Community Outreach and Service Learning

About COSeL   


LPU COSeL envisions itself as a leading catalyst for social transformation in the Asia Pacific region promoting social justice and  peace education in its programs participated in by empowered  communities towards the attainment of  a just and humane society. 


To attain its vision, COSel commits itself to the following mission statements: 

  1. Ensures community participation at all levels of engagements agreed upon with its partners thereby empowering others and itself as catalysts for change and development; 
  2. Capacitates its institutional infrastructure where its human and material resources are mobilized putting love of God and country in the forefront of all its endeavors with the community at large; 
  3. Creates opportunities for community development by harnessing facilitative actions and neutralizing if not eliminating deterring factors in the attainment of its goals and objectives; 
  4. Adopts an outcomes-based education paradigm where the various engagements carried above are not merely verbalized but are also actualized and reflected upon appropriately in various situations especially in the promotion of peace and justice; 
  5. Acknowledges limitations but maximizes community potentials inherent among individual members and collective groups; and 
  6. Aligns itself with national development goals towards fulfillment of global quality standards. 

Community Outreach and Service Learning (COSeL) is the extension arm of the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila. It responds to the No. 5 Mission Statement of the University, which is, “to support a sustainable community extension program and be a catalyst for social transformation and custodian of Filipino culture and heritage.”

Since 2009, COSeL has strengthened its foothold in actualizing its role in social transformation especially with the marginalized like the urban poor and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) by mobilizing all its constituents to take part in this endeavor through a multidisciplinary participatory approach topped by constant volunteerism ingrained in its students, staff, faculty, officials, and alumni.

Guided by the tenets of social justice and nationalism, COSeL has established its niche to pursue IPs concerns through its Program TAYAN, short for Tanging Yaman Alagaan Natin (Caring for our Cultural Treasures).

Borrowed from a Bontoc (Mountain Province) term referring to one’s territory or domain, TAYAN seeks to include the IPs—such as the Agta of Palanan and Quirino, the Ayta of Zambales, the Batak of Palawan, the Dumagat of Aurora and Quezon, among others—as partners in education and cultural enrichment and promotion. The program has drawn inspiration from this indigenous concept of cultural rootedness, sense of belongingness, sense of ownership, sense of kinship and respecting the shared values they have carved as a people in their communal domain.

The adage “one truth and many paths” taken from the Dhammapada spells Program TAYAN’s journey to pursue quality care of its human resources within a nurturing environment through the merging of tradition and contemporaneity, the valuing of oneness in diversity and the carving of novel opportunities with cultural sensitivity.

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