Unit’s Main Thrust
To help attain the objectives of the Philippine Higher Education Reform particularly in raising the level of educational outcomes and in increasing the social relevance of PSU’s developmental functions, the ESO has shifted its flagship extension program to ecotourism.
With ecotourism, the ESO can help develop a responsible tourism industry in the Province that conserves the environment while enhancing its socioeconomy. This is also in keeping with the vision of Palawan State University “to provide an excellent and relevant higher education for sustainable development.”
Two Major Programs
As in the past, two major extension programs are undertaken. These are: (1) the university-based extension which basically involves operation of model projects to demonstrate to local communities sustainable yet economically viable use of resources; and (2) the college-based extension programs which will distinguish Palawan as a nature-based tourism destination that provides responsible travel by enhancing local government unit leadership, community participation and local entrepreneurship; and by promoting environmental education, respect for local culture and use of appropriate design and technology while meeting customer satisfaction of an enjoyable and nature conserving experience in the Province.
It is a crucial consideration in the program implementation that partner communities do not just learn and earn. All four spheres (environmental, economic, social and cultural) must be equally considered to attain the following outcomes: conservation and development of the natural resources (not degraded), more entrepreneurial activities for locals to increase income, preserved local culture and indigenous knowledge systems and practices, enhanced local people’s involvement especially in decision making, and finally generation of funds through the University’s model projects to sustain operation of the University’s extension programs.
Dr. Frances Muriel L. Tuquero is currently the Director for Extension of Palawan State University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Silliman University, Dumaguete City. She earned her master’s degree in Development Communication and doctorate degree in Agricultural Education from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
A consistent academic scholar, she finished her PhD in 2009 with three major awards: Academic Excellence Award for: having obtained the highest general weighted average among PhD graduates of UP Los Baños in SY 2008-09; completing her degree with the highest weighted average among graduating students of the College of Public Affairs; and Best Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “Assessment of Knowledge Management of Agriculture Colleges in Selected Universities in the Super Regions of the Philippines” which she finished through a PhD Research Scholarship Grant from SEAMEO-SEARCA.
She moved to PSU in 2004 where she serves as Assistant Professor and subsequently designated Director of its National Service Training Program and Director of its Curriculum and Instructional Materials Development. She at present teaches communication and research subjects and leads in the conduct of various extension projects.
Dr. Frances Muriel L. Tuquero
Ground flr., CNHS Bldg., Palawan State University,
Tiniguiban Heights, Puerto Princesa City