launches Immersion 2001 for administrators, faculty, and staff
support of the less privileged and marginalized sectors of
society, the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA)
will hold the first immersion program for faculty members,
administrators, and co-academic personnel.
Immersion 2001, the project will run from August 25 to November
18 this year. The provinces covered under the program are
Bulacan, Quezon, Bataan, and Batangas.
will get the chance to experience the outreach activities
of students, who are required at one point in their college
life to open themselves to the realities outside their circle.
With the immersion program, the University hopes to balance
education and evangelization with the active participation
of every sector of the Lasallian community.
Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan is the site of Damascus
Foundation, a non-profit foundation that helps former drug
dependents to recover and integrate in the mainstream society.
It is an open rehabilitation center where anyone can come
and leave. The center provides spiritual support to its clients.
Volunteers are expected to participate in group dynamics and
Lumanyag in Lian, Batangas is the site of the College of Science’s
Mangrove Reforestation Program. Together with the rural coastal
community of fisher folk, participants of the immersion will
conduct coastal clean-up, mangrove planting, and environment
Kanawan in Morong, Bataan is home to a community of Aetas.
The 165-hectare ancestral land of the Aetas is located inside
the Bataan natural park, bounded by Subic Bay in the north
and South China Sea in the south. The community’s project
is on environmental protection.
Dolores, Quezon is a rural municipality that depends largely
on agriculture. Part of the exposure is a visit to Mt. Banahaw,
a pilgrim site of devotees of different popular religions.
Visited by thousands of people every year, the mountain will
be explored by the immersion participants to experience the
interplay of culture and nature.
Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel, Bulacan is a rural community that
also depends on agriculture and eco-tourism. Participants
will be exposed to the upland ecosystem as part of the outdoor
The schedule of Immersion 2001 activities is as follows: August
25-26, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan; September 8-9,
Dolores, Quezon; September 15-16, Biak na Bato, Bulacan; October
13-14, Morong, Bataan; October 27-28, Lian, Batangas; and
November 17-18, Morong, Bataan.