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Bacolod SCA reaps Eco-Spiritual Program Recognition

UNO-R SCA receives award from the Sowing Legacy Movement.

“Project I CARE” of the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos College Unit was recognized as one of the top 10 finalists of the Legacy Awards for Community Service of the Sowing Legacy Movement last April 1.

The project is a series of activities which aims for the social, emotional, mental and spiritual development of the people and community served. These activities include Catechism, Pasundayag (a concert for a cause), Christmas gift-giving, Flea Market Day, Earthkeeper’s Forum and others. Experiences of SCAns inspired them in their daily lives and the various training and formations that they took part in. The primary goal is to ameliorate the lives of people through motivating and empowering them by setting the SCA members as their living examples, by loving others, and by caring for the environment.

Realizing that the active participation of the youth is vital to the holistic development of society, Project I CARE sees SCA as the forerunner and agent of change by making Christ the center of all its endeavors. The project also garnered the “Love and Learning” special award which was given to the organization that has expressed its selfless dedication to reach out to the community.

Paper judging, online voting, exhibit and panel presentation were the primary basis for the selection of Legacy awardees. SCAn Maria Fatima Refe wrote an article which qualified for paper judging. The presenters for the exhibit and panel exposition were SCAn Elmeer Meeynard Calimpos and SCAn Sarah Therese Jardenil, respectively. The judges of the said event were representatives from different volunteering groups and organizations such as World Vision, United Nations SDSN, Youth First Initiative, and Hearts and Brains, Inc. The Legacy Awards for Community Service of the Sowing Legacy Movement (SLM) aims to recognize student-led-organizations that implemented projects which gave impact to the community.

Moreover, SLM also held its Volunteers’ Forum on the same date at the President’s Hall of UNO-R. Various youth organizations around Negros with Comm. Rhea Penaflor of the NYC-Visayas, as the keynote speaker, attended the forum. The discussion highlighted the significance of volunteerism, child advocacy, love for service and the country and the emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in implementing projects through the panel of speakers. The speakers were: Mr. Xavier Peredo, Philippine Network Coordinator of UNSDSN Youth; Mr. Kevin Gaitan, Internal and Advocacy Communication Specialist of World Vision; Mr. John Oliver Tablazon, Youth Coordinator of the Provincial Government of Sarangani and Team Leader of Hearts and Brains, Inc.; Dr. Richelle Verdeprado, Director of the University Community Development Office of UNO-R and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Sowing Legacy Movement.

This experience gave SCAns in UNO-R College unit the chance to make good connections and partners for their future projects and campaigns. The fact that simple acts and projects can make a significant impact in the society encouraged each one of us to never cease in taking action, guided by the Review of Life methodology, on the issues of politics and good governance, education and culture, religion and spirituality, ecology, and recreation and mass media.

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