These days the Claretians of Zamboanga have been reflecting upon a text that says, "The Claretians have felt overwhelmed by the panorama of the impoverished and oppressed majorities, who live in subhuman conditions. This situation drives us to reiterate even more strongly our congregational option for the poor (cf. CC 39, 46). We cannot certainly bring "solutions" to the great problems of poverty; but we can support the "indicator signs" of a new lifestyle that points to the utopia of the Kingdom” (Servants of the Word, n. 20, 1991).
To us, the application of Human Security has been the moral imperative underpinning the ZABIDA response to the challenging forces that have threatened the life and dignity of most of our people, i.e., poverty, violence, human trafficking, drug abuse, climate change and terrorism. Such threats cannot be tackled through conventional mechanisms alone.
They require a new consensus that acknowledges the linkages and the interdependencies between governance, development, human rights and peace. Thus, it is liberational in that the configurations of Human Security would be defined in terms of freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom to achieve development and live in dignity.
The four partners of Zabida have engaged in programs to achieve the following results:
1. Enhanced capacity and participation of local government units working with sectoral groups in the communities.
2. Intensified advocacy for the rights of women, children and other marginalized sectors and improved mechanisms to increase access to basic services like housing, health, water and sanitation, education and livelihood.
3. Strengthened promotion of the culture of peace in schools Training CoP in community, civil society and government institutions and the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace. The group is made up of Christians -Catholic, Protestants/ Evangelicals- Muslims from different groups and affiliations; and the Indigenous People - all leaders in their own right as well as spiritually-motivated citizens and faith communities.
4. Increased capacities of local government units and communities to develop and implement gender-responsive ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and management, like Verde Zamboanga and Gandang Gadun (Basilan)_____Ángel Calvo, CMF (Zamboanga, Philippines).
MS 1 (Cf. CC 2; Dir 26.)