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Northern Samar, Philippines


Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge:                  Rev. Fr. Fred I. Placa

Diocesan BEC Coordinator:                                           Sr. Hilaria V. Escalente, MSPC


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? 1996 – DPA 1

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 commission?  Pastoral Commissions: Worship, Education, Social Action, Temporalities, Youth, Family and Life, Bible Apostolate, Vocation, Mission, Health Care

Number of Parishes/Mission Center/Chaplaincy in the diocese:   31

Number of Parishes-with- BECs:   31

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams:     31

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:  Livelihood Projects

Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage:   16

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish:     2

Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive:    5

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 17

Location of parishes-with-BECs:    rural areas only

Social classes where BECs are found:  rural poor & middle class

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

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

Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs?  Yes, pastoral councils in the barangay, zone/district, parish & diocesan levels

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils?  Yes, through the BEC Chairman

BEC gathering/assembly:   Annual Diocesan & Parish BEC Day Celebration

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis: Basic Orientation Seminar (BEC Module)

Weekly Bible/Gospel Sharing

Monthly Eucharistic Celebrations

On-going Formation Sessions for PFTs & BECs

Best Practices in Evangelization:  Regular gathering of BEC Commission Chairmen of the parishes

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization:  Lack of support of some, if not many priests to the Diocesan BEC program.

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship Prayer:  Regular BEC mass (monthly & bi-monthly)

Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of

the Word of God through SLWP (every Sunday)

Prayer & wake service for the dead

Block rosary & novena

Care for the sick in the BEC Com by giving communion and last sacrament

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs:    Eucharist, Liturgy of the Word with communion

Weaknesses/Areas of concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs:   Lack of sustainability startegy, poverty, laziness

Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs:   9

Program/activities in BECs related to social action:    ecology, Botika sa Barangay, Skills management, (DRRM), Monitoring program, livelihood projects

Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program:  formation sessions/lecture on values & skills formation

Weaknesses/Areas of concern in BEC-based social program:  Dole-out mentality, “ningas cogon” attitude

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing system?  Not yet

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs:    1

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC:    N/A

Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS:  N/A


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