MANILA, Sept. 18, 2016 – The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, will be marking its 50th founding anniversary with a celebration themed “Gains and pains in the past—our strength and commitment in journeying with God’s grace” in Palo, Leyte from Sept. 19 to 22.
Led by its national director Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, the event coincides with the 37th National Social Action General Assembly (NASAGA) where NASSA/Caritas Philippines’ diocesan counterparts all over the country will gather.
Among the highlights of the four-day event is the presentation of the roadmap for the resiliency and sustainability of the Catholic Church’s social action network, which would discuss the disaster preparedness and response plans of NASSA/Caritas Philippines and its local counterparts.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo will give the keynote address on Sept. 20.
Aside from these, there would also be a trade fair and exhibit featuring the different social action works of the dioceses, a symbolic walk in the town of Palo, and the confering of service awards to outstanding social action workers from the different dioceses.
The Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte, led by Archbishop John Du, will be hosting this year’s NASAGA.
The NASAGA is the biennial event organized to gather all the social action workers of the Catholic Church from the national level down to the different diocesan social action centers and commissions. (NASSA /Caritas Philippines / CBCPNews)