Padyak along Oriental Mindoro and Boracay draws people together, drums-up support for Mangyan and Boracay Atis

While many tourists visit Boracay Island for its white sand beaches and beach activities, many of us also forget that the island is also a home to one of our countries’ Indigenous Peoples (IPs), the Atis. In August of 2011, a 2.1 hectare lot in Brgy. Manoc-manoc of the 1,032 hectare Boracay Island had been awarded to around 200 members or 40 families of the Ati Tribe of Boracay, as their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples or NCIP in accordance with the Indigenous People’s Rights’ Act (IPRA) of 1997. In the same…

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Caritas Village Shelter Project Updates

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) / Caritas Philippines is currently implementing a relocation project for Typhoon Sendong victims in the Dioceses of Iligan, Dumaguete, and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.   Known as the CARITAS VILLAGE SHELTER PROJECT, this endeavor is a fruit of the Emergency Appeal of CBCP-NASSA to its international Caritas Partners thru Caritas Internationalis. NASSA & ACDO Caritas Village Shelter Project As of 24 October 2012, in Cagayan de Oro, the relocation site is a one-hectare lot at Brgy. Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City.  The site can accommodate…

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Church, solon outraged by ambush of tribal leader and his family, Gov’t talks on peace, while indigenous peoples are killed

Church leaders and a solon joined human rights and environmental groups calling on the government for immediate action on the murder of three innocent civilians in an ambush raid at the farm house of B’laan tribe leader Daguil Capion yesterday morning.   The diocese of Marbel through the Social Action Center condemned the brutal killing of the innocent and call for an immediate investigation to the concerned agencies of the government.   Several anti-mining advocates in Mindanao have been killed in the past decade since the South Cotabato gold-copper reserve entered the area with its exploration activities. .   The…

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NASSA joins women’s market 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), joins “Women’s Market 2012: Products, Gathering, Partnerships, Learning” which was launched on October 16 to mark the World Food Day and will be open until 18 October at the Quezon City Hall grounds. “This occasion is an important opportunity to highlight our advocacies on issues relating to food sufficiency and food security through different activities conducted nationwide with partners in the government as well as civil society organizations,” the coalition said in a press statement. “Women play an important role in livelihood and development of local markets through…

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IPs, farmers call anew for food security over mining

The Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and farmers from different areas in Luzon joined a Caravan on October 15 to call for the passage of Alternative Minerals Management Bill and the revocation of FTAA’s of Oceana Gold (Didipio Gold and Copper project) and SMIXtrata (Tampakan Copper Gold Mining Project) and a moratorium on large scale mining operations in the country. IPs and farmers from Kasibu and Dupax, Romblon, Mindoro, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales and Bulacan joined the Caravan that started yesterday, October 14, from Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya passing through Talavera Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan, San Fernando, Bulacan, Quezon City, UST and…

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Singaporeans gives aid to Laguna flood victims

CALAMBA City―A group of Singaporeans donated on Sept. 24 non-food items to flood victims in Calamba City and Los Baños, Laguna including water filter gadgets capable of turning floodwater into potable liquid. These aids that the Singaporeans brought to the victims of the South Monsoon rains spawned floods is part of our humanitarian efforts to help those suffering from calamities like these families in Laguna, said Singaporean Frederick Foo, Director Operations of a group called CHARIS which is affiliated to Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives from Singapore. He said the group brought non-food items which include thermal Blankets, Mosquito…

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Govt not serious in land reform: Bishop

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has remarked Wednesday (October 10) that the government is not serious in implementing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The head of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed concern that CARP may soon expire “without substantial accomplishment.” “Millions of landless tillers will remain landless. Worse, thousands of DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) employees would soon be jobless,” Pabillo said. He lamented that from July 2010 to August 2012, only 255, 506 hectares have so far been distributed to farmer beneficiaries out of…

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NASSA calls to end poverty

The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) calls all stakeholders to join forces to eradicate poverty in the country, victimizing the vast majority of Filipino families. In a statement, CBCP-Nassa said that they would gather civil society and faith-based organizations working closely with poor, particularly the homeless, as to strengthen their commitments in eradicating poverty in the Philippines. Only this year, Manila Auxiliary Bishop and CBCP-Nassa national director Broderick S. Pabillo had organized the Social Forum for Civic and faith based organizations catering to Families and Children living…

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SAVE CARPER: RETAIN DAR WITH A STRONG LEADERSHIP

Recent developments in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are very disturbing.  The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), a social justice program enshrined in the Philippine Constitution, may soon expire without substantial accomplishment.  Millions of landless tillers will remain landless.  Worse, thousands of DAR employees would soon be jobless. The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) – the advocacy and development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in solidarity with Agrarian Reform advocates, condemns the impending move of the government to abolish DAR by 2014. NASSA is concerned with the commitment of the Aquino administration to…

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Priest wants independent body to conduct GMO study

A study from an independent body can provide impartial data on the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the Philippines, according to Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. In an interview, Gariguez said both sides of the scientific argument on whether the GMOs are safe or not are valid, but for the Church and as long as precautionary principles are concerned, GMOs are hazardous to the health and it has no conclusive findings for the safety of GM foods in humans. Gariguez added that…

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