Government, church leaders urged to unite

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — “Let’s unite and join forces, we as officials of government and you as leaders of the church.”

This was the call of Liga ng mga Barangay federation president Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III during the national convention of the officers and members of the National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines (NACPHIL) on November 5 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).

The son and namesake of Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said it is through unity “that we can fully regain and recover our morals as good citizens of our community and become ideal examples for the youth”.

NACPHIL in 2011 entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), then under the stewardship of the late Jesse Robredo to conduct a series of seminars regarding values formation, good governance and good citizenship program in provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide.

Seeing the importance and relevance of the program, which aimed to promote the significance of moral recovery and values formation movement and programs, it was continuously undertaken by the national government as of present.

“Life gets tougher nowadays especially with the presence of modern technology and social media which have big influence to the youth,” the younger Espino said.

He added that because of this, the government and the NACPHIL must exert all efforts to retain moral values and regain what was lost to provide a better future for the younger generation.

In the same occasion, Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. commended the officers and members of NACPHIL for doing a great job.

“This gathering is a convergence of different churches,” the Vice Governor said further adding that the event symbolizes the group’s serious intention to institute moral recovery down to the grassroots.

The Moral Recovery program of the national government was conceptualized in 1992 by then President Fidel V. Ramos under Presidential Proclamation No. 62.

The program was launched specifically to fight corruption and eradicate poverty.

NACPHIL through Bishop Martin T. Fao-Ilan, VP for Operation-Northern Luzon expressed appreciation to the Espino administration for its support to the various programs of their group.

The annual convention, which has gathered different church leaders from Luzon to up to as far as the province of Bukidnon, focused on the theme: “Strengthening A Godly Filipino Society and Good Governance through a Righteous Leadership.” PNA