Community Response for Enlightenment, Service and Transformation (CREST)
Community Response for Enlightenment, Service and Transformation is a non-government disaster response center based in Metro Manila promoting community based disaster management where people’s participation is the core program. CREST operates through a network of people’s organizations in municipalities of Manila, Pasig, Quezon City, Pasay, Muntinlupa and CAMANAVA and in other disaster-proned areas in Metro Manila. Formally established on June 20, 2005 by community and church leaders and organizations who have long been in the forefront in upholding the rights and welfare of the least served urban poor communities. It started from a movement of people’s organizations rendering relief assistance and community programs. It was SEC registered on October 17, 2005.
CREST envisions a just, humane and peaceful society where people are living securely, free to harness and utilize the country’s natural resources for the common good and be able to develop their full potentials enjoying the benefits of their fundamental rights for transformation and development.
CREST aims to contribute in the process of reducing vulnerabilities and increasing capacities of the most vulnerable sector of the society through helping them rely on their own collective initiatives, develops and makes use of their skills and talents and become productive members of society.
It aims to mobilize support for the needy, promotes awareness and contributes to addressing the root cause of their vulnerability and responds to disaster situation.
HISTORY, AIMS AND CURRENT WORK
CREST started from a movement of people’s organizations rendering community development programs, advocacy on different issues including promotion of human rigths especially on the issue against demolition of urban poor communities, peoples’ empowerment like leadership training and capability development and relief assistance to high risk areas in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region-NCR. Founded in 2004 by community leaders and organizations based in Metro Manila who have long been in the forefront in upholding the rights and welfare of the least served urban poor communities. These leaders came to realize in the latter part of 2003 that an institution should be established to address the problems of the communities’ social, economic and cultural aspects for transformation and development. With the support of our network from different local Churches and other adocates, CREST was formally established and registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in June 20, 2005
It aims to contribute in the process of reducing vulnerabilities and increasing capacities of the most vulnerable sector of the society through helping them rely on their own collective initiatives, develops and makes use of their skills and talents and become productive members of society.
Seeks and mobilizes support for the needy, promotes awareness and contributes to addressing the root cause of their vulnerability and responds to disaster situation.
Last June 2007, CREST was invited to be a member of Citizens Disaster Response Network-CDRN the nation wide network of relief and rehabilitation NGO, peoples organization and individuals. On the same year, CREST took part in the formation of Anti Child Pornography Alliance.
The CREST has ties and cooperation, which include activities and campaigns as well as partnership in projects, to various people’s organizations in the NCR, some local churches and leaders of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines, the office of Student Affairs of the Philippine Christian University, some local churches, programs and institutions and personages of the Archdiocese of Manila of the Roman Catholic Church, offices of some officials of the city government of Manila and some members of congress, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), COSCA of the De la Salle University, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of the Roman Catholic Church and the last International Observers’ Mission (IOM) in the elections of 2007 , the Anti-child Pornography Alliance among others. Partnership in projects include advocacy on issues against violence on women and children, anti-child pornography, feeding programs for malnourished children, relief operations and disaster management trainings, setting up and operating day care centers, , voters’ education and campaigns against electoral fraud. CREST maintains 30 volunteers from 5 network peoples organizations in 5 major city in NCR, in urban poor communities especially in Tondo, Manila , one of the biggest concentration of the urban poor in the NCR, other communities in Manila like Sampaloc and Pandacan and in the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela area (CAMANAVA), Pasig and Quezon City.
33 Sacrepante St., Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. (632) 6973288; (632) 5347844