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The Community Extension Office (ComEx) is the institutional office of National University that provides various services to the community. Headed by its director and assisted by coordinators, ComEx commits itself in nation building by molding good citizens and participating in the development of communities through its programs and activities.

The Community Extension Office also oversees National Service Training Program, a curricular program designed to train students to become productive and responsive members of the society. NSTP is the student-volunteer formation arm of the Community Extension Office.

COMMUNITY EXTENSION OFFICE

The COMMUNITY EXTENSION OFFICE is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainable community projects, social responsibility and long-term learning programs on behalf of National University.

As such in general, the activities of the Community Extension Office shall include the following tasks:

1. Develop the Community Extension Office framework aligned with the institution’s mission and vision connecting the University to the community through its extension services and the National Service Training Program (NSTP).
2. Develop and implement an institution wide community engagement program in which all stakeholders may participate promoting the National University Core Values.
3. Research and develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate relevant programs and projects for the community extension services.
4. Collaborate with the Colleges and develop sustainable programs aligned with the institutional community engagement program implemented by the ComEx Office.
5. Create and implement policies, guidelines and mechanisms in conducting community extension services.
6. Develop effective mechanisms to ensure sustainability of programs.
7. Develop strategic external stakeholder relationships and links to professional organizations.
8. Establish partnership with government and non-government agencies, organizations and industries for the attainment of sustainable development and economic upliftment of the partner communities.
9. Tap external sources of funds to augment the University’s budgetary provision for community extension services.
10. Plan the proper use of the NSTP funds in accordance to RA 9163.
11. Promote the spirit of volunteerism among stakeholders through its mechanisms and programs.

COMEX VISION

The Community Extension Unit of National University will be the primary facilitator and provider of effective programs and projects to help empower communities and sectors in addressing socio-economic-environmental problems as well as promoting volunteerism by using dynamic, science-based educational resources.

COMEX MISSION

Guided by the core values and characterized by our cultural heritage of Dynamic Filipinism, National University is committed to providing relevant, innovative, and accessible quality education and other development programs to its students, associates, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders to be pro-active in socio-economic-environmental problems both local and national through the Community Extension Office program and services addressing local and international concerns as well as contributing to global priorities.

COMEX GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The National University shall adhere to achieve the following goals and objectives:

1. To promote the National University core values and advocacies.

2. To enhance University community program and services.

3. To teach and help partner communities and/or organizations on technological, educational and other science-based skills through relevant developmental programs.

4. To conduct seminars and symposia on current social issues and problems to increase the awareness of the extension workers and students.

5. To provide avenues and opportunities to extension workers in promoting concern and being pro-active in responding to address ecological issues and partake in environmental projects with partner communities.

6. To conduct leadership and volunteer formation training programs to promote and/or enhance the spirit of volunteerism and leadership between and among extension workers and other stakeholders.

7. To generate needed resources to facilitate the implementation of the college community involvement project by conducting resource generation activities and tapping external sources/partners.

The fundamental objective of any sustainable community, that we envisioned, is the promotion of human well-being through the enhancement of the quality of life by conducting activities and projects that adhere to the principles of:

1. Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize shared goals. The Community Extension (ComEx) believes that all stakeholders as they recognize their limitations and capabilities, must work together, and commit themselves for the exercise of their competencies in achieving holistic development of communities.

2. Accountability is the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. That in the performance of our shared duties, everyone is responsible and committed.

3. Relevance means “important to the matter at hand.” Community extension programs and activities are deemed contextualized and responsive to the real need of the people and the community in a timely manner.

4. Empowerment is the process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. It is recognition of the inherent power of the people to develop themselves and to participate in creating a sustainable community.

5. Sustainability is the capacity to endure or last long. In community development it is defined as a requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be share by all future generation. Development is sustainable if it involves a non-decreasing average quality of life. [Geir B. Asheim, “Sustainability,” The World Bank, 199]

The Programs of the Community Extension are driven towards adding value to the lives of the people it serves. Participation of all stakeholders of the university and community is expected. The programs are aligned with the core competencies of the colleges. Such as:

1. Income Generating (InGen)

Programs and activities aligned to economic development of the community and are mostly initiated by the College of Business and Accountancy and Hospitality Management.

Activity: FOODCART FABRICATION
Facilitator: COE-ME, CBA
Participants: 5-10 Street Vendors of Brgy. 401 and 407
Date: January 20, 2018
Venue: Brgy. 407, Zone 42 Sampaloc, Manila

 

Activity: REACHING OUT THE LIVES OF THE FAMILY IN THE COMMUNITY
Facilitator: CHM EVENTS MANAGEMENT CLASS
Participants: Residents of Barangay 412
Date: SEPTEMBER 2017
Venue: Barangay 412 Sampaloc, Manila

 

Activity: Dishwashing Liquidsoap making
Trainer/Facilitator: BSBA/PHARMACY
Participants: Residents of Barangay 401,Zone 41
Date: MARCH 24, 2018
Venue: BARANGAY 401, Zone 41 Sampaloc, Manila

 

2. Infrastructure Development (InfraDev)

Programs related to buildings and structures, where the Colleges of Architecture and Engineering can assist the community projects in terms of area survey, drainage assessment and de-clogging. Infrastructure can also be computer infrastructure. College of Computing and Information Technologies assist the community through projects such as computer troubleshooting, and introduction of computer applications developed by the college.

Activity: COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Trainer/Facilitator: LRC, COA
Participants: Barangay 435, Zone 44
Date: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Venue: BRGY. 435, SAMPALOC, MANILA

 

Activity: CMRHS Computer System and Electronic Equipment
Facilitator: COE
Participants: Claro M. Recto High School Personnel and Students
Date: August 01, 2017
Venue: National University

 

Activity: BRIS PROJECT PRESENTATION
Facilitator: College of Computing and Information Technologies
Date: October 28, 2019
Venue: Barangay 402, Sampaloc, Manila

 

3. Community Wellness (ComWell)

Composed of programs geared towards the enhancement of health and well-being mostly headed by the Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry and Physical Education Department.

Activity: ZERO CAVITIES FOR HEALTHIER SMILES
Facilitator: College of Dentistry
Date: September 22,2019 /
Venue: Barangay 458, Sampaloc, Manila

 

Activity: Oh My Gamot! Project
Facilitator: CAH-Pharmacy Department
Date: November 09, 2018
Venue: Barangay 407 Multi-purpose hall, Sampaloc, Manila

 

Activity: SPORTS AND WELLNESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Facilitator: CEAS-BPE SWM/NURSING
Participants: DEAF MANILA DISTRICTS ORGANIZATION
Date: September 02-30, 2017
Venue: NU PE CENTER

 

Activity: Community Fitness & Wellness Program: PILATES
Facilitator: CEAS-BPE SWM/NURSING
Participants: Residents of Barangay 407,408.412,413,433,434,435
Date: NOVEMBER 18, 2017-MARCH 3, 2018
Venue: Barangay 435, Zone 44 Covered Court

 

4. Educare Program

Contains education and training activities spearheaded by the College of Education. These programs aim to shape and re-shape the mind of the people making them more capable in bringing about the changes that are needed in the community.

Activity: LEARNING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM – LETRA
Facilitator: College of Education, Arts and Sciences – BEED
Date: February 22, 2020
Venue: NU Manila

 

Activity: LEARNING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM ACROSS ALL AREAS
Facilitator: BSED English
Date: January 19, 2019
Venue: NU Manila

 

5. Community Partnership (ComPartnership)

A yearly one-day activity on the adopted communities. All colleges are involved in conducting different activities relative to the college’s core competencies and resources.

Activity: A HEALTHY SMILE
Facilitator: College of Dentistry
Date: August 01, 2019
Venue: Barangay 402, Sampaloc

 

Activity: FGD/BRGY. 401 Needs Assessment
Facilitator: CBA-BSBA, COMEX Brigade, COMEX
Participants: Residents of Barangay 401,Zone 41
Date: August 30, 2017
Venue: Barangay 401, Zone 41 Sampaloc Manila

 

6. Disaster Response, Rehabilitation, and Recovery (DRRR)

Composed of activities relevant to emergency situations. This is the University’s response to any emergency/disaster situation either in local communities or nationwide. The community extension department will actively participate in the aspect of disaster crisis management.

Activity: Taal Recovery and Family Counseling (Batch 1)
Facilitator: Community Extension Office, Center for Guidance Services
Date: February 2, 2020
Venue: Tuy, Batangas

 

Activity: Taal Recovery and Family Counseling (Batch 2)
Facilitator: Community Extension Office, Center for Guidance Services
Date: February 9, 2020
Venue: San Juan, Batangas

 

Activity: PORACause – Porac Recovery and Psychological First Aid
Facilitator: NU Mountaineers & NU Peers
Date: December 15, 2019
Venue: Porac, Pampanga

 

Activity: 2020 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED)
Facilitator: NDRRMC
Date: September 10, 2020
Venue: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
Participants: NU-Manila, NU-MOA, NU-Fairview, NU-Laguna, NU-Baliwag

 

7. Information and Advocacy (InfoAdvo)

Programs done through lobbying, speaking engagements, massive information drive and even publication of research outputs dealing with issues affecting the community or society.

It is composed of activities that deal with important current issues confronting the community, the nation and world, e.g. pollution, global warming, child, and women issues.

Activity: Iwas Paputok Campaign
Facilitator: ComEx Brigade / NUPD
Date: December 28, 2018
Venue: ComEx Community Partners

 

Activity: Blood Donation Advocacy Campaign
Facilitator: DOH-Philippine Blood Center/Comex Brigade
Participants: NU-Faculty and Students
Date: July 26 and 31, 2017
Venue: Jhocson St. Sampaloc Manila/ NU

 

Activity: Inform-U and Ok sa NU Launching
Facilitator: ComEx Brigade
Date: September 26, 2020
Venue: ComEx Brigade Facebook Page Live
Participants: National University Students

 

8. Kilos para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan (Kali-Kapa)

A cultural group that focuses on cultural activities advocating the protection and preservation of culture and the environment.

Activity: Global Peace Foundation Coastal Clean-up
Facilitator: GPFI, NSTP
Date: August 26, 2018
Venue: Manila Bay

 

9. Volunteer Formation Program

Aims to inform students about the critical issues that our nation and its communities are facing. It urges them to make a commitment to become personally responsible for the welfare of themselves and neighbors. That they may become engaged and involved with their communities at the grassroots level.

The ComEx Student Volunteer Formation Program (SVFP) is an important sub-unit of the department that will ensure the sustained pool of student volunteers in the University approved engagement programs and projects. The program also seeks to develop student leaders and enhance the spirit of volunteerism as manifested by students’ active participation in the extension programs and activities either initiated by their college, organization and Community Extension department.

 

 

The Community Extension (ComEx) Brigade is a valuable resource of student volunteers who are mobilized in extension projects of the different colleges. These student volunteers assist the ComEx Department. The group continuously pursues to enhance the spirit of volunteerism while molding future leaders of the organization and strengthening camaraderie among its members.

 

Activity: GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT
Facilitator: COMEX Brigade / NSTP
Date: August 17, 2019
Venue: MOA Arena

 

Activity: Wise Up: Time to Change a Mental Health Advocacy
Facilitator: ComEx SVFP
Date: OCTOBER 14, 2020
Venue: MS Teams
Participants: ComEx Student Volunteers & NU PEERS

 

10. Service Learning

A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Activity: NSTP Charity Relief Operation
Facilitator: NSRC
Date: December 21, 2019
Venue: Morong, Bataan

 

Activity: COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Facilitator: CEAS Psychology Department
Date: August 19, 2019
Venue: Barangay 402, Sampaloc Manila

 

STUDENT PARTICIPATION/INVOLVEMENT

  • Students from a duly recognized student organization may be involved for tasks within their means. Such an arrangement is highly encouraged, as the students’ engagement in this kind of endeavor will not only contribute to their academic training but also to their sense of social responsibility.
  • Any student social involvement activity that is part of an academic requirement or program will not be credited as an outreach project.
  • The involvement of the students in any on- or off-campus outreach project undertaking shall be governed by the policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations set forth by the Student Affairs Office (SAO).

COMMUNITY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

AY 2018-2019
AY 2019-2020
AY 2020-2021

COMEX 8712-1900 local 2160
NSTP 8712-1900 local 2159

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