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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ATM Statement for Earth Day: Filipinos should assert their right in protecting the environment

Statement April 22, 2014 ‘Ganansya ng iilan, disgrasya ng mamamayan’— As the world celebrates Earth Day, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) a coalition of more than a hundred environmental and anti-mining groups continues its cry for a more sustainable future, not just for the environment but for the people of the Philippines. “When it comes to environmental issues, there are just so many things to deal with. There is deforestation, destruction of biodiversity and of course destructive and irresponsible mining, among others. The issue even extends to human rights violations and the abuse of rights of our Indigenous Peoples” said Jaybee…

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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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PASTORAL LETTER ON CACERES VOTERS EDUCATION PROGRAM 2013

By His Grace ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, O.C.D., D.D. Archbishop of Caceres Sunday, 24 March 2013 Pilgrim City of Naga   A Catholic Vote is a free, informed and evangelized conscience vote.     Dearest brothers and sisters!   “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”   Today, we launch the Voters Education Program of the Archdiocese of Caceres. This is our firm and resounding response to the challenge of our faith. As disciples of Christ, it is impossible for us to follow the path of holiness if we turn a…

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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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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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NASSA’s call for the resignation of Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes

After a series of consultations with various stakeholders, the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) – the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – joins the call for the resignation of the current Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary, Atty. Virgilio de los Reyes for the sake of the prompt and proper implementation of the agrarian reform law or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms (CARPER.) We see that at this juncture, Sec. de los Reyes no longer has ascendency over his department and his way of doing…

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SAVE CARPER: RETAIN DAR WITH A STRONG LEADERSHIP

Recent developments in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are very disturbing.  The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), a social justice program enshrined in the Philippine Constitution, may soon expire without substantial accomplishment.  Millions of landless tillers will remain landless.  Worse, thousands of DAR employees would soon be jobless. The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) – the advocacy and development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in solidarity with Agrarian Reform advocates, condemns the impending move of the government to abolish DAR by 2014. NASSA is concerned with the commitment of the Aquino administration to…

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THE PHILEX MINE TAILINGS SPILL OF 2012: AN INDEPENDENT FACT-FINDING MISSION REPORT

THE PHILEX MINE TAILINGS SPILL OF 2012: AN INDEPENDENT FACT-FINDING MISSION REPORT THE 2012 PHILEX MINE TAILINGS SPILLAGE BALOG RIVER HEAVILY CONTAMINATED WITH MINE TAILINGS The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action,   Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) * Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP)* Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) and its Northern Luzon Cluster * Peace Foundation, Inc. * Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (PKMP) *  Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist * Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) *  Social Action Center of the Diocese of Baguio-Benguet * Community Volunteer Missioners (CVM) September 16-17, 2012   Page A.         BACKGROUND…

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