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...
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

Thank you.

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.

 

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