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Palawan Missions Brief History

CM Tigcal shared a brief history of UCCP mission work in Palawan which started in the 50s/60s in the northern and southern tip of the province, not in the center where Puerto Princesa lies.  It is amazing how migrants from Antique started the church in Dumaguena, one of the oldest churches in PAC, named after Dumagas where settlers mostly came from.  The story says that the pioneers of UCCP Dumaguena has a very strong identity of being UCCP that even in the years that followed wherein various denominations came and go trying to proselyte the members, they remained with UCCP despite weak connections to the seat of leadership.  Praise be to God for the leadership of a lay person, Mr. Magtulis,  who later invited church workers to help him in the growing demand for spiritual nurturing in Dumaguena sometime in the 60s. While the work in Southern Palawan is ongoing, a group in the North led by Pastor Abad was blossoming.  These groups were not even aware of each other’s activities until in a wider church gathering of South Luzon Jurisdiction in the 70s in which Palawan was classified, they discovered God’s work in the province giving birth to Palawan Mission Conference under SLJ.  In the early 90s, PMC was elevated to the status of Palawan Associate Conference with the aim of making it a regular Conference by 2000.  Perhaps the political and economic growth in the province has also affected the progress and development of UCCP churches in the province.  As an “archipelago” in itself, its geographical contiguity must have posed a big challenge in the administration of the churches.  Its separateness from the main island of Luzon or the Visayas did not attract church workers to migrate and accept the call there.  It must be recognized that only from within the locals there would the supply of church workers in Palawan could best be drawn from.