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.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Promised Land - Fulfilled

Last September 21, 2006, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) of the government has paid 50% of the total cost of the price of the land to the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). This transpired in the presence of the Vice President of the Philippine Republic, Hon. Noli De Castro. After the payment, the awarding of unit certificates to the beneficiaries took place. 344 families will be benefiting from this in-city relocation. What a blessing to have this event in the life of those living on the danger zones of Malibay, Pasay City, Philippines. After almost two decades of waiting for the security of their tenure, now the time has come. They will be having their own land, a promised land. Heartfelt gratitude is ascribed to all the agencies and friends who have contributed to the success of this event: SHFC, National Housing Authority, Presidential Commission on Urban Poor, Local Goverment of Pasay City, Pasay City Interagency Committee on Housing, City Engineering Office, Registry of Deeds, Office of the City Assessor, Office of the City Mayor, Office of the Congresswoman, Office of the President for Religious Affairs, Office fo the Vice-President, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, San Roque Parish, Mary Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, Leaders and members of the St. Hannibal Christian Community, Habitat for Humanity-Philippines, BPI and to all the persons who wish not to be recognized.


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