New Primate for Episcopal Church in the Philippines April 13, 2021 Highlight, News The Rt. Rev. Brent Harry W. Alawas, Bishop of Northern Philippines, has been elected as the Episcopal Church in the Philippines’ seventh prime bishop and primate by the church’s triennial synod. He will succeed the Most Rev. Joel Pachao, the current primate, when he retires next June as the leader of the province, which has about 125,000 members.