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Southern Asia-Pacific

Community Rallies Together: ADRA Extends Helping Hand After Devastating Blaze in South Philippines

Relief agency, local church, and residents unite their efforts to help those who lost their homes

Philippines | Pastor Abel Vergara

In a distressing turn of events on November 14, 2023, a relentless fire engulfed the peaceful community of Baybay, Sumirap, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, Philippines, leaving 13 houses reduced to ashes and impacting the lives of 53 people from 19 families. Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the devastating fire, which started at 12:50 p.m.

In the wake of this calamity, the affected families found solace in the compassion of their neighbors, with the majority welcoming the victims into their homes. Three families, however, are receiving care and support from the Day Center, illustrating the resilience and solidarity within the community during trying times.

Responding swiftly to the urgent needs of the victims, the Adventist Relief Agency and Development (ADRA), in collaboration with the local Bonifacio Central Church under the leadership of Pastor Von Ryan Jacob, took immediate action. Relief efforts took center stage as ADRA distributed essential goods to alleviate the immediate needs of those affected by the fire.

The local community, spurred by the leadership of Pastor Jacob and the collaborative spirit of ADRA, showcased the strength that emerges in the face of adversity. The outpouring of support not only provides physical relief but also underscores the importance of unity during challenging times.

As authorities work tirelessly to determine the cause of the fire, the resilient spirit and communal support witnessed in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, serve as a testament to the unwavering strength that can arise when a community stands together in the face of tragedy.

The original version of this story was posted on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division website.