St. Hannibal Empowerment Centre

St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) is a religious organization of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus. It is a community of Spirit-led persons which aims to follow Jesus Christ in his union with his Father and in his proclamation of the kingdom of God. It is an inserted community among the squatters. The goal of SHEC is to empower the poor people of Metro Manila, Philippines, through housing, livelihood, education, health, waste management, youth and values formation.

Location: Pasay City, Metro Manila

Mission: Its mission is to empower the poorest of the poor and catalyze an integral Christian transformation of urban poor communities in collaboration with the local Church by a holistic process that addresses concerns on housing, livelihood, education, health, environment and sanitation, justice and peace, youth formation and values formation. The goals of SHEC consist of assisting in alleviating poverty among urban poor communities in Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila; and building the foundation of community transformation through intensive values formation. Its objectives are, specifically, to facilitate the organization and formation of people’s organization that are self-sufficient and empowered, facilitate the values and spiritual formation and capability building of urban poor leaders, to assist the urban poor / informal settlers of Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila in realizing their dreams of achieving security of tenure through in-city relocation, to facilitate the implementation of economic programs and basic social services in urban poor communities, and to facilitate access to formal education in favor of the poor and deserving students.

Monday, October 24, 2005


One of the centerpiece programs of the Saint Hannibal Empowerment Center is the provision of secure and decent housing to slum communities in one of the biggest urban poor magnet areas of Metro Manila. I am currently organizing a group of technical persons and officials from different government agencies in my country to direct attention to this program. The program has been running for nearly two years, and admittedly, the pace of getting this off the ground is a test to perseverance--mine and the community I work with... too many homeless people and too little material resources to work with. Nonetheless, it makes for a great satisfaction to hurdle things a step at a time that will, in due time, lead us to the destination that we aspire for. At present, the assistance I am getting from concerned groups and individuals continue to rise. With their help, I continue to encourage the people to unflaggingly work and keep their hopes for the realization of their dream for housing and a dignified way of living. The spirit carries on inspite of the difficulties we face. God is indeed good.


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