As a state institution, ISU extension and training services shall be anchored on a philosophy that we must always be open and ready for the services to the people especially the underserved and marginalized people. This philosophy shall be reinforced by well-chosen set of guiding principles as follows:
▪ Volunteerism First and foremost, volunteerism shall always be the tagline and guiding principles in all extension endeavor of every faculty and personnel in the university. Volunteerism is an action given freely and voluntary by an individual without an expectation for a return or benefits from it. This has been the guiding principle enshrined in the Adopt-A-Barangay Program of the University which ensured success. Faculty and staff from the colleges depending on their core strength and mandate have been immersed in selected communities extending various kinds of services and outreach activities.
▪ Partnership and Convergence It is accepted that the university is lacking in some resources especially financial, however, we have our internal strength that can be shared and to be used to exploit and maximize potentials and opportunities from external environment. On the other hand, no person or institution has the monopoly of resources, nor has all the strength with no weaknesses. It is on these premises that our university extension services shall be served in partnership and convergence with ever willing individuals and institutions to complement resources and masks others’ weaknesses. Partnerships and convergence are the keys to mutually achieve a common goal and create greater impact on the lives of the people we ought to serve.
▪ Need-Based and Problem-Oriented Resources are always limiting and therefore the need to focus, streamline and prioritize. Extension services should always take cognizant of the most prevalent and serious problem of clients and address it head on. The need of the poor people must always be put forward for action first before other concerns.
▪ Community-based Approach for People Empowerment Broadly, community-based is conceive as the process by which people themselves are provided by an opportunity and, or responsibility to manage their resources, define their needs, goals and aspiration and make decisions affecting their well-being. Extension services and technical assistance from the university also requires active participation of the people in the community to ensure sustainability.
▪ Participatory and Bottoms-Up Approach In planning and decision making for the community, the people and other stakeholders must participate and their voices be heard collectively. Community officials and institutions must also be recognized and consulted in the process. Consultations and dialogues are always the effective medium by which participatory approach is effective to achieve an end goal of people empowerment.