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La Salle Dasmariñas: Not just a sports power

DE LA Salle University-Dasmarinas has three concerns in its outreach programs in its efforts to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities, proving that it is not just a sports power, but a school that cares for the community and its students. Dr. Myrna C. Fajardo, vice chancellor for mission, external affairs and advancement explained the thrust of her office recently, shortly after La Salle-Dasma scored a twinkill in the finals of the women’s and men’s volleyball divisions of the 20th National Capital Region Athletic Association. The first involves the scholarship programs of the university, while the second tackles the underprivileged youth. The third deals with the environment. Their mission, Dr. Fajardo explained, came together when the university celebrated its centennial last year. The programs differ from each of the 17 campuses under the De La Salle Philippines. The differing CSR programs came about after 2006, when the 8-Campus De La Salle University System was abolished and in its place, the 17-Campus De La Salle Philippines, Inc. was established in order to have a more focused and unified implementation of the Lasallian Mission. The La Sallian mission aims to  generate greater and more creative synergy with the other campuses. Scholarships With their scholarship program in place, the school plans to live up to its mandate of turning 20 percent of its students into scholars. To do so, the university’s 17 schools and branches nationwide have managed to raise an amount reach around P2-billion over the years for such an undertaking. The money, which was placed in an endowment fund was put up through various fund-raising activities of the university and the alumni. So far, 17 percent of the population are scholars, and they are trying to get an addition three percent in the coming years. The fund will support some of the needy campuses of the university.  She cited the Bagac campus in Bataan, the St. Joseph campus in Bacolod, and the St. John Bosco campus in Iligan. Bahay Pag-Asa Bahay Pag-asa, Dasmariñas, which directly translates as the  Home of Hope, is the university’s response to the call to provide hope for children in conflict with the law. It is a transformative facility established by DLSU-D and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, in partnership with PLDT-Smart Foundation and it aims to administer a holistic formation program for those under the program. The facility  provides competent and committed legal assistance, and implement an effective post-release program for the boys. “Right now, we have 12 residents. And they being housed here,” said Dr.Fajardo. At present, Bahay Pag-asa works closely with the Department of Justice, Cavite Police Department, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Social Welfare and Development,  and other civic organizations and communities within the province. Among the assistance which the center provides are basic education, spiritual formation and values education, livelihood and skills training, and post release program which includes parent education, family counseling, job referrals and placement, legal assistance, to mention a few. The Environment Planting a million trees is a vision of the La Sallian community to take care of the environment. But this is not the only way which the campus is doing to help reduce carbon emissions. In support of Lasallian Institute for the Environment’s Project Carbon Neutral, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas created “Black Out. Green In.” In its local initiative towards becoming a carbon-neutral university, the advocacy “Black Out, Green In” does not simply present innovative ways to offset the university’s carbon footprint and mitigate carbon emissions, it educates and challenges the DLSU-D community to become involved in the battle against climate change. It offers  projects like, the “ Ayaw ko ng Plastik! Simple Lang initiative.” Recognized as the Academic Center of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation, Dark Green School Accredited, and Most Eco-friendly and Sustainable School, DLSU-D has consistently proven to be a true steward of nature. Balik-Aral Program The Balik-Aral Program is a non-formal educational outreach program of DLSU-D offered by the College of Education. It is intended for the poor and unattended sectors of youth and adults in the Dasmariñas Bagong Bayan relocation areas and environs. The students under the program go to the university from Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to attend classes. Free Evening Program The College of Business Administration and Accountancy is offering of free Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Human Resource Development to poor, but deserving working youth.
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