PHP 3,841,600.00 for 8 weeks

Fund Name

COVID-19 Economic Response Fund


Cebu Archdiocesan Commission of Environmental Concern Philanthropic Development Office (CACEC-PDO)

Project Director

Fr. Murphy Sarsonas

Phone: 0917 318 1381

Email: cebuarchdiocese.environment@gmail.com

Address: 4th Floor Caritas Building, F. Urdaneta Street, Brgy. Sto. Nino, Cebu City, Cebu


392 families

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“Give a family vegetables and they eat for a day; teach them how to plant, and they eat for a lifetime.”

The “Seven Families of Hope – a Do-It-Yourself Healthy Feeding Program for Now & Future” is a pilot project of the Archdiocese of Cebu to address the food shortage and an almost impossible accessibility to food among our marginalized population in urban places, even so during this time of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spearheaded by the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission of Environmental Concern Philanthropic Development Office (CACEC-PDO), in collaboration with various organizations in both private and public sectors, the aim is to develop a sustainability program to capacitate the poor families from Relief to Resilient Communities through a creation of a sustainable and resilient urban food ecosystem.


392 families in 7 selected Barangays (Basak, Cordova, Pajac, Mactan, Babag Marigondon, Sta. Rosa) in Lapu-Lapu City for 8 weeks.

Program Implementation:

To make the best out of this COVID-19 crisis: We must Journey, Hope and Act Together.

Every crisis offers a chance for us to have the courage to do things differently. Like what happened during the time of the Early Christians, the Apostles selected Seven Deacons to address the daily needs of the community. Now, in this time of crisis, the Archdiocese of Cebu is forming pods of Seven Families as new Seven Deacons of Hope, who will address the daily diakonia or Ministry of Healthy Feeding Food for Now and Future. Hence, we have named the Seven Families after the names of the Seven Deacons: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas.

This 8-week program is a unique and holistic approach to practice the spirit of solidarity. It includes weekly modules that the benefiting families can pay forward by passing the knowledge and blessings to their friends and families:

  • trainings on community budgeting
  • daily family prayer
  • community cleaning
  • healthier diet by consuming pesticide-free produce
  • practice organic methods in urban gardening
  • becoming teachers and mentors of the next seven families

The program can be followed through even after COVID-19 is long gone.

We are focusing on a long-term fix rather than a charity of food-giving which is only good until the food is consumed.

The program will be divided into 2 PHASES:


As an initial response to the COVID-19 crisis, each needy family is given a Relief Food Pack to meet their immediate needs. If managed properly, each Relief Food Pack would last one family for a week. In addition to the Relief Food Packs, each family also receives a one-time Edible Garden Starter Pack.

We will need to supply the families a weekly supply of Relief Food Packs for 8 weeks, until they are self-sufficient with their own vegetables grown from their own organic gardens at home or backyards or within their communities. The purpose is to teach the families to move from Food Security towards Food Resiliency, empowering them to be able to be self-sufficient for any crisis that could come along.

The ‘Seven Families of Hope’ program started with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Mactan. We are now extending the program to another six more parishes to benefit a total of 392 families.


When we can activate this program for all the 170 parishes under the Diocese of Cebu, we will be able to reach out to 51,932 families or 212,921 people (average of 4.1 Persons Per household based on 2015 Census).


Here is the financial breakdown of our funding needs for PHASE 1:

Food Security – Relief Food Pack to last a week:


Food Resiliency – One-time Edible Garden Starter Kit per family:


Total Budget Needed: