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Kyle Jose Miguel B. Gay

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

CBCP is the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, and as such is the official organization of the Catholic episcopacy and what is commonly referred to as the Philippine Catholic. The CBCP is made up of 99 active and 32 honorary bishops and other members. Its main office building is centrally located within the Intramuros district, located just behind the Manila Cathedral. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan is the current president while Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao is the current Vice President.

Located in Intramuros, Manila

On February 15, 1945 the Rev. William Piani, D.D., apostolic delegate to the Philippines, created the Catholic Welfare Organization to address the country's needs following World War II. It had 17 members and incorporated on January 22, 1946 with the purpose to unify, coordinate and organize Filipino Catholics to work together on education, social welfare, religious and spiritual issues under the direction of the Filipino bishops.

CBCP Plenary Assembly
The Conference is to promote solidarity in the Philippine Church, formulate joint pastoral policies and programs, engage the Philippine Church, formulate joint pastoral policies and programs, engage the Philippine Church as abide in the pastoral thrusts of the universal Church, assume the responsibilities as evangelizer in relation to all the people and with the civil authority in particular and to foster relations with other Episcopal Conferences. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is the official organization of the Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines. As the national Episcopal Conference, it counts as its members all diocesan bishops and those equivalent to bishops in church law; all coadjutor and auxiliary bishops; and all other titular bishops who exercise for the entire nation a special office assigned to them by the Apostolic See or by the Episcopal Conference itself. The members of the CBCP gathered as a body in pursuit of its objectives constitute the Plenary Assembly, which is the highest decision-making body of the Conference. It is the Plenary Assembly which elects through direct vote the officers of the Conference, composed of the following: President, Vice-President, Secretary General and Treasurer. It is likewise the Plenary Assembly which elects the members of the Permanent Council, The Plenary Assembly meets in regular session twice a year: in January and in July. The Permanent Council is composed of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and ten regional representatives (five for Luzon, two for Visayas and three for Mindanao). The President of the CBCP serves for a term of two years, and is limited to only two consecutive terms

Commissions and Departments of CBCP
The CBCP is divided into various commissions and departments charged to handle the affairs of the episcopal conference. Department of Doctrine and Religious Affairs
Department of Clergy Formation
Department of Lay Formation
Department of Social Services and Communications
Department of External Affairs
Other CBCP Committees and Offices

As of 1995, the CBCP has 95 active member cardinals, archbishops and bishops as well as 24 honorary members. The Philippines has 16 archdioceses, 51 dioceses, 7 apostolic vicariates, 5 territorial prelatures and one military ordinariate.

List of CBCP Presidents
Listed below are the elected presidents of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines since 1958: Archbishop Juan C. Sison of Nueva Segovia (1958–1961)
Archbishop Julio Rosales y Ras of Cebu (later Cardinal) (1961–1966) Archbishop Lino R. Gonzaga y Rasdesales of Zamboanga (1966–1970) Archbishop Teopisto Valderrama Alberto of Caceres (1970–1974) Julio Cardinal Rosales y Ras, Archbishop of Cebu (1974–1976) Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila (1976–1981)

Archbishop Antonio Lloren Mabutas of Davao...

References: http://www.cbcponline.net/ecmi/programs.htm
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