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...
Jul 5, 2013

DRRM update as of june 2013

The Center for Social Concern and Action tries its hands on pilot testing a food security approach at Lian, Batangas.

COSCA continued its support and monitoring activities to three (3) pilot barangays of Bungahan, San Diego and Cumba last June 2013. 

It is in Brgy. Bungahan that COSCA introduced the concept of food security by encouraging the local residents to establish a vegetable garden. The idea is simple. Have the residents grow typical vegetables they use as viands for their meals. They tend it like the usual garden. Fruits and other produce can be harvested during lean season or during periods of typhoon.  Vegetables and root crops include Eggplants, Squash, Corn, Okra, and Sweet Potato.

A tree planting event was conducted in Brgy. San Diego and participated in by its local residents and members of the BDRRMC.  Native tree species were used and planted along critical areas within the brgy to help prevent the effects of floodings, soil erosion and others.

Farm tools and a tree planting event was done in Brgy. Cumba.

A follow up visit was conducted by the team last June 18, 2013 at the three (3) pilot barangays Banawang, Pag-asa and Ibaba, all of Bagac, Bataan. 

Apr 10, 2013

Talim Bay Community, DLSU COSCA

The Talim bay community, conservation advocates  and the Center for Social Concern and Action of the DLSU – Manila pushes for  a more  environment  friendly  2013  with set  coastal resource management plans for Talim Bay  met  as planned. 

The Lian Marine Protected Areas Council  (LIMPAC) during its regular  planning and evaluation activity held last February 8, 2013  in  Barangay Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas  reviewed  its conservation initiatives in 2012.  The body  discussed the project updates, among others is the implementation of  mangrove  reforestation and  efforts  to  widen the  extent  of   fishing area demarcated as  a no-fishing zone, which   coastal ecosystem are strictly protected and which  area requires that  fishing activities within Talim Bay need to be  regulated.  The LIMPAC  takes the lead in overseeing  and  in setting  policy directions for the of Coastal Resource Management (CRM) project in Talim bay.

 Highlighting  the  activity was the  discussion  and  agreement reached to  sign a Memorandum of Agreement  (MOA) with the local officials  of  Barangay Binubusan, another CRM project area in the municipality of  Lian  and   the  Lian  Fisher Folk  Association for mangrove sea grass  protection.  

The Environment  and Natural Resources  Office  key staffer regularly inspects the  mangrove  in keeping   with the  project’s  goal to help the  fishing community conserve, protect and sustainably utilize Talim bay’s marine resources through the institutionalization of management options, among others.

The Center for Social Concern and Action of  the  De La Salle University – Manila undertakes  regular  deployment  of  students in the  project area in Lian, Batangas  as part of the  institution’s formation efforts.  Visiting the CRM area in Talim bay deepens community involvement  of DLSU students,  providing them opportunities to contribute to environmental conservation and protection initiatives, in line with the framework of faith in action.

Apr 10, 2013

DLSU - COSCA Partners with the Community

The  Local Government Unit (LGU) of  Lian, Batangas, in partnership with the De La Salle University-Center for Social Concern and Action (DLSU-COSCA) conducted a series  of  orientation training  on the salient features of  the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10121).  The  orientation which primarily  aims  to  enhance the  capacities of  local government  units such as the LGU Lian  focused particularly on two major topics: a)  Relief Delivery Operations (RDO) and  b)  Evacuation Management

Eighteen (18) Municipal DRMM  Officers  participated in the  orientation training  held  last  February  5 to 6, 2013 at the municipal conference hall  of  Lian, Batangas.  A similar  series of  training  participated  by  the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Officers (BDRRMOs)  were conducted in the session halls  of Barangay  San Diego, Lian, Batangas  (attended by  31 BDRRMOs) on February  11 to 13, 2013,  Barangay  Bungahan  (attended by  26 BDRRMOs)on  February  21 to 21, 2013, and  Barangay Cumba (attended by  25 BDRRMOs) on February 28, 2013.   

Mr. Norman Mendoza, Lian’s  Municipal DRRMO shared  that the orientation which aimed at informing the local DRMMOs  on the major changes and improvements on the disaster management system in the country was relevant.  According  to Mr. Mendoza, the training  served as venue for  them as  Municiapal DRMMOs to  better  understand  and appreciate the new DRRM Law. 

The said series of  Disaster Preparedness Training  were  implemented  by  DLSU-COSCA in partnership  with the  LGU Lian (Batangas) to help facilitate the institutionalization of  relevant systems and mechanisms for better disaster risk reduction and management at the local level.  The sessions  paved the way for the establishment of  Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMC’s)  in the three (3) pilot barangays of  Lian.   Major  output  of the  training  includes  the  following: a) the  development  by the local councils  of their own evacuation management plans,  b) drafting  of   resolutions/ordinances for the formation of  the organization of the Barangay DRRM Council  for  each barangay, and c)  development  of the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan for 2013.

In 2011 to 2012,  members of  the Municipal DRRMC  attended an orientation conducted by the DLSU-COSCA on the DRRM Act of  2010 (RA 10121)  and on Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 for them to appreciate the new law and its implementing rules and regulations.  Relative to this, the DLSU-COSCA Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinator Maria Isabel B. Lanada has conducted an executive forum for Lian’s  local chief executives  (LCEs)in the municipality.  The  forum  for the LCEs aimed to inform them  on the relevance of organizing  the MDRRMC,  the  need to establish  the DRRMOs and the Operation Centers (OPCENs)  in their respective localities,  on the utilization and allocation of the local DRRM Fund and on  the interventions that  need to be sought from the national and other funding sources.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?