Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo recently spearheaded the inauguration of a new self-sustaining eco-farming community established by INC in Camarines Norte.
Established through the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation in a 100-hectare site in Brgy. Bakal in Paracale the program aims as livelihood source for the province’s indigenous Kabihug community.
The community is composed of 300 households, a garment factory, a fish-drying facility, a school and a chapel, the Paracale site is the 10th eco-farming area set up by the INC in various locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
INC general auditor Glicerio Santos, said “the INC wants to help both members and non-members fight poverty and maintain dignity in their lives, as we believe that spirituality goes hand in hand with a decent living.”
The idea of creating livelihood and financial assistance projects was started in 1965 in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija under then-Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo. In 1992, the INC established the Barangay Bagong-Buhay site following the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
Bicol’s Regional Director of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Evelyn Jacob said “INC’s efforts included moral and spiritual nurturing as well, for which everyone is grateful.”