Through the years, our organization has been actively engaged in various philanthropic activities. We visited institutions and children villages almost yearly like the Department for Social Welfare and Development-Reception and Study Center for Children (DSWD-RSCC) in Quezon City , Bethany House Sto. Niño Orphanage Guiguinto, Bulacan, Home for the Aged like the Golden Acres in Quezon City , prison and Correctional Centers, even traveling to Pampanga to spend time with Aeta children. Taking time off from work and sharing it with the marginalized mean a lot to them -- who had been deprived of love and care.
This is especially true in the case of street-children who are more often than not victims of domestic violence, abuse and exploitation, uncared for and with no means to fend for themselves so that they make their living by begging, scavenging or stealing. Undeniably, poverty is one of the biggest problems that our country is facing these days. Distinctively, more and more children are wandering the city streets. Most of the time hungry and desperate, they turn to drugs – especially solvent which is easily available and the cheapest fix they can buy to alleviate their hunger. These are the “miserables” of our country that you normally see living under bridges, in paved gutters or just about anywhere they can lie down for the night.
As we value being God-centered, we feel the sense of responsibility towards our immediate community. As we evolve from these philanthropic activities to wider and meaningful corporate and socially responsible programs, we have decided to look for other avenues to be able to broaden the scope of our eagerness to help our government in dealing with street children. We decided to be partners with ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 program – being one of the most widely supported programs for street children in the since its inception in 1997. Their trained counselors and rescue workers have provided medical assistance, food, educational assistance, family counseling and therapy to more than 10,000 families and extended families in the communities and neighborhoods where these children lived last year. But they needed sponsors in cases of memorial services. We then committed to provide FREE Memorial Services to those that are endorsed and identified by BANTAY BATA 163 as its beneficiaries.
The Memorandum of Agreement between St. Peter Chapels and ABS-CBN Foundation was executed and signed on June 15, 2007 by our President and CEO, York B. Vitangcol and St. Peter Chapels General Manger, Artemio B. Vitangcol III together with Bantay Bata 163 Program Director Ms. Tina Monzon Palma. The event was also televised on ANC.
Our CSR Program for identified infant beneficiaries of Bantay Bata 163 entails – Transport from a hospital or residence within 25 kilometers of any St. Peter Chapel, preservation services, infant casket which would normally fit a 3 month old infant, a two nights viewing at the local residence within 25 kilometers of the servicing St. Peter Chapel or at the servicing St. Peter Chapel --depending on the availability of viewing rooms and use of a St. Peter hearse for interment within 25 kilometers of the viewing venue. This is a concrete step towards helping the government address a significant sector of the nation’s problems being the STREET CHILDREN and a testimony to our deep-rooted concern for the well-being and future of all Filipino children.
We UNLAD d’ Bayan!