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CFC Leyte Stages ANCOP Global Walk
"We must be able to overcome the culture of exclusion, and instead adopt a culture of inclusion that brings together everyone who wish to help the poor." These were Fr. Gerald Alcantara’s words in his homily during Holy Mass held in the early morning of July 20, 2014 in Ormoc City during CFC Leyte’s ANCOP Global Walk 2014. Fr. Gerald, who is the Spiritual Director of Couples For Christ (CFC) Leyte, added, "We need to remove this ungodly culture in our midst so that we will finally be able to overcome the insanity of having most of the world's wealth in the hands of a few." 

Fr. Gerald's homily struck home as hundreds of CFC members and their families, as well as partners supporting the Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) of ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) trooped to the Ormoc City Stage Plaza despite heavy downpour brought about by Typhoon Henry. After a brief program after the Mass the crowd of walkers started to move forward from the starting line and began the five kilometer trek that circled the Ormoc city streets.

Jude Abenoja, Provincial Area Director of CFC Leyte, stated, "CFC has always been at the forefront of fighting for Total Human Liberation, which aims to alleviate poverty by addressing the most basic human needs such as Shelter and Education and the ANCOP Global Walk is just one of the latest of such CFC initiatives.” 

The AGW is held annually by members of Couples for Christ, through its Building the Church of the Poor Program, ANCOP. The AGW is intended to help needy public schoolchildren to be able to stay in school by providing for their most basic school needs such as daily allowances, uniforms, shoes and funds for school projects. 

This year, CFC Leyte mobilized to enable all of its six sectors to bring walkers from all around the province, contributing financially to be part of five-kilometer walks in pre-designated locations. The funds collected from the activities are pooled together to finance the schooling of children studying in Leyte public schools. Jojo Sumalinog, head of the BCOP (Building the Church of the Poor) Directorate of CFC Leyte said that AGW has so far funded the schooling of 102 scholars. "We hope to do more," Sumalinog added.

Reports from CFC leaders from all over the province reveal that about 6,000 walkers showed up despite the weather. 

One CFC member, Elmer Tolo, stated, "The real miracle here is that despite the rains, the threat of illness due to the cold weather, the early assembly time of 4:00 AM, or the fact that it was a Sunday, this much crowd was able to show up. That for me is the miracle of the AGW." (by Raymond Viray Bucu)
Added on Monday, July 21, 2014



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