Church rallies diocesan social centers to aid typhoon victims

MANILA, Nov. 12, 2013—The Catholic Church’s social arm has tapped its vast network of social action centers in various dioceses to help the areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. NASSA-Caritas Philippines of the Catholic Bishops Conference is linking with diocesan social action centers for a more coordinated and organized relief efforts. Dioceses spared from the typhoon are providing relief efforts to help typhoon victims in the spirit of ‘Alay kapwa’, it said. “In the past 3 weeks, we have had 1 major earthquake and 3 typhoons affecting every island in the archipelago, and yet help has been pouring in since the…

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Alay Kapwa spirit links dioceses amid ‘Yolanda’s’ massive destruction

MANILA, Nov. 12, 2013 — Considered the strongest typhoon for the year with sustained winds of 215kph and gustiness up to 250kph, Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) made six landfalls on November 8 in Central Philippines, ploughing the towns of Guiuan, Samar; Tolosa, Leyte; Bantayan Island and Daanbantayan, both in Cebu; Concepcion, Iloilo; and Coron, Palawan. As of November 10, 7pm, the government reported 229 individuals dead, 45 injured and 28 are still missing. The numbers can still spike as clearing operations continue and communications are revived. In Tacloban, Leyte alone which was battered by 18 foot-high storm surges, the number of…

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BUILDING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH CARITAS SHELTER PROJECT

The CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines, in collaboration with different diocese throughout the country, is building communities through Caritas Shelter Project.  The project believes that a necessary component in building Christian communities starts with building homes for the homeless and thereby provoking new hope and new beginnings. NASSA chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Josephine Ignacio of Caritas Philippines visited the Caritas Shelter Project in three dioceses, namely, Tagum, Tandag and Mati on June 19 to 21 for the awarding of shelters to the homeless. Ten families were the first beneficiaries of Oplan Tabang: Balik Bahay Program in Purok 6, Babag, Monkayo, Compostela Valley province during a…

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CARITAS–VERITAS TELETHON 2013 SLATED

As part of its 60th founding anniversary, the Caritas Manila in partnership with Radio Veritas 846 held its annual Caritas- Veritas Telethon last 10 June 2013 at Radio Veritas Headquarters in Quezon City. Focused on Servant Leadership and Education, the telethon aired from 6:00am to 4:00pm. Phone lines were opened throughout the live broadcast aired on Radio Veritas 846 and also via the internet at www.veritas846.ph and www.caritasmanila.org.ph. The theme for this year’s telethon was “Youth Servant Leadership in the Year of Faith” emphasizing the importance of education in uplifting the lives of poor families and heeding the call for…

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BISHOP SLAMS GOV’T SLOW ACTION ON CARP

A Catholic bishop slams the government for slow implementation of land reform to farmers. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo presented their own evaluation on the present administration’s inaptness to fulfill promises particularly the distribution of land before the agrarian reform program expires next year. “As we celebrate the 25 anniversary of the of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) on June 10, we also will evaluate the record of the present administration where the President has not delivered on the promises he made to protesting farmers last June 14, 2012 and farmers are alarmed at the failure of government to distribute nearly 1…

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2013 ELECTION : QUESTIONABLE

 Statement of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) The recent mid-term national election makes a mockery of our democracy.  Reports of rampant and large scale vote-buying, disenfranchisement of voters, malfunction of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, corrupted Compact Flash (CF) cards, transmission failures and the non-compliance on the election laws by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) which is mandated to manage and protect the electoral processes, create public mistrust among the Filipinos, thus making questionable the authenticity of the result of the 2013 automated election. Even before election, the refusal of COMELEC to allow interested parties to review the…

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NASSA JOINS GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON EITI

NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez was one of the members of the Philippine delegation attended the global conference on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held in Sydney, Australia last May 22-24. The Philippines will now implement the EITI Standard, which will ensure more transparency of the payments to the government from the extractives sector in the country. Reports cited that the EITI Board admits the Philippines as an EITI Candidate country on 22 May 2013. In accordance with the EITI Rules, the Philippines is required to publish their first EITI Report within one year and six months of becoming…

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BISHOP HOPES COMELEC CAN RESOLVE PCOS TRANSMISSION GLITCHES

The Chairman of the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA), Bishop Broderick Pabillo is hoping that the irregularities on PCOS transmission in the recently held 2013 election will be resolved by the COMELEC. In an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas, Pabillo reiterated the needs to evaluate the transmission of the PCOS machines and CF cards. “Maraming kapalpakan yung transmission. Magulo at bumagal pa imbes na bumilis. Kaya dapat tinaggal na lng dapat. Hindi natin maevaluate kung talagang nabilang ang boto natin. Kaya kailangan malaman ng mga mamamayang Pilipino,” Pabillo said. He also questioned the consistency of the…

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ELECTION REPORT OF LEGAL NETWORK FOR TRUTHFUL ELECTIONS

  “There was no genuine elections,” says the Legal Network for Truthful Elections, not in accordance with international standards of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and public confidence in elections. Voters being victimized by discrepancies between voters’ lists, discrimination, and insufficiency and manipulation of ballots increased disenfranchisement and the chances of ineligible people casting votes at the expense of legal voters. The lack of speedy mechanisms addressing the mentioned causes of disenfranchisement and the widespread commission of vote-buying is a clear danger sign of lack of accountability and culture of impunity easily taken advantage of by election law violators. That there were…

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AES WATCH ELECTION REPORT

2013 MID-TERM AUTOMATED ELECTIONS: FROM BAD TO WORSE; Comelec is now anointer of presumed winners By committing more errors than those recorded in 2010, by making arbitrary and highly-irregular decisions during canvassing, and proclaiming presumed winning candidates prematurely the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has turned the second automated elections from bad to worse – a technology and political disaster. Aside from Comelec’s non-compliance – yet again – of the election law and the technical glitches, there was an unprecedented large-scale vote buying. Political clans are now even more entrenched with a bigger number of their members being fielded in extensive areas…

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