Adventists in Central Philippines Respond to El Niño Crisis with Water Relief Efforts

[Photo: Adventist Church in Northwestern Bohol]

Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Adventists in Central Philippines Respond to El Niño Crisis with Water Relief Efforts

According to local government units, the heat index reached record highs in April and early May and is expected to remain elevated through the end of the month.

Humanitarian | Philippines | Risheena Pepito, with ANN Staff

The El Niño phenomenon has severely impacted various regions across the Philippines. According to local government units, the heat index reached record highs in April and early May and is expected to remain elevated through the end of the month. The rising temperatures are affecting over 130 cities and municipalities, according to reports. The Philippine archipelago, nestled near the equator, undergoes intense heat waves during its dry season.

This scorching heat has presented significant challenges in affected communities, such as heat strokes, water shortages, and crop devastation leading to famished fields. In response, the Adventist Community Service (ACS) in Northwestern Bohol, Philippines, collaborated with Adventist Professionals (ADPRO), Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries (ASI), and Adventist Children's and Women's Ministry, to address water scarcity stemming from the El Niño phenomenon. Their proactive approach involved distributing water on April 21, 2024.

The ACS, aiming to help people in need during times of need and scarcity, distributed 13,000 liters of water to 224 households in Barangay Sto. Niño, Inabanga, Bohol, providing relief to the affected residents.

One resident remarked, "We can now take refreshing baths and wash our clothes," reflecting the community's deep appreciation for the support, which would not have been possible without this initiative. Elder Jun Lamorin, ASI president in Bohol, emphasized that their service recognizes the Almighty's boundless grace and providence, empowering them to be agents of His compassion amidst scarcity.

"Their work is not merely a labor of human hands but a testament to the divine love that sustains them and calls them to serve," he added.

The ACS Water Brigade, committed to addressing the ongoing water scarcity, continues its operations every Sunday, ensuring a steady water supply to various homes in the Northwestern Bohol district.

ACS strives to fulfill God's call to serve those in need, echoing the teachings of faith and stewardship principles. Their main goal is to help others, and they do so because they firmly believe that doing so is a manifestation of divine purpose rather than merely the work of individuals.

The original article was published on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division website.