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CISC’s planning workshop yields validated plans and book outline

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The Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf held its mid-year planning workshop last May 18-19, 2017 at Johndel Beach Resort, Nasugbu in Batangas. The two-day workshop was held to validate the plans made during the year-end planning workshop in 2016 and review which of the planned activities/projects started, about to start, or will be done at a later time. 

CISC Director Blanquita R. Pantoja gave her welcome remarks and explained the mechanics of the workshop. The activity was divided into two parts: 1) review of the 2016 plans vis-à-vis CISC’s Research and Extension Agenda and CISC administration activities (i.e., redistribution of assignments to include the newly hired administrative staff); and 2) publication of the book on Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).

For the first part, participants were divided into three groups: research, extension, and administrative support and each group validated and updated the 2016 plans. The status of CISC’s plans and projects (both on-going and proposed) was also noted. The results of group discussions were presented to the entire staff by Ms. Mena Escalona-Umali (research group), Ms. Ma. Francesca O. Tan (extension group), and Ms. Angelica C. Javier (administrative support group). 

Meanwhile, during the second part of the workshop, Dir. Pantoja led the discussion on the publication of the ARCCESS book. The content of the book was first discussed during the Research and Extension Roundtable Discussion held in November 2016. Associate Professor Rolando T. Bello was then tasked to formulate the outline using community development approach, which he presented during the planning workshop. 

Initially, the book was intended to cover the Organization and Enterprises Needs Assessment and Design Assessment (OE NADA) projects conducted by CISC from 2012 to 2015 in CALABARZON and MIMAROPA regions. During the planning workshop, however, it was agreed that the book will also include the experiences from other ARCCESS subprojects of CISC, such as Agri-Extension Services, Business Development Services, and Progress and Process Monitoring Services.  Hence, the book will be entitled “Developing Communities in the Philippine Agrarian Areas: Convergence in the ARCCESS Initiative.” 

During the planning workshop, task distribution and book formatting guidelines were also discussed. CISC aims to publish the ARCCESS book in December 2017. (by Samantha Geraldine De los Santos)

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