SorSU participates at the Regional Extension Colloquium; SorSU Magallanes Campus Faculty – Prof. Elden Orgela, wins Best Paper, bags 3rd Best Poster, and Presenter Award

Sorsogon State University (SorSU) actively took part and won awards in the 2023 Regional Extension Colloquium (REC) at the AVP Catering Services, Imelda Roces Avenue, Legazpi City from October 24-25, 2023. 

Bannering the theme “Strengthening Community Engagement Through Linkages and Collaborative Extension Programs of Higher Education Institutions in the Bicol Region”, the Colloquium is an avenue to address some of the most significant areas and challenges of extension undertakings to further strengthen the promotion, services, and practices along with producing enhanced solutions to extension concerns. In the said Colloquium, SorSU is among the academic professionals, extensionists and other officials from State Universities and Colleges, and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the Bicol Region to attend the gathering. The REC also conducted presentation, critiquing, and evaluation of the posters, and papers from different thematic areas. 

In the awarding ceremony, Prof. Elden G. Orgela was proclaimed 1st Place in Paper Presentation, 3rd Place for Best Poster and 3rd Best Presenter under Thematic Area – Capability Enhancement, Livelihood and Financial Literacy Training for the paper titled “Techno-prenuership Intervention to Farmers/Fisherfolks (F/F): A Community-Driven Project for Increased Income of the Coastal Fishing Community in Brgy. Biga, Magallanes, Sorsogon”

This paper is from the authorship of Dr. Vivien L. Chua (Project Leader), Prof. Elden G. Orgela, Ms. Clarice C. Pulumbarit, Mr. Ron Jay P. Dangcalan, Dr. Leny D. Berdin, Ms. Sherlyn B. Cendaña and Ms. Margeilina M. Melitante in collaboration with the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna.

The winning entry focused on the small barangay communities at Brng. Biga Magallanes, Sorsogon, where matured technology based researches of SorSU were used through capacity building such as literacy training, fish processing, enterprise development, policy advocacy training and socio-laboratory field exposures. The third year mark of the project indicated that the beneficiaries were able to build sustainable livelihood to enhance income as social preparedness for S&T livelihood ventures, along with giving them a resilient community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Various partnerships were also established to the project beneficiaries through Memorandum of agreements with LGU Magallanes, Sorsogon OTOP Hub, Provincial Office of Sorsogon, DTI-Sorsogon and other local business entities, creating sustainable livelihoods through technology based interventions. (See Paper Poster for more information)

Other SorSU participants present at the event were Dr. Ana Cristina G. Fortes (Director, Extension and Training Services), Prof. Andrew F. Detera (Campus Director, Castilla Campus), and Ms. Sheila Duka. SorSU President Geraldine F. De Jesus also took the opportunity to visit the venue and met with the SorSU participants on October 24, 2023.

Heartfelt Congratulations to Prof. Orgela and SorSU Magallanes Campus for the successful extension project as well as to the SorSU administration, for the continous support to extension related activities and engagements – all for the sustainable development of Sorsogon and beyond.

Photo credits to Prof. Elden G. Orgela