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The First Parish Restoration Village
Sto. Niño de Getafe, Bohol

Restoration Team Training Participants - Getafe, Bohol

“Encourage parishes to have work with the poor leading to a massive work in poverty eradication.”

This mission statement of the CFCFFL Work With the Poor (WWP) speaks for itself. It is an acknowledgement that should our Lord God decide to make WWP a massive and widespread undertaking, CFCFFL cannot do it alone. It needs to enlist the active participation of the people of God in the Church. In the end, it needs the Church to ultimately take over this work. After two years and seven restoration villages later, this vision will soon be realized.

Fr. Alex Auxtero
God provided the ideal set up at the Sto.Niño de Getafe Parish, in Getafe, Bohol. Bro. Romy Cabading, both a CFCFFL and a Parish Pastoral Council leader, was inspired to donate a one-hectare piece of land after hearing one of the talks of Bro. Frank Padilla in Bohol. With the blessing and enthusiastic leadership of their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Alex Auxtero, eighteen parish organizations banded together to form an association called The Sto. Niño de Getafe Alliance for the Upliftment of the Poor Inc. The group included, among others, the Parish Pastoral Council, the Lay Ministers, the Family & Life Apostolate, Catechists, WAFF, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Parish Youth Ministry, the Catholic Women’s League, Legion of Mary, God the Father, Medalla Milagrosa, Lourdeisan, Birhen sa Barangay, Bible Apostolate, Catholic Faith Defender, Families of the Father, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and CFCFFL. The various organizations will compose the restoration team that will take care of the village.

Restoration Team Training in session
After an initial orientation of the leaders of the organizations last December 4, 2009, the WWP National Core Team traveled to Getafe last February 27 to conduct the Restoration Team Training (RTT). At total of 60 leaders and members from the 18 organizations attended the RTT at the parish church. Both the CFCFFL Bohol Core team and the WWP National have pledged the initial houses to help start off the village. Groundbreaking is expected within three months after the requisite beneficiary profiling, beneficiary values education, and completion of the community restoration plan.

Sto. Niño de Getafe Church
The town of Getafe is a third class municipality located 92 kms north of Tagbilaran with some 28,000 residents and a land area of about 10,000 hectares. Most residents are dependent on fishing and agriculture. It is estimated that around 120 families will benefit from the parish program. When asked why he donated the land for the project, Bro Romy replied, “I have more than enough land entrusted to me, its about time to share it with the deserving but less fortunate neighbors.

Let us support this endeavor with our prayers and resources. God willing and with His grace, this RV project can blossom into a thousand other villages nationwide, initiated and undertaken by the parishes.

The Almighty, just and righteous is He!

The Future Site of Getafe, Bohol Restoration Village

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