Figures Don't Lie!

The 2nd Quarter 2007 Social Weather Survey (SWS) reveals that 47% of families in the Philippines or an estimated 8 million, consider themselves poor. This is actually the first time that the Self-Rated Poverty rating fell to the 40’s in the quarterly surveys since 2005.It had ranged from 51% to 59% from December 2005 to February 2007. Good news? Not quite! That’s because the decline in Self-Rated Poverty occurred in the context of a lowering of families’ living standards or the monthly budget that poor households say they need in order not to be poor. Ergo, people are not seeing themselves as poor anymore because they have accepted their lot, adjusted to their situation, and ceased to hope for a better life!
But is this God’s will for the Filipino people? Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxilliary Bishop of the Diocese of Manila says not. The Scripture, he says, speaks of God’s entirely different plan – and that is for man to live in prosperity and peace. He adds that the Bible even gives principles and concrete steps to alleviate and solve poverty. Exactly what these are and what the role of the church is in achieving this will be topic of his paper that will be delivered in the1st Philippine Bible Forum on November 19 and 20, 2007, from 8:00 am-5 pm.
Sponsored by the Philippine Bible Society, the forum The Bible in the 21st Century Context seeks to find ways of sharing God’s Word to present-day Philippines and modern-day Filipinos. Bishop Pabillo’s paper, entitled There Shall Be No Poor Among Us: A Dream and a Challenge, is among the 27 papers by respected Bible scholars, academicians, church and community leaders that will be presented during the two-day inter-confessional event. It will also feature the plenary speeches of Prof. Takamitsu Muraoka, professor emeritus of Hebrew Language and Literature of Leiden University, the Netherlands; Amb. Henrietta de Villa, National Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV); social anthropologist Dr. Melba Maggay, and Dr. Agustin B. Vencer, Jr, vice-President of DAWN Ministries.
Be part of the first-ever Bible Forum in the country and help make God’s Word known and be more meaningful to our fellow Filipinos! Registration fee is Php 800.00. For more information, call the Bible Forum secretariat at 524-7598 and look for Mars Magbitang or Sheila Hipe.

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

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Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society