Henry B. Prudente, News, Communication Management Office
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines conducted the International Conference on Extension (IConEx 2021) with the theme “Addressing Sustainable Development Goals Towards Equity, Empowerment, and Gender Equality” on August 19-20, 2021 via Zoom.
IConEx is a two-day activity initiated and organized by the PUP, through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development - Extension Management Office (EMO), endorsed by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers.
The two-day event was attended by more than 700 faculty members, graduate students, extension workers, and community development workers from various private and public organizations and local and international academic institutions.
On the first day, the program started with a message from PUP President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi followed by the keynote speech of Ms. Daisy Diamante-Leoncio from the United Nations. In her speech, Ms. Diamante-Leoncio discussed “Mainstreaming the SDGs Through Participative Community Development Initiatives.” After the keynote speech, PASUC President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo gave his message which wrapped up the morning session.
The afternoon session featured foreign plenary speakers Atty. Anurag Devkota, a human rights lawyer from Nepal, who spoke on “Foreign Labor Migration and Policy Reforms in Nepal” and Dr. JC Gaillard, a Professor of Geography at the School of Environment of the University of New Zealand, who talked about “Inclusion and Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction.”
The second day catered three more plenary speakers. Associate Professor of Anthropology Mr. Adam Kis of Burman University, Canada, tackled “The World Next Door: How Far Does Extension Extend?” and Dr. Waqar Akbar of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology in Karachi Pakistan discussed “Sustainable Development Goals and Education in Pakistan: The New Challenges for 2030” in the morning session.
It was followed by research presentation from 20 researchers across Education Communication Development, Environment, Science and Sustainable Development, Economics and Transformative Development, Health and Well Being, Peace, Social Justice and Equality, and Gender and Development.
The afternoon session showcased the final plenary discussion by UP Professor Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, former secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Dr. Taguiwalo tackled “Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in the Time of Pandemic: Reversal and Recovery.” Afterward, 28 more researchers presented their researches.
A total of six best papers and 11 best presenters were chosen. The conference ended through an inspirational message from the EMO Director and College of Social Science and Development Associate Professor Zandro T. Estella.
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