Year of the Poor and Alay Kapwa 40 Launching

October 6, 2014 YEAR OF THE POOR in 40 YEARS OF ALAY KAPWA: “Do justice and Love kindness” As we continue our 5th centenary journey to the new evangelization, we are strongly confronted with the sad reality of poverty and injustice in the Philippines, many remains to be materially poor. The challenge for the Church in the Philippines to be a Church of the Poor as demanded by the PCP II is even more valid as before. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) officially declared 2015 as the YEAR OF THE POOR inspired with the theme from the…

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Reminder for the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty (17 October)

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty designated by United Nations since 1993.  This year’s theme: “To think, decide and act together against extreme poverty” calls for the need to include people living in poverty as partners in building our understanding and knowledge of more sustainable forms of development.  While the UN urges local, national and international institutions to create genuine participatory mechanisms, with accountability and grievance mechanisms at all levels, it is also the time for us to prepare to enter the Year of the Poor in November 2014 – the third of the…

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Church to celebrate mass with workers, laity on Labor Day

Catholic Bishops, instituting a new tradition, will celebrate Holy Mass with workers, farmers and fisherfolks on Labor Day at the historic Church of Quiapo, whose regular churchgoers are composed mainly of toiling masses. Dubbed the Concelebrated Mass for the Working People at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the Holy Eucharist will be concelebrated by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and will be led by Bishop Jesse E.  Mercado, D.D., the National Director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) Commission on the Laity. “We certainly believe that these heroes, the farmers, fisher folks and laborers…

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Briefer on Response to Typhoon Yolanda

              <<PDF Version>>    TYPHOON HAIYAN (Local name: Typhoon Yolanda) 8-9 November 2013 Strength: 235 kph Gustiness: 313 kph   9 Arch/Dioceses heavily affected: Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar Diocese of Calbayog, Western Samar Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte Archdiocese of Cebu Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo Archdiocese of Capiz Diocese of Kalibo Aklan Diocese of San Jose de Antique Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan               Impact Overview: 6,268 deaths 686 million euros total cost of damages 13.2 million people affected 4.4 million people displaced 1.1 million houses damaged   OUR…

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CBCP-NASSA launches 9.5 M Euro Appeal for Recovery Program in 9 Dioceses

“I call on the whole Caritas Internationalis Confederation to give our communities a chance for recovery,” says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, signaling the launch of CBCP-NASSA Caritas Philippines’ emergency appeal worth over 9.5 million Euros for its 1st  year of implementation. The emergency appeal entitled “Recovery assistance to the vulnerable communities affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” (REACH-Philippines) aims to rehabilitate the 9 dioceses most affected by the typhoon Yolanda when it swept through the Visayas region on 8 November 2013. “Given the catastrophic scale and impact of the destruction wrought…

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Zambalenos TO DENR: Stop destructive mining in Sta Cruz, Candelaria, DECIDE NOW!

Zambales – Angry, impatient and desperate for government action–this is the current disposition of the people of  Sta. Cruz and Candelaria, after Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Dir. Leo Jasareno has not yet acted on alleged violations of Benguet Mining Corp., (complete the company name of DMCI) DMCI, Eramen Minerals Inc., and Filipinas Mining Corp/LAMI. In a letter sent by Dr. Benito Molino, chairperson of Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz Zambales (CCOS) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje, Molino strongly urged DENR and MGB to come up with a decision as soon as possible….

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Vacancy Notice for Alay Kapwa Officer (Marketing)‏

We are looking for a team member for our Alay Kapwa Program with appropriate marketing/ promotion skills, who has integrity and passion for social action, justice and peace. Please find details in the Vacancy notice. We would appreciate if you could help disseminate to your friends who share our common vision for social justice and development. Interested parties can send Application Letter with Resume to Benoit Labonte (email: hr_caritasphils@nassa.org.ph) on or before Friday, 4 April 2014.

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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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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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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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