An entire academic community whose members in diverse forms work as one, reaching out in mutual support to other communities to live out their faith. Bringing about the Reign of God in the tasks of nation building, actively engaged in raising social consciousness and serving the poorest of our brothers and sisters to raise the quality of their life and personhood.
In order to attain this vision, SAC commits itself to:
1. Building communities that recognize God at work in people’s lives by the quality of relationships they foster.
2. Steering the academic community’s movement from critical awareness of current social realities towards a raised consciousness that consistently insists on moral integrity and social justice; engages in gender-fair education and transformative action; defends the ecosystem and promotes the health of the home planet.
3. Promoting the Benedictine cultural and spiritual heritage as hallmark expression of the Gospel values to reinforce the best of our Filipino values.
4. An on-going formation program designed to raise constantly our competencies and qualitative traits as agents of social change.
Concretely, the Social Action Center serves the entire Scholastican community and the other communities through its four programs:
A. The National Service Training Program (NSTP)
The National Service Training Program(NSTP) is a 3-units co-curricular subject offered every semester to all college first year students. It falls under the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) component of CHED.Part of the services rendered by the program for the students is exposure/immersion activities and community catechetical instructions to extension communities. With careful considerations, NSTP module was studied and adjustments were made accordingly.
B. Lay Apostolate (LA) Program
The Lay Apostolate Program is a four-unit requirement course that is divided into LA 1 and LA 2 and taken by student in their second year. The LA Program creates opportunities where students can deepen their awareness of contemporary issues through direct interaction and service to the marginalized sectors of society. Services are in the form of tutorial to the public school students, orphanages, non-government organizations.
C. The Outreach Program
The Outreach Program aims to uplift the quality of life of the members of its partner communities. Different programs/ activities like values formation, livelihood, ecology and environment, health and education are extended to the partner communities.
Relief/Tawid-Gutom BagsAmong the services offered by SAC are relief and tawid-gutom bags. Relief services are coordinated with institutions and NGO’s (Non - Government Organizations) like Citizen’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Socio Pastoral Apostolate (SPA), Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), People’s Organizations (POs). On the other hand, tawid-gutom bags are given to individuals who knock at the door of SSC or what is called walk–in poor.
SAC ventures into partnership with Non-government Organizations (NGOs), People’s Organizations (POs), Church-based and parish-based organizations and apostolates. They serve as extension communities for the services or the different units – Grade school, High School and College. Exposure/Immersion, skills training (health, women orientation, ecology, leadership, theater arts, etc), tutorials, spiritual formations e.g catechism and values formation, organizing such as consultancy services to people’s organizations and medical missions are among the services offered by the outreach program.
In keeping with the school’s thrust of social concern and involvement, St. Scholastica’s College opened a volunteer program in 1996. It is a support program that provides volunteer assistance to various institutions and community–based organizations.
The program provides the matching and bridging of the technical expertise with need through volunteerism. Individuals and groups share their talents, skills, and other resources with the different institutions and communities in need of this particular expertise. In the process, there is transference, improvement, sustained development, and transformation in both the volunteers and the institutions and the communities availing these services.
This nurtures the volunteers passion and vocation in serving various institutions and community–based organization of BVP through formation program.
BVP offers community services program divided into three programs, namely: SHARE-A-YEAR PROGRAM, SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEER PROGRAM and INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM.
The Share-A-Year program provides an option for new graduates/young professionals as well as alumnae to render a year’s service to any institution or community-based organization connected with BVP to serve for one year program. Under this program, volunteer can serve either as teachers, counselors, program staff or community workers/organizers in socio-pastoral centers. Volunteers who opt for one-year volunteer stint receive minimum monthly allowance and free board and lodging.
the International Volunteer Program sends volunteers to foreign countries
where they can assist the Benedictine Sisters in their various apostolates.