Newsletter Asia-Pacific 1/2020: Forum Report Philippines

  • By end of January, NCCP had completed its emergency response to the Mindanao earthquakes which happened in the months of October and December last year. Through the ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund, NCCP provided food packs to 2,035 affected families in the provinces of Cotabato and Davao del Sur. Medical mission and psychosocial support activities were also undertaken by NCCP member churches belonging to the Cotabato Regional Ecumenical Council (COREC).
  • NCCP and World Renew raised an appeal in February to respond to the multiple disasters in the Philippines in the last quarter of 2019, affecting about 5.8 million people across eight out of the Philippines’ 17 administrative regions.
  • As part of their advocacy for COVID-19, NCCP strongly urged the Philippine government to enhance its (whole-of-society) coordination mechanisms to involve civil society groups and engage the communities in responding to this emergency rather than a whole-of-government and military approach. NCCP also pushed for more efforts in educating the public for community quarantine and increase the support for frontliners, particularly medical staff, and mass testing.

Find here the statement from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines: