NCYM 2016 – Workshop Materials

Workshop Materials

Workshop 1: Animating youth ministry – Instruction
Animating youth ministry – Name of heroes
Animating youth ministry – Instruction card 1
Animating youth ministry – Instruction card 2
Animating youth ministry – Instruction card 3
Animating youth ministry – Instruction card 4

Workshop 2: Workshop on Ka-lakbay

Workshop 3: Strategic Pastoral Planning

Workshop 4: Magtanim ay di biro – Goal Setting Guide

Workshop 6: Linkages and partnerships

Workshop 10: Pastoral care for youth ministers – Introduction
Pastoral care for youth ministers – Presentation 1
Pastoral care for youth ministers – Presentation 2
Perceived stress scale


Workshop 11: Financial stewardship management

Workshop 12: Real freedom total happiness and true love presentation 1
Real freedom total happiness and true love presentation 2

Workshop 13: #hugotmillenials – Pastoring the youth of today

Workshop 14: Nurturing Relationships
Nurturing Relationships – Gospel-centered Friendship
Nurturing Relationships – Nurturing community relationships
Nurturing Relationships – Goals of youth work
Nurturing Relationships – Potential Problems

Workshop 15: Accompanying the youth towards spiritual growth – group synthesis

Workshop 16: Kapag may alam makialam
Kapag may alam makialam booklet

Workshop 18: Why do we need to talk about hiv-aids RA-8504
Why do we need to talk about hiv-aids – Planning template


Workshop 19: Trafficking in persons – Spectrum of prevention
Trafficking in persons – The three key actors in the trafficking process
Trafficking in persons – prayer


2016 Visit of a Brother of the Taize Community

The Philippines was graced with the brief visit of a Brother from the Taize Community, Br. GHISLAIN, a sign of the continued commitment of the community to journey with the local churches and the young people on a “pilgrimage of trust”.
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The Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) thanks all those youth ministry offices which welcomed him, and those which sent young people and youth ministers to join activities with him.  The ECY is particularly grateful to the Military Ordinariate and its Commission on Youth for hosting the open prayer last February 23, and attended by a good number of participants, many of them from other dioceses and organizations!

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While the visit was brief, the expression of solidarity continues.  Particularly on this Jubilee of Mercy and the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, the community shares a gift with us, “The Courage of Mercy“.  The ECY respectfully enjoins all youth ministers, the young people under their care, along with everyone else, to strongly consider this document, with the proposals it offers, as a guide and inspiration in the mission.  For instance, this may be useful for the “24 Hours for the Lord“, an initiative indicated by Pope Francis to be done in each diocese this March 04-05 (in Misericordiae Vultus, no. 17), which the ECY  hopes each diocesan youth ministry will support and each organization will promote in their local units; it can also be of use in other initiatives of youth ministry in these seasons of Lent and Easter.
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The ECY trusts that efforts like this will continue for youth ministry, to highlight prayer as the source of our mission for young people in behalf of the Church.  Let us also continue praying for Br. GHISLAIN who left our country last night for the remaining visits in Asia, continuing the pilgrimage of trust on earth.

A Via Crucis on Human Trafficking

As we undertake the Lenten pilgrimage towards Easter, we invite everyone to keep in our minds and our hearts many of our brothers and sisters who suffer.  In particular, we think of those caught up in the criminal web of human trafficking, and propose this way of praying the “Stations of the Cross” on human trafficking for them.  Let us do this as a response to Pope Francis’ appeal for us “to join all efforts in saving the victims and putting a stop to this crime against humanity”.  Along with the four Ps of trafficking, i.e. Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership, we add another important P: Prayer.
We thank the Talitha Kum, the international network of consecrated life against trafficking in persons, particularly Sr. Estrella Castalone, FMA, who served as international coordinator from 2010 to 2014, for sharing this resource with us.

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To download the PDF format, click this link: GardenofDreams-HumanTraffickingViaCrucis-English

Video Message from the ECY Chairman

Message from the ECY Chairman, Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD:

Empowering Youth Ministers Against Human Trafficking: Talitha Kum partners with ECY

The Philippine Catholic Church fortifies it commitment to stop trafficking in persons through its bold step of gathering more than 70 delegates from 17 dioceses nationwide for an intensive training course on trafficking in persons. Organized by the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) represented by its President, Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD and Talitha Kum- the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons represented by its International Coordinator, Sr. Estrella Castalone, FMA and Asia Coordinator, Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA, this project aims to empower the youth ministers to stop this modern-day slavery.


Experts and well-known counter trafficking advocates lead the provided significant inputs in this 5-day training course held from April 20 to 24, 2015 in Lipa City. They were: Ms. Sally Ujano (National Coordinator of Philippines Against Child Trafficking – PACT); Ms. Jean Enriquez (Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Asia Pacific- CATWAP); and Sr. Henedina Mananzan from the Religious of Good Shepherd. The Laura Vicuña Foundation’s experiences  on Protection, Prevention and Partnership strategies in Counter Trafficking were also presented by its Executive Director Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA.


The very rich and interactive discussions harnessed the potentials of youth ministers toward the prevention and protection of children, minors and youth from the grim reality of trafficking in persons specifically in the dioceses which are disaster prone, i.e. frequently devastated by natural calamities:  typhoons, earthquakes, floods, landslides.


Four bishops who diligently completed the four-day session namely: Most Rev. Guillermo Afable, DD, Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay, DD, Most Rev. Romulo Dela Cruz, DD, and Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD served as inspiration for the youth ministers to be well-informed, courageous, daring, innovative, vigilant and be Christ-centered and ecclesial in their response in counter-acting human trafficking.In order to address the reality of trafficking at the diocesan level, some of the commitments were:

1) conduct advocacy and awareness program on Human Trafficking in schools, parishes and communities;

2) strengthen partnership and networking with LGUS, NGOs and like-minded organizations addressing the issue of trafficking in persons (TIP);

3) integrate TIP issue of trafficking in persons in their existing programs and formations for youth;

4) cascade this training course to their youth leaders;

5) create a special council or committee that will focus on TIP and extend services to TIP survivors such us identifying victims and open dialogue with them;

5) (sic) extend volunteer services to NGOs that serve trafficked victims such as Laura Vicuña and ECPAT;

6) conduct interfaith dialogue to solidify effort of the church against human trafficking;

7) conduct research and training of volunteers and advocates; and,

8) monitor the implementation of these action plans.


The training course was concluded with a show of commitment and strong conviction of implementing their plans to the following dioceses that were represented in this training course: Archdiocese of Tuguegarao; Archdiocese of Jaro; Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Kalibo, Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Diocese of Legazpi, Archdiocese of Palo, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, Diocese of Malolos, Diocese of Daet, Archdiocese of Davao, Diocese of Cubao, Archdiocese of Cebu, Diocese of Digos, Diocese of San Pablo, and the Archdiocese of San Fernando.


Source: E-newsletter no. 10 (April 2015) of the Laura Vicuna Foundation, Inc.


The CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth

conveys its joyful gratitude

to everyone who have helped in the Papal Encounter with the Youth

last January 18 in the University of Santo Tomas, both in

the registration and assistance for Quadrant 3 and in

the animation of the pre-program segment assigned to it.

For the ecclesiastical territories, youth organizations and other groups which have registered through the ECY, their pilgrims, and especially their Bishops and National Leaders who have shown support as well as their Group Leaders who have served joyfully and selflessly

From the Northern Luzon Region

Diocese of Alaminos: Fr. Alexander Del Castillo

Diocese of Baguio: Ms. Hessalyn Lacba

Diocese of Bangued: Ms. Frances Claire Castañero

Prelature of Batanes: Fr. Rogelio Abadano

Diocese of Bayombong: Fr. Crispin Costales

Diocese of Ilagan: Mr. Jedrick Taguiam

Diocese of Laoag: Mr. Rommell Sagucio

Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan: Sr. Marita Palma, POIC

Diocese of San Fernando: Sr. Shirley Torrente, SGBP

Archdiocese of Tuguegarao: Fr. Kristian Noel Sibbaluca

From the Central Luzon Region

Diocese of Balanga: Mrs. Sheila Salangsang-Gozon

Diocese of Cabanatuan: Mr. Arvie Jay Lapig

Diocese of Iba: Fr. Arwin Ysonza

Diocese of Malolos: Fr. Oscar Christian Duran

Archdiocese of San Fernando: Mr. Gerald Pineda

Diocese of San Jose-Nueva Ecija: Fr. Richard Lagos

Diocese of Tarlac: Mr. Alvin Salmazan

From the Southern Tagalog Region

Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan: Ms. Ma. Cecilia Jasmin

Diocese of Gumaca: Fr. Toni Ryan Del Moro

Prelature of Infanta: Fr.  Ceferino Valenzuela Jr.

Archdiocese of Lipa: Fr. Ephraim Cabrera

Diocese of Lucena: Ms. Ma. Crispina Saludes

Diocese of San Pablo: Ms. Catherine Fay Reyes

From the Bicol Region

Archdiocese of Caceres: Mr. Roni Andrew Dispolon

Diocese of Daet: Fr. Armando Orido

Diocese of Legazpi: Ms. Judith Loria

Diocese of Masbate: Rev. Jiovani Gulmatico

Diocese of Sorsogon: Fr. Raner Lucila

Diocese of Virac: Sr. Arlyn Dogillo, MCST

From the Central-Eastern Visayas Region

Archdiocese of Cebu: Fr. Kit Sestoso

Diocese of Maasin: Fr. Merwin Kangleon

Diocese of Talibon: Sr. Nemesia Paguican, FdCC

From the Western Visayas Region

Diocese of Bacolod: Fr. Rocelo Villarosa

Archdiocese of Capiz: Fr. Anthony Aguason

Archdiocese of Jaro: Fr. Rafael Luis Clavel

Diocese of Kabankalan: Mr. John Jessie Valero

Diocese of Kalibo: Fr. Glenn Magpusao

Diocese of Romblon: Fr. Noel Sixon

Diocese of San Carlos: Ms. Ma. Cathrina Ga

Diocese of San Jose-Antique: Fr. Alfonso Alojipan Jr.

From the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference

Diocese of Butuan: Mr. Neil Beluan

Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro: Sr. Roxan Sarmiento, CM

Diocese of Malaybalay: Sr. Lerma Sotalbo, FdCC

Diocese of Surigao: Fr. Ronan Ravelo

Diocese of Tandag: Ms. Prudenciana Dumagan

Archdiocese of Davao: Fr. Leomel Puerto

Diocese of Digos: Ms. Vanessa Franca

Diocese of Dipolog: Fr. Dembert Castillion

Diocese of Iligan: Mr. Carmelo Pocdol

Archdiocese of Ozamis: Mr. Jaypee Veradio

Diocese of Pagadian: Mr. Alfonso Sucano Jr.

Archdiocese of Cotabato: Ms. Perlita Dohinog

Diocese of Marbel: Fr. Joemer Candido

Diocese of Ipil: Mr. Elvin Esmeralda

Prelature of Isabela: Ms. Shiela May Calixto

Archdiocese of Zamboanga: Mr. Mark Anthony Saavedra

From the Military Ordinariate: Mr. Jonathan Florino

From the Federation of National Youth Organizations

Chiro Youth Movement: Ms. Rozanne Jamaica Vasallo

Christian Life Community of the Philippines: Mr. Nichel Gaba

Christ’s Youth in Action: Br. Peter Jess Legaspi

CFC-Singles for Christ: Mr. Noli Manuel

CFC-Singles for Family and Life: Mr. Jeffrey Meneses

CFC-Youth for Christ: Mr. Mark Zeus Quinto

CFC-Youth for Family and Life: Mr. Julius Eguia

Columbian Squires: Mr. Noel Lacanilao

Elim Youth: Br. Marcelino Catan

Filipino-Chinese Catholic Youth: Mr. Ed Christopher Chua

Filipino Youth with a Mission: Ms. Julie Anne Regencia

Franciscan Youth: Ms. Ma. Ruby Hiyasmin Malicdem

Institucion Teresiana-Youth: Ms. Suzzanne Saniel

Mary Help of Christians Crusade: Br. Ferdinand Simon Ma. Bayarong, OATH

Salesian Youth Movement-FMA: Sr. Eustacia Mendoza, FMA

Salesian Youth Movement-SDB: Mr. Richard Roy Tañada

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Mr. Karl Michael Hila

Student Catholic Action of the Philippines: Mr. Frence Boiser

Youth for Mary and Christ: Fr. Mark Angelo Ruiz Ho, MMHC

From other settings

Diocesan Youth Commission on Hong Kong: Ms. Mok Ching Yee

Emmanuel School of Mission: Fr. Christophe Bouvard

Institute of Formation-Fondacio Asia: Ms. Thi Tuyet An Le

Laura Vicuña Center: Sr. Ma. Victoria Sta. Ana, FMA

St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove: Ms. Ma. Aira Lagunzad

The Feast Alabang: Ms. Tricia Chavez

YouthPinoy: Ms. Chrixy Paguirican

For kindly accommodating the registration of ecclesiastical territories of the National Capital Region

The youth ministry office of the Archdiocese of Manila, with Fr. Ramon Jade Licuanan as Director

For their dedicated work in the event registration

The Office of the UST Secretary General, Fr. Winston Cabading, OP, with Dr. Imelda Dakis and fellow personnel

For their valuable assistance to registered participants in Quadrant 3 in behalf of the ECY

Mr. Freddie Bernardino (Diocese of Antipolo); Fr. Arnold Deletina(Diocese of Bacolod); Fr. Ricky Montañez, AA (Diocese of Cubao);Ms. Jenica Montemayor (Diocese of Iba); Ms. Niña Orense and Mr. Jerome Ticatic (Archdiocese of Lipa); Ms. Jamila EsmaelMs. Dyna Espinosa and Ms. Aphrodite Organo (Archdiocese of Manila); Ms. Maria Ninia Chara Ollodo (Diocese of Novaliches); Mr. Gerald Nicolas (Diocese of Paranaque); Mrs. Amelea Pactanac-Vergara(Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa); Mr. Allen Mendoza and Ms. Nikko Delaine Sebastian (Archdiocese of San Fernando); Ms. Jessica Calaguing (Salesian Youth Movement); and Mr. Jermer Cruz and Ms. Sabrina Marie Aurea Gasgonia (CFC-Singles for Family and Life)

For their committed service in documentation for the ECY

Mr. Randell Jonathan Aquino (Archdiocese of Manila) and Sem. Tyler Jared Boone (Diocese of Legazpi)

For their significant contribution to the pre-program segment assigned to the ECY

Choral declamation of Matthew 25:31-40

The Regional Youth Coordinating Councils of Northern Luzon (for the Ilocano rendition), Central Luzon (for the Kapampangan), Southern Tagalog (for the Tagalog), Bicol (for the Bicolano), Central-Eastern Visayas (for the Bisaya), Western Visayas (for the Hiligaynon), and the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference (for the Chavacano)

Youthful testimonies on mercy and compassion

Ms. Ereeka Gagarin and Ms. Jec Feria of CFC-Youth for Christ andMr. Dominic Pamatmat of the Diocese of Paranaque

Dance interpretation of “Through His Loving Eyes”

Central Luzon Region—Diocese of Cabanatuan: Mr. Reynoel S. Cantor; Diocese of Iba: Mr. Rjay A. Abelon; Diocese of Malolos: Mr. Delo Monterde; Archdiocese of San Fernando: Mr. Geoffrey Arceo; and Diocese of San Jose-Nueva Ecija: Ms. Frances Allana Pobre;

National Capital Region—Diocese of Antipolo: Ms. Jewel Mae Esparagoza and Ms. Fenela Joy Rago; and Diocese of Parañaque: Mr. Timmy Tyrone Pardilla;

Southern Tagalog Region—Archdiocese of Lipa: Ms. Clarissa Mariz A. Laguras; Diocese of Lucena: Mr. Darius P. Pastrana; and Diocese of San Pablo: Mr. Davis Añonuevo and Ms. Katrina Mae Camba;

Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference—Diocese of Butuan: Mr. Lourd Ronald S. Bocboc

Military Ordinariate—Mr. Silver Andrei Abalon (St. Ignatius Cathedral, Camp Aguinaldo), Mr. Richard H. Carizon (Holy Child Chapel, Naval Station, Philippine Navy), Ms. Mary Grace Cocjin (Our Lady of Loreto Church, Villamor Air Base) and Ms. Jessa Mae Manalo(Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Fernando Air Base);

Federation of National Youth Organizations—Chiro Youth Movement: Ms. Maria Crisol Del Rosario and Ms. Hazel Joy Meneses; CFC-Youth for Christ: Ms. Jane Benemerito; Institucion Teresiana-Youth: Ms. Dorothy Elaine ContinenteMs. Patricia Anne ManabatMs. Suzzanne Saniel and Ms. Angelica Faith Ponce Vasquez; Salesian Youth Movement-FMA: Mr. Charles Kaiser Madrigal and Mr. Robson Tagle; Salesian Youth Movement-SDB: Ms. Larien P. Buya,Mr. Jay Lebert V. MarananMr. David MorenoMr. Emmanuel E. Taip and Mr. Richard Roy Tañada; and Student Catholic Action of the Philippines: Ms. Avigale S. AntonioMs. Beatrice BaldonadoMs. Roselaine Maala and Ms. Nicole Alysa Marie Yambao

For the helpful partnership in preparing for and implementing the pre-program segment, including video editing

Federation of National Youth Organizations through its Coordinating Council

For their heartfelt service in the liturgy

As Cross bearers

Mr. Franklin De Guzman (Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan) of the Northern Luzon Region, Ms. Ermelita Kasilag (Archdiocese of Lipa) of the Southern Tagalog Region, Ms. Pauline Sarah Mancita of the Military Ordinariate and Mr. Wilson Panes (Archdiocese of Capiz) of the Western Visayas Region

As intention readers in the Intercessions

Ms. Denelyn Cempron (Diocese of Tagum) of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference and Ms. Jolly Ann Datos (Archdiocese of Caceres) of the Bicol Region

Special thanks to the Organizers of the Papal Encounter with the Youth

The Archdiocese of Manila with His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD as Archbishop and the University of Santo Tomas with Very Rev. Herminio Dagohoy, OP as Rector

All of us have been richly blessed and deeply moved

by our dear Pope Francis when he visited us last January 15-19!

As we in the ECY thank God for this special grace,

we also thank you for the grace that you are

for your support and collaboration in realizing the tasks

entrusted to us for this event!

Let us carry on our active collaboration in behalf of the Church’s youth ministry.

May we continue to live in the spirit of God’s mercy and compassion.

In behalf of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth:


Bishop of Bangued

Chairman of the CBCP-ECY


48th World Communications Day

This Sunday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is the 48th World Communications Day. Pope Francis has written a beautiful message for this. The CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth will bring you portions of this message each day until Sunday.

WCD 26 May
Communication is a gift from God.

Something to think about…
How do you appreciate and use this gift in giving and receiving Jesus to and from others? How do you give thanks to God for this gift? Do we engage in communication that creates mutual respect?

WCD 27 May

Those who communicate become neighbours

Something to think about…
How do you communicate with others? Do you see and treat them as “neighbour” in Pope Francis’ sense? What does “the ability to make myself like the other” mean to you?

WCD 28 MayConnections need to grow into true encounters

Something to think about…
Do we turn our online encounters into human relationships? How do we nurture real-life relationships in the digital world?

WCD 29 May

A network not of wires but of people

Something to think about…
Are we patient in understanding those who have different opinion from us? How do we address and genuinely accept other points of view and perspective? How do we appreciate the richness of human experience manifested in different cultures and traditions?

WCD 30 May

The Church is the home of all

Something to think about…
How do you use the media in promoting and expressing the missionary vocation of the Church? In what ways does your local church promote this among the youth? How can these ways be made more fruitful?


Bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ Himself

Something to think about…
How do you lead somebody to Christ? As shepherds, do we still recognize the smell of our sheep? What kind of encounters and dialogues do we build in our Church?

WCD 1 June

Something to think about…
What are you doing, and what more can you do, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ? How do we become “neighbours” to those wounded and left on the side of the road?


World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The 4th Sunday of Easter, is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis has written a beautiful message for this. The CBCP-Episcopal Commissions on Vocations and on Youth are working together to bring you portions of this message each day.

Our common vocation: to live with and in God who is our fullness
Something to think about…
How do you nurture your relationship with God? Are there challenges and even obstacles? How do you enable grace to see you through these so that you can continue to remain in Him?


We belong to Christ

Something to think about…
How do you experience belonging to Jesus? In your choices, engagements and way of life, how do you manifest the centrality of the Lord in your journey?


The God who calls us is with us in making our response

Something to think about…
Do you recognize God’s companionship in your journey? How do you walk with Him? What fruits does your togetherness produce?

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Our vocation is a gift to be shared

Something to think about…
How do I see others, especially the least, in relation to my vocation? Do I see others as necessary and helpful in my own vocation story? What kind of participation do I give in the Body of Christ which is the Church?


We are called to witness to holiness: nothing less

Something to think about…
Do you see your vocation as your “gameplan” for holiness? What difficulties and challenges do you encounter? How does the abiding presence of the Lord console and strengthen you in this daring and noble adventure?


Something to think about…

How do you participate in your own “training in holiness”? In what ways does your local church promote this among the youth? How can these ways be made more fruitful?

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Something to think about…

Whether you are already living your vocation or still searching for it, how do you maintain your heart to become “good soil” in order to “bear much fruit”? What are you doing, and what more can you do, in response to the abundance of the harvest? What truth does your life give witness to?

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

The Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) partnered with the CBCP Office on Women and other commissions in the recently held CBCP Seminar-Workshop against Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery last 28 February to 01 March 2014 at the University of Asia and the Pacific. The seminar-workshop aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the public on the vulnerabilities of women and the youth to human trafficking. Majority of attendees to the seminar were young people coming from various dioceses.  They were taught how to report, immediately respond to, and proactively address trafficking and slavery situation.

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The commission participated in the said seminar-workshop as its continuing effort to take upon the task of bringing consciousness about this appalling reality to those engaged in youth ministry, and empower them to be part of the efforts to combat trafficking of human persons, especially the young.

The commission’s involvement to the cause against Human Trafficking started when it participated in the Freedom Forum Against Human Trafficking held in CCF (spell this out, please) Ortigas, Pasig City. The CBCP, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) attended this forum to address the alarming issues of people being trafficked for various inhuman and illegal activities.

Human Trafficking is the world’s second largest crime, next to drug trafficking. Some experts believe human trafficking will overtake drug trafficking in a decade, becoming the most lucrative criminal activity in the world.

The Catholic Church has a pastoral responsibility to uphold and protect our human dignity, especially to those who were exploited through trafficking and slavery. There is an urgent need to advocate for their economic, educational, and spiritual liberation.

Speaking on the Church’s initiatives to promote peace as well as humanitarian assistance in areas in need, Pope Francis identified that human trafficking is one of the most important and pressing issues in today’s society.

The  ECY thereby supports and contributes in the common responsibility shared by the Catholic Church to end human trafficking.

The ECY, dedicated to raise public awareness surrounding the issues of human trafficking through its Internet portals, encourages youth and youth ministers to spread the word, be an advocate, and fight for freedom and justice for the victims of human trafficking!

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Counsel the youth against pre-marital sex, bishop says

MANILA, Feb. 7, 2014— Church leaders must continue guiding and hold counseling services for the youth to avoid pre-marital sex, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said it is a challenge for a church that knew it has more work to do for the youth.

Bishop Ontioco

The 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study has found that one in three Filipino youth aged 15 to 24 has engaged in pre-marital sex.

The figure increased by more than 14 percent from almost 20 years ago, according to the study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute.

“The results of the study should challenge us all the more to intensify the information of young people regarding real values that they should possess in their maturity process,” Ongtioco said.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta of the Church’s youth ministry explained that the number of teens engaging in various sexual activities is alarming.

The study translates to about 6.2 million youth that have engaged in sexual intercourse even before marriage.

“If their output came up with this finding, then it is alarming,” he said.

“It’s just very bad (to hear the news),” said Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon.

Bastes, however, claimed that the Reproductive Health (RH) law would only exacerbate the situation in the predominantly Catholic nation.

“This is the result of relativism and modernism. The RH law will worsen the immorality of the youth,” he said.

Source: CBCP News Article by Mr. Roy Lagarde