Using structures to build people
CCT uses structures to build people rather than use people to build structures. CCT builds its support structures in partnership with members and peer organizations. The Lord has blessed the Group with Christian benefactors and donors who give land, materials, expertise, technologies, time and funds in wondrous and often spontaneous ways of showing oneness with CCT’s mission to transform Filipino families and communities. CCT has added value to these gifting by investing in its own property development, land acquisition and training of a construction crew of former street-dwelling Kaibigans for whom these projects mean employment. This endeavor-with-others has resulted in infrastructure of beauty and functionality. They are centers of excellence whose keepers and custodians are inspired by the spirit of servanthood and stewardship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
SUPPORTING SPIRITUAL AND PRACTICAL MINISTRIES
Tagaytay Retreat & Training Center. TRTC was built to provide beneficiaries and staff of the CCT Group of Ministries with an affordable venue for retreats, conferences and similar events. Since it opened in May 2011, it has also catered to churches, schools, companies, and ministry and non-government organizations. It has been noted for its delicious staffed buffets and its gracious hospitality.
The complex, built on 6.6 hectares of prime land, is centrally occupied by eight dormitory towers which can accommodate a total of 500 guests at a time. The conference hall seats 1,000 guests. It is separated by a walkway from the dining hall with a wide deck that commands a view of the amphitheater downhill and the scenic valley. There are four easy-access rooms for persons with disability, two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, a mini soccer field, obstacle course, bonfire area, outdoor exercise gear, children’s play place, organic vegetable plots and a flower garden.
Malungon Retreat & Training Center and VOH Residential School. This wooded 72-hectare property in Malungon, Sarangani locates the Malungon Retreat and Training Center, a hub of CCT operations in Mindanao. The MRTC has five dormitory buildings that can accommodate 180 guests, and a 150-seater meeting hall. The Visions of Hope residential school serves children of the Blaan and Tagakaolo tribes and the rural poor. The bamboo and mixed-material administrative building was built with the participation of tribal men. The Center hosts spiritual development and practical ministries like microfinance, evangelism and discipleship, worship services, business and indigenous craft training and sports development. It employs members of tribal families who serve as dining, kitchen, housekeeping, landscaping and general maintenance crew.
The Lord’s Garden Retreat House & Camp Site. This is a reposeful retreat and worship place in Cabuyao, Laguna. It has a spacious worship hall, dormitories, meditation paths, lush gardens for tents, and outdoor round-tables. CCT uses this retreat center to hold training classes and spiritual exercises for ministry workers and beneficiaries. It is equally a conducive place for the character formation and leadership training of children and youth.
SUPPORTING EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES
Rose of Sharon Residential School for Girls. This property is a donation from Rosie Chew and businessman Wyden King. The school was planned as an institutional receiving facility and residential school for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children, including street children. Today, it principally serves as the homing facility of these children who are enrolled in the formal K-12 program of Philippine public schools. It also runs the government-approved after-school program called Kinabookasan for children not ready for formal schooling, based on the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and values-enriched curriculum of the School of Tomorrow. The school complex consists of academic buildings, faculty rooms, dormitories, spacious playgrounds and sports facilities that include ball courts and a six-lane swimming pool.
Magdalena Campus for Boys and the CCT Training & Development Institute. This educational and training complex was donated by Eliezer del Mundo, Sr. who offered the property to CCT as the fruit of his dream to reach out to the out-of-school youth of Pagsanjan and Magdalena, Laguna. He donated two hectares to CCT under a usufruct agreement covering 50 years. Kaibigan workers helped build the complex composed of a residential school for boys, classrooms for mixed-skills training with practicum laboratories, material stockrooms and administrative offices, a faculty residence, kitchen and cafeteria, sports facilities and a two-story dormitory for male trainees. The Campus is supervised by the CCT TDI that manages technical-vocational courses with certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as well as training courses in microfinance operation and management, basic entrepreneurship training, cooperative education and life ministry.
SUPPORTING STREET DWELLER AND CCT-WIDE MINISTRIES
Kaibigan Center, Cabrera, Pasay City. The Kaibigan Center on Cabrera Street, Pasay City was donated by Atty. Harry Roque, chairperson of the Onesimus Foundation. What used to be the Roque family’s ancestral home is now the center of the Kaibigan Ministry’s transformative for Metro Manila’s street dwellers. It was reconstructed by the first wave of 15 Kaibigans trained in basic construction skills like carpentry and masonry. It is a drop in center and transient homing facility where street dwellers can bathe, launder or pass the night in the company of caring pastors and resident staff. It houses a preschool, training rooms, counseling rooms, conference room, a wash and laundry area, cooperative store, a water refilling station and the Kaibigan Ministry administrative office. The grounds are ideal for fellowshipping and outdoor activities.
Kaibigan Farming Village, Kalikid, Cabanatuan City. The Kaibigan Village is the fruition of the desire of CCT President Ruth Callanta to provide former street dwellers with a permanent dwelling place to stay, a Lupang Pangako (Promised Land) where they could lead lives of decency with their families. It began with a one-hectare piece of land donated by Eliezer del Mundo, Sr. With further donations, CCT was able to procure additional pieces of land. It is now a 25-hectare residential and mixed-use farming complex managed and developed by Kaibigans. When fully developed, Lupang Pangako will have houses for families, a home for the aged and infirm, a skills training center, sports facilities and a memorial plot. It adopts the integrated farming system where sections are cultivated for the production of rice, organic vegetables, fruits and livestock that provide the households with a steady source of food and income.
Rodriguez Community and Training Center, Rodriguez, Rizal. This training complex consists of two 2-story buildings provided by Wilcon Builders to CCT under a usufruct agreement. One building houses the VOH preschool, health clinic, the CCT Credit Cooperative office and a multi-purpose hall for community worship. The second building has 14 classrooms for technical-vocational skills training supervised by the CCT Training and Development Institute.