Rev. Fr. Aladdin Luzon, OSA, the chairman of the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Province of Santo Niño de Cebu, had been appointed by the Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine, Most Rev. Alejandro Moral Anton, OSA, to be the Permanent Representative of the Order to the United Nations (UN).
He is the first Asian Augustinian to hold the office since the establishment of the Order’s presence in the United Nations in 2002.
In 1997, the Order registered to participate in the UN as a non-governmental organization in affiliation with the Department of Public Information (DPI/NGO). Fr. Jesus Guzman, OSA from the Province of Michoacan in Mexico was the first fulltime friar to work at the UN from 2002-2007.
For the past few years, the Augustinians International, name of the NGO in the UN, looked on trafficking and poverty, promoting respect for every human being’s life and dignity, under the Culture of Peace Movement sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (U.N.E.S.C.O.).
Fr. Aladdin officially started his work on September 1, 2021 by reporting first to the General Curia in Rome and assisting the works of the Commission on Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, the Augustinian team in the United Nations, and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in the Roman Curia.
Prior to his international role in the Order, he was assigned in the Provincialate Community and the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu Community since 2008. He had also been involved for a number of years in the promotion of justice and peace in the Province.
He also held the office as the chairman of the Santo Niño at 500 Committee of the Province, which leads the programs and activities of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the image of Santo Niño in Cebu coinciding with the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines (500 YOC).