Philippines churches respond after volcano eruption

Bicol, Philippines

The Church of the Nazarene is providing assistance to evacuation centers after about 80,000 families living near the Philippines’ most active volcano were evacuated.

Mount Mayon erupted 22 January in the province of Albay in the Philippines. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded 152 lava fountaining events since the first day of its eruption. 

Because of severe ash falls — particularly in the municipalities of Ginobotan, Camalig, and Ligao — many people, especially children, are at risk of inhaling ashes. The government estimated the volcanic activity may last up to four months or until the volcano remains active.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries distributed 2,000 Crisis Care Kits to families. Philippine Micronesia Field Strategic Coordinator Stephen Gualberto and NCM Field Coordinator Leody Echavez III led the district in this response with the local church in Legazpi City serving as the command center.

The Church of the Nazarene in Bicol continues to plan and prepare for this situation. NCM is conducting training and orientation on child protection policy and the establishment of safe places for children. These child-friendly spaces will be set up in the different evacuation centers where the church responds. The church is also working closely with local and provincial governments to monitor the situation and determine the needs of the displaced families.

--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific