Communities of Our Lady of Pentecost Parish Our Lady of Pentecost Parish serves the following areas in Barangay Loyola

Heights: Marytown, Park 7, Daan Tubo, Ronas Garden, Jocson Meralco, Katipunan/Escaler, Xavierville and Varsity Hills. There are a total of 18,000 residents living in these communities, 15,000 of whom consider themselves as Catholics. Among the communities served by OLPP, the researchers visited Marytown and Park 7. Marytown Physical Environment Marytown is an enclosed community behind SMDC’s Berkeley Residences, with a small creek that is connected to a larger creek located in Park 7. The area is inaccessible to any kind of vehicle, except for motorcycles. The area is composed of a lot of pathways and alleyways that run in all directions. Newcomers usually get lost in the labyrinth-like layout of the community. The houses are usually built using materials from the immediate surroundings. These houses are cramped together, and they are usually 2-3 stories in height. The pathways are mostly made of old, worn-out cement, eroded over time because of the water deposits in the canals. The alleys are also dark, even during the day, mostly due to the fact that most of the area is covered by relatively high-lying residences. There is a large pest presence in the area, owing to the stagnant waters and the small crevices that provide a breeding ground for different types of mosquitoes. There is almost no vegetation, apart from ones that are grown by its residents in pots and small patches of land that occasionally dot the area. Socio-economic Aspect Marytown is densely populated, with an estimated density of one person per square meter. This is the reason why the residents of the area build their houses upward, to accommodate the rising number of residents in the area. The houses also serve as tenements, where the owner’s relatives stay when they have their vacation in Manila. There are approximately 6-10 people per house, making their individual space very small. The families are also large – approximately 6-8 members per family – resulting in very cramped conditions. The age group in the area is quite diverse – most of the residents are in the young adult age group (20-40 years old), though there is also a large number of youth in the area. The residents also have a diverse background in terms of ethnicity – there are a considerable number of residents that hail from Bisaya-speaking areas in the Philippines. There are a number of micro-retail stores, or sari-sari stores, within the area, that sell anything from fresh fish to toys. These stores are managed by housewives who seek to augment the family earnings. Families also depend on some of their children who work in establishments such as malls, schools, and the like. There are also a number of people who earn their living by being tricycle drivers, while some are employed in Ateneo as laundrywomen in the dormitory. Some residents also work abroad as salesmen. There are also a number of computer shops within the area, frequented by the youth. But these economic opportunities still fall short of improving the residents’ living conditions as their finances usually go to daily necessities such as food, water and electricity. Health and Well-Being The damp environment, coupled with the cramped conditions, allow for some serious health concerns, such as the high rate of transmission of diseases nda the prevalence of disease vectors. But generally, there has been no major outbreak of infectious diseases that has the capability to paralyze the area. Apart from the common cases of gastrointestinal illnesses, dengue virus infections and pulmorespiratory infections, there have been no serious health concerns in the area. The primary concerns with regard to health is the lack of sanitation in the area, poor personal hygiene and lack of proper nutrition and exercise among community members The area’s physical distance from a major thoroughfare – Katipunan Avenue – also puts the residents at high risk of accidents, and they are more often than not exposed to noise pollution.

. there are a considerable number of children in the area. Those who finish their tertiary education bear the responsibility of supporting their families. and this allows the external organizations to make their work easier in the area. or as employees for the shops along Katipunan Avenue. All in all. frequently following up on the promises of the officials and giving feedback. mostly due to lack of finances. and most days go on without much incident. and are still maintaining this relationship through Saturday tutorial sessions. Some residents have cited that the last election period was very lively and that they saw the sincerity of the candidates. A number of college students are forced to drop out because financial concerns and end up taking contractual jobs. and end up working as vendors along Katipunan Avenue. such as the Ateneo Student Catholic Action. The constituents themselves are active in the political situation of the area. prayer sessions. with a considerable amount of them going to technical and vocational schools.Education As mentioned above. The barangay officials and tanods usually do their rounds in the area. Most of these children do not finish elementary education. Still. maintaining a strong relationship with their constituents through consultation and random chats. Miriam also has a large stake at the area as they hold catechetical and tutorial sessions. some finish high school and proceed to college. most of which are in grade school. School organizations. Political Life The local government and its relationship with its constituents are relatively good. These children go to the nearby primary schools such as Balara Elementary School. have been helping out in Marytown for years now. Those who reach secondary school are at high risk of dropping out. the political situation is good. though at times these compete with the activities of other external organizations.

in singing and all other related skills. Most of the residents. however. Some residents who finished tertiary education work in advertising and logistics companies. in front of Our Lady Pentecost PArish. such as nail polishing. The children in the area usually finish their primary education. laundrymen/women. and providing the breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects. Education Most of the children fall between the grade levels 2-5. the little library. The population is relatively less dense in Park 7 than other urban-poor settlements. compared to other areas such as Marytown. are employed as contractual workers in the different establishments along Katipunan Avenue. thus emitting unpleasant smells. ending up in contractual jobs after they have finished their courses. and the like. Health and Well-Being So far there have been no recent outbreaks with infectious diseases. It is situated in Varsity Hills subdivision. The houses in the area are closely clustered to each other and are predominantly made of either concrete or wood. Some of the notable landmarks of the area include the San Roque chapel (situated near the entrance of park 7). like the deeper parts of area. There is also a considerable amount of vegetation in the area. In general. one way or another. janitors. the area used to be an open space that was intended to be a park. The area itself is a long stretch of land. among others. The envisioned park was never created as informal settlers have resided in the area.Park 7 Physical Environment Park 7 is one of the informal settlement areas located in barangay Loyola heights. the residents are spread out. like playing of instruments. the canal. the immediate area is free from towering structures and is well ventilated. such as Balara Elementary School. There are also some services provided by the residents themselves. where events and competitions are held). The whole area is located far from major thoroughfares. among others. Socio-economic Aspect Given the physical layout of the area. as well as stores that sell fresh catch. Some of their occupations include technicians. there is a considerable amount of contact with animal-borne parasites. Park 7 is also particularly striking since most of its youth are involved. there is little noise with regard to vehicles and other machines that might emit such noises. clerks. As the name suggests. used to be a clean stream where the settlers could wash clothes and even take a bath in. Some people who do proceed to tertiary education end up taking vocational and technical courses. the educational situation of the area is relatively good. According to the accounts of one of the residents of the area. thus providing valuable shade and freshening up the air for area’s residents. the creek and the connecting bridge. Quezon City. Overall. . though the usual cases of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses pop up every so often. and in Ateneo. There is also a considerable amount of garbage along the creek. as such. The age group in Park 7 is predominantly composed of the youth (2-12 years old) and the adults (30-40 years old). Animal dirt frequents the alleyways of the area. though there are parts of the area where the population is concentrated. and cashiers. There is approximately one person per one and a half square meters. They usually go to the nearby primary schools. as each subdivision should have an empty space where a park or a playground may be created to give the residents a place for leisure. the Basketball court (at the center. which is currently very dirty. as such. situated at the banks of the said creek. security guards. The family size is relatively normal – 4-6 individuals per family. mostly from the South (Visayas and Mindanao). thus providing an adequate environment for the psychological well-being of area’s residents. where the rate of dropout is high. Most of the residents hail from different parts of the Philippines. laundry. There are a number of sari-sari stores.

Miriam College. . and at times medical missions to the area. The residents are generally well informed of what is happening in the area.Political Life There are small organizations within the area that foster the relationship with the local government unit. such as Pentecost Parish. such as Ateneo Student Catholic Action. and related organizations. since the schedules were not properly fixed with other external organizations. thus informing the residents of the various barangay activities. prayer sessions. This relatively good relationship with the local government makes it easier for external organizations to provide services to the area. School organizations. though recently it had to drop the NSTP tutorial service. there have been no explicit conflicts with the barangay workers. has been providing tutorial services. So far. since the workers themselves live in the area.

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