News Release

Mormon Helping Hands in the Philippine Regions

During service projects, volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear the “Mormon Helping Hands” bright yellow vests with the logo on the pocket. The logo, with two hands reaching toward each other, symbolizes hope (yellow), new life (green), and Church service (blue). Our volunteers are extending their hands in service to bring hope and new life to the poor and needy and those challenged with rebuilding from natural disasters.

Tree Planting

On June 25 in Angeles, Pampanga, coinciding with National Arbor Day, volunteers from the Angeles Philippines Stake (diocese) worked with Angeles City Honorable Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting and other groups in the government sector, PNP, Air Force, among others to plant 4090 trees. ABS-CBN TV Channel 46 covered the Mormon Helping Hands’ participation.

Free Haircuts

In the Barangay of Nonoc, Talisay, Cebu, both the young and the old got free haircuts in celebration of the start of the school year. DYAB radio partnered with the Church to provide 150 haircuts located in the Talisay church building. Other partners included the Universal Xtreme Racing(UXR). Ricky Dumosonog, president, said that the free haircut drive was part of their group’s outreach program. They provided five barbers that gave haircuts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. Delos Angeles, who organized the service program, said that it was part of the radio station’s 17th year anniversary celebration.  

The beneficiaries included senior citizens and curious onlookers as well as children brought by their parents who were treated to a free movie and lugaw as they waited for their turn. Marilyn Maay, a resident of Nonoc said, “I am grateful that I could bring my two kids, Jaymar and Jan Jan, to the free haircut event because it has saved me money.” She now had more to apply to their school supplies. President Uriel Oppus, the Talisay Stake President of the Church (diocese leader) commented, “Programs like this are beneficiary for the community and the Church is always willing to support family oriented programs.

University Chorale

The Capitol University Chorale presented their summer concert and recital at the Cagayan de Oro Stake Center (diocese) on 30 May 2012. Special guests at the concert were from the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro City and the Department of Tourism. It was also attended by faculty and staff of Capitol University, friends and family of the members of the chorale group, and members from three stakes (dioceses) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For their finale, the Chorale sang two songs which they dedicated to the Church and its members: “Choose the Right,” and “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.” More than 100 people were in the audience for the concert. Local Church leader, Maximo Saavedra Jr., expressed the feelings of many when he said, “Listening to the voices of the Capitol University Chorale singing the hymns of the Church that night has touched my heart in many ways. For one, these youthful men and women of the choir are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father who touched the heaven that night and delighted Him through their songs.”

Habitat for Humanity

Mormon Helping Hands volunteers from Cagayan de Oro Stake (diocese)  joined TV 5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc. in rendering service at the Habitat for Humanity’s Indahag Resettlement area in Cagayan de Oro City. The entire morning of May 26, from 7 a.m. until 12 noon, the volunteers helped unload boxes of donated goods from Procter & Gamble Incorporated.  The volunteers, wearing their bright yellow vests, also unloaded at least 1,000 pieces of hollow blocks, fetched water for cement mixing, and worked to arrange the hollow blocks during the actual construction of the residential homes for the Sendong victims.

It was hot and humid, and the volunteers had sunburned arms and faces. Their upper arms and legs were sore from carrying weight they were not accustomed to; nonetheless, they were all smiles when they left the resettlement area at exactly 12 noon. For them, it was another special day dedicated to the service of those in need … and that was the most important thing of all!

FLOW Toy and Clothing Distribution

On 14 May 2012 the Church coordinated with the Filipino League of Wansbeck (FLOW) to distribute boxes of pre-loved toys and clothes to the victims of the Sendong typhoon in Cagayan de Oro. With the help of a few high school friends, FLOW worked hand in hand with the Mormon Helping Hands volunteers to distribute toys and clothes to 33 children housed in the Regional Office of DSWD’s Reception and Study Center for Children.

The toys and clothes were donated by FLOW. At the center, Mormon volunteers played games with the children and sang a popular Church hymn, “I Am a Child of God.” Snacks were served to the children and the Center staff.

Coast Guard/Mormon Beach Clean Up

Members of the Zamboanga City Council in Mindanao issued a Resolution on 2 May 2012 commending members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Philippine Coast Guard for responding to the clean up drive of the Cawa-Cawa Beach on 28 April 2012 spearheaded by City Councilor Vincent Paul A. Elago.

Dressed in their Mormon Helping Hands vest, members of the Church disregarded the heat to pick up trash and other debris found along the coastline of the beach for their National Day of Service activity. The Philippine Coast Guard joined the full force of volunteers as they enlisted for the cause a month before the clean up. The service project started at 8:00 AM and continued until the work was done.

The voluntary service rendered by these parties resulting in a tidied beach was visible to those present. Expressing their overwhelming feeling of gratitude, solons have made Resolution No.402 to honor the Mormon Volunteers and the Philippine Coast Guard for their untiring participation in the beach clean-up project.

Relief Goods for Earthquake Victims

Earthquake victims in Negros Oriental last March received relief goods from the Church’s welfare department coordinating with local government units of La Libertad, Jimalalud and Tayasan and the DSWD. The relief goods were distributed to over 6,000 families among the three towns. The boxes included rice, canned goods, noodles and personal hygiene kits.

The Church volunteers from different areas in Cebu gathered together to help in repacking the goods for distribution. In addition to the food and supplies, the Church also provided water filtration systems to the affected areas.


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