Dumaguete Chapter
Upon the invitation of Bishop John Du, BBC National Co-Chairman Vicente Paterno and BBC Executive Director Belle Beluan facilitated the organizational meeting for the revitalization of BBC Dumaguete held on March 16, 2010 at the Marian Priests’ Center. BBC Dumaguete was formerly organized in 1993.

In attendance were a select group of businessmen targeted to comprise the core group of the chapter.

A dinner graciously hosted by Bp. Du preceded the meeting, after which he welcomed the guests and participants. Fr. Julius Hereula, Rector of the Cathedral led the Invocation. BBC National Chairman Vicente Paterno provided a backgrounder on BBC and the mechanics of organizing local BBC Chapters. He cited the BBC Consensus Statement crafted by Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ, and adopted by 35 Bishops and 30 businessmen who gathered on February 13-14, 1971 in Baguio City to form what was to become the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference.

The Consensus Statement according to him continues to be relevant, as it took cognizance of existing corruption and the need to fight it even at the onset of the 70’s. He likewise challenged the prospective BBC Dumaguete Chapter members to focus on local issues. He said as activities grow in number, Committees will be formed to look after the different facets of the major chapter programs.

Mr. Danilo Sanchez, BBC Co-Chairman of BBC Kalookan was invited to share a BBC Chapter’s experiences and challenges in organization and pursuance of BBC Chapter programs.

A Situationer on the Diocesan Social Action Projects was presented by Fr. Burton Villanueva, Social Action Director of the Diocese of Dumaguete. Former BBC Dumaguete Chairman Gregorio Uymatiao gave the Closing Remarks .

BCBP Dumaguete Chapter Head Wilfredo Magallano served as the Program Emcee.