Updates on the Peace Talks on Wednesday Forum

Dear Colleagues in the Continuing Struggle for Truth, Justice and Enduring Peace,

This is rather late but if we forward this to as many people as we possibly can, then they might decide to come and join us at the Wednesday Forum on May 17, 2017 from 1-4pm at UCCP Cosmopolitan Church, Taft Avenue, corner Apacible St. facing the UP PGH.

The topics are Updates on the Peace Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and on the Labor Situation in the country. Featured Speaker is Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III of the Department of Labor. Secretary Bello is also Chair of the GRP Peace Panel in the Negotiations with the NDFP.

The Biblico-Theological Reflection (BTR) will be given by Bishop Nathanael Lazaro of the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF).

Registration is free. Space is adequate and the Forum is open to all church people and others to join. Please, kindly pass this message on to your friends and your colleagues. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Pastor Alvaro “Al” O. Senturias, Jr.
Executive Director
The Wednesday Forum (twf)

Simultaneous Nationwide Barangay Assemblies on March 25

Concerned lay Catholics are invited to attend your respective Barangay assemblies and be informed of plans, projects and activities of your Barangay.

The Gising Barangay Movement (GBM) is an N.G.O., an alliance of Filipinos who wish to do the little things in the barangay that together make up the big things in the nation.

“Its members are committed to the empowerment of fellow citizens and to good governance for their community. They know the meaning of sovereignty and responsible citizenship; that it takes responsible citizens to establish a responsible government; that establishing it should not be left entirely to others – not especially to the uninformed, the incompetent, or the corrupt; and that bad governance is the result of electing traditional politicians, or trapos. GBM volunteers believe there is no better way to develop our country than through self-reliance and the utilization of every community’s resources, human and non-human.  They are united by the conviction that nation building should start in one’s community involving all sectors therein – especially the well-off, the expert, and the influential.

And they dare to believe that rebuilding the Republic barangay by barangay is not only doable but self-implementing, self-executing and self-fulfilling since every Filipino lives in one and has but to mind his own in order to reform the base of our dysfunctional democracy.” – GBM “A People’s Movement”

Did you know?

  1. That R.A. 7160 (Local Gov’t. Code) mandates each barangay to prepare a Comprehensive Multi-sectoral Development Plan.
  2. That 25% of municipal/city real property taxes go to your barangay.
  3. That the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) goes directly to your barangay from the DBM.
  4. That the law requires the barangay to call a Barangay General Assembly twice a year.

Are you or any family member attending this year’s first Barangay Assembly on March 25, 2017 in your barangay?

If so, would you like to be a GBM Volunteer to observe the proceedings and subsequently provide us feedback on your barangay assembly experience? As a GBM volunteer, you will not be asked to speak or ask questions (except in your own capacity as barangay assembly member).

Below is a short checklist of things to observe.

  1. Names of your Barangay, your Secretary, and of your Chairman.
  2. Estimated number of Barangay Assembly members present.
  3. Did the Chairman of the meeting allow enough time for members to ask questions or make suggestions?
  4. Were you provided a copy of the latest Barangay Financial Statement?
  5. Were there persons below 15 years of age in attendance?
  6. Mention three (3) things that caught your attention during the meeting.
  7. Please attach photos, if you could.
  8. Your name, email address and contact number

Please email to Raffy Perfecto, GBM Trustee at raffyperfecto@gmail.com

Same Sex Attraction National Conference

The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family & Life will organize the first National Conference on Same Sex Attraction focusing on the thoughts of the Catholic Church on the pastoral care and integration of persons with same sex attraction (PSSA) in the Church. Conference venue is the Pope Pius XII Conference Center …

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