Caritas PH creates movement for good governance

Caritas Philippines is leading a movement called "Simbayanihan" to help ensure good governance.

Bp. Jose Colin Bagaforo (Photo CBCP)

Caritas Philippines head Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said the movement would advocate active participation and engagement of people in local governance process.

“Now that the election is over, our focus now on good governance is accountability and monitoring programs,” CBCP News quoted Bagaforo.

“We are doing this to ensure that our elected officials are really faithful to what they have said during the campaign,” he added.

Fr. Antonio Labiao, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said among the plans for “Simbayanihan” include organizing good governance advocates in the dioceses and parishes.

He said the program also seeks to institutionalize good governance processes starting from the barangays and Basic Ecclesial Communities.

“There’s a need for continuing participation of the Church people for the renewal of society, which is the heart of the new evangelization,” Labiao said.

“This is also a way to concretize the advocacies of the Church for justice and peace,” he added.

In a pastoral letter released last March, the bishops’ conference called on the people to be concerned for the welfare of the country.

The church leaders particularly encouraged the faithful to demand accountability and transparency from the nation’s political leaders.