Stakeholders to hold dialogue to improve partnership in Visayas rehab efforts

MANILA, Feb. 10, 2014—The CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) in collaboration with the Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF), Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), and United Nations Civil Society Advisory Council (UN CSAC) will hold a two-day conference-dialogue in view of improving the rehabilitation efforts ongoing in typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas. Themed “Rehab & Reform: Rebuilding the Visayas, Rebuilding the Nation”, the conference will be held at Cebu Business Hotel, F&C Square, Colon corner Junquera Streets, Cebu City on February 12-13. The conference-dialogue aims to share the best practices and outstanding experiences of different industries…

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Stop Deceiving Us with Your Accomplishments on Paper!

Farmers to DAR: Stop Deceiving Us with Your Accomplishments on Paper! Farmers belonging to the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance  (SARA) blasted DAR’s Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes for misleading the public and the legislative branch in its report on the agency’s previous accomplishments and future targets during the February 5 Committee on Agrarian Reform hearing at the House of Representatives. Quezon City—Around 200 farmers from HACIENDA LUISITA (Tarlac), BONDOC PENINSULA (Quezon), HACIENDA DOLORES (Pampanga), and MACABUD (Rizal), picketed the Department of Agrarian Reform to bring attention to the ineffectiveness of the department in implementing land reform and support services since 2010….

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Aquino lacks political will for land reform – priest

MANILA, Feb.  6, 2014—The huge backlog in land allocation and distribution show the Aquino administration’s lack of political will to implement land reform, the Church’s social action arm said Fr. Edu Gariguez of the National Secretariat for Social Action—Justice and Peace (Nassa) said the government has not done enough to cause genuine agrarian reform in the country. “The issue lies in the [lack of] political will and the resolve of the Aquino government to pursue this social reform agenda,” Gariguez said. Around 200 farmers from different provinces picketed the Department of Agrarian Reform on Tuesday to protest the agency’s “effectiveness” in…

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Bishops seek dialogue with Aquino over CARP anew

MANILA, Jan. 30, 2014— A number Catholic bishops are again seeking a dialogue with President Benigno Aquino over the delay in implementing the land reform program. As the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is set to expire this June, the bishops lamented that the government has been underperforming in land acquisition and distribution. From July 2010 to June 2013, the Department of Agrarian Reform was only able to provide notices of coverage (NOC) or merely 314, 422 hectares of land against the original CARP balance of 1.2 million hectares. According to the bishops, this “gives us deep cause of concern…

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NASSA / Caritas Consolidated Situation Reports

NASSA / Caritas Consolidated Situation Report – Nr 1 Program Location: Philippines Program Title: Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Response   Situation Report – Nr 1 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 2 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 3 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 4 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 5 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 6 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 7 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 8 (click here) Situation Report – Nr 9

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Our Christian faith keeps us strong amid adversity–NASSA exec

MANILA, Dec. 25, 2013—The Filipinos’ strong spirit which is strongly rooted from the Christian faith is what helps us move on even when confronted with adversity in life, NASSA Executive Secretary, Fr. Edu Gariguez said in an interview, when asked for his insight on how will the Yolanda survivors celebrate this yuletide season. “Everywhere we go, even if there’s a big disaster, Filipinos will tell you  may awa ang Diyos, makakaraos rin tayo [God has mercy on us and we will keep on moving]“. Gariguez added if there is one very festive atmosphere in the whole country, it is Christmas….

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NASSA, Caritas International map out rehab plans for typhoon devastated areas

CEBU City, Dec. 4, 2013—The National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) met with members of Caritas Internationalis and local partners to discuss and map out coordinated response for a comprehensive rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. The meeting, held at the Archbishop’s Residence in Cebu City, tackled a long term program of recovery and rehabilitation, including emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction program, which will be launched on the first quarter of 2014. NASSA Executive Secretary, Fr. Edwin Gariguez discussed strategies on how to coordinate with the affected…

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NASSA ships relief goods to Visayas

National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA), staff Elmer Vilela measures the sacks of relief goods to be shipped to the Diocese of Calbayog for distribution to affected dioceses. Donations  allocated for the Yolanda victims contain 5,000 pieces of mats, 10,000 malongs, 6,000 pots, 5,000 blankets, 5,000  mosquito nets, 10,000 towels, 10,000 pails, 10,000 dippers, 10,000 water jugs and 10,000 matches.(SocialActionNews)

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Caritas brings humanitarian aid to Yolanda victims

MANILA, Nov. 15, 2013—Members of the Caritas Internationalis and other Catholic relief institutions around the globe will join forces for one coordinated and effective rescue, relief and restore operation to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Caritas Asia and Africa have expressed their deepest condolences and solidarity on Wednesday in the aftermath of the disaster caused by the super-typhoon (Haiyan) Yolanda in the country. “On behalf of the Caritas confederation in Asia, Caritas Asia brings you our message of love and hope, as well as, our prayers and our commitment to lend a helping hand in rebuilding…

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Alay Kapwa Solidarity and PhP 7.9 M reach 11 affected Dioceses

Tolosa, Leyte ONE week after Typhoon Yolanda landed on Guiuan, Samar, and ploughed through Leyte, Cebu, Panay and Palawan, on 8 November, official records reported 2,357 deaths, 77 missing and 3,853 injured (as of 14 November).  Around 8M people are estimated to be affected in 574 municipalities/cities, with 112,962 persons displaced and 130,074 houses were totally destroyed. Most roads still remain impassable and with markets destroyed, food shortage is another major concern. While most areas still experience power outages, and municipalities in Capiz, Iloilo and Antique lack running water, network signal is still interrupted in Samar, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Biliran, Masbate…

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