De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) Advancement Unit recently conducted “Share to Learn,” its first Joint Conference for Advancement and Scholarship Commission. The event, which was held at the De La Salle Health Science Institute (DLSSHI), had around 35 attendees coming from De La Salle schools nationwide.

Br. Augustine “Gus” Boquer, FSC delivered the opening remarks which centered on the value of cultivating sincere friendships with potential donors. He encouraged the participants to “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never stop hoping” in spite of obstacles that must be hurdled.

Martin R. Gaerlan from DLSP’s Quality Management and Audit Services shared insights on the Data Privacy Act. He discussed the impact of this law on Advancement and Scholarship practices and policies regarding data gathering and how compliance to this directive can be achieved.     

Scholarship directors, coordinators and representatives then took the floor to discuss the effects of K-12 on their schools’ scholarship programs. This was followed by DLSP updates from Arielle Mariano who discussed scholarship opportunities and Marivic Mercado who expounded on fundraising activities that were undertaken the past year.

Marco M. Polo, Director of DLSU-Dasmarinas’ University Advancement Office, elaborated on the merits of his school’s Project SMILE, and shared their Lasallian Giving Framework.

After the election of Committees officers, Certificates of Participation were awarded to the attendees. An educational campus tour of DLSSHI capped the joint conference.

De La Salle Philippines is a network of Lasallians committed to building up educational communities that demonstrate commitment to young people, especially those who are poor, by providing them with access to a human and Christian education that enables them to participate in the transformation of society.