CONGRATULATIONS to Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar who was voted the new CBCP President during the 99th Plenary Assembly of the bishops at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center on United Nations Ave. in Paco, Manila.
He was born on October 16, 1940 in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, completed his Philosophy studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte, and Theology at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1964.
He was member of the clergy of the Diocese of Surigao from 1965 to 1977, and served in the parishes of San Agustin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; San Nicolas de Tolentino in Mainit and Sts. Peter and Paul in Tubud, Surigao del Norte; and St. Vincent de Paul in Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur.
He pursued further studies at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Canon Law, magna cum laude (1982) and Doctorate in Canon Law, magna cum laude (1983). He also completed masteral studies in Business Administration at the De la Salle University in Manila.
He was ordained bishop on November 27, 2001 and appointed Bishop of Tandag on that same year.
ALSO ELECTED DURING THE PLENARY:
Palo Archbishop Jose Palma- Vice President
Msgr. Figura – Secretary General (re-elected)
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco – Treasurer (re-elected)
COUNCIL MEMBERS (Regional Representatives)
For Luzon: Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena, San Fernando (Pampanga) Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD.Pablo David, Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona, Taytay Bishop Edgardo Juanich and
For Visayas: Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Jaro Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo Alminaza.
For Mindanao: Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles and Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar.
Bishop Odchimar and other members of the permanent council will start serving their terms in December 2009.