MANILA, July 10, 2015— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will elect a new set of officers as they gather for their biannual plenary assembly in Manila on Saturday.
Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP Secretary General, said the new set of Permanent Council members will serve from December 2015 to January 2017.
Mejia said current President, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, and Vice President Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, are eligible for a second term.
Villegas and Valles are both in their first terms in office. CBCP officials have a two-year tenure in office, or a total of four to include the second term.
The plenary assembly meets in regular session twice a year— in January and in July. When the plenary assembly is not in session, the Permanent Council acts in behalf of the conference.
The Permanent Council is composed of a president, vice president, and ten regional representatives— four for Luzon, two for Visayas, three for Mindanao.
During the three-day meeting in Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, the bishops are also expected to discuss reports from various commissions of the CBCP. (CBCPNews)