Overview

The Union Church of Manila, Philippines Foundation, Inc. (UCMPFI) organizes human, physical, and financial resources to improve the lives of its constituencies who are from under-served sectors of Philippine society. Considering the nature and extent of such resources, the incorporators and trustees of the Foundation determined that its distinctive contribution is in the areas of education and values formation. Their chosen constituencies are children and youth. The mission, vision, and goals of the Foundation came from its intention to contribute to local development through education and community support.

The Foundation was established in 1997 and is accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC).

Objectives

  • Provide educational assistance to undernourished children in identified depressed 
    areas in Metro Manila through the Child Education and Nutrition Enhancement Program (CENEP). Currently, the program supports three centers located in Baragay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City; Project 8, Quezon City; and Barangay Sto. Domingo, Cainta.

  • Provide scholarship assistance to disadvantaged high school youth who would otherwise drop out of school due to financial difficulties through its GEESE (Grace Enough to Ensure Secondary Education) program.

  • In partnership with the Department of Education (DepED), Schools Division of Makati
    City, support a non-formal literacy program through its LACE (Literacy and Accreditation for Continuing Education) program. This program supports classes for youth and adults desiring to qualify for a higher level of formal education.

  • Provide values formation and life enriching activities by integrating educational field trips, seminars, workshops and retreats in the above-mentioned programs. Parents, teachers and other project staff are likewise beneficiaries of values formation workshops and other special seminars.

A Working Committee (WC) oversees and monitors the implementation of programs and activities of the Foundation.

A Project Coordinator administers and oversees day-to-day implementation of the programs in coordination with the various program partners.

Vision

UCMPFI will implement programs to give beneficiaries opportunities to improve their standard of living and greater hope for the future.

Mission

The programs seek to address the needs of financially disadvantaged children, youth, and adults, particularly in the area of education and literacy. Its programs are designed to give holistic assistance to target beneficiaries, including their families.

Goals

To attain the vision and mission, the Foundation carries out specific projects with the following goals:

  • Provide age-appropriate educational and nutritional assistance to pre-school beneficiaries.

  • Supplement basic needs to financially disadvantaged secondary school scholars;

  • Support level-based non-formal education to out-of-school and working youth and adults;

  • Conduct seminars/workshops/training programs and related activities that promote moral and ethical values, provide life skills and instruction in personal development.

  • Empower parents, teachers, and other project workers to more effectively carry out their responsibilities under the programs.

General Policies

a. Organization - UCMPFI is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and is certified by BIR as a donee Institution.

b. Administration - UCMPFI employs a Project Coordinator to administer the programs day-to-day and monitor their implementation. The Project Coordinator is assisted by the Working Committee and a team of volunteers.

c. Program Support - UCMPFI provides funding to sustain the programs which are undertaken in partnership with respectable organizations/institutions that fulfill the requirements of the programs.

      i. Program implementation is closely monitored.

            a) CENEP sites are visited weekly and regular reporting is strictly enforced.

            b) GEESE scholars are evaluated quarterly in one-on-one personal interviews organized jointly                 with DepED-Makati City.

            c) LACE classes are visited regularly and feedback reports provided to the UCMPFI Working                       Committee.

     ii. Partners submit weekly and monthly reports, as needed, and other program requirements, as              required.

     iii. Proper accounting of funds by the receiving program partners is strictly enforced.

         All disbursements require administrative authorization and  supporting documents.