The Catholic bishops’ conference announced today that a summit scheduled for later this month to discuss the state of poverty in the country has been moved to July 3-5. The conference’s National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA)
said it will aim to discuss the continuing plight of the poor in the country. “One of the goals of this summit is to present to the government the real situation across the country before President Aquino delivers his second State of the Nation Address on July 25,” said NASSA executive secretary Edu Gariguez in a posting on the conference’s website. He said it would clarify, formulate and document the concerns of those involved in anti-poverty, equity and social reform and relate all these with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan, the 2011 budget and the policy pronouncements of the chief executive and the legislature. Dioceses are holding regional consultations in preparations for the summit, which will attract around 300 representatives from various sectors and will see the country’s two cardinals delivering keynote addresses and messages.