Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:02:00 01/20/2009

Filed Under: Road Transport, Local authorities

Many of us experience the hellish road conditions in the province of Eastern Samar. On the other hand, the unmet need for a circumferential road network in the province of Biliran limits its socioeconomic potentials. These regrettable conditions adversely affect the socioeconomic activities of the people, thus reinforcing the vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment.

Consequently, the people feel restless and hopeless with the government’s initiative (or lack of it) in addressing rural poverty and destitution.

In view of these realities, we the bishops, social action directors and staff of the diocesan social action centers of the Eastern Visayas Social Action Network (EVSA) express our unequivocal support for and solidarity with the Dioceses of Borongan and Naval in their appeals for the immediate rehabilitation of the road network of Eastern Samar and for the construction of a circumferential road in the province of Biliran.

MOST REV. JOSE PALMA (archbishop of Palo), MOST REV. CRISPIN VARQUEZ (bishop of Borongan), MOST REV. EMMANUEL TRANCE (bishop of Catarman) and 20 PRIESTS AND SOCIAL ACTION DIRECTORS AND STAFF

3 COMMENTS

  1. Allelujah!

    It’s about time people of influence like these band of priests voiced out their concern about the unfinished business of the Biliran circumferential road.

    Keep the pressure on and I hope the Dioscese of of Naval, priests and followers will join. Where are they?

    This is what we call one small step at a time for big results.
    If we just remain silent on this issue, the people nga na-a
    sa trono wrongly think it’s ok.
    NO, IT’S NOT!

    God bless us all. Amen.

  2. The message of the spiritual leaders and staff of the Archdiocese of Palo, the Diocese of Borongan, and the Diocese of Catarman is laudable as they show concern to the plight of the people of Biliran.

    Please never misinterpret the silence of the clergy, friars, nuns, staff and the bishop of the Naval Diocese – because they are more aware of what is happening in Biliran, example, the mining industry in the mountains of Naval, Caibiran, and Kawayan; let us not forget that the Diocese of Naval had explicitly cried for Justice in the June 07, 2008 ambush incident that claimed the two lives of Barcelo and Parilla, and disabled the knee of Joe Casas – all workers of certain Charles P. Chong of Naval.

    The local Church of Naval is 100% pro-poor and pro-marginalized sector of society. Thus, the Basic Ecclesial Community or BEC was instrumental in the 2007 Polls of assuring the free, honest, orderly, credible, and peaceful conduct of elections. The ex-seminarians in the Diocese and the Couples for Christ are partners in the conduct of that political exercise. We hope that in 2010 polls, the same synchronized efforts are expected.

  3. It’s good to know, #2.

    We, the people, have to voice out our frustrations here, there, everywhere so that those in “powers that be” wll think twice or thrice with what they are doing and/or haven’t done yet.

    One little step at a time…

    Thanks for posting with your message.

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