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CFC Migrants Program Gets Nod of LGU, Clergy at Visayas Convention
Thursday, May 10, 2018

In an effort to propagate CFC’s involvement in the Church’s initiatives regarding migration, giving emphasis on overseas Filipino workers and the families they leave behind, the volunteers of the CFC Migrants Program brought the Migrants Convention to the Visayas on April 21, 2018.


Delegates from the different provinces of the region, mostly the Social Development Programs Coordinators, the Provincial Migrants Program Coordinators and members of the Area Governance Teams came to listen and learn about the CFC Migrants Program and how they can engage with the Diocesan Migrants Desk and the local government in caring for the migrants and their families.


The Migrants Convention is in partnership with the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (CBCP ECMI).Jess Ferrer, CFC MP Program Head, supported by his wife Mercy and the CFC MP Core, welcomed the delegates at JJ’s Seafood Village in Tagbilaran City, after morning worship led by Bohol Provincial Area Director Amit Yu. 

Ferrer gave an overview of the migration situation in the country, and emphasized the importance of holistic reintegration of migrant workers into society and the community, as well as their own families, especially those who have been away from their home countries for a considerable length of time.


Fr. Crisolito Geangan of the Diocese of Tagbilaran addressed the plight of migrant families in the Visayas region, while the Hon. Dionisio Balite, Vice Governor of the province of Bohol, discussed the Visayan OFW’s contribution to the country.


“While there is an increase in the inflow of remittances from our OFWs, there is no denying the impact of the social costs of fragmented OFW families,” Vice Gov. Balite said.


Being a CFC member himself, the vice governor has been molded by the community with regards to upholding the family. Gov. Balite has committed to embrace the Migrants Program for the benefit of OFWs from Bohol and their families. Fr. Resty Ogsimer, Executive Secretary of the CBCP ECMI, spoke about migration and related thrusts of the CBCP, giving premium on human trafficking and the refugee situation worldwide.


CFC Mission Head for the Visayas Arnel Sacris presented the social development thrusts of CFC and the Migrants Program, while CFC Chairman Melo Villaroman Jr. encouraged the participants to fully embrace the Migrants Program, and use the gift of the CFC community to bring back God’s plan for the family.


The morning sessions were capped by the celebration of the Holy Mass, with His Excellencies Bishop Alberto Uy (Diocese of Tagbilaran) and Bishop Daniel Patrick Parcon (Diocese of Talibon) concelebrating, together with other priests from the dioceses.In his homily, Bishop Parcon welcomed the Migrants Program, citing his personal encounter with Couples for Christ, and commending the community as a formidable mover in defending the families of migrants.


The afternoon featured sample sessions on Moral Values Reorientation and Financial Stewardship.With the positive responses from the clergy and the local government of Bohol, plus the enthusiasm of the leaders of the Visayan region, the CFC Migrants Program will surely have champions who will ensure the implementation of the program in the Visayas islands. (Alma Alvarez)


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