Empowered, self-reliant, interdependent, gender-sensitive, ecological, sustainable communities rooted in Christian values as foundation of a just, humane, peaceful and progressive Filipino society.
- Take lead role in raising the social consciousness and community involvement of all sectors in the university
- Organize and build the capabilities of partner communities in Negros Occidental
- Establish solidarity with local, national and international organizations which share similar principles and vision.
Volunteers Formation Program
The Volunteer Formation Program is a “serving to learn, learning to serve” program for students of the University of St. La Salle geared towards social consciousness-raising and deepening of commitment to community service. A Balayan volunteer is guided by the principles of active non-violence, respect for the dignity of the human person, respect for Mother Earth, rooted in Christian values and the three fundamental Lasallian core values of spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission.
Institutional Community Engagement Program
The ICEP Committee serves as the central coordinating body for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the outreach initiatives of the different college units and the Organization of Office Personnel in the University. Its main purpose is to enhance the colleges/units capacity in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating their outreach programs.
Christian Service Learning Program
This is a curriculum-based program aimed at bridging the classroom and the community and ensuring that learning and impact is felt by students and the community partners. Service-Learning is a pedagogy of teaching or a method of learning that combines academic study and community service. It follows the four principles namely: Engagement, Reflection, Reciprocity and Public Dissemination.
Campus Clubs Outreach Assistance Program
One of Balayan’s responses and contribution to molding Lasallians to become socially-responsible Christians is ensuring that campus clubs do their outreach activities more meaningfully and in collaboration with other clubs. Thus, the campus clubs outreach assistance program looks into their social orientation guiding them in the implementation and evaluation planning activities.
In 2010, the university became the “Caretaker” of the GK Lopue Legacy Village in Barangay Dulao, Bago City. Considered as the convergence site for community engagement, Balayan does the over-all supervision of the site, sees through the implementation of the various programs and ensures the active and collaborative participation of the academic community. It links with the local government of Bago City and other external stakeholders.
Balayan does environment/DRRM education and advocacy and facilitates mangrove and tree growing, coastal clean-up and other environmental activities.
The University maintains its partnership with 7 Barangays in Bacolod City namely: Banago, Mandalagan, Granada, Villamonte, Singcang, Taculing, and Pta. Taytay. Balayan takes charge of ground working, organizing of partners and maintaining a good working relationship with the LGUs for the engagement of the academic community.
BALAYAN accepts students, staff and faculty volunteers who are willing to undergo social formation, training and exposures in the community and eventually serve beyond what is required.