AT WORK WITH GOD'S GOOD SAMARITANS

 

With its noble mission of improving the quality of life of the poor and the marginalized sectors of the community, the parish established and continues to build a number of satellite programs and livelihood projects aimed at providing employment opportunities and decent low-cost housing, developing better capability-building skills, and enhancing self-reliance.

The MIP Satellite programs and projects are under the supervision and management of parishioners who are selected based on their proven track records and experiences, a genuine concern for the poor and the needy and selfless acts towards others.

 

 

MIDFI

 

Enriching lives, uplifting spirits

Established on February 18, 1991, the Mary Immaculate Development foundation Incorporated (MIDFI) is a non-profit organization that acts as the service arm of the Mary Immaculate Parish. It aims to improve the quality of life of poor parishioners by increasing the community's capacity for self-reliance, enhancing their living standard, and providing employment opportunities through livelihood projects.

 

 

EMMAUS VILLAGE

 

A gift of shelter, a gift of life.

Fr. Pierino Rogliardi once dreamt of providing shelter to very poor families scattered around the depressed areas in the parish. Years ago, he boldly undertook a low cost housing project called Emmaus. The vision of the Emmaus Village is not only to build houses but true Christian communities with the spiritual formation of the residents at its core. Because the housing grants are not 100% free, MIDFI was tasked by the parish to source out business opportunities and livelihood programs for the recipients to help ease their financial obligations. A cooperative has also been set up by the parish to be run by the residents themselves.

 

 

NATURE'S CAFE

 

A heaven on earth

Nature's Cafe is a nature style dining place inside the parish compound catering to no just walk-in customers but also to wedding receptions, baptismal celebrations and other occasions. A livelihood project of Mary Immaculate Development Foundation Inc., it provides employment for members of the parish, mostly from the Emmaus Village. Once a humble cafeteria, it is now a full blown catering business whose clientele extends outside the parish complex, and is a major source of funds for the parish.

 

 

GARMENTS AND SEWING BUSINESS

 

Threading a living

Inside the Emmaus Village is a garment factory run by village residents under the management of Mary Immaculate Development Foundation, Inc. The factory employs around 40 housewives and boasts of its capability to be reliable subcontractors for well-known apparel brands. Its finished products, which are mostly for export, speak of quality craftsmanship.

 

 

MIP LYING-IN AND PEDIATRIC CLINIC

 

Quality health care for the poor

The MIP Lying-in and Pediatric Clinic were established to respond to the growing health care needs of parishioners. Special accommodation is given to poor residents of the parish so that they too can have access to air-conditioned hospital rooms, modern medical facilities, quality health care, and the services of professional doctors and paramedics which usually cost so much in private hospitals. After fourteen years of operation, the clinic today performs 30 deliveries per month and treats 6 patients a day, on average.

 

 

MIP FOUNDATION SCHOOL

 

Education for the needy

In 1984, the MIP Foundation School was established to provide pre-school education to needy children in the parish. At that time, parents contributed on P30 a month. Since then, the school has evolved into the outreach project of the Mary Immaculate Parish Special School and of the parish itself. Today, for a contribution of only P50 a month, parents can already give their children quality pre-school education. For years, the MIP Foundation School has been relying on donations from kind-hearted parishioners, fund drives, and of course, Divine Providence.

 

 

MIP SPECIAL SCHOOL

 

As a Special School, special children are given the necessary tools and specialized programs suited to their A learning institution with a special mission

The extreme challenge of providing equal opportunities to quality education, as well as actively and harmoniously integrating regular students with special children, was the daunting task given to Mrs. Lydia Pabalan, the very first principal of Mary Immaculate Parish Special School when it was established in June of 1987. Special children include the mentally handicapped, physically disabled, speech defective, hearing impaired, vision impaired, learning disabled, as well as fast learners.

needs. These special children are combined with regular students for some time until they are ready to cope with the activities designed for regular students. This integration and other regular school activities make them more alert and enhance their talents and skills further, allowing the exceptional ones to become equally productive, independent and responsible member of society.

With only 5 special children and 50 regular students in 1987, the school today has almost 1,000 enrollees, 81 of them special children. A High School department was also added in 1994.

 

 

MIP ADULT HIGH SCHOOL

 

Never too late to graduate

Accompanying parishioners toward their development with emphasis on love, faith, charity, and moral conscience, the Education Committee of the MIP established an Adult High School for the purpose of helping those parishioners who want to finish high school even at an older age. MIP believes that in providing education to undergraduate adults, they would become more upright, responsible and useful members not only of the parish community but of society. Classes are held in the evenings to enable those who work as drivers, house helpers, vendors, etc. to squeeze in their studies in their daily activities.

 

 

MIP ADOPT-A-SCHOLAR PROGRAM

 

Helping children fulfill their dreams

Over the years, the Mary Immaculate Parish has become known for its educational apostolate, providing essential learning support for the community and its members. Still, the parish intends to do more for its least fortunate, most underprivileged, but deserving students. But education requires funds. Responding to this need, the parish launched the Adopt-a-Scholar Program with program organizers, headed by the parish priest, Fr. Fidel Fabile, continuously seeking long term benefactors for its scholars. The program now benefits 17 scholars from elementary to college.