The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program at Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) has signed an agreement with the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) that enables both institutions to strengthen their respective mental health awareness programs.

HCDC Vice President for Operations Rommel F. Momo and PMHA Davao Chapter Executive Manager Teofilo S. Limikid, RPm led the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Sedes Sapientiae Auditorium on October 27, 2022, during the department’s day and pinning ceremony.

“We are excited to [be] working with you. We encourage you to be a mental health advocate through this engagement and partnership, and we’re looking forward nga ma-mainstream ang mental health awareness sa basic communities. Gamita ang inyong knowledge sa psychology (We are excited to be working with you. We encourage you to be a mental health advocate through this engagement and partnership, and we are looking forward to mainstream mental health awareness to basic communities. Use your knowledge in psychology),” Limikid said during his speech following the signing of the agreement.

As mental health services are costly, Limikid encouraged psychology students to educate the general public. Moreover, he disclosed that PMHA is willing to support their advocacy efforts.

“We have to educate the public, the ordinary citizens, para kita-kita na lang dito ang magtinabangay sa kapwa natin, para dili na mag-worsen. Pag ma-educate ang public, ma-part ang mental health sa atoang routine (We have to educate the public, the ordinary citizens, so that we will be the ones to help each other, so that it will not worsen. If the public is educated, then mental health will be part of our routine),” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, Momo emphasized that the partnership represents a commitment to bolstering the mental health resilience of communities.

“The partnership enhances both the visions of our respective communities, the vibrant community of believers with the highest level of mental health,” he said.

The president of the CrossPsych student organization, Shiela Marie Pangan, expressed gratitude for the partnership.

Pangan guaranteed that the budget allocated for their advocacy efforts would be used to fund the mental health program in Brgy. Marahan.

Present in the ceremony were Bachelor of Science in Psychology Program Chairperson Dr. Jerson John L. Trocio, Center for Linkages, Internationalization and Language Studies Head Sheryl Urdaneta, Social Action Office Head Jeralyn Palero, Guidance Office representatives, faculty members, and students.