The Bayanihan Centre, a simple four storey building located at the Labrador Park, is a “dream come true” for the Filipino Community. They had been asking for it since the Ramos administration, successfully getting the approval from the Singapore government through the persistent efforts of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, and finally being inaugurated in August 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The site along Pasir Panjang Road provided by the Singapore government has 28 rooms, which is perfect for the purpose of skills training and social gathering for the Filipino workers.
The Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore) or PBSS was then constituted in August 2001 to render policy initiatives and manage the operations, programmes and activities of the centre. It is a registered society under the Societies Act of Singapore with the Registry of Societies. In December 2002, the Society gained full membership with the National Council of Social Service as a Volunteer Welfare Organization and was registered as a charity under the Charities Act of Singapore in April 2004 with the Commission of Charities.
Among the principal objectives of the Society are to promote skills upgrading among Filipino workers and enhance socio-cultural ties between Filipinos and Singaporeans. The Bayanihan Centre provides the classrooms, facilities and supports for volunteers and community groups to conduct numerous short term courses which include basic and advanced computer training, nursing aide, business counseling, legal secretariat, dressmaking, cooking and baking, cosmetology, aromatherapy, Swedish massage and martial arts.
It is also the venue for celebrating community events for Overseas Foreign Workers, such as Christmas, Workers’ Day and Bayanihan Centre Anniversary Day. Affiliated grassroots groups have also benefited through some financial assistance as well as the use of rooms for their meetings and volunteer projects.
The Bayanihan Centre enables the Filipinos to come freely under one roof. The entire mélange of Filipino individuals, associations and organizations here in Singapore can join as one in pursuing common objectives, from the very simple salu-salo to the most ambitious projects.
To carry out social and community service and to collaborate with other entities in Singapore on social development, humanitarianism and volunteerism.
To promote the advancement of education and skills and to provide the venue for the conduct of education, training and personal development programmes.
To conduct socio-psychological counseling for Filipinos and others and provide referral services as supportive intervention.
MABUHAY! Welcome to PBSS! Our website has been revamped and we hope that you would find it refreshing, convenient and informative. PBSS was established with the support of both the governments of the Philippines and Singapore to provide a forum to cater for the educational, social and cultural needs of Filipinos in Singapore…READ MORE
The Bayanihan Centre is a product of a cooperation agreement signed between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Singapore. The main purpose of the Bayanihan Center is to provide a venue for social, cultural and personal development activities for Filipinos in Singapore. This Centre is managed by the Philippine Bayanihan Society in Singapore (PBSS) which was formed in 2001 and is maintained through the generous collaboration among and contributions by Singaporeans and Filipinos…READ MORE