SIMBAHAYAN Director Alipao presents paper on UST service-learning, community engagement amidst COVID-19

How did the University of Santo Tomas pursue its commitment of community engagement with its partner communities in the midst of the pandemic? UST SIMBAHAYAN Director and Department of Sociology faculty member Asst. Prof. Froilan A. Alipao presented his research paper that discussed the strategies used by UST’s community development arm during the pandemic at the Public Service Conference (CUPSCon 4) held recently via Zoom Titled “Exploring Strategies as a Response of Service and Development in the Midst of Pandemic: The Case of University of Santo Tomas and its partners,” Alipao’s paper was able to map the development of community engagement and service-learning strategies utilized during this pandemic.

Based on the different ideas, reflections, conceptualization, plans, initiatives, projects, and other details, Alipao cited how the SIMBAHAYAN Office further developed the concrete expressions of love and compassion between UST and its partner communities. It was noted that the service-learning engagements were clearly defined and have been improved during the pandemic due to the strong support of previous and continuing community development / extension engagements. The conference theme was “Public Service in Time of COVID: The Role of Academic-Community Partnership in Addressing the Challenges of a Global Pandemic.” It was organized and hosted by the University of the Philippines, through the Padayon Public Service Office under the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs (OVPPA). 

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