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International Peacemaker Rev. Irma Mepico Balaba from the Philippines stresses need to resume peace talks in her country

Riders on the storm—Typhoon Haiyan recovery
PDA has received more than $2.5 million to aid in recovery after Haiyan and is committed to working with the UCCP to "build the church’s capacity to be there” after disasters. Young Adult Volunteer Duncan Kirk was among those unexpectedly involved in typhoon recovery.

San Francisco Theological Seminary  has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Silliman University Divinity School in the Philippines to facilitate the promotion of common areas of interest between the two educational institutions, including faculty and student exchanges, the sharing of resources, and research collaboration. Read more

“Tragedy must not deter us from our Christian calling” - learn how World Mission is helping those left devastated by the typhoon that hit in early November.

Two letters fom Cobbie Palm after Typhoon Haiyan
Update November 12, 2013
The vulnerability of poverty

Webinar updates Presbyterians on Philippines disaster response
Assessment of needs continues; best help right now is cash, Filipino church leaders say


Listen (below) to an update on the Philippines, a webinar from November 20, 2013, which was hosted by Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012). The webinar’s panelists included Bishop Reuel Marigza, General Secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines; Laurie Kraus, Coordinator of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; Dessa and Cobbie Palm, mission coworkers serving in the Philippines; Mienda Uriarte, World Mission Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific; and Bruce Reyes-Chow, writer, blogger and moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008).

 “Breaking the bonds of poverty.”  Dessa Palm gives a keynote address at Dallas II.


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) initiated mission work in the Philippines in 1899, followed by other U.S. mainline denominational missionaries. During the first 50 years each mission group worked independently, building churches, schools, hospitals and social service centers. Then in 1948 the Protestant denominations in the Philippines came together to form the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).

Through mission personnel, Young Adult Volunteers and in partnership with the UCCP, the PC(USA) is involved in theological education and leadership development, evangelism and new church development, social service and development, young adult and women ministries, justice and peace, security and reconciliation.

The mission priorities of the PC(USA) in the Philippines are:

  • Leadership formation of the youth and young adults of its partner church
  • Leadership development of pastors and lay leaders
  • Ministries to abused women and children
  • Social and economic development
  • Peace, justice and reconciliation and Christian-Muslim dialogue

Philippines Partner Churches and Organizations

United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
UCCP Disaster Bulletin Alert:

CROP Drop-in Center, a prostitute rescue program
National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)
Philippine Christian University
Silliman University
Southern Christian College
Union Christian College

Presbytery Partnership

Sacramento Presbytery

Philippines Mission Network

• For information contact Bruce Reyes-Chow or Mienda Uriarte

The digital Philippines Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

Learn more about Philippines

Visit the BBC country profile.

2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 238-239
August 19
August 20


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