Negros Oriental outreach benefits El Niño-affected farmers, fisherfolk


Date Posted: June 26, 2024

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Over a month ago, the entire Negros Oriental, a Central Visayan Province in the Philippines, was placed under a state of calamity due to the El Niño phenomenon ( Doing what it can to help those affected, the Ecclesiastical District of Negros Oriental held simultaneous Care for Humanity events in three venues on June 11, 2024, benefiting hundreds of farmers and fisherfolk.

The said humanitarian endeavor took place at the compound of the house of worship of the local congregations of Mabinay, Manjuyod, and Bayawan City.

Led by the ministers and ministerial workers, the brethren distributed care packages consisting of rice, basic grocery items, and gallons of drinking water to Negrense farmers and fisherfolk.

“Most of the vegetables that came from the farm were no longer useful. My family was greatly affected by the [El Niño] phenomenon,” said Jimmy Libaton, a sugar cane farmer from the Pamplona Congregation, who was among the beneficiaries. “So, I thank the Church Administration for always reaching out to us. We were blessed not only with material things, but most of all, the spiritual guidance that we need.”

Another beneficiary, Ernesto Dagle, a farmer from the Manjuyod Congregation, expressed, “I am extremely happy because we were not neglected by the Church Administration. Above anyone else, I’m thankful to our Lord God because despite what we experience, I can feel His love through Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister.”

Brother Renato Callejo, district supervising minister, who also led the distribution of care packages in the Mabinay Congregation, said, “These times of calamities are really hard for our fellowmen. This is the reason the Church Administration is very quick in providing assistance through Care for Humanity events.” — With reports from Blessie Rempillo of INC News Section