Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna

Mapúa MCL Celebrates City of Cabuyao’s 10th Cityhood Anniversary

Mapúa MCL Celebrates City of Cabuyao’s 10th Cityhood Anniversary

 

The Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) took part in the City of Cabuyao’s 10th Cityhood Anniversary in August 2022 with the theme Luntiang Bayan, Nagkakaisang Mamamayan Tungo sa Bagong Cabuyao.” Spearheaded by CENRO Cabuyao, they launched the simultaneous tree planting activity attended by multi-sectoral organizations from the City of Cabuyao. The Mapúa MCL has been promoting environmental awareness and protection through its service-learning and community engagement initiatives with the participation of both the Mapúa MCL departments and the students/student organizations. Two (2) Kabuyaw tree (Citrus hystrix) seedlings, and sixteen (16) Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) seedlings, were given to the CSCE and the seedlings were planted all throughout the campus’ vicinity with the help of the members of Malayan Kalikasan, a non-academic, non-profit environmental organization of Mapúa MCL.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cabuyao City, Laguna is a government unit that acts toward the protection and preservation of the city’s natural resources including forests, watersheds, tree parks, mangroves, and other environmental development projects. CENRO focuses on water and air quality, solid waste management, coastal management, marine fisheries, forest resources, and parks and recreation. Moreover, the Cabuyao River Protection Advocates (CaRPA), a multi-sector organization that focuses on sustainable development and active stewardship of the Cabuyao River Systems and its related resources also took part in this collective measure to strengthen the protection of Earth’s environment. The CSCE has been a member of the CaRPA for over five (5) years now.

 

 

Mapúa MCL took part in separate tree planting activities that contributed to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Philippine government mandated by Executive Order 193, s. 2015 that aims to plant 1.5 billion trees from 2011 until its expanded coverage until 2028. The Office for External Relations and Global Linkages (OERGL) and the CSCE partnered with the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) for this initiative (refer to selected photos below). The location of the tree-planting was in the Municipality of Siniloan, Province of Laguna in one of its 68 protected areas known to stabilize water flow and soil to prevent typhoon-related calamities. At least 50 volunteers participated in the tree planting activity which consisted of the alumni, Mapúa MCL employees, and students. At least 300 seedlings provided by DENR were planted in the designated areas of the said site.

 

PTC’s Project RISE signs MOA with Mapúa MCL

PTC’s Project RISE signs MOA with Mapúa MCL

 

 

To eradicate the adverse effects of disasters, the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC), an organization that aims to harness the expertise of current and future maritime professionals by working together in sharing knowledge and skills with communities in terms of disaster preparedness, community disaster resilience, and risk management, has partnered with Mapua Malayan Colleges Laguna to facilitate the implementation of Project RISE (Resiliency Improvement Support and Education for the Seafarer Community in the Philippines). A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was forged.

The project consists of the following components: (1) Training program – Citizens Training Program & Master Training Program; (2) Project RISE mobile app that will monitor the weather and calamities that would affect the City of Cabuyao; (3) Master of Disaster (MOD) – a board game about that teaches how to prepare and actively respond to different calamities in the Philippines; (4) PTC-RISE MCL Volunteers – MCL student volunteers through the Mapúa-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (Mapúa-PTC CMET); and (5) Integration of modules on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) into the National Service Training Program (NSTP) courses to mainstream topics about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

 

 

Through the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE), Project RISE aimed to develop the capacity, initially of the MMCL students, to respond to disaster situations of the most disaster-prone communities in the City of Cabuyao. the Project RISE (Resiliency Improvement Support and Education for the Seafarer Community in the Philippines) Student Leaders and Facilitators’ Orientation. It highlighted the importance of learning disaster risk reduction management as all share the same space, environment, and natural resources. Student  Leaders and Facilitators’ Orientation. It highlighted the importance of learning disaster risk reduction management as all share the same space, environment, and natural resources.

The following were the phases of the project: conduct of Master Trainer Program (MTP) and Citizen Trainer Program (CTP); Project RISE mobile application; application of the Master of Disaster (MOD) board game; pooling of Project RISE – MMCL Volunteers; integration of DRRM to NSTP (National Service Training Program) courses that has DRRM as one of its topics; and Project RISE Cabuyao Volunteer Network.

 

 

The PTC-MMCL project partnership also brought in the concept of gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE) as an equally important component of disaster risk and resilience. The Master Trainer Program orientation highlighted the most important concepts related to DRRM and GBViE, the latter giving a gender lens in the understanding of DRR. The MTP was conducted hybrid with 150 participants (students and members of the MMCL faculty and departments) and an estimated 60 participants in zoom. The student participants cascaded the DRRM and GBViE lessons to their fellow students and members of their respective communities as part of their project commitments. As incentive, the PTC provided each participant with a set of safety kits that consisted of a vest and flashlight among others

Mapúa MCL: At the Frontlines of Community Service: Community Engagement

Mapúa MCL: At the Frontlines of Community Service: Community Engagement

 

 

The Office for External Relations and Global Linkages (OERGL) and the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) collaborated to implement the project titled ‘At the Frontlines of Community Service: Community Engagement’ Series of service-learning and community service activities in the Mapúa MCL’s adopted communities. One of these communities was the Siena College Extension Mission School, Bo. Pasbul, Porac City, Province of Pampanga which was personally visited by the Mapúa MCL in July 2022 – two (2) years after the Covid 10 pandemic and lockdown.  An estimated 100 families from the Aeta community participated in the visit with a brief program organized by the OERGL and CSCE that also donated food packs, usable toys for children, and 100 bags of school supplies.

 

 

The Siena College Extension Mission School has been a long-time adopted community partner of the Mapúa MCL. The school educates the Aeta children of the community but lacks functional school facilities, including a library and accessible potable water, among others. The community is situated in a far-flung village where the absence of local transportation makes it difficult for the Aeta families to go to the town’s marketplace, hospitals, and other public services.

 

 

Another activity took place within the same community as part of Mapúa MCL’s Christmas community engagement in December 2022.  An estimated 100 participants from the Mapúa MCL (students, alumni, and faculty members) actively engaged with the members of the Aeta community who received Christmas food packs aside from the lunch meals personally cooked by the Mapúa MCL participants for the Aeta families. The series of activities hoped to deliver essential goods to the indigenous community and the Mapúa MCL hopes to respond to the community’s social issues in the future.

Mapúa MCL Celebrates National Women’s Month

Mapúa MCL Celebrates National Women’s Month

 

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (Mapúa MCL), through the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) took part in the National Women’s Month celebration on March 2022 via a webinar and a GAD video series in line with the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women.” The event was in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 6945, Mapúa MCL celebrates women’s role in history every 8th of March to be as one with other countries in giving recognition to the efforts and contributions of Filipino women all over the world.

 

 

The CSCE came up with its own ‘One Malayan, One with Women’ theme which reflected the institution’s mantra. The GAD webinar was held on March 28, 2022, via Zoom in support of the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) celebration with the theme ‘Agenda ng Kababaihan Tungo sa Kaunlaran’. A GAD webinar encapsulated the support given by the Mapúa MCL in recognizing the emergence of gender inequality issues and concerns to significantly contribute to the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). The webinar highlighted the salient provisions of the memorandum order from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) No. 01 series of 2015 on ‘Establishing the Policies and Guidelines on Gender and Development in the Commission on Higher Education and Higher Education Institutions’. Most importantly, the event hoped to develop a pool of advocates from Mapúa MCL in mainstreaming and integrating gender lens in the tri-focal functions of the university: instruction, research, and extension.

 

 

Dr. Renifer R. Francisco, a member of the National Gender Resource Pool (NGRP) of PCW and President of the Gender Empowerment Consultancy and Advocacy Firm (GECAF – OPC), served as resource speaker to an estimated 60 participants of the GAD Webinar.

A series of online interviews called ‘Juana Speaks’ was also conducted and featured eleven (11) women leaders of  Mapua MCL– from administrators, non-teaching employees, and student organization leaders through a video presentation. The video highlighted the notable women leaders who participated in the Juana Speaks video and shared their views on women’s role in society and their specific contribution in the academe.

Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

 

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. People, including children, are adapting to the “now normal”, a transition from virtual learning to the return of face-to-face activities. It also serves as a reminder to check the well-being of each person, especially their mental health.

 

 

As part of their month-long celebration of Mental Health Month, the MMCL), through the collaboration of the Center for Guidance and Counseling (CGC) and the Center for Service- Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE), held its in-person Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) seminar on October 13, 2022, to its partner schools in Calauan, Laguna: Calauan Central Elementary School (CCES) and Makativille Elementary School (Makativille ES). The seminars were attended by more than 100 students from Grades 4, 5, and 6 of each school. Conducted by Ms. Joy P. Tarzona, MAEd, RGC, CGC Guidance Counselor, each seminar raised awareness on the core of mental health for young learners, build resiliency through self-awareness, boost well-being, understand emotions, and apply adaptive coping mechanisms to manage stressful situations effectively.

 

 

During the lecture, the students shared their thoughts about mental health and gave examples of situations that triggered their emotions or raised mental health issues, such as family problems or the feeling of anxiety. The students also took part in a series of relaxation activities and grounding exercises where they identified their surroundings using the body’s five senses.

Like adults, it was also important for children to learn about the importance of mental health. As the return to face-to-face classes went into full swing, the seminar hoped to help the students not to feel as anxious as the blended learning setup during the pandemic. The collaboration of CSCE and CGC on presenting MHPSS to partner schools showed that giving support to one’s well-being should always start young.

 

Mapúa MCL Joins Brigada Eskwela 2023

Mapúa MCL Joins Brigada Eskwela 2023

 

Brigada Eskwela is an annual program of the Department of Education. In 2022, the theme was ‘Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas ra Balik-Aral’ and it highlighted the collective efforts from various partners of the schools at the local and national levels to address children’s learning gaps and create a safe learning environment for both the learners, teaching and nonteaching personnel, and the entire community for the achievement of quality basic education.

 

 

Specifically, the program boosts the schools’ maintenance and repair activities, which includes the provision of the immediate needs of both the schools and children. Brigada Eskwela 2022 focused on providing the students with health essentials due to the Covid 19 pandemic and addressing resource gaps for the reopening of face-to-face classes. The program also strengthened engagements with partners and stakeholders (i.e., private sector, academe, industries) that complement the efforts of the DepEd to ensure quality basic education. The MMCL has been regularly participating in the annual observance of Brigada Eskwela by providing all essential kinds of donations (i.e., alcohol, face masks, school supplies, and materials for renovation of the school building) to its partner schools from the Province of Laguna.