CJ Puno leads PBS for 3rd Straight Year
For the third straight year, retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Bible Society following the Bible Society’s Annual membership Meeting (AMM) last April 16, 2016 at the Philippine Bible Society Ministry Facility, United Nations Avenue, Manila.
Newly-elected Board of Trustees were:
Rev. Dr. Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol, Dean, St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary;
Dr. Natividad B. Pagadut, Executive Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate (CBCP-ECBA);
Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC);
Bishop Cesar Vicente P. Punzalan III, Presiding Bishop, Hope Christian Fellowship Churches in the Philippines;
Mrs. Florencia G. Tarriela, Chairman, Philippine National Bank; and,
Predikador Justice Raoul V. Victorino (Ret.), Chairperson, National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
The Executive Committee members were:
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno (Ret.), Chairman and President;
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Vice Chairman and Vice President;
Predikador Justice Raoul V. Victorino (Ret.), Corporate Secretary;
Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, Member-at-Large;
Mr. Lawrence Y. Ty, Member-at-Large.
The newly-elected Trustees and Executive Committee members were sworn in by Chairman Emeritus, the Most Rev. Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D., D.D., Bishop of Sorsogon.
During the meeting, General Secretary Dr. Nora G. Lucero highlighted in her report God’s faithfulness to the Bible Society, enabling it to “move forward as an organization that is in the midst of changes,” and likening it to how God allowed Joshua and the Israelites to cross the Jordan River on dry ground. With the ministry’s five (5) strategic directions in mind – Scripture Engagement, Proactive Marketing, Friend and Fundraising, Systems Innovation and Processes Improvement, and, Human Resources Development – she expressed the hope that the year 2015 would be a “continuing reminder of how the Filipino people, especially the less privileged encountered God in His Word in a very personal and life-changing way.”
The PBS has an 18-member inter-confessional Board of Trustees, composed of five (5) representatives each from the NCCP, PCEC, the Roman Catholic Church, and three (3) representatives from independent churches. Currently also serving as Trustees are:
Mr. Augusto A. Arguelles, President, Institute for Pastoral Development;
Bishop Joselito T. Cruz, General Secretary, Iglesia Filipina Independiente;
Mrs. Leonila T. Cruz, Elder, Friends of Jesus Christ Ministries International;
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D., Bishop of Kalookan;
Dr. Timoteo D. Gener, President, Asian Theological Seminary;
Dr. Rommel F. Linatoc, Program Secretary, Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations of NCCP;
Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon;
Prof. Lysander P. Rivera, Associate Lecturer, Theology and Religious Education, De La Salle University-Manila;
Mr. Albert S. Tanlimco, President, AMTES Corporation; and,
Most Rev. Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D., D.D, Bishop of Sorsogon, PBS President Emeritus.
We bring back all glory, honor, and praise to our Almighty God for His continuing wisdom, grace and provision in Making the Bible Known. He is sovereign over our plans and His faithfulness to the Bible Society endures!