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.

Friday, July 22, 2016


The Year of Mercy reminds us of two original Biblical words whose richness of meaning may shed more light on the concept of mercy. The Hebrew checed and the Greek splagchnizomai mean more than mercy or compassion or pity. As used in prophetic literature and in the synoptics, it speaks about a strong feeling which is intimately connected to justice. It is the compassion that stirs the innermost being, causing feelings of discomfort in the chest and stomach at the sight of social injustice. It disturbs a person to share compassion in the form of food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty and the like. This has been the compassion that Jesus and St. Hannibal manifested. This is the compassion that SHEC strives to promote.

Multiple Treat. January 10 witnessed the quadruple celebration of Father Dexter's birthday, Father Dexter's and Father Orville's respective sacerdotal anniversary, the launching of LIFE or Livelihood and Feeding program and the anniversary of Pabanal,  Baseco, Port Area, Manila. The occasions were graced with the presence of His Eminence Luis Cardinal Tagle. These were indeed occasions filled with God's compassion.

Sto.Nino Fiesta. The Sto. Nino or the infant Jesus reminds us of the innocence, purity and truthfulness of children, which is why Jesus mentioned in the gospels that entry to God's Kingdom requires one to be childlike. This joyful celebration was attended by some leaders and members of RYMSC and the ROGATE Children’s Ministry.

Happy10th Anniversary, SHaCC Federation and SHaCC Phase 2! Last January 23, leaders and members of SHaCC Federation, RYMSC, PABaNAL, RYMPC, friends and benefactors of SHEC, SHaCC and PABaNAL gathered to thank the Lord for all the blessings, especially the victories and joys after each struggle. Rockbottom, of course, has been God's compassion which is concretely felt and seen in every authentic advocacy for human development.

One with Pope Francis' Environment Advocacy. One mark of Pope Francis' pontificate, as beautifully scribbled in Laudato Si, is the love of creation or mother nature. In solidarity with the Pope, as the advocacy is a major apostolate of SHEC, a training on environmental concerns was held last January 31. Needless to say, God's compassion runs through the veins of healthy, robust creation.

Supplica. To praise and thank the Lord for all the blessings received for the year 2015, the SHEC admin and staff plus some leaders of the communities gathered for said purpose at the St. Hannibal Training Center, 584-A E. Cornejo St., Malibay, Pasay City. The event was held last January 31.


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