“Four days have passed since the onset of rains and some rice fields and residential areas are still flooded,” explained Glenda Delideli, officer in charge of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Davao del Norte.
With recent flooding affecting thousands in Davao region, Mindanao, Philippines, the administration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) promptly sent aid through a two-day Care for Humanity event hosted through the Ecclesiastical District of Davao del Norte.
Affected residents of the municipality of Asuncion and those in neighboring areas were the recipients of care packages distributed on January 20, 2024. Brother Israel Flores, district supervising minister, led fellow ministers in the giving of care packages at the house of worship compound of the Local Congregation of Asuncion. The day after, the humanitarian event was continued, this time, at the compounds of the local congregations of Carmen and Tagum City.
“This is a great help especially now in our dire need, if there is no Lingap, we wouldn’t know where to get our food,” said Emalyn Beramo, resident in the Municipality of Carmen.
“We cannot go outside because the streets are flooded, and we can’t go to work,” Veronica Nadonza, resident of Tagum City, narrated. “The first help that we received is from the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Thank you very much to the Church Of Christ.”
The night before the humanitarian activities, volunteer brethren prepared the care packages, containing rice, canned goods, and noodles. “Brethren from various congregations responded to the call to help in the repacking [of relief items],” Brother Flores said. “We thank Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, and the Church Administration for the immediate help and response to the brethren’s needs, which even nonmembers benefited from,” he added.
From January 16, 2024, rains poured in the regions of Mindanao resulting into landslides and floods. Floods in cities and municipalities lasted for days prompting authorities to declare a state of calamity. — With reports from Montriville Boy of INC News Section