His Eminence Cardinal Rosales flew to the US to visit the Filipino communities there and to promote Pondo ng Pinoy last September, 2006. His trip took him to Alabama, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles. During his trip, he also appointed Bishop Oscar A. Solis, D.D. Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as the Pondo ng Pinoy Coordinator for the US.
Proposal Planning Workshop for the Dioceses of Parañaque and Novaliches
The Dioceses of Paranaque and Kalookan both held Proposal Planning Workshops in November, 2006. The half-day workshop in Parañaque was attended by 55 participants coming from the 14 parishes. During this workshop the priorities listed in their Lineamenta: poverty and unemployment, housing and education were the focus of their proposal writing efforts. The workshop in Kalookan was attended by 10 parish priests accompanied by their lay partners. They will be working closely with their SSDM office to identify their priority projects. Both Dioceses will be working to finalize and prioritize their proposals for submission. The workshops were facilitated by Regie Guillen, Program Coordinator of the PnP Central Office.
PnP Coordinators Meeting for Evaluation and Planning
The PnP Central Office held a PnP Coordinator’s Meeting last October 18, 2006 in the RGS Compound, Quezon City. Prior to the meeting a survey instrument evaluating PnP’s education, collection and distribution programs in its partner dioceses’ was conducted. During the meeting, several recommendations were made to improve PnP’s operations and to spread its spirituality of action more effectively. Some suggestions made included: production of modules for the formation of PnP beneficiaries, Central Office assistance in local promotions, and proposal identification and monitoring training for partner dioceses.
A report on the meeting was presented to the PnP Board of Trustees, headed by His Eminence Cardinal Rosales. The Board approved the release of funds for proposals to fund evangelization efforts in the partner dioceses. The PnP Central Office will be presenting the guidelines for approving evangelization projects in the next Board of Trustees meeting in January 2007.