COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT and PROJECT ASSESSMENT were the key themes of our winter intersession study tour of the Philippines. Our host was the Economics Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.
On the island of San Salvador in the western Luzon province of Zambales our students conducted field surveys of a mangrove reforestation project and an eco tourism project. In the central Luzon province of Nueva Ecija our students observed a micro hydroelectric power project and the functioning of a women’s cooperative. We are indebted to the Office of Social Concerns and Issues at the Ateneo de Manila University for making our site visits a reality.
Zambales: Reforestation and Eco Tourism
Nueva Ecija: Electrification and Women’s Empowerment
CLASSROOM PREPARATION AT THE ATENEO DE MANILA
Prior to conducting their field site visits, our students received intensive training in project assessment, cross cultural communication as well as an introduction to the Philippines. We are very thankful to the Ateneo de Manila University for providing us access to their faculty and classrooms. We also need to thank the Instiute for Social Order for allowing us to use their dormitories and cafeteria.
Our Academic home
Besides our field visits and classroom training, we were also able to visit a number of cultural sites such as Corregidor Island and Intramuros. Special thanks to Ateneo’s Office of International Studies for all their assistance.