2560 Leon Guinto Street

Singalong, Malate, Manila






Lay Apostolate Program

Lay Apostolate Program 

St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) has committed itself towards realizing its social orientation while maintaining high academic standards. 

Through its thrust, “Education for Justice and Social Transformation” SSC continues to develop its academic and co-curricular programs by heightening the students’ social awareness.

This is concretized by the College Unit through its LAY APOSTOLATE (LA) PROGRAM.  Established in 1952 and known then as the Social Services Program, it was renamed Lay Apostolate Program in 1965.  In its early years, the activity was centered on catechetical instruction to public school students.  With its expansion in 1969 to different non-government organizations (NGOs) and private agencies, various services such as baby care and feeding, tutorial to street children and public school students, home visitation, among others were offered. 

“SSC is dedicated to the task of enabling her students to become Scholasticans critically aware of present realities, particularly social injustice, gender inequality and environmental crisis.”

The LA Program creates avenues where students can deepened their awareness on contemporary social issues through direct interaction and service to the marginalized sectors of society. 

The LA Program is a four (4) unit required course namely LA 1 and LA 2 taken by students in their second year.


At the end of the LA Program, the students are expected to: 

1. Demonstrate a heightened sense of awareness of the plight of the poor and the marginalized.
2. Respond to the call for social transformation through concrete services to various NGOs and public elementary schools.
3. Manifest LOVE for God and country through commitment to empower the poor and marginalized sectors of society.

Institutions Served: 

• Hospicio De San Jose

Cradled on a verdant island in the middle of the Pasig River is Hospicio de San Jose, home to babies, children, adults and elderly persons who have no other home in this world.

For 200 years, this charitable institution has accepted the poorest of the poor and families in crisis, and has sheltered them, fed them, clothed them, educated them, cared for them when they were sick or wounded, and helped them go on in this world. For infants and the children, able and not so able, they found families or restored them to their own whenever possible, and when neither was possible, harbored them for life and buried them when they passed away.

The Daughters of Charity, who have faithfully managed this institution for 145 years, have, in keeping with their Vincentian vows, loved Christ in the needy, for Christ said, “Whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do unto me.”

Description of volunteer services:  Child Care, Caring for the Elderly and Person with Special Needs.

• Home for the Angels

The Home for the Angels Child Caring Foundation, Inc., which founded in 1996, is a shelter for unwanted babies and children who are victims of neglect, exploitation, and abuse. It also provided counseling for women who were contemplating abortion for their unplanned pregnancies.

Since its establishment in 1996 up to the present time, the Home has been able to help 340 babies through adoption, foster care and crisis intervention, anchored on our belief that “EACH PERSON IS OF ABSOLUTE VALUE”.

Description of volunteer services:  Child Care, Helping the staff in doing chores and cleanliness and maintenance of the center.   

• Missionaries of Charity

Originally based in Calcutta, India, the Missionaries of Charity is a Roman Catholic order established by Blessed Mother Teresa. Based in one of the most poverty-stricken and crime-ridden areas in Metro Manila, the nuns live their lives according to four vows: chastity, poverty, obedience, and service to the poorest of the poor.

At the first locally established branch of the Missionaries of Charity called *’Alay ng Puso’ in 683 Del Pan, San Nicolas St. Binondo, Manila the mission takes care of babies and/or toddlers who were abandoned by their parents, or have no one to care for them. The nuns do their best to convince the parents not to abandon their children completely, and some have returned to claim their children back. There are at least six nuns at Alay ng Puso, and they are also active in a nearby branch of Missionaries of Charity in Tayuman (a larger branch which houses other children, the sick, the disabled and the aged).

Description of volunteer services:   Assist house parents in the care of children.

• Unang Hakbang Foundation 

Mission Statement: Children on the street and from urban poor communities are our special concerns. We are here to help them tap their potential and grow into mature and productive individuals/members of the community. We reach these children through the centers – our sanctuaries for children – located where they live or work.  

Description of volunteer services: Help with the tutorial services – basic English, Math, Reading and Writing 

Communities  Served: 

     • Sun Valley, Paranaque through the Kayumanggi (Kababaihang Yumayabong Tungo sa Kagalingan)
     women’s organization
     • Napindan, Taguig through the Gawad Kalinga
     • Onyx, San Andres through the Gawad Kalinga
     • Pandacan through the SKPP (Sama-samang Komunidad ng Paco at Pandacan) 
     women’s organization
     • Dagonoy, Singalong Manila
     • Brgy. 728, 729, 730 Singalong, Manila

Description of volunteer services: One on one tutorial, art and play sessions

 Public Elementary Schools:

     • Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES), Pasay City
     • Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES), Manila
     • Bagong Baranggay Elementary School
     • Silahis ng Katarungan Elementary School

Description of volunteer services: One on one tutorial, art and play sessions

Grading System 

     Pass (P) – Fulfilment of the criteria set by the COC- LA Office 
     Failed (F) – failure to fulfil requirements set by the COC- LA office (i.e, incomplete attendance, non attendance of FLI/ Synthesis) 


Attends Orientation session (classroom), three (3) hours service for 7 meetings (institution, community or school) and Faith Life Integration (FLI)/ Synthesis session after the completion of service hours.