Manila, Philippines (December 8, 2016) – While locally known for its unstinting efforts in propagating the gospel using all means possible – print, radio, television, internet and social media, the program Ang Dating Daan also exerts zealous efforts in doing public services and charities for the needy, heeding Biblical admonitions.
The program now regarded the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, started on the radio in 1980 and television in 1983. Produced by Members Church of God International (MCGI), the show is hosted by international televangelist, Bro. Eli Soriano and public service advocate, Bro. Daniel Razon, as co-host.
Bro. Soriano and Kuya Daniel are Overall Servant and Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, respectively.
MCGI established the ADD Foundation International (ADDFI), a non-sectarian and non-profit organization, to intensify its noble purpose of providing humanitarian aid, regardless of religious affiliation.
Watch some of Ang Dating Daan’s Public Services below:
A few of the public charities launched and supported by Ang Dating Daan are discussed more extensively below:
Free Education Program
Ang Dating Daan is supporting thousands of scholars in La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) in Pampanga and Caloocan City.
La Verdad is the only educational institution that provides its scholars with free tuition fee, meals, uniforms, books, school supplies and has no miscellaneous fees from kindergarten to tertiary levels
In 2010 Ang Dating Daan and MCGI held “Isang Araw Lang: Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo” at the SM Mall of Asia complex, a marathon-for-a-cause attended by 50,000 participants for the benefit of the free education project.
It also sponsored “Dunong-Gulong” (Wisdom on Wheels) project, a mobile classroom in a bus in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and UNTV News and Rescue, which provides basic literacy to remote communities where access to formal educational systems is difficult
It’s also a part of the “Manibela Academy” (steering wheel or manibela in Tagalog) in a bus, which provides training to competent public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers so they can acquire the government-required proficiency standard certification.
Medical and Legal Assistance, Outreach Missions
With the help of volunteer doctors and medical professionals, Ang Dating Daan in partnership with UNTV, provides free medical services ranging from general medicine consultation, pediatrics, ophthalmology, dental, OB-gynecology, dermatology and orthopedic.
It also provides free medicines, prescription eyeglasses, dentures and free ambulance service during emergency cases. The program also gives free dialysis support to patients with renal diseases.
A total of 110,000 patients were served in 2014 and more than 126,000 in 2015.
Regular medical missions are also being held in local communities and remote provinces through Ang Dating Daan Mobile Health Clinics. These mobile clinics are equipped with medical instruments for diagnostic and laboratory testing and X-ray machines.
In November this year, a “Mega Medical Mission” was held at the Mandaluyong City Gymnasium in Maysilo Circle, that benefitted around 5,000 people.
Free legal assistance are also given with the help of volunteer lawyers and paralegals. Mobile “Justice on Wheels” program was also launched to bring the attorneys closer to the indigents’ reach. It also partners with various government agencies for social service assistance to help countrymen on their membership processing and other inquiries.
Programs for Children, Elderly and the Handicapped
The ADD Foundation runs several orphanages in Pampanga, Laguna and Quezon City for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWD’s) and children who were abandoned by their immediate family.
An Infant Care Center was also inaugurated in Apalit, Pampanga to take care of infants deliberately turned away by their parents due to financial, physical or psychological incapacities.
In 2004, a continuous feeding program for malnourished children was launched in Payatas Elementary School in Quezon City and Baseco Compound in Port Area, Manila.
Last year, during its 35th anniversary, Ang Dating Daan invited persons with disabilities, instead of high-profile individuals, as special guests. Several groups of PWD’s received financial assistance during the special event held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. On the same date, Ang Dating Daan bagged the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Gospel Choir” with 8,688 choristers, singing songs of praises for the glory of God.
Free Transportation and Rescue Services
The “Libreng Sakay” (Free Ride) program was started in 2007, initially with two buses in Metro Manila. It was expanded by offering free rides on jeepneys, mini-bus and sea crafts in the provinces and free airfare for distressed overseas workers returning to the Philippines.
In July 2010, “Tulong Muna Bago Balita” (Assist First, Report Later) advocacy was launched in partnership with its broadcast media arm, UNTV. News reporters and correspondents were trained to assist during emergency cases and prioritize saving lives and giving first aid to victims rather than reporting it first.
Currently, there are more than 15 news and rescue mobile units on call aside from a firefighting unit. The program was expanded in August 2015 with additional rescuers and a new hotline number “911-UNTV” or “911-8688” for emergency cases.
Ang Dating Daan is a major sponsor of UNTV’s “Munting Pangarap” (Simple Wish) livelihood program, where televiewers can request for initial capital to start a small business. It also provides special care and vocational training for the physically challenged.
Disaster Relief Operations
Right after the Philippines was hit by super typhoon “Haiyan,” also known as “Yolanda” in 2013, Ang Dating Daan immediately set-up a camp site to provide ready-to-eat food and relief packs for the typhoon survivors in Tacloban City, Leyte. It also teamed up with Equinet for the construction of deep well systems in 100 locations in the Visayas heavily-damaged by the typhoon.
Mass Bloodletting Programs
Since the 1990s, Ang Dating Daan actively participates in mass bloodletting programs in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center, making it a consistent recipient of the “Dugong Bayani Award” for thousands of annual blood donations.
Ang Dating Daan conducts regular clean-up drives and tree-planting activities in local communities and even abroad. On October 10, 2010, in commemoration of the program’s 30th anniversary, the “ADD-a-Tree” project was launched and successfully planted more than 50,000 fruit-bearing trees.
Counselling Assistance for Drug Surrenderers
in support to the government’s fight against drugs, Ang Dating Daan offers spiritual and counselling assistance to rehabilitate drug surrenderers and change their lives for the better.
Worldwide Bible Exposition at SM Mall of Asia Arena
In commemoration of the program’s 36th year in broadcasting, Ang Dating Daan (ADD) will hold a special “Worldwide Bible Exposition” tomorrow, December 9 (6 pm) at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. It will be simulcast in more than 1,360 MCGI satellite monitoring centers in the Philippines and abroad.
From its humble beginnings, the program is now being aired in more than 70 countries, carried by at least seven satellites and is being translated in different languages.
The program is also gaining strong viewership in Central and South America. MCGI began rolling out its own broadcast network in Spanish-speaking countries (TV La Verdad) airing El Camino Antiguo and Portuguese-speaking countries (TV Verdade) airing O Caminho Antigo.
With the help of the Almighty God and continuous support of Members Church of God International (MCGI), UNTV News and Rescue and partners in public service, the program was able to provide various forms of support without asking anything in return. [techthetruth]
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