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.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Pray therefore…help therefore…

The Union of Prayer for Vocation (UPV) in coordination with St. Hannibal Christian Community (SHaCC) and St. Hanibal Empowerment Center conducted a Medical Mission in St. Hannibal Training Center for the people of Malibay, Pasay City.
The Union of Prayer for Vocations is composed of dedicated lay catholic individuals who responded to God’s call to become apostles of the Rogate. This was founded by St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia, Patron of Vocations. It was established on December 8, 1900 in Messina, Italy. March 30, 2008

Presenting the Graduates!

After five months of long training, the students of the first batch of Basic Reflexology and Basic Swedish Massage posted themselves with a big smile during their graduation. The training was conducted in St. Hannibal Training Center. Thanks for the partner agencies: TESDA Pasay- Makati Office, RODECA Philmed Industries Inc. March 15, 2008


The scholars and volunteers of St. Hannibal Empowerment Center had their lenten recollection at the RVM Retreat House in Tagaytay as part of their values formation. Ms. Victoria Infante, ARCAM Youth Coordinator and SHEC staff, facilitated the activity. March 9, 2008

The Legacy!

The plight of the homeless has touched the hearts great persons from De La Salle HS ’53. Their commitment to assist homeless has carved an indelible mark of goodness in the hearts of the poor. Such mark is written is by the pen of generosity of the people who have golden hearts. This is their legacy. February 28, 2008

Working hand in hand with the Local Government!

Another round of visit to Mayor Peewee Trinidad transpired to update him about the housing programs of SHEC. The leaders have been assured of his continual support to all their undertakings for the progress of Pasay. February 8, 2008

A Priest for the Poor!

Fr. Orville Cajigal, SHEC’s Assistant Executive Director, celebrated his 2nd Priestly Anniversary with a Holy Mass at PAL Gate 1, Maricaban, Pasay City. Fr. Dexter Prudenciano and Fr. Ariel Tecson joined him in thanking God for the gift of Priesthood. Fr. Orville is indeed a priest for the poor and a gift to the people of Pasay City. January 21, 2008

SHEC and SHaCC 4th Foundation Day!

The St. Hannibal Christian Community (SHaCC) and St. Hannibal Empowerment Center joyfully celebrated their 4th Anniversary. The great event was highlighted by the Eucharistic Celebration which was presided by Fr. Tony Navarette, the Parish priest of San Juan Nepumoceno Parish, Malibay Pasay City. Right after the mass, there was the recognition of the promising leaders of SHaCC and staffs of SHEC. January 13, 2008

Welcome Fr. Vito!

Fr. Vito Di Marzio, RCJ, a Rogationist Priest who is currently assigned in California, made a surprised visit to St. Hannibal Subdivision Phase II. He was really happy to see that the people who were from the “Tripa de Galina Creek” are now living in their descent houses with their children. January 8, 2008

Climbing high!

Going up to a high mountain is like getting closer to God. The staffs of SHEC want to get closer to God. They need to recall the graces poured by God for the past year. This leads to planning, according to the will of the Spirit, what is best for SHEC in the year to come. SHEC is very fortunate to have a group of dedicated people who want to spend their lives to serve the poor. December 18-22, 2007

The meek child is born!

To celebrate the birth of Jesus reminds us of the immense joy that he brought in the life of Mary and Joseph. The SHEC and SHaCC communities feel the same joy of having Jesus at the center of their life. And so there is the reason to thank God and to rejoice!


The St. Hannibal Youth Committee, under the care of Bro. Jake Metin, celebrated their Christmas party. It is a time of giving and rejoicing. December 23, 2007

Mabuhay Computer Graduates!

Another batch of parents had received their certificates of participation in the Basic Computer Literacy program of TESDA. Thanks for Bro. Jerome and to the personnel of TESDA. December 14, 2007

December 9, 2007

This is the day that the Lord has made. It is a time of blessings and a time of great rejoicing. New housing units were turned over to housing beneficiaries from the two subdivisions of St. Hannibal. The event was graced by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Other partner agencies joined in the momentous celebration like the Habitat for Humanity, Men of the Sacred Heart, Pondo ng Pinoy, DLS HS ’53 and many others from the government and non-government agencies. December 9, 2007

Advent reflection series part II!

As part of the Option for the Poor Advent Reflection series launched by the Values Formation Committee and Justice and Peace committee, Mr. Paolo Colabres and Mr. Dexter Basunillo of Solidarity Philippines and The Upper Room shared their reflections about the plight of the urban poor community vis-à-vis the light of the social teachings of the Church. DECEMBER 8, 2008


Volunteers from the Asian Institute for Management conducted a lecture on proper feeding of kids. They also assisted in building of houses. DECEMBER 1, 2007

Advent Reflection Part I!

On December 2007, the committees on values formation and justice and peace lauched “Option for the Poor Advent Reflection Series” in collaboration with The Upper Room and Solidarity Philippines. The Advent Reflection Series focused on the community discussions and reflections concerning the Philippine local and national situation, the plight of the urban poor communities, and the social teachings of the Church. DECEMBER 1, 2007

Save Energy!!!

Nowadays, the need for renewable energy has become popular. Experts are going around sharing their time and talents to convince people to save energy. SHEC is very fortunate to have been visited by a certain group called “Carl Duisberg Association of the Philippines.” The group is headed by Engr. Eric and Ms. Lea Gatchalian. They advocate energy conservation. NOVEMBER 28, 2007

A time to rest and a time to pray!

There is a time for everything. The volunteers of SHEC want to have a time for prayer and rest. Getting in touch with the Divine is an essential element in their service to the poor children. This makes them refreshed once again. Resting in the while praying makes their day complete. NOVEMBER 24, 2007

What a smile!

He looks like a meek and humble Korean! But he is 100% Filipino. That’s how they describe Bro. Dante Quidayan. He is a Rogationist Missionary assigned in Vietnam. Bro. Dante is now in the Philippines to take his annual vacation. Together with him is Bro. Tanvi. NOVEMBER 21, 2007

One step at a time!

Here are the fourth year students from Colegio De San Agustin! The joy of working hand in hand is seen in their lovely faces. Indeed, there is joy in building lives, in building homes. NOVEMBER 16, 2007

Thank you!

Some Japanese from Samsung Engineering Company, through the help of Habitat for Humanity, spent some days to help in the housing construction. October 29, 2007

A time to smile!

A group of young and energetic individuals from EON Company found their way to visit the St. Hannibal Christian Community. The group spent some time with the people after helping in the housing construction. October 27, 2007

Law Students of Ateneo – building houses!

As part of their outreach program, the Law Students from Ateneo De Manila University took time to experience construction work in St. Hannibal Subdivision, Phase II. Though it was not easy to work under the heat of the sun, the group enjoyed in their work. October 27, 2007

Wow! It’s TESDA!

To help the people become skillful and eventually earn for a living, TEDSA has come to the rescue. They conducted reflexology sessions in 60 hours for the housing beneficiaries. October 20, 2007

Forum on People Empowerment

To enhance the knowledge of the people about empowerment, the Justice Committee of SHaCC launched a forum on “Governance and People Empowerment.” The guest speaker was Ms. Evita Jimenez of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG). This was in preparation for the local elections. October 20, 2007

Vegetable Garden for St. Hannibal Subdivision, Phase II

To help the people develop their own vegetable gardens, a group of Architects from the TAO-Pilipinas and from the University of Philippines came over to assist. There were also other generous groups which extended their expertise such as the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Plant and industries. October 20, 2007

Lakbay aral at UP Los Baños!

The Health Committee of SHaCC organized a Lakbay –Aral (educational tour) activity in UP Los Baños, Laguna. The purpose was to increase in the knowledge of herbal medicine regarding its use and relevance. October 16, 2007

Meeting with Mayor Pewee Trinidad!

The St. Hannibal Christian Community (SHaCC) leaders paid a visit to Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad. Together with them were Fr. Orville Cajigal, SHEC’s Assistant Executive Director and Bro. George Espin, Project Officer of SHEC housing program. The visit was an opportunity to thank the Mayor for the assistance he has been extending to the said group. October 11, 2007

Thursday, May 08, 2008

American Senator’s Visit!

US Sen. McDonald visited the housing construction in St. Hannibal Subdivision, Phase II. He was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity-Philippines, Mr. Bert Jugo.