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Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Politics, Vatican.
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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.
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) Auxiliary Bishop Pablo David, Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona, Taytay Bishop Edgardo Juanich and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD.
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.


1. dFish - July 15, 2009

Thank you for this info Padre Felmar. Mabuhay an taga-Mainit, aw taga-Surigao badja hehehe. Del Sur sana Del Norte…More power to the CBCP…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - July 15, 2009

hehe makes me wonder ano kaya ang plano ng ating new cbcp head para sa ating bayang tinubuan, ang mindanao…

2. Jorge - July 15, 2009

Congrats po! More power!


3. jason - July 15, 2009

saan naman po sunod nyong destinasyon?
baka pede mapadpad naman kayo d2 sa qc

Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar
(hirao itype ah)

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - July 16, 2009

malabo na akong makabalik sa qc kasi mindanao na ang assignment ko. pero every now and then pumupunta naman ako ng qc. this december punta ako diyan…then next year summer…

4. cruxrifter - July 15, 2009

CONGRATS! 🙂 btw surigao del sur ang province ng mom ko at nakapag aral ako somewhere dun for 1 year! haha am proud narin 🙂

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - July 16, 2009

pride ng buong surigao ang bagong cbcp president…natuwa din ung mga kaibigan kong mga taga-surigao.

5. jason - July 16, 2009

Mgandang umag sa yo Santino!!!!

battin mo rin ako ng good morning a!!!!!!!!!!!!

idalangin moooooo

sa may kappppppppaaa aaaaaaaaaaal

6. Lhen - July 16, 2009

Hi father!!!! na ngangamusta lang…. (“,)

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - July 18, 2009

ito healthy and enthusiastic pa rin…

7. jun plaza - December 14, 2009

hi pohhh,,, im proud po ako sa aming obispo dito sa tandag,,,,, God Bless You po Bshp. Nereo P. Ochimar…..D2 lang kami sa Likod mo susuporta sau………


kami sa HOLY INFANT COMMUNITY Of TANDAG taos pusong bumabati saYo BSHP NEREO P. ODCHIMAR bilang bagong pangulo nang CBCP. parati ka namin esasama sa aming pagdadasal…GOD BLESS YOU… proud kami sau BISHOP…….

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