|Community Development Programs
Part of the community involvement program of the Colegio is the conduct of catechism to its partner barangays (Brgy. 655 in Intramuros, Brgy. Sawata, Brgy. Lobaca, Brgy. Kawal-Landaska) and public schools (Manila High School, Rajah Sulayman High School, Jose Abad Santos High School).
Theology professors and their students are mobilized to conduct catechism for the families of the partner barangays and for students of the partner public schools. The spiritual values formation of the families (barangays) and students and teachers (public schools) is a vital component of the Colegio’s Build Hope program (Community Involvement Program) as Letranites reach out and serve the poor. Through this, Letranites are transformed to become responsible citizens of the state and children of the Holy Mother Church as they build communities and improve the lives of the poor.
The Center for Community Development (CCD) has also developed a Memorandum of Agreement and partnership with marginalized public schools such as Raja Solayman High School and Jose Abad Santos High School. Likewise, a new memorandum is being processed with Gawad Kalinga Village Baseco.
If we build bridges instead of walls, if we open our hearts, our arms and reach out, there would be less hunger and anger in this world. Ever mindful of its beginnings and the legacy of its founders, Letran has fostered partnerships with different communities since 2001 from Barangay SAWATA in North Harbor to Camiguin in the Babuyanes Islands, sharing its resources to build communities.
Giving importance to catechism and spiritual formation as the core activities and programs of the Center for Community Development (CCD), CCD was placed under the Religious Affairs Division starting SY 2008.
As regards Letran’s mission endeavors, the annual Camiguin Mission has never put to a rest. With this, the CCD has conducted fund-raising activities such as Piso para sa Camiguin project; annual medical/ dental mission, preventive health seminars, youth leadership trainings, teaching skills training, livelihood skills training and the establishment of a cooperative.
Over the last three years, Letran has been identified as the Center for Human Rights Education in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region III.
In order to establish an arm in implementing the community service activities, the Letran Volunteer Corps was established with 15 employees and 50 student active volunteers. It is also good to note the active participation of the Letran Community in the different community outreach activities for the marginalized sectors of the community.
Employees and the students were required to participate in the different outreach programs of the institution. All student organizations in the collegiate department were asked to incorporate in their projects and activities the community service programs.
They have regularly submitted their respective action plans for extension service exposures. The Human Resource Department (HRD) integrated the community service participation of employees as a component of merit incentive. There was also an active participation of the alumni and parents in the different outreach activities.