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...
Feb 10, 2014

february 2014 project update

De La Salle University in partnership with De La Salle Philippines (and the rest of the Lasalle schools in Luzon) has sent approximately 12k family relief packs to Guiuan (Samar), Coron (Palawan) and Leyte. Recipient includes diocese and local parishes. In addition, DLSU was able to send the following items last Dec 2013: Blessed Sacrament Parish (129 sacks and 27 boxes of old clothes, relief packs and drinking water); St Catherine Alexandria Church (321 sacks and 29 boxes of old clothes, 245 assorted bottles of drinking water and 67 boxes of 500ml drinking water); San Jose Antique Social Action Center (63 sacks, 64 boxes and 3 large plastic bags of old clothes). Items were sent via free freight courtesy of LBC Foundation.

COSCA has partnered with the AES Philippines Power Foundation, a power company in the implementation of the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support Project for Yolanda survivors. The project   assisted the psycho- social needs of 202 residents of SOS Village (Tacloban City and Barangay Tigbao). The psychosocial /stress debriefing activity dubbed “Kumustahan – Estoryahay” held last December 17 to 19, 2013 was implemented through the participation of eleven (11) guidance counsellors, social workers and community development workers from COSCA and the Office of Counselling and Career Services (OCCS), DLSU - Dasmarinas and DLSU Science and Technology Campus. The stress debriefing activity also served as venue for identifying potential   participants to the Training of Trainers which will be implemented to capacitate the village and the community in implementing future psychosocial interventions in the area and in identifying children or individuals needing   secondary psychosocial interventions.

De La Salle Philippines –Lasallian Justice and Peace Commission met last Feb 3 to discuss the One Lasalle rehabiliatation plans for Yolanda stricken provinces and the following are the highlights:

  1. focused support in Leyte (we came out with a criteria for selection);
  2. our short term engagement in Leyte include: rebuilding of classrooms in selected school(s); rehab of partially damaged schools; provision of school supplies and setting up of libraries;
  3. our long term activities include: provision of livelihood, health related interventions and capacity building on disaster risk reduction and management;
  4. based on a document provided by DEPED, schools from the municipalities of Dulag and Tanauan were hardest hit;
  5. the group listed the following schools as possible beneficiaries of our rehab plan: Dulag Cental School; San Miguel ES; Camire ES; and Guindagan ES (DLSP will contact DEPED to inquire if other groups have identified the mentioned schools for the same support and if this is the case then we will have to look for other propects)
  6. we are using a (per classroom) costing document from DEPED;
  7. it was also agreed that the long term interventions will be done in the brgy where the target schools are located;
  8. reps from the social action office of DLSU, DLSU STC, LSGH and DLSD will do a community profiling activity on Feb 26 to 28; and
  9. the (2 yr) one lasalle rehab plan for selected schools and communities in Leyte will be discussed and finalized on Mar 11 at DLSU STC.
Jan 24, 2014

reef ranger training 2

Twenty fishers and local residents from Brgys. Lumaniag, Binubusan and Luyahan attended the reef ranger snorkeling guide training conducted by the team led by Mr. Louie Mencias and Mr. Reymundo Pomarca last December 10 to 15, 2013. The 6 day session aims to provide the participants with knowledge and skills on the following: Introduction to the Philippine coral reefs and the marine environment, community based eco-tourism; coastal resource management, seven environmental principles; outdoor guiding principles and techniques, basic and advanced technique in snorkeling, and first aid and water safety.

This is sequel to the previously conducted reef ranger training phase 1. For this session, a new set of participants were to be trained as reef ranger guides in anticipation of the increase in the number of local tourists coming to view the protected reef of Talim Bay.

The ultimate objective of this training is to provide the local resource users supplemental source of income while protecting their own ecosystems.  

Dec 2, 2013

update on the relief efforts for yolanda survivors

De la salle university together with de la salle philippines spearheaded the relief effort for the survivors of the onslaught of super typhoon yolanda/haiyan in the visayas. Using dlsu as the hub of operations, in kind donations were sorted and repacked by a steady stream of volunteers coming from the general public. Repacking was conducted in a manner consistent with the dlsp family relief pack standards of rice, noodles or munggo beans; cans of sardines or corned beef; bottled water; biscuit; coffee; sugar; salt; candle; match; slippers; clothes; and toiletries.

As a result, the volunteers were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages onto container vans bound for guiuan (samar), coron (palawan) and leyte. Our local contacts include diocese, parishes and church based groups who in turn would be incharge of distribution to the communities.

Donations are still arriving and repacking is still on-going at dlsu. By the 1st week of december, we will be shifting to the second phase of our assistance. this now would entail the conduct of psychological first aid. We are currently consolidating our human and logistical resources for this.

Our planned third phase is rehabilitation of schools.

We still need your help.     

 
   

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