National Secretariat for Social Action/Caritas Philippines (NASSA)

Caritas Philippines

Country: Philippines
Website: www.nassa.org.ph
Focal Point: Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary
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Tel: +632 527 4147

Mission and vision

Resilient Filipino spirit promoting faith, justice and peace through humanitarian, development and advocacy activities.

General description of the CSO work in governance and anti-corruption area

NASSA/Caritas Philippines have been at the forefront in the promotion of public trust through its good governance advocacy track: electoral reform, human and land rights, anti-human trafficking and extra-judicial killings, drug war, agrarian justice, and anti-corruption. We work with the most vulnerable and poorest of the underdeveloped sectors in the Philippines: indigenous peoples, disaster prone communities, rural and urban poor, labourers, farmers, fisherfolks, women and children, local government units, national government agencies, faith-based, and civil society organizations, and UN agencies.

Specific description of the CSO work in connection with the UNCAC

NASSA/Caritas Philippines does not, at the moment have specific programmes re UNCAC. However, in its capacity as the national secretariat to 85 diocesan social action centers, it provides technical and programmatic assistance to local churches in:

  1. crafting anti-corruption campaigns
  2. conducting anti-corruption (fact-finding) activities, especially those related to enforcement of environment policies
  3. lobbying for the passage of local and national good governance legislations

Other remarks

As the advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the national Caritas has devoted more than 50 years of defending people’s rights, providing a voice to the voiceless. It’s about time to formally bring this advocacy to the realm of the United Nations.

Global civil society network promoting the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)