Bishops met at Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila on 24 – 25 January 2009. Present: 82 of 99 active members and 6 of 32 retired ones.
Some decisions: (1) CBCP through NASSA, will participate in the 2010 elections. Voters’ education and assistance, especially the disadvantaged. (2) Support CARPER, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program’s Extension with Reforms. (3) Creation of a national committee to monitor the implementation of the resolutions of farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, women and youth. (4) Lobby for the passage of a Revised Mining Code. Meanwhile, moratorium on mining since corruption and incompetence characterize present DENR. (5) Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat will be incorporated. (6) Project: 5 million bibles in 5 years. Joint project of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate and Philippine Bible Society. (7) Approved Post – NRC II Pastoral Statement. NRC II is Second National Rural Congress. (8) Dialogue with legislators on the Proposed Reproductive Health Bill. (9) Approved English translation of the editio typica tertia of the Missale Romanum (68 votes, unanimous).
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 516, 26 January 2009)