FIRST CORDILLERAN ELECTED SECGEN OF COUNCIL OF PHILIPPINE CHURCHES

BAGUIO CITY–Rev. Rex R.B. Reyes, Jr., has been reelected for the third time as Secretary General of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, the first Cordilleran to hold the position of the largest fellowship of mainline Protestant and non-Roman Catholic churches in the country.

Fr. Reyes, a native of Sagada, Mt. Province, was elected to the post during the 24th General Convention of the NCCP, at the Mission Camp of the United Methodist Church in Tagaytay City.He will hold office for the next for yours.

In his speech, Fr. Reyes said he was accepting his election “in the name of all what is just, in the name of what makes us all human, in the name of what makes this country look forward, with better hope.”

Padi Reyes, as he is fondly called, is a strong advocate for justice and peace.

During his leadership, the NCCP has taken strong position on issues such as human rights, migrants, workers, indigenous peoples, among others, according to the NCCP website.

The convention was attended by representatives of the 10-member churches and nine church-related organizations as associate members.

It was learned that the NCCP will start a new three-year Human Rights Program that will be supported by the European Union.

Elected with Fr. Reyes were several other officers that included Justice Raoul Victorino (ret.) as Chairperson; Bishop Rodolfo Jose of the United Methodist Church, as Vice-Chairperson; and Mr. Rey Natividad of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, as Corporate Treasurer. Guerrero Coloma