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I.

Sociological Demographics

Location: De Castro Subdivision Community Profile: De Castro Subdivision, a non-exclusive community situated along Ortigas Avenue Extension, is geographically bounded by Cainta on the South East direction and Barangay Rosario on the North West. Still part of Pasig City despite its relative close distance to Cainta, Rizal, the subdivision occupies approximately 1/6 of the land area covered by the barangay it belongs to, Barangay Sta. Lucia. It is also one of the pioneer subdivisions when the said barangay was officially named one after separating from the big, then overcrowded and overpopulated Barrio Rosario. A number of subdivisions are constructed within the vicinity. It includes non-exclusive communities like Countryside Village and Bagong Anyo Village, exclusive subdivisions namely One Oasis, Metropolis Village, Marietta-Romeo Village and Riverside Village, and an economically-depressed area along east riverbank colloquially known as Manggahan Floodway, which is situated beside the water way that connects Marikina River to Laguna Lake. In totality, the subdivision has 14 streets, including the main street, De Castro Avenue. Due to the communitys non-exclusivity, the main road is used by public and private vehicles as an alternate road for Ortigas heavy traffic condition. Moreover, the main avenue is dominated with entrepreneurial establishments that are open to the public consumers. Its streets are named after local flowers, like Gumamela, Azucena, Santalia, etc., and are wide enough for vehicles to pass on a two-way system. There is approximately 800 registered heads of the families for each household, and roughly 2000-3000 people residing. Statistics continue to change, however, as houses were redesigned to become apartments, and temporary occupants population changes likewise. Roughly, the subdivision constitutes 7% of the entire population of the barangay based on statistics of 2010. There are estimated 974 - 1,461 males and 1,026 - 1,539 females, where nearly 41.3% are minors, 54.2% adults and 4.5% senior citizens. The subdivision consists of a diverse set of residents in terms of their economic status in the society. Present are a good number of professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen and skilled workers. However, employees pretty dominate the population, making the subdivision as a whole belongs to the middle class sector. However though, there are still parts of the population that are unemployed. Religion plays a big role in the community too, Christianity, as the barangay is named after its patron saint, Sta. Lucia. In line to that, the community have its own chapel, named after it - De Castro Chapel. Mostly are Roman Catholics, as it is dominates the entire population of the country. However, Iglesia Ni Cristo has a good number of followers from the community, as there is an INC church near the subdivision. There are also followers of other religions within the community, but are very minimal. Though the community itself do not have their own facilities, most government-owned and constructed facilities are within the subdivision. It includes the chapel which bears the patron saint of the barangay (mentioned); a public elementary school which bears the name of the subdivision (De Castro Elementary School) and a health center. The barangay hall is located within the subdivision too.

There are also a number of private schools inside the subdivision which offers education from pre-elementary stage to secondary. These schools, however having a smaller population, are producing quality education for students. The community basically supply most of the needs of the residents. It is all geared up with wet and dry markets, a brokerage and air cargo agent, computer shops, tailoring shops,

carinderia, barber shops and salons, school and office supplies companies, drugstores, medical and dental clinics, car wash, and numerous retail stores. There are also malls, gasoline stations, groceries, fast-food chains, bars, and other establishments nearby that can provide other needs of the residents. There are separate organizations from the government that are recognized by the community. One involves the De Castro Subdivision Homeowners Association, Incorporation, which attends to the needs of the subdivision itself. Senior Citizens group also is present, and an association of the tricycle drivers DECTODA. Of which, are not requiring payments and dues to its members. De Castro Subdivision, however, holds a separate governing body in the form of homeowner's association, which will attend the needs of the residents and homeowners of the subdivision alone more precisely. With which, De Castro Homeowners Association, Incorporation was established. However, due to some political disputes, DCHAI became dormant for the past years. However last year, a certain group of people conducted their own election without due process, and claimed themselves as the officers of DCHAI. Original DCHAI officers filed a complaint, and just three months ago, the court brought down to the decision to declare the groups election as null and void. This triggered the association to be active again. Currently, the DCHAI is headed by Rene M. Merza, together with other officers and board directors. Together, they respond to the residents' needs. The officers were elected the same way politicians do. One is ask to submit a certificate of candidacy, given a relatively good amount of time for campaign, and an election headed by Mr. Merza himself and a committee. The officers were not being paid, however, and are doing this voluntarily. The community status in general is okay, as there are no drastic problems economically or socially present. Majority of the residents have uplifted their economic status as seen physically with positive changes with their residential houses and assets. However, it is natural that there are still a number of dysfunctional members of the society, which either maintained their low stature economically speaking, or have downgraded it. There were a number of crimes on theft and holdups, which might be the result of the subdivisions non-exclusivity and openness to the public. Physically observed, litters are visibly seen on most part of the area and carbon burning is still observed by some. The fields and empty lots are now urbanized with buildings and establishments. Some empty lots remained empty as it is forbidden to squat on private residential lots.

II. i.

Assessments of Needs Observation

Observations had been made physically by the researcher on the community. Things that are brought up upon the said methodology were improper waste disposal, faulty drainage system, and a number of crimes on theft. One thing that caught the attention is the very rampant smoking of minors around the town. The fact that they get to buy cigarettes is one, and the other is the fact that they get to parade while smoking their sticks without any adult doing something about it. With the existing projects considerably became unsuccessful empirically, the researcher chose among the problems she had observed on which to solve. The researcher chose to temporarily consider the problem with smoking minors, and decided to bring the topic up to the DCHAI president. ii. Meeting with the Homeowners Association President

The researcher discussed the aim of the project. Along with that, is the paradigm which is the financial limitation, scope and context limitation, and the scope of the target subject. The discussion was then shifted to the status quo of the society, and inquiries on the problems of the community. Mr. Merzas main concern included the disunity of his subordinates in the homeowners association. There were projects and programs proposed; he assured me. However, they didnt successfully make it to the implementation phase because of the left and right criticisms. There are personal disputes and conflicts; he admitted too. And that is the primary reason why programs and projects are never pursued. One party proposes, the other turn it down, and vice versa. He further explained that these members were assigned through elections. And that, it happens in a sort of popularity contest, albeit some do not technically have qualifications. However, everything has been done in a legal matter, so their position cannot be contested. In conclusion, the problem of the community is not physically, environmentally or politically, but socially and psychologically. There is no unity and oneness in the head, so the rest follows a domino effect. With how deep the problem that was introduced, the researcher decided to debunk the temporary proposal and get a hold on the new problem. (Minutes of the meeting attached)

iii.

Gathering Data

Data about the community are from the DCHAI president himself and the barangay. Both are gathered personally by the researcher, through contact persons.

Quantitative data are all estimated and calculated in approximate values. Some data also are calculated via using the same percentage pattern of the barangay. (Request letters signed by the persons in-charge attached)

III.

Project Proposal i. Significance of the Project

As discussed from the previous discussions, DCHAI officers were to submit a certificate of candidacy and does not automatically requires experience or background in leadership. Moreover, one does not necessarily have any qualifications to meet. With that, officers do not have the proper experiences and skills that a leader must possess in order to be successful in this field and to work efficiently and as expected by the community.

Therefore, the following must be achieved after the implementation of the project: ii. One is expected to learn the basics and technicalities in leading a jurisdiction. One is expected to understand the need of learning the basics of leadership. One is expected to realize ones strengths and weaknesses and learn how to use them accordingly. One is expected to understand professionalism and to set aside personal matters in dealing with leadership affairs. The team is expected to work harmoniously and cooperatively in order to work efficiently for the jurisdiction.

Scope and Delimitation

As discussed in the significance of this research, the goal is mainly motivate people psychologically and educate them on things that are needed as a public figure and a leader in a community. The project does not necessarily include the development afterwards. iii. Methodology

Preparations for the project will include interviews with the DCHAI officers. Interview will be a vivid view of their lives, career and perspective, as to where the researcher and speakers can get information from on how to deal with the seminar. Still part of the preparation will be meeting up and scheduling the seminar itself and the speakers involved. As of now, speakers are still tentative and are not finalized yet, but the DCHAI president pledged on helping the researcher in the seminar proper. As mentioned, this community involvement projects implementation will be a one-day leadership seminar. This will be held in the subdivisions multi-purpose hall, approved by the DCHAI president himself. Date is still tentative still, which is subjected to change in compromising the officers and speakers schedules. Likewise, speakers will not be mentioned not until they have approved and took the offer.

As the seminar module is not yet finalized, however this is the flowchart of the tentative flow of program:

Seminar will be documented by photos and narrative report to be prepared by the researcher herself.

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