Statement of Dr. Butch Belgica: On the Assistance for Gospel Ministers and Missionaries

The initiative of our office to give assistance to some religious missionaries started when many of the volunteers in the Philippine Moral Transformation 2020 appealed for help. The assistance we provide is either in cash or in kind, or both.

The Volunteers have focused their ministration to the Gabay sa Barangay program in the Kontra Droga campaign, particularly in the Intervention aspect of conducting Community Drug Transformation programs for the hundreds of thousand surrenderees; and in the preventive aspect by conducting seminar-fora on Bawat Tahanan Sambahan to make families the first line of defense against delinquency and substance abuse. They also assisted in the Barangay Drug Clearing operations.

The Volunteers we have are community workers regardless of religion or religious affiliations.

The Churches have their own support system. They collect tithes and offerings (tributes, like the State) and thus are tax -exempt. Kaya, hindi po sila kasali sa ayuda.( That is why they are not included in the assistance.)

Now, there are pastors with small works in the depressed and rural areas. They heard from some of our volunteers the assistance we are working for them. So they also sought our help. So we responded to help in our own initiative.

Greco and I decided to help all who are in need. We have to open up and help all who ask: Best efforts and no guarantees.  That is because there is really no provision for “churches” or  “clergy” in the government assistance program due to the “separation of Church and State” governments and the  churches’ own  tax-exempt Tribute System.

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SALAMAT DOLE SEC. BEBOT BELLO at mga DONORS!

Ang inisyatibo ng aming tanggapan upang magbigay ng tulong sa ilang mga misyonero ay nagsimula nuong marami sa Volunteers natin sa programang Philippine Moral Transformation 2020 ay humingi ng tulong. Ang tulong na ibinibigay namin ay sa cash o sa uri, o pareho.

Itinuon ng mga VOLUNTEERS ang kanilang ministeryo sa programa ng Gabay sa Barangay sa kampanya ng Kontra Droga, lalo na sa aspeto ng interbensyon ng pagsasagawa ng mga programa sa Pagbabago ng Community Drug para sa daan-daang libong mga sumuko; at sa aspeto ng pag-iwas sa pamamagitan ng pagsasagawa ng seminar sa Bawat Tahanan Sambahan upang ang mga pamilya ang unang linya ng depensa laban sa delinquency at pag-abuso sa droga. Tumulong din sila sa operasyon ng Barangay Drug Clearing.
Ang mga Volunteers natin ay itinuring natin mga manggagawa sa komunidad anuman ang relihiyon.

Ang mga Simbahan ay may sariling sistema ng suporta. Kinokolekta nila ang mga ikapu at mga handog (buwis, tulad ng Estado) at kaya ang Simbahan ay Tax-exempt. Kaya, hindi po sila kasali sa ayuda. (Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit hindi sila kasama sa tulong.)

Ngayon, may mga pastor na may maliit na gawain at kanayunan. Narinig nila mula sa mga Volunteers ang tulong na ginagawa natin. Kaya't hinanap din nila ang aming tulong. Tumugon kami upang makatulong
Nagpasya kami ni Greco na tulungan ang lahat na humiling sa abot ng makakaya at walang garantiya. Iyon ay dahil wala talagang probisyon para sa mga "simbahan" o "klero" sa programa ng tulong ng pamahalaan dahil sa "paghihiwalay ng mga Simbahan at Estado" na may kani-kanilang sariling simbahan Tribute System.

5 comments

  • good morning po, i am pastoring a small church here in Butuan city, Caraga Region..due to ECQ imposed by our government and the effect of it..i would like to avail any help you can extend…thanks

    Joseph Mamerto J. Montefalcon
  • Goodmorning po!isa po ako sa pionering churches in mindanao..paano po ako maka avail sa nyo tulong sa mga religious affair.

    Ptr.jemuel H. Nesi
  • Good afternoon po! Big and small churches are affected to this pandemic that we’re facing right now.

    How do you qualify people who are deserving to receive help from you?

    God bless you po.

    Paciencia Divino Litana
  • Sir,
    I am pastoring a small church with 60+members (low income earners). Heritage Christian Fellowship is the name of my church, located at Pagrai, Antipolo City. We followed ECQ. Therefore, I would like to ask help from your good office due to church no allowance. Thank you for your kind consideration. With Prayers, Ptr. Levi Octavio

    Ptr Levi Octavio
  • our chuch palakpakin church of christ here in brgy. san buenaventura San Pablo City,Laguna is composed mostly of small children and elderlies which need assist.please help us.

    Benedicto Almario

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