The Curriculum Mainstreaming of Social Development Program (CMSDP) of COSCA is academic based and credit bearing service activity which aims to mainstream or integrate social development principles and service activity in regular academic curriculum. This program is in close collaboration with the academic department and faculty in-charge of the academic course as well as in coordination with partner organizations that exposes students to social realities. It is through this program that DLSU students and faculty are given opportunities to deepen community involvement thus, inspiring them to become more service-driven and socially committed Filipinos. CMSDP is composed of two sub-programs namely: 1) Theology and Religious Education Two (TREDTWO) Community Service; and, 2) Service Learning (SL).
TREDTWO CSP is a component of the TREDTWO academic course entitled "The Filipino-Christian in a Changing World." Students render direct service to partner institutions and apply their learnings from Christian Morality and Social Teachings, which is a way of expressing their faith in action.
In the desire to sustain progressive development and deepen community involvement of DLSU students,
Service-Learning is a venue for undergraduate, graduate, and international students to apply academic learning to real human needs. Service-learning is a credit bearing, curriculum-based educational experience in which students participates in activities that meets the identified needs of the communities. The program encourages students to make knowledge gained in the university benefit the poor sector of the society.
Strategy in the implementation of service-learning is through the university’s curriculum-based academic programs that provide students with theoretical and experiential education. During classroom sessions, students are equipped with necessary skills and specific knowledge needed in fulfilling their community tasks. COSCA’s role then is to assist the faculty member by coordinating with potential partner organization where the students can engage in community-based project or activities. In consultation with the partner organization, students implement activities based on community needs and demands. It is during community activities that students are given opportunities to integrate academic learning with various community needs related to education, economic enterprise, social welfare, environment, governance, and among others. Service-learning also includes time for regular processing or critical reflection activity where students link their experience to the academic learning’s objectives and at the same time influence their future action. In the process, students learn while they serve, and serve while they learn.
The Theology and Religious Education Two (TREDTWO) Community Service Program started in 2007. It is a component of the TREDTWO Course, entitled "The Filipino Christian in A Changing World" that tackles Christian Social Teachings and Christian Morality. Through TREDTWO CSP, students are exposed to social realities and are given the opportunity to contribute through direct service in line with the framework of faith in action. The program is conducted in partnership with centers and institutions serving the children-at-risk, elderly, persons with disability and among others. The TREDTWO CSP process consists of class orientation, online registration (deployment centers), center orientation, community service proper and processing of experience.
The program aims to touch the cognitive and behavioral aspects of students. On the cognitive level of students, the following are sought: a) critical knowledge of social and personal realities; b) basic knowledge of sociological, anthropological, philosophical and theological schools of thought; c) critical thinking, listening, attitude and thought patterns.
The program seeks to develop the following on the behavioral level of students: a) sense of solidarity with marginalized; b) sensitive to moral challenges; c) responsive to social issues; and, d) be part of organization towards social transformation.
In the desire to sustain progressive development and deepen community involvement of DLSU students, Service Learning Program is a venue for upper-class undergraduate, graduate and international students to apply academic learning to real human needs by rendering service activity. The program encourages students to make knowledge gained in the university benefit the poor sector of the society.
In partnership with academic faculty, academic courses/ programs are integrated with service learning component wherein students render service activity through various community projects.
Strategy in the implementation of service-learning is through the university's curriculum-based academic program that provides students with theoretical and experiential education. During classroom sessions, students are equipped with necessary skills and specific knowledge needed in fulfilling their community tasks and demand of community situation. Students, deployed in the current pool of COSCA community partners, are given opportunities to integrate academic learning with various community needs related to education, economic enterprise, environment, governance and among others. In the process, students learn while they serve, and serve while they learn.
Samples of service learning activities
|Academic Course||Service Activity||Site|
|Development Economics||Community Profiling||Brgy 714, Brgy 718, Brgy 729, Malate, Manila|
|Social Responsibility, Human Rights and Sustainable||Albelda Daycare Assessment in CUPA||Claret Urban Poor Apostolate|
|Development||Marketing Plan of KILUS Foundation||KILUS Foundation|
|Practicum||Seminar on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism||Kababayan sa Bagong Barrio Caloocan City|
Guided by the DLSU CE framework (2011), the LSFE subprogram on CE encourages the different academic and non-academic units of the University to collaborate with external communities to improve their quality of life through the sharing of resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge.
This subprogram emphasizes the three major elements of the DLSU CE framework: association in mission such as partnerships with social development institutions, local communities, sectoral groups; bringing forth awareness and understanding through research and consultation and lastly, effecting liberating action or activities that are empowering and capacitating.
These elements are seen in the following CE projects: Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project (Lian, Batangas); Leveriza Initiatives (Rehabilitation of Estero Fort San Antonio de Abad, Organizational strengthening and the provision of supplemental livelihood for the Basic Ecclesial Communities of the Parish of the Assumption and the Child Friendly Spaces) and the One Million Trees and Beyond.
The LSFE subprogram on Advocacy partners with the DLSU Committee on National Issues and Concerns (CONIC) to provide relevant information to the University. These are utilized by the students, faculty and administrators to come up with informed decisions and choices on selected national issues.
More than part of CONIC, this subprogram also articulates the different advocacy agenda of COSCA's partner sectors. From the land rights of the farmers in Calatagan to the basic rights of children in Leveriza, this subprogram aims to raise the Lasallians' awareness on their plight and to take legal action to address these. COSCA's priority agenda also include good governance and environment.
The subprogram's major output include the holding of different fora to discuss issues, release publication, and newsletters to state relevant facts and offer perspectives and establishing partnerships with institutions and networks.
The Lasallian Outreach and Volunteer Effort is an expertise and interest-based volunteer program where members of the Lasallian community (student, alumni, parent or employee) are encouraged to volunteer their time as well as their talents and skills for the integral development of COSCA's identified sector or partner community; while ensuring his/her integral development as well.
The Lasallian Outreach and Volunteer Effort (L.O.V.E.) holds the symbol of a star, where its major angle pointing down signifies God's reaching down to humanity and the two angles pointing up signifies humanity reaching out to God. The star spreading out on the sides reminds us to reach out and open our hands in service of other people. The five angles that are facing outward with dot on each angle signify the letter "V" in volunteerism. The green color of the angles represents the effort of the Lasallians while the red color of the single angle represents the heart of service in every Lasallian volunteer. The star is slanted to the right to signify dynamism of volunteer action, taking part in societal transformation.
The LSFE subprogram on Volunteer Formation directly implements the following: Summer Immersion Program; For the Kids Olympics for Children with Special Needs; and the Blood Drive.
Republic Act No 9163 mandates all colleges and universities to implement the NSTP. The program seeks to give the students an opportunity to directly contribute in nation building. Under NSTP, Lasallian students have the option to take either the Reserve Officers' Training Corps or the Civic Welfare Training Service.
COSCA facilitates the implementation of NSTP-CWTS. The NSTP-CWTS of DLSU is taken by freshmen students on Term 2 until Term 3. During Term 1, students are oriented about NSTP in order to guide them on which NSTP program to choose. In the second term, students formally attend classroom sessions and community exposures to prepare them for community service. The following term, students spend a minimum of 24 hours community service in marginalized sectors by implementing community-based projects together with partner organizations. The partner organizations are representatives from various sectors such as farmers, fisher folks, women, children, youth at risk, urban poor, and overseas Filipino workers. Community-based projects are geared towards contributing to social service needs of the communities in the areas of education, health, environment, livelihood, and basic infrastructures.
NSTP-CWTS seeks to instill the value of community engagement in the lives of the students and the Lasallian core values of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission. On the part of the communities, the program aims to enhance their capabilities to respond to their needs through collaborative endeavours with the lasallian students and other stakeholders