SSC goes on Outreach Exploratory Trip in Tacloban
St. Scholastica’s College, headed by Sr. M. Christine Pinto, OSB went on an outreach exploratory trip to Tacloban Leyte. The outreach exploratory trip aimed to identify areas where outreach, immersion and exposure can be done for the administrators, faculty, staff and students. From the trip, three areas were identified: Sambayanan ni San Benito, St. Benedict Farmers’ Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, St. Scholastica’s College, Tacloban.
On the first day of the trip, an orientation was given by the office of the City Governor on the situation of Leyte after the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda. After which visits were made to the outreach areas.
The Sambayanan ni San Benito (SBB) was the first stop. SBB is a resettlement village set up by the Benedictine sisters after Yolanda. The SSB community needs trainings on several topics, from financial management to parenting and child rearing. The SSB needs to be strengthen too as a Benedictine Community.
The St. Benedict Farmers’ Institute for Sustainable Agriculture on the other hand is a very good area for rural immersion with its alternative farm. The farm grows organic vegetables and crops. It is also a training center for agricultural development.
The visit to St. Scholastica’s College, Tacloban forged stronger areas for faculty development and exchange especially in the area of Gender Studies and advocacy sharing and response.
The group had a little sight seeing trip to Basey women banig weavers, monument of the Mac Arthur’s landing in Palo, Leyte and visit to San Juanico Bridge.
The exploratory team was composed of representatives from the different outreach committees of the school namely; Sr. Judith Diaz, OSB, SSC JPIC head, Becky P. Marquez (ISAC), Delia Sarmiento (College FOC), Juanita Arrosa (College COC), Evangeline Banta (JHS Outreach), Clyde Nolasco (GS Outreach), Maximiani Dauson (Staff President)