By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 12Jan2016 (BicolToday.com) – The primer of Project Serendipity of the Diocese of Sorsogon will try to seek answer to the many questions in quest of a better quality of life. Pointing to the socio-political, economic and cultural problems the religious community here aims to introduce transformation that is wanting in our country’s society.
It says that this is a Project of, by, from, and for the people to directly, sustainably and institutionally empower themselves through an “Effective Social Security, Human Development and Welfare Program” to become “active participants in the production and provisions of such that are required for the common good.”
The primer explained that the Project will have a negative impact on the powers, prerogatives, authority, status and wealth of affected and conflicted officials because of the benefits derived are but temporary and dependent on the whims and caprices of those task to provide real benefits.
To achieve it, there is a need for the amendment of the constitution by direct-peoples’ amendment and not the modes as provided for in the constitution, that is constitutional convention, constituent assembly and peoples’ initiative. The method is the will of the sovereign people.
The Diocese of Sorsogon said that Serendipity was a call to change for the better the squalor, the endemic poverty, dysfunctional and uncaring government, leader’s greed and corruption, the wide divide between the rich and the poor as well as the powerful and the powerless.
It calls to end the miserable lives of the many that if not altered the next generation will suffer a much bleaker future. It has as its option to change the system of governance, to work for the common good thus it aims that 20% of all government revenues from all sources be set aside and automatically be placed under the exclusive jurisdiction, administration, stewardship, management and control of the Social Security, Human Development and Welfare Protection Fund(SSDHWPF).
The opportunity was not lost for the diocesan clergies equating “serendipity to providence” using the same as a challenge to serve the church of the poor. It also made particular to the vision of the diocese to follow the “signs of the times” and to represent the voiceless in the divisive society. [BicolToday.com]