BAGUIO -- Benguet Diocese Bishop Carlito Cenzon has retired from pastoral service after becoming a beacon for the city since 2005.

Cenzon who recently retired, however will still have to wait for three months before his replacement comes in.

The bishop has been active in social issues concerning the city and played an active role in the community often sought for by civil society groups for support to their various causes and has also been sought by politicians for his blessings, believing with his vote of confidence, support from the thousands multi - sectoral group will follow.

Cenzon also led the filing of a Writ of Kalikasan for Mt. Santo Tomas following its destruction by several individuals and was later on granted a Temporary Protection Order (TEPO) to protect the watershed.

According to Catholic news portal, Vatican Radio, Msgr. Victor Bendico will replace Cenzon.

Bendico is from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Capiz, who is the parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, in Roxas City.

Bendico was born in Roxas City, January 22, 1960 and completed his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila. He was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Capiz, on April 14, 1984.

From 1996 to 2000, he studied in Rome at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm, receiving his Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy.

Alkso became the Spiritual Director of St. Pius X Seminary, Roxas City (1984-1988); Vicar at St. Theresa parish of Roxas City (1992-1995); Rector at St. Maria Mater et Regina seminarium maius, (Saint Mary, Mother and Queen, Major Seminary) Roxas City and pastor of St. Isidore parish, Pontevedra, Capiz (2000-2006); Pastor of St. Laurence parish, Panit-an, Pontevedra, Capiz (2006-2011).

Currently he a member of the Commission for Clergy and the one for liturgy; Member of the Council and the Senate of the clergy; Member of the Council of the ‘Colegio de la Purisima Concepción’ (College of the Immaculate Conception) in Roxas City. (Maria Elena Catajan)