MCGI volunteers join tree planting activity in Southshore Reserve in Christchurch

admin   •   August 22, 2017   •   7446

Members Church of God International (MCGI) composed mainly of Filipinos, joined the environment group Trees for Canterbury in planting thousands of trees in a tree planting activity in the Southshore Reserve Christchurch in New Zealand.

The MCGI members were among those who volunteered to provide services to the public and to help the local government by joining such noble endeavor.

Happiness was obvious on the faces of volunteers as they carried out a huge contribution to the community especially since it is considered a conservation area.

“The Trees for Canterbury philosophy is to get the community involved; get people to talk to each other,” said Trees for Canterbury representative Steve Bush. “And for yourselves as a Filipino community in Christchurch, also gets you involved, brings you back into the community and expands rather than standing on the outside part of the community.  And I believe it is really important and I’m feeling excited today seeing many of you here and working alongside of you here.”

The volunteers are hoping that the said planting activity will help prevent the disastrous impact of calamities and floods which sometimes happens due to lack of trees. — Jessica Eslava | UNTV News and Rescue

Philippines, New Zealand to boost maritime security ties

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

The Philippines and New Zealand have agreed to boost maritime security cooperation and affirmed mutual support amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the two nations made the agreement during the 6th Philippines-New Zealand Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) hosted by the Philippines on 04 November 2021.

The meeting was co-chaired by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Neal Imperial with New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) South and South East Asia Division Manager Andrew Needs.

The DFA said the Philippines thanked New Zealand for its recent actions affirming the 2016 Arbitral Award on the South China Sea, particularly New Zealand’s note verbale to the United Nations Secretary General which upheld the final and binding nature of the Arbitral Award.

The Philippines also thanked New Zealand for its support for ASEAN centrality in ensuring peace, security, and stability in the South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific.

“In the three-hour meeting, both sides acknowledged the growing breadth and depth of Philippines-New Zealand bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of defense and security, health, trade and investments, development cooperation, people-to-people and cultural engagements,” the DFA said.

Imperial conveyed appreciation for the assistance rendered by New Zealand in helping the Philippines mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

New Zealand, for its part, highlighted its proposed initiatives on inclusion and diversity for Lumad communities in the Philippines, as well as its capacity-building projects in Davao and Bukidnon.

The DFA also said that both countries also highlighted the ongoing cooperation in the ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue mechanism, current negotiations on an enhanced ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, and New Zealand’s hosting and chairmanship of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting.

The FMC serves as a bilateral mechanism to chart the direction of future engagement as well as review and support progress on key initiatives spanning the entire range of Philippines-New Zealand relations, it added/

The last FMC was held in Wellington in 2018.

Afghanistan Crisis: OFWs escape to Dubai, Qatar with help from employers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Relatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Afghanistan confirmed with UNTV that their family members have reached Dubai safely after narrowly escaping the unrest in the Taliban-controlled country.

From Dubai, they are expected to return home to the Philippines soon.

On Tuesday (August 18), 35 Filipinos arrived in the Philippines from Afghanistan.

Based on records of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are around 130 Filipinos in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Joseph Glenn Gumpal, who acts as president of the Samahang Pilipino in Afghanistan, said 11 more Filipinos have already made it to Qatar with the help of their employers.

UNTV was able to get in touch with other stranded Filipinos in Afghanistan whose fates remain uncertain after a series of flight cancellations.

Among them is Rio Adrias, who confirmed that they are in constant communication with the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan which has jurisdiction over Filipinos in the Afghan country.

The only problem, Rio said, was that the chartered flight that they were supposed to board on Tuesday was canceled and they were told that they would need to take a commercial flight.

“Hindi pa rin po namin malaman kung kailan makakalapag ang eroplano dito sa Kabul kasi puno pa rin po ng tao ang Kabul airport. Hindi pa rin po lumilikas nasa 10,000 Afghan po ang naghihintay [na] doon na po natutulog,” she said.

Rio is one of the 24 Filipinos currently staying in a shelter some distance away from Kabul airport.

As for their personal needs, Rio said they still have enough supply for several days.

They also worry, however, for the safety of other Filipinos stranded in areas with no access to food and proper lodging.

“Sa pamilya ko, huwag kayong mag-alala ako’y nakakangiti pa pero ako’y naiiyak. Pero doon po sa gobyerno po natin sana po talaga una, matulungan nyo kaming mailikas talaga dito kaming lahat na gustong umuwi kasi talagang ang hirap,” Rio said asking for government support.

“Hindi safe. Hindi kami okay. Hindi namin ma-explain yung pakiramdam namin dito,” she added.

Rio said if she makes it back to the Philippines, she would never go back to Afghanistan.

All she asks for is a livelihood support from the Philippine government in recognition for their contribution to the country’s economy. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Free breakfast with coffee, offered by MCGI in Pasig City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

The legacy continues as Members, Church of God International (MCGI) provided free breakfast with coffee to the residents of Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

Breakfast is dubbed as the most important meal of the day but, sadly, not everyone is able to take it.

Some would need to get to work early, skipping breakfast; while others don’t have enough to make or buy one.

In the spirit of helping others and sharing kindness, the MCGI in Pasig City offered free breakfast, KAPI Breakfast, to the people of Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

MCGI District Coordinator Bro. Melvin Arbo said they have prepared one of Filipinos favorite breakfast meal.

“Mayroong itlog – scrambled eggs, tatlong katamtamang size ng pandesal na siguro sapat na iyon para sa isang ordinaryong tao. Tatlong pandesal okay na iyon good to go na iyon for breakfast at may kasamang kape din iyon, (There are eggs- scrambled eggs, three medium-sized pandesal which I think would be enough for an individual. Three pcs of pandesal, that is already good for breakfast. We also gave coffee),” he said.

Around 250 Pinagbuhatan residents received the free breakfast. Rowena Palacio, one of the recipients is grateful for MCGI’s initiative.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Dios at naalala niyo po kami. Sa grupo niyo po maraming salamat po. MCGI po salamat sa Dios (I thank God that you thought of us. To your group, thank you. MCGI, thanks be to God),” she said. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren)


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