Community Extension and Outreach Programs
Given the national reach of STI ESG, the company has taken it upon itself to hold socially responsible activities that are aimed to better the communities that individual campuses belong to, and at the same time, develop a positive environment that will be beneficial to all stakeholders
The STI Foundation
The STI Foundation aims to contribute to the improvement of the country’s educational system through programs and projects that address the digital divide and promote excellence in education.
Alternative Learning System (“ALS”)
STI Foundation responded to the call of DepEd for the private sector’s participation and support in their ALS program, a non-formal education to help learners who wish to complete their basic education. The ALS program also aims to address the problem on the growing number of students who drop out of school every year.
STI ESG then reached out to out-of-school youth aged 15 and above who still have not finished their secondary education and cannot afford to go through formal schooling. The ALS sessions are conducted every Saturday and employ blended and collaborative modes of instruction (faceto-face instructions), e-learning materials (e-Skwela), and performance-based assessment to prepare and equip the ALS learners with the knowledge required to pass the Accreditation and Equivalency (“A&E”) Test given by DepEd. In SY 2015-2016, out of the 29 ALS Learners who took the A&E test, 12 passed the test and received certificates equivalent to high school diploma Meanwhile, for SY 2016-2017, 94 ALS learners took the A&E test last October 2017 and 55 of them passed.
The STI Mobile School
The STI Mobile School is a fleet of tourist-sized buses that have been converted into roving computer laboratories. Each bus is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer laboratory with internet access, multimedia computers, LCD monitors, sound system, and other top-of-the-line computer equipment.
Since SY 2011–2012 until SY 2017–2018, the STI Mobile School has travelled to 1,192 sites and trained 168,015 participants nationwide. Today, a total of six mobile school buses travel across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
STI ESG received a Certificate of Appreciation from DepEd for being one of its active partners in the implementation of the Adopt-a-School program. With this alliance, STI Mobile School or the computer laboratory on wheels was utilized to provide alternative learning facilities to DepEd’s high schools in far-flung communities to teach basic skills on computer concepts, GNU Image Manipulation Program (“GIMP”), multimedia animation, audio editing, and movie presentation through ICT-enhanced training sessions.
STI Foundation extended assistance to various special community development projects, outreach programs, and humanitarian services in SY 2015-2016 to help tackle the needs of the disadvantaged sectors and other organizations.
In support of DepEd’s back-to-school efforts, STI ESG, through its advocacy arm STI Foundation, donated over 1,400 sets of school uniforms to public schools in Mt. Pulag, Bukidnon, and Maguindanao. In addition, assorted books, uniforms, and merchandise items were donated to Department of Social Welfare and Development (“DSWD”) Region 4-A, Friendship Home Fr. Luis Amigo in Manila, Bantay Batas DASALKA in Antipolo, and Mandaluyong National High School. Moreover, the turnover of donations coincided with DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela at Carlos L. Albert High School in Quezon City on May 20, 2015 where STI ESG employees volunteered along with other private partners including Meralco Foundation, Maynilad, and Samsung Foundation. STI Foundation continued to support the Brigada Eskwela progam as volunteers from STI ESG went to Taytay National High School in Taytay, Rizal on June 3 and 10, 2017 to assist in the clean-up and installation of computers donated by the DepEd Central Office in the computer laboratory.
Community and Civic Engagements
STI Foundation collaborated with Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana Project in the latter’s goal of generating in-kind donations such as clothes, toys, shoes, and others to be given away to the recipients of the Caritas Manila. Meanwhile, STI Foundation worked with the Ortigas Library Foundation and turned over English and Science books to select provincial public schools and libraries. The Foundation also donated uniforms to the beneficiaries of the Religious Missionaries of the Divine Savior, the victims of the Mayon Volcano eruption through the DepEd Central Office, and the beneficiaries of the National Youth Commission.
Through STI ESG’s partnership with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (“NGCP”), a privately-owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s state-owned power grid, STI Foundation facilitated the installation and regular maintenance of computer units donated by NGCP in 34 public elementary and high schools nationwide.
One Million Lapis Campaign
STI Foundation worked with the DepEd, DSWD, Department of Interior and Local Government (“DILG”), and other agencies in support of the One Million Lapis campaign organized by the Council for Welfare of Children (“CWC”). This advocacy aims to collect one million pencils to be given to underprivileged students in elementary schools nationwide. STI Foundation along with the STI ESG network of schools turned over more than 35,000 pencils to DepEd and CWC on November 20, 2016.
The English Department of STI WNU extends its expertise in TESOL in Puroks/Barangays where out-of-school youth, willing mothers and pupils need extra help in English. English teachers take turns in teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (“ESOL”) to these children as well as to their mothers. This is conducted during weekends until their Christmas Party in December. This project has been ongoing since 2009.
STI WNU also continues to extend outreach activitiesto its adopted community in Purok Tunggoy, Mandalagan, Bacolod City and an adopted school in Granada, Bacolod City, the Vista Alegre Granada Relocation Elementary School (“VAGRES”).
In 2013, STI WNU had the “Care and Share for Yolanda Survivors” project following the huge devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013. The project is a collaborative effort of the Wesnecan Community and the Protestant Church of Laichingen in South Germany through its volunteer student Nadja Gruhler. A total amount of P3 million was raised and was then used to fund relief operations and the “Rehabilitation and Recovery Shelter for Yolanda Survivors Homestay Program” at Purok Kantamayon Brgy. Patao in Bantayan Cebu. From SY 2013-2014 until SY 2014-2015, over 93 houses were built and turned over, materials for 40 partially damaged houses were also turned over, and 43 partially damaged houses were repaired. Training sessions on various topics such as Home Stay Project: Spiritual Development, Basic Tips on How to Start a Business, and Costing and Basic Recording were also conducted for the locals. Other trainings in SY 2015-2016 included: Lecture on Proper Hygiene, Proper Handwashing and Brushing of Teeth (December 16, 2015), Happy Tummy: An Orientation on Proper Food Preparation (December 16, 2015), Lecture on Ecological Waste Management (August 8, 2015) and Lecture on Community Relations (October 26, 2016).
SY 2016-2017 was another busy year for the University’s Community Extension Office as it held various projects that made an impact on the neighboring communities. These included: Monitoring of Solid Waste Management (“SWM”) implementation during the Panaad sa Negros Festival (April 2016); collaboration with LGUs and private companies for the International Earth Day Celebration (April 2016); Tree Growing and Community Immersion in Kalipay Village, Cadiz Viejo (June 2016, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental); Let’s Do It Philippines Orientation for the International Coastal Clean Up Drive (September 2016, Bacolod City); Tree Growing Project at VAGRES – re-visited the school site and brought some fertilizer for the growing trees (January 2017, Bacolod City).