QUEZON City, June 10, 2014— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is set to be the keynote speaker for the Diocese of Novaliches’ “Good Governance Forum” slated for June 14, Saturday.
In line with the Church’s commitment to social justice for “a better Philippines”, the diocese’s public affairs ministry organized the event in preparation for the 2016 elections.
“The stories of massive graft and corruption, election-related killings and oppression, and the substandard social services given to Filipinos have resulted in broken hearts and hopes,” noted Roy Wilson Villafania, Novaliches’ diocesan commission on youth coordinator.
Aside from Tagle, Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias will be present to give the welcoming remarks.
In response to Tagle’s address, shrine rector Fr. Rolando A. Tuazon is expected to lead the “call to action”.
The event aims to provide parish lay leaders, basic ecclesial community (BEC) members, “good governance” advocates from the 67 parishes in Quezon City districts 2, 3, 5, and 6, and Caloocan City district 1, and other stakeholders with enough electoral, community, legislative, and pastoral knowhow, and how these relate to politics.
Villafania shared “We believe that evangelization in this sphere is of utmost importance.”
The program will be held at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paúl Shrine, Tandang Sora, Quezon City from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Towards the program’s end, Villafanía will recite a “pledge of commitment” in behalf of those present.
The line-up will also include a “prayer for peace and social transformation”. (Raymond A. Sebastián)