BSBI bldg. management now in Diocese of Legazpi; MOA signing, official turnover, held

Thursday August 4,2022

Through a ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing, the Bicol Small Business Foundation, Inc. (BSBI) building’s management, administration, and maintenance was formally transferred to the Diocese of Legazpi on August 3, 2022, to establish an Interfaith Center.

The agreement was based on the original MOA which expired in 2017. Before it ended, a five-year extension period was authorized that should finish in 2023, hence the turnover ceremony. The three-story building includes the Catholic Chapel, Bicol University (BU) Campus Ministry Organization (CMO) office and service centers for other related functions, Diocesan Youth Commission Office, and the Chaplain’s Office.

To guarantee inclusion in the spirit of ecumenism, a space within the building will be designated as an "Interfaith Hub," which will be used for worship, events, and other activities relating to spiritual affairs and other related concerns of the members of other religious denominations and faith groups along with the BU community, stakeholders, and partners.

As an arm of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Legazpi Inc. (RCBLI), the Diocese of Legazpi will support BU-CMO in its mission of providing youth formation and development. The promotion of an environment of peace and ecumenism among various religions and faith groups that allow for ecumenical dialogue and the unrestricted expression of religious beliefs and practices was one of the top priorities identified.

In addition, a priest will be assigned to minister the University’s Catholic population. The priest may also be an affiliate to teach his field of expertise such as Philosophy or Ethics. The MOA is effective for a period of 10 years, subject to renewal of the agreement.

The MOA signing ceremony was attended by the BU officials headed by BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, Legal Officer Atty. Daryl B. Redoblado, Campus Ministry adviser Dr. Norma Ll. Magdato, and BSBI President Dr. Ofelia S. Vega (retired).

For the RCBLI representatives, present were Bishop of Legazpi, His Excellency Bishop Joel Z. Baylon; Diocese of Legazpi Chancellor Rev. Fr. Laurence C. Bringino; Diocesan Commission on Youth, Commission Head Rev. Fr. Teody John A. Camba; Member’s Development Services Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Rafael Don B. Sambajon; Commission Head on Temporalities Rev. Fr. Jose E. Lobrigo represented by Arch. Ana M. Lorilla of Bicol University.

Dr. Renelyn E. Bautista, BU Communication and Public Relations Office Director, served as the programme facilitator. The program was conducted face-to-face, observing minimum health and safety protocols, and livestreamed through the university’s and diocese’s Facebook pages. |  written by Arnold C. Noda, CPRO

Watch the livestream here: