THE ROMAN Catholic Diocese of Kalookan launched the Accreditation Program for Social Communication Ministers (APSCOM), a first in the Philippines Saturday, February 6, 2021.
APSCOM is open to all who are willing to join social communication ministries and multimedia literates including vloggers, podcasters and bloggers.
The ASPCOM aims to discuss technical skills such as livestreaming liturgical activities, utilizing social media for evangelization and others.
In a video message, Natasa Govekar of Vatican’s Dicastery of Communication commended Kalookan Diocese for establishing APSCOM.
“The Catholic Church is living in this digital age and considers it necessary to improve its communication and to offer spiritual education also through online platforms,” said Govekar.
Kalookan Bishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippine (CBCP) vice-president, Pablo Virgilio David, D.D. said the program is part of the Kalookan diocese’s steps for “capacity building” including the principles of the church’s communication ministry.
The accreditation program is also lined with the concept of “One Kalookan Communication” which aims to give a synchronous flow of resources, information, catechesis, and communication for the clergy and the faithful.
Bishop David also called the social communication ministries as the “lifeline of the chuch” for becoming the church’s frontliners of faith especially in the time of strict quarantines when faithful were not allowed to celebrate masses physically and relying on online masses.
APSCOM commenced on February 6, which will be happening every Saturday until the written and practical exams on the first week of March. Amadeus Quitco