The Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR), the core group for volunteer action under the Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES) of Adamson University, received an exceptional recognition as they became one of the 18 awardees of the National Housing Authority’s Gawad Parangal Para Sa Kabalikat sa Pabahay awards under the Institutional Category given last October 15, 2010 at the NHA Main Office in Quezon City. The awarding ceremony coincided with the celebration of the agency’s 35th anniversary.
In the citation given for the award, the VCSR was honored “for its vital role as NHA’s partner in advocating and promoting effective and efficient delivery of housing strategies, programs, and projects.” The VCSR has been serving families relocated from railroad tracks to Southville in Laguna and in Northville in Bulacan and did much more than help these families settle in their new homes. The citation further reads, “Its commitment to work with the underprivileged to serve the people and its deep concern for the welfare of [NHA] project beneficiaries have enhanced the provision of socialized housing services truly responsive to the needs of Filipino families.”
VCSR Core Group members Dr. Teresita Malabuyo, chairperson of the Psychology Department, and Mrs. Malou Paypon of the Registrar's Office received the award in behalf of the VCSR, which was handed out by Vice President Jejomar Binay and NHA General Manager Chito Cruz during the ceremony. Binay is also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, another government agency that closely works with the NHA in housing and urban development issues. He was also the guest of honor for the morning’s ceremony.
ICES and VCSR were also proud to be co-awardees with the Samahan ng mga Leaders ng Southville 1, Inc., which was honored under the Group Category. The members of the group were among those that received training from the VCSR which ultimately enabled them to become leaders of their own community. A sister institution, the Daughters of Charity from the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City, was also an Institutional awardee. Individual and Group category awards were also given, with each category honoring three awardees each.
Six individuals, ten institutions, and 19 groups from all over the country were also recognized as nominees for the Gawad Parangal. Mr. Johnson Ongking from the Philippine Business for Social Progress delivered a response in behalf of the awardees and nominees during the program.
This award is proof of Adamson’s high commitment to uplifting the lives of the socially disadvantaged though long-term efforts. The ICES, led by its director Fr. Nonong Fajardo C.M., is grateful for the recognition given by the NHA and takes pride that the VCSR has made an immense impact in the lives of Southville and Northville residents. Yael Esperat