"It is time for us to go to the people rather than ask the people, especially the poor, to come to us."
TAO-Pilipinas has established partnerships with various universities and students organizations for its past and present projects. Among these academe partners include:
ASMPH is an academic unit of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) with an integrated Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) curriculum. An essential part of this curriculum is the Learning Experiences in Communities (LEC), a service learning program that provides a venue for students to apply their learning in clinical medicine, public health, and management in community service. They have currently identified APOLA communities in Lupang Arenda, Taytay, Rizal as one of their target areas for community extension work.
COSCA is the social development arm of De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU). Under DLSU’s Service Learning Program (SLP), all undergraduate students are given the opportunity to apply academic learning and skills to help COSCA’s partner communities and organizations, which include TAO-Pilipinas.
Housing Development and Management (HDM) Lund University – Sweden
HDM is a department under the Faculty of Engineering in Lund University (Lund, Sweden). HDM undertakes research and education in housing and urban development from an international perspective, conducting training programs with field study in the Philippines which are coordinated by TAO-Pilipinas annually since 2007.
The UST Department of Civil Engineering, under the Faculty of Engineering is an established academe partner of TAO-Pilipinas. Among TAO-Pilipinas and UST CE’s past engagements include a house repair project in Rodriguez, Rizal that was sponsored by Food for the Hungry Philippines (FHP) in 2008. Most recently, civil engineering undergraduate students from UST have volunteered for the GYEF Co-Design Project in Lupang Arenda, Taytay, Rizal.
UP TFA is a service-oriented student organization in the College of Architecture of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. UP TFA has had numerous volunteering experiences with TAO-Pilipinas since the latter’s establishment in 2001. For instance, TAO-Pilipinas partnered with UP TFA for three iterations of “Halina’t Maglikha”, an art workshop for the children of Masagana community in Angat, Bulacan from 2013 to 2015. Their most recent engagement is the GYEF Co-Design Project in Lupang Arenda, Taytay, Rizal.