PBS HOLDS 48th ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) held its 48th Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) last Saturday, April 20, at the 3rd floor, PBS Main Building, UN Avenue, Manila. The event was attended by about 250 members, with some coming from as far as Pangasinan, Batangas, Pampanga and Cavite.
The event started with a worship service which had Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, Secretary of the Department of Education, as speaker. In his message, the Secretary stressed the importance of the Bible in the education system, saying the curriculum and the materials must be anchored on morals and values espoused by the Bible for change and progress to happen in the country. “We need a real revolution,“ says Luistro. “The most powerful weapon that can change the country is one that can change hearts. The Bible can change the Philippines!” He also lauded the work of PBS especially in the field of Translation, saying that the materials PBS has produced over the years have been used in various literacy efforts of the department. He even presented PBS with a plaque of appreciation. The Secretary also challenged PBS and its members to continue developing materials that would help instill Bible-based values in our youth, even going as far as opening doors for further dialogue toward this end. The Business meeting followed where the members elected its Board of Trustees for 2013-2014.
The new Executive Committee is led by:
1. Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop of Manila) who was re-elected as President and Chairman
2. (Ret.) Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, Chairman of the Puno United Methodist Church, as Vice President / Vice Chairman
3. Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon now sits as Corporate Secretary
4. Members-at-large are Bishop Nathanael Lazaro, General Superintendent of the IEMELIF Church and Mr. Albert Tanlimco, President of AMTES Corporation.
Elected into the PBS Board as new Trustees are Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, Director and CEO of the Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines (CBAP), and Dr. Cristy Manabat, President, Harris Memorial College and Lay Delegate, Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference. Meanwhile, re-elected for a second three-year term were: Bishop Jonel Milan, National Chairman, Philippine Ministerial Fellowship Network-PCEC; Rev. Dr. Ruth P. Billena, Deputy Conference Minister, Lowland Cavite South Manila Conference – UCCP; and Atty. Jose T. Tale, Executive Vice President, Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas.
Other Trustees include: Ms. Jessica Joy V. Candelario, Consultant, Youth Pastoral Coordinator CICM, Bukal ng Tipan Center; Mrs. Leonila T. Cruz, Elder, Friends of Jesus Christ (FJC) Ministries International, Inc.; Mr. Ramon J. Dela Torre, Elder, Kamuning Bible Christian Fellowship; Bishop Nathanael P. Lazaro, General Superintendent, IEMELIF Church; Dr. Rommel F. Linatoc, Program Secretary, Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations of NCCP, Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, D.D., Bishop, Diocese of Laoag, Dr. Natividad B. Pagadut, Executive Secretary, Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Mrs. Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides, National Coordinator, Peace Builders Ministry Commission on Peace and Reconciliation-PCEC; and Atty. Jose P. Villanueva Founder and Chairman of Shekinah Christian Unity Foundation; and Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, D.D. of the Diocese of Sorsogon, as Chairman Emeritus.
Praise God for the way he continues to bring people into the PBS family who are committed to making his Word known! May his wisdom and grace be upon the new Board as they help lead and govern the Bible Society.