Diocese of Novaliches Strengthens Local Governance Partnerships with Barangays 187 and 188, Tala, Caloocan City
By AC Wilson
June 27, 2015, Glorietta Covered Court, Tala, Caloocan City— Barangay Chairpersons Hon. Edres R. Domato (188) and Hon. Ferdinand E. Marcos. (187) led the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) with Bro. Frederick Morden, UBAS President and also the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Chairperson of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Caloocan City Director Atty. Annalyn Baltazar and Anne Christine Wilson, RSW, Pastoral Planning and Development Officer who represented the Diocese of Novaliches also affirmed the said agreement and congratulated the assembly in their anniversary celebration of a model grassroots good governance participation in UBAS Tala.
The collaboration among churches, barangays, and people’s organizations in UBAS Tala has journeyed lengthily since its inception. Now, the local hospital, schools, housing committee, and tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) play key roles and are active members in social service delivery. Thru UBAS, they have provided health and nutrition services for children, regular blood donation drive, and as seen during the day of anniversary, a community-based PHILHEALTH information campaign.
As part of its program thrusts, the Public Affairs Ministry (PAM) of the Diocese aims to encourage parishes to collaborate and organize UBAS in their respective locales. As a faith-impelled, grassroots, interfaith and multisectoral vehicle, UBAS can help make the Barangay a center of development.