No commercial buildings and No cutting of trees within the Holy Rosary Parish Church property
To: The Archdiocese of Ozamiz
His Excellency MOST REV. JESUS A. DOSADO, CM, D.D., Archbishop of Ozamiz
Very Rev. Msgr. Maximino A. Naron, Jr., VG
Very Rev. Fr. Marvin O. Osmeña
Very Rev. Fr. Victor L. Serino
Very Rev. Fr. Nestor C. Duhilag
Very Rev. Fr. Antonio A. Sagrado
Very Rev. Fr. Rogelio Taguran
Very Rev. Fr. Arnold Daplin, Parish Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church
It has come to our attention that the church leaders of the Archdiocese of Ozamiz has approved the lease of a part of the Holy Rosary Parish Church property for commercial purpose and in doing so there is an intention to cut the trees within the property.
We want to urge you to stop the commercialization of the Holy Rosary Parish Church property. It is important to preserve the whole church property as a house of prayer as intended in the bible -- Matthew 21:12–13 (12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”)
Reasons why to stop the commercialization of the Holy Rosary Parish Church property:
- Preservation of the sacredness of the property as the house of God, as a holy place. The grounds should be maintained as a place ideal for prayer and meditation where we can reflect prayerfully on our lives, relationships, hopes, and dreams. It should be a setting conducive to help us open our heart and mind to God.
- Preservation of the trees particularly the Acacia. These trees are landmarks of Oroquieta. They have been there since time immemorial. They bring great memories of all residents, young and old alike. The trees help create the atmosphere of peace and tranquility of the area.
- Preservation of the views. Commercial buildings will greatly obstruct the church view, the city plaza view, and the sea view as well.
The overall effect of leasing the property for commercial use will be disastrous to the catholic parishioners in particular, and to the Oroquieta City community in general.
Please disapprove and/or invalidate the lease of the Holy Rosary Parish Church property -- No commercial buildings and No cutting of trees within the Holy Rosary Parish Church property.
We therefore respectfully request for a dialogue with the leaders of the Archdiocese of Ozamiz. We trust that you give this petition its topmost importance.
Concerned Citizens of Oroquieta