WE CARE WE CARE PROGRAM BRIEF PROGRAM BACKGROUND One of three core values of St. Anthony’s College is community service. It is motivated by the philosophy of education of SAC, which is “creating a transformation from within the human person, making him a fully integrated personality with incentives to achieve and excel, one with Christ and with the local church in building Christian communities.” For several years till now, it has become mandatory to integrate community service in the curriculum pacing guides (course syllabus) of the school to ensure that the teachings of such value filters into the formal curriculum. Co-curricular activities also expose students to various outreach activities the most common of which are gift-giving, calamity relief, clean-up drives, and feeding programs. SAC has also adopted several communities like the Sitio Datu Sumakwel, GK at Binirayan Hills, and Brgy. Bugarot. THE PROGRAM: WE CARE During the office plans presentation for AY 2014-2015 on 6 June 2015, the WE CARE Program was finally presented and confirmed by the College President, Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL during the announcement of the annual thrusts of the school for AY 2014-2015. The program title itself derived from the institutional slogan, “In SAC We Care!” We Care is a comprehensive integrated program that subsumes all of the following: All of the community extension services of SAC; All of the school’s campaign to engage external stakeholders in development activities; and Practical applications of the integrated programs of the Christian Formation Ministry (CFM) and the Community Extension and External Relations Office (CEERO). Community Extension Services Adopted communities SAC’s community extension services are traditionally found in programs to develop adopted communities. At present, SAC has two adopted communities including Brgy. Bugarot and GK Village Binirayan. It is also presently studying the adoption of additional nearby barangays like Malaiba and San Angel. SAC has recently phased out its services from Sitio Datu Sumakwel. Services to these communities normally include pastoral services, feeding programs, and pre-school to grade school scholarships sponsored by Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation. At present ERDA has 50 scholars in the adopted communities. Community Organizing The We Care Program seeks to enhance the development programs in the adopted communities. From dole-out type to sporadic community extension services, long term programs will be enhanced and communities will be organized towards locally initiated self-sufficiency. Communities will be engaged as active partners rather than plain passive benefit recipients. The program of SAC in these communities will be long-term and will follow the principles of community organizing. Specialized and directed student involvement Along this line, the exposure of SAC students and personnel to these communities will be in the form of specialized and directed activities. Departments, courses and classes will bring to these communities their specializations within the framework designed by the CFM and CEERO. For example, Engineering students can train the communities in maintaining or building civil infrastructures; Education students can conduct adult education and remedial classes; Business students can conduct livelihood training; Nursing students can conduct health-programs; and Criminology students can conduct seminars on drug abuse prevention and peace and order. Engagement of External Stakeholders in Development Activities The implementation of We Care is not an easy task. It will require personal and institutional commitment, as well as a lot of logistical support. The internal budget allotment of SAC for the community extension is not sufficient to make a significant impact thus there is a need to obtain external contributions. It has been noted, however, that external contribution has been low as well as unaligned with the programs of SAC. A feedback from a batch of alumni was they did not know what program of SAC to support and how to do it. In response, the We Care shall develop and maintain several “development portfolios.” These portfolios are specialized projects where potential donors/supporters are given options on how to financially support these special projects. These portfolios include: scholarships & educational aids livelihood development small scale infrastructure native fruit trees conservation & planting athletic development waterways clean-up drive calamity relief & rehabilitation skills transfer leadership formation health & nutrition/feeding programs The cost of the portfolios is still being developed. These portfolios will be marketed locally and internationally. SAC will seek to establish connections with local companies to appoint SAC as an official partner for their corporate social responsibility programs. SAC will also continue to maintain relationships with old partners like the Gawad Kalinga, Diocesan Social Action Center, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and other similar organizations. Practical applications of the integrated programs of the Christian Formation Ministry (CFM) and the Community Extension and External Relations Office (CEERO) It has been observed that while SAC’s Vision is founded on the three core values of spirituality, academic excellence, and community service, bulk of the educational formation of SAC has been accounted for only by academic excellence. In AY, 2013-2014 it has been proposed that spirituality and community service activities be taught across the year levels and made a requirement for graduation. This will ensure that these core values are developed and appreciated as true marks of an Anthonian. The Annual Plan of SAC for AY 2014-2015 now incorporates an integrated CFM-CEERO program that will be undergone by all students at various academic levels. There are eight integrated CFM-CEERO courses. These are considered as SAC’s school level curriculum-based interventions under the We Care Program. For the meantime, however, curricular modifications has been suspended due to the transitional period in the implementation of the K-12. The integrated CFM-CEERO activities are packaged as mandatory seminars. The existing Religious Education classes for First and Second Year Students, as well as all the other integrated CFM-CEERO courses will eventually find practical applications in a set of co-curricular activities, which will include community organizing, development seminars, spiritual & moral formation, and pastoral work.