Jan 25, 2021

LSEED to transition as DLSU's Center for Social Entrepreneurship

LSEED Official Logo
LSEED Official Logo

After five years of implementation, the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) is now in transition as De La Salle University's Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This is in recognition of the successful localization of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through social entrepreneurship as well as the development of an ecosystem of social enterprises in the university and LSEED partner communities. 

At present, LSEED has ongoing programs in areas of student formation & SE development, curricular & co-curricular integration, research, internship & volunteerism, and advocacy & internationalization, in partnership with academic and non-academic units of the University. 

Below are some of the notable milestones of LSEED: 

  • A well-recognized initiative in the country, with a portfolio of 46 social enterprises and 300 social entrepreneurs fromcities in 20 communities, people organizations, and local government units. 
  • Conducted over 120  workshops, learning sessions, study tours, and Boot Camps 
  • Collaboration with over 120 local and international organizations and universities from ASEAN+3 countries, for both its advocacy and internationalization efforts
  • Engagement of over 1000 students in social entrepreneurship through 23 sections of National Service Training Program, Senior High School, and College programs, in collaboration with academic units.
  • A total of 19 recognitions for student competitions and institutional efforts, local and international. 
  • Hosting of learning sessions and conferences on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) involving over 1500 individuals in ASEAN+3 
  • Founding membership in Social Innovation for Knowledge and Exchange Network (SILEKN) and Economy of Communion (EOC)- Asia Pacific

It is worth noting that in 2019, LSEED was awarded first runner up for "Academic Leadership in Social Innovation" in Asia-Pacific.


Jan 20, 2021

Efforts Continue to Align CRM Initiatives in Talim Bay with SDG Localization

    DLSU COSCA continues to implement activities with partner, Local Government Unit of Municipality of Lian, Batangas as both endeavor to contribute to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through attainment of SDG localization objectives within opportunities identified under the existing partnership arrangement. Both LGU Lian, Batangas and DLSU COSCA maximize gains achieved in its implementation of the Community Based Coastal Resource Management in Lian towards meeting identified SDG localization objectives.

     Development initiatives in Lian, Batangas is pursued and sustained through: a) support and provision of assistance that help strengthen existing structures, thereby encouraging and nurturing participation both at the LGU and community level (i.e. established barangay and municipal councils-MFARMC) through capacity building, b) enforcement of existing CBCRM policies and implementation of appropriate systems, and c) organizing the sector/s or preparing the community.

     COSCA, DLSU-SHORE, Lian LGU and local organizations of fishers continue to pursue initiatives to help keep Talim bay's health, sustain participation specially of the key players- the local fishers through continued capacity building activities and facilitate the conduct of relevant projects and services with the community, among others.

     A 2-day learning session on project preparation and planning was fascilitated by COSCA's Partnership and Network Development Specialist, Mr. R. Quenamot on October 17 and 18, 2020 in Sitio KayReyna and Sitio Sulok, Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas in preparation for the  implementation of  supplemental livelihood activities  supported by the  Feed the Hungry, Inc. The activity gave the project owners, the local fishers who are members of the Lian Fisherfolk Association, Inc. (LFA) and Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Sulok (SAMLOK) an orientation on Crab Fattening and Sea Cucumber Ranching. The session introduced the participants to project, planning, and implementation within a situation where strict health protocols need to be observed. The learning session participated by 50 member fishers from LFA and 28 member fishers from SAMLOK likewise aimed to help establish appropriate and necessary project implementation mechanism/s. 

Jan 11, 2021

Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses Relief Efforts

Photo by  LSDP L-ENVISAGE  &  COSCA Partners
Photo by LSDP L-ENVISAGE & COSCA Partners

Many parts of Luzon in the Philippines were heavily affected by Super Typhoon (STY) Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses. 

Typhoon Rolly (with international name Goni), the most powerful storm recorded worldwide for 2020 made landfall on 2 November 2020 in the Philippines in the island province of Catanduanes in Southern Luzon-with catastrophic winds of up to 280 kilometers per hour and torrential rainfall. While the people adversely affected by STY Rolly were finding refuge in makeshift houses and temporary shelters provided by their respective local government units and by concerned private individuals and organizations, another typhoon, Typhoon Ulysses (international name Vamco), visited the Philippines in the same month of November 2020.

Through the DLSU Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (DRRMC) and in support of Kada Uno relief operations, assistance was sought to provide relief to our affected brothers and sisters, specifically in the areas of Bicol, Batangas, Marikina, Rizal, Cagayan, and Isabela. Both Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses left many families homeless, damaged infrastructures, and hampered economic activities. The most affected children and their families face risks including exposure to COVID-19 and other diseases due to crowding in evacuation centers, as well as further depletion of resources prevented families and local governments to respond timely and sufficiently.

Propelled by the situation and the Lasallian Guiding Principles, the DLSU through its DRRMC and in support of the Kada Uno relief operations, facilitated and called upon the community to contribute and share (i.e. relief items or money) to the response. A rapid damage/needs assessment and capacities assessment was undertaken by DLSU. Total donations received as of December 17, 2020, amounted to Php 0.563 Mn. The overwhelming gesture of generosity has given once again more substance to the Lasallian Core Values of Faith, Service, and Communion in Mission.

The donations have provided relief to about 1,544 families in the following areas/sectors in the Philippines through partner /facilitating organizations: Guinobatan, Albay ( 200 families /Diocese of Legazpi - Social Action Center), Lian, Batangas (141 families/ LGU Lian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office), Santolan, Pasig City (121 families/ St. Vincent Foundation for Children and Aging-Unbound Manila-Pasig), Novaliches, Quezon City ( 50 families / Samahan ng Mamamayan ng Bagbag Tullahan Housing Cooperative), Masambong, Quezon City (155 families/ Kababaihang Yumayabong sa Kagalingan-Quezon City), Rodriguez and Tanay, Rizal (300 families/ Kada Uno De La Salle Philippines / Teresa Charities for the Elderly Program Inc.), Virac, Catanduanes (200 families/ Diocese of Virac - Caritas Virac Justice and Peace Inc.), Rodriguez, Rizal ( 200 families/ Kada Uno De La Salle Philippines / Akap sa Bata Philippines), and San Mateo, Rizal (90 families/ Buklod Tao, Inc.).

In addition, the University was able to assist some 57 DLSU students and personnel affected by STY Rolly and Ulysses.

Photo by  LSDP L-ENVISAGE  &  COSCA Partners
Photo by LSDP L-ENVISAGE & COSCA Partners
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