SOCIAL ACTION COMMISSION
A. Farmers’ Desk - Gratia Plena Social Action Center
B. Women’s Desk - Community-Based Health Program
C. Indigenous People - Tribal Filipino Apostolate
D. Evangelization - Alay Kapwa
E. Justice and Peace Apostolate
A. Gratia Plena Social Action Center – A world-class resource center for Rural Development, BEC/Damayan Kristiyano, and Organic Agriculture in the Philippines.
A. Gratia Plena Social Action Center – Achieve excellence in the promotion of the BEC/DK Program in the Diocese of San Jose and other Dioceses in the DSACs Capability Building Program, and, in the development and promotion of organic farming technologies, and processing and marketing of organic products
Director: Rev. Fr. Josix Tolentino - present
A. Gratia Plena Social Action Center
In February 16, 1984, the Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija was created and established on July 14, 1984. It comprises the City of San Jose and thirteen towns in Northern Nueva Ecija.
In 1987, the diocese, through Bishop Drona, commissioned Diocesan Social Action Centre Director Fr. Cesar C. Vergara to formulate an integrated development program that would address the needs of the poor. This was the start of the SAC-GP, mandated to make a significant contribution to the upliftment of the social, political, economic and spiritual condition of the people.
The program started in 1988 with the pilot community in the municipality of Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija. In 1989, SAC-GP expanded to Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.
With the PCP II’s declaration of the Church in the Philippines as the Church of the Poor, the Diocese of San Jose formulated plans towards becoming the Church of the Poor.
The earthquake on July 16, 1990, with the epicentre in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, left many victims. The SAC-GP together with the National and Luzon Secretariat for Social Action of the CBCP, Caritas Manila and the Philippine Business for Social Progress were mobilized to provide relief and rehabilitation services to the victims in the province of Nueva Ecija. From here, the SAC-GP moved to large-scale development intervention. More communities were added to the initial four villages, which received assistance from SAC-GP.
The project started in the municipality of Nampicuan in Nueva Ecija and has expanded to 36 villages in 9 parishes within the diocese of San Jose. Since then, it has also worked with other dioceses in developing its respective rural development and damayang kristiyano approaches and experiences.
A. Gratia Plena Social Action Center
1. Programs and Activities
a. Expansion and popularization of the Damayang Kristiyano Formation Process
1.) Federation of the Damayang Kristiyano
2.) Partner Dioces
3.) Partner Parishes
b. Institutional Development
1.) On-going Formation and Staff Development
2.) ISO Accreditation
4.) Infrastrusture Development
5.) Financial Sustainability
c. Organic Technology Development and Promotion
1.) Bio-Diversity in Production
2.) Seed Collection and Improvement
3.) Appropriate Organic Technology
4.) Participatory Guarantee System
d. Outreach Program
1.) Regional Centers
e. Research Development
1.) Natural Genetic Improvement of Seeds
2.) Organic Amendments for Pest Management
3.) Organic Amendments for Growth/Foliar Development
4.) Microbial Combination and Development
5.) Soil Fertility Development Management
1.) No to GMO
2.) Para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan at Buhay
3.) Technology Development
4.) Mainstreaming of Organic Agriculture
5.) A Church for the Poor and with the Poor
1.) Organic Shops and Supermarkets
2.) Direct Selling
3.) Central Service Centers
2. Desired Goals and Objectives
A. Gratia Plena Social Center
This Social Action apostolate is to help raise the economic and social standards of rural people in Luzon by upgrading the capabilities of farmer network, and parish-based social action program in the planning, implementation and management of more effective, people-oriented programs.
This program hopes to contribute in the development of a responsive church of the poor that enhances the cycle of growth and empowerment, that will give value to human worth, dignity and freedom, and for the poor themselves to gather more strength and empowerment to create a critical mass for their own development processes.
In particular, this apostolate hopes to achieve the following:
1.) To improve the living conditions of the farmers and women in farming communities by increasing income, efficiency, and produc¬tivity at the households level;
2.) To improve the capacity of the formal alliances of people’s organizations of the Council of Leaders or the Federation of Damayang Kristiyano of the Diocese of San Jose de Nueva Ecija to take active decisions in the development processes that directly affects the rural poor in their communities;
3.) To improve access and control of people’s organizations and small producers to the central socio-economic service centers and infrastructures;
4.) To build capacity of the rural poor to use the development processes available in their communities to lead to a concerted effort to take active participation and decisions for the benefit of their development as communities;