COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  806      Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                              12 February 2015




“Birhen Maria, Modelo Sang Kaluoy Kag Kabalaka sa mga Kubos.” (Surallah)

“Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Poor” (Polomolok)

In Polomolok parish, 29 priests concelebrated.  Presider and homilist, at the chair (Latin, “sedes”), Bishop Dinualdo.  Main celebrant, at the altar, Vicar General Romeo Buenaobra.

Salient points of Bishop’s homily:

  • God created man, settled him in the Garden of Eden and ordered him to cultivate and guard it. (cf. Gen. 2: 7)
  • In time God sent his own Son to redeem us. So we are no longer slaves but God’s children. (cf. Gal. 4: 4-7)
  • As God’s children we are expected to help the hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, sick and imprisoned in order to enjoy eternal happiness. (cf. Mt. 25: 31-45)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes’ message: conversion, prayer and charitable acts.
  • Pope Francis in his visit to the Philippines warned us of the threats to families by “ideological colonization” –same sex union, sexuality, emerging concept of marriage as a contract between two persons.
  • Philippines was colonized by Spain and the United States of America using arms. Now, rich countries colonize poor countries using ideas (ideologies).  A) Population control based on questionable basis that the earth’s resources cannot support the growing population; b) Market economy, whose model of development is largely economic, disregarding human lives and environment; c) secularism – this world, this life only, no life hereafter; d) materialism – only material things have values, immaterial/spiritual beings are irrelevant.
  • Let us pray for ourselves that we may fulfill our role as stewards of creation, act as children of God obeying his command to care for the poor; for our President and government officials that they may fulfill their role as servants of the people, committed to the common good, protectors of human rights and the integrity of God’s creation; for richcountries to stop colonizing poor countries, dictating what poor countries should do or not do. Above all, let us act as Pope Francis exhorted to stop evil.

My observations of the Fiesta liturgy:

a) Overflow; b) intense participation of the assembly; c) harmonious, uplifting music; d) rites properly and solemnly executed.

Congratulations to everyone, especially Frs. Rey Mission, Joel Sunga and the PPC, PEC.



Date and venue: 26 January 2015, Bishop’s Kiosk

Acts:  a) evaluation, 2014 Year of the Laity; b) 2015 Plan of Activities; c) financial report; d) continuing formation – talk by Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, V.G., on the papal visit and the  2015 Year of the Poor; e) presentation of the 2015 Diocesan Strategic Plan by Fr. Buenaobra; f) Program direction, 2015; g) Director’s time, Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas who informed the Board of the commitment of diocesan schools to extend financial assistance to needy members of the Board so that he/she could attend the BPR.

Attendance: 34 in all.  Breakdown.

Allah Valley Vicariate: Norala – 3.  Surallah and T’boli – 2 each.  Banga, Lake Sebu, Sto. Niño – 1 each.

Koronadal Valley Vicariate.  Bo. 5, Marbel, Tampakan and Tupi – 2 each.  Cannery, Marbel, Polomolok, Tantangan – 1 each.

Metro Dadiangas Area.  St. Michael Archangel – 3.  Lagao – 2.  Bula, Calumpang, Dadiangas, Fatima – 1 each.

GAMMA.  Alabel, Glan, Malungon – 1 each

MAKIMAMI.  Maasim and Maitum – 1 each

No representatives from Kiamba, Malapatan, Milbuk.



Sister Susan Bolanio, OND, AOS Port Director and Program Coordinator submitted to Bishop Dinualdo this 2014 Accomplishment Report.

AOS Goal:

Every seafarer and his family visiting the port/center, needing assistance, is attended to and served in their Christian life and practical needs.


1) to assist the seafarers in their desire to deepen their Christian life; 2) to facilitate needed services for their development and well-being.

Focused sectors:

1) merchant seafarers; 2) fishers (merchant, marginal); 3) land-based: a) seafarers’ families and dependents; b) fishers’ families; 4) dockers and truckers.

Covered Areas:

Banga, Bo. 5, Koronadal, Sto. Niño, Malapatan, Kiamba and General Santos City.

Development Updates:

  • Seafarers: a) legal services covered 5 cases assisted on demands for compensation; 10 sets of case conferences conducted and documented 9 work-related complaints; b) pastoral care: (1) psychological processing – 3; (2) drop-in center facilities – internet, computers (27 seafarers), lodging; (3) ship visitation – 8 ships.
  • Fishers: a) legal services – 210. b) Repatriations – 129 fishers repatriated from Manado, Indonesia.
  • Land-based seafarers’ families, etc. a) organizing in Bo. 5, Koronadal City; b) meetings in Banga, Sto. Niño and Calumpang; c) self-help groups.

Livelihood.  Department of Labor’s Starter Kit livelihood project – 352 families of missing fishers (typhoon Pablo); and monitoring of 57 families with livelihood projects.

  • Illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons. Six (6) illegally recruited are put under the Witness Protection Program of the DOJ.
  • Information Education Campaign (IEC). A) Press Conference, radio program in DXCP and RMN; b) forum on RA 10635
  • Networking, Linkaging.  PPA, PCG, BoC, POEA, DSWDO, DOLE

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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