People’s hand needed to solve country’s ills


MANILA, 3 January 2008— CBCP President and Jaro (Iloilo) Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said the solution to the country’s problems would depend on the people’s response and resolve to cooperate, help one another and recognize each other’s responsibility.

Speaking over Veritas 846 Wednesday morning, Archbishop Lagdameo said there are no problems too difficult to solve. He explained the Church teaches everyone God will help solve problems provided we help those in need most specially.

“Feeding the hungry is one way of helping the country solve its problems,” the prelate said.

He said non-government organizations such as Gawad Kalinga has provided the homeless with decent homes. “They need all our support, especially those in need of formal and non-formal education, employment and efforts to reduce the cost of medicines,” he added.

He stressed being able to address these basic concerns would bring hope to most Filipinos this year.

In a related development, Archbishop Lagdameo said Pope Benedict XVI’s New Year’s message was quite appropriate as it recognized the role of the family in achieving peace. “Within the family, its members get to know the meaning of peace,” he explained.

Peace is founded on one’s knowledge of respect, justice and love. “Parents become role models for their children and as such, the family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace,” Archbishop Lagdameo said. (CBCPNews)