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Davao strengthens grassroots service ministry

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More than 2,000 Service Ministry members coming from the 1,747 GKKs and 38 parishes of the Archdiocese of Davao gathered on Jan. 9 to learn more about the new structure called GSAC.(Photo: Brenda Milan)

DAVAO City, Jan. 20, 2016—The Archdiocese of Davao has strengthened its mechanism to serve the people at the grassroots level through the GKK Social Action Committee (GSAC).

GKK or Gagmay’ng Kristohanong Katilingban is the equivalent of the Basic Ecclesial Communities or BECs, which are communities of lay faithful who are under the care of their lay leaders.

During the Parish Social Action Ministry (PSAM) Gathering last Jan. 9 at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary Gym, the Director of the Archdiocesan Social Action Center (ASAC) of Davao, Fr. Leonardo Dublan, Jr. explained to the more than 2,000 Service Ministry members coming from the 1,747 GKKs and 38 parishes of the Archdiocese of Davao the new structure called GSAC.

‘Shared leadership’

“This is our way of shared leadership,” said the priest.

He said GSAC in every GKK will be headed by the Pangulo sa Alagad (PSA) who will oversee the different areas of concern like social, political, economic, environmental, and spiritual aspects of life. Before, there were many PSAs serving a GKK and GSAC aims to realign the structure, thus improving the efficiency of delivery of services.

Dublan said in the new structure, those who have served as PSAs before will now be heading the different areas of concern of GSAC in the GKK like socio-economic, GKK Emergency Response Team (GERT), Advocacy, and Health.

GSAC will also create programs like income-generating projects, disaster preparedness, cheap medicines sold in pharmacies built inside the parish, tree-planting, solid waste management, and campaigning for political education.

Product of consultations

The GSAC will be reporting about their different programs and activities during the GKK Servant Leaders Meeting which will be attended by other lay leaders.

GSAC is the product of various consultations for the past two years involving GKK leaders, priests, and religious serving the Archdiocese of Davao that also resulted in the creation of the new GKK Norms and Guidelines which served as a guide for lay leaders in running the programs at the grassroots level.

According to Dublan, this new structure will only be effective with the help of the lay leaders and the parish priests. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)


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