SANGGUNIANG LAIKO NG PILIPINAS
(COUNCIL OF THE LAITY OF THE PHILIPPINES)
The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines, or Laiko) is a public association of the faithful erected by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in order to “develop the consultation and collaboration of the lay faithful” (Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles laici on the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, n. 25).
The members of Laiko are the Arch/Diocesan Councils of the Laity (DCLs) duly erected by competent authority and the National Lay Associations (NLAs) recognized or erected by the CBCP or by the Holy See.
The Catholic Laity, i.e., “all the faithful except those in holy orders and those in the state of religious life specially approved by the Church”, “by their very vocation, seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium on the Church, 31).
In accord with the Second Vatican Council’s Decree Apostolicam actuositatem on the Apostolate of the Laity (n. 26), Laiko is instituted by the CBCP to help the ECLA in carrying out its functions, viz. to “animate and facilitate, coordinate and integrate all forms of lay Catholic action and activity” of all NLAs; and to assist in establishing and coordinating Pastoral Councils and DCLs in the provincial, regional and national levels (cf. CBCP, By Laws, Section 18).