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MCL and DSWD Region IV-A team up for community engagement initiatives

The Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement team, headed by CSCE Director, Prof. Raychelle R. Artuz, along with representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV-A.

To further fulfill its mission of providing solutions to local, national, and global issues by the expert application of knowledge, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) started a partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV-A last January 30, 2018, with the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE) spearheading the affiliation.

CSCE meeting with the representatives of DSWD Region IV-A.

The partnership will focus on providing assistance to the implementation of DSWD projects, programs, and services, particularly to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Together with MCL colleges and departments, CSCE will facilitate Youth Development Sessions (YDS), community-based engagements that encourage out-of-school youths to return to school, in Barangays San Isidro and Pulo in Cabuyao City. Around 80 to 100 recipients will go through 11 months of development sessions. DSWD will also be training selected faculty members and student leaders to serve as facilitators for this project.

According to Ms. Adelina Diaz, Institutional Partnership Development Officer for Civil Society Organizations, MCL is one of the very few schools in the region and in the province to have this level of involvement and commitment to support DSWD in the implementation of their projects and programs.

Prof. Raychelle R. Artuz, CSCE Director, shared that Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) like this are very important in pursuing sustainable development initiatives, as they help MCL connect with more communities. “Such partnerships ensure that we are not alone in our initiatives. Rather, we are positioning ourselves in a way that aligns us to local and national efforts, all of which are key factors in sustainable and high-impact initiatives.”

“I am personally very excited about this partnership because it would open a lot of opportunities for MCL to enhance our service-learning and community engagement initiatives,” Prof. Artuz added. “With all the initiatives, efforts, and resources that MCL has and with DSWD’s national and regional agendas, this is bound to be a meaningful partnership.”

For many years ahead, she hopes that MCL’s community engagement and service-learning thrust would continue to develop and improve initiatives that would touch the hearts and lives of the people they work with and of the participating students.

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