What is Tadâ?
• The term “Tadâ” is derived from the Bikol dialect which literally means leftovers. It is inspired by Alay Kapwa, the Lenten Program and Pondo ng Pinoy project of the Archdiocese of Manila. An initiative of Bishop Joel Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi, it was likewise instigated by a previous poverty alleviation project called “Mumho” in the Diocese of Masbate when he was then its Bishop.
• “Tadâ” focuses more on the sharing of time, talent, and treasure with our fellow men and women, seeing each one as a “neighbor.” It is the practical observance of the Church’s preferential treatment for the poor and the oppressed as a way of journeying with them in their struggle for genuine human development.
• Nevertheless, the concept of “Tadâ” is a collective initiative – a partnership that intends to mold the “recipients” as givers themselves; for it has been said, “Nobody is ever too poor so as to be unable to give nothing, and nobody is ever too rich so as not to be able to need nothing.” (PCP II)
• Thus “Tada” becomes a mechanism, a means of providing bridges and making the necessary meaningful connections in order to carry out the main goal, that is – Tabangan an Dukhang Albayano (to help the poor of Albay).