Manila (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in the Philippines sees the urgency and proposes a "green change" in the country's economy, especially in the post-Covid-19 period. According to the economists of the Jesuit-led University of Manila, the nation could rise from the pandemic, and have a better and lasting recovery if the government implemented reforms that encourage the development of a green economy, driven by agriculture.
These themes and reflections were re-launched and disseminated by various Catholic bodies and institutions during the celebratory week dedicated to "Laudato Sì", which is being held from 16 to 24 May on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical.
The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, in the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, launched for the occasion the "Green Campaign Laudato Sì", in order to "create greater awareness among people for the care of the environment and new development models", explained Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of NASSA.
The campaign promotes food security, protection of the environment and indigenous peoples, investments in clean and renewable energy. The Secretariat has launched a program to guarantee food safety in communities during and after the coronavirus pandemic. To this end, dioceses and parishes are encouraged to promote community agriculture and intensify their ecological campaigns.
In times of COVID-19, it is said, faith, proximity, solidarity and sharing are "vital weapons to save our fellow men".
To respond to this appeal, among the many initiatives registered in all the dioceses, the diocese of San Carlos, through the San Carlos Diocesan Social Action Foundation, Inc. has launched a program to reach out to the poor, launching the "Adopt a family" project. The aim is to identify those who are considered the poorest of the poor, people who are unable to work because of the crisis and therefore do not have the possibility to feed their family. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 20/5/2020)