By: Edwin I. Lariza and DZ Patriarca-Lariza
This is the last of the series of posts related to the research study on Katin-aran Center presented to the University Research Center, Central Philippine University on October 2012. The series is a response to the request of interested parties after the summary of the study was posted on this blog earlier.
Foremost among the recommendations is for the University to continue the partnership and assistance to the Katin-aran communities in various forms. Among others, the University should facilitate seminars, skills training, livelihood, and entrepreneurship follow up activities; and fund assistance in the form of loans, livelihood and technology.
It would be good if the University, through the Department of Social Work and University Outreach Center, will continue to lend its influence in helping revive, reorganize inactive communities, as well as establish linkages, partnership with government, local government units and NGOs to strengthen the Katin-aran communities. After all these communities are basically CPU Katin-aran communities and they have been proud for being such. But such partnership must be institutionalized so that whoever will be in the helm of leadership of both units, the working relationship will continue.
A comprehensive evaluation research by the University Research Center or Department of Social Work is highly recommended so that the rich experiences in community organization and development work of Katin-aran Center can be properly documented and transformed into reference materials that will be used in classroom and other academic exercises. The remaining records and the living pioneers of the Center and respective communities can be maximized to develop the community organizing and integrated approach of Katin-aran and other learning materials that will enhance scholarship through application, generation and utilization of knowledge.
The Department of Social Work can consolidate communities and based on the lessons learned, integrate the outreach program with the College of Arts and Science to involve and maximize the resources of other departments and the whole University. Likewise, the Department should maximize the learning opportunities for other departments under the Arts and Sciences, in particular and other colleges, in general. This way, the outreach endeavors will benefit both the communities and the University, as new opportunities for student learning and professional staff development, innovations in curriculum, and improvement in the institution’s operations and visibility will now be enhanced.
This is so far the longest study we ever conducted, longer than our thesis requirements to finish respective masteral degrees. Like its subject matter, the study has survived critical interludes including flood and my own illness. And just like the case of Katin-aran Center, all circumstances and crises have eventually contributed to the intended result. As the biblical passage explicitly describes: “All thing work together for good…” Indeed, it’s worth the wait.
However, this study could not have reached its final stage, had it not been for the support of people to whom we express our sincere gratitude:
Dr. Reynaldo N. Dusaran, University Research Center Director, for his patience, untiring reminders and encouragement to continue;
Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, University President, for his kindness to assign me in his office for a semester to compensate my load units due to volatile health condition. The special assignment he gave me to assist in data gathering for the Volume 2 of The Story of Central Philippine University has given me time and opportunity for in-depth study of the history of Katin-aran Center;
Dr. Ida G. Borlongan and Dr. Margen A. Java, panelists, for enlightening comments and suggestions to improve the paper;
Dr. Anita U. Illenberger, Dean College of Arts and Sciences, who might not know it that her comment on the first draft presented has inspired me;
Professors Carol Kay C. Blando, Kareen Jay D. Lozada and Sarah M. Barayuga, our colleagues in the Department, who have been supportive of this study;
Rev. Melvin M. Mangana, former Director, University Outreach Center, for his undying support to the Katin-aran communities including this study;
Lastly, but most especially, the Katin-aran family for their whole hearted support in the process of data gathering including interviews and focus group discussion without them this study will never be completed. Led by Ma’am Ruth C. Corvera, pioneer director of Katin-aran, the following former staff and leaders are worth mentioning: Freddie Salvania, Jocelyn Funtecha, Mercy Bedona, Emcy Sanchez, Joan Militar, Trinidad Sorongon, Aida Soberano, Annabelle Martinez; Madeline, Jorge, Josephine, Rey, Jimmy, Julie, Rubegilio, Elena, X Barrera, all the PO leaders and volunteers who shared with us their insights.
Lest we forget, our kids: Dazen Dawn, Edzil Ven and Krislenn Edz, our joy, strength and motivation.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!