Social Conscience

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

I used to be naughty as I was growing up. I would tease my young siblings especially my sister to the point of making her angry; many times to the point of tears. She even ran after me with a table fork! I had the liberty to do this because my parents were away. At home, we only had our helper who was also a distant relative to manage the house. But I was beyond her control. At any hint of trouble, I was the culprit.

When dad arrived, my sister would immediately report all my trouble making at home. At first, my dad would call me and advise me to be more kind and respectful. But after several warnings and futile efforts to correct me, he was forced to execute disciplinary measures. I remember my dad spanking me several times. I resented him for that. On hindsight, I realize what my dad did was right. He had the duty to correct me. I believe, I am a better person today because of those “spankings.” Today I understand better that he did what he should do because he truly cared for me.

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The Salesians of Don Bosco is an international organization of men, founded by St. John Bosco, dedicated full time to the service of the young people, especially those who are poor and disadvantaged.

Believing that their total dedication to the transformation of the young as practicing Christians and productive citizens is their best gift to humanity, they focus on Youth Development and Engagement, particularly, education.

The Salesians have been in the Philippines since 1951. Salesian activity broadly expanded in reach that, as a positive consequence of this expansion, the original Salesian Province was divided into two: the Philippine North Province (FIN) and the Philippine South Province (FIS).

Showing themselves veritable friends of the Filipino Youth, the Salesians’ keenest desire is to bring out the best in the young, the Christian best and the Filipino best—unleashing within the BANAL (holy) and BAYANI (hero).

Such is the challenging task of the Salesians during this digital-cyber age and they aim to get it done by every modern means, and they start with what the youth love.

So there one finds the Salesian as a varsity coach and league organizer, a Boy Scout leader, a choir-master and combo player, a dramatics director, an artist, an academic teacher, a technical instructor, a science-lover, a computer and electronics enthusiast, a carpenter, a welder, a mechanic and auto-mechanic, an electrician, a missionary, a tailor, a librarian, a sacristan, a farmer, an agriculturist, a poultry and husbandry caretaker, a new media expert, a pastor, a church builder, a club animator, a retreat preacher, a catechist, a priest-counselor, and finally—always and everywhere—a friend to the young.

Concretely, Salesian work finds manifestation in running schools, training centers, youth centers, parishes and giving social services.
The Salesians in the South have 16 settings in the Visayas and Mindanao and two mission stations in Pakistan (Lahore and Quetta). The centers carry on multiple works that reveal the breadth and width of the Salesian apostolate: 6 schools, 10 skills training centers, 2 homes for boys in especially difficult circumstances, 12 youth centers, 7 parishes, 2 seminaries, and 4 retreat houses.


Canonical Establishment: May 30, 1992


1951 – Victorias, Negros Occidental, DBTI

1954 – Punta Princesa, Cebu, DBTC formerly Boys’ Town

1957 – Punta Princesa, Cebu, Lourdes Parish now Archdiodesan Shrine (2007)


1976 – Lawaan, Talisay Cebu, Don Bosco Missionary Seminary, now Don Bosco Formation Center

1977 – Pasil, Cebu, Don Bosco Pasil

1979 – Victorias, Negros Occidental, St. Joseph Parish


1986 –   Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, St. Louis School-Don Bosco

1988 –   Banilad, Cebu, Don Bosco Boy’s Home, now in Liloan

1989 –   Mati, Davao Oriental, Don Bosco Training Center and Sacred Heart Parish


1991 – Murcia, Negros Occidental, St. John Bosco Parish

1993 – Borongan, Eastern Samar, Training Center

1995 – Talamban, Cebu, Provincial House

1998 – Dumangas, Iloilo, Training Center

1998 – Lawaan, Talisay, Cebu, Retreat House

1999 – Quetta, Pakistan, Don Bosco Learning Center


2000 – Lahore, Pakistan, Don Bosco Learning Center

2008 – Maa, Davao City, Boy’s Town/Calinan

2016 – Pakistan Delegation

The Provincials

Fr. Godofredo T. Atienza




Fr. George P. Militante




Fr. Arturo A. Sanchez, Jr.




Bishop Patricio A. Buzon




Fr. Pietro G. Zago