Full-time missionaries serving in the Philippines Cauayan Mission report that the Tuguegarao Philippines Stake divided to create a second stake in the city of Tugegarao last Sunday. Prior to the division of the stake, there were 10 wards and 3 branches in the stake. Earlier this year, two additional stakes were created in the country in Santiago and Makati. There are now 83 stakes and 85 districts in the Philippines.
The fourth new stake to be created in Venezuela in 2011 was organized a couple Sundays ago. The Cabimas Venezuela Stake was organized from the Ciudad Ojeda Venezuela Stake and includes the following five wards and two branches: The Buena Vista, Cabimas, La Rosa, Los Laureles, and Los Medanos Wards and La Rita and Punta Gorda Branches. The Ciudad Ojeda Venezuela Stake now has five wards and one branch. Currently no other stakes in the country appear close to splitting although a couple districts may become stakes in the near future. There are now 33 stakes and eight districts in Venezuela. Of the 33 stakes operating at present, 17 have been created since 2001; nearly a 100% increase within only decade.