TCCFI History and Context


The TCCFI was set up in 1969 with the support of a benefactor Mr. Jose Tuason, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters and friends.  It started as a one-a-week medical clinic with a volunteer physician rendering service every Sunday at SSAM.  This Sunday clinic afforded the Sisters as well as the postulants and novices, a chance to get in touch with the poor people who reside near the school.  This deepening contact and interaction between the school and the people brought to light other social and economic needs of the people which desired attention.

Thus, in mid-1973, TCCFI was formally inaugurated out of the desire to offer more relevant interventions.  It was at this time that the situation in the communities was deteriorating… the urban poor were victims of arbitrary eviction due to housing and land issues, increased unemployment, lack of basic social services and rampant harassments and rape.  Priority needs of the people were continuing education, environmental sanitation, health, correct feminist attitudes, group dynamics and cultural appreciation.

In January 1976, the TCCFI was registered with the S.E.C. Programs and services offered were more comprehensive and addressed the different, marginalized sectors of the urban poor: women, workers, youth, children, health workers and others.  The organizational cohesiveness of TCCFI is ensured by the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteer workers and the various community residents cooperatively implementing various programs.