TADA-HELPED Cluster Organizing

DIOCESE OF LEGAZPI • Diocesan Commission on Social Concerns
Social Action Center – Legazpi

H.E.L.P.E.D. Poverty Response Clusters Organizing

• Synergize and focus the different social apostolates of various church offices, communities, parishes, and organizations for greater impact and sustainability
• Mainstream the social apostolate work of religious communities
• Create a diocesan anti-poverty development plan for 2015-2021

H.E.L.P.E.D. Clusters represent the wide range of social services and development initiatives where the Local Church, in its various units and communities, is present, namely: Healthcare, Education, Livelihood, Protection, Empowerment, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Organizing the clusters aims to foster greater collaboration among Church groups and units engaged in similar apostolates, resulting to more focused, high impact, and sustainable actions in behalf of the poor.

Healthcare Cluster refers to those involved in the health apostolate such as medical missions and services, nutrition, therapy for persons with disability, and mental health.

Education Cluster refers to those who provide various scholarships to children and youth in poor families, and engage in training and formation.

Livelihood Cluster refers to those who promote economic development to poor sectors through livelihood and job opportunities, enterprise development trainings, and access to financial services. Some existing Church-based services in this cluster include the following: microfinance, micro-insurance, social enterprise, employment services, and job fairs.

Protection Cluster refers to those involved in protecting the rights and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups, such as victims of crime and injustice, women and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, prison inmates, migrants and their families left behind.

Empowerment Cluster refers to those involved in empowering poor people and basic sectors through community organizing and development, participation in local governance, promotion of transparency and accountability, education for political maturity, and such initiatives as UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan), BUB (Bottom Up Budgeting), and PPCRV-NAMFREL.

Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster refers to those involved in preparedness, emergency response, early recovery, and rehabilitation phases in responding to disasters.

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Year of the Poor in the Diocese of Legazpi

Year of the Poor in the Diocese of Legazpi

1. Raise greater awareness and action against poverty
2. Provide opportunities for poor people’s empowerment
3. Promote the values of the Church of the Poor


Anti-Poverty Summit
• Gathering of Church people involved in the social apostolate with partners in CSOs, government, basic sectors, and communities (– and other faiths?)
• Major output is a draft Diocesan Development Plan that would articulate and focus the Local Church’s response to poverty and poor people’s empowerment in the context of evangelization and its distinct complementary role to government in promoting the people’s rights and welfare
• Keynote speaker to focus on the values of the Church of the Poor
• Major parts
o Poverty Situationer
o Social Apostolate Situationer
o So that the Poor may be H.E.L.P.E.D: Breakout sessions for data analysis, sharing of best practices, and initial planning of the diocese’s development program in several poverty-response clusters: Health, Education, Livelihood, Protection, Empowerment, and Disaster.
• Smaller “cluster summits” may be scheduled throughout the year to build-up system of collaboration and clarify alignments of cluster development plan

TADA Walk (15 February 2015)
• Diocesan annual fundraising and information drive for our pastoral and social apostolate programs

TADA Campaign: 99 Pamilyang NagtaTADA
• Infusing new energy to the TADA campaign as means to raise awareness and response to poverty and raise funds for PCSCs and SAC programs
• Components:
o Recruiting 100 (99 + yours) families in every parish to pledge to save for TADA
o Establish/strengthen presence in schools, offices, stores, and malls with a new TADA canister design and campaign posters
o Intensify information and education campaign via social media and Dyaryo Veritas

Continuing PCSC Training and Formation Series (Every other month)
• BOSSAW Part 2: Building the Church of the Poor
• Community Organizing and Leadership training
• Parish-based disaster risk reduction management
• PPLG (people’s participation in local governance)
• TADA financial stewardship and accountability

Year of the Poor Advent and Lenten Recollections
• Advent 2014: Biblical foundations of the Church of the Poor
• Lent 2015: Building the Church of the Poor in the Social Teachings of the Church

Other Activities
• Regional Sign-up Sunday against Pork Barrel and Political Dynasty (January/February 2015)
• Intensified “social apostolate Sundays”: Alay Kapwa, Itinerants and Migrants, Indigenous People, Prison Awareness, etc.

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Typhoon Ruby Rapid Field Assessment Report

Typhoon Ruby RFA Report

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Rapid Field Appraisal Form

Our Rapid Field Appraisal Form for the Typhoon.


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Simbahan Para sa Mayon 2014 UPDATE as of November 7, 2014


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Appeal for Support

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SAC Delivers Rice Assistance to Parishes





IMG_4203Social Action Center Diocese of Legazpi delivers 800 sacks of rice  as part of the food assistance to the hardest hit of Typhoon Glenda to 45 parishes today, August 1, 2014.

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