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Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Rev. Fr. Robert V. Amalay

Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Rowena B. Daquilanea & Exaltacion R. Villariza


Is the formation of BECs a pastoral thrust/priority of the diocese? Yes

If Yes, when was the promotion/forming of BECs adopted as diocesan pastoral thrust/program? 1970, but more extensive and organized in 1990.

Is the BEC as pastoral thrust reflected in the vision-mission & policies of the diocese? Yes

Diocesan BEC formation team/commission/committee? Yes

Are there Vicariate BEC formation teams? Yes

Is there coordination and collaboration with other diocesan commission in BEC formation? Yes

If there is, which commissions? Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (JAPC), Jaro Archdiocesan Apostolic Council (JAAC), Jaro Archdiocesan Finance Council (JAFC) plus all 14 commissions: Liturgical, Biblical Apostolate, Catechetical, Catholic Schools, Social Action, Youth, Family & Life, Vocations, Mission, Clergy, Women Religious, Laity, Seminary & Social Communications

Number of Parishes in the diocese: 92

Number of Parishes-with- BECs: 36

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 35

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:

Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 24 with 24 pilot neighborhood communities

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 0

Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 6

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 6

Location of parishes-with-BECs:

29 parishes in rural areas only

6 parishes in urban areas/cities only

1 parish in both rural & urban areas

Social classes where BECs are found: Mostly Rural poor, few Urban Poor & Middle-class

Shape/Form of BECs : mostly cells only & chapel-centered with family groupings

Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes

Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs? Yes

Mostly in parish level, some in barangay level & few in zone/district level

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils? Yes, but a few are not since they are still on immersion/piloting stage

BEC gathering/assembly (based on the 22 parishes that responded to the BEC Profile questionnaire):

Parish BEC assembly/exchange – 10 parishes

Parish BEC day/Month- 6 parishes

Parish-wide meeting of BEC leaders – 12 parishes

Barangay BEC Day – 3

Regular Tri-Councils Meeting in BEC Planning and Yearly Pastoral Assembly

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:

Basic Orientation Seminar – 18 parishes

Weekly Bible/Gospel-sharing – 19 parishes

Occasional Evangelization Seminars – 13 parishes

Others: fiesta pilgrimage, awareness sessions, children catechesis, brgy. Lenten recollection, catechesis/formation during BEC monthly meetings, on-going formation of leaders, parish level monthly meetings, brgy. Evangelization seminar, regular immersion & school catechesis

Best Practices in Evangelization: bible faith sharing, immersion, personal witnessing, personal prayer life strengthened/adult catechesis/catechesis before mass, recollection, family life seminar, shepherds from the Parish Team were assigned to each Bgy., formation during BEC meetings

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: poor attendance, no regular formation/training, economic concern/poverty/vices, lack of openness to share, shyness, attitudes, difficulty gathering people, lack of family catechesis, lack of focus and understanding BEC, non-involvement of the youth, lack of awareness of social issues, lack of good speaker, keeping w/ prayer life w/o ceasing, time/commitment, lack of volunteers, difficult terrain, pilot area is remote, funding, still on immersion stage, sustaining & lack of support of the parish priest

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer:

Regular BEC mass (monthly or bi-monthly) – 12 parishes

Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of the Word -17 parishes

Prayer service for the dead-15 parishes

Block rosary-9 parishes

Novena -10 parishes

Others: initial mass, panimbahon, viatico public, Basic Bible Seminar 1 & 2, Mass wedding, visitation of the sick, parish-based worship and prayer, flores de Mayo, Holy Rosary Month & Via Crucis

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs:

Gospel sharing, block/family rosary, prayer for the dead, liturgical celebrations/monthly mass, barangay sang Virgen, fellowship/agape, Panimbahon, prayer meeting, participative, responsive & reflective gathering, good listening skills, communication of the sick house to house, facilitate schedule of masses for the dead, novena, bible study & catechesis

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs:

Lack of participation, ningas cogon, indifference/passivity, difficult to gather people, lack of cooperation from the community, some barangays have irregular bgy sang Virgen, difficulty in the weekly community bible service on faith sharing, same people are praying, manana habbit, attendance dwindling specially durng rainy season, Hrvest time and planting season, lack of panimbahon leaders, cannot get the whole participation of the family, people are not yet open to share and reluctant to initiate community prayer by themselves & poor attendance

Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: 3

Program/activities in BECs related to social action:

Mutual aid-3 IGP/Livelihood-4 Cooperatives-2 Sustainable ggriculture-2 Governance-2 Political education-10 Ecology-6 Peace-building-6

Others: Parish scholarship program, PPCRV Voters Education & Poll Watching, Free clinic consultation, Emergency aid & Bayanihan

Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: Bayanihan, Alay Kapwa, Halad Humay/Bugas, Gift giving, Mutual aid & free clinic consultations, scholasrship, medical/dental mission, monthly contribution of the families, PPCRV, Botika sa KKM, Livelihood (pig & fowl dispersal), strong social action component w/ Bgy. Leaders taking lead in sustaining BECs.

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: weak livelihood program, lack of concern, limited only to scholarship, lack of participation, leader centered

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing system? Yes-1 & No-17

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs _____

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: Halad Humay/Halad Mais, Piso for a Cause, Trash for Cash & Kutsara sa kabalaka

Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: indifference, lack of spirituality/participation


Summing –up: Type of BECs in the diocese:

Liturgical-evangelical (bible-sharing & liturgical celebration only): Most-18, Few-2, All-1

Holistic (bible-sharing, liturgical with social action component): Most-5, Few-16 & All-0