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20 AUGUST 2001. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 12. 4 PAGES 

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COSCA launches Immersion 2001 for administrators, faculty, and staff

In 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.

Dubbed 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.

Participants 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 learning exercises.

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 education.

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 environment education.

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.

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