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The Apostolic Vicariate of Baguio, created July 6, 1992 from the then Apostolic Vicariate of the Mountain Provinces, now comprises the city of Baguio and the civil province of Benguet.  It has a total land area of 2,655 square kilometers and a population of 768,900 of whom 65 per cent are Catholics.

The population is a conglomeration of various ethnolinguistic groups, including the non-indigenous inhabitants of the city, the town centers and mining camps Ilocanos, Pangasinenses and Tagalogs. Benguet is the site  of many mining operations in the country.

Baguio City within the province of Benguet is sometimes called Pines City because of its picturesque forests of Benguet Pine.  It sits on a plateau in the central Cordillera Mountains, with an elevation of 1524 meters.  And with the rest of Benguet, enjoys a cool tempterature of 66 degrees in January and 72 degrees in May.  It is the summer capital of the country.

Evangelization in the area was started in 1907 by the pioneer missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), also known as the Scheut Fathers.  These missionaries established mission centers, Catholic schools, a hospital and a clinic.  Today the work of evangelization is being carried out through a network of 8 parishes in Baguio and 13 mission stations in the district of Benguet.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Baguio is run by 47 priests, 24 of them diocesan and 23 religious, assisted by 219 religious sisters in related activities.  There are in the vicariate 35 established Basic Ecclesial Communities, 15 retreat houses, 9 homes and dormitories.  Educational centers under Catholic supervision include 1 university, 15 high schools, 6 elementary schools and 3 pre-schools.  At the head of the vicariate is the Most Reverend Ernesto A. Salgado, D.D., STD, Apostolic Vicar of Baguio.

The vicariate implements what is called Renewed Integral Evangelization (RIE), a program with three components:  Liturgy, Formation and Social Action (LIFORSA).  These correspond to the priestly, prophetic and kingly missions of Christ on earth.  Each program component has Desks to handle more specific concerns of each component.  All these Desks are located at the Vicariate Services Center, Bishop's Residence, Baguio City.

The different Desks are:  for Liturgy the General Liturgical Formation Desk, the Liturgical Ministers' Formation Desk, and the Liturgical Print Materials Production and Radio Broadcast Desk; for Formation the Formal Catechesis Desk, the Non-Formal and Ongoing Formation Desk, the Agents of Evangelization Desk, and the Social Media Apostolate Desk; for Social Action the Peace and Justice Desk, the Socio-Economic Desk, the Sectoral Organizing Desk, and the Research and Documentation Desk.

Vision and Mission Statement  "The vicariate envisions the sharing of the gifts of Jesus Christ, and the guarding of His precepts of charity, humility and self-sacrifice.  For its mission it aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and to establish a community of disciples living in harmony and solidarity, opting to be a Church of the Poor which demands evangelical poverty of all."

Strategy  "The vicariate is to form, develop and strengthen religious formation, social commitment and community worship, directed toward the building of Basic Ecclesial Communities."

 

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