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.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Way To Go

The SHEC’s community building approach is a five-phased cycle that centers around the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. The first phase is community immersion in which community life is experienced and viewed from the people’s perspective. The second is community organizing and mobilization which is the phase of intensive capability building and values formation, selection of community leaders, formation of groups, problem analysis and action planning by the community. The third phase proceeds with the implementation of development projects to address the needs and concerns identified by the community. The fourth phase is consolidation to evaluate experiences and learnings and to strategize for sustainability. Last but not least, the phase-out to allow the people to exercise their new found capacity for self-determination.

The year 2006 marked the commencement of the third phase of SHEC’s community building approach. All of the programs that have been identified to address the needs of the people have taken off the ground. One of these, perhaps with the most remarkable accomplishment, is the Housing Program. By the end of 2006, all fifteen homeowners/neighborhood associations in the seven barangays were organized and registered with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board or the Securities and Exchange Commission. Boundary surveys were likewise undertaken in all the occupied properties including the identified relocation sites. The St. Hannibal Housing Program became one of the pump-priming projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she was appraised of the program when she graced the 2nd Foundation Anniversary celebration of SHEC on January 13, 2006. Two St. Hannibal housing projects have already been enrolled with the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation: Phase I in Bgy. 156, Tramo; and Phase II in Bgy 165, Malibay. House construction for phases I and II also went in full swing with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation. Construction for Phase I is financed by Pondo ng Pinoy and Phase II is through the CMP. The other housing projects are in the stage of negotiation with the landowners. The government properties proposed for Presidential Proclamation for Socialized Housing are being negotiated with concerned government agencies: Manila International Airport Authority for Phase III; Metro Manila Development Authority and Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the accreted areas in Phases V to VII; and the Pasay City Government for Phase XI.

We have come a long way, but the road ahead stretches out to unknown and perilous parts. There by the Grace of God we go.


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