A forum on Church-Business Partnership was held at the Harolds Hotel, Cebu City, on May 18, 2011, through the invitation of the new Archbishop of Cebu, Jose S. Palma. The forum was sponsored by the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals – Cebu Region, in cooperation with Couples For Christ and BLD. The theme of the forum was Retooling Business and Church for Social Responsibility Challenges.
Bishop Palma in the forum expressed his desire to reach out to the business community of Cebu to hasten his gradual immersion into the concerns of business and professional people of the archdiocese. He articulated his ideas in his talk entitled: Vision on Church-Business Partnership. This was followed by a talk on Helpful Considerations in Church-Business Partnership by the Most Rev. Gerardo A. Alminaza, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro, Iloilo. A 20-minute open forum was held after each talk.
The forum was attended by 170 men and women from the various business groups of Metro Cebu like the Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Business Club, Cebu City Chamber of Commerce and the BCBP. About 30 businessmen from the 7 Cebu chapters of the BCBP attended, including BCBP President Larry Veloso, Area Managing Director Mayong Rodriguez, several Chapter Heads and the Cebu Regional Council Director Hector Tina.
This advocacy is already moving in the Diocese of Balanga way back September 9, 2009 when Bishop Soc Villegas officially launched “Sulong KaBataan” Partnerships for Education, Employment and Environment. A Consultative Assembly attended by key people in the business community where CSR initiatives and interventions were committed and exemplified. Today, Bishop Ruperto C. Santos is the Lead Convenor with BCBP Balanga Outreach Head Oscar B. Banzon as Chairman and with Petron Foundation, Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bataan Coastal Care Foundation and partners coming from government agencies like DTI, TESDA, DOLE DSWD and PESO. The evolution of leadership is being geared towards convergence and synergy of actions by youth leaders coming from the church, government, community and in-school. Be a HERO! Be the Best you can be! Be a Blessing to others! For more information, please visit facebook: Sulong KaBataan