Cebu Caritas Inc. Holds 2nd Caritas Capacity Building and Formation Workshop

Cebu Caritas Inc. Holds 2nd Caritas Capacity Building and Formation Workshop

Cebu Caritas Inc., in partnership with Tzu Chi Foundation Cebu, held the 2nd Parish Caritas Capacity Building and Formation Workshop with the theme “Nagkahiusa sa Gugma,” at the Pope John XXIII Minor Seminary Gym, Pope John Paul II Ave., Mabolo last August 6.

The event served as part of Cebu Caritas’ efforts to capacitate volunteers in the establishment of their respective Parish Caritas Centers.

The delegates included the Parish Caritas Coordinator, Assistant Parish Caritas Coordinator, and Parish Caritas Social Communications In-charge from every participating parish in the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma presided over the Holy Mass. With him were Rev. Fr. Alex K. Cola (Cebu Caritas President and Executive Director), Fr. Alden John Baran (Cebu Caritas Program Director), and other visiting priests.

In his homily, Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma reflected on the theme of the program. “Mahinungdanon kining atong panagtigom, kay kita nga gihigugma sa Diyos, giawhag sa paghigugma sa kada tagsa… Kay gihigugma kita, unta maghigugmaay kita,” he said.

Also present in the event were Bro. Nelson Reyes (Tzu Chi Cebu Officer-in-Charge), Bro. Albert Mananay Jr. (Moderator), and other volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation – Cebu Liaison Office.

The volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation shared their background, and process in conducting relief programs, for the delegates to learn and adapt the Tzu Chi way of providing relief efforts, as demonstrated in their response to emergencies such as in Super typhoon Yolanda last 2013, Super typhoon Odette last 2021, among others.

Guest speakers also discussed some basic skills in the production of media for publishing: Mr. Max Limpag, a Cebu Caritas Media Specialist Volunteer, talked about spotting and fighting fake news and disinformation; Victor Kintanar, a renowned photojournalist, taught photography and videograpy; while Atty. Maria Jane Paredes, the Cebu Caritas Communications Head, discussed the basics of newswriting.