Commission on Social Action

The Social Action Team aims to increase access to basic social services, implement needs-based programs for human, family, and community development, and empower the most vulnerable sectors by advancing their causes and alleviating impoverished conditions. The team covers a multitude of concerns and responds through synergistic efforts of ministries. Basically, the goals and processes of Social Action are categorized into three (3): Compassionate Care, Human Development, and Social Transformation.

Compassionate Care Ministries are active in the Church’s works of Mercy. They provide special care and preferential option to those who experience barely survival means of living, crisis or especially difficult situations. Below are the ministries on Compassionate Care:

  1. Health and Nutrition Ministry

The Health and Nutrition Ministry is concerned with the physical well-being and total health of the person. They seek those who are malnourished, sickly, and whose healths are neglected due to poverty and related circumstances.

  • Develops a sustainable program for health and nutrition of the parish;
  • Recruits physicians, dentists, nurses and other professionals for the Clinic;
  • Organizes and mobilizes volunteers for feeding programs;
  • Monitors and periodically evaluates the programs;
  • Creates and manages a data base of beneficiaries;
  • Cascades the programs to the mission areas and works closely with the BECs;
  • Establishes partnerships with volunteers, government agencies, non-government or civic organizations to improve or expand the programs;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Disaster Preparedness and Mobilization Ministry

With the Philippines situated in a hazard-risk location, the urban poor        centers of the Diocese are more vulnerable to man-made and natural disasters. The Parish serves as a first responder in addressing crisis situations and in increasing the resilient capacities of the parishioners.

  • Develops an orderly and responsive program for disaster response in the Parish;
  • Does stockpiling and periodically monitors availability of relief goods;
  • Creates a data base on hazards, strengths, and resources of the community;
  • Provides formation and capacity-building for preparedness and contingency measures;
  • Works with government agencies and non-government or civic organizations in the design and implementation of activities;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Care for the Elderly Ministry

The Ministry seeks to care for the elderly who are sometimes illiterate, neglected, and abandoned by their families. The aim is to provide direct services to address their basic needs for survival and to promote their rights as senior citizens, assisting them in the attainment of services due to them.

  • Develops a needs-based and responsive program for the elderly in the Parish;
  • Mobilizes resources for the program for the elderly;
  • Works with partner organizations, government agencies, and socio-civic organizations the promotion of the rights and welfare of the elderly;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.

Human Development Ministries are highly engaged in capacity-building. They develop programs to enhance the education and competence of groups and individuals, as well as to alleviate poverty through wealth creation and economic growth projects.

  1. Economic Development Ministry

           Economic well-being is important in becoming self-reliant and sustainable. This Ministry aims to provide access to means which could alleviate poverty and leverage the creation of wealth in the community by influencing change in mindsets, structures, and socio-cultural conditions and availability of opportunities.

  • Works with the poor and marginalized in crafting economic development programs towards self-reliant families and communities;
  • Designs and implements savings mobilization, micro-financing, financial literacy, livelihood trainings, entrepreneurship and income-generating programs;
  • Creates management teams to spearhead planning, proper implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programs;
  • Partners with government agencies, non-government or socio-civic organizations to improve or expand the programs;
  • Generates funds that can also subsidize and assist related start-up programs for economic development;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Education and Scholarship Ministry

Education is a pathway to discovering and maximizing one’s potentials. It is an     asset which equips the person in gaining better employment or in engaging other income-generating ideas. As much as it is a right, it seems more of a privilege due to the unaffordable rates of education. This Ministry aims to expand access to educational opportunities and encourages parishes to be responsive and innovative.

  • Prepares clear guidelines for the educational assistance or scholarship programs;
  • Helps to source out funds from generous parishioners and philanthropists who are keen with educational causes;
  • Partners with educational institutions supportive of the programs;
  • Takes charge of screening and selection of beneficiaries;
  • Designs a formation program for the beneficiaries;
  • Ensures the sustainability of the program;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.

Social Transformation Ministries are devoted to empowering the most vulnerable sectors by helping them find their voices and paving opportunities to be heard. They advocate for changes in policies, structures, and systems embedded in the socio-cultural-political roots of communities. When possible, direct services are also provided.

  1. Pastoral Care for Children and Vulnerable Adults Ministry

The PCCVA looks into the lot of children and adults who are in especially difficult circumstances. They may experience abuses, violence, oppression or discrimination. The Ministry aims to raise awareness on these issues and to empower both children and adults as protectors of their rights to safety and participation.

  • Conducts awareness-raising programs and activities for adults and children on issues affecting them;
  • Develops advocates for children and vulnerable adults by engaging in formation programs;
  • Organizes a center, desk or a hotline to easily get connected with PCVA potential volunteers and victims of abuses;
  • Networks with other partners in the community (i.e. Barangay, schools, etc) in advancing the cause of children and vulnerable adults;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Persons with Disability Ministry (N°POWRD)

This Ministry ensures that steps are taken to involve persons with disabilities in the overall Parish life. The Ministry works closely with N°POWRD, which stands for Novaliches Pastoral Outreach for the Welfare and the Resources of the Disabled, the Diocesan service commission for and with Persons-with-Disabilities. This PWD Ministry creates parish programs that not only respond to their special needs but, more         importantly, seek to empower them to be productive agents of social transformation.

  • Looks for PWDs and involve them directly in parish ministries and pastoral programs;
  • Provides spiritual and values formation to PWDs and their families;
  • Provide assistance with health and rehabilitation;
  • Offers skills training to PWDs and refer them for income-generating opportunities;
  • Offers counseling services and involve care-givers in their families and in the parish;
  • Set-ups an N°POWRD desk and form PWD Advocates in the Parish;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Migrants Ministry (PAMINOVA)

This ministry hopes to organize Overseas Filipino Workers families and their             children to become productive partners in strengthening the family structure. With the increasing number of OFWs, the parish shall work hand-in-hand with PAMINOVA,         Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People of Novaliches, the Diocesan commission who promotes the welfare of migrants and their families, in addressing the multiple concerns of this sector.

  • Identifies the OFW families in the parish;
  • Conducts OFW Family Formation Program (OFFP) in communities;
  • Organizes the children of OFWs and conducts Sons and Daughters of OFW Formation Program (SDOFP) in partnership with schools;
  • Provides legal/ paralegal remedies and counseling services;
  • Forms parish advocates for OFW families;
  • Partners with other agencies and groups, concerned with migrant issues;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Labor Ministry

Unemployment and underemployment are challenges greatly affecting the poorest Filipinos. By organizing the Labor Ministry, the parish can provide assistance to those who experience issues by providing direct assistance, bridging opportunities for economic well-being and protecting them from unjust practices.

  • Organizes labor group in the parishes to strengthen church relationship with the labor sector (workers);
  • Provides consultation and awareness seminar on the rights and privileges of labor groups;
  • Facilitates skills training to enhance potentials of its beneficiaries;
  • Provides direct services to the families’ of labor sectors by organizing medical mission and giving of school supplies;
  • Initiates partnership with NGOs, LGUs that offers assistance to less privileged workers in the diocese;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Land and Housing Ministry

Considering the large population of urban poor, the Land and Housing Ministry becomes an important component in the work of evangelization.      The Ministry is tasked to further understand, along with the BECs in the mission areas,            the issues, needs and problems that confront the urban poor communities. The Ministry works in close coordination with the Land and Housing Diocesan Commission.

  • Creates a database of informal settlers in the parish and engages them in issue-based dialogues affecting their residency;
  • Gathers information on the land and housing issues affecting the parish and seeks professional and legal guidance from partner agencies;
  • Attends meetings, dialogues, and assemblies concerning land/housing rights and settlements;
  • Provides spiritual guidance and counseling services to those affected by evictions;
  • Advocates for quality housing and policies for the welfare of the poor;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Public Affairs Ministry

The Public Affairs Ministry aims to raise awareness on current socio-political and cultural issues, form and empower responsible citizenry among the Catholic faithful, and create opportunities towards a just and humane Philippine society. This Ministry works for the evangelization of politics by raising the sacred and patriotic love for one’s country, advocating principled politics and integrity in public service.

  • Forms and organizes Good Governance advocates in the parish;
  • Promotes the love and concern for one’s country by developing “Holy Heroes” from the ranks of the clergy, religious, and laity;
  • Partners with government agencies, non-government organizations, and socio-civic organizations in good governance and development programs;
  • Engages in policy studies, consultations, lobbying, and advocacies;
  • Engages in pre, during, and post-election programs and activities;
  • Promotes strong partnerships and active involvement in the Barangay to make the Barangay a center of development;
  • Addresses justice , protection, peace and order issues through multi-stakeholder collaborations and by seeking opportunities for the most vulnerable sectors in society;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Restorative Justice Ministry

The RJ Ministry offers a value-based approach to criminal justice with a balanced focus on offender, victim, and community. The Ministry seeks to reach those who are in penitentiaries, jails, precincts, lock-up cells and youth offender reception centers. The RJ Ministry works for the total development of the correctional community and for the total well-being of prisoners and detainees in the dispensation of justice.

  • Locates and establishes partnerships with the penitentiaries, jails, precincts, lock-up centers, and youth offender reception centers in the parish;
  • Builds trusting and helping relationships with the families of detainees and prisoners;
  • Provide spiritual and socio-emotional support to detainees, prisoners, and their families;
  • Provides legal/para-legal assistance, case follow-ups, and helps facilitate the smooth release of those proven innocent or who have served their time;
  • Advocates for humane, quality and effective rehabilitation of jail residents;
  • Organizes livelihood trainings, value formations, family life seminars, and other capacity-building initiatives to guide their reintegration in the community;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.
  1. Ecology Ministry

The Ministry on Ecology raises awareness and addresses environmental issues in the parishes. It is concerned in promoting the Stewardship of Creation by encouraging the parishioners to rethink one’s actions and imminent impact on the environment. The        Ministry advocates for an alignment of policies, systems, and a parish’s way of life in ways that can preserve, enhance, and sustain life.

  • Promotes the Stewardship of Creation as the preferred way of life in parishes;
  • Forms and organizes champions for the environment at the parish level;
  • Conducts awareness-raising programs on Zero Waste Management, Proper Segregation, and shares with the BECs the significant Church Social teachings such as Laudato Si;
  • Recommends environment-friendly policies to the parish and to the Barangay;
  • Initiates partnership with NGOs, LGUs, and other organizations;
  • Performs related tasks as the Parish Priest may assign.