Community Development

Latest News and Events

May 2, 2019 UST NSTP CWTS & LTS Office holds earthquake relief operations in Tarlac
February 22, 2019 Simbahayan, RCSSED hold annual Bartolome de las Casas research conference
January 14, 2019 Ongtangco, Bermejo of Occupational Therapy present papers on service learning in HK
January 12, 2019 Abenir of Sociology, Simbahayan presents paper on service-learning modalities, levels framework in Hongkong
December 3, 2018 UST joins Int’l Day of Persons with Disability through conference on State of Children in PH
May 18, 2018 Tomasinong Bikolano reaches out to San Jose Elementary School, unveil UST benches in Legazpi
September 19, 2017 Simbahayan opens Hindi na Muli sa Batas Militar forum, opens ML exhibit
May 21, 2017 UST hosts Lakbay Buhay Mass, advocacy program against Death Penalty
April 24, 2017 Simbahayan opens Bartolome delas Casas comm dev’t exhibit, awards winners
February 8, 2017 Prayer-March against Human Trafficking, Lowering of Age of Criminal Liability held in UST
January 28, 2017 Tomasinong Bikolano provides assistance to victims of Typhoon Nina
January 27, 2017 Simbahayan organizes AlerTomas v2.0 for disaster risk and reduction
January 10, 2017 Abenir of Sociology, Simbahayan presents paper on rights and capabilities of OFW children
January 9, 2017 Navotas City Schools Division recognizes Thomasian contribution to Kaunlaran High School
December 9, 2016 UST donates more than half a million worth of goods and cash to victims of Typhoon Lawin in Cagayan
July 17, 2016 IPEA conducts Korfball Seminar-Workshop in Zamboanga
June 14, 2016 UnionBank donates to Simbahayan
November 15, 2015 Library provides catechesis to Aeta youth
September 28, 2015 UST inks MOU with Universidad de Santa Isabel, Naga City
September 19, 2015 Chem. Eng’g. students, faculty join International Coastal Clean-Up in Lemery, Batangas

The UST-SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office is tasked to develop, implement, and manage the University Community Development Program (UCDP) towards the University’s mission of “generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.”

Directly under the Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs, it covers programs and projects of College/Faculty-based and University-wide student organizations; Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Service (LTS) sections of the National Service Training Program (NSTP); and alumni groups and associations.


The UST Simbahayan Community Development Office, a grounded and responsive institution, envisions partner communities and at-risk sectors to be self-reliant, interdependent, and empowered, contributing to the building of the Church, the home, and the nation.


The UST Simbahayan Community Development Office commits itself to continuous improvement and to the sustained Christian formation of Thomasians and University partner communities and institutions in becoming agents of social transformation.

Social Transformation Strategies

T - Training and Education for Capacity-Building

As a premier Catholic educational institution, training and education are at the heart of our Community Development strategy. Training pertains to helping partner communities and institutions to proficiently practice a specific set of skills in order to allow them to perform better in a particular task. Meanwhile, education pertains to help partner communities learn how to use knowledge based on UNESCO’s four pillars of education, namely: 1) Learning to live together; 2) Learning to know; 3) Learning to do; and 4) Learning to be. Thus, education is not just about being trained, but it is also about knowing how to use knowledge to do what is good, to promulgate local knowledge, and help partner communities and institutions become educators themselves.

O - Organizing for Empowerment

People in partner communities and institutions must be helped in order for them to be organized so that they can have a high level of public engagement and cohesion on important Community Development projects and issues that affect their lives. Community and institutional organizing includes conscientization, leadership development, membership building, organizational development, and campaign or action plan development.

M - Management for Program Development

In order for Community Development projects to be sustained, they must be anchored on long-term programs. Management for program development here refers to helping partner communities and institutions develop a portfolio of multiple projects that are managed and coordinated as one unit with the objective of achieving outcomes and benefits for their organization and respective community. This will require community participation in learning how to manage development phases of a program, namely: 1) situation analysis; 2) planning and design; 3) implementation and monitoring; 4) evaluation; and 5) impact assessment. Management for program development also entails institutional development of SIMBAHAYAN to better orient and inspire students, faculty, administration, support staff, and alumni to engage in Community Development work.

A - Advocacy, Research, and Documentation

SIMBAHAYAN serves as human rights defenders for people coming from different sectors who experience discrimination, exclusion, marginalization, oppression, and subordination (DEMOS). We do this in order to raise their voices and help them conscientize the general public, government, policy-makers, or other entities such as private corporations, to bring about positive changes that can be in the form of policies, laws, programs, and projects designed to effectively improve their situation in life. Meanwhile, research and documentation entail scientifically gathering evidence in order to develop Community Development programs and projects and understand their long-term impact on the lives of communities and institutions we serve and partner with.

S - Spirituality of Transformation

SIMBAHAYAN engages with partner communities and institutions in Community Development work, because as a Catholic university, we base our principles and actions on Gospel-centered service, Catholic Social Teachings, and the Dominican charism. Thus, in everything that we do, it serves as an opportunity to promulgate the Good News and be the Good News so that people we serve and partner with may come to know and feel the love of Christ. Hopefully, this would lead to the formation of people in partner communities and institutions with a Christian lens and sensitivity in working toward social transformation.

Social Transformation Framework

The Community Development Network

SIMBAHAYAN 2016-Present - Partner Communities

The Learning Exchange Program

Every year since 2016, the Simbahayan Community Development Office has conducted the Learning Exchange Program with partner universities in the country. This is a learning caravan where the office gets to share its best practices in the Catholic Mission of Service and the Dominican mission of justice, peace, and care of creation. Each university, in turn, also shares its best practices, providing the UST group a chance to learn, too.

2019: Liceo de Cagayan University

2019: Xavier University

2018: St. Mary’s University – Nueva Vizcaya

2018: University of the Cordilleras – Baguio

2017: University of Negros Occidenal – Recoletos

2017: University of St. La Salle – Bacolod

2016: St. Paul University – Dumaguete

2016: Silliman University – Dumaguete

[The Learning Exchange Program] becomes an opportunity where UST SIMBAHAYAN learns from other HEIs in how they address local challenges in their surrounding communities and how they contribute to public service in their respective regions.

Assoc. Prof. Mark Anthony D. Abenir, DSD

Simbahayan Community Development Office Director


Simbahayan 400

The term Simbahayan is a combination of the words “Simbahan, Bayan, and Tahanan,” the three foci of UST’s centerpiece project for its Quadricentennial celebration from 2010-2012.

Administration and Staff








Assistant Director

Community Development Coordinating Council
ACCOUNTANCY, College of Asst. Prof. Ginavee F. Dapula, PhD
ARCHITECTURE, College of Mr. Antonino N. Tobias IV
ARTS AND LETTERS, Faculty of Asst. Prof. Analiza A. Yanga
EDUCATION, College of Asst. Prof. Myra P. de Leon, EdD
ENGINEERING, Faculty of Asst. Prof. Manolo P. Binuya
FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, College of Ms. Ana Rhea C. Adonis
GRADUATE SCHOOL Mr. Renz Christian C. Argao, MA
INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES, Institute of Asst. Prof. Janette E. Sideño
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL Ms. Bernardine Ann V. Obial, MHist
MUSIC, Conservatory of Asst. Prof. Thea P. Prosia
NURSING, College of Asst. Prof. Ma. Victoria V. Bongar
PHARMACY, Faculty of Ms. Grace Marie C. Alunan-Maclan, MS
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS, Institute of Asst. Prof. Marcelita L. Apolonia
RELIGION, Institute of Mr. John Paul T. Balanquit, MA
SCIENCE, College of Asst. Prof. Jaycee Augusto G. Paguirigan, PhD
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Mr. Tyrone Jann D.C. Nepomuceno, MA


UST STAFF Simbahayan - ABELARDO Abegail Martha S (2017, MA - 2x2 Gray)


Office Assistant for Community Development

UST STAFF Simbahayan - VICTORIA Jasmin A (2017, AB - 2x2 Gray)


Office Assistant for Community Development

UST STAFF Simbahayan Clerk - AREPENTIDO Manuel (2017, BSC - 2x2 Gray)


Office Clerk

Contact Information

Rm. 101, Tan Yan Kee Student Center

University of Santo Tomas Campus

España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines 1015

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: +63-2-406-1611 loc. 8420 / 8368 / 8590

Telefax: +63-2-742-3707