Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP) Institutional Programs and Projects
Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP) has undertaken several programs and projects in the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. These were implemented in partnership with local and national government agencies, non-government organizations, people's organizations and international funding agencies. These are as follows:
Mt. Malindng Range Natural Park (MMRNP) Management Effectiveness Assessment (MEA)
In 2020, MUCEP spearheaded the 2020 Management Effectiveness and Capacity Assessment (MECA) of the two (2) Protected Areas in Misamis Occidental: Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) and Baliangao Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (BPLS). This assessment used the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT), a tool designed by world experts to assess and determine the protected areas management effectiveness.
Management Plans for Bungi Cave , Bacolod, Lanao Del Norte and Mighty Cave, Iligan City
The College of Agriculture and Forestry with MUCEP office conducted Cave Management Assessment in Bungi Cave, Bacolod and Mighty Cave, Iligan. This led to the formulation of the Cave Management Plan of the said caves in Lanao del Norte.
Forest Land Use Plans for the Municipalities of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tubod and Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
In 2019, MUCEP, together with the College of Agriculture and Forestry, was tapped to provide technical assistance in crafting Forest Land Use Plans for the three municipalities in Lanao del Norte. These are the Municipalities of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tubod, and Kapatagan.
National Greening Program (NGP) Third Party Assessment
MUCEP, together with the College of Agriculture and Forestry (MUCAF), and College of Engineering and Technology (MUCET), evaluated the National Greening Program (NGP) sites in Barangay Sangkalan in Municipality of Gingoog, and Barangay Dingkilaan, Municipality of Manticao, Misamis Oriental. NGP is a flagship program of DENR which is mainly focused on reforestation of millions of hectares of denuded public lands in the Philippines.
Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) Management Zoning
In 2019, MUCEP identified a 60 km Management Zone inside Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park in Misamis Occidental. This project was also awarded by the DENR with the aim to delineate zones/land uses within the protected area of Mt. Malindang into Multiple Use Zones and Strict Protection Zones for proper management in terms of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Socio-Economic Assessment and Monitoring System (SEAMS)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded the Misamis University through MUCEP, the grant to conduct the Socio- Economic Assessment and Monitoring Systems (SEAMS) in 2019. SEAMS is a tool developed by the DENR for the comprehensive assessment suitable for terrestrial and coastal or marine protected areas. Through SEAMS, the Protected Area (PA) policy-making bodies and implementers will be provided with a comprehensive demographic, socio-cultural, economic, physical and institutional profile communities in protected areas. This project was accomplished with the assistance of the College of Business and Management (MUCBM) and College of Agriculture and Forestry (MUCAF).
Ozamiz City Coastal Resource Assessment (OCCRA)
The Department of Agriculture, Ozamiz City, collaborated with MUCEP to conduct the Ozamiz City Coastal Resources Assessment (OCCRA) in 2019. This undertaking aimed to assess the biodiversity resources along the coastal barangays in Ozamiz City and establish baseline data for rehabilitation, conservation and protection programs. Among the activities conducted as part of the project are mangroves and associated species assessment by the College of Agriculture and Forestry,
OCCRA involved the assessment of mangroves and associated species by the College of Agriculture and Forestry; seagrasses and corals, marine invertebrates: echinoderms, mollusks, annelid, arthropods, cnidarians, phytoplanktons/microorganisms and fishstock by the College of Arts and Sciences - Natural Science Department; socio-economic profiling by the College of Arts and Sciences - Social Science Department with the College of Business and Management and Misamis University Research Center; and policies and laws/ordinances by the College of Arts and Sciences - Political Science Department
Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training (SKMT)
Another training conducted by MUCEP in 2018, still in partnership with DILG was the Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training (SKMT). The SKMT was conducted to orient the SK officials on Republic Act No. 10742 or also known as the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015, and to elicit meaningful participation of the youth in local governance and nation building by inculcating patriotism, nationalism, and other desirable values. The training included modules on Decentralization and Local Governance, SK History and Salient Features, Meetings and Resolutions, Planning and Budgeting, and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards. These were discussed by resource persons from the Department of Interior and Local Governance, Local Government Units in Misamis Occidental and Misamis University. A total of 1,692 SK officials from Ozamiz City and the municipalities of Clarin, Tudela, Sinacaban, Jimenez, Panaon, Aloran, Lopez Jaena and Plaridel were trained.
To further address the training needs of the SK officials, Misamis University College of Arts and Sciences through the Departments of Political Science and English, initiated the Training Assistance for the Sangguniang Kabataan (TASK) Program in Ozamiz City. Trainings and workshops on technical writing and characteristics of good governance were included in the program.
Basic Oral Health for Barangay Health Workers
Basic Oral Health for Barangay Health Workers in Ozamiz City (BOH for BHW) was another project initiated by MUCEP and was funded by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It was implemented in response to the findings of the CHLSS and CSIS surveys that Oral Health is the most neglected health service by the citizens. The project involved training which was participated by 51 BHWs from 51 barangays of Ozamiz City as a conduit for the delivery of primary oral health education and services to communities. This was conducted in collaboration with the College of Dentistry.
Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System 2 (BAMS 2)
In 2018, MUCEP again, was tasked by DENR to conduct another Biodiversity Assessment Monitoring System 2 (BAMS 2), still in Barangay Fertig Hills, Tangub City, adjacent to the established monitoring site last year. This time, MUCEP has established a 2 hectare permanent monitoring plot to ensure and account the biological resources of the park for strict monitoring, conservation and protection. These biodiversity assessments were conducted together with the College of Arts and Sciences (MUCAS).
Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System 1 (BAMS 1)
In 2017, MUCEP was tapped by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) to conduct a research called Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System 1 (BAMS 1) which was funded by the DENR-PAO. This research established a 2- kilometer transect line in Barangay Fertig Hills, Tangub City that provided baseline data for biodiversity assessment monitoring that will be the key activity in protecting and conserving Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park
Mt. Malindang Biodiversity Protection Through Capability Building (MMBPTCB)
In 2015 also, Mt. Malindang Biodiversity Protection Through Capability Building Project was implemented with financial and technical assistance from the Deutsche Gesellschaft fÜr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Provincial Local Government of Misamis Occidental and DENR Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) Protected Area Office (PAO). As part of this project, the Bantay Lasang and Barangay Peace Action Team members from the 65 buffer zone barangays of Misamis Occidental were trained on Evidence Based Biodiversity Protection and Environmental Management. Resource based assessments and focus group discussions were also conducted for the development of Barangay Environmental Management Plans. Environmental classes were also facilitated in the buffer zone barangays of the protected area.
Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) Survey
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) tapped the university to administer the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) Survey in Oroquieta City and Ozamiz City in the year 2013, Tangub City in 2015, Municipality of Plaridel in 2016, Municipality of Bonifacio and Municipality of Jimenez in 2019. CSIS is an assessment tool for the services delivery performance of local governments based largely on the knowledge, experience and perception of the people. It endeavors to assess the reach and quality of basic government services on health, basic education, social welfare, governance and response, public works and infrastructure, environmental management, agriculture and tourism from the point of view of the people as clients and as citizens
Impact of the Local Government PABASA sa Nutrisyon Program
Another study conducted in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City and the Ozamiz City Nutrition Council is the "Impact of the Local Government PABASA sa Nutrisyon Program on the Households with Underweight Children". The study is an assessment of the effectiveness of the PABASA program on the households in terms of nutritional status of the children, presence of backyard vegetable gardens, herbal gardens and fruit-bearing trees and livestock, degree of compliance as to clean and healthy environment, nutritional practices, adherence to childcare practices, degree of involvement in the barangay health activities and impact of the program to the implementers. The conduct of the study has contributed to Ozamiz City's achievement of the National Health Award.
Kapatagan Watershed Natural Resources Appraisal: Basis for Kapatagan Environmental Management Plan
In September 29, 2012, Misamis University and the Local Government Unit of Lanao del Norte headed by Mayor Benjie Baguio penned a memorandum of agreement for the conduct of Kapatagan Watershed Natural Resources Appraisal: Basis for Kapatagan Environmental Management Plan. The study was conducted to make an assessment of the resources, as well as the socio-economic and environmental problems of Kapatagan. The study is composed of five sub-researches: "Floral Diversity Status of Kapatagan Watershed, "Vertebrate Faunal Diversity of Kapatagan Watershed", "Air, Water, and Soil Quality of Kapatagan Watershed", "Socio-Economic Appraisal of Kapatagan Watershed", and "Assessment of Coastal Resources in Kapatagan."
Ozamiz City Waste Assessment and Characterization Study (WACS)
To establish a baseline data for the updating of Ozamiz City Solid Waste Management Plan, the LGU of Ozamiz City in partnership with the university conducted the Waste Assessment and Characterization Study in 2012. Through WACS, information regarding the generation rate of solid waste from different sources; numerical description, quantity and quality of solid wastes among economic groups and the different categories of waste sources; and mathematical projection on vital statistics/measure relating to waste disposal were obtained.
Ecological Strengthening Through Environmental Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO)
It is also in the year 2011 that the University through the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Department has initiated the implementation of the Ecological Strengthening Through Environmental Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO) Program. ESTERO Program is a response to the "Adopt-an-Estero Program" of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources which is geared towards the rehabilitation of the creeks in Ozamiz City for a cleaner and healthier environment. Regular estero clean-ups, development of environmental class modules and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, environmental classes for mothers and children, installation of trash traps and researches on the awareness of residents on solid waste management and water quality assessment along Carangay Creek were conducted.
Family Planning (FP) – Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) Integration Study
Family Planning (FP) – Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) Integration Study is another project funded by USAID through Research Triangle Institute (RTI). This study was conducted in the six municipalities of Misamis Occidental: Clarin, Tudela, Aloran, Lopez Jaena, Plaridel and Calamba. FPIS aimed to increase the number of mothers using modern family planning method by giving key referral messages during Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI).
Transparent and Accountable Governance (TAG) – 4
Transparent and Accountable Governance (TAG)-4 Program was implemented in the municipalities of Tukuran and Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur with the support of The Asia Foundation (TAF) and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). TAG-4 is a local governance project which aimed to strengthen further the local government institutional linkages and capacity for policy reforms through data generation, information sharing, and policy dialogue to improve the quality of local governance for sustained peace and development in Mindanao. TAG-4 Project involved GIS mapping and the crafting of Revenue Generation Plan for the two municipalities.
Health Promotions (HealthPro) - Behavior Change Communication (BCC)
HealthPro Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Project was another project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Its goal is to implement interpersonal communication and counselling training to the Health Service Providers (HSPs) specially the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in the 14 cities and municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental.
Community Health and Living Standards Survey (CHLSS)
The conduct of Community Health Living Standards Survey (CHLSS) in 2006 was the first project of Misamis University funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through University Research Co. CHLSS aimed to establish an institutionalized health and development data based system for planning and monitoring of Misamis Occidental LGU health programs and projects. As part of the project, the College of Computer Studies (CCS) of the university developed the information system used in processing the data from the survey.
Coastal Resources Regeneration and Alternative Livelihood (CoRRAL)
Coastal Resources Regeneration and Alternative Livelihood (CoRRAL) is another project funded by AusAID. It was implemented in 2006 with the aim of rehabilitating and managing the coastal resources of Barangays Basirang and Barra, Tudela, Misamis Occidental. CORRAL was composed of three components: 10 has mangrove reforestation, livelihood (mud-crab, MOF and Bangus cage), and IEC for coastal resource management, policy advocacy, and capability building of LGU Tudela and Panaon.
When the project was concluded, the College of Maritime Education continued its implementation in Barangay Barra, Tudela. Regular coastal clean-ups, mangrove planting, community gardening, establishment of communal CR and environmental classes were conducted.
Save Labo River Program (SLRP)
In 2005, Save Labo River Progam (SLRP) was implemented in partnership with the Local Government Units of Ozamiz City, Tangub City and Clarin, Misamis Occidental; National Government Agencies; and Civil Society Organizations: KATAWHAN-MO, OCPC, AWARD, OCIC, TCMPC, and GDMPC. SLRP, a joint conservation, protection and rehabilitation project established with the financial assistance from the Philippine-Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP) - Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). SLRP aimed to conserve, protect and rehabilitate the Labo Watershed in a sustainable basis for the sustenance of lives dependent therein. This is an integrated project with three components: water system, agro-forestry and IEC.
As part of the program, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), conducted Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) in the five barangays in Ozamiz City while the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) and College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF) implemented the Labo Watershed Sustainable Resource Development Project (LWSRDP). CET assisted in designing the water system that currently serves 12 upland barangays in Ozamiz and CAF assisted in the implementation of agro-forestry program.
Ozamiz City Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning (OCISWMP)
To establish and implement an appropriate, cost-effective, integrated and sustainable solid waste management in Ozamiz City, Ozamiz City Integrated Solid Waste Management Project (OCISWMP) was implemented in 2001. This was funded by CARE Philippines Agencies Working form Environmental Sustainability in Mt. Malindang and Environs (AWESOME) and was implemented in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City, Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental, Government Agencies (GAs) and Non-Government Agencies (NGAs).
The project included the conduct of Waste Assessment and Characterization Study (WACS) in Ozamiz City, the crafting of the Ozamiz City Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, the development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, and the conduct of massive IEC campaigns.
Last Updated: January 28, 2020