JPICC Report to the 2018 Conventions

  JUSTICE, PEACE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION COMMISSION
  

Gain, impact and weakness of JPICC work towards the attainment of AMRSP Objectives, stated in The AMRSP Mission, Vison and Objectives, February 25, 2015;
To create more responsive, effective, efficient and systematic structures that promote mutual growth towards fullness of life.

  1. To work with the poor and the marginalized to reclaim their dignity so that they become partners in transformation.
  2. To foster the spirit of greater openness and collaboration among religious congregations.
  3. The AMRSP  JPICC operationalizes AMRSP’s MVO according to its mandate as stipulated in Association’s Implementing Guidelines Manual:

  • The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPICC) is a permanent commission of the   AMRSP mandated to act on and mobilize members of Religious   Congregations and all the Mission Partners in response to urgent, pressing and   common issues affecting all sectors such as climate        change, migration, good governance, corruption, transparency and other similar advocacies. (AMRSP JPICC     Implementing Guidelines, The Mandate (cf Mission Partners’ Manual  #II - 2.3)

The AMRSP JPICC, as a prophetic community, is always in constant critical discernment and dialogue between the Good News and social realities.  These are the five social concerns the JPICC November 2017 General Assembly identified, which when addressed, will allow for transformative and collaborative spaces and systemic structures, within and outside of AMRSP, to uphold just relations and sustain the fullness of life for all:
  

  2017 AMRSP JOINT BIENNIAL CONVENTION
Resolutions from the Statement “Consecrated Men and Women: Joyful and Prophetic Witnesses of God’s Mercy and Compassion”
  

Among ourselves, men and women religious, and our mission partners, we find it opportune to bring together our gifts and resources in the aspect of the formation of our members.

  • collaborate with the programs of the local church where we work, especially during the current Year of the Parish, as “Communion of Communities”, and the year ahead, the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons;
  • share common resources on formation programs for our formands, our members and formators, and intensify and facilitate programs for immersion in Mindanao for our leaders and members;
  • create a directory of resource persons (e.g., on formation work, spiritual direction, para-legal and psycho-social interventions, political education, disaster risk reduction and management, etc.) and foster inter-congregational collaboration on these areas.
  • institute programs for renewal in spirituality of our members with special emphasis on eco-spirituality and promotion of human rights and human dignity;

In the face of these, we, commit ourselves to the following:
  • raise the consciousness on ecological concerns and readiness of communities to respond to disasters through educational programs, and organize assistance in times of disaster;
  • support initiatives for urgent action to save Mother Earth, our common home.

In the face of these, we, commit ourselves to the following:
  • be in solidarity with victims of human rights violations and their families, especially the victims of Extrajudicial Killings and the Marawi conflict, by providing legal, spiritual, 
  • psycho-social and economic assistance
  • raise the consciousness on the issue of martial law and its implications.
  • raise the consciousness on ecological concerns and readiness of communities to respond to disasters through educational programs, and organize assistance in times of disaster;
  • support initiatives for urgent action to save Mother Earth, our common home.
  
From 10 congregations actively participating in AMRSP JPICC activities in 2016, there are now twenty 25-30  congregational representatives attending the members’ meeting and who mainstream JPICC work and services their congregational JPIC. All  active congregational representatives participate in the five JPICC concerns stated above.
 
The JPICC Coordinating Team is composed of Program Committee heads: John Din for Integral Ecology, Sr. Sonia Aldeguer RSCJ for TEGG, Sr Vivian Fernando HFB for TKP, Sr. Cres as JPICC National Coordinator and Odalie Adiao-Garcia as program officer. The Coordinating Team ensures JPICC’s overall organizational sustainability and program development and that the five major concerns are mainstreamed and integrated in JPICC’s bi annual convention, the congregational JPIC and pastoral ministries in parishes, schools, communities.
 
All five program concerns have, through the years, developed their own strong network of partners.
 
All JPICC concerns are evolved with the approval of the local Church. JPICC ensures a strong partnership with the NASSA (National Secretariat for Social Action), ECMI (Episcopal Commission on Migrants and  Itinerant Peoples), ECLA (Episcopal Commission on Lay Apostolate) and the local Bishops where there is a JPICC presence.
 
JPICC is still working on a directory of resource persons to foster onter-congregational collaboration.

  ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
  

  TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION  & GOOD GOVERNANCE
  

The TEGG Program Committee has initiated two major discernment-forum on “Safeguarding Democracy – Charter Change and Federalism” in February and April 2018. Speakers for the February 2018 forum included  Sr. Sonia Aldeguer, RSCJ, Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD, Atty. Christian Monsod and Mr. Ramon Casiple.

The April 2018 forum received good media coverage with Retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr and former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno as speakers.
  

  INTEGRAL ECOLOGY
  

Through the JPICC Integral Ecology,  with  Laudatu Si, as the framework,  concrete and viable actions are taken to evolve, learn and develop sustainable and ecological lifestyle using tested practices like organic farming, Zero Waste Management, natural composting and incorporating these lifestyle-practices and advocacies in religious  communities, pastoral ministries and partner communities. In May 2018, 21 religious and lay partners visited ANI Farm in Tatytay, Rizal to learn about  the practice of permaculture  in an urban-setting and bokashi.
 
A vital course of action on integral ecology being undertaken by the FMM  JPIC in Biliran is  the ardous task of stopping the environmental destruction and restoring Bthe provinces’ ecological integrity through a series of activities which includes invoking he Writ of Kllikasan.  This June, the FMM JPIC conducted a  trainors’ training on Laudatu Si with 60 lay leaders from the Visayas. A fact-finding on the ecological impact of mining and geothermal gas is in the works.
 
Recently, JPICC participated in PMPI (Philippine Misereor Partners Incorporated) SALAKYAG caravan on anti-mining and the Global Climate Change Movement of the Catholic Church to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Laudatu Si.

  INTEGRAL ECOLOGY
  

After its strategic planning in November 2017, the TKP has aligned its responses with the United Nations 4P’s ATIP (anti-trafficking in person) strategy, with the following as the respective team heads: Sr Nympha Que, MMS for Prevention, MMS, acting team head), Protection (Sr Evelyn Jose, SSpS), Partnership (Sr. Vivian Fernando, HFB), Organizational Development (Sr. Judith Padasas, CCV).
 
Highlights of TKP’s accomplishments for 2017-2018 include:
  • Together with the CBCP-ECMI (Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerants), TKP organized the Catholic anti-trafficking in persons (ATIP) Catholic network called CCNAT ( Catholic Church Network Against Trafficking),
  • In collaboration with Sr Lydia Collado, RSCJ of Sophie’s Farm, in Northern Samar, drafted an ATIP teaching module for children ages 9-13.
  • Grade 3-7.
  • UISG’s Talitha Kum in partnership with the Pontifical University in Rome, selected two TKP religious, Sr. Adel Abamo, SDS and Sr Judith Padasas, CCV to participate in a 6-month on-line course on human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
 
Sr. Vivian Fernando HFB is the TKP Team Head. TKP funding is from Porticus HK and ARISE Foundation.

  
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOLIDARITY
  

The program focuses on three key HR areas (1) upholding the rule of law, (2) ending impunity and (3) solidarity and sanctuary with HR victims.
 
The main work revolves on case documentation of all HR violations - EJK/summary executions, abduction, torture,for possible legal action, to end impunity and HRV committed by the rights bearers, specially the police.  Case documentation is being done in partnership with three (3) parishes in the Diocese of Novaliches,  one (1) parish in the Archdiocese of Manila,Three (3) parishes in the Diocese of Kalookan, and in  communities in Makati and Antipolo.
 
An equally important aspect of the work is providing access to justice for families of EJK victims, and shelter-sanctuary for families of EJK victims whose lives are threatened.
 
Late 2017, Sr Cres Lucero, SFIC, JPICC National Coordinator and  in June 2018, Fr. Angelo Cortez OFM, joined TFDP and other HR organizations for the Universal Periodic Review and other UN Thematic Mandates particularly the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of
Human Rights Defenders. Chuck Miago is the project staff of Human Rights and Solidarity.
 
Human Rights and Solidarity program partners include ICJ, SCLF and missio. Networks include TFDP, PAHRA, iDEFEND among others.