One of the four (4) mandates of the university is extension. As provided for in the University Extension Manual, extension is defined as “the dissemination of information to clients to enable them to solve their problems, especially those pertaining to their livelihood. Often, it is an informal education process in which the curriculum is based on the needs of the people it serves. It involves the bringing out of a technology from the research agency and disseminating it via a formal organization or an extension agency through a development project. As a process, it is aimed at developing knowledge, skills and will-power of the people to solve problems by themselves.”
In order to deliver the extension services of the university to clients who need it most, the University Extension Office came up with programs and strategies geared towards substantially contributing to development of people and communities. It also strengthened its linkages with and among colleges and also with other national line agencies. These were pursued through projects and activities initiated by the office or in collaboration with experts from colleges.
Eventually, the directorship of the office was transferred from Dr. Glenard T. Madriaga to Prof. Redemptor G. Toledano on 15 February 2008. This is in lieu of the designation of Dr. Madriaga as Vice-President for Research, Extension and Development. The same programs and strategies and at the same time, new ones were continued and conceived for year 2008. These were presented during the University Planning and Workshop held on 8-10 April 2008 at Subic, Zambales and are the subjects of this yearend accomplishment report.
Extension as an institutional function started sometime in 1974 under the stewardship of Jose Lacson under the name, Extramural Studies and Extension Services (ESES). Its main program component was Rural Life Development, hence, the Institute of Rural Life Development (later renamed as Institute of Rural Life Technology or IRLT) which offered a four-year secondary agri-based program in 1975. Graduates of the program were encouraged to enter into the two-year vocational course which was also agri-based. This was in response to the government thrust of promoting agricultural development in the countryside. Two batches graduated under this program. The introduction of a trade-based secondary program in 1976 in addition to the agri-based secondary program shifted the focus of the IRLT to purely secondary instruction while extension was undertaken to meet the offering of short (10 hours) training programs in the various areas of expertise of the College which, for a while, Prof. Rizal V. Ganiban served as Director.
Retaining the name Extramural Studies and Extension Services, it was reestablished as a separate office directly under the office of the College President in 1983 with Prof. Adoracion Y. Nogoy as Director. Aside from offering non-formal education program which aimed at helping the out-of-school youth, continuing education and special projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of other sectors like the military was initiated. The office was also tasked to monitor the income generating projects of the College. Believing that extension is not only for outside clients, projects like success lessons for the faculty and staff was also initiated. The evaluation of faculty members was also placed and taken cared of by the Office.
When Dr. Ernesto Cosme was appointed as OIC President of Tarlac State University in 1992, the extension and research were merged into one under the directorship of Prof. Nogoy. When Dr. Alejandro Fernandez was appointed as the president of Tarlac State University, the directorship was turned over to Dr. Alfredo M. Conte after the retirement of Dr. Nogoy. In 1995, after the term of Dr. Fernandez, Dr. Rodolfo Baking took over the presidency of the university. He then separated the research from extension. The research was under the directorship of Dr. Victoria Gengania, while Dr. Conte continued his stewardship as Director of Extension. This led to the designation of chairmen to take charge of the various functions and areas of concern and programs and also the designation of College Extension Coordinators whose main function is to serve as link between the University Extension Office to the various colleges. Volunteers from the Japanese Overseas Cooperation were also tapped to help in the extension activities of the University. Extension Initiatives were undertaken in collaboration with civic organizations, religious organizations and local government units. The granting of Level IIIA status to TSU under the leadership of President Dolores G. Matias, Dr. Gengania was appointed as Vice President for Planning, Research and Extension in 2002. When Dr. Gengania filed her 1-year Sabbatical leave starting June, 2005, Dr. Conte took over her position as OIC up to his retirement on March 6, 2006.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Conte, Dr. Glenard T. Madriaga, took over the directorship of the University Extension Office (UEO) who is committed to extend quality services by sharing TSU’s expertise for the upliftment of the socio-cultural, technological, educational and environmental condition of the populace towards sustainable development. Under his leadership, the University Extension Manual was approved by the Board of Regents under Resolution No. 39 series of 2008 dated June 9, 2008.
His appointment as Vice President for Research, Extension and Development on February 16, 2008 led to the designation of Prof. Redemptor G. Toledano serving then as Cluster Chairman for Consultancy and Special Project, as Director of the UEO up to the present. The UEO, therefore, continued to undertake the following programs: Community Development Modeling Program which provides assistance in identifying the needs of a community and matching these with the capabilities of the institution; the Industry Development Extension Program which is aimed at providing services to small and medium enterprises in order to increase their productivity; the Institution-Public-Private Sector Partnership Program; the Extension Support Services Program and the Student Extension Experience Program. It was during the leadership of the latter that an effort to align the operation of the unit to ISO 9001:2008 was undertaken with the end-view of eventually being certified accordingly. Hence, the University Extension Manual was converted into the TSU Extension Services Guide under BOR Resolution No. 66 series of 2009 dated November 4, 2009.