Quirino District holds consecutive socio-civic events, youth activities


Date Posted: March 26, 2024

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The Ecclesiastical District of Quirino, which oversees 37 local congregations and 4 extensions, in Luzon, Philippines, held two consecutive socio-civic activities at the onset of March 2024.

Under the Church’s INC Giving project, a solid waste management seminar was held for Buklod members at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Diffun on March 2. Jessie Delio Vaquilar, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Diffun, served as the resource speaker. He discussed to the attendees the proper ways of disposing and recycling waste materials such as plastic, paper, metal, and glass to help protect human health and the environment.

The following day, March 3, a blood donation drive was held at the Quirino Province Medical Center (QPMC), during which more than 70 bags of blood were collected. The said humanitarian endeavor was conducted in collaboration with QPMC which was also the recipient of the collected blood for the benefit of its patients.

“We thank the brethren who participated in the activity,” expressed Brother Erwin Cabanit, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer. “Such worthwhile event truly helped those who are in need of blood. Through the leadership of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, our Executive Minister, we continue to express our concern for our fellowmen.”

Simonette Alvarez, medical technologist and QPMC laboratory head, said, “On behalf of Dr. Margarette De Guzman, our chief of hospital, we are so blessed and thankful for enjoining QPMC to be the Church’s partner in INC Giving. We would like to congratulate and thank the brethren who came here and supported us. We hope that we’ll continue our partnership and cooperation.”

Meanwhile, on February 17, the members of the Christian Brotherhood International (CBI) attended the INC Students Unity Camp and Band Together at the Aglipay Caves and Campsites in Barangay Villa Ventura, Quirino, Philippines.

The brethren, who are high school and college students, enjoyed and participated in various team building activities, further developing their interpersonal skills. Later that day, a program was conducted featuring several musical bands performing INC original music.

Lyka Vicente, from the San Francisco Congregation, shared that she “learned how to effectively communicate with my fellow youth brethren.” Through the said activity, she realized, “It’s important to build a good relationship with my fellow students in the Church to easily cope with any problems in our studies.”

“I’m so glad that we had this kind of activity,” said Joel Pavo, KADIWA president of the Luna Congregation. “I promise to lead my fellow young brethren and students in actively serving God.” — With reports from Villamark Ramos of INC News Section