DIOCESAN POLICIES ON COWL AND ITS Ministries
(Based on DPA-I Decrees)

3.2 PROVISIONS ON SOCIAL ACTION

3.2.1 POLITICAL CONCERNS

3.2.1.1 Any lay leader who wish to actively campaign for a particular party or certain candidates for elective positions in the government should ask for a leave of absence from his/her position or assignment. Such leave made in writing should be submitted as soon as election campaign starts.

3.2.1.2 Likewise, all lay leaders who wish to run as candidates for elective positions in the government will have to resign from their respective positions or assignments upon filing of candidacy for elective office.

3.2.1.3 After the election, those lay leaders who took a leave of absence may return to their positions/assignments subject to approval of the parish priest after consultation with the PPC.

3.2.1.4 Ministry leaders who resigned may be allowed to return but only as ordinary member of their ministry subject to the approval of the parish priest after consultation with the PPC.

3.2.1.5 The Voters Education Program is to be incorporated into existing formation programs of Diocese and parishes. Such programs shall:

3.2.1.5.1 Instruct the people on moral obligations regarding elections

3.2.1.5.2 Motivate people to act with enlightened Christian conscience

3.2.1.5.3 Respect sanctity of ballot

3.2.1.5.4 Forestall any act of violence

3.2.1.5.5 Promote unity and solidarity among people of various political persuasions.

3.2.1.6 Social Action Center to should strengthen the Concerned Citizens for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Election (CC-HOPE) and should coordinate with the Concerned Citizens for Responsive Governance (CCRG).

3.2.1.7 To preserve its credibility as a moral critic, the Church (diocese, parishes, GKKs) should not solicit donation nor accept contribution from any politician during election period and from gambling institutions at all times.

3.2.2 SOCIAL ACTION APOSTOLATES

3.2.2.1 The social apostolates of the Church at various levels should promote justice, peace and human development.

3.2.2.2 The social action services of the church should aid the basic sectors in setting up cooperatives, livelihood projects, income generating projects, and other appropriate programs and projects.

3.2.2.3 Each parish in the diocese should establish a Social Action Committee, which will implement the Social Action programs of the Diocese and of the Parish. The Committee should be under the over-all supervision of the parish priest and should be the umbrella of all programs and apostolates dealing with the social concerns in the parish.

3.2.2.4 Programs and apostolates of recognized organizations and movements related to social action should be coordinated with the Parish Social Action Committee.

3.2.2.5 The Parish social action Coordinators should be required to undergo special training and education in line with social action programs.

3.2.2.6 A basic course on social justice, the Social Teachings of the Church, and the social implications of Word of God, along with an effective exposure-immersion-reflection strategy to be an integral part of formation program of all sectors and educational institutions in the Diocese.

3.2.2.7 The Clergy, religious, seminarians and key church leaders should undergo a systematic updating formation programs on social justice and other issues. For this reason, the SAC must plan out a periodic seminars which should include the following:

3.2.2.7.1 Conscience formation emphasizing Gospel values of social justice, preferential love for the poor, active non-violence, critical thinking, and dialogue as way of resolving conflicts

3.2.2.7.2 Critical awareness of the impact of multi-media on the formation of values and lifestyle in the modern world

3.2.2.7.3 An active concern for the preservation and protection of Ecology, especially in responding to existing environmental issues.

3.2.2.7.4 Greater sensitivity to women’s issues and other gender issues.

3.2.2. 8 As part of their social action apostolate, Recognized Organizations and Movements should undertake concrete actions on social issues and concerns with special focus on:

3.2.2. 8.1 Integrity of creation

3.2.2. 8.2 Sustainable development

3.2.2. 8.3 Genuine Agrarian Reform

3.2.2. 8.4 Human Rights

3.2.2. 8.5 Ancestral Domain

3.2.2. 8.6 Drug addiction

3.2.2.8.7 HIV-AIDS.

3.2.2.9 An important concern of Social Action Apostolate is the setting up of funds for the poor to be used in case of emergency.

3.2.2.10 The Alay Kapwa campaign should be an integral part of evangelization program and therefore should be organized in the Diocese, Parish and GKK levels.

3.2.2.11 Serious efforts to be undertaken by the Diocese and the Parishes to continuously improve the standards of living of church workers.

3.2.2.12 In the spirit of public accountability and transparency in the Church, especially on money matters, the Social Action office should submit regular financial reports to persons and groups concerned.

3.2.2.13 The Diocese should ensure that the poor should participate in the design and implementation of programs for them.

3.2.3 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPs)

3.2.3.1 SAC-IP Desk of the Diocese of Marbel should establish programs and structures that will contribute to the empowerment of IPs as a community, vis-avis, issues on cultural invasion and developmental aggression.

3.2.3.2 The Diocese should consider the IPs with special concern, helping them to acquire security of land tenure, preserve their ancestral domain, their traditions and cultures while working with them, looking for ways by which they can evangelize their own cultures.

3.2.3.3 Each Parish in which there is a significant number of IPs should establish an IP apostolate in coordination with Diocesan IP Program.

3.2.3.4 The SAC-IP Desk of the Diocese should include the task of conscientization, formation and organization for empowerment, setting up literary programs, self-help livelihood projects, and constructing water system where seriously needed.

3.2.3.5 The Diocese through the SAC-IP Apostolate, should foster exposures or immersion programs to IP Communities for priests, religious, church workers, heads and members of the different apostolates.

3.2.4 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

3.2.4.1 In order to attain more organized and effective thrust of evangelization and formation of public opinion according to Gospel values, the Diocese should strengthen its existing means of social communications and within its possibilities set-up others. (PCP-II, Art. 102).

3.2.4.2 The existing means of social communications of the Diocese should be made available to the following concerns (PCP-II Art. 104):

3.2.4.2.1 The poor and the marginalized so that their options and aspirations may find channels of expressions.

3.2.4.2.2 A massive campaign on public policy to prohibit the glorification of guns and violence, lust and sex in movies, billboards, TV, radio and print media.

3.2.4.2.3 The sick, the elderly, and the invalid; that programs may be aired for their benefit.

3.2.4.3 Media education shall be included in the curricula of Catholic secondary schools. Social communication skills shall likewise be taught in the diocesan seminary.

3.2.4.4 The Diocese through its Social Action Apostolate shall manifest its concern for people in media through a special program of formation that will help them internalize the Gospel values.

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