To operationalize its mission, ICIC defined its deliverables by the following services: educational programs, livelihood initiatives and paralegal services.
1. Educational Programs
The ICIC classified its educational programs into: educational assistance and sponsorships, tutorial services, scholarships for Technical Educational Skills Development Authority or TESDA skills training, alternative learning system or ALS, computer literacy and distance learning program. These are all within the context of community development and organizing.
Educational assistance or sponsorships aims to assist parents of schoolchildren in partner communities in meeting the financial and material needs of the children in school as well as providing added opportunities for learning and enrichment outside school setting.
To supplement this program, tutorial classes are given to students in various levels from elementary to high school. Currently there are four scholars undergoing the TESDA skills training endorsed by the ICIC and financially supported by the SBC-BEFI. All of them are taking refrigeration and airconditioning, and after their studies, ICIC and SBC-BEFI will help look for employers to ensure its sustainability and impact.
The Basic Education Department (BED) will revive the ALS through the BED faculty community involvement. Distance learning will cater the needs of non-academic and private business personnel to obtain a four year college diploma. Distance learning project is in partnership with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila which offers a BA in Public and Business administration, done every Sunday at the San Beda campus, and to be completed only in one and a half year. The present batch has 25 enrollees, and started their classes in March 7, 2011.
2. Livelihood Initiatives
ICIC in its aim to provide efficient services to alleviate the socio-economic conditions of people designed its livelihood initiatives in these categories: Rags2Riches, Dayami and Livelihood Series Seminar-Workshops.
San Beda has a standing Memorandum of Agreement with R2R to work with our people in the communities where they will provide the technology in crafting rags and fashionable bags and at the same time provide a larger market for the products produced.
The Livelihood Series seminars and workshops for the school’s non-teaching personnel and the key persons of the partner communities are realized through the Graduate School of Business HERD or Helping Everyone Realized their Dreams Program. This is an effort to provide alternative source of income to our beneficiaries. The last three seminars focused on Fashion Accessories, Therapeutic Massage and Meat Processing.
3. Paralegal Services
One of the best practices of the San Beda community involvement is the paralegal services spearheaded by the College of Law through its Legal Aid Bureau Program (LAB). For the past years, the LAB has been operating separately as an internship program for the top 25% of the Law graduating class. Last year, the group integrated its community involvement initiatives by leading San Beda’s paralegal services under the supervision of its director, Atty. Peter Joey Usita. LAB offers free legal assistance to walk-in poor clients, SBC employees and members of the partner communities. Its main office located near the entrance gate for visitors is open to clients from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM everyday, while its extension office at St. Jude Parish will render their services every Thursday only.