Standing (left - right): Sr. Ananita Borbon, Sr. Celine Cajanding, Sr. Minela Alvarez, Sr. Teresita Cordova, Sr. Elenita Belardo, Sr. Aida Casambre, Sr. Veron Nobleza, Sr. Lilia Flores, Mr. Ronald Sabado, Ms. Grace Mallorca - Bernabe, Sr. Rosario Battung and Sr. Virgo Espineda
Seated: (left - right): Sr. Ailyn Binco, Sr. Angelita Clemen, Sr. Marites Mahinay, Sr. Juanita Dano, Sr. Diana Madulara, Ms. Elen Almazan and Ms. Sally Aguila
A sharing of the National Situation in the Philippines was done highlighting the socio – political issues that affect the people, especially people struggling with poverty. Specifically included were the Indigenous youth from Mindanao who suffer because of continuous militarization in their area. This was graphically shared by two students representing their Tribe from Cotabato, Mindanao in coordination with Sr. M. Elenita Belardo, the National Coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines.
Sr. Juanito Dano also shared her experiences in response to the challenging issues of Extra Judicial Killings in her mission area in Tahanan, San Andres Bukid, Manila. She also showed the documentary video made in coordination with the GMA News (a local TV network in the Philippines) about this prevailing issue.
A Biblico – Theological Reflection was facilitated by Fr. Oliver Castor, CSsR to end the first day by evoking the participants on how to “act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God” bearing in mind the glaring issues and in the country now where injustices and lack of respect for humanity are the new narratives that are normally experienced throughout the Philippines.
Trafficking, Prostitution, Migration, Economic Justice, Integral Ecology and Girl - Child
The second day was devoted to plan actions and synchronize efforts for better coordination and strong delivery of message on these priority issues. A presentation of the position papers on priority issues was made by Ms. Grace Mallorca – Bernabe, the advocacy officer of St. Mary Euphrasia Development Foundation, Inc.
This sharing made it easier for the Link persons to concretize responses that are suited to various settings, including the schools. Suggested STEPS for CONTEXTUALIZATION of actions are in the areas of: (a) Capacity Development, (b) Knowledge Management including Monitoring and Evaluation (c) Advocacy and Alliance Building, and (d) Program formulation and Implementation/ Resource Mobilization. Possible concrete actions were identified per areas.
Conduct advocacy / information dissemination, aggressive networking, dialogue on life, peace and justice.
Integrate priority issues (trafficking, prostitution, migration, economic justice, integral ecology and girl – child) in the school curriculum.
Replicate responses on Extra – Judicial Killings.
Facilitate programs and services for families.
Enhance ecumenical, inter faith spirituality as way of life.
Document baseline information and research on issues.
Submitted by Sr Anya Borbon RGS