Along with the extensive evangelical propagation around the world, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) exerted great effort to help thousands of people who needed support amid the crisis brought about by natural calamities and Covid-19 pandemic that hit the year 2020.
Digital Clinic, Serbisyong Bayanihan, feeding programs, relief operations and the construction of a free isolation facility were just some of the biggest charity works launched and accomplished by the MCGI in the past year.
The Members Church of God International kicked off the year 2020 through various gift-giving activities to indigent fellowmen who live on sidewalks and under bridges.
It was part of the advocacies of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Servants of the Members Church of God International, to encourage people to do charity works instead of spending their money on expensive fire crackers and fireworks in welcoming the year 2020.
The eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas on January 12, 2020 has affected thousands of families and caused millions-worth of damage to properties and livelihood.
Seeing the situation, the brethren in the Church of God International took it as an opportunity to extend help to their fellowmen. Immediately, MCGI launched a week-long Medical Mission and Relief Operations in different areas stricken by the natural calamity.
The project offered various free services such as medical checkups and medicines, dental services and legal consultations. Thousands of relief goods and bottled drinking water, which were the urgent needs that time, were also distributed in the area. It was a joint effort of MCGI-UNTV. (Read more: MCGI and UNTV Hold Week-Long Medical Mission and Relief Operation)
A total of 10 million pesos, tax-free, was given to charity by MCGI-UNTV through UNTV Cup Season 8 Grand Finals which was held on March 9, 2020 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The amount was given to the chosen beneficiaries of the twelve participating basketball teams, composed of public servants and players from different government agencies, who vied for the season’s championship title.
The UNTV Cup is one of the many initiatives of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon that aims to help and support the government in serving the people. [Read more: UNTV Cup has donated P50-M to beneficiaries in the past 7 seasons]
While the Philippines was still in the course of recovering from the Taal Volcano eruption, the deadly coronavirus, Covid-19, began to pose a big threat to the country and to the whole world.
As the outbreak persisted, lockdowns were implemented in many places all over the world to reduce the spread of the virus. It resulted to a global economic crisis where many people lost their jobs as many businesses closed; as a consequence, poverty, hunger, and cases of anxiety and depression escalated
However, the Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the MCGI from helping and doing good works. Hence, MCGI, under the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, took the situation as an opportunity to launch more charitable works and projects that were aimed at helping people in their predicaments and in alleviating their sufferings.
Launched in March 2020, the Digital Clinic aims to help the people, especially the Filipinos all over the world, to have an easy access to medical doctors and health professionals. It provided hotlines that are available 24/7, were volunteer doctors attend to the calls of those who seek assistance and advice about their medical concerns.
Doctor referrals and prescriptions were also given if needed. Medicines were freely provided to those who did not have the means to buy them.
Bro. Eli launched the Digital Clinic out of his concern for the people. It was to protect them by preventing them to go out of their homes and be exposed to the virus if they were to seek medical help in hospitals.
MCGI further intensified its public services through the launching of Bro. Daniel Razon’s new program in UNTV – the Serbisyong Bayanihan. The program serves as a platform where people are able to show acts of kindness to those in need; it also makes bayanihan, or the spirit of communal unity and cooperation among Filipinos, very much alive again.
The prime goal of the program Serbisyong Bayanihan is to address the requests of people who have been severely affected by the calamities and pandemic.
The services include extensive distribution of relief goods, or ayuda, free medical assistance, medicines, financial aid (such as start-up capital for a small business), and legal advice.
The program also supports the distance learning program of the government amid the pandemic. Thus, many students were given out gadgets, like tablets, cellphones, and laptops, which they could use in their online schooling.
The different chapters of MCGI are the principal sponsors of the program.
Even before the start of Covid-19 pandemic, MCGI consistently delivers various public services for free. Every time there are calamities and disasters, MCGI always initiates relief operations for the affected people, while other brethren volunteer for DSWD’s repacking of relief goods. And as the pandemic continues, MCGI’s relief goods distribution also continues.
Since the onslaught of the pandemic, MCGI has been conducting a daily relief operation for the Church members and even for the non-members who are in dire need of help.
As of this writing, the MCGI Metro Manila chapter has distributed a total of 65,000 packs of relief goods to those who were severely affected by the pandemic and the strong typhoons, (Rolly and Ulysses) that hit the Philippines.
One of the biggest projects that MCGI launched in 2020 is the MCGI-UNTV Health Facility in Bulacan province.
It is an isolation facility for Covid-19 patients which has been approved both by the Department of Health (DOH) and of the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been acknowledged for complying with the highest standards set by the WHO for a quarantine facility. The structure was built with a design that offers safety for both the people inside the facility and to the community near it.
It has 32 individual rooms with negative pressure that prevents the virus or pathogens from spreading. Each room has its own comfort room, CCTV, intercom, Wi-Fi and television set. It also has a high-tech water sewerage system which makes sure that the water coming in and out of the facility is clean and safe.
It has a 38 full-time staff consisting of 5 doctors, 22 nurses, and 11 non-medical personnel who are all being given due compensation by the Members Church of God International.
God willing, when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon plan to convert the Health Facility into a hospital where people who do not have money to pay hospital and medical expenses can readily avail of its services for free.
These are just some of the charitable works that MCGI was able to carry out with God’s help throughout the year 2020.
Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon have taught the brethren in the Church of God International to always take every situation as an opportunity to do good unto all men especially to the household of faith, as written in Galatians 6:10.
To GOD be the glory!