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 aim 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 its 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 in 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 (face-to-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 2016–2017, out of the 94 ALS Learners who took the A&E test last October 2017, 55 passed the test and received certificates equivalent to high school diploma. Meanwhile, the A&E test in SY 2017-2018 was postponed to 2019. For SY 2018-2019, 30 ALS learners took the test on February 24, 2019. Results for this test are expected to be released in May 2019. To date, there are five STI campuses who are currently offering ALS ? STI Colleges Ortigas-Cainta, Batangas, Lipa, Muñoz-EDSA, and Rosario.
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 2018–2019, the STI Mobile School has travelled to 1,213 sites and trained 171,209 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 to help tackle the needs of the disadvantaged sectors and other organizations.
In support of DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela progam, STI Foundation and 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 to 34 public elementary and high schools nationwide during SY 2017-2018. Maintenance of the computer units for these public schools continued in SY 2018-2019.
On April 21, 2017, STI Foundation inked a Memorandum of Agreement with Jollibee Foods Corporation (“JFC”) and launched the Agroenterprise Training for Farmer Facilitators. With the help of the courseware learning materials developed by STI, Jollibee Foundation trained agroentrepreneurs facilitators so the latter will be able to organize farmer clusters that shall provide the vegetable supply to various JFC distributors, retailers, and institutional markets.
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 conduct outreach activities in its partner communities in Purok Tunggoy, Mandalagan, and Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City and a partner school in Granada, Bacolod City, the Vista Alegre Granada Relocation Elementary School (“VAGRES”) and ABKASA National High School.
The intervention focused on education program especially for the pre-school children and Alternative Learning System classes for the Out of School Youth. STI WNU facilitated the construction of the one-storey building for the Pre-school classes in VAGRES. The building was the result of an innovation project of the College of Engineering known as the Ecoblocks, wherein empty polyethylene therephtalate bottles were used as major materials in the said construction project.
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
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,
Since 2016, the University’s Community Extension Office had been active in 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; collaboration with LGUs and private companies for the International Earth Day Celebration; Tree Growing and Community Immersion in Kalipay Village, Cadiz Viejo; Let’s Do It Philippines Orientation for the International Coastal Clean Up Drive; and Tree Growing Project at VAGRES.
The University has likewise been involved in the implementation of the Alternative Learning System (“ALS”) for several barangays within Bacolod City. This project, a collaboration with the Department of Education and Verlanie Foundation. KAWSA Organization, was created and organized with participation of students.
In 2018, the Twelve Teachers Thousand Lives Project was launched in partnership with the Municipality of La Castellana. In line with the purpose of producing more educators, deserving students were given scholarships to take up Bachelor of Science in Education.
In September 2018, with the participation of different barangays in Bacolod City and the Agriculture Training Institute (“ATI”), the Urban Gardening Project was implemented. Participating residents and students took online courses. More than two hundred graduated from the Basic Urban Gardening Course.