Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Fr. Mario C. Combong
Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Sr. Teolina Pascual, OND
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? 2000
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? No
Is there coordination and collaboration with other diocesan commission in BEC formation? Yes
If there is, which commissions? Commissions on Youth, Family & Life, Catechist, Lay Leaders & Liturgy.
Number of Parishes in the diocese: 31
Number of Parishes-with- BECs: 30
Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 28
State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:
Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 30
Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 30
Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 0
Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 0
Location of parishes-with-BECs: both rural & urban areas
Social classes where BECs are found: Rural poor, Urban poor & Middle class
Shape/Form of BECs: 8-15 families as BEC
Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes
Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs? Yes, parish level
Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils? Yes
Parish BEC assembly/exchange
Parish BEC day
Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:
Basic Orientation Seminar
Weekly Bible/Gospel-sharing in some parishes
Occasional Evangelization Seminars in 30 parishes
Others: Parish Pastoral Program
Best Practices in Evangelization: series of 1 day seminar done in chapel level (BEC Orientation Seminar, Basic Bible Seminar, Tithing, Marriage Enrichment Seminar in BECs, Year of Faith (three modules on Faith Formation, Jubilee Cross going around the Diocese).
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: less support of some priests, lack of lay volunteers, lack of finances.
Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer
Regular BEC mass (monthly or bi-monthly) in chapel level
Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of the Word in chapel level
Prayer service for the dead, Block rosary & Novena
Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: Initial & Foundation Mass, 7 steps of Gospel sharing, Liturgy on anniversaries.
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: mostly women, lack of lay volunteers, lack of skills.
Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: some parts of some parishes
Program/activities in BECs related to social action:
Mutual aid, IGP/Livelihood, Cooperatives, governance, political education, ecology, peace-building
Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: Cooperative
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: Most of the parishes have no social action component. Some are occasional.
Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing system? Yes
Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs: 31
Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: Tithing are collected and gathered in BEC level. Tithing is supporting already most of the Pastoral Program of the parishes.Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: some still do not participate, complaints.
Summing –up: Type of BECs in the diocese:
Liturgical-evangelical (bible-sharing & liturgical celebration only): Most
Holistic (bible-sharing, liturgical with social action component): Few