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...
Feb 12, 2015

Update on the Talim Bay CRM Project effort

Update on the Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project

COSCA Community Engagement Bulletin No. 4 (February 12, 2015)

 

The Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project is one of many Community Engagement (CE) initiatives by the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA). Started in 2004, the project uses a Community-based approach in the conservation, protection and promotion of sustainable use of coastal resources within the Bay. It is also a partnership with the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas, DLSU Departments and other academic institutions and continues to receive grant funds Globalgiving (US).   

 

Last January 24 and 25, 2015, 90 local partners led by representatives from the LGU and Fishers’ Organizations, aided by Mr. Emmanuel Sambale (GIS point person) and Mr. Dwight Lobhoy (COSCA Project Community Organizer) conducted a re-mapping of the Marine Protected Area of Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. The information gathered was used as reference to the Proposed Municipal Ordinance sponsored by Lian Municipal Counselors Exequel Bonuan and Carlito Caisip in formalizing the MPA within Talim Bay during its Second Reading last January 28, 2015.

 

In recognition of its developmental efforts in Talim Bay, the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas led by Municipal Mayor Isagani Bolompo, awarded COSCA a Plaque of Appreciation last January 27, 2015 in simple ceremonies during the Municipality’s Foundation Day Celebrations. 

 

Faculty members and students from De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSUD) and from the Far Eastern University (FEU) also joined the Project’s mangrove forest restoration activities in Brgy Lumaniag last December 2014 and January 2015.  

 

For information on how you can volunteer for this CE project, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, COSCA Coordinator for Community Engagement via joseph.rosal@dlsu.edu.ph or through +6302-525-4267.

Nov 4, 2014

Update for Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) participated in the recent coastal clean-up in Brgy Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. Spearheaded by the Municipal Office of Lian, the activity involved several local Peoples’ Organization and other department of the Local Government Unit.

The project is currently strengthening several Peoples’ Organization in 3 coastal communities in Talim Bay. This is to ensure that these groups are still aligned in activities involving protection and preservation of the coastal ecosystem, more specifically, through the implementation of the marine protected area in Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. Related to this, the project also assisted officials from Brgy Luyahan in the approval of their brgy ordinance for the establishment of their fish sanctuary.

The project also provided a mangrove orientation to the canteen concessionaires of De La Salle Dasmarinas, aside from assisting them during their mangrove planting activity in Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian Batangas. The group planted 258 mangroves seedlings.   

The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) conducted a mangrove training to Samahang Mangingisda (SM) 79 related to a grant for their manrgove nursery project. SM 79 received a substantial amount for the purpose of planting 10,000.00 seedlings within their brgy.

Nov 4, 2014

DRRM update Oct 2014

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) coordinated and facilitated the endorsement of relief food supplies to eight (8) partner organizations in National Capital Region (NCR) and two (2) provinces namely Batangas and Quezon of the affected families due to Typhoon Glenda. A total of 1112 families received the relief assistance.

 

COSCA also conducted and facilitated training on community-based disaster risk management to five barangays in Tubabao, Island, Guian, Eastern Samar.

 

The Center also conducted and facilitated training needs assessment on Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in Lian, Batangas. The fishers and other service sector of the community expressed their concerns in implementing alternative livelihood activities to augment their family income. The MDRRMC recommended to Brgy Chairman of six (6) coastal communities to display signage in the area. Prepare, plan and coordinate with the potential partners in the community disaster trainings. The MENRO suggested the identification of possible livelihood based on the availability of community resources. Majority of the barangay chairman agreed on the recommendation however financial limitation hinders the procurement of the signage. The following were the future plans of the project in Lian: 1). Determine the target timeline of the coastal communities; 2). Identify the external community resources for possible resource speaker in the community disaster training; and 3). Prepare and sign of MOA related to community-based disaster risk management trainings in the coastal communities.

 

COSCA also coordinated and facilitated the endorsement of relief items to two (2) partner organizations in National Capital Region (NCR) being affected families by Typhoon Mario. A total of 250 families received the relief assistance.

 

The Center also coordinated and facilitated the conveyance of 36 boxes of school supplies, 7 boxes of toiletries and 3 boxes of children’s wear in Polopina Elementary School Concepcion, Iloilo.

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