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SSC-R Manila Partners with Sagip Sierra Madre for Dumagat Tribe Community Outreach

On April 6, 2024, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila (SSC-R) forged a meaningful partnership with the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Group to extend assistance to the Dumagat tribe residing in Sitio Suha, Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan. The event was attended by esteemed individuals, including Rev. Fr. Virgilio M. Paredes Jr., OAR, Vice President for Identity, Formation, and Mission, dedicated college faculties such as Atty. Jesus Anthony Diosana, Ms. Ma. Teresa Valeroso and Mr. Arren Santos, alongside our Outreach Coordinator, Ms. Mary Grace Depalubos, and enthusiastic college students from various disciplines, including Political Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and READS grantees.

During this collaborative effort, SSC-R Manila launched a cooperative project aimed at supporting the livelihood ventures of the Dumagat tribe. The initiative began with the provision of live chickens and feed, serving as a jumpstart for their entrepreneurial endeavors. Additionally, our students took the opportunity to extend further assistance by handing over hygiene and food packs to the Dumagat community, addressing immediate needs and promoting overall well-being.

The atmosphere during the event was one of camaraderie, solidarity, and mutual respect. Participants engaged in meaningful interactions with members of the Dumagat tribe, fostering a sense of empathy, understanding, and shared humanity. Through this collaborative effort, San SSC-R Manila and the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Group demonstrated our commitment to social responsibility, environmental conservation, and community empowerment.

As we reflect on this impactful endeavor, we recognize the importance of ongoing support and sustainable solutions in addressing the needs of marginalized communities like the Dumagat tribe. San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila remains steadfast in our dedication to fostering positive change and creating a more inclusive and equitable society. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants, partners, and supporters who contributed to the success of this collaborative effort. Together, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and build a brighter future for all.