On January 6, 2020, Asst. Prof. Froilan A. Alipao, MCD presented a research paper entitled “Cultivating Community Engagement Vis-à-Vis Development and Organizing Practice of Partner Communities with Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines: A Multiple Case Study” at the 18th Hawaii International Conference on Education (Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA).

Alipao’s paper focused on “laying down the baseline and evaluation of six selected HEIs in their community engagement with partner communities vis-s-vis development and organizing practice through the framework of Outer and Inner Outcomes (Nexus Community Partners, 2014) and Organizational Development Model (Alipao & UST-SIMBAHAYAN, 2012).” According to Alipao, “Outer Outcomes are tangible, visible, and communities are empowered, as seen in leadership, membership, social programs (health, environment, economy, education) and, social structure. Meanwhile, Inner Outcomes are the principles and processes of doing participatory community engagement like power, identity, relationships and, culture.” The paper made use of the Organizational Development Model, which highlighted the organizational plan, leadership, membership, policies, structures and, strategies (training/education, community organizing, project implementation, resource mobilization, networking, mobilization and finance/fund) of the partner communities/community organizations.

Alipao (left) joins conference participants for a group photo.

This research project is a component of Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-approved program entitled University of Santo Tomas (UST) SIMBAHAYAN-Center for Continuing Professional Education (CCPED) Certificate Course on Community Engagement and Organizing that was conceptualized and implemented by the UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office in collaboration with the UST Graduate School Center for Continuing Professional Education and Development. The program provided the participants from different Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) from all over the Philippines key opportunities and gained knowledge, understanding, skills and, values of/for community engagement vis-à-vis development and organizing that they applied in their respective educational institutions’ community extension and development program and partner communities.

The conference was attended by 1,300 participants from all over the world.