Mr. Francis Tom A. Paredes was sent by Dr. Juarlito V. Garcines, the College President, to UP Diliman to participate in the Symposium on Civic Engagement Activties for Students (CEAS).

Prof. Danilo L. Concepcion – President of the University of the Philippines (UP) System, emphasized the importance of Return Service in the system of UP. Return Service will continue in UP System.

Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, CHED OIC, graced the event with his keynote speech that also focused on Return Service emphasizing that it may be incorporated in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the students like Civic Engagement Activities in NSTP.

Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres, III, Dean for Student Affairs and Services at Bicol University presented the “Civic Engagement: The BU Concept” as part of their Return Service System. Their students are into different organizations which serve the society like Fire Brigaders and Student Publication as part of Freedom of Expression which are linked with the local government unit. They also have student assistant program where students serve in the LGUs for related skills but except janitorial services.

Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, President of Mariano Marcos State University, also shared their proposed computation on return service depending on the budget per program. Their rough computation was 33 to 40 hours per semester.

Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, Former Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at UP Diliman, also emphasized the need to inculcate Civic Engagement Activities to students. That return service or civic engagement in particular is not a hindrance but an advantage for their students who engage in civic services always finish in college with honors as cum laude.

Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Philippines emphasized how Civic Engagement trained and equipped their students to become competitive in their respective fields locally and globally. They identified the civic engagement in the tripartite functions of the SUCs, particularly on Instruction, Research and Extension.

Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr, President of West Visayas State University, presented their Return Service Program cum Transformative Service Program.

Dr. Rowena G. De La Cruz, Director of Student Affairs at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, oriented the participants on their proposed Return Service Manual.

Philippine Red Cross, Mr. Burne Claravall, is encouraging the participating SUCs and LUCs in the Symposium on Civic Engagement Activities for Students (CEAS) which will eventually become part of the Return Service as mandated in RA10931 IRR, to organize and promote Red Cross Youth. Mr. Claravall mentioned and cited RA 10072 which mandates that there shall be Red Cross Youth Council of Organizations in all public schools and universities to promote civic consciousness among the youth.

The symposium could help develop reform in strengthening the implementation of Student Affairs and Services focusing on Student Welfare and Development. As mandated in CHED Memorandum No. 09, Series of 2013, Civic Engagement should be promoted and conducted in the schools.

This type of activity could help ASSCAT in crafting the Return Service Program Manual and strengthen the Civic Engagement Activities for Students. The good advantage in ASSCAT is it already initiated the organizing, recognizing, and accrediting of student organizations like ASSCAT PICROrg, ASSCAT IPYC, ASSCAT Singers Club, ASSCAT Salliao Dance Troupe, ASSCAT Red Cross Youth Club, ASSCAT Marujow Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Association (MIFSA), and the rest of the organization endorsed in the SSG Resolution No. 001, series of 2018 under the leadership of Hon. Robert D. Romano and supported by Dr. Juarlito V. Garcines – the ASSCAT College President.

Mr. Paredes expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Garcines for sending and trusting him to represent the college in this symposium.

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