Season of Creation

Season of Creation in the Diocese of Legazpi 


  1. Celebrate with prayer and action God’s gift of creation and the duty of stewardship;
  2. Promote the message of integral ecology and sustainable development as taught in Laudato Si and in Catholic social teachings; and
  3. Strengthen our Local Church’s commitment to care for the earth and build resilient communities.

Initial Schedule of Activities:

Sept 1  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – First Friday

Sept 2  Youth for Social Action Summit

Sept 9  Formation Weekend: Ecological Education & Spirituality

Sept 23  Synchronized Coastal/River Clean-Up & Tree-Planting Day

Sept 26/27  Provincial DRR Hub Launching

Sept 30/Oct 1  Organic Food Weekend

Oct 1    Care for Creation Sunday

Oct 4  Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – Concelebrated Mass

Other DCSC SAC-BCDI Activities

  • Provincial CSO DRR Hub Launching and Seminar-Workshop
  • Highlight Advocacies:

Coastal Resource Management

Sustainable Agriculture

Solid Waste Management

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AYUDA ALBAY 2017: Operation Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten)

Updated 11 January 2017

Dear Partners in Development and Humanitarian Response, Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:

Two weeks after Typhoon Nina (International Name: Nock-ten) hit Albay and neighboring provinces, we are appealing for priority donations of SHELTER KITS to families with totally-damaged houses. Things may have improved already for many of our people in terms of road access, water supply, and electricity. But families with totally and critically damaged houses still find it most difficult to bounce back from the impact of this natural disaster. Each shelter kit approximately costs Php 4,400.00, and consists of 6 GI sheets, 8 pcs lumber, and 2 kg nails.

We continue to accept donations of FOOD RELIEF PACKAGES since those hit the hardest are low income families perennially facing food security issues. Thus, this recent calamity further diminished their capacity to meet their daily needs. HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS, BLANKETS, AND SLIGHTLY USED OR NEW CLOTHING are also most welcome.

Long-term, we seek to provide PERMANENT DISASTER-RISK SENSITIVE SHELTER SOLUTIONS to the most vulnerable households situated in high-risk areas. The Municipality of Tiwi has a relocation site in Brgy. Mayong capable of accommodating 400 housing units intended for households currently residing in no-build zones in its coastal barangays. The site is being developed in partnership with the National Housing Authority, but more partners are still needed to build housing units.

A total of 27,679 houses were totally damaged and another 40,360 were critically damaged by Typhoon Nina in the province of Albay. The cost of these damaged houses is estimated at Php 2,441,950,000.00. Damage to agriculture and fisheries is pegged at Php 482,422,234.78; damage to livestock and poultry: Php 10,176,670.00; and damage to infrastructure: Php 3,528,749,004.00; for a total cost of Php 6,463,297,908.78.

SAC Legazpi started relief operations, AYUDA ALBAY 2017, three days after Typhoon Nina struck Albay on the evening of 25 December 2016, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 215 kph. It first made landfall in the island province of Catanduanes at 6:30 PM. Keeping a westward path at a speed of 15 kph, the typhoon pounded Albay province at 8:00 the same evening, which lasted around three hours. The most affected areas were those in the northern and north-western parts of the province: Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Polangui, Oas, Libon, and Ligao City, and the islands of San Miguel and Cagraray. Next to get hit by the typhoon was Camarines Sur and other Bicol and South Luzon provinces.

The Provincial Board of Albay declared the entire province under State of Calamity on December 25.

Our AYUDA ALBAY 2017 relief operations distribute shelter kits, food relief packages, water kits, blankets and clothing to typhoon-affected households in nine municipalities and cities in the province, in partnership with 22 parishes. We also coordinate relief initiatives of various organizations and individuals with our trained and ready parish volunteers on the ground. We are happy to note that most of our parishes also conduct their own immediate disaster response to their parishioners, with least affected parishes extending help to more affected parishes.

Kindly send your donations to: SAC Legazpi, Chancery Bldg., Albay Cathedral Comp., Legazpi City 4500, Philippines; or though our bank account: Social Action Center – SPM, BPI Albay Branch, 0851-0067-37. You may call us at (63)(052)742-6126 or +639175581719; or email us at or

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Rev. Fr. Rex Paul Arjona
Executive Director
Social Action Center – Diocese of Legazpi

#AyudaAlbay2017 #SACLegazpi #NinaPH #ReliefPH


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HARONG Paglaom Project

harong-paglaom-logoHARONG PAGLAOM means “Home of Hope”, because home is where one feels the love of family and friends, and the healing embrace of God’s love. It is the Diocese of Legazpi’s program of pastoral care for substance users. Its foremost service is a faith-driven, family-oriented community-based rehabilitation (CBR) program. It is a concrete expression of Pope Francis’ call for the Church to be a “field hospital” after battle.
In offering, HARONG PAGLAOM, Bishop Joel Baylon envisions a community of “homes of hope” ready to welcome and accompany recovering substance users towards their hope for fullness of life. It is also a proactive measure to counter the growing menace of the culture of death, fear, and hate in Philippine society today.
HARONG PAGLAOM is first launched on 5 November 2016 as a pilot program for those assessed as “low-to-mild” substance users in Brgy. Rawis, Legazpi City, under the auspices of the Quasi-Parish of St. Joseph. The plan is to eventually mainstream and institutionalize HARONG PAGLAOM as the diocese’s complement to government efforts in the campaign against drug abuse.
The diocese is grateful for the team of Claire Abas, Megs Salando, for the generous gifts of themselves and their expertise as resource persons in training our corps of volunteer recovery coaches.
The diocese partners with local government units, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Health to complement government efforts at providing CBR to substance users.

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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.


Rapid Field Appraisal_Disaster_Form

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