Philippines Central Conference

Mission and Ministry
John Mark Santiago, former student governor of the College of Education local council at Wesleyan University-Philippines, signs paperwork to have his blood tested at an HIV and AIDS education and prevention forum at the university in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, on Oct. 30. Photo by Jon Balagan

Filipino United Methodists focus on HIV epidemic

Church leaders and youth are among those collaborating on ways to stop the “ugly and alarming” rise in HIV cases in the Philippines.
Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. The United Methodist Church in the Philippines has condemned extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in the country, as well as protesting the treatment of indigenous people. The church has worked both alone and through ecumenical groups like the National Council of Churches. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

United Methodists decry 'red-tagging' of church council

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines was labeled as a “front organization of local communist terrorist groups” by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines Government.
Mission and Ministry
People affected by the recent earthquake in In Kidapawan City in Mindanao, Philippines, sleep outside in tents on the campus of Southern Philippines Methodist College.  Photo by Rhea Jane Donisa.

United Methodists comfort earthquake survivors

Church in the Philippines amps up relief efforts after third earthquake strikes Mindanao in less than a month.
Mission and Ministry
Julius Caesar V. Sicat, regional director of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology, stands by an amphibious rescue vehicle prototype designed to save lives in the event of major flooding. Photo courtesy of Ryan de Lara.

United Methodist works on amphibious rescue vehicle

The new vehicle could speed up rescue and relief efforts since it will move seamlessly from land to water and back again.

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