Letran signs MOA with new partner communities

June 13, 2017


The Colegio welcomed six new partner communities from the San Nicolas district during the 2017 Panag-Uban Community Convention last June 8, where a Memorandum of Agreement covering a five-year period was signed.

Representing the Colegio was the rector and president, Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, while Roderick Bautista of Barangay 272 represented the new partner communities. Rev. Fr. Lovell Paul Javier, the new Vice President for Religious Affairs, was one of the witnesses of the signing.

The initiative was spearheaded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), under its dean, Asst. Prof. Darwin Rungduin, through the supervision of the Center for Community Development and its new head, Asst. Prof. Leo Bernadas.
Under the agreement, CLAS, through each of its academic programs, will be coordinating with the barangays and its chairpersons.

Inst. Sherman Gabito and the Legal Management and Political Science areas are assigned to Barangays 270 and 272; Inst. Angel Beroin and the Psychology Area will handle Barangay 273; while Asst. Prof. Norberto Bana III and the Institute of Communication will be coordinating with Barangays 274, 283, and 286.

Rungduin said that the five-year program agreed upon by both parties includes efforts that don’t just dole out but really help the barangays find the means. “It will also focus on values building, uplifting the well-being, and building relationships,” he said.

However, for the first year, the Colegio will get to know the partner communities first, Rungduin said.
“We will focus on understanding them first,” he said. “By next year, we will have full blown programs.”

During the Community Convention held at the St. Thomas Hall, CLAS and the CCD held simultaneous group discussions featuring the six barangays for a needs assessment. The target sectors in each partner community are the youth, children, men, women, LGBT, senior citizens, and parents.