Samar State University major priority programs includes Technology Promotion, Applied Communication, Capability Building, Documentation , Monitoring and Evaluation and conduct special projects. Each program basically has their own small scale extension programs implemented by personnel and stuudents alike. The colleges also addresses requests for intevention from various clients. These clients includes individuals, groups, offices, and communities including LGU. There are however programs which requires help from experts from different colleges and campuses and such programs are but not limited to the following;

1. Wellness Program for Residents of Baranggay Buluan, Sierra Islands, Catbalogan City, Samar

Based on the 2006 survey results, Barangay Buluan has a total of 127 households with poverty invidence of 72.44% and only 14.84 percent have comfort rooms. The residents have difficulty in providing their basic needs due to meager income which led to high illiteracy rate and poor health.

The College of Graduate Studies (CGS) has adopted Barangay Buluan since 2008. After a series of consultative and assessment activities, CGS established partnership with other Colleges of SSU, namely: College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS), College of Engineering (COEng'g), College of Industrial Technology (CIT), College of Education (COEd) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as the government and non-government organizations for the "Wellness Program for Residents of Baranggay Buluan, Sierra Island, Catbalogan City."

Wellness Program is a view of health that emphasizes the state of the entire being and its ongoing development with constant and conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential.

programs implemented includes (a) Health and Nutrition Services such as feeding program for Children, vaccination of animals, distribution of medicines for filariasis/STH and hygiene promotion and sanitation training; (b) Education and Training to aquire basic electrician skills, cooking, bookkeeping and tutorial classes as well as workshops related to values orientation; (c) Environmental Protection and Conservation such as coastal clean-up, research on coastal resource management practices, cleanliness drive and distribution of leaflets to promote use of comfort rooms; (d) Disaster Risk Mitigation/Management Activities; (e) Brigada Skwela and chair donation; (f) other community outreach programs like distribution of Tom shoes.

2. SSU-Provicial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Partnership towards PDPFP and CLUP Enhancement

In 2012 the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with the Samar Provincial Government forged into an agreement to train Samar LGUs on the use of the Sustainable Integrated Municipal Planning for Local Ecosystem (SIMPLE) towards formulation of Comprehensive Land Use Development Plans (CLUP). The first batch of trainers’ pool from the Province of Samar and SSU was trained together with the first 7 LGUs who responded to the invitation by GIZ and the PLGU of Samar. After the 15 days training, the first batch of LGUs has to replicate the same process with their barangays and produce Barangay Development Plans (BDP). The trainers training was repeated in 2013 and 2014 with 23 LGUs capacitated. LGUs that did not avail of the training include LGUs of Catbalogan City, San Jorge and Villareal.

In 2014, in order to fast track barangay level development planning, SSU trained its extension workers on the use of Sustainable Integrated Municipal Planning for Local Ecosystem (SIMPLE). The additional trained extension workers were able to provide assistance to LGU requests. In January 2015, SSU conducted replication of the SIMPLE-based Barangay Development Planning to 7 of its adopted barangays of Catbalogan. The need to have strong collaboration with the Catbalogan LGU specifically with the City of Catbalogan who did not avail of the trainings on SIMPLE was emphasized after the 7 baranggays failed to present their BDPs to their respective assemblies. This observation leads to lobbying to the City Government of Catbalogan to be trained in the use of SIMPLE to led in the BDP formulation for the rest of the barangays.

To date, many LGUs are already capable of assisting their barangays in the development of their BDPs, some are nearly completing their CLUPs while others are still on the process of completing it. To expand the program assistance specifically for the LGUs of the first district of Samar, SSU together with the PLGU of Samar conducted a trainer's training of Northwest Samar State University extension workers.

3. SSU-DepEd Samar PArtnership for More Effective School-Based Management Program

One of the aspiration of the university is to strategically develop its internal and external capabilities, strengthen its institutional linkages, achieve professional excellence in the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate education, and be able to proactively respond to the challenges and demands for more receptive and competitive human resource development programs in the service area. The Department of Education (DepEd), specifically in the Province of Samar produces graduates who are the potential students of Samar State University. Hence, partnership with the DepEd is imparative to ensure quality educational service delivery in all levels of education.

Based on the analysis made through this partnership, SSU introduced a School Improvement Planning (SIP) as part of curriculum. It particularly partnered with the Calbiga National High School to serve as Laboratory School for SBM. The program also led to the conduct of special training of grade 9 teachers in science and math. A very much needed instructional materials specifically related to use of waray-waray, Samar's mother-tounge.

4. SSU-Catbalogan Water District (CWD) Partnership: Operation Assessment and Enhancement

It was in 1925 when the now Catbalogan Water District was constructed. In 1979, the water used to supply Catbalogan residents come from the Masacpasac. The ever increasing demand for water supply led to the utilization of three more sources. But even with the increased in number of sources, water seemed to be not enough for Catbalogan. Based on theoritical and actual capacities of the sources, the use is not yet optimal.

When the current general manager toke over the water district he looked for assistance from local experts, specifically in the College of Engineering of SSU. The first engagement was on the technical evaluation of the main source of CWD water, the Masacpasac sub surface chanel as well as the examination of water distribution lines. The study lead into the identification of different intervention programs, not only engineering but general operations as well. One by one, the recommedned interventions were implemented and operations has improved.

In the succeeding engagements, SSU has facilitated the conduct of activities towards a better CWD. It formulated its vision, mission, goals and objectives, conducted several office and operation skills, and activities geared towards improving personnel productivity. The last major activity was the development of CWDs five-year Strategic Development Plan.

To date, CWD has been capacitated and is now able more than ever to continue enhancing its operation. This is evident in the developments introduced by the district.

5. DOST led CAPE/MPEX Programs

The Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement (CAPE) and the Manufacturing Productivity Extension for Export Promotion (MPEX) are programs aimed to improve agricultural and manufacturing productivity through effective management of operations. The CAPE and MPEX are programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thru the Technology and Promotions Institute (TAPI), specifically to undertake productivity studies in any qualified Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises both in agriculture and manufacturing sectors. For DOST to deliver the said services to MSMEs, it tapped experts from various universities including Samar State University.

SSU is the lead institution in many MPEX and CAPE programs implemented in Samar Island. It has MPEX/CAPE experts in various colleges/campuses of the university, specially in the College of Engineering (COEng'g) and College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (COFMAS).

Category: Extension