Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and Batangas State University, for the third time, converged for another 12-day Learning Express (LeX) Program. This is part of SP’s general educational program which aims to identify the unmet needs in the lives of the people in chosen communities. The program started on September 17, 2018 and lasted on the 28th.
Prior the program, the BatStateU student counterparts attended a two-day training to acquire basic knowledge and skills on the LeX program. They were familiarized with the Design Thinking Methodology of SP with the help of Dr. Romel U. Briones, Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza, Jr., and Engr. Edzel M. Gamab as BatStateU LeX Facilitators. This was held last August 29-30, 2018.
On behalf of University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, BatStateU LeX Coordinator Dr. Vanessah V. Castillo expressed her warmest welcome to the foreign and local delegates during its opening ceremony on September 18.
As part of the program, the students together with their facilitators spent three days in the chosen communities of Barangay Sawang in Lobo, Barangay Mayuro in Rosario and Barangay Poctol in San Juan, Batangas. They were divided into three groups, each tasked to conduct a series of interviews, brainstorm ideas, and create solutions to the problems of the communities assigned to them.
Joining the BatStateU LeX Facilitators were Mr. Timothy Chao, Ms. Carol Leung and Ms. Low Kang Min, as their SP counterparts.
To address the problems of such communities, the participants were able to come up with solutions that will help them sustain their livelihoods. The outputs created are expected to generate more income, improve tourism and create new opportunities for the locals.
A gallery walk was organized as well at the lobby of CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I where the LeX participants discussed the concepts they have produced to the students of BatStateU.
In his message during the closing program on September 26, the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Services, Engr. Albertson D. Amante highlighted the word “empathy”, which he believes as the most important element of the program. He thanked SP for allowing the university to be of help to different communities and bring positive socio-economic impacts to people’s lives.
Mr. Chao, also spoke in the event where he regarded the activity as a life changing experience. He voiced his admiration to the students for being able to embrace unity despite of their cultural differences.
Meanwhile, SP LeX Country Manager Ms. Aik Min Ng also shared her message of gratitude to the university and expressed that she is looking forward to more fruitful collaborations with BatStateU.