The UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod conducted its third Volunteer Camp for 43 new volunteers last 11 - 13 September at the UPLB Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna. Several alumni and senior volunteers facilitated the training activities. The new volunteers are expected to participate in different Pahinungod programs. (Photos by Clyde Angelo Bisares)
The UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod is not only acknowledged for training student volunteers for fieldwork activities, but has also been known for collaborating with different UPLB student organizations. Pahinungod often receives requests from different student orgs for assistance in different activities, such as conducting immersion programs, team buildings and other training workshops.
UPLB Pahinungod also collaborates with student organizations in implementing their activities, specifically Reading Enhancement and Appreciation Development (READ) program, Environmental Awareness Program (EAP), Affirmative Action Program (AAP), Technical Assistance Program, Immersion Service Mission Program (ISMP), Youth and Women Development Program, and the recently launched Community Arts and Culture Development Program (CACDP).
In every collaboration with the student orgs, Pahinungod’s versatility shines through as it tries to promptly respond to requests. Its involvement with the UPLB Grange Association, the UP Agricultural Economics Circle, and the UP Novo Ecijanos are just a few examples that show Pahinungod’s adaptability when it comes to conducting different activities.
Pahinungod and its activities
One of Pahinungod’s many services is conducting immersion programs for student organizations. An example is the one conducted for the UPLB Grange Association.
UPLB Grange, in partnership with Pahinungod, conducted an Immersion Service Program held at Brgy. Casa Real, Pakil, Laguna, from July 23-26, 2015. Twelve members of the association were immersed in the said community and were involved in different activities such as tutorials in the community elementary school, tree planting, community clean-up drive, fishing, and Taka making (see related article).
Pahinungod also offers workshops in preparation for the upcoming events of different organizations like the one conducted for UP Agricultural Economics Circle (UP AEC) where Pahinungod held a workshop for their organization’s members on how to facilitate a seminar. This served as the organization members’ training to effectively hold seminars on farm record-keeping to the farmers in their chosen communities. With the help of Pahinungod, UP AEC members were trained how to efficiently and comprehensively present in public how to properly deal with the people in the community and how to build relationships.
In addition to these partnerships, Pahinungod also co-facilitates different events of student organizations, as what they did with the varsitarian organization UP Novo Ecijanos (UPNE).
UPNE and Pahinungod conducted a two-day college entrance test review for high school students in Nueva Ecija. Pahinungod staff and volunteers, along with a few members of the UPLB faculty, helped in the series of tutorials for the students.
The feedback from these organizations has been generally positive, often citing Pahinungod’s cooperative and impressive work ethics.
“Pahinungod has been very supportive to the immersion activity of the association since its first year of implementation,” said Renz Sucaldito, UPLB Grange Association Vice President for External Affairs.
He also explained that this was their second time to tie up with Pahinungod in immersion service programs. “They were very approachable when it comes to assistance in the event preparations,” Sucaldito added.
UPNE member Emmanuel Flores also shared his experience in working with Pahinungod.
“Kahit hindi nila trabaho, willing silang tumulong,” he stated as he described how UPLB Pahinungod volunteers and staff helped in checking the test papers during the review sessions in Nueva Ecija.
Possibilities for future partnerships
With all these experiences, the student organizations, such as UP AEC, UPLB Grange, and UPNE, are more than willing to have more partnership activities with Pahinungod in the future.
UP AEC initially partnered with Pahinungod for a training workshop and the organizations’ members are looking forward to participate in Pahinungod’s immersion service mission programs in the future.
“Sana maging activity ‘yun [immersion] ng AEC in partnership with Pahinungod. ‘Yung sa isang lugar, puro members ng AEC,” said UP AEC members as they expressed their interest in immersions in different communities.
Furthermore, Pahinungod’s partnerships with different organizations also motivated the members to volunteer.
“In the future, I want [UPLB Grange Association] to nurture the culture of selfless service through Pahinungod activities such as immersions and other field activities. We are also aiming on sending individual members of the association as individual Pahinungod volunteer,” Sucaldito stated.
Flores shared the same sentiment with the other members of their organization. “Yung ibang members nga namin na hindi naman volunteers ay parang nahikayat nga mag-volunteer… mas nakilala ng UPNE yung Pahinungod,” he exclaimed.
Since UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod aims for continuous development of communities, Mr. Jose Limbay Lahi Espaldon, Pahinungod Coordinator of partnerships with student orgs, hopes that future partnerships with student organizations would be “progressive” which will offer continuous programs in order for the organizations to have a “continuous involvement in the community, not just one time, big time participation.” PMOlympia and JDSiopongco