Davao Chapter
Revitalization of BBC Davao
In response to the invitation of Archbishop Fernando Capalla, Archbishop of Davao, BBC National Co-Chairman Vicente Paterno addressed the organizational meeting for the re-vitalization of BBC Davao Chapter held last February 28, 2009 at the Archbishop’s Residence. Mr. Paterno provided an overview of BBC and its programs. He stressed that businessmen members can greatly help with the social action projects of the arch/diocese using their organizational skills, knowhow and contacts.
The meeting aimed at forming a single Chapter with the suffragan dioceses comprising all four Davaos – Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. But whether BBC Davao consists of four chapters or consolidated into one chapter with four branches, it was suggested that BBC Davao should take advantage of the presence in Davao City of Regional IX’s offices. Follow ups of the provincial chapters’ concerns can be performed by a city secretariat. It may also be worthwhile to establish a BBC all-Davao personality, facilitating communications of the provincial chapters or branches with NGO’s, media, and even foreign donor agencies, Mr. Paterno added.

With the initiative of Archbishop Capalla, bishops of the suffragan dioceses were in attendance, a first in the history of formation of BBC Chapters. Present were Davao Auxiliary Bishop George Rimando, Bishop Patricio Alo of the Diocese of Tagum, and Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz of the Diocese of Digos. Bishop Guillermo Afable was represented by the Social Action Director.

Abp. Capalla welcomed the participants who responded to his invitation and signified interest for the revival of BBC
Davao. Mr. Bobby Ansaldo, Co-Chairman of BBC Cagayan de Oro presented some activities of the BBC Cagayan de Oro
Chapter which helped stimulate ideas of what the revival of BBC Davao could provide members both in the temporal
as well as religious spheres.

Convenor of the meeting was Mr. Nilo Claudio who was designated by Archbishop Capalla to spearhead the organizational meeting in coordination with BBC Executive Director Belle Beluan.
Plenary discussions focused on three questions:
1. How does the present national political situation impact on the region’s economy and business’s
major concerns? On the lot of the region’s poor?
2. Identify three problems in your area that deserve priority attention? And what steps are you taking to attend to the problems? From the businessmen’s viewpoint: from the bishops’ viewpoint
3. What steps may be taken by either side to strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships between
bishops and businessmen in your region?
Highlights of the Discussions/Responses:
1. There is a general perception that there is a negative impact of national political situations (referring to political squabbles)
2. There are more than 10 identified concerns coming from both sectors
Summary killings . Illegal drugs
Unemployment   Power crisis
Media bias   Zoning
Poverty   Environmental degradation
Traffic   Peace & order conditions Centralized
Morality decline      
  There is a need to further analyze the direct problems (perceived /experienced)
that affect the business
3. Roles of each sector
Joint projects for the poor (livelihood, education, scholarships, environment protection)
Bishops as drivers of the BBC; Bishops as center of credibility
The meeting ended with a Pledging of Commitment of time and resources by the prospective BBC members. Another meeting would be convened to formalize the organization and hold the election of officers.