On February 22, 2024, the Research Innovation Extension and Community Outreach (RIECO) office, in collaboration with the Graduate School Department of the University of Baguio, orchestrated a transformative extension activity tailored to cater to the specific needs of Barangay Lucnab, Lindawan Elementary School, and Lindawan National High School. This extension activity not only exemplified the University’s commitment to community engagement but also resonated with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thereby fostering holistic development on multiple fronts.

A diverse array of extension activities unfolded simultaneously, showcasing the interdisciplinary approach of the University towards community empowerment. Within the realm of arts and culture, the MAENGL program participants, alongside international students, conducted an enriching session combining literary exploration and artistic expression. Through activities such as reading comprehension and art painting, students from Grades 3 and 4 immersed themselves in a creative learning environment, fostering both joy and educational growth.

Moreover, cultural exchange flourished as the Graduate School International students who proficient in dance shared their talents with the Grade 5 students, nurturing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. Simultaneously, the BA Music program under STELA, led by Mr. Nelson Polvoriza, imparted invaluable lessons on musical literacy and vocalization to Grade 6 students and Senior High School participants, enriching and fostering a love for music.

In alignment with SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), Graduate School students from programs such as MSCRIM, PHDCRIM, MPA, and MCDRRM together with their esteemed guest speaker, Engr. Felipe Esnara Jr., organized a seminar on Proactive Strategies for Disaster Preparedness. By equipping community members with essential knowledge and skills, such activity contributes to building resilient communities capable of mitigating the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

Furthermore, in support of SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), MDE students specializing in healthcare delivered an oral health care talk to Grade 1 and 2 pupils, promoting preventive healthcare practices and raising awareness about oral hygiene, a fundamental aspect of overall well-being.

Moreover, a financial literacy activity was spearheaded by the MBA and DBA students of the Graduate School Department. Guided by their esteemed speaker, Dr. Ruby Buccat, this activity imparted valuable knowledge and expertise to the teachers of Lindawan National High School, enhancing their financial acumen and contributing to their professional development. This extension activity resonates strongly with SDG 4 (Quality Education), as it equips educators with essential skills beyond traditional academics. By enhancing the financial literacy of teachers, this program empowers them to make informed financial decisions, thereby fostering personal resilience and contributing to the overall well-being of the educational community.

Beyond educational endeavors, the University’s engagement extended to economic empowerment, as demonstrated by the Dumpling making session offered to parents of Day Care students in Barangay Lucnab. By introducing this culinary skill, the University not only celebrated cultural diversity but also empowered parents with a potential livelihood opportunity, aligning with SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Through these extension activities, the University of Baguio not only strengthened its ties with the community but also made significant paces towards addressing various SDGs. By fostering holistic development encompassing education, culture, health, and economic empowerment, the University exemplifies its commitment to creating positive societal change, one community at a time.

by Michelle Ann P. Chomayag. Staff, RIECO