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Living Laudato Si’ Philippines

Living Laudato Si’ Philippines (LLS) started as an interfaith movement initiated by Catholic lay people calling on Philippine financial institutions to divest from coal-related operations and other environmentally harmful activities.

The organization was formally launched on November 7, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral on the eve of the fifth anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda’s landfall in the Philippines. It aims to empower citizens to adopt lifestyles and attitudes that  live up to the urgent 

need to care for our common home. It acts towards promoting sustainable development and stopping the climate crisis and degradation through collective action among people from different sectors.

The organization was formally launched on November 7, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral on the eve of the fifth anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda’s landfall in the Philippines. It aims to empower citizens to adopt lifestyles and attitudes that  live up to the urgent need to care for our common home. It acts towards promoting sustainable development and stopping the climate crisis and degradation through collective action among people from different sectors.
Our Inspiration

We are inspired by Pope Francis’s second encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

We encourage people, especially the Catholic community, to proudly wave the green flag for the environment and live by the Church’s social teachings.

One strategic way to address this sad reality is to tell the appointed stewards of our financial resources to withhold deposits, investments, and loans to institutions that are engaged in or enable the growth of businesses and ventures that harm the environment.

We are calling on our Catholic institutions — our parishes, our dioceses, our religious orders, our schools, our Catholic communities — to come together and make our voices heard in the most powerful way we can today.

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” Laudato Si’ 25

This initiative is anchored towards its mandate to promote sustainable development and counter environmental degradation. It is a mirror of Pope Francis’ visions to save the earth through the strength of collective action. Hence, we must—Divest for sustainability and invest in our Common Home.

Read the Pope’s message
Our Partners

Networks

In pursuit of its vision, Living Laudato Si’ Philippines works with Church Collaborators for its initiatives and activities and is also a member of several organizations.
Church Collaborators
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Memberships
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Our People

Secretariat

The LLS Secretariat team oversees the programs of the movement and manages the day to day activities of the organization. 

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Rodne
Galicha

Executive Director
LLS Co-Lead Convenor

Virgie Royo
del Mundo

Administration and
Finance Manager

John Leo
Algo

Programs Manager

Rexor
Amancio

Partnernships and
Special Projects

Vicente
Cajilig, Jr.

Executive Administrative Associate

Sheena Katrina
Orihuela

Engagement and Constituency Officer

Karl Isaac
Santos

Campaigns and
Advocacy Officer

Wynken Myrrh
Gelito

Media and Communications Officer

Reigner
Sanchez

Financial Stewardship
Project Officer

Jing
Barrios

Campaigns
Paralegal

Bro. Armin
Luistro, FSC

LLS Co-Lead Convenor
Visitor of the Lasallaian East Asia District

Most Rev. Gerardo
Alminaza, DD

LLS Bishop Advocate
Bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos

Living Laudato Si Philippines