New PBS Board named; Chief Justice Puno retires as Chair
After three fruitful years as President and Chairman of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno passed on the leadership to Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), who was elected as the new President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees following the 52nd Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) last April 22, 2017.
During the 52nd AMM, 233 voting members were present for the election of the new Board of Trustees.
The newly-elected Board Members were the following:
Ms. Lissa Belle R. Brown, Vice Chairperson-Youth of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP);
The Right Rev. Joselito T. Cruz, General Secretary of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente;
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D., Bishop of Kalookan;
Mrs. Feraz B. Legita, President, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC)
Atty. Jose T. Villanueva, Chairman and Founder of the Shekinah Christian Unity Foundation
Afterwards, the following Board of Trustees were elected as the Executive Committee:
Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, President and Chairman;
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Vice-President and Vice-Chairman;
Justice Raoul V. Victorino (Ret.), Corporate Secretary
Dr. Natividad B. Pagadut, Member-at-Large
Mr. Lawrence Y. Ty, Member-at-Large
The PBS has an 18-member inter-confessional Board of Trustees, composed of five (5) representatives each from NCCP, PCEC, the Roman Catholic Church, and three (3) from independent churches. Currently serving as Trustees are:
Mr. Augusto Arguelles, President of the Institute for Pastoral Development;
Dr. Timoteo Gener, President of the Asian Theological Seminary;
Rev. Dr. Gloria Lita Mapangdol, Dean of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary;
Atty. Gerard Mosquera, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon;
Bishop Cesar Vicente Punzalan III, Presiding Bishop of Hope Christian Fellowship Churches in the Philippines;
Dr. Lysander Rivera, Associate Lecturer of Theology and Religious Education at De La Salle University Manila;
Mr. Albert Tanlimco, President of AMTES Corporation;
Mrs. Florencia Tarriela, Chairman of the Philippine National Bank
The 52nd AMM also welcomed guest speaker Deputy Gov. Diwa Guinigundo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, who affirmed the work of the PBS as a necessary instrument of God in the progress of Filipinos. He also emphasized that God is indeed moving mightily in the Philippines today and that He is spurring it on to be a light to other nations.
During the said business meeting, PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora G. Lucero presented the Ministry Report – a testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness to the Bible Society for the whole year. Highlighted was the Security Exchange Commission’s extension of PBS’ corporate life for another fifty years from September 26, 2016 to 2066, as well as the declaration of the Presidential Proclamation No. 124 by President Rodrigo Duterte observing the month of January as National Bible Month annually and the last week thereof as National Bible Week. She also recounted God’s overflowing grace and provision displayed through developments in each of the ministry’s five strategic directions – Scripture Engagement, Proactive Marketing, Friend and Fundraising, Systems Innovation and Processes Improvement, and Human Resources Development.
Accordingly, the Treasurer’s Report presented by Associate General Secretary Mrs. Perry Cartera highlighted the grace of God in providing for the Bible ministry every year. She also reported that SGV & Co., which audited the financial statements, concluded that the PBS financial statements present fairly the financial position of the organization as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 in accordance with the Philippine Financial Reporting Standards.