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.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

January 2012 Highlights

Rogate: Emulating the Innocent and Pure Heart of the Child Jesus. January is the month of the Sto. Nino. This celebration reminds us that we have to be like children in order to enter the Kingdom of God. How is it to be like children? St. Hannibal offers excellent ways of being so. One time, he saw a little girl crying because of mosquitoes. He immediately ordered that the mosquito net reserved for him be given to the girl. He saw to it that the orphans ate nutritious food, and had to be treated well because, as orphans, they needed utmost care and understanding. Being like a child is to know how it is to be one. A child is pure and innocent but weak, vulnerable to maltreatment. Only an equally pure, innocent and compassionate heart can understand and is willing to work for the welfare of a powerless child.
            The poor and oppressed are like children. They are weak and are in need of society’s care and affection. To treat them well and to work for their wellbeing may not be that appealing. But to do so is the mission of Jesus (Lk 4:16-21). It is our mission too (Mk 10:11-17). It is one way of being like a child as exemplified by St. Hannibal. It is a way of the Rogate which continues to inspire and empower SHEC as it strives to serve the poor this January, 2012.

Happy Birthday and Priestly Anniversary Father Dex. Blessings of the Kingdom for the poor may come in many ways, one of which is the gift of a Kingdom apostle who is willing to dedicate his whole life for the wellbeing of the least. January is indeed a blessed month. On the 6th of this month, a Kingdom worker was born. On the 11th of this month, same Kingdom worker was consecrated as a priest of the poor. Yes, Father Dexter was given as a gift of God to the poor on the 6th and 11th of January respectively. To celebrate these wonderful events, the leaders of the SHaCC, PABaNAL and ROGATE Youth Ministry organized programs last January 6 and January 11. The event of January 11 was also dedicated to the members of the Fathers' Committee of St. Hannibal Homeowners' Association Phase 2.

Happy Priestly Anniversary, Father Jigs. January is indeed a blessed month for SHEC, for on this month, one of SHEC’s passionate and zealous Kingdom worker has also offered his perpetual commitment to live for deathless love for the poor and the oppressed. Yes, on the 21st of January, Father Orville “Jigs” Cajigal, RCJ remembers the time when he was consecrated as priest of God, priest for the marginalized. The community joyfully celebrated with Father Jigs this joyful event of his life.

January 24 Double Treat. For on this day, the Father General of the Rogationists, Fr. Angelo Mezzari, RCJ made his canonical visit during the foundation day celebration of SHEC, SHaCC and PABaNAL. He was accompanied by Fr. Jessie Martirizar, RCJ and Fr. MatteoSanavio, RCJ. They were pleased to see the growth of the Kingdom mission at Pasay and Baseco.

January 25 Another Double Treat. For on this day, SHEC’s dynamic Kingdom mission has taken a step farther. First, concerned persons, namely: Engr. Bing Natino, Ms. Josephine Resurreccion, Ms. Amy San Juan of NHA, George Espin of SHEC, Ms. Elsie Aradanas of PCUP, HOA 3 (Jean Sarmiento, Lita Lopez, Susan Andaya, Merly Baluyot, among others of HOA3, Joy Mosot and LiezelVillaluz of MIAA and the office of the Congresswoman met to discuss the work plan for the Phase 3 project. Truly, this event, it is hoped, will result in the construction of decent homes for the poor. Second, Ms. Lilet and Amy San Juan of NHA, Mr. Oliver Natividad of the LGU and Ms. Leanne CalixtoRubiano of the office of the congresswoman, together with George Espin and Benchu Zabala of SHEC conducted a training on how to conduct verification/validation of data among HOA 3 officers, SHHOA 4 officers , SHHOA 17 officers. Indeed, this activity can enhance the empowerment of said leaders in guiding their respective communities.

Grand Supplication! To be one in prayer with the Rogate family and to strengthen their bond,  the SHEC family represented by Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, Fr. Orville R. Cajigal, RCJ, Fr. Arlene  Gumangan, RCJ, EmerzonZuzon, Joyce Dalay, AmelieTegio, Irene Bedonia, Jessa Mae Hagosojos, AbegailApolong, Felipe Gerandio, some leaders of SHaCC and some leaders of RYM PABaNAL Chapter joined in the celebration of the grand supplication held at Navotas, Laoag City last January 31, 2012.


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