• Iglesia steps up war on poverty

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    The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Friday declared that it will further intensify its war on poverty across the country to save those who are not members of the church.

    The statement came as the politically influential religious sect recently inaugurated its housing, eco-farming and livelihood projects that seek to improve the lives of indigenous peoples in Mindanao.

    INC General Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. said the church last weekend unveiled 500 housing units and launched an eco-farming project and Unlad Garment Factory in Barangay Danlag, South Cotabato, with a special worship service officiated by INC Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo, who also led medical and dental missions for members of the B’laan tribe.

    A total of 15,000 food packs, 15,000 pairs of shoes, 15,000 articles of clothing and 5,000 toys were distributed to the tribe, who were also beneficiaries of 500 housing units, he said.

    Santos added that the INC is one with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and all other religious denominations in fighting poverty, a common enemy, he sad, that should be fought in all corners of the country, especially in Mindanao.

    He explained that this was why the church had decided to step up its regular and continuing outreach programs to needy communities all over the country, particularly indigenous peoples.

    “Our objective in the Lingap projects is two-fold: to provide spiritual enrichment and material assistance. For the church, the most effective way to address the prevalent poverty around us is to meet it head on. If greed is one of poverty’s root causes, generosity is one of its cures, and the INC is blessed with the resources and will to provide assistance where it’s needed,” Santos pointed out.

    The INC official said they have been regularly receiving requests for livelihood assistance even from members of other religious groups in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

    The church, according to Santos, heeds the call to serve regardless of religious affiliations.

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