Cebu Chapter
Annual Report
(for the period June 2007 – May 2009)

For the past two years, BBC Cebu  met only four times. In one of the meetings, the Execom and some members
renewed their commitment to continue their support thru active participation in dialogues with relevant government agencies, nongovernment organizations and sectoral groups on socio-economic, political and environment issues and
to collaborate with same agencies, organizations and groups in addressing these issues and concerns if the need arises.
1. BBC - Cebu has consistently extended its moral and financial support to C-Cimpel (Cebu Citizens Involvement and Maturation in People’s Empowerment and Liberation Foundation, Inc.) during elections. The May 14, 2007 Elections resulted in one that was fairly credible.

Of the 14,079 precincts for the whole province of Cebu including Cebu City, the total number
of precincts counted was 12, 853 with a percentage of 91.29. C-Cimpel fielded 24,157 volunteers (priests, religious sisters and lay volunteers). Through its Voters’ Values Education up to chapel (barangay) level and Poll Watching on Election Day it has tried to address/intervene in some rampant and common election fraud like vote buying. In between elections C-Cimpel gives ongoing information seminars to its leaders and volunteers and facilitates seminars on
Barangay Governance and Development Programs, Barangay Development Planning
and Anti-corruption modules Towards Good Governance.
2. In a meeting with Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Atty. Pelagio Apostol and Public Assistance on Corruption Prevention Office, Atty. Virginia S. Palanca, a partnership was created in its advocacy against corruption. Discussion was focused on the perception that high profile cases filed in the Office of the Ombudsman were protected. The Ombudsman officials assured the group to provide updates on the status of the cases filed and to facilitate speedy action on these cases
already forwarded to their office in Manila.
3. Mr. Ernesto Aboitiz represents BBC-Cebu in Dilaab, an organization that envisions to ignite
hope among ordinary citizens, to move by faith in God and love of country, to contribute
in building a better Philippines. Among its on-going programs and activities are the conduct of seminars on Christian Citizenship and Leadership to Philippine National Police Trainees and
provides information dissemination  initiatives on corruption cases filed at the office of the Ombudsman.
4. The collaborative effort of the BBC - Cebu Environment Committee with Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water (CUSW) University of San Carlos-Water Resource Center (USC-WRC), Philippine Business For Social Progress (PBSP) and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (CCCI) to help address the water crisis in Metro Cebu is on a stalemate as it faces
a big challenge to move the local government officials to acknowledge and accept this urgent need for additional safe, potable and low cost water supply in Metro Cebu.
5. At present the supply of water is essentially taken from the coastal aquifer. The Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) extracts about one half while private wells extract the rest. The coastal
aquifer is under stress as indicated by the high rise of salinity level (due to fast creeping sea water intrusions) in some parts of Cebu and Mandaue cities. The committee with its partner NGOs continued its advocacy through information and education of the consumers. A journalist and committee member, Mr. Johnny Mercado, has published several articles regarding this issue and concern on local and national newspapers.