De La Salle University

The University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is its social development arm responsible for promoting the Lasallian Social Development principles in the Community. COSCA, via its programs, engages the Lasallian community to actualize faith in action through service and solidarity with the poor. COSCA aims to develop awareness in the Community of the problems and issues that abound in the country. It encourages members of the University to examine their social responsibilities in the light of the Christian faith. To complement the limited financial resources of the University, COSCA raises funds for the programs it supports, most of which are aimed at those belonging t...
May 5, 2015

Eastern Samar DRRM efforts

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), joined the continuing effort of the De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), in their project, “One La Salle after Typhoon Yolanda” last April 20 to 24, 2015.

The Earthquake, Tsunami and Storm Surge Drill and Training on Early Warning System aims to contribute in the hazard preparation efforts of the five barangays in Tubabao Island, Guiuan, wherein Barangay Trinidad was identified as the pilot barangay.

Ms. Isabel Lanada of COSCA provided valuable input that heightened the community members’ knowledge, skills and attitude in terms of disaster risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness.

Residents of the island were primed of the furtive occurrences of earthquake that may trigger tsunami in the sea-bound province. Also as a typhoon belt province, they are clued-up with the occurrence of storm surge. The residents participated in the drill in which they fled from a simulated storm surge and tsunami attack and ran on the 500-meter road from Barangay Trinidad to its highest peak. Demonstrations on how to do the “duck, cover and hold” were presented to the community members.

Other participants include the barangay officials from the four barangays namely: San Juan, Camparang, San Antonio and San Pedro. These individuals were tasked as evaluators of the exercise.

Before the actual drill, a popular version of a primer on tsunami disaster posters and brochures for advocacy purposes was printed, posted and distributed to the public, including tarpaulins directed at enjoining vulnerable communities to be disaster-prepared communities.

The barangay officials also committed to conduct regular disaster drills, continuously utilize indigenous early warning systems to test the communities’ alertness and proper responses in simulation to the onset of disasters.

May 5, 2015

Talim Bay CRM Project update

Employees and project scholars from the MSN Foundation joined the Mangrove restoration activities of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) at Talim Bay, Lian, Batangas last April 30, 2015. The foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility unit of Cherry Mobile Telecommunications Company, a popular cellular brand in the Philippines. The group was able to plant 500 saplings of the Avicennia spp. a frontier mangrove species. The foundation personnel and students also pledged a long term commitment to regularly monitor their planted mangroves.

 

The group was also treated to a wonderful experience of appreciating the coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems currently being protected by the local residents led by the Kingfisher Association. Using snorkelling equipment, the MSN Foundation personnel were introduced to the underwater beauty and were informed on its biological value and services.

 

The following personnel made this activity possible: Mr. Dwight Lobhoy (Project Community Organizer), Ms. July Nery (Development Specialist-Health), Mr. Ansel Astilla (Local Community Organizer) and Mr. Ariel Casihan (President-Kingfisher Association).

 

For information on how you and your friends can join this event, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, COSCA Coordinator for Community Engagement at +6302-5254267 or email him at joseph.rosal@dlsu.edu.ph. 

Feb 12, 2015

Update on the Eastern Samar effort

Report on the current Relief Operations and renewed call for Assistance

De La Salle University (DLSU) through the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) conducted relief operations in the Municipality of Borongan, Eastern Samar and Brgy. Apolonio Samson, Quezon City last January, 2015.

1. Operations in the Municipality of Borongan (Typhoon Ruby)

Typhoon Ruby hit the Municipality of Borongan last December 2014 and resulted in loss of lives and damaged properties and livelihood.  COSCA, in partnership with an alumnus of DLSU and field personnel from De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) provided calamity assistance to a total of 730 households from barangays Nena San Julian and Oras. Local youth volunteers from the brgy helped in the re-packing and distribution of family packs. 

2. Efforts in Brgy Apolonio Samson, Quezon City (Fire)

Approximately 2,000 families in Kaingin Bukid, West River Side, Brgy. Apolonio Samson, Quezon City loss their homes due to a massive fire in early 2015.  COSCA, in partnership with a local Peoples’ Organization provided relief assistance for a total of 273 families.

3. Renewed call for assistance for the Municipality of Borongan

Due to the extent of damages and effects to the livelihood of the residents of Borongan, their local Chief Executive is still asking for our continued support.  

For web-based donation

Please click on  http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/philippines-disaster-response/. 

On the donor search, type in Philippines Disaster Relief (project # 3916)
Make sure you choose the Philippine Disaster Relief Project being implemented by De La Salle University.

COSCA temporarily does not accept in-kind donations since the campus has limited space for storage.

For DLSU Manila and DLSU STC related inquiries, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, Coordinator for Community Engagement, COSCA at +6302-525-4267 or local 147 and via joseph.rosal@dlsu.edu.ph

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