RAFI-KAC now open to
serve the public
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
August 1, 2014
CITY – The new camp site of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Kool
Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC) formally opened its doors today with an
inauguration ceremony attended by no less than Department of Education
Undersecretary for External Linkages Mario Deriquito and Cebu Governor
Hilario Davide III.
A flagship program of RAFI under its Leadership & Citizenship focus
area, RAFI-KAC is the first and only fully dedicated Adventure
Education Center in the Philippines. Its mission is to equip
organizations and individuals with the character, competence and
citizenship to be leaders of change, through powerful learning
What sets it aside from other institutions involved in team building
and adventure programs is that they are mostly for entertainment and
leisure, while KAC is a whole lot more.
In the words of RAFI President Roberto “Bobby” Aboitiz, “RAFI-KAC is a
serious attempt to build leadership attributes in the Filipino youth…
The Center will offer programs that are designed to be fun, but in
purpose to promote self-confidence, trust, optimism, positive
attitude, courage, respect for others, and the assumption of one’s
responsibility for one’s own future.”
KAC started in 1999 and has since conducted over 300 adventure
programs to a total of over 10,000 participants for both the youth
development programs and professional development programs.
"The critical first step towards creating real change in the community
is the belief and confidence that you can make the difference. Through
specially designed and facilitated learning experiences, all our
campers experience personal empowerment and breakthroughs in what they
believe they can achieve,” said RAFI-KAC Camp Director Edvan Loh.
“Our campers also graduate with strong leadership skills and team
values which are tested, practiced and developed throughout the course
of our programs. This is how KAC best supports RAFI's thrust of
touching the lives of people we serve," he added.
Loh leads a competent staff that went through a rigorous training
regimen before they were made to handle any program. The training
involved Risk Assessment and Management, CRC Safety Standards, First
Aid and Basic Life Support, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as well as
training on soft skills such Adventure Programming, Facilitation, and
Games and Initiatives Leadership.
A number of RAFI-KAC’s senior staff members are also certified as
Leave No Trace Masters Educator, Kayak Coach and Wilderness Medical
First Responder and Challenge Ropes Course Practitioner, and are
proficient in Abseiling and Lifesaving, with trainings received in
international institutions like National Outdoor Leadership School,
Outward Bound Singapore and Project Adventure.
RAFI-KAC is likewise an organizational member of the Association for
Experiential Education based in the US. Through this affiliation, the
RAFI-KAC staff members are able to learn from experts in the field and
benchmark with the best practices from all over the world.
The new site is located at KM 42 of the transcentral highway in
Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban town, in south-western Cebu. It is about
an hour-and-a-half drive to the west from Cebu City via the
“We need to have a permanent location for the KAC so that our target
participants will achieve better learning experience from the much
improved facilities and new course elements that we are integrating in
the camp,” said RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua, in
explaining why the Foundation devoted significant amount of resources
in building the camp.
In particular, RAFI-KAC’s Youth Development Programs include Character
and Leadership Adventure Camps, Land and Sea Expedition Programs,
Urban Heritage Backpacking and Eco-Adventure Service Learning
Programs. The Professional Development Programs, on the other hand,
include Adventure Training & Consulting, Challenge Course Synergy
Programs, Leadership & Development Adventure Courses and Corporate
RAFI KAC will also offer the following courses focused on developing
more adventure educators in the country: Outdoor Educators Training
Course, Leave No Trace - Outdoor Ethics Trainers Course, Adventure
Training Course for Teachers and Games & Initiatives Workshop.
“These state of the art amenities and adventure programs in the camp
site complements our desire to make the Kool Adventure Camp a premier
center for experiential learning in this part of the region,” said
She emphasized that safety is a paramount priority for RAFI KAC, which
is why it is ingrained in the organizational systems, program
procedures and the staff, particularly in the compliance with policies
and adherence to protocols, as well as benchmarking with international
standards and practices. Local operating procedure and risk assessment
and management also guided the programming design to ensure all
activities have been approved to be safe for the participants.
Loh said that “in the Philippines, RAFI KAC is the only associate
member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), a
trade organization serving Challenge Course Professionals all over the
world, whose purpose is to promote the use of Challenge Courses and to
set minimum standards for Challenge Course installation, operation and
RAFI-KAC’s regular program offering is a three-day, two night
challenge ropes course program, but its courses can be as short as a
single-day program or as long as a ten-day combined land and sea
expedition activity with a service learning component. RAFI-KAC can
also fully customize a program to meet the training needs of
participants and clients.
For additional information, interested individuals and organizations
may visit www.kac.rafi.org.ph, or contact RAFI-KAC at (032) 260-9000
local 1001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.