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Founded in September 27, 1912 by Bishop Dennis Dougherty, the then bishop of Jaro, Asilo de Molo a non-profit, charitable Institution was envisioned to keep safe the orphaned, abandoned and neglected girls loitering in the streets of Iloilo City and also to provide them opportunities to learn, develop skills and to live a truly Christian life.
On September 27, 1912 it was entrusted to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul headed by Sr. Faustina Pallas. To meet increasing number of children, a bigger building was constructed with the help of the government and the generous donation of cash and lot by Don Ignacio Arroyo and Doña Maria de Arroyo.
On December 8, 1915 the construction was completed and named Asilo de Santa Luisa. Later it was licensed and accredited as a child caring institution on May 25, 1975. In 1934, a home named ASILO DE SAN VICENTE for older persons was opened to care for the poor elderly through the effort of Fr. German Villasan, C.M, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the ladies of Charity of Iloilo.
It was the first in the region and has obtained the Lingap Award as the winner for the best Institution caring for the older persons in the Philippines and the accreditation from the DSWD on August 23, 1982. Eighty-eight years after its foundation, Asilo de Sta. Luisa building was demolished because it was no longer safe for occupancy. The children were transferred to other orphanages run by the Daughters of Charity while the older ones were returned to their families.
Since there was no agency sheltering the older persons in Iloilo it was decided that the institution would focus on the care of the indigent, abandoned and neglected older persons.
Cottages were gradually constructed for the resident older persons through generosity of concerned Filipinos and Foreigners. Today ASILO DE MOLO, INC., the amended name for Asilo de Sta. Luisa and Asilo de San Vicente is the only Home for the Aged in Panay accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) since 1982.
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Rooted in the Charity of Jesus Christ, Asilo de Molo, Inc., a HAVEN of HOPE for Persons living in poverty situations.
• We envision Asilo de Molo, Inc. as not merely a place, but rather, a state or condition where Hope grows and continuously being nurtured.
• Hope is something which the world lacks; hence, we see to it that those who serve in our community are Hope-bearing people. There are millions of people who are hungry and desperate and who experience conflicts and violence. All these contribute to the weakening or even the loss of hope among many people.
• Hope is a spirited Grace and is embraced as a way of life in our community. Being Hope-filled, we bring Hope to the hurting and suffering world.
• The Hope that we share with persons who are poor has its true foundation only in Jesus Christ who taught each Christian to bear suffering with purpose and meaning. The radiant Hope we manifest enables them to bear their own suffering and rise above to regain their dignity. This is changing life through HOPE.
• Our Vision is based on the theme of the DC Domestic and Provincial assembles- “Prophecy and Hope, Now and Everywhere”. Prophecy, if it is genuine, cannot do otherwise than to generate hope. Prophecy impacts the lives of God’s people, prompts us to grow and finally provides the very good news that God is with us!
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We commit ourselves to the integral development of the abandoned and neglected older persons, impoverished children, youth and families through sustainable programs and services where resource sharing and participative involvement is a way of life.
• We enable persons who are poor to undergo integral development. We provide them with a climate where they can grow and further develop their psychosocial, moral and spiritual life, while addressing their basic needs. We allow them to develop their God-given gifts and talents towards their fullness and enable them to transform and become empowered individuals who are free from dehumanizing effects of poverty.
• We sustain our programs and services through the following:
a. Harnessing the positive attitude, disposition and energies of persons who are poor while leading and supporting them toward their own development.
b. Constant upgrading of lay partners enabling them to work with us as teams for our effective delivery of services and implementation of intervention programs to pro-actively address the needs of the poor.
c. Establishment of partnership and linkages with government, non-governmental organizations and church-based agencies.
d. Maximum utilization of available resources, transparency in all aspects of work and accountability in all our programs’ funds.
• We implement Resource Sharing to allow each cluster community to share the expertise, skills and talents of their lay partners. We also make available our facilities as venue for meetings and sanctuary or refuge for those in need. We shall undertake continuous inventory of goods during times of calamities, disasters and crisis situation.
• We continually enable the involvement of our lay partners who share in the mission of the Ministry. They shall be involved according to their position, roles and functions in promoting the common good, and in the process of planning and decision making for they are the people closely in touch with persons who are poor.
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Core Values are the operating principles that guide the Ministry’s internal conduct and its relationship with its external world. In short, the Core Values describe how the Social Service Community delivers its services to persons who are poor.
COMMITMENT TO VINCENTIAN SERVICE
We commit to the Vincentian Service where compassion to persons who are poor is the focus of our Ministry. Vincentian Service is an “organized charity” where those who serve are dedicated and competent enough to address the needs of the poor through affective and effective love.
Family life is basic to all human persons. Hence, we believe that family-oriented programs and services can reduce institutionalization of persons who are poor.
We consider family culture as valuable factor in the helping process. Hence, we build relationship in the context of family values; that is, we observe, analyze, and evaluate family origins or roots of persons who are poor to facilitate a better understanding of their behavior, attitude and outlook of life situations.
We also extend necessary intervention services for the families of our lay mission partners for them to feel our recognition and appreciation of their works as well as our being one with them.
FOCUSED & COLLABORATIVE
We share our vision and mission with all members of the Ministry. We remain focused on the attainment of our vision as we fulfill our mission.
We coordinate and get the participation of all stakeholders of the Ministry. We enable teamwork and collaboration to provide effective service.
HOLISTIC & INTEGRATED
In solidarity with persons who are poor, we respect their rights and dignity considering their total self: body, mind and spirit and their connectivity with nature.
We provide comprehensive care blending and integrating our humanistic and integrity.
We seek new ways and new knowledge to meet the changing needs of persons who are poor. We reach out beyond institutional walls while maintaining a clear “sense of the possible”; moreover, we are proactively involved in the call for justice and peace.
We are open to changes and are creative in the development and enhancement of strategic plans that are vital to the service of persons who are poor; likewise, we intervene in crisis when necessary. We also embrace continuous learning.
We recognize that our services to persons who are poor constitute a privileged encounter with God who loves and accepts them as they are. Hence, we serve them with humility, simplicity and charity.
In humility, we accept persons who are poor as the image of Christ and so we love and accept them as they are.
In simplicity, we serve them as we adopt and imbibe their simple way of life to understand them better.
In charity, we serve persons who are poor unconditionally while respecting their dignity and self-determination.