Update from WCG Philippines

An official weekly e-mail newsletter from the Worldwide Church of God - Philippines

December 21, 2007

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Restorative Justice Seminar Held at Jail National Training Institute

Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna. The Jail National Training Institute (JNTI) of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has invited Dr. Rey Taniajura to conduct a seminar on Restorative Justice last December 3 to 5. The seminar was included as an elective subject of the Jail Officers Candidate Course attended by some 44 jail officers coming from the different regions of the country. The seminar was held at the training institute of the BJMP in Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna. Dr. Taniajura who is chairman of the National Prison Ministries Philippines, a charter member of Prison Fellowship International, has completed an international diploma program in Restorative Justice at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2003. Atty. Roy Valenzuela, an officer of BJMP and a WCG member who attends the Glory of the Lord Fellowship in Quezon City, also teaches at the Jail National Training Institute.

PCEC to Host a Church Planting Conference in January

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) hosted a church planting meeting of denominational leaders last December 10 at its Evangelical Center office in Quezon City. The meeting was presided over by Dave White of Philippine Challenge, Bishop Fred Magbanua, head of church planting commission of PCEC and Bishop Efraim Tendero, PCEC national director. To further mobilize the church planting initiatives of member churches of PCEC, those who attended the meeting also agreed to organize a Church Planting Seminar on January 10, 2008. The tentative venue for the seminar is the Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. Dr. Rey Taniajura represented the Worldwide Church of God at the meeting on behalf of national director Eugene Guzon who was on a mission trip to China.

Dumaguete Church Celebrates Christmas with Prison Inmates

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- A Combined Christmas Worship Service was held last December 9, 2007 at the Negros Oriental Detention & Rehabilitation Center. Members from the Dumaguete Church joined the inmates in singing songs of worship to the Lord and in the listening of His word. The inmates offered  testimonies and  songs to the King of Kings, because they experienced the real freedom only in Him.
     Praise & Worship was led by the Dumaguete Worship Team, and the message was given by Ptr. Frank Pedeglorio. After the word was a gift-giving activity where the inmates were given clothes, toiletries and food.
    Everybody enjoyed the activity. The inmates were happy. And most of all the Lord is glorified! Thanks to all those who supported us in one way or another. --Debbie Ouano

Senator Edgardo Angara poses with Mr. Domoguen and Noel Provido during the Binhi Awards Night Rembrandt Hotel, Tomas Morato, Quezon City last December 14, 2007.

DA-RAFID Chief Wins PAJ Awards

Mr. Robert L. Domoguen, Chief of the DA-RAFID-CAR added more feathers to his cap, by winning two top awards in the recently concluded 2006-2007 Search for Binhi Outstanding Agricultural and Environmental Journalists conducted by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc (PAJ).

PAJ is an association of government and private practicing professional agricultural and environmental journalists nationwide. Founded in 1975, PAJ has contributed in making agricultural development a national focus through advocacy of vital and relevant information, “in accordance to the ethical standards of journalism…” The PAJ counts the late Teodoro F. “Ka Doroy” Valencia as one of its staunch supporters in its early years.

Mr. Noel Reyes, Chairman of this year’s Search Committee said that there were more than 30 individuals and institutions who participated in this year’s search for Binhi Awardees. Those who were declared winners of the Binhi Awards this year were: Dr. Zosimo Ma. Pablico of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), as “Agricultural Journalist of the Year;” Melody Aquiba (Manila Bulletin), “Agribeat Reporter of the Year;” Joel D. Adriano (People’s Journal), “Environmental Journalist of the Year;” Robert L. Domoguen (Department of Agriculture-Cordillera), “Environment Story of the Year.” The other winners of the covetd “Agricultural Journalist of the Year” were Noel Provido (Department of Agriculture-Region 11) Second Place, and Robert Domoguen DA-CAR) Third Place.

The other Binhi Award categories include “Agriculture Magazine of the Year won by the BAR Digest (DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research); “Agricultural Radio Program of the Year,” Oras ti Manalon (DA-Ilocos Region); and Photo Journalist of the Year won by Rita T. dela Cruz also of DA-BAR. The Boo Boo  Rat (PhilRice) was adjudged winner of the “Agricultural Info/Media Campaign of the Year.”

Senator Edgardo was Guest of Honor and Speaker during the Binhi Awards Night held at the Rembrandt Hotel, Thomas Morato, Quezon City last December 14, 2007. He called on the country’s agricultural journalists to keep farmers informed of new programs, technologies, strategies and services with an end goal of uplifting the country from the shackles of poverty. 

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Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." (2 Thessalonians 3:1)