The word GaBayAnihan is a compound of five Filipino words such as, Gabay, Bayani, Anihan, Bayanihan, and Bayan. The program aims to guide (Gabay) the people to move as one community or nation (Bayan), forming them according to the values and character of enlightened citizens or heroes (Bayani) who have the capacity to harvest (Anihan) their own products and talents. It also highlights the good Filipino value of Bayanihan which implies cooperation and selfless service.
This pertains to the task of the academic institution, by utilizing its resources, to assist, steer, and lead the partner community in maximizing its inherent capability and potentials towards sustainable development.
It is the realization of every community member that he/she has talents, gifts, values, ideals and innate capacity to succeed. As a “hero”, he/she can contribute to the development of the community.
Every well-planned program or project has its fruits that are beneficial to the progress of the community. For the whole community, it refers to communal undertakings and for individuals; it refers to their personal achievements.
Bayanihan is a good Filipino tradition that exhibits the spirit of working together to achieve something that one cannot do alone. The usual example is that, when somebody needs to move a house, the whole village gets together and carries it. This practice develops volunteerism, cooperation, and solidarity among community members which is necessary in community development.
This is the goal of ACES GaBayAnihan Program wherein the people imbibe the sense of owning and concern for the community and collaborate towards the full realization of its vision and mission.
As a Catholic institution rooted in the optimism of God’s grace, Angelicum College, through its Extension Services Department, seeks to provide the spiritual needs of the members of its partner communities. Through the formation and strengthening of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) and various values formation activities meant to foster growth in their relationship with God, harmonious relationships with co-members in the community are also established.
The college believes that education is an indispensable element in the progress of any community. That is why part of ACES’ major priority is to address the problem of illiteracy and lack of assistance by offering the Re-entry Education Agenda for the Poor (REAP) Program, scholarship grants, and tutorials. It also provides non-formal education and trainings that will help the community members develop their skills which they can use for work opportunities.
Provision of livelihood projects, as well as trainings on effectively managing them, are also offered by Angelicum College to help alleviate poverty and ensure sustainable development in its partner communities. Through ACES, the college also initiates the establishment of possible micro-finances and cooperatives in communities.
The Angelicum College, through ACES, addresses health issues and concerns of its partner communities by initiating various promotive, preventive, and curative services.
The above said aims can be greatly achieved if community members are encouraged to improve the community’s physical attributes and infrastructures, and to protect their environment.