and the students in particular.
  • Encourage students’ volunteerism in community development projects and activities.
  • Establish networking/ coordination with outside sectors for wider involvement in the community and possible resources support.
  • Facilitate training skills for community to encourage self-reliance and sustainability through income generating projects.
  • Facilitate and conduct research works based on community service.
  • Evaluate community outreach programs and projects