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Zeal for Action: Community Engagement, Solidarity, and Citizenship (The Padayon Series)

This provides an overview on community engagement framework and principles.

Diana J. Mendoza, PhD and Ma. Lourdes F. Melegrito, PhD Cand.; Ronaldo B. Mactal, PhD

Level/s: Senior High

  • It introduces the concepts and perspectives of community that seek to explain the importance of studying community dynamics and community action in relation to applied social sciences and the students’ future career options.
  • The book of f ers a distilled critical view from various community development perspectives and highlights its significance to national development to improve the quality of life of the Filipinos especially the poor. It promotes a people-centered approach with core values that put premium on human dignity, social justice, and people’s participation and empowerment. It also enumerates the different models of social change.
  • It elucidates the value of undertaking community action modalities. It acknowledges the interrelationship of self and community in undertaking community action. Equally important is the need to recognize the importance of solidarity in sociopolitical processes in promoting national and global community development. Assessment of selected community-action initiatives will also be discussed to promote good/best practices.
  • It showcases the various strategies and approaches applied to community actions across disciplines particularly in applied social sciences. It analyzes various strategies/ approaches to people’s participation, empowerment, and advocacy through community action. It hopes to develop commitment and conviction to participatory development for community well-being. It complies with the requirements of the K to 12 Basic Education Program of DepEd.



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Dr. Ernesto Y. Sibal was one of the few Filipinos in academic publishing who can irrefutably lay claim to these three titles—Patriot, Pioneer and Innovator. A staunch patriot, Dr. Sibal fiercely advocated the vision of designating Filipino-authored books for young Filipino learners. This vision was enabled by the establishment of Alemar’s Bookstore in 1958, and through the foresight and drive of Alegria Rodriguez, who shared in the vision of her husband, she helped galvanize then fledgling Alemar's Bookstore as the place to go for textbooks and school needs, propelling it to become the first established bookstore chain in the country.



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