As National Service Coordinator for Programs and Services Directorate, I feel the need to update the members on what has transpired or the actions that has been taken up and the directions that we are heading for, of course with the guidance of BOT/MANCOM.
1. SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAM:
Medical/Dental Missions, blood letting drives, feeding the poor, scholarship programs, these are just some of the activities that some chapters and outreaches are conducting to reach out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. I know of other chapters who organize tree planting activities as part of their chapter anniversary celebration, which is good for the environment.
This time around, as we all know, we have a new directorate – NSC for Social Action headed by Bro Topy Vasquez. This new directorate is in charge of helping the poor and the underprivileged.
But aside from all these, there is a need to create the Calamity Fund. Year after year, our country faces one disaster after another because unfortunately, we are located in one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. An average of 20 typhoons pass by our country each year which cause flooding, landslides, destructions that claim lives, loss of properties and livelihoods, destroying infrastructures and the likes. Add to this, the Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and thus is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Sadly, these natural calamities cannot be avoided.
We have created the Calamity Fund which is under the Programs and Services Directorate, to quickly respond to the needs of the victims of calamities such as these – particularly the members/dependents and non-BCBP members most affected. The main source of this fund is from donations of BCBP members.
The implementing guidelines and procedures and the usage and priorities are yet to be approved by the BOT/MANCOM.
2. BE HONEST ADVOCACY:
The Brotherhood Christian Businessmen and Professionals Inc. acknowledges that in today’s society, the endearing honest efforts of men and women who perform their ordinary duties with utmost integrity can and will enrich the workplace towards continued moral rejuvenation. Acts of honesty contribute to the enrichment of business and profession and should be publicly recognized in a spirit of pride and well being.
Purpose and Objectives:
a. Contribute to the attainment of the BCBP Vision of bringing Christ into the marketplace and winning the marketplace for Christ through the recognition
of genuine acts of honesty by people who stood up,against pressures and temptations to do otherwise.
b. Promote and cultivate a culture of appreciation that positively reinforces honest behaviors which are consistent in creating healthy working environment.
c. Empower BCBP Chapters to administer an Honesty Award Program for local businesses and professions that include those in the grassroots level.
The BE HONEST Award policy guidelineshas been out for implementation effective 2013.
As for the activities that were conducted with regards to our advocacy, the BE HONEST Fun Run Nationwide Chapter/Regional activities were conducted one month before and after the NAC 33 and will be a yearly activity before or after the National Anniversary. A standard BE HONEST stickers, a total of 2,100 pieces were distributed to all chapters/outreaches which amounted to Pp 29,400.00.
Still in connection with our advocacy, BCBP actively participated in the 2013 National Elections thru the PPCRV-BCBP partnership to help ensure an honest and clean election. Chapters that participated were given Pp 2,500.00 each for the printing/posting of 2013 election materials. BCBP Bids and Awards volunteers actively participates in the bidding processes of different government projects.
3. NATIONAL ANNIVERSARY:
More than three thousand four hundred delegates attended NAC33 in Iloilo last April 12-13, 2013 where the new slogan – BCBP Time Is On Time was introduced.
Last June 23, 2013, our National President Bro Manny Jimenez, AMD for South Luzon Bro Jun Obra and myself met with NAC34 Committee ChairmanBro Danny Hamoy, Chapter head of General Santos City together with his wife Nenette to initially discuss the plans for Our National Anniversary next year. Also present were some members of BCBP Las Pinas headed by their Chapter Head Bro Jojo Pabalan. Their chapter will help out in the Music Ministry for NAC34 anniversary on April,2014 at General Santos City.
4. MEMBERSHIP DATA BASE:
I would like to take this opportunity to ask the support of all RCDs and Chapter Heads regarding our Membership Data base to please comply, because as of June 11, 2013, only about 25% of the members have submitted their datas.
5. KAPATIRAN WEB SITE:
A new feature in the BCBP Kapatiran Home Page is the Directorate page for the different NSC Directorate. The objective is to be able to update the members on the plans, activities and projects of their respective directorate.
There is a need to foster camaraderie and build closer relationships among members in our community. Activities like sports fest, regional/sectoral assemblies, regional breakfast and the like – any wholesome and fun activities that will help make our community more vibrant is encouraged. Let us all serve the Lord with a joyful heart.