Adamson University, one of the country’s leading Catholic educational institutions today, will confer on Sunday, September 26, the first-ever St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) National Awards to outstanding organizations whose projects made a difference in serving the poor and the marginalized.
The awarding ceremony will be held at 4:00 PM at the Adamson University Theater on the eve of the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of all charitable works and organization, which also coincides with this year’s closing rites of the 350th death anniversary of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac, also the patron saint of all social works and organizations.
“It is very heartwarming to learn that there are many selfless individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed in alleviating poverty in the country. We are honoring and recognizing their contribution and efforts,” says Fr. Gregg Bañaga, Jr. C.M., President of Adamson University.
“More than food, clothing and shelter, many of our poor communities need to be empowered, to take responsibility and direction for their own destiny, and bring back the dignity that has been lost due to social injustice and marginalization,” he added.
Seven organizations across the country have been nominated for the SVP Awards, which was designed to honor and recognize how the programs and projects they have conceptualized, developed and implemented benefited poor communities.
This year’s list of nominees includes the University of Santo Tomas – Office for Community Development for their Aeta Integrated Community Development Program in Bamban, Tarlac and Mabalacat, Pampanga; the Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanao Foundation Inc. for their program transforming agri-based poor households to become entrepreneurs in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental; the Manila Doctors Hospital-Department of Family and Community Medicine for their “Sama-Sama sa Malusog na Barangay” program in Malate, Manila; the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (LASAC) for the LASAC Institutionalization of Poorest Women program in Lobo and San Juan, Batangas; the Jesu Christi Community for Manna Ministry in Cebu City; St. Hannibal Empowerment Center Inc. and the Rogationist Fathers for the St. Hannibal Housing Project in Pasay City; and the Socio-Pastoral Institute and Ummah Fi Salam for their program of building Darusalamas (Peace Communities) among urban poor Muslims in Pagadian City.
The first-ever SVP National Awards was created to promote the Systemic Change Initiative of the Vincentian Family as a creative approach not only in helping the poor meet their basic human needs but also, most importantly, in assisting them to change unjust structures that keep them poor.
The winning organization will be given a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of PhP100,000 as a modest monetary contribution in support of the financial requirements of the poor community’s programs and projects.