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.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SHEC Updates for April 2010

A general assembly for the Rogate Youth-SHaCC was held on April 11, 2010 at the SHEC office in Cornejo. The energetic young people were jubilant over the opportunity to discover their talents, and to showcase the same. The occasion also served as an avenue for peer encouragement and edification. Ms. Ma. Victoria Infante was overall coordinator for this event.

On April 18, 2010 another gathering was conducted, this time to inculcate the value of awareness and involvement in social issues affecting the youth. Held at the SHEC office and facilitated by Ms. Ruth Valmoria, the training promoted youth participation and active dialogue. It also improved the confidence of participants to voice out their informed opinions and critical analysis on both local and national issues.

As a preparatory activity to the RY-SHEC Camp, a pre-camp orientation was conducted on April 22 to 23 at the SHEC office in Cornejo. Here the vision, mission, and programs of SHEC were revisited. A call to unity among the RY-SHEC was also posed as a challenge, which the youth willingly accepted. This activity was facilitated by Fr. Dexter Prudenciano and Fr. Orville Cajigal with support from Ma. Victoria Infante, Thanvi Medalla, and the Farm Managers.

The RY-SHEC National Camp and National Day of Prayer was held on April 24 and 25 at Merville Seminary. On top of the camaraderie that was fostered, a national structure for the Rogate Youth emerged. The Youth Ministry and Values Formation departments teamed up to make this a successful reality.


Leaders in the community also experienced a much-deserved time for fun and relaxation. On April 16, 2010 PABaNAL leaders and members enjoyed a day trip to the hot springs capital of the country in Pansol, Laguna. It was a much-appreciated time for bonding among PABaNAL leaders and members, as Fr. Christopher Sabili and Thanvi Medalla facilitated the reflection, sharing, and evaluation activities related to the PABaNAL organization’s accomplishments over the past year.

The first run of SHEC’s Voters’ Education campaign was conducted on Aril 19 at the SHEC office. The facilitators tackled the what’s, why’s, who’s, and when’s of the then upcoming national election. Particularly, the automated system was introduced and discussed so that the spread of unnecessary fears and misconceptions would be prevented. Guidelines for choosing leaders of both competence and character were also discussed. Participants came out of the seminar assured of an election that can work with their participation and support.


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