MCGI-UNTV Medical Mission serve over 300 inmates in San Mateo Municipal jail

Rizal Province, Philippines – More than 300 persons of deprived liberty (PDL) in San Mateo Municipal Jail benefitted from the medical mission conducted by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in partnership with UNTV on August 18, 2017.

For inmates to acquire medical treatment, they would need the court’s permission in order for them to leave prison to get the medical assistance they require. Hence, MCGI and UNTV’s medical missions, which are also held inside prisons, are most welcome — not just for the inmates but for the municipal jails as well.

“The medical missions that you provide are a huge help because the medical needs of sick inmates are taken care of,” said by one of the inmates.

Deputy Warden, J/INSP. Joseph Basig of San Mateo Municipal Jail expressed his gratitude to the groups who provided free medical assistance to their inmates.

As part of the usual routine in all MCGI medical missions, a volunteer dentist cleans and strerilizes dental equipment to ensure that quality service will be provided. This photo was taken during one of MCGI’s medical missions conducted inside the Baguio City Jail.

“We are all thankful for the foundations here today who continue to help us resolve some of our major concerns inside the municipal jail. I hope that your foundation continues to help others — not just help those inside prison walls, but those outside as well,” remarked Basig.

The beneficiaries of this public service endeavor were provided with different medical and dental services, ranging from general consultations to dental cleaning and tooth extractions.

The medical mission also successfully addressed the common illnesses and health needs of PDLs in jails such as different skin diseases, coughs, colds, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among others.

The inmates were also given the opportunity to consult with UNTV and MCGI’s volunteer lawyers regarding their legal problems.

MCGI and UNTV continuously work on medical missions for PDLs. This year, they helped around 350 inmates in Cavite Municipal Jail, provided assistance to more than 200 inmates in Tanay, Rizal, and served more than 400 inmates from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Written by Julie Anne Sabando

MCGI Bags Hall of Fame Award in the 2nd Annual Dugong Quezon Awards

QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines — For the second straight year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) has received a Hall of Fame or Quezon Kasangga award during the Dugong Quezon Awards 2017 held on August 14, 2017.

MCGI was recognized for its continued support, commitment and involvement in the mass blood drive efforts of Quezon province’s local government.

In collaboration with the Quezon Provincial Blood Council, MCGI had organized 200 blood donation drives throughout the province as of this month, yielding 150 bags of blood.

Partner for Change

MCGI Helper of the Ministry Bro. Roland Antonio delivers a statement on behalf of MCGI, intensifying its advocacy on voluntary blood donation. (Photo by: Sani Loraine Obmasca Biler, Photoville International)

On behalf of the organization, MCGI Helper of the Ministry Bro. Roland Antonio received the award and shared why the group perseveres with its blood donation endeavors as well as its other charitable efforts.

“It is our obligation to do good to everyone and the advocacy of this church is ‘Good deeds will bear no evil fruit’,” remarked Bro. Antonio.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), a religious organization served by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, is a strong supporter of Quezon provinces’ public service for its constituents, helping sustain the province’s blood supply for patients in need.

Highly-Appreciated Charity

Participants gather for a group picture after the Dugong Quezon Awards 2017 awarding ceremony. (Photo by: Sani Loraine Obmasca Biler, Photoville International)

Applauding the dedication of the religious group, Rommel Edaño Jr., the Provincial Administrator of Quezon Province thanked MCGI’s Overall Servants for their continuous mass blood donation campaign.

“Thank you so much Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon! Every year, it is impossible not to recognize your organization [in the Dugong Quezon Awards]. Hopefully in the coming days, we will still be working together in these projects,” said Mr. Edaño.

The Quezon provincial government also presented accolades to some individuals in the province, which included Bronze Galloner Awardee Bryan Ramos, a person with disability who has already made over 30 regular blood donations.

“We are happy because through the simple act of blood donation, we were given this recognition,” Mr. Ramos expressed.

MCGI, one of the Philippines’ most active blood donor group, promotes and regularly holds mass blood donation drives among its members across the Philippines and in various countries such as Australia, Africa, Canada, Singapore, USA, and nations in Latin America.

Written by Karmi Tongol – Rioveros

National Trade Union Congress Health honors MCGI Singapore Chapter with an Award of Appreciation

Singapore — Singapore-based “National Trades Union Congress Health”, or NTUC Health, a nursing home and senior care provider, presented the Singapore Chapter of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) with an Appreciation Award on August 12, 2017.

Bro. Robert Navoa receives an Award of Appreciation on behalf of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) for their tireless efforts in caring for the elderly of NTUC Health. Photo by PVI- Jeffrey Reloban Navarro

MCGI was honored for their exceptional effort in serving the elderly community in Singapore, citing its commitment in sending volunteers, helping provide food, entertainment, and companionship to NTUC’s senior clients.

NTUC Health director Jeannie Ho thanked MCGI’s Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano for encouraging MCGI members to volunteer for worthwhile causes.

“Bro. Eli, thanks so much for giving me this opportunity to acknowledge you for your good work. I’m sure you have a lot of passion,” remarked Ms. Ho. “You have a lot of good people … you motivate them to serve, because [we’re] never too old to serve.”

Bro. Robert Navoa, MCGI-Singapore’s representative, expressed his gratitude to God for the chance to be of help to others during the awarding ceremony.

“Thanks be to God for every opportunity that we can extend help to everyone, especially to the elderly. It is really fulfilling,” said Bro. Navoa.

With the goal of contributing to the overall health and welfare of the elderly belonging in middle income households, NTUC Health was established with the help of the Singaporean government. MCGI Singapore has been actively volunteering for NTUC Health since 2012.

Elders in NTUC Health participate in an activity with the event’s comedic host, aiming to entertain guests and volunteer awardees during the NTUC Health Volunteer Appreciation Lunch.
Photo by PVI- Jeffrey Reloban Navarro

Asides from elder care assistance, MCGI also partakes in other notable charitable endeavors, such as their continuous blood donation efforts.

MCGI-Singapore has been twice awarded by Red Cross Singapore with the “Gold Award” for being champion blood donors.

Written by: Jenina Bontuyan