Palace to blame on DAR chief’s dismal performance -bishop

The dismal performance of the Agrarian Reform Chief Virgilio de los Reyes is accountability of no other than President Benigno Aquino III, said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. Countless dialogues on land reform by various groups have been made including the meeting of Pnoy with the farmers and prelates on June 14, 2012 in Malacañang; however, the promise of the president for a faster implementation of CARP thru DAR Secretary de los Reyes was not yet done, according to Pabillo who also chairs the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace. “Ito ang ipinaparating namin kay Presidente Aquino…

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Caritas Philippines joins rehabilitation efforts in Mindanao

Such heart-breaking sentiments from a woman village leader greeted NASSA/ Caritas Philippines’ Special Humanitarian Team during their visit to typhoon Bopha’s (Pablo) calamity-stricken areas last 21-25 January 2013.

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There is a crisis in DAR governance

Letter of 85 bishops to the PNoy Administration, expressing common cause with the farmers for speedy implementation of CARPER in the light of dismal accomplishment of DAR. The footnote (second part of the document) serves to elaborate the context and urgency of the call.

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CDO – Brgy. Mambuaya: Beneficiaries’ Site Visit

Another 20 victims of Tropical Storm Sendong were became beneficiaries of the remaining 60 shelters of the CBCP-NASSA and Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro Caritas Village Shelter Project in partnership with the Foundation for People’s Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC). The beneficiaries were toured around the Coop-Ville Relocation Site at Brgy. Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City on January 27 organized by Caritas Village Shelter Project Coordinator, Dodong Arellano, and CBCP-NASSA Administrative Officer, Sr. Mapet Bulawan, DC. [SocialActionNews]

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Sixth Awarding of NASSA & DSAC-Iligan Caritas Village Shelters

The CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace together with the Diocesan Social Action Center of Iligan Caritas Village Shelter Project has again awarded another 31 shelters to its qualified beneficiaries from the Typhoon Sendong victims.  The thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration and blessing of the shelters was officiated by Fr. Nazer Zaragoza, Parish Priest of the receiving community, at Brgy. Upper Tominobo, Iligan City on January 26.    To date, the project has already constructed 173 units, 125 of which are already occupied and awarded.    On the evening of January 25, the 125 family beneficiaries held their first…

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A Righteous Path Demands FOI

There is something very wrong when a proposed legislation that will do right to the people does not get the determined support of government leaders who are sworn to protect the people’s interest.  All sectors support, and demand, the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.  This is rightly so.  In entrusting to our government officials the power to govern, the people have the right to protect themselves against all forms of abuses by the use of governmental power.  The Social Action arm of the Catholic Church, the National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA), takes special interest…

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FOI: A Bill that Unites

18 January 2013   JUST as it happened in the 14th Congress, the Senate of the 15th Congress has delivered yet again and passed on third and final reading the long-awaited Freedom of Information Act. And just as it happened in the 14th Congress, the FOI bill once again teeters on the brink of death in the House of Representatives of the 15th Congress. The leaders of the House have two choices: Kill the FOI bill by extended inaction, as their counterparts did in the 14th Congress, or act with dispatch and muster the political will to bring to light…

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Alay Kapwa launches Lenten Campaign nationwide

The Lenten Evangelization-Action Program of the Philippine Catholic Church has launched its National Lenten Campaign simultaneously with the theme “Challenges And Responses of Stewardship in the Year of Faith.” For the first time, Alay Kapwa will be launched in three Dioceses -one from each of the three regions in the country. In a press statement, the changing of hosting from one Diocese to three Dioceses was agreed during the 36th National Social Action General Assembly (NASAGA) held last August 2012 in Zambales City and the decision was anticipated that the faithful will be more active to the evangelization of Alay Kapwa….

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Caritas Philippines warns of potential scam

The Catholic Church’s social action arm is warning the public of a scam in the name of Caritas Philippines. So far, one complainant has come into the Church agency from Masambong High School in Quezon City. In the said case, a person identified as certain Cecille Villanueva claimed to be collecting cash for a supposed housing project for teachers and other charity works. The suspect was also able to get donations from two other schools: Roxas High School and San Bartolomeo High School – both in Quezon City. “We have no such employee as Cecille Villanueva and that she is not…

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NOTICE TO PUBLIC

16 January 2013 It has come to our attention that a certain CECILLE VILLANUEVA – who claims to be connected with Caritas Philippines – has been asking for cash donations to offer housing for teachers and other charity works.  Furthermore, she claims that she is connected with Caritas Global.  We were also informed by one of her prospect victim (Masambong High School in Quezon City) that she has already been to two other schools: Roxas High School and San Bartolomeo High School – both in Quezon City – and was able to solicit for her above-mentioned projects, and even dropping…

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