COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 838          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                              25 August 2015



The 29th Annual Convention of the Association of the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Marbel took place on 23 August 2015, Tupi Municipal Gym, South Cotabato.  Hosts: District M-87 and Tupi Council #6981.

Theme: “Knights of Columbus, Caring for the Sick”

Main activities

  1. Message – Hon. Bro. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. Caring for the sick involves physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
  2. Guest speaker, 1: Dr. Romy B. Paredes, MD, CMT, UPPGH Medical Center. Sacred simplicity: Family, Health, Mission, Spirit…Love is the key to everything.
  3. Guest speaker, 2: Atty. Antonio Conahep, LLB, University of the Visayas, Cebu City.


Set a smart and holistic goal

Think positively

Rest and Relax

Exercise regularly and control emotions

Stomach conscious

Spiritual guidance

4. Bishop Dinualdo’s homily: DECISION

a) Joshua asked the Israelites to decide whom to worship: the gods beyond the River; the gods of Amorites; or the Lord who brought you out of the slavery in Egypt to this promised land (Jos. 24: 1-2, 15, 17, 18)

b) Husbands and wives love one another. Be united. (Eph. 5: 21-32)

c) Christ said “Eat my flesh, drink my blood” so that you will have eternal life. Hard saying. Many disciples left and returned to their former way of life.  But the apostles, through Peter, said: “to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God” (Jh. 6: 60-69).  Faith is a gift from God.  I believe so that I will understand.

Bishop challenged: the Knights to live their motto: “unity, fraternity, patriotism.  Love unites, love one another as brothers, love our country, love our planet Earth, ‘Our common home’” (Pope Francis, “Laudato Si’”).

Total number of delegates: 653.

Target: 650. Tupi Council – 6981 – 138.  Marbel Council 7658 – 42.  Surallah Council 6023 – 32.  Pulatana Council 12506 (Malungon) – 31.  Koronadal Council 4576 – 27.  Doña Soledad Council 12608 (GSC) – 27 (Early bird).  Rest follow.



Gov. Daisy P. Avance Fuentes delivered her SOPA during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’ session, 24 August 2015, South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

It was an objective presentation of the real state of South Cotabato province, with good (lights) and bad (shadows) situation.  With decisions to improve: the good to be better and the bad to be good.

Introduction.  Vision: “to create a government that is efficient and effective in the delivery of public service, transparent and participatory, and always accountable to an empowered and self-reliant people.

Program/Projects.  1) Development administration and Institutional development; 2) Project 14J (Partnerships for Integrity and job creation); 3) Population (Gender equality, women and adolescent); 4) Education (Kabugwason is now on its 10th year, adding Law and Medicine); 5) Health and Nutrition “a lot has improved, but a lot needs to be done”; 6) Economic development; 7) Tourism development (“Land of Dreamweavers”), South Cotabato – 4th most competitive out of 68 provinces; 8) Natural Resources and Environmental Management (quality of water in some areas improved from class “C” to class “B”; 9) Infrastructure development (“meron namang pagbabago pero meron pa ring challenges…”); 10) Peace and Order.  “We need to focus more on crime prevention.” “There is a resurgence of CPP-NPA activities all over the province focused in the municipalities of Tampakan, T’boli and Lake Sebu.  Extortion and revolutionary taxes are putting in serious jeopardy our economic growth”… The presence of mining companies and the unacceptable practices in banana plantation management must voluntarily show serious efforts to address the controversy in ‘aerial spray’.  Before, in our collective judgment, we will conclude that it is only profit that is important to them.”

“Unfortunately, never, in these trying long months, did any of these corporations sought a dialogue with my office.  Neither did our local advocates.”

“Sa gitna ng mainit na balitaktakan, masakit na batuhan ng akusasyon, hindi ba dapat ito and panahon na magkaisa tayo na itulak ang DENR-EMB at Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (EPA) na gawin ang kanilang mandatus at pagkatapos noon dalhin sa husgado para mae-solve with finality ang issue na ito?”

“Magpapatawag ako ng pulong ng nag-tutunggaling sector, ng mga interesadong lideres ng probinsya upang hanapin ang solusyon na katanggap-tangap sa nakakarami.”

Today, henceforth, we will enter a “No Comfort Zone”.  Patuloy na isusulong ko na harapin natin isa-isa at sama-sama ang lahat na hamon sa ating komunidad at probinsya.

Purposes of “no comfort zone”: a people empowered “to stand by their principles, fight for their causes, to protect the next generation’s future…”


01   – WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE 14      – Fiestas.  Maasim; Calumpang, 9am
  CARE OF CREATION 15      – Mass & Confirmation, T’boli, 9am
01   – PRAYER, CARAVAN, RALLY.  From 16      – Conference, CP Nuns, 5pm
  Gen. Santos City to Tampakan.  Marbel, 17      – Mass & Confirmation, Tupi, 9am
  Banga, Surallah, T’boli, 6am to 4pm.  Bring 18      – Mtg. Diocesan Schools’ Principals, CMRE,
  food and share.   Bp.’s Res., 10am
04   – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Marbel, 8:30am 19      – Mass & Confirmation, Cannery, 9am
05   – Conference, LAYCOS Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 21-25 – Annual Retreat, Diocesan Priests,
  9am   Calumpang,.  Starts 7pm
 – Conference, CFC Global, Bula, 6pm 22-27 – 8th World Mtg., Families, Philadelphia, USA
07   – Mass & Conference, Poor Clares, 9am 24      – Mass, Strambi Home For the Aged, Purok
09   – Conference, TOES, Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 9am   Mango, GSC, 10am
10   – Mass & Confirmation, Calumpang, 9am 26      – Mass, DMII, The Farm, 10:30am
11   – Conference, PREX-Marbel, Bp,’s Res., 6pm 27-Oct.  3 – National Laity Week
12   – Talakayan sa DXCP, 10am 28      – Fiesta Mass, T’boli, 9am
Meeting, PPC-Marbel, 6pm 29      – Fiesta Mass, St. Michael Archangel, 9am
13   – Mtg. & Mass, Mil. Ben., Bp.’s Res., 10am    



Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Greto Bugas (Sept. 03); Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas (Sept. 24).



Congratulations and happy anniversaries to: Frs. Michelle Tacogue, Eugene Porras, Ruben Ocino, Elpidio Marintes, Robert Feguro, Ricky Emboltorio and Ariel Destora (Sept. 09).

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