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Gov’t, MILF panels discuss BBL in forum

April 7, 2015


PCEC, together with the peace negotiating panels from both the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) spearheaded a forum discussing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for 80 leaders of the evangelical community.

The forum dubbed “Understanding the Impact of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Christianity in the Philippines” was held on April 6 at the Capitol City Baptist Church, 111 West Avenue, Quezon City.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chair of the Peace Negotiating Panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) presented the MILF Peace Panel perspective on the BBL. Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), meanwhile, presented on “The BBL from the perspective of the Government Peace Panel”.

PCEC National Director Bishop Noel Pantoja facilitated the ensuing open forum, while a workshop was led by Rev. Dann Pantoja of the PCEC’s Peace and Reconciliation Commission.


Tacloban and Cebu Celebrations of Life
March 30, 2015
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), in partnership with PCEC, gathered the 74,630 persons who attended the Celebrations of Life in Tacloban and Cebu cities.

Out of that number, 10,978 responded to the altar calls, either for salvation, assurance or rededication.

Rev. Will Graham and the BGEA team held the Greater Tacloban Celebration of Life on March 21-22 at the Leyte Sports Development Centre in Tacloban City. 2,737 individuals among the 14,323 attendees responded to the Gospel.
On March 27-29, the Cebu Celebration of Life saw 60,307 attendees—8,241 of which came forward as a response to the Word.

Prior to that, PCEC and BGEA held two luncheon meetings for the two celebrations. The first was on January 8, at Ascott Hotel, Makati City, and the next was on March 18 at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City. This was the formal launch of the Tacloban and Cebu Celebrations of Life to a total of 170Evangelical leaders.

Ministy partners of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association joined and shared reports and testimonies of the previous Bicol Celebration of Hope, including Resident Celebration Director, Mr. Jeff Ferris. Rev. Will Graham also gave updates on the status of the celebrations.

Rev. Graham had toured Typhoon-ravaged Tacloban in 2013 after a celebration in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and while preparing for the Cebu Celebration of Life. He saw firsthand the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda that left 6,000 dead and thousands more missing in Eastern Visayas.




TOPIC holds Regional Consultation
March 7, 2015
On March 3-6, the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) held its Regional Consultation at Praise & Worship Christian Church, Mabalacat, Pampanga, for 18 of its CORE leaders.

Themed “Focusing on our Focus”, the objectives of the consultation were: (1) To share and discuss TOPIC’s 2015 objectives and schedule; (2) To start processing participants for Pastor-Trainers Conferences and G-Pro Congress for Pastor-Trainers; (3) To do a Scriptural Study on The Pastoral Calling; and (4) To do a workshop on Facilitating Spiritual Retreat for Pastors.

Ptr. Roli Manuel and Ptr. Nathan Costes shared the Devotional messages on “The Blessing of Testing” and “Pointing to the Focus”. Dr. Philip Flores led a study on “The Scriptural Roots of the Pastoral Calling”, while Dr. Herman Moldez led a workshop on Facilitating a Retreat for Pastors. The participants also shared testimonies on their personal impacts from mentoring.

During the meeting of regional clusters, the pastors shared their progress reports, as well as the plans and projects for 2015.

Dr. Flores led the pastors’ “Renewal of Commitment” to their ministry and calling.