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, June 21, 2010

JUNE 2009

SHEC started the month by celebrating the feast of St. Hannibal Mary di Francia on June 1st. Our beloved patron is the authentic forerunner and zealous master of the modern pastoral care for vocations. The joyful observance was held at the St. Hannibal Subdivision Phase 2 and led by Youth coordinator Ma. Victoria Infante. Participating were the SHaCC, the SHEC staff, and the youth, who all enjoyed the delectable fare and community games.

It was a time of remembering St. Hannibal’s motivation for service: seeing Jesus Christ in the poor and marginalized people. In keeping with the saint’s footsteps, the SHEC community is here to continually "ask [rogate] the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to gather his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2) so that more people can enjoy the Divine promise of a full life.

For the rest of June, various consultation activities were conducted to sustain various developments in our housing projects.

On June 1st, a meeting was held at the National Housing Authority office in Mayaman St., UP Village, Quezon City to discuss the overall plan of NHA in relation to SHEC’s Housing Project Phase 3, and to identify boundaries of NHA property against that of the Manila International Airport Administration’s.
Present were TAO-Pilipinas Architect Arlene Lusterio, NHA’s Engineer Bing Natino, and SHEC’s Housing Committee Officer Ramon Espin.

On June 16th the Port Area of Baseco Neighborhood Associations’ League (PABaNAL) presented its Vision, Mission, and Programs to Mayor Alfredo S. Lima and the City Government of Manila. In this meeting held at the 2nd floor, Bulwagan Auditorium of the Manila City Hall, 150 PABaNAL leaders and members participated. Also present were Ms. Vicky Clavel, Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, and Baseco Community Organizer Fr. Christopher Sabili, OSJ. Other matters discussed were the status of Baseco and the implementation of Presidential Decree No. 145

The month concluded with yet another gathering, this time involving the NHA, PCUP, MIAA, Caritas, HUDCC, and HomeOwners Association. This June 30 meeting was held at the Manila International Airport Administration office on Multinational Avenue, Pasay City.

Representatives of all stakeholders actively engaged in the discussions facilitated by Housing Committee Officer Ramon Espin, particularly the finalization of the Memorandum of Agreement and matters pertaining to questionable provisions and policies of the COP


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