Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña forged alliance with Cebu Academe Network (CAN) to provide sustainable and livable communities to Cebu City residents.
The project primarily aids universities to implement environment programs in their respective schools , formulate training programs for faculty and personnel in the information and education campaigns and provide access to networks and linkages with other sectors.CAN also facilitates the feedback mechanism for policy development on environment and resource management programs after dialogs will have been initiated in areas where universities intend to provide extension services.
The network is composed of 16 academic institutions: Cebu Technological University (CTU), Cebu Normal University (CNU), Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU), Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), University of Cebu (UC), University of San Carlos (USC), University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), University of Southern Philippines, Foundation (USPF), University of the Visayas (UV), University of the Philippines (UP), Southwestern University (SWU), Saint Theresa’s College (STC), Velez College (VC), Colegio de la Immaculada Conception (CIC), Mandaue City College (MCC), and St. Mary’s Academy of San Nicolas ( SMASN).
CTU, with its already massive support to various communities through its twenty campuses, certainly stands to impact change on Cebu’s landscape. The university has been at the fore in addressing environmental concerns . In fact, a seminar workshop on risk reduction (as one of environmental concerns) was conducted last month to raise awareness among CTU academics.
The Cebu City Government collaborates with the aforesaid universities and colleges through the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Department of Social Welfare Services, Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and the Welfare of the Urban Poor.
Both parties had already partnered in establishing the Suroy-Sapa Project, a component of the Guadalupe Rehabilitation Project. (UPO)