Guiding Principles of the Social Action Network on Partnership for Election-Related Campaign and Advocacy

19 March 2013   To our Dear Arch/Bishops, Diocesan Social Action Directors and SAC Coordinators/Personnel:   Greetings of Peace! On 12 February, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) circulated the Guiding Principles of the Social Action Network on Partnership for Election-Related Campaign and Advocacy.  The document aims to provide a framework to “coordinate agreements” among election groups, watchdogs or citizens’ arm, partnering with the social action centers to mobilize volunteers. On March 8, 2013, the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Social Action Network (SAN) met to resolve the issue of seeming confusion with regards to parallel and simultaneous engagements…

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Evangelization is the greatest work of charity -bishop

Evangelization is the highest and the most integral promotion of the human person and the greatest work of charity, said National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace Chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo. Pabillo emphasized the relationship between the faith and charity during the Basic Orientation Seminar on Social Action Work (BOSSAW) held at the CBCP-BEC Development Center, Tagaytay City on March 4-8. He tackled the spirituality of the Social Action and the Social Issues of Today. “Religion has a role in political debate and there is politics everywhere because there is governance everywhere. You cannot be neutral and you should…

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CBCP officials, group respond to the two-part “DAR Report to the President” and to the article of Dean Antonio La Vina of the Ateneo School of Government

Werefer to the DAR Report consisting of two parts namely (I) Report on the Land Acquisition and Distribution Aspect of Agrarian Reform, January 2013 and (II). On Issues Raised by the CBCP Letter, as Reported in the Media, and to the Article of Dean Antonio La Vinawith respect to the crisis at the DAR over the issue of the DAR performance under Sec. Gil de los Reyes and the call by farmer groups and the CBCP for a revamp of the DAR leadership. Dean la Vina states that“decades of struggle to own the lands they till is simply too long for…

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Bishops, groups urge justice for felled Ati leader

Another incident of IP (indigenous peoples) killings was added on the list, this time from the paradise island of Boracay.  Various groups together with Chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Archbishop of Tuguegarao Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, DD urged justice for the killing of Dexter Condez, 26 years old and an Ati leader of Boracay Island.  The victim was shot dead in the evening of 22 February 2013. Reports cited that Dexter just finished attending a meeting and on his way home to the Atis’ ancestral domain in Barangay Manoc-manoc when an unidentified gunman shot him several…

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NASSA visits farmer – beneficiaries in Ormoc

The Peace Building and Good Governance Program Unit of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace visited the farmer – beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform program in Ormoc City under the Archdiocese of Palo on February 17-18, 2013. NASSA’s peace building and good governance program coordinator Edilberto C. Guyano together with Palo Archdiocese Social Action Director Fr. Edwin Perinto and partners from Canada, Development and Peace conducted an open forum and consultation to the farmers for a possible help they could bring. [SocialActionNews]  

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NASSA to hold seminar on social action work

The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace/ Caritas Philippines is inviting all the Diocesan Social Action Directors and their staff to attend the Basic Orientation Seminar on Social Action Work (BOSSAW) on March 4 to 8 at the CBCP BEC Development Center, Tagaytay City.  For this year, NASSA has invited selected speakers from their Social Action Networks (SAN) and partner agencies to join the BOSSAW team in conducting the seminar, according to Yuri R. Munsayac, Coordinator, Program Services and Resource Mobilization Unit of NASSA.  “Aside from learning the Church’s Social Teachings and its relation to social action work,…

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Call to save trees in Luneta Hills, Baguio

Greetings from CBCP-NASSA! We are presenting to you a humble request from the Diocese of Baguio-Benguet.  We hope that you can support their information and signature campaign to save the trees in Luneta Hills, Baguio, especially by covering their story and publicizing their effort and campaign widely. Since 19 January 2013, the Diocese of Baguio, headed by Bishop Carlito Cenzon, CICM, together with religious men and women and concerned citizens in Baguio, launched a signature campaign at the local level, and produced a Manifesto to Save Trees in Baguio. They hope to raise public concern about the lives of the trees…

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Caritas Española backs dev’t programs in Phl

The Caritas Española has been supporting developmental projects in the Philippines most specifically in the countryside since 2001 through the National Secretariat for Social Action/Caritas Philippines of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Sustainable Agriculture National Program Coordinator Ronelio Barsatan and Program Officer Cheryll E. Manuel, both staff from the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace or NASSA have been conducted a monitoring of project implementation in four municipalities of Zambales province called as Basic Ecclesiastical Community (BEC)-Based Integral and Sustainable Development Program last February 2 and 3. Components of the program were Lusog-Sigla, Buhay-Sagana (focused on…

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RESPONSE TO DAR SECRETARY’S STATEMENT

February 5, 2013 DAR POSITION OUR RESPONSE Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes continues to enjoy President Aquino’s confidence despite criticism from bishops over his department’s “dismal” performance, Malacañang said Sunday.   There is no agrarian crisis.  If the president sees that he is not fit for the job, he will pack up his things.  DAR grossly underperformed in land distribution.  For 2012, Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) targets have been reduced from 260,000 hectares to 240,000 hectares, to 180,000 hectares.  This is actually 254,653 hectares if shortfalls in 2010 and 2011 are included.   The less than 25…

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