Thursday, August 7, 2014

CCT Opens New Community Center in Cavite

CCT President Ruth Callanta and GMA Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr.
cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the CCT Community Center
in GMA, Cavite. 
The CCT  Community Center in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, CCT's newest community center, was formally opened and dedicated to the Lord in a joyful celebration on August 3, 2014.

Highlights of the ceremony were an inspiring talk by Ruth Callanta, president and founder of the Center for Community Transformation  Group of Ministries, and a message from God's Word shared by Anjji Gabriel, CCT executive officer.

The occasion was graced by the presence of GMA Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr..  Also taking part in the program were leaders and staff from the various CCT programs and services being offered in GMA, and servant leaders of the Covenant Community Service Cooperative.

Located at CSB Building, Governor's Drive, Baranggay San Gabriel, the new community center offers services in micro finance, savings, spiritual development, skills training, basic medical help, and an after-school program for children called Kinabookasan.  Basic education for pre-school children will also be offered soon.

CCT's community centers are envisioned to be places where community partners will grow in their spiritual walk with God as they fellowship with other believers, serve others, and evangelize and disciple fellow community partners and other community members. CCT also has community centers in Pasay City,Taguig City, in Batasan and Payatas in Quezon City, in Magdalena, Laguna, in Malungon, Saranggani, and in several poor communities across the country.

The town of General Mariano Alvarez, more known by its acronym GMA, used to be  part of the municipality of Carmona, Cavite.  During the late 60s it became a resettlement site for informal dwellers relocated from Quezon City and, for flood and fire victims  from Quezon City, Makati, and Manila in the early 70s. It was inaugurated as a town in 1981.  Today it has 27 barangays,  a population of 139,000, and is recognized as a first-class municipality.

Mayor Echevarria chats with Ruth Callanta and with
Lyn and Angelito Gabriel before the dedication

ceremony begins. 
Staff and guests sing the well-loved Filipino Christian
song Dakilang Katapatan.
A dedication prayer is read in the community center's
receiving area. 

Photos: Ralph Parado 

Friday, October 25, 2013

TEE Attendees Visit Taguig Community Center

Participants in the Transformative Economic Empowerment training session held  October 2013
listen as Shiera Ondangan(above, right) and Pastor Ruel Castino (below, in brown shirt)
 talk about the programs and services offered by CCT at its community center in Taguig. 

Micro finance workers from  nine different countries visited the Center for Community Transformation (CCT)  Group of Ministries  community center  in Taguig City as part of their learning activities during the third Transformative Economic Empowerment (TEE) training session held in October 2013. The visit allowed the TEE participants to talk with staff and beneficiaries about the programs and services offered by the community center. 
  
The TEE attendees are from Sri Lanka,  Peru, India, Moldova, Zambia, Kenya, Thailand, Uganda, and the US. The weeklong training session they attended was a collaborative activity of CCT and the CCT Ka-Partner Network, a consortium of US-based organizations ministering to the poor through partnership with MF institutions or churches in other countries. The members of the CCT Ka-Partner Network are Hope International, Peer Servants, endPoverty, and Five Talents. 

The Taguig Community Center offers micro finance services, pre-school education, basic medical check ups, and Brigada Bata training.  Worship services of the CCT-Taguig community church are also held there. 

CCT branch offices throughout the country which at the moment simply offer micro finance services will gradually be converted into community centers over the next several years.    



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Taguig Community Center Turns One


Partners and beneficiaries of the Center for Community Transformation Community Center in Taguig City celebrated the center's first anniversary with a joyful gathering at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center in August. The celebration, joined by nearly 200 micro finance partners, Brigada Bata members, pre-school students, and staff included  times of worship, sharing of talents, and lots of games.  

Children and adults alike enjoyed the group and individual games which occupied much of the day.  Many of the games were  traditional Filipino games like patintero, tumbang preso, luksong lubid, sipa and sungka.   

Two programs were held during the evening.  The first was a praise and worship event with Rev. Joel Indico, national director of Child Evangelism Fellowship Philippines, as speaker.  The second program was composed of talent offerings from students of the Visions of Hope Christian School and from  all the micro finance fellowship groups.  Outstanding community partners were recognized and winners in the games were awarded toward the close of the evening. 

After a restful night, personal devotions, and breakfast, a group devotion was held with Pastor Ruel Castino as speaker, before everyone headed home, happy over the warm Christian fellowship shared.   

The event was held on August 17 - 18, 2012.  










Friday, August 3, 2012

PARTNERS' DAY IN BATASAN




Micro finance partners with the CCT Savings and Credit Cooperative branch in Batasan, Quezon City had a grand time celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Center for Community Transformation in a special program held on July 20, 2012 at the Barangay Fairveiw Covered Court on Dahlia St., Quezon City.  

The pictures below show highlights of the celebration which included a message based on Isaiah 6, special dance numbers from several fellowship groups, a  Best in Filipiniana competition, recognition of community members who have been with the co-op for more than five years, and oath taking of the new Cooperative Volunteer Development Council officers and members. 
Ice-breaker: Leron-leron sinta. 

Praise and worship
Scripture reading:

Pastor Jake Ricardo introduces the guest speaker.

Dr. Rico Geronimo, guest speaker, shares a message on
Isaiah 6:1 - 8, Kabanalang Walang Hanggan
Staff render a special number.

Sister Norma Languing makes an
exhortation on giving. 







Participants in the Best in Filipiniana competion














Here and next photo: Fellowship 41 and 42 perform the Salakot dance 



Photos and reporting: Michelle Taway