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Holy Angel University, Kkottongnae University formally launch KOICA project

The international academic cooperation between Holy Angel University (HAU) and Kkottongnae University (KU) of South Korea reached new heights with the formal inauguration of the joint project entitled "Strengthening Higher Education Capacity in the Health Care and Social Service Areas in the Philippines" during simple ceremonies held at Holy Angel University on April 19, 2016.

The two-year, P24.5 Million project is funded with a grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), an international overseas development agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, with KU contributing ten percent of the total amount.

HAU is both the primary beneficiary and implementing partner of the project which aims to strengthen academic contribution to community health nursing education and practice, disaster response education, and to improving conditions in vulnerable communities, in particular, in the Aeta village of Sitio Pidpid, Barangay Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.

Aside from undertaking research activities in the areas of disaster response and community health nursing, the project will study the health and hygiene levels and needs of the Aeta community in Sitio Pidpid, create and implement a health education program for them and provide water pump and comfort rooms for the village.

The project will also procure and donate medical equipment and supplies to the Rural Health Unit of Porac, Pampanga and to the HAU College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (HAU-CNAMS).

In lauding the KOICA project, HAU President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo described it as "not only one of building civil society and benefitting the common good" but "a partnership borne out of the notions of global citizenship and interdependence… where all participants benefit."

KU President Dr. Won Woo Lee, on the other hand, noted the long friendly ties between Korea and the Philippines and appreciated the latter's contributions to the former’s reconstruction after the Korean War.

"Now, I think, it is the time for Koreans to return a favor to our friendly countries," Dr. Lee intoned, adding that the KOICA project is one of the means by which "communal development and peace of the world" could be pursued.

Porac Municipality officials, representatives from the DOH and DSWD, Sitio Pidpid village elders, and representatives from Quota International (Pampanga Chapter) joined academic officials from both universities in the project inauguration.

Instituted in 1998, KU is the foremost university specializing in Social Welfare in South Korea. It was founded by Catholic priest Fr. John Woong-jin Oh who received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1996. It established formal academic ties with HAU in 2014.

Date Posted: 04-20-2016