THE DC PHILIPPINE PROVINCE’S EXPERIENCES OF VINCENTIAN COLLABORATION
Water Pump & Shelter – A collaborative Project of the Vincentian Family in Leyte & Cebu for Haiyan Survivors – Launching the Vincentian Year of Collaboration.
In response to the invitation of Fr. Gregory Gay, CM for greater collaboration among the different branches of the Vincentian Family in this Year of Vincentian Collaboration with the theme: “Together with Christ, We Vincentians Can Make a Difference” we in the Philippines engage in various activities on the National, Regional, Local levels among and within the different branches.
The by-word COLLABORATION, in a way, impelled us to truly seek out each other in order to Celebrate, Connect and Learn and Serve
On the eve of Pentecost, May 13, 2015, representatives from various branches of the Vincentian Family gathered in the DC Provincial House to officially launch the Year of Vincentian Collaboration with the celebration of the Eucharist and agape. A simple launching rite was integrated in the liturgy. Special effort was exerted to reach out to the heads of the branches to send their representatives. Over 350 persons came.
Similar launchings were held in the different regions coordinated by the Congregation of the Mission, ably assisted by the Daughters of Charity. The official logo of the Year of Vincentian Collaboration was displayed in strategic areas.
On September 27, a gathering of representatives from the branches was held in Sanctuario de San Vicente spearheaded by the Congregation of the Mission. Reception of new members to the different Vincentian Lay organizations was held on the local level.
CONNECT AND LEARN
Holding of regular monthly meetings of the Vincentian Family Coordinating Council (VFCC) headed by Fr. Venerando Agner, CM as chairperson assures that collaboration is taking place. Each branch take turns to sponsor the monthly meeting. A consistent agenda in these meetings is a report on the collaborative actions being done.
Learning together happened during the First Vincentian Family Congress held in Adamson University August 29, 2015 coordinated by the CMs, DCs, SSVPs and the Children of Mary as part of the Core group. There were two main speakers: Fr. Joel Bernardo, CM who spoke on Vincentian Collaboration and Sr. Mercilyn Galicia, DC Bridging the Gap, deepened by an open forum and workshop.
An on-going collaborative project in typhoon Haiyan disaster stricken area, Tanauan, Leyte, involved in the formation and organization of the community and providing more sources of water by setting up water pumps in different areas. A core group was formed to be mainly responsible for the implementation of the project guided by the principles of Systemic Change.
The Vincentian Family Shelter Project in Yolanda Village, Bogo, Cebu has provided permanent houses for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors from Northern Cebu.
Another joint, ongoing project is the housing project and development programs in an urban resettlement area, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Aside from the Vincentian family others collaborated in this housing project, among them the Hilti Foundation that provided two housing units using Bamboo as construction materials. They have committed themselves to building 50 additional homes for urban settlers, special survivors of disasters.