Extension and Community Services
|The Extension and Community Services (ECS) is the University's forefront in its efforts to reach out people who are in need of knowledge, attitudes, values, skills and opportunities for quality education, sustainable agriculture, enterprise, development, health and social welfare.|
ECS CHAIR, COLLEGE OF FISHERIES AND MARINE SCIENCES
The Extension and Community Services started as a primordial program of the Extension and Rural Development Services Center (ERDSC), when it was established in 1993 upon the initiative of former President, Dr. Helmar E. Aguilar and leadership of ERDSC Director, Dr. Porferio G. Bullo. Since then, the extension function of the Unit continues to gain commendable achievements and has established its integrity in the implementation of rural development programs, livelihood projects for rural women and out-of-school youth.
During her visit to ASCA in 1992, then President Corazon C. Aquino, said that, "... the Unit enjoys the recognition of other Asian countries as well as the United States, Japan and some European countries as an outstanding center for extension programs and innovations."
In 1997, former President Fidel V. Ramos visited the Aklan State University and pronounced that: "... ASCA (now ASU) has served as a catalyst for change in the province, introduced income generating projects in local communities and offered lessons to students and farmers in their own family farms so that they can establish their own livelihood projects."
When ASCA was converted into ASU in 2002, there was a re-organization in the structure where the ERDSC Unit was renamed Extension and Community Services (ECS) Unit. Under the leadership of ASU President, Dr. Benny A. Palma and ECS Director, Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, innovative and dynamic extension strategies to implement the local and foreign funded projects were introduced not only in transferring of agricultural technologies to rural communities but also developing small and medium enterprises in urban areas in the province of Aklan and the whole of Western Visayas region.
The re-organization of the university structure has challenged the ECS Unit to maximize its limited resources in orchestrating the implementation of the extension programs of the different degree granting units of the university. Likewise, the unrelenting dedication of extension staff, faculty, and students, and the unwavering support from different service units have continuously upheld the name of the ECS Unit in gaining commendable accomplishments.
These accomplishments include the research work of Dr. Bullo, who documented the historical accomplishments of the DYMT Community Radio Station in reaching out to the rural people; the publication of the Farmer-Teacher Module; the establishment of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Farmers Center; the coordination of the Regional Techno-Gabay Program of DOST-PCARRD and WESVARRDEC, the institutionalization of Plan International Disaster Risk Management and the regional recognition of Isla Kapispisan as First Place in the Regional Development Council VI Best Public Sector Projects. These highly leveled impact of the extension services of the University through the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) was recognized by CHED in 2009 as the Center for Agriculture Education in Western Visayas, and by National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES), together with the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, as a National University for Agriculture and Fisheries.