ABS-CBN and Caritas Philippines partner to raise funds for Alay Kapwa

Published February 16, 2021, 4:03 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

ABS-CBN and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Inc. (CBCP-CFFI) or Caritas Philippines are joining forces to help alleviate poverty in the country through launching an online portal for donations.

Starting Feb. 17 on Ash Wednesday, viewers and netizens who attend the Kapamilya Daily Mass with Fr. Tito Caluag on-air or online via ABS-CBN’s different platforms can make a donation to Caritas Philippines’ Alay Kapwa/Stewardship program, that will be used to support poverty alleviation programs for food security, education, jobs/livelihood, nutrition and mental health, and conscience collective formation, as well as relief operations during calamities, of Caritas Philippines’ Building Networks of Compassion (BNC) Movement.

The donations can be made through banks, GCash, and PayMaya.

“Caritas’ mission to serve the poor is completely aligned with ABS-CBN’s mission to be in the service of the Filipino. I believe we are two organizations who put service at the center of our work and so it is with a deep sense of commitment that we offer our full support to Alay Kapwa,” ABS-CBN chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak said of the partnership.

“From our own experience, we know that fighting poverty and providing genuine public service is a mission that is too big for any one organization to own. We believe that more and more groups need to come together to render true service, as this kind of cooperation is the only real way to achieve genuine and sustainable change,” he added.

Caritas Philippines also expressed its gratitude to ABS-CBN for their support for Alay Kapwa programs, which aim to benefit the marginalized sectors of Philippine society.

“Alay Kapwa has been in the forefront of the social action for the last 40 years and one of those that have left an impression on many of the people connected with the Church is the Alay Kapwa program where we were able to respond immediately in the evident that there are disasters, there are calamities that happen in our country. We are very thankful for this opportunity given to the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action-Justice and Peace. You can expect our commitment to always be of the service of our people and most of all the poorest of the poor,” said CBCP-CFFI national director Most Rev. Jose Colin Bagaforo, D.D.

“Through ABS-CBN, we will be able to reach more people. You will really provide the avenue for our people to make their pledges for charity, for support of our many advocacies, especially in event of natural calamities,” added Most Rev. Fr. Gerardo Alminaza, the vice chairman of CBCP-CFFI.

Also present at the virtual ceremony for the partnership were ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, CBCP-CFFI executive secretary Rev. Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr., ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN chaplain and CBCP-CFFI BNC Movement coordinator Rev. Fr. Tito Caluag, and CBCP-CFFI board member Most Rev. Fr. Honesto Ongtioco.

Kapamilya Daily Mass with Fr. Tito Caluag airs LIVE from Monday to Sunday at 5:30 am on Kapamilya Channel on cable and is available live and on-demand online via iWantTFC, the ABS-CBN Facebook page and ABS-CBN Entertainment YouTube channel, and the My Prayer Channel Facebook page and YouTube channel. The Kapamilya Daily Mass also airs on Jeepney TV and Metro Channel, and channels 955 at 155 on SKYcable.