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Become Responsible Stewards Of God's Graces

COOPS lligan Norte Gets Approval

Last February, Coops for Christ Iligan Norte Multipurpose Cooperative got its Certificate of Registration from the Coopearative Development Authority at Kidapawan, North Cotabato by its CDA Area Director Rosalinda Villaseca.

Coops for Christ came about when CFC realized that there was a need to provide for a system by which all members can have the opportunity to help one another become responsible stewards of God's graces.

The Area Council through the ECG Gathering formed a core group and selected the following as Board of Directors: Jun Waga (Chairman), Fred Lopez (Vice Chairman), Cesar Advincula, Pons Gutierrez, Lando Frugalidad, Geo Hamoy, Jake Gerona, Caloy Subang, Inday Cuarto, Willie Namocot and Baby Donaire. Members of the Education Committee are Vicky Zapatos, Niki Rodas and Judi Bentoy. Redein Madrazo, Arnel Bianes and Sally Orquieza form the Election Committee. Tata Lasala, Loloy Ong and Cherrie Seneriches form the Credit Committee, while Harold Ipili, Gina Gerona and Art San Luis compose the Supervisory Committee.

Membership is voluntary and exclusive for CFC and Family Ministries members only. One may become a member, enjoying the privileges and services, after paying the membership fee, attending the Pre-Membership Seminar and paying the value of at least 20 shares within 24 months. At present there are 93 members with 4,320 shares and a paid-up capital of 281,275 Pesos. The Board will soon decide in a General Assembly its Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and development & business plans for the future. The Coops is inviting all members to join now and make this Ministry truly one of the important tools God has blessed CFC in working with the poor.

Frank Padilla with Archbishop Paciano Aniceto of San Fernando, Lachie Agana and Tony Borja, during the blessing of low-cost housing project in Pampanga on a lot donated by the family of Ruby Borja.

TV Ratings Up

CFC's TV show “In His Steps” has now taken either of the top two positions in the 11 pm Sunday timeslot among TV audience. Its highest rating happened on January with its episode “Top Priority” when it reached a 35% audience share topping ABS-CBN “Worldwide's” 31% and GMA “Aawitan Kita's” 10%. Even on its maiden show last November when a lot less share was expected, the FLAME-produced show got 24% audience share placing second to ABS-CBN “MegaSine's” 54% and ahead of GMA “Sunday Box Office's” 19%.

CFC provincial Leaders and Metro Manila Sectors Heads Conference

“God is entrusting us this [work] even though we are not worthy … even blessing us with another day,” said Rene Rieta, CFC Davao Council member, as he led the opening worship of the Conference for Area Councils of the Philippines and Metro Manila Sector Heads. Joined in the morning by their wives for the whole day conference, by afternoon though the women leaders had their own Women's Forum at the Main Hall, where just a few steps away 488 men filled up the Lanai Hall.

Oca Tagulinao, a MetroManila Sector Head, promoted everything CFC from the new T-shirts, to Frank Padilla's newest “Bringing Glad Tidings To The Poor” book, to CFC's “In His Steps” TV Show, to Raffy Urgino's “Praisefest” music tapes, even using sleight of hand magic tricks to convince the participants.

Rouquel Ponte in the 1st talk, besides giving the year-end report, gave the major thrust for the year. With the lowest growth rate in years now past, last year had an almost final figure of 21.7% growth rate. It had always been doubling; thus, in 4 years, it could go back to its track of doubling-in-numbers.

In the 2nd talk, Home Office Director Lachie Agana spoke on “Effective Management of the Center.” After lunch, Family Ministries Director Tony Meloto led the report with Luz Villaroman following with her HOLD report, Gary Faustino with his SFC report, Ernie Maipid with his YFC report and Ed Noel with his KFC report.

With Joe Tale reporting for St. Thomas More & Associates, Joe Yamamoto for the Medical Missions and Romy Ramos for the Isaiah 51:1 Prison Ministry, CFC Director Frank Padilla ended the conference with his talk on “Total Human Liberation: Bringing Glad Tidings To The Poor”.

With its work of evangelization, CFC is building the Church of the Future; with CFC Family Ministries in its work of family renewal, CFC is building the Church of the Home; with CFC Special Ministries in its work of church and societal renewal, CFC is building the Church of the Poor.

When CFC started in 1981, for years the focus of work had always been the men, bringing them back to the Lord. With the CFC Family Ministries, the focus expanded to include all the family members; and from 1995 with the CFC Special Ministries, the focus expanded further to the work with the poor and the fight for social justice. The gospel of liberation is not just liberation from sin, but also for the fulfillment of every human need: physiological, social, economic, environmental, cultural, psychological, and emotional. It aims for the authentic development of human personality, good health, decent shelter, basic education, livelihood and social life and recreation.

We're building a society of justice, peace and solidarity. Justice is giving to each person his due; peace is when every person is in right relationship with one another; and solidarity results from this peace and this justice.

The work is wide, hard, long and dangerous. It is establishing God's Kingdom on earth. It involves diverse places in society: drug rehabilitation centers, government offices, pre-schools, ANGKOP Training Centers, radio/TV stations. It involves individual and community sharing.

Sword of Gideon Ministry

Edwin Andrews, Director General of the Sword of Gideon (SOG) invited 30 members of Area Councils of Visayas and Mindanao - in Manila attending the CFC Jubilee Leaders Conference at the Araneta Coliseum - to Casa Nila at Greenhills Shopping Center for an update. With Rem Gopez serving as moderator, Noy Macatangay briefed them on SOG activities. Mgsr. Jovito Cendeneo attended along with other STMA members.

Love in STMA Forum

Pag-ibig [love] was at the STMA Forum in the romantic month of February. PAG-IBIG, that is. [PAG-IBIG is the Philippine government commission on mass housing.] Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Palma-Gil was the guest speaker. Commissioner Monching, a member of Couples for Christ Manila (Central B Sector), talked about government plans, budget, difficulties his agency faces in collecting loan amortizations. The talk was more of a report complete with statistics.

With his expertise and businesses in real estate and housing development, Philippine House of Representatives Speaker Manny Villar - CFC member who came with his wife Cynthia - encouraged the PAGIBIG executive as well as gave inputs in providing housing for the poor and the less privileged. He also took time to correct newspaper reports that he favored the Divorce Bill now pending in Congress. He was actually asked which among the anti-family bills had the greatest chance to make it through deliberations. Compared to the Abortion Bill and the Same-Sex Marriage Bill, he had answered that it was the Divorce Bill that had the best chance of all, but that all these particular Bills had very little chance to pass. By Chito Nepomuceno, CFC

PNP SIBAC CLP

The Social Interpersonal and Behavioral Adjustment Course (SIBAC) Class 5 of the Philippine National Police held a three day Christian Life Program (CLP) for Police officers at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila. Thirty-four participants completed the CLP and received their certificate and covenant cards. The CLP team was headed by Ricky Rico who was assisted by team members and speakers Willie Padida, Ponet Ladrido, Noy Macatangay, Men Same, Warren Isaguirre and Amante Aguila. Plans for future CLPs of PNP officers were discussed by Regional Deputy Director for Administration Chief Superintendent General Efren Fernandez and CFC Director Frank Padilla. This is in line with General Fernandez' administrative thrust to evangelize the police force through Christian renewal programs such as the CLP.

At the Vatican Mission in Ulan Bator, Mongolia are Nolet Ladrido, Fr. Robert cicm, Bishop Wens Padilla of Mongolia, Mila Ladrido and Fr. Peirce, Parish Priest of Ulan Bator. Bishop Wens Padilla passed through Manila and was welcomed by Nolet & Mila Ladrido.

At the National Prayer Breakfast were CFC Council members Joe Tale, Rouquel Ponte and Lito Tayag along with Babylou Tale, Gerry Padilla, Lito Urgino. Also at the event were other CFC Council members, elders and members, notably Frank Padilla, Joe Yamamoto and House Speaker Manny Villar.

CFC and SOG member Nanie Teano receives a Plaque of Recognition on behalf of STMA for having graduated 1,400 rehab patients in Bicutan Rehabilitaion Center from Philippine Secretary of Local Government Alfredo Lim, Philippine National Police Head Panfilo Lacson, and Drug Enforcement czar and CFC member General Jewel Canson. By Bing Hizon

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