Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with 13 barangays of Talisay City and established a partnership for Bottle-Net Life Jacket Project on January 24, 2023 at the Function Hall, CHMSU Talisay (Main) Campus.
Led by Project Leader Engr. Rey A. Ramos from the College of Engineering, together with Arlene E. Visitacion, Project Community Engagement Officer, Ana Mary Ann H. Pancho, Director for Alumni Affairs, Cherryl J. Salaya, and Engr. Dominic F. Mercurio, Ma. Lourdes R. Hagos, Lylanie H. Rivera, and Perseus T. Bravo from the College of Industrial Technology, the “Bottle-Net Life Jacket: A Personal Floatation Device for Every Family” was launched to create an alternative to the commercial life jacket that can be too expensive for Filipinos, especially those living along coastlines. The project aims to promote disaster risk reduction and resiliency in the community.
With the MOA, CHMSU and the partner barangays signified to ensure sustainable community involvement and linkages for the project and other programs on different areas such as Training and Livelihood, Environment, and Gender and Development.
Andrew Eusebio S. Tan, PhD, Vice President for Research and Extension, represented the University during the ceremony, while Barangay Captains and deputies represented their respective barangays. Kagawad Ricardo Arellano and John Michael Pajes (Zone 2), Kagawad Nancy Garcia (Zone 3), Kagawad Beth Abrera and Kagawad Ligaya Besa (Zone 5), Hon. Sulpicio M. Verdeflor, Jr. (Zone 7), Kagawad Malou Hechanova (Zone 8), Hon. Jojo D. Parreno (Zone 11), Hon. Wilfredo G. Hinolan (Zone 12), Hon. Rogelio C. Amar (Zone 14), Hon. Daryl G. Abaring (Zone 14B), and Barangay Secretary Marjorie Notchite (Zone 16) were present.
Roger Ray S. Manzano, PhD, Director for Extension and Community Services, Armando R. Reosura, PhD, Director for IPMO, Leah L. Fernandez, PhD, Director for Research and Development Services, Rhoderick K. Samonte, Director for External Affairs, Leizl May C. Tortogo, PhD, Dean, College of Education, Engr. Grace Gerona, Dean, College of Engineering, Atty. Juliet D. Pasustento, PhD, Chief Administrative Officer – Finance Division, Melanie Porquez, PhD, Engr. Roy Gerona, and Engr. Michael Forton joined the project proponents as witnesses during the signing.