The Philippine Coast
Guard (PCG), led by Commodore Armand Balilo and actor/ Lieutenant Commander
Gerald Anderson of the PCG Auxiliary, recently conducted an outreach activity
in Zambales, reaching out to about 300 families living in an Aeta community
also known as the Lupang Pangako Resettlement Area in Barangay San Agustin.
Lupang Pangako used to
be a massive project assisted by child-focused agency World Vision through its
relief, child sponsorship and community-based programs in the aftermath of the
devastating Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 which displaced over 20,000 Aeta
highlanders in the Central Luzon province.
“Even though it has been
three decades since the volcano erupted, its impact to those permanently
displaced remains until today. But what is good is that blessings continue to
pour,” shared Commo Balilo, also the spokesperson for PCG.
Commo Balilo also said
that many institutions like PCG Public Affairs, PCG Logistics Systems Command,
PCG Station Subic, and World Vision Development Foundation Inc., and supportive
individuals such as Lt. Cmdr Anderson who generously spent his birthday for the
activity and contributed to the initiative.
The visited Aeta
families who have been challenged by the current Covid-19 pandemic, received
basic food and non-food commodities such as rice, canned goods, and hygiene
supplies among others. The visited Aeta community was also prayed over by World
Vision team which also distributed Christian literatures including Bibles and
other faith-based materials for spiritual nurture.
A heart for the most
Balilo, a former
sponsored child of World Vision, shared that children especially the most
vulnerable have a soft spot in his heart.
“I remember years back
when I learned that a family was willing to support me as a child. It was a
gift that made a lot of difference both for myself and for my whole family,”
said Commo Balilo.
“Now that I am able to pay it forward, I make sure that others can also experience the joy of serving children in whatever way they can,” he added.
World Vision National
Director Rommel V. Fuerte said the organization is proud of what former
sponsored children like Commo Balilo have done to give back and help many other
“It is amazing how God
uses each of us to become instruments in transforming lives of children,”
World Vision, for almost
65 years, has been promoting child sponsorship and implementing community-based
programs to promote sustainability, empower communities, and help improve lives
of children and families for the better.
In 2020, World Vision
has directly served over 254,000 children in 31 Area Programs (APs) in the
Philippines through various interventions and advocacies promoting education,
health and nutrition, WASH, child protection, emergency response, disaster
resilience, and livelihood development.
To also experience the
joy of making a difference in child’s life, visit https://www.worldvision.org.ph/sponsor-child
To know more about World
Vision, visit www.worldvision.org.ph. For updates, follow
/worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram.
About World Vision
Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated
to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty
and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to
working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates
with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.