Bishop Leonardo Medroso who on record has retired as bishop is the new parish priest of the St. Joseph Cathedral while awaiting his replacement as head of the Diocese.
Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog, remains as vicar general but ended his term as St. Joseph Cathedral’s parish priest, and now to assume as assistant resident of the Barangay sang Birhen Parish in Cogon, the biggest district in the city.
Bishop Medroso toldÂ The ChronicleÂ that the new assignments which will take effect in June 1 is also part of the much needed preparation for the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Diocese of Tagbilaran in November next year. The yearlong preparation will commence in November this year.
He likewise stressed that the continuing implementation of the Basic Ecclesiastical Commission (BEC) will embark on a more crucial level which is on social responsibility embarking on livelihood programs and the on-going housing projects and the planned construction of a drug rehabilitation center.
The gigantic task for the church rebuilding is another concern of the clergy after several churches were damaged during the magnitude 7.2 earthquake which rocked the province in 2013, the bishop said.
The diocese is now working on both the churches declared as “cultural heritage” by the National Historical Institute (NHI) and those not listed as part of NHI’s concern. He announced major work to start at Calrin Church as well as in the damaged churches in Sandingan Loon and in San isidro town, which will be funded by the Bishops Conference of the United States.
For now, the bishop expects every parish priest to complete his report and inventory of existing repair works before they will assume to their new assignments.
The new assignments include: (Immaculate Heart of Mary vicariate) Fr. Fermin Bugtong, Booy; Fr. Areston Limocon, Dao; Fr. Cecil Lobrigas, Lindaville; Fr. Ronaldo Amora, Manga; Fr. Manuel Maligmat, San Isidro; Fr. Warli Salise, Jr., Taloto; Fr. Vivencio Husain, Jr., Tiptip; Fr. Danilo Maniwan, Ubujan;
(St. Joseph vacariate) Fr. Jesus Labor, Cogon; Fr. ManuelÂ Mendez, Bool; Fr. Josel Halasan, Dampas; Fr. Martin Lupiba, Lourdes; Msgr. Vicente Nunag III, St. Jude Thadeus-Mansasa; Msgr. Avelino Onyot, St. Anthony de Padue,Pob III;
With Bishop Medroso at the St. Joseph Cathedral are Fr. Argerio Pana, Fr. Belarmino Palapr, Fr. Craig Jubac, Fr. Sinforiano Monton, Fr. Jose Ruyeras, Fr. Jose Sumampong, Jr.,Â Fr. Crisolito Gaengan, Fr. Irvin Garsuta and Fr. Oriel Echavia.
Other parish priests assignments:
Fr. Arnold Baura, Batuan; Fr. Dennia Balakid, Bilar; Fr. Elias Algabre and Fr, Gerardo Salise, Loay; Fr. Marcelino Biliran, Loboc; Fr. Anecito Polinar, Sevilla; Fr. Carmelo Tandugon,Jr., Quinogitan; Fr. Andres Ayco, Alburquerque; Fr. Nilo Batuasa, Baclayon;Â Fr. Manuel Pantollana, Corella; Fr. Desiderio Magdoza, Dauis; Fr. Leonel Grado, Panglao; Fr.Â Patricio Galon, Songculan;Â Fr. Jonas Lubiano, Baang, Catigbian; Fr. Alvin Pusta, Balillihan; Fr. Marcos Caballo, Catigbian; Fr. Roderick Pizarras, Cortes; Fr. Victor Torralba, Hanopol, Balilihan; Fr. Saturnino Villapaz, La Paz;Â Fr. Gerald Lopena, Canhayopon; Fr. Jomari Polo, Dimiao; Fr. Warren Abarquez, Lila; Fr. Joselito Masula, Tabuan; Fr. Johnson Inte, Valencia; Fr. Linuel Canizares, Antequera; Fr. Florante Camacho, SVD., Busao; Fr. Ruel Pangan, Catagbacan; Fr. Virgilio Salas, Cuasi; Fr. Ramon Tumangday, Loon; Fr. Gerardo Saco, Jr., Maribojoc; Fr. Richard Calpan, Sandingan Island; Fr. Dennia Leornas, Cabilao Island; Fr. Alger Angcla, Tubigon; Fr. Efren Dolauta, Calape; Fr. Gamaliel Gamas, Clarin; Fr. Alexander Nalitan, Cawayanan; Fr. Victoriano Dagat, Nahawan; Fr. Pedro Curambao, Pangangan island; Fr. Ronald Camet, Sagbayan; Fr. Floro Hora, San Isidro; Fr. Gilbert Ilogon, Tubigon.