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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Making A Difference

Training Centers in the Rural Areas Strengthened

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These past five years, efforts have been made to strengthen the training centers in the rural areas namely Mati, Borongan, and Dumangas. Many of our poor young people can be found in these places. To provide more opportunities for them, necessary upgrading of facilities, equipment and staff were made.

In Don Bosco Mati a new administration and training center building, workshops building, IFT laboratory, and ladies hostel were built through the assistance of the Municipal Government of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Northern Spain coursed through the Salesian NGO Youth and Development Foundation (JYD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development coursed through the Salesian NGO Don Bosco Mondo, and Australian Aid through the Philippines – Australia Community Assistance Program.

Computer Laboratory and Library
Ladies Hostel
IFT Laboratory and Classroom
Administrative and Training Center Building
Workshops Building
























In Don Bosco Borongan a new training center and a new youth center gym were built in Barangay Taboc, a gym and evacuation shelter was also built in Barangay Bato and the old training center was renovated. New equipment were also acquired to meet with TESDA standards. Funding of the improvements in Borongan came from the German Doctors for Developing Countries,  La Stampa Foundation – Mirror of Times, and the Association of Former Salesian Students in Italy.

Gym and Evacuation Shelter
Youth Center Gym
New Training Center Building










In Don Bosco Dumangas the training center was renovated and an ongoing expansion is underway. Equipment and staff were also upgraded in compliance with TESDA registration requirements, thanks to Missioni Don Bosco and Don Bosco Mondo.

Renovated Training Center Building
Computer Laboratory
Welding Workshop