Part of the continuous humanitarian efforts of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) that benefits members and nonmembers alike, an Aid to Humanity event was held on August 17, 2021 for the thousands of residents of the three resettlement communities of the Church in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines—Maligaya I, Maligaya II, and Bagong Buhay. The distribution of relief packages was done through the supervision of the district leadership of the Ecclesiastical District of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
In order to comply with the government-implemented health and safety protocols, only the resident ministers of the local congregations of Maligaya I, Maligaya II, and Bagong Buhay—and a limited number of brethren went house to house to hand over the relief packages. It contained basic commodities, such as rice, trays of fresh eggs, grocery items, and personal protective equipments.
Alvin Soliman, head deacon of the Local Congregation of Maligaya I, said, “This is a great help, especially in this time of pandemic. Thank you so much.”
Farming is the main source of living of Church members in Palayan City, as well as a garment factory and the Maligaya Mega Poultry. But the current pandemic crisis and the implementation of health and safety protocols have adversely affected their lives. They were thankful to the Church Administration as their needs have been provided.
The resettlement community in Maligaya was established by the Church Of Christ for the brethren who were affected by religious persecution in the early 1960s in Hacienda Luisita. The one in Bagong Buhay was set up for the brethren who lost their homes in the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the early 1990s. — With reports from INC News Section