Davao del Norte State College aims to bolster its partnership with Provincial Government of Davao de Oro during a meeting last February 24, 2021, via zoom. The meeting was personally requested by no less than the Honorable Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy to explore other possible areas of collaboration.

The two institutions have been working together as early as 2014 but formalize in 2015 through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in providing capability enhancement training related to information and communication technology.

Ms. Joyzel R. Odi, the Provincial Head of Information Technology Division, described their partnership with DNSC as a “long time partner” because of the significant contribution it extended to the provincial government. “So we know na ang academe daghan man jud ug field of expertise and specialization, so we requested this meeting probably to brainstorm to some other areas aside from ICT na pwede ta maglink sa atoang mga projects and activities”, she added.

Ms. Odi further shared that the partnership with the two institutions could be considered unique because their usual partners are national agencies, a non-government organization, and other organizations. She added that, unlike their previous academe partnerships, DNSC has been conducting activities for a long period of time.

In the previous years, the province received different recognitions and awards that they believe DNSC is a great part of it. “Kasi, we did not know this technology on web development, Linux administration. So basically nakuha namo ni sa previous na mga training namo. Kani tanan ipasalamat namo sa DNSC kay among people diri sa IT na develop jud sila”, Ms. Odi said.

Dr. Jesebel Besas, REP Director, presented the College’s RDE Agenda 2020 -2024, which serves as a roadmap in conducting research and extension-related activities. She expounded that the College agenda focuses on promotion and implementation of marine biodiversity conservation management, sustainable food production, and product development, good governance initiatives to promote peace and order in the hinterlands; innovations and development of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programs, development of human capital through inclusive and industry-based education; preservation and promotion of Indigenous knowledge systems and practices; sustainable tourism and entrepreneurship; and upscale traditional processes and cybersecurity.

In her parting message, Dr. Joy Sorrosa expressed her gratitude for the trust and confidence afforded by PLGU Davao de Oro to DNSC. She believes that the College could help improve the delivery of various services of the province with this interest. She assured that the College is willing to be of service and support to the Davao de Oro people.

The participants from Davao de Oro were heads of offices and representatives from different offices such as the information Technology Division, Department of Education- Information and Communication Technology Unit, Women Development Program, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Information Provincial Tourism Office.

The participants from DNSC were headed by the College President Dr.Joy Sorrosa; Dr. Girley Gumanao, VPAR; Dr. Jesebel Besas, REP Director; Dr. Arnold Duping, Dean, ITeD; Mr. Mark Van Buladaco, Dean, IC; Prof. Bernadita Rodriguez, representing the Dean of IAAS; Ms. Flory Ann Fermil, OIC Dean, ILEGG; Ms. Czarina Nicole Lara Lanes, PICO Head; Mr. Daniel Fritz Silvallana, Applied Communication Coordinator; Dr. Ariel Gamao, ITSO Head; Ms. Jonielyn Dabalos, Program Head; Ms. Melissa Dalumay, Executive Assistant; and Mr. Jeremy Barnido, College and BOT Secretary.