COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  818          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                           23 May 2015


The Summit took place on 19 May 2015, Polomolok Municipal Gym, South Cotabato.

Theme: “Do Justice, Love Kindness.”


  1. To present data incidence and cause of poverty in Region XII.
  2. To draw inspiration from the success of individuals and institutions.
  3. To have solidarity with the poor through the Eucharist and sharing of meals.
  4. To explore opportunities provided for by the different institutions: TESDA, DSWD, DA, NEDA, DOLE, SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth.


Datapresentation, testimonies of success, consultation with LGUs, shared meals, Mass.

Input 1. “Poverty Incidence”, Ms. Herlita G. Caraan, Philippine Statistic Authority.  Two municipalities in South Cotabato with high poverty rate: Lake Sebu (63.47%) and T’boli (60.21%) as of 2012.  Decrease in poverty rate in General Santos City.

Input 2.  “Philhealth Services”, Ms. Hanna Anep.  Hospital services, free medical check-ups and blood pressure check-ups in barangay health centers.

Input 3.  “Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) services, Mrs. Crisanta Morales.  Projects involving skilled workers.  Materials are provided, like sewing machine.

Testimony 1.  Rudy Ramirez, beneficiary of Marcellin Foundation.  From street child to 3rd year college student.

Testimony 2.  Mrs. Vicenta Jalapan Faltreschi.  Graduated from College, Notre Dame of Marbel College as working student (then).  Worked and married in Edmonton, Canada.  Extended financial help to family in Koronadal City.  Her strong faith in God helped her surmount many trials in life.

Testimony 3.  Mr. Roy Berin.   He worked his way through college, the NDMU.  Through hard work and strong faith in God he is now better off.

Inspiring message from Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Pelino.  Faith in God will help us meet the current socio-political and economic challenges.

Mass.  Presider and homilist – Bishop Dinualdo.  We must repent and have faith in God and in Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father (Acts 20: 17-27).  Knowing, loving and obeying (faith) God will lead us to eternal life (Jh. 17: 1-7).  Faith, therefore means: “doing justice and loving kindness” (theme), especially the poor, the needy (cf. Mt. 25: 35-40).

Welcome remarks:  Fr. Reynaldo Mission, parish priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, Polomolok and Vice Mayor Eliezer Jovero of Polomolok.

Attendance:  1, 252

Allah Valley:  275

T’boli – 74.  Sto.  Nino – 56.  Norala – 53.  Surallah – 50.  Banga – 30.  Lake Sebu – 12.

Koronadal Valley:  413

Polomolok – 142.  Sagrada Familia (Bo. 5, Koronadal) – 101.  Good Shepherd (Cannery, Polomolok) – 70.  Marbel – 58.  Tantangan – 16.  Tampakan – 15.  Tupi – 11.

Metro Dadiangas: 235

Dadiangas – 117.  Calumpang – 42.  Lagao – 25.  Bula – 23.  St. Michael – 19.  Fatima – 9.

GAMMA:  131

Malapatan – 50.  Alabel – 46.  Malungon – 24.  Glan – 11.


Maitum – 36.  Maasim – 22.  Kiamba – 15.


LGUs – 14.  Priests – 21.  ExeCom – 5.  Guests – 3.  Parish Staff – 82.

Special thanks to the Diocesan Schools through Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas, Ph.D., Superintendent, for financing the Summit of the Poor. (From report of DSAC and DCFC)



The 4th MNDDS Educational Congress was held on 21-22 May 2015, Mother Francisca Spirituality Center, Lagao, General Santos City.

Theme: “Marbel Notre Dame Diocesan Schools: Educating the Young in the Year of the Poor.”

Objectives dealt on preparedness for the K to 12 program and bonding.

Topics: (1) test construction; (2) positive discipline; (3) updates: K to 12 implementations; (d) plan and guidelines.

Bishop Dinualdo spoke on (a) true education according to Vat. II’s Declaration on Education.  Goal is union with God in perfect happiness and capable and responsible citizens of the country through continuous growth in knowledge of God and human sciences, love for God and country and morally upright living; (b) Basic Bangsamoro Law; (c) elections 2016 and; (d) mining.

Attendance: 145.




01-03- Mid-Year Gathering, Diocesan Clergy, The 19   – Conference, CP Nuns, 5pm
  Farm 21   – Fiesta. OLPH Seminary
05     – Mass. Adoration Chapel, 8:30am. Marbel        – Meeting, DLLLM ExeCom, Bula
06     – Conference, Laycos Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 9am 23   – Conference, CM-RE, Catholic Schools,
 – Conference, CFC, T’boli, 6pm   Bp.’s Res., 9am
08     – Mass & Conference, Poor Clares, 9am 24   – Fiesta Mass, Lake Sebu, 8am
09     – Conference, Envi Month, Gym Marbel, 26   – Meeting, Diocesan Schools Principals’,
  9:15am – 10:15am   Bp.’s Res., 10am
10     – Conference, TOEs, Bp.’s Res., 9am        – Conference, PREX Marbel, 6pm
11     – 20th Foundation, Landan Trappistines, 9am 27   – Fiesta Mass, Milbuk, 9am
 – Meeting, ExeCom, DLLM, Fatima 28   – Mass & Mtg., Mil. Ben., Bp.’s Res., 10am
13     – Fiesta Kiamba.  Fiesta Mass, Marbel, 6:30am 29   – Fiesta Mass, Lagao, 9:30am
 – Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of    
  Mary, CBCP    



Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Bobby Parreño (June 10); Fr. Romeo Buenaobra (June 17); Fr. Joel Sunga (June 22) and Fr. Leonardo Rano (June 27).


Congratulations and happy anniversary to: Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas, Fr. Ronald Plomillo (June 01); Fr. Greto Bugas,  Fr. Mario Eudela, Fr. Ronilo Huesca, Fr. Arturo Pancho (June 02); Fr. Reil Posas (June 03); Fr. Joseph Benitez (June 11); Fr. Rey Joloro, Fr. Noe Pedrajas and Fr. Joel Sunga (June 25).

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