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, September 03, 2014


Rogate: Spirituality of Hope. Hoping even against hope…one can truly think and feel so especially in extreme subhuman conditions, like the persistent problems on poverty and injustice. In connection, Pope Emeritus Benedict counsels that “God remains God: he remains good with an indestructible goodness. He remains the redeemer in whose hands man’s destructive and cruel activity is transformed by his love.” This character of God makes a spirituality of justice as essentially a spirituality of hope, too. For it is only with hoping that one can be assured that it is never in vain to do something even if the way things are seems to remain as it is. This spirituality of hope, needless to say, keeps the fire of social justice mission alive in SHEC.

Prayer Encounter. To praise and thank God for all his blessings, some leaders and members participated in the Prayer Encounter held last July 1, 2014 at the St. Hannibal Training Center. Indeed, praising and thanking God at all times, even in most difficult moments, reflect the fire of hope burning in the hearts of SHEC apostles and community members.

Outreach for Children.  Children are very special for Jesus because they symbolize the innocence or purity that merits entry into the Kingdom of God. Needless to say, children also symbolize weakness and dependence. They represent well the least brothers and sisters who bear the face of Jesus. They need care, love and concern, and the acts of charity done to them are done to Jesus, and doing so merits salvation (see Mt 25:31-46). It is in this spirit that, last July 5, 2014, Fr. Dex, Fr. Jiggs, Fr. Arlene, Bro. Joseph and Elmer together with 43 members of the ROGATE Children’s Ministry conducted an outreach for children who are assisted by SHEC. 

Basic Health Education Seminar. For 3 days, particularly last July 20, 23 and 27 respectively, 3 sessions on Basic Health Education were conducted. The purpose of said seminar was to teach the beneficiaries on health matters such as basic hygiene, proper nutrition and te like. The seminar was spearheaded by Nelia Reyna, May Anne Merelos and Nelyn Balbalosa.