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North A Sector: Moving as the Spirit Leads

NORTH A Sector is spread throughout the district of North Caloocan, parts of Bulacan (Meycauayan and San Jose Del Monte) and Novaliches in Quezon City. It has a total of 33 barangays, 24 in North Caloocan, 3 in Bulacan, and 6 in Quezon City.

 

The parochial cover of the sector is under the Diocese of Novaliches with Most reverend Antonio r. Tobias, D.D. as its Bishop, while the our Lady of Fatima Parish in Heritage Homes, Meycauayan, Bulacan and St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Tungkong Mangga, SJDM Bulacan, belong to the Diocese of Malolos under Most rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. These geographical and pastoral coverage have given North A a wider scope for its evangelization thrusts.

 

At a Glance: The Historical Feat

The first Christian Life Program (CLP) in the area was held in 1985 at the residence of Zoilo and Monie Andrade (now both deceased) at Banaba Street, Amparo Subdivision, Caloocan City. Lachie Agana and Tony Meloto served as CLP Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader, respectively. Jun and Tess de Castro and Bing and Fe Yap of the Ligaya ng Panginoon were tapped to assist in the CLP which graduated 37 couples. These couples were the nucleus of what later became North A.

 

From 37 couples in 1985, the sector now has a total membership of 9,223, broken down as follows: CFC–2,244; KFC–2,619; YFC–1,916; SFC–379, SOLD-55 and HOLD-2,010. Of the total members, 314 individuals belong to the Mission Core Group. The sector is divided into 8 CFC clusters with 30 chapters, 8 HOLD clusters with 30 chapters, and 8 SFC chapters.

 

In its commitment to serve the Lord, the sector did not only confine itself to its mission area, but also took the challenge to spread the good news to many places, including to as far south as Mindanao.

 

The sector’s Family Ministries (SFC, YFC and KFC) were established in 1994, although as early as 1986, the Young Adults (YA) program for teenage children of the sector’s leaders was already in place. Danny and Vicky Dula began the program and Pepe and Myra Lazaro later took over. The Children Formation program for kids also started in CFC Novaliches at Cefels Park on June 15, 1986.

 

The Social Ministries in the sector were established one after the other between 2001 and 2004, including the different aspects of Gawad Kalinga’s work with the poor. Gawad Kalinga was replaced by ANCOP in 2010. The Social Development Programs were launched on October 21, 2012. North A leaders continue to serve the community outside the North A mission area – as far as Mindanao and even outside the Philippines.

 

Work with the Poor

Since the inception of the social ministries (now renamed the Social Development Programs), the sector has been actively involved in the work to benefit the poorer sections of society. The GK work in Amparo Subdivision was among the first models of community renewal, with CFC pioneers Caloy and Pia Yturzaeta at the forefront of the work there.

 

At present, with its rich history of work with the poor, the sector remains committed to the various programs designed to serve the poor.

 

Shelter Program:

North A is targeting the completion by end June 2017 of 60 houses for the healed Hansenite (leprosy) patients from Dr. Jose Rodriquez Memorial Hospital (formerly Tala Leprosarium). Also under construction are the Multi-Purpose Hall at “Ang Kapatiran Community” (or AKC) located at Bagbaguin, Caloocan City and the Livelihood Training Center located within the compound of the North A Mission Center (NAMC) in Amparo Subdivision, Caloocan City. Target completion dates are August and end June 2017, respectively.

 

Education Program:

The ANCOP benefit package for education of North A currently benefits close to 600 sponsored students. The sector is also engaging four adopted Cornerstone schools, tutoring 150 students.

 

ANCOP:

The different programs of ANCOP and Soc Dev are gearing up to address the needs of the eight clusters of the sector. The programs that will be initially included are the: Medical and Dental mission including wellness lectures; STMA legal advice desk; awareness lectures and formation of Emergency Response Teams (ERT); and Livelihood training seminars.

 

OIKOS:

The sector is committed to making the sector responsive to the challenges of climate change and environmental issues. Thus, aside from conducting briefings on climate change and the environment, North A had a series of clean-up drives (a.k.a. “War on Waste” or WOW) around Amparo Village, De la Costa Homes 2, Soldiers Hills III, Victory Heights Subd, all in Caloocan City.

 

North A also participated in several tree-growing activities called by CFC in Brgy. Mamuyao, Tanay,  Rizal. The sector is currently exploring the feasibility of tying up with Timberland, a subdivision in San Mateo, Rizal – for a possible tree-growing MOU.

 

Build My Church:

In response to the need to assist the Church in building and refurbishing homes of worship, North A has found a pilot project for the Build My Church Program (BMC) of CFC.The pilot project will be the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Sto. Nino Old Chapel located in Phase 4, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

 

Sector Governance Team:

 

Sector Head: Rey and Ana Reyes

Nick/Cresing Olivar (EM & CRO)

Lito/Lina Pinlac (Family Ministries)

Beng/Irene Garcia (ANCOP)

Boy/Tess Sarmiento (PFO)

Ernie/Gilda Lumanao (Mission Support)

 

SECTOR FAMILY MINISTRIES:

 

Rey/Tina Musa (KFC)

Benjie/Rose Talavera (YFC)

Ian/Feb Macatangay (SFC)

Ava Tejero (HOLD)

 

Hermie Hormillosa (SOLD)

Added on Thursday, May 4, 2017


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