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  Development of Social Action Center
Diocese of Legazpi
 
 

...to date, Social Action Center Legazpi prides itself in its implementation of the Socio-Economic Development Program (SEDP) and people's participation in Local Governance (PPLG). In addition, Social Action Center Legazpi could also be proud of its success in organizing some Provincial Social Action Center (PSAC) partners.

1969 - 1980

Most Reverend Teotimo C. Pacis, C.M.
Appointed Bishop of Legazpi

Programs during these period:

  • Health and Nutrition,
  • Food for Work

Mission Partners:

CRS-NASSA

Developments:

1972

Social Action Center was established

1973

Setting-up Social Action Center office at the ground floor of Vianney Hall of the Cathedral Parish.

Atty. Fidel Sarmiento was appointed by Bishop Teotimo Pacis as the first Director of SAC.

1974

Fr. Pedro Zafe took over as SAC Director. He implemented the Targeted Maternal Child Health program and Food for Work


1980 - 1993

Most Reverend Concordio Ma. Sarte, D.D., S.T.D.
Appointed Bishop of Legazpi

Programs during these period:

  • Health and Nutrition,
  • Food for Work,
  • Justice and Peace

Mission Partners:

CRS-NASSA

Developments:

1981

Fr. Pedro Arana became the 3rd SAC Director. He continued the Targeted Maternal Child Health, Relief and Rehabilitation projects and started the Advocacy for Justice and Peace Program. Some issues responded during his period were the celebrated Hacienda San Miguel Land Conversion, Legal Battle in Hacienda Ribaya in Pioduran, Albay and facilitated peace negotiation between the Government and CPP/NDF.

1984

Fr. Armando Red acted as Director. It was the height of Martial Law years. A very strong volcanic eruption occured in this period (Sept. 1984). Justice and Peace, and Relief and Rehabilitation were the main programs.

1988

Fr. Felino S. Paulino's term as Director. He pursued the Supplementary Feeding.

Livelihood projects were implemented to complement the rehabilitation program.

1989

SAC was registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit agency for social development.

1991

Fr. Eulogio Lawenko's term as Director. He strengthened the socio-economic development program of SAC that is, Targeted Families for Socio-Economic Development (TAFSED). This is the phase-out period of foreign food commodities. Another program was established, the Simbahan Para sa Mayon, a project that responded to the needs of the victims of Mayon Volcano eruption.


1993 - Present

Most Reverend Jose C. Sorra, D.D.
Bishop of Legazpi

Programs during these period:

  • Socio-Economic Development Program,
  • Integrated Advocacy Program,
  • Human Resource Development Program,
  • Administrative and Support Services Program

Mission Partners:

International

  • MANOS UNIDAS
  • CORDIAD
  • MISEREOR
  • FORD
  • STUTTGART
  • CRS

National

  • Children and Youth Foundation
  • NASSA
  • Association of Foundation etc.

Local

  • Government Agencies
    • DILG
    • DSWD
    • DOLE
    • DOH
    • DOJ
    • PNP
    • PDCC
  • Government Organization
    • Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Unit
  • Church-related Organizations
    • CSCD
    • Good Shepherd Home
    • Simon of Cyrene
    • LIKAS
    • CFCA

Thrust:

to implement programs through grassroots organizing and Christian formation that will generate people's participationin the upliftment of the socio-economic and spiritual well-being of the parishioners for a dynamic, dignified and self-reliant Christian communities.

Developments:

1994

New management structure for SAC was created by installing the Executive Team composed of three Executive Secretaries.

Executive Secretary for Administration:

Sr. Lydia Ebora rgs.
(1994 -1998)

Sr. Lorenza Sangalang rgs.
(1998 - present)

Executive Secretary for Operation:

Dr. Manuel Lorenzo
(1994 - 1998)

Fr. Ricardo Barquez Jr.
(1999 - present)

Executive Secretary for Training and Formation:

Fr. Jovic Lobrigo
(1994 - 2000)

Fr. Neil Aranas
(2000 - 2001)

Fr. Nestor Chavenia
(2001 - present)

During this period assessment was conducted in the macro and micro level. Thereafter, SAC developed its Diocesan vision, mission and goals. There was re-alignment and focusing of programs. The diocese gave more attention in organizing basic ecclesial communities especially the poor by formulating new strategies and adding new programs. Its direction was towards building Christ-centered communities.

1995

First General assembly of six hundred member-beneficiaries of SAC

1997

25th Anniversary Celebration of SAC. Second general assembly was held for the One Thousand Five Hundred (1,500) SAC program partners/beneficiaries at the Divine Word High School.

1st Summative Evaluation of SAC Programs was conducted.

1998

1st SAC Six-year Integrated Program was Formulated and Implemented.

1999

SAC developed the Socio-economic Automated Monitoring Systems (SEAMS). A mini-resource unit with archive and databank was set up.

2000

General Assembly of SAC Mission Partners held per Vicariate.

1st Albay Public Opinion Polling with the technology of SWS conducted.

2001

SAC celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Legazpi

...to date, Social Action Center Legazpi prides itself in its implementation of the Socio-Economic Development Program (SEDP) and people's participation in Local Governance (PPLG). In addition, Social Action Center Legazpi could also be proud of its success in organizing some Provincial Social Action Center (PSAC) partners.