Held at the eco-farm established by the Church in Sitio Paraiso, Barangay Lagubang, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, the activity was carried out in commemoration of their district’s 43rd anniversary.
“My husband and I prepared for this. Last night we geared up and then early this morning, we traveled for about two hours to reach the site. It is our joy to unite in Church activities, including this one,” shared Liezle Abang, deaconess from the Local Congregation of Tacurong City, about 90 kilometers away.
Guided by the farm manager and workers, the brethren planted 3,000 coffee seedlings. Soil condition in Paraiso is conducive to coffee farming.
The eco-farm is within Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos City), the region touted as “the top coffee producer with 1.80 thousand metric tons output or 30.7 percent share to the total production” (psa.gov.ph) from April to June 2021.
Rovie dela Tina, eco-farm site manager, said, “This tree planting activity that was held is an extensive help. It exemplified not only concern to the environment but also unity with the Administration of this Church.”
Brother Alfredo Rodriguez, district supervising minister, led the event. He said on behalf of the brethren, “We offer our deep gratitude to God; we thank the Church Administration for approving activities like this has become timely now more than ever.”
The Ecclesiastical District of Sultan Kudarat oversees 35 local congregations, 10 extensions, and three Group Worship Services (GWS). — With reports from INC News Section