Disaster Relief in the Philippines
Bro. Eli Soriano initiated various disaster relief programs to provide assistance to those who are in need in times of calamities in the Philippines.
Bro. Eli Soriano has always been in the forefront of public charities in the Philippines whatever the circumstance may be. Part of his humanitarian assistance programs is to provide disaster relief in the Philippines, particularly during the onslaught of manmade and natural catastrophes.
Through the Members Church of God International that he leads, Bro. Eli mounts feeding programs, distribution of relief packs, assistance in rescue operations, and donation of rescue vehicles and equipment. To expand his and the MCGI’s reachout efforts during these trying times, he partners with public service channel UNTV Life.
In Brgy. Bagong Silang Quezon City, one of the affected areas in the National Capital Region when Typhoon Ondoy hit the country back in 2009, residents received relief operations in the form of medical missions, free legal consultations and feeding Programs.
Relief missions were also carried out in Davao province in July 2011 when the Pangi River overflowed that caused a ten-foot high flood that severely affected areas in five barangays. Victims at the evacuation centers were supplied food, clean drinking water, clothing, and medicines. Two weeks later, MCGI-Davao returned to the muddied towns of the said province to conduct a clean-up drive as part of their expanded relief Operations.
On November 8 2013, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded Super Typhoon Yolanda, struck the Visayas region wherein thousands of Filipinos lost their lives and left billions of pesos in damages and infrastructure. The low-lying areas on the eastern side of Tacloban City were hardest hit, with some areas completely washed away.
MCGI and UNTV joined forces to set-up the “Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) and UNTV Camp” in the city. Volunteers provided ready-to-eat food, relief packs, and medicines to about 1,000 residents. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon also sent six generator sets including fuel to the region to power the camp’s operations.
Victims of the Habagat and Typhoon Maring in Metro Manila also received relief packs from MCGI in cooperation with the local government units while medical and relief missions were also held in Cagayan de Oro City when Typhoon Pablo hit the said area in 2011.
Moreover, Bro. Eli is one of the key supporters of UNTV’s annual “Rescue Summits for Emergency Preparedness,” which aims to educate people on how to face different calamities and emergency situations.
News-and-rescue or “Tulong Muna Bago Balita” (Rescue First Report Later) is one of UNTV’s pillar causes initiated by the public service channel’s Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon. During its launch, UNTV deployed hundreds of news-and-rescue mobile units initially in the NCR to assist massive emergency situations during the peak of New Year revelry. The assistance provided by news-and-rescue during year-end revelry has now become an annual commitment.
In line with this, UNTV has its own Fire Brigade which started in August 2011 that aims to help the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in responding to fires around Metro Manila. Beyond his broadcast evangelization efforts, Bro. Eli Soriano continually finds time to observe, think, and serve his fellowmen locally and abroad. Rain or shine, he always makes sure that he is able to extend a helping hand to people who need his assistance the most.