Social Development Program


MCU: In the Service of the Community

Community service is inherent in the mission of Manila Central University. As an educational institution in health and professional programs since 1904, MCU molds its students to become responsible leaders in the service of the community. MCU provides students with learning experiences in actual community setting where they can relate theory with practice.

The University Integrated Community Extension Programs and Services (UNICEPS) is the MCU organization that reaches out to the community in need of moral, technical and financial assistance to improve their living conditions. The members protect and improve the community by the development and promotion of physical and mental health through learning experiences in an actual community setting. The organization creates social awareness among the community members and students and faculty members of MCU.

The student members relate theory into practical application while community members work out an organized and continuing supply of health care that is accessible for the whole community. The organization adapts a system that has established linkages with extended health and educational services to impoverished areas. It seeks to develop a functional system that is receptive to solve basic social problems and restore human dignity.
UNICEPS facilitates the organization and training of barangay development committees and leaders. They assist in the delivery of health care services and livelihood projects, such as mother craft and feeding. Student and faculty volunteers conduct tutorials on computer literacy, mathematics, and sports development. UNICEPS members are active in relief operation in times of calamities and other environmental concerns.

UNICEPS is consistent in spearheading various community outreach programs at different barangays in Caloocan and nearby cities.



February 2, 2020 – It was in the first week of January when our country faced another difficulty due the rumblings of Taal Volcano.

As part of its social responsibility, members of the MCU community extended a helping hand to displaced individuals and families affected by the calamity. The MCU team composed of faculty members and employee volunteers distributed relief packages to over 250 families in Barangay Santa Monica in San Luis, Batangas last February 2, 2020.

Each family received a bag full of ready-to-eat food items, hygiene kit, and clothing items donated and packed by MCU students and employees.

Former MCU President Dr. Aristotle T. Malabanan once said, “Tayo hindi ako.”

A meaningful message that rallies the community to always be of help especially during difficult times.

The Batangas relief operation is a collaborative effort of the University Integrated Community Extension Programs and Services (UNICEPS), Office of Student Affairs, University Student Council, and the Association of Centralinos for Community Outreach Development.


September 22, 2017 – As part of the university’s mission to instill the sense of community service to its students, the MCU University Student Council conducted a community outreach dubbed as “Kalusugan mo, Serbisyo ko” last September 22, 2017 at Barangay Maysilo in Malabon City.
More than 150 residents composed mostly of elderly and children received free medical services.
Student-volunteers from the different colleges provided services such as vital signs monitoring, blood typing, physical rehabilitation therapy and oral prophylaxis to the elderly. Games, short story-telling and nursery rhyme singing were enjoyed by the children.
The social development program is in cooperation with Office of Student Affairs and University Integrated Community Extension Programs and Services.


October 8, 2016 – More than 200 Malabon and nearby area residents composed mostly of elderly and children received free medical services in an outreach program spearheaded by the MCU University Student Council last October 8, 2016 at the Joseph Clinic in Maysilo, Malabon.
More than 150 residents composed mostly of elderly and children received free medical services.


December 10, 2015 – In a spirit of thanksgiving, Manila Central University Basic Education Department (BEd) conducted a Christmas Outreach Program for senior citizens from nearby Barangay 58 last December 10, 2015 at the BEd Lobby.

Students and faculty members joined hands in providing the special guests with the Christmas season’s cheers with a simple program and gifts.


December 3, 2015 – As part of the 111th founding anniversary and continuing effort of Manila Central University (MCU) in providing health services to the community, a team from MCU and the MCU Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation (FDTMF) conducted an outreach program at the Joseph Clinic last December 3, 2015 in Maysilo, Malabon.

Students, medical practitioners, deans, faculty and employees and Joseph Clinic volunteers led by Rev. Chang Kyung-geun, the Clinic Director joined hands in attending to the patients’ needs during the outreach where services such as optical, dental, pharmacy, pediatric, family medicine and more were given for free.

The event gave a productive experience to the MCU and medical student volunteers as they performed procedures and knowledge they learned from school to the actual patient and community setting.

Among the MCU and FDTMF officials present were Dr. Renato Tanchoco Jr., Vice President for Planning and External Affairs, Dr. Ma. Lilybeth Tanchoco, Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Ferdinand Mortel, Dean of Medical Technology, Dr. Eduardo Peregrino Jr., Dean of Physical Therapy, Mr. Melvin Miranda, Dean of Nursing, Prof. Reneliza Sta. Ana, Principal of the Basic Education Department and Ms. Venus Solar, Research Dicrector.

The outreach is part of the continuing program of MCU and FDTMF to provide health and medical assistance to communities.


October 17, 2015 – The Manila Central University (MCU) College of Dentistry and the Birhen ng Luhan Quasi-Parish (BLQP) in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City established an agreement that will look after residents’ disease prevention education, dental health and treatment.

Dr. Ramon C. Cercado, MCU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Reverend Father Luis Zapata, BLQP Parish Priest formalized the agreement last October 17, 2015 at the parish premises.

Volunteer student clinicians, faculty members and alumni which form Katuwang, the MCU College of Dentistry outreach organization, provided dental services and procedures to parish residents during the event.

Among those present during the program were Dr. Maria Cristina Aurea G. Garcia, Dean of the MCU College of Dentistry and Fr. James Ty, BLQP Assistant Parish Priest.


October 3, 2014 – Manila Central University (MCU) and the Joseph Clinic, a non-profit, non-government institution under the Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea, conducted a community outreach program in Maysilo, Malabon last October 3, 2014.

Local residents, especially the less fortunate, were given free medical and dental services. Among the services that were provided were optical, dental, laboratory, physical therapy, ENT, pharmacy, paediatric and many more.

MCU students, medical practitioners, faculty and employees and Joseph Clinic volunteers led by director Rev. Fr. Choi Young Sik Matthias joined hands in attending to the patients’ needs. The outreach program was a valuable experience to the student volunteers as it prepares them and enriches their knowledge in treating patients and giving their share to the poor.

The clinic in Malabon is an extension facility of the Joseph Clinic in Seoul. The clinic in South Korea has been in existence for over 28 years and caters to the health needs of the poor people of the diocese. The Archdiocese of Seoul works in close coordination with Rev. Fr. Rufino P. Yabut of the Social Services Ministry of the Diocese of Caloocan City.

Among the MCU officials present were President Dr. Aristotle T. Malabanan, Vice President for Academic Affairs Prof. Petrona A. Benitez, University Registrar Ms. Aini E. Salvadora, Research Director Venus A. Solar and College of Medicine Dean Dr. Elvira M. Abreu.

The medical mission and activity at the Joseph Clinic in Maysilo, Malabon is the first of the continuing MCU community outreach and extension program.


March 17, 2013 – Manila Central University – University Integrated Community Extension Programs and Service (UNICEPS) and the MCU College of Dentistry provided dental and medical services and a feeding program to over 300 children and adults from the apostolate of Immaculate Heart of Mary last March 17, 2013 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary College (IHMC) Covered Court in Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.
MCU participated in the outreach program with the IHMC Alumni Association and the IHMC Community Extension Services during the celebration of the feast of Saint Louise de Marillac which is also the 65th founding anniversary of IHMC.

The College of Dentistry students and faculty members gave a lecture on Oral Health Hygiene. Tooth brushes and toothpastes were also distributed to the residents.

UNICEPS acts as the university’s unit that reaches out to the community . UNICEPS provides support in technical, financial, and moral aspects to its stakeholders in its thrust to improve their living conditions.


November 22, 2012 – The College of Arts and Sciences Biology program conducts comprehensive programs and practical lessons in organic composting, home gardening, body hygiene, storytelling on parasitic helminthes, and paper craft making at Barangay 58 of Caloocan City. Biology students and faculty members facilitates the event. Residents were given pairs of slippers as a reward for actively participating in the 1 day outreach program.


August 20, 2011 – The College of Optometry participated in the GMA Kapuso 20/20 Vision Eye Project in celebration of the Sight-Saving Month. MCU optometrists and faculty members rendered free optometric services to more than 400 patients.



August 13, 2011 – The High and Grade School Department and the College of Computer Studies held a Mental Math and Computer Literacy program for Grade School children of Barangays 58 and 81 at the MCU campus. They were taught with basic Mathematic skills and Computer keyboarding lessons.


July 26, 2011 – A Blood Donation event was conducted by UNICEPS and 4th year students of the College of Medical Technology at the Municipal Hall of Balagtas, Bulacan. A total of 50 bags were collected during the bloodletting drive.