CHED approved a total of PhP3, 946,063.8 for the research, development and extension projects of IFSU to expand its efforts in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will supplement the Php1,001,070.00 share of IFSU for the implementation of the five projects namely SPA for eJ: Soap Provision and Allocation for every Juan; Production of Carrot Juice, Lemon Marmalade, and Lemon Jam; PandeSALAMAT ng IFSU; Production of Tinawon Rice Meal Packs and Safeguarding COVID-19 Frontliners and Vulnerable Groups in the Community through Facemask Production.
"Our heartfelt gratitude goes to ChED for approving the University's projects; the IFSU Board of Regents, chaired by Commissioner Lilian De Las Llagas, for endorsing our proposals and the project proponents for promptly acting on our directive to respond to CHED’s call to submit project proposals relevant to the fight against COVID-19,” said IFSU President. Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon. She disclosed that IFSU is among the first state universities whose proposals were vetted and approved ahead of time.
The "SPA for eJ: Soap Provision and Allocation for every Juan" aims to produce calamansi-based hand soaps that will help in preventing COVID-19 through handwashing. These will be distributed to front line workers, students, and marginalized communities.
Using the three registered Utility Models of the University, “Production of Carrot Juice, Lemon Marmalade, and Lemon Jam" project will respond to the need for healthy food. The lemon juice will make a good alternative to commercial drinks/beverages available in the market. The product has received positive feedback from those who were benefitted. Lemon-based products will also be produced to boost the immunity of frontline workers and communities.
The “PandeSALAMAT ng IFSU” project intends to provide tasty bread and coffee to frontline workers in gratitude for their services and to strengthen camaraderie which is the essence of “bayanihan.”
The project, "Production of Tinawon Rice Meal Packs," aims to produce rice meal packs for frontline workers. “Tinawon” rice is proven to be healthier than commercial rice. Processing this variety of rice will also help farmers sell their farm products.
Through the project, "Safeguarding COVID-19 Frontliners and Vulnerable Groups in the Community through Facemask Production," the University will produce more reusable and washable facemask for the communities. The University will employ ten skilled tailors to help lessen unemployment in the province and to produce a target of 24,000 facemasks.
“We're truly grateful because through these approved projects, the University will be able to continue its Baddangan Project, which aims to reach out, touch lives and empower the vulnerable sectors specially during this pandemic," Dugyon said.
"IFSU remains steadfast in its commitment to make a meaningful impact in the communities through RDE. May these extension projects be testaments not only of our resolve to make a difference in the communities but also of our oneness with them and the frontline workers in our common aspiration to heal and rise as one," she added.
To date, IFSU received almost P24M-worth of RDE grants from partner-agencies. The Department of Agriculture through its Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund approved 20M-worth RDE projects of the University. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao with report from Faith B. Napudo/ IFSU)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon