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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Rogate: Spirituality of God’s Heart. In the month of February, it may be asked: What is the heart of God all about? There could be infinite answers. And all could be true. But the Bible is suggestive of more specific answers which could be gleaned from God’s concerns. For at times, what one is concerned of in a great deal, there is where one’s heart lies. In the Old Testament, God is portrayed as deeply concerned about the plight of the poor and the oppressed (see Ex 3, Dt 15 and the prophetic literature). In the New Testament, Jesus showed the heart of God in his proclamation of the Kingdom of God. It is about Good News to the poor or social justice, to say the least, but also the essential or the fundamental. And this heart of God beats in the heart of St. Hannibal, and pulsates in the veins of SHEC as it continues to proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Activities For Fire Victims. Last February 1, 2015, SHEC management and staff organized some activities in order to raise awareness and funds, as well as to invite others to help, for the immediate and rehabilitation needs of SHaCC Phase 3 members whose houses were flattened by fire. Indeed, such spontaneous acts reflect the source of compassion: the loving heart of God itself, the very factor which moves Kingdom workers to work for the wellbeing of all, especially the poor. Facebook

Post Valentine Party. Tragedies happen, but these can never dampen the spirit of hope inherent in people who struggle for a more just and humane life. And one way to show that there is hope is to transcend gloomy atmosphere. To celebrate Valentine’s day, no matter how late, is a good way of doing so. With firm faith and conviction that in the end, everything will be alright, leaders and members of the RYMSC staged a Valentine party last February 21, 2015 at the St. Hannibal Training Center, Pasay City. In said program, RYMSC members who turned 18 years old in the previous year were especially honored. Also, the fire victims were given the occasion to transcend their miseries as they participated in the joyful activities. Thank You so Much, Fr. Gabriel Flores and Company. On the same day, the communities assisted by SHEC were blessed with the visit of Fr. Gabriel Flores, RCJ and the Student Body Officers of the Rogationist College High School Department, who donated books and came to know about the communities’ situation in view of future collaborations. Facebook

Welcome, Lund University and TAO Pilipinas. Last February 23, 2015, the relocated communities of SHaCC Phase 17 and SHaCC Phase 2  were graced with the visit of some students of Lund University and some staff of TAO Pilipinas. Such visit, of course, is in view of fostering SHEC’s empowerment programs. Facebook

Children’s Party at Phase 2. The Kingdom is for those who become like children, so the Bible says. And truly enough, missions could be extraordinarily meaningful when done among children. This was made manifest in the apostolate of students from St. Scholastica’s College among the Phase 2 community. The apostolate was under the direction of Sr. Zapata, OSB. The apostolate ended with a culminating party for the children of Phase 2. Again, the never ceasing heart of God has pulsated lovingly among the phase 2 residents. Facebook

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Rogate: New Creation Spirituality. January immediately denotes new beginnings or moving forward. But traced to its root word, Janus, January more appropriately means both movements, forward and backward. The Kingdom mission of Jesus, which is the same mission that moved St. Hannibal, and same mission which SHEC continues, is a mission which has backward and forward elements. Such mission is about learning form the past, in view of transforming the old world, or the first creation, until the establishment of the new world or the new creation (see Gen 1, Rev 21:1-5) where justice dwells (see 2 Pt 3:13). 

Happy Birthday, Fr. Dex! It’s too good to be true, they usually say, but there are too good things and persons that are exceptionally true. Fr. Dex is such a person. His very existence, celebrations of which fall on January 6, can be truly attested as meant for SHEC, for since its inception to date, Fr. Dex has always been there. SHEC and Fr. Dex are too intertwined that one seems inconceivable without the other. This is not rhetoric. It is actual logic, a sheer reality, so to speak. And the beneficiaries of SHEC and Kingdom workers are grateful to God for letting Fr. Dex be born for the Kingdom, for the Church and especially for SHEC. Ad multos annos!

Multiple Jubilation! January 11, 2015 is a reason to grandiosely celebrate and to thank God wholeheartedly due to wonderful reasons: Priestly Anniversary of Fr. Dexter, Foundation Day of SHEC, SHaCC and PABaNAL, blessing and groundbreaking of SHaCC Phase 17 land and housing project. Needless to say, the events were celebrated with the Holy Eucharist as highlight. The communities, staff, benefactors and friends of SHEC, through said celebrations, manifested the joy of the Kingdom, an anticipation of the bliss of the New Creation to come.

Welcome, Sean Lovett! To be visited by people from the Radio Vaticana is indeed an honor. Last January 14, 2015, Sean Lovett and companions from the Radio Vaticana, Vatican City, graced SHEC as they visited St. Hannibal Subdivision, Phase 2. The exchange of stories and experiences, as well as friendship between the visitors and some leaders and members of Phase 2 had been heart-moving. And such moment, needless to say, would be aired in Vatican soil.

Happy Priestly Ordination Anniversary, Fr. Orville! January 21, the day of Fr. Orville R. Cajigal’s sacerdotal anniversary, is yet another instance of a too good thing yet true. Indeed, throughout his ministry Fr. Orville or Jiggs has chosen to stay and walk with the poor who struggle for a more just and humane society, until the New Creation shall have come. Happy Anniversary, Apo Orville!

RCJ Postulants’ Immersion. To rub elbows with the poor, to share their day to day life, to take part in their experiences and stories—these are the best ways by which a future Kingdom worker can understand and eventually work more efficiently for the poor’s plight. This has been the goal of the precious moment of immersion which some RCJ postulants undertook last January 26-31 at St. Hannibal Phase 17. Truly, a taste of the Old World of poverty and oppression may make one be more motivated to promote the New World’s peace and justice.

Thank You, Lord! Last January 31, 2015, to thank the Lord for the blessings poured out throughout the year, some leaders and members of SHaCC did a supplica or prayer encounter at St. Hannibal Phase 17. Gratias tibi, Domine!s