Suyac Island, about three kilometers away from the Negros Island, is under the jurisdiction of Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Many residents’ livelihood—from tourism, as the island takes pride of its white sand beach and the mangrove eco-park, among others—was hard hit by the pandemic.
“Fishing is our only source of livelihood now. The income we get is just enough for food. At times when there’s no catch, we’re [really cash strapped],” shared Jenephy Villaflor.
Understanding the islanders’ plight, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from the Negros del Norte reached out to them via the Church’s Aid to Humanity charity program. The brethren-volunteers handed over relief packages, contained rice, canned goods, and bottles of water.
“It’s through these deeds that we prove our love and concern for our fellowmen,” said Brother Mario Mabuti, district supervising minister, who led the humanitarian event.
Meanwhile, the outreach effort for the residents of Taloto-an Island, Concepcion, Iloilo was hosted by the Local Congregation of San Dionisio but was participated in by many brethren from throughout Iloilo North. Led by Brother Abner Flores, district supervising minister, they traveled from the San Dionisio port via motorboat for 45 minutes to reach the island.
“Thank you so much, Iglesia Ni Cristo. Truly a great help!” barangay (village) health workers’ president, Lera Molina, said on behalf of her fellow islanders. — With reports from INC News Section