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CBAA launches HANGO Program in support of Lasallian Zero Poverty initiatives

October 25, 2021 | By CBAA

Hango Program for Zero Poverty

As part of the Lasallian Zero Extreme Poverty initiatives, the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) has spearheaded the HANGO program, which stands for Humanitarian Acts of Nurturing and Generating Opportunities.

HANGO is an integral part of the business program curriculum. It is three-pronged:

  • it offers microfinancing livelihood programs to deserving Filipino families,
  • it is a doorway to DLSU-D Night College for the deserving children of HANGO beneficiaries, and
  • it serves as a social engagement platform for the CBAA students.

HANGO addresses two essential responsibilities of an educational institution, namely: 1.) take an active and relevant role in uplifting the quality of life of struggling Filipino families, and 2.) develop the professional competencies of our future business leaders with a meaningful understanding of the plight of the Filipino people.

When the pandemic hit the country and disrupted our routine, what seemed as a devastating uncertainty became an opportunity to implement HANGO. The lengthy lockdown was when CBAA faculty members and staff worked quickly to establish the groundwork for HANGO.

"HANGO is a product of collaboration. We knew we needed help. We are grateful for the enthusiasm of the Lasallian Community Development Center (LCDC), Livelihood and Enterprise Development Center, Inc. (LEDC), DLSU-D Night College, and Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO). They helped us long before the pandemic," said Dr. Mary Felidora Florinor M. Amparo, CBAA Dean.

As the pandemic dragged the economy, affecting employment and declining enrollment, the threat of displacing scholars became imminent. HANGO launched #noscholarleftbehind, which was possible with the working relationship of LCDC with De La Salle Philippines Zero Extreme Poverty (DLSP - ZEP) and the Covid Pulse Survey of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

To date, from the 156 families of DLSU-D scholars who participated in the Covid Pulse Survey, CBAA has identified 15 candidate beneficiaries. A portion of the college budget in S.Y. 2020-2021 was invested in LEDC as seed money. Memoranda of Agreement with the Provincial Government of Cavite and LEDC have been initiated. Team HANGO is hopeful of releasing the funding to the beneficiaries before Christmas.

From a humble idea, HANGO evolved into a promising community extension program jointly created by a much bigger team consisting of CBAA, LCDC, LEDC, DLSU-D Night College, Office of Student Services (Athletic and Performing Arts), Scholarship Office, Provincial Government of Cavite by way of PCLEDO, DLSP-ZEP, and UNDP.

"The program is an opportunity to collaborate with various sectors in the University and the Province of Cavite. It upholds the profound role of business in the quality of life of a nation and respects the relationship between the private and public sectors," said Dr. Amparo.

HANGO is inviting local MSMEs to be part of the HANGO Partners Unit, helping the beneficiaries venture into business.

HANGO is a work-in-progress and evolving. What remains is its mission to uplift the quality of life of Filipino families through business ventures and quality education.

The College of Business Administration and Accountancy is a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UNPRME) and a member of the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For inquiries, reach out to the HANGO Overall Coordinator, Mr. Glean Aniversario, gzaniversario@dlsud.edu.ph.