The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines is the humanitarian, development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It was created by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1966 and mandated to accompany the poor and marginalized in the just and legitimate struggle for social justice and transformation.
Work carried out by NASSA/Caritas Philippines includes:
Alay Kapwa (Offering of Oneself). This flagship program is the Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Philippine Catholic Church. Currently, it serves as emergency fund during calamities and other major social concerns.
Relief and Rehabilitation. In partnership with Caritas Internationalis, NASSA/Caritas Philippines implemented various emergency, recovery and rehabilitation programs since the 1960s. Its biggest response to date is the three-year Typhoon Haiyan rehabilitation program called #REACHPhilippines covering 166 communities across 9 provinces.
SEARCHDev. Launched in 2017, this three-year program is focused on providing technical guidance to improve the competencies of the 20 Diocesan Social Action Centers (DSACs) in undertaking humanitarian response, adapting climate and disaster-resilient livelihoods, and formalizing institutional policy development, support systems and structures.
Project SHARED. In partnership with the Catholic Relief Services, project shared is a diocese to diocese approach in managing risks in disaster-prone areas in the Philippines.
EU-PEACH Project. Supported by the European Union Aid Volunteers, the EU-PEACH Project aims to strengthen organizational and technical competence in preparation for disasters.
HIV-AIDS. This program aims to continue the campaign for HIV-AIDS prevention and support integrated HIV advocacy.
Lead to Heal. In partnership with Future by Design Pilipinas and the Development Academy of the Philippines, this is a 14-month transformational leadership program for key movers and workers at the national and diocesan levels.
Self-Help Group. This microfinance program inspires every poor individual especially women to unleash their potential and to perpetuate the culture of savings.
Sustainable Agriculture. It focuses on overcoming agricultural issues and challenges associated with climate and food production. It also contributes to the alleviation of poverty by supporting low-cost input production technology to increase family incomes and food security.
FARMFIRST. Launched in 2015, FARMFIRST aims to empower vulnerable communities and develop model communities for climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
Peacebuilding, Human Rights and Good Governance. NASSA/Caritas Philippines has always been a supporter of advocacies and actions, defending the rights and dignity of workers.
Agrarian Justice. This program supports the call of farmers to agrarian reform and land tenure and ownership.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines serves as the secretariat for the Social Action Network composed of the Diocesan Social Action Centers (DSACs) organized in 85 dioceses across the country. It is also a member of Caritas Internationalis.
Caritas Philippines has adopted a multi-faceted approach to protect communities in the face of increasingly aggressive climate events. Advocating for change regarding mining, quarrying and illegal logging is a key part of their work to reduce the impact of extreme weather on their country.
Jessie cannot help but stare at the wreckage of his house. It was destroyed by super typhoon Mangkhut, which tore through the Philippines earlier this month. Over 1.5 million people were affected. “It felt really bad that I need to clear debris from the remains of our house,” said the 50-year-old construction worker from Baguio ...
A deadly Philippines typhoon that crossed the country on 14-15 September has caused extensive damage and disruption. Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named Ompong) affected more that 270,000 people in 30 provinces as the storm damaged houses, crops and livelihoods. Roads and bridges are blocked by landslides and the electricity supply is down. 138,000 people were forced ...
Thousands of people are being evacuated in the Philippines ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to hit the island of Luzon early on Saturday. The massive storm, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, has wind speeds of up to 285 km per hour (180 mph). Around ...