DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2018-015
6 February 2018
|TO:||ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN AND RELIGIOUS PRIESTS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE|
|RE:||“FAST2FEED 2018”: ASH WEDNESDAY APPEAL OF HAPAG-ASA|
Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,
Peace in Christ!
A ‘silent crisis’ is happening right now in the Philippines where more than 3 out of ten Filipino children are becoming shorter, lighter and less smarter. The Filipino children are stunting both in physical and cognitive development due to hunger and under nutrition! This has already taken toll on the Philippine economy with an P328B or 3% GDP losses in 2013 due to malnutrition (Save the Children Philippines’ Cost of Hunger: Philippines, 2016).
For several years now, the flagship program of Pondo ng Pinoy, HAPAG-ASA, has been helping children through supplemental feeding and early childhood education: To sustain the gains of the feeding, their parents also have to attend values education classes as well as undergo livelihood and skills training. Last year, through our support, more than 18,000 children in the Pondo ng Pinoy-member dioceses were given warm and nutritious meals everyday for six months. This year, the Pondo ng Pinoy is re launching the FAST2FEED campaign help undernourished Filipino children. Again, we ask for your full and active support.
In this connection, may I request your Reverences to support this HAPAG-ASA program by making announcements in all Sunday Masses of 11 February 2018 and on all Anticipated Saturday Masses of 10 February 2018 that there will be a second collection in all Masses on Ash Wednesday (14 February 2018) for the FAST2FEED 2018 Fund Campaign. Please find attached the Pastoral Letter of His Excellency, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., which may be read in all Masses on ASH WEDNESDAY. May we also request that all collections be remitted to the Diocesan Finance Office within ten (10) days.
For questions and clarifications, you may get in touch with the HAPAG-ASA Secretariat at (02) 632-1001 to 03 or our Diocesan HAPAG-ASA Coordinator, Violy Novenario of Good Shepherd Parish, contact numbers: (02) 8732040/0995-0885602.
Thank you and God bless.
REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES