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INC rolls out Lingap COVID-19 relief drive

THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) is stepping up its Covid-19 pandemic assistance by allocating close to P10 million worth of relief goods to cities and provinces in the NCR Plus bubble, a Church official said yesterday.

INC’s humanitarian drive, under its Lingap sa Mamamayan program, will distribute “goody bags” to densely populated areas most affected by the corona virus from April 18-30.

“Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo and the entire INC continue to act in the spirit of Bayanihan that our government is spearheading. We as a Church will do our share in providing assistance to our countrymen in need — those who have lost jobs, those who need food and basic supplies, those who need upliftment during this ongoing health emergency,” said Bro. Glicerio P. Santos IV of the INC’s Finance Department.

Santos IV explained that they are partnering and closely coordinating with the respective local government units of the beneficiary areas for an organized and targeted distribution of goods.

The initial phase of the Lingap initiative, with an allocated budget of Phop 9.8 million, will involve the following LGUs and provinces in the NCR Plus bubble: Quezon City (Php 1.6M worth of goody bags), Manila (Php 500T), Caloocan (Php 500T), Las Piñas (Php 300T), Makati (Php 300T), Malabon (Php 300T), Mandaluyong (Php 300T), Marikina (Php 300T), Muntinlupa (Php 300T), Navotas (Php 300T), Parañaque (Php 300T), Pasay (Php 300T), Pasig (Php 300T), Pateros (Php 300T), San Juan (Php 300T), Taguig (Php 300T), Valenzuela (Php 300T), Rizal (Php 1M), Laguna (Php 500T), Cavite (Php 500T) and Bulacan (Php 1M).

“We’re driven by our Executive Minister Manalo’s malasakit sa kapwa. He is our guide and inspiration in the entire assistance effort. This is only the first phase of our Covid Lingap. More are planned immediately after this one. We are finalizing the contents of the goody bags but they will definitely include food and hygiene items and possibly basic medical supplies,” Santos IV stressed.

The INC official pointed out that the current Lingap is a continuation of the series of humanitarian initiatives supervised by former General Auditor Bro. Glicerio B. Santos, Jr. for several years.

Successful Lingap and Aid to Humanity campaigns had been held throughout the Philippines, in various parts of Asia, Africa, Australia-New Zealand, the American continent and in Europe.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo said it will focus its resources this time on local needs, as the country continues to battle the Covid-19 virus.

“Rest assured that the Church will continue to help and assist our national and local governments to provide direct, tangible assistance. We will also continue our prayers that the whole nation may peacefully overcome this pandemic,” the finance official said.