Guiding Principles

THE University of San Agustin– Community Service Center promotes extension programs that are founded on the following principles:

1. Addressing Significant Problems.

The problems should be common to a significant number of people and the programs being implemented will have a direct and permanent impact to the target community.

2. Working with People.

TILIPUNAN is founded on the belief that development is everyone’s concern and above all, the people’s decision and determination. Thus, in the formulation of a program, the people in the community for always will be the subject and object of development. In addition, the center works in partnership with people by respecting their culture, dignity and experience. Every community development endeavor is a joint responsibility with the community members.

3. Sustainability.

The TILIPUNAN’s intervention is a short-term, whereas the development process is continuous. Therefore, every project should incorporate strategies to maintain and continue the project beyond its life, eventually promoting community-driven extension priorities.

4. Fundamental Change.

All TILIPUNAN projects should be founded on the inculcation of Augustinian Christian values like love in the order of love, interiority, humility, devotion to study and pursuit of wisdom, freedom, community, common good, humble and generous service, friendship and prayer necessary for the social transformation of the community partner.

An Augustinian Community Service Resource Center working for justice and peace for the development of the University and the society.

The Social Advocacy and Community Engagement Office seeks to inform, form and transform members of the Augustinian and the Filipino communities towards empowerment.

The Center aims to:

  1. Maximize participation of Augustinians in community service;
  2. Inculcate Augustinian development-oriented values in all community service efforts;
  3. Mainstream community service;
  4. Provide development-driven trainings, information and consultancy services; and
  5. Pursue organizational sustainability.


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