Ang Dating Daan Turns 33: Will Promote Breastfeeding in 1000 sites

Ang Dating Daan (ADD), on its 33rd anniversary, is set to join the upcoming Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding Program on October 24, 2013 as major participant in promoting the welfare of infants.
For the 33rd Anniversary of Ang Dating Daan (ADD), MCGI joins a Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding Program on October 24, 2013 as a major participant in promoting infant welfare.

Ang Dating Daan (ADD), on its 33rd anniversary, is set to join the upcoming Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding Program on October 24, 2013 as major participant in promoting the welfare of infants.

Led by Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International (MCGI), the group of ADD is positioned to assist the program by organizing its 1000 satellite centers in the country. According to plans, each center would accommodate at least 30 mothers and infants who will be beneficiaries in the event.

Dr. Elvira Henares-Esguerra, the founder of the Nurturers of the Earth, explained that encouraging mothers to breastfeed is promoting good health both for the mothers and their children.

MCGI, the organization behind the ADD broadcasts, homes a number of abandoned babies through its “Infant Care Center” in Apalit, Pampanga. The babies being sheltered by MCGI came from random causes such as abandonment and other misfortunate cases.

Incidentally, ADD’s 33rd anniversary headlines “Building a Prayerful Nation Through Broadcast Evangelization.” The theme illuminates MCGI’s dedication to pursue homegrown projects as well as assist the charity projects of other organizations that share the same advocacy that MCGI has been promoting.

Sustaining projects of Ang Dating Daan are the free medical, legal, and employment services. These are being done in partnerships with other media and charity groups such as UNTV and Kamanggagawa Foundation Inc. along with government offices such as Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Health. The organization is also known for establishing the country’s first free transient homes that are located in Quezon City and in Apalit, Pampanga. Libreng Sakay buses and jeepneys are also busily rolling on the main roads to continuously treat less-privileged commuters on daily basis. These projects are being supervised by Kuya Daniel Razon, Vice-Presiding Minister of MCGI and host of many UNTV programs.

Bro. Eli believes that giving these services to the people is essentially significant as propagating the word of God. He often reminds people that the organization should be in service to anyone seeking any form of assistance in order to fulfill the message of compassion that the Bible promotes.

Ang Dating Daan is now being aired on international domains and is formatted to several languages. The program is known as The Old Path on its English broadcast and O Caminho Antigo on its Portuguese version. There are also several translated titles to cater to the widening audience with diverse nationalities. It can also be viewed on its web stream through www.angdatingdaan.org. Through these broadcast, MCGI is reaping converts with various nationalities coming from different continents.

Ang Dating Daan program was first heard over the radio in 1980. It was first viewed on the television in 1983. At present, the program is homed at UNTV. The program’s anniversary special presentation can be viewed every Sunday 8am to 9:30pm at UNTV, the public service channel.

(Words by Robert Clarita)

MCGI Infant Care Celebrates First Year Anniversary

At the Infant Care Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines, staff members of the ADD Foundation Inc.'s Infant Care Center smile wide while carrying two of the center's babies.
Staff members of the ADD Foundation Inc.’s Infant Care Center smile wide while carrying two of the center’s babies. The Infant Care Center is located in Apalit, Pampanga.

The Infant Care Center, the social welfare group geared to provide care for abandoned and neglected babies under the ADD Foundation International, offered the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord to celebrate their first anniversary at the ADD Convention Center on July 20, 2013.

Established July 20, 2012, the charity arm of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is based in Apalit, Pampanga. The Center is accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and categorized as a child-caring agency, which temporarily shelters babies ages 0-2 ½ years old until they can be taken in by licensed foster families.

Sis. Annabelle Bercasio, one of the volunteer social workers in the center recalled the early beginnings of the Center in an interview, stressing, “The Infant Care was established during those times when there was rampant news of people abandoning babies in transport vehicles and in streets.”

The Center, an advocacy originally conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon, was envisioned to “take care of these babies as they grow, to give them the care and love their parents failed to give them.”

“Babies are part of the marginalized and vulnerable sector of the society. They cannot fight back when they are neglected and abused. It is indeed a great advocacy by our Church Leaders to provide care for these children’s wellbeing,” Sis. Bercasio elaborated.

Currently housing eight babies, the Center also takes in babies that are voluntarily surrendered to them for different reasons and cases. The parents of these babies must voluntarily give their full consent to the Infant Care Center.

“Our goal here in the Infant Care is to help reintegrate the children back to their families [in the right time],” stressed Sis Bercacio, before adding that “if ever they won’t have a family to return to, our option is to provide for them a foster family in which they can belong.”

Among eight of the babies being sheltered by the center, one of them is already being reintegrated back to his family.

Staff members of the Infant Care undergo a weekly training to comply with standard operating procedures imposed by DSWD for operators of child-care agencies in the Philippines. One important requirement include the employent of staff who can effectively watch over the children and provide child development programs during the children’s growing up years.

The Center provides the inhabitants’ basic needs like food, milk, diapers and clothes whereby registered social workers and caregivers are employed to assist. Nursing assistants are also tapped to render service in ensuring the monthly check-ups of the babies, as well as the completion of all their necessary vaccines.

Most important of all, the Center’s staff have been taught by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel to care for the young ones as if they were their own, aside from making sure that the babies’ physiological needs are met.

“With God’s help, the children are well-provided, especially with the affection that they need,” remarked Sis. Bercasio.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

(Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)


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