Central Philippine University

by Herme A. Borlado

Hon. Jim C. Espada, Brgy. Chairman; Brgy. Officials; Janet Casiple, OIC, Mainguit Elementary School; Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni of CPU School of Graduate Studies (MAN and MaEd Programs) and College of Nursing.

Eighty-eight (88) learners of Mainguit Elementary School, Badiangan, Iloilo benefited from the Outreach Activity of Central Philippine University School of Graduate Studies Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) and Master of Arts in Education (MaEd) Programs, in collaboration with QualiMed Hospital-Iloilo last October 6, 2022.

The outreach activity was themed: Kalusugan at Kalinisan: Kinabukasan ng Kabataan. It started with a prayer by Dr. Mariedel Ambos, Faculty of the MaEd Program. The pupils were up on their feet with the Community Singing led by Prof. Maria Alina Pescadera of the College of Education.

Ms. Aura Escanlar, RN demonstrated how to properly perform handwashing and toothbrushing. To the tune of kids’ Happy Birthday, handwashing was demonstrated. Coughing etiquette was discussed by Ms. Kretchin Sornito, RN.

The activity was also facilitated by the Community Engagement and Service Learning Center of CPU. The efforts of the MAN-MaEd Program, alumni, and friends led to the giving of hygiene kits to the pupils, along with the supplies (alcohol dispensers for the classroom, wet wipes, and masks). The hygiene kit contains alcohol, face towel, wet wipes, soap, tooth brush, and toothpaste. Their beaming smiles radiated as they also received spaghetti and siopao (food packs).

Mr. Mark Clinton J. Layson, a Training Manager from QualiMed Hospital-Iloilo, went with the group. QualiMed is a secondary hospital located in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, and has been a partner institution of the School of Graduate Studies in the conduct of webinars and field exposure of aspiring graduate degree holders.

This activity is the brainchild of Prof. Herme A. Borlado, MAN Program Coordinator and Mr. Levi Delos Santos Head of CESLC. The Community Engagement and Service Learning Center (CESLC) of CPU coordinates outreach activities to ensure comprehensive coverage of services.

“It has been 2 years since an outreach activity was brought to us by CPU, due to the pandemic. And right now, we are so blessed and grateful seeing the faculty and students bringing such help and activity to our school,” Casiple said in vernacular, OIC Principal of Mainguit Elementary School.

This activity is aligned with CPU’s Vision of being responsive to the needs of the total person and the world while bringing joy to the learners of the humble community of Barangay Mainguit.