CESTEEPH Program bags 3rd place during the PhilEASNet AFFNR Extension Symposium

By Office of the University President

Posted on Ocobter 10, 2019


Cagayan State University CESTEEPH Program bagged the 3rd place, from among 19 extension programs across the Philippines. After having passed through a blind review from among the 19 contingents, the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology, Education, Environmental Protection and Health was one of the 3 extensions programs selected for oral presentation during the 2019 PhilEASNet AFFNR Extension Symposium held at Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. The project was presented by Dr. Froilan A. Pacris, Jr., CESTEEPH Project Leader. With him was Pres. Urdujah A. Tejada, CESTEEPH Program Manager who assured the group of a stronger support for Phase 2. The CESTEEPH Program has now commenced its project on the Establishment of Nipa Stands for Bioethanol Production which is funded by DENR.

The collaborative community based program, that focuses on Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Utilization of Mangrove Ecosystem in Gonzaga Cagayan, is a four-year program that focuses on ecological development and empowerment of mangrove communities. The team has led the community in planting 65,000 mangrove seedlings within the 25 hectare restoration areas and has introduced sustainable livelihood for fisherfolks and their families and has extended its advocacy to the youth and school children through distribution of Instruction, Education and Communication Materials.

The CESTEEPH project already planted a total of 65,000 mangrove seedlings that are now waist length in height.

To empower further the beneficiaries of the CESTEEPH Project, 41 Solar Dryers from the DOST were handed over to 4 campuses for distribution to their local beneficiaries. This aims to improve the quality of their products and eventually increase their income.

729 children from 3 public elementary schools benefit from the STARBOOKS which was also granted by DOST, helping them learn more about mangroves and mangrove protection.

CESTEEPH is a collaborative project of Cagayan State University with the Department of Science and Technology, Local Government Unit of Gonzaga, Goodfellow Pharma, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and SEAMEO-BIOTROP.

Also during the 2019 PhilEASNet AFFNR Extension Symposium, Dr. Angelina Gonzales, Director of Extension, was sworn in to office after having been elected as a Board of Director of PhilEASNET. 7 faculty members to include President Tejada, have also been sworn in as new members of the organization.

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