The Caritas network will hold winning bets on polls responsible for their promises

Voters voted at a public elementary school in Dolores City, Eastern Samar Province on May 9, 2022. (CBCP News)

After the elections, the humanitarian and advocacy arm of the Catholic Church is now working with the public to hold the winning candidates accountable for their election promises.

Caritas Philippines National Director, Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo, said on Friday that they will begin their “post-election accountability program” nationwide.

“We will start asking for a receipt,” Bagaforo said after taking part in the accompanying visit to the Archdiocese of Manila earlier this week.

“Now the real work begins and we are serious with our commitment to holding our elected officials accountable for their election promises,” he said.

The program mainly aims to support greater participation of the lay faithful in “principled politics”.

It is also designed to combat disinformation and disinformation, evaluate and enhance the Church’s engagement in social transformation, and establish good community-based governance and responsible citizenship movements.

“Government accountability will only occur if grassroots people are empowered and equipped to ask questions and claim their inherent right to government information, quality public service and better governance,” Bagaforo added.

More details on the program will be presented during the 40th General Assembly of National Social Action in General Santos City next month.

Good governance, together with ecology, are the priority programs of Caritas Philippines and Social Action Network starting this year.

“How the Church responds to the urgency to organize, empower and support community leaders and organizations will determine the level of maturity of our next political exercises,” said Father Antonio Labiao, executive secretary of the national Caritas.

Labiao is one of the pioneers of Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), a strategic partnership of barangay, religious organizations and the Department of Interior and Local Government, launched in 2011 for good governance and the common good.

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