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 belongi...
Jan 7, 2016

Talim Bay Project update

Recognizing the local MPA efforts
Recognizing the local MPA efforts

Presence of marine protected area (MPA) is a test to all community members regardless of their affinity, connection, and position.  In one of our informal conversations with Mr. Ariel Casihan, President of the Lian Kingfisher Association, he shared to us that one of his relative was caught fishing within the MPA.  Even if it was hard on his part, he dealt with the situation as responsible manager of the KayReyna MPA.  This is just one challenging circumstance being experienced by community members and even Barangay officials as they pursue genuine protection of the remaining marine life in Talim Bay.  In the case of Barangay Binubusan, Kagawad (councilor) Efren Padua had expressed how the Barangay council is dealing with everyday challenges in managing MPAs versus resources users.  Striking a balance between strict policy implementation and fair access to marine resources is not merely a responsibility as public official but it is more of an obligation to the next generation. 

Such conservation efforts gained recognition at the 2nd Batangas Recognition Awards for Verde Passage’s Outstanding (BRAVO 2015) Marine Protected Area and Best Bantay Dagat. Barangay Binubusan was awarded 2nd place while KayReyna MPA as 3rd place under Category 1 of Best MPA Initiatives.  This recognition is a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Conservation International, First Gen Corporation, and USAID. 

Partners of the Lian MPA are continuously pouring in as support to marine life and community implementers.  The Br. SHORE (Br. Shields Ocean Research Centre) of De La Salle University conducted scuba diving training to selected Bantay Dagat members and officers of Lian Municipal Environment and Natural Resource unit as continuing capacity for coral reef check monitoring in all MPAs along Talim Bay.  On the other hand, the College of Law of De La Salle University is exploring possible collaboration with COSCA to assist community members in terms of legal aspect of the MPA. 

Jan 6, 2016

Typhoon Lando updates

School staff helping in the relief efforts
School staff helping in the relief efforts

Typhoon Lando lashed several provinces in the Philippines last November 26, 2015 and left a total of 733,152 affected families in Regions I, II, II, IV-A, IV-B, and CAR. Over 130,000 houses were destroyed and more than 11 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture were damaged1.

In response to the call for help, the Center for Social Concern and Action of DLSU participated in the emergency relief efforts together with De La Salle Zobel and La Salle Greenhills to help affected families in Casiguran, Aurora and various areas in Nueva Ecija. Further, the DLSU community was able to raise Php 20,000 cash donations.Relief items were extended to the Anti-APECO Farmers Group and Indigenous Groups in Casiguran Aurora as well as affected families in municipalities of Gabaldon, Jaen, and Laur in Nueva Ecija.

In light with the post-typhoon Lando, COSCA together with other La Salle Schools and De La Salle Philippines will conduct its validation activity in preparation for rehabilitation and recovery prospects, particularly in Casiguran, Aurora.

Student volunteers joining the relief operations
Student volunteers joining the relief operations
Oct 8, 2015

Leveriza DRRM updates (Oct 2015)

Disaster resiliency challenges in Brgy 717, Manila
Disaster resiliency challenges in Brgy 717, Manila

De La Salle University (DLSU) is also conducting a series of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) activities in 7 pilot barangays in District 5, Manila. This is part of an umbrella initiative of the University on the Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for its partner communities.

 

Related to this, last July 30, 2015 as the Metro Manila Shake Drill is being simulated in preparation for the “Big One” (West Valley Fault line), Barangay 717 together with the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), also conducted their community-based shake drill through the participation of

parents, children, and Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BDRRMC).

 

Barangay Captain Victoriano Barbosa and his council members sought COSCA’s expertise as well as the Manila CDRRMO in the preparing for the event. Activities include video showing, demonstration on how to do “duck, cover, and hold”, and presentation of “go bag” concept and its importance.

Local official explaining preparedness
Local official explaining preparedness
Report author input on DRRM
Report author input on DRRM
Awareness building through video presentation
Awareness building through video presentation
 
   

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