Philippines Updates

Thank you for the Special Needs School in Ozamis City, the Philippines

Columban Fr. Oliver McCrossan and Virgie Vidad send a thank you to everyone who helped the Speical Needs School purchase a computer set, vestibular balls, crayons, notebooks and papers along with providing an allowance for transportation of children with disabilities.

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Stop Extra-Judicial Killings of Indigenous People in the Philippines

Xstrata, a Swiss mining company is planning to build one the largest copper and gold mines in the world. Despite their statements on social and environmental responsibility, Xstrata has a contract with the Aquino government to provide military, police, and …

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An International Court of Justice

The Philippines urgently needs to ratify the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Noynoy Aquino is on the edge of history as he is urged to submit the ratification bill, certify it as urgent and persuade …

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When it rains it pours!

Read the most recent update We continue to go to Court to answer charges brought against some committed Christians, Subaanen tribal people and protectors of the environment, by mining companies. These include charges against myself and Columban Sister Patty Adonaire, …

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Families Created on the Street

Ministry to Street Children in the Philippines Among the busiest places in Metro Manila are the streets. The automobiles, bikes and jeeps cross in front of and around each other to reach their destinations on time. Heavy traffic occurs during …

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Letter from Fr. Sinnott on his return to the Philippines

Fr. Mick Sinnott started a center for children with special needs, called the Hangop Kabataan Foundation, in 1998, in Pagadian City, Philippines. The school serves dozens of children with differing abilities and special needs, including the severely challenged and deaf. …

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Daily struggle for missionaries versus mining company

An ongoing crisis in the Philippines in which Columban missionaries have been consistent in standing by the people is shining a light on the disturbance of a biodiverse region in the country. Geotechniques and Mining, Inc. (GAMI) has brought in …

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Returning home, doing good

Recently I returned to the Philippines on a vacation after many years away. Currently I live in Los Angeles, California, where I am the Columban west coast mission outreach coordinator. Previously, I was a Columban lay missionary. Ariel Presbitero is …

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Table for 200

Recently I returned to the Philippines on a vacation after many years away. Currently I live in Los Angeles, California, where I am the Columban west coast mission outreach coordinator. Previously, I was a Columban lay missionary.

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Community Based Rehabilitation

In 1972 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was able to deal with the illness and continue with the parish mission, but it was not until 1985 that I began to develop a systematic approach to aid the disabled where I was working.

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