Iglesia Ni Cristo Provides 300-bed COVID-19 Mega-Treatment Facility

Iglesia Ni Cristo

March 31, 2021

300-bed COVID-19 Mega-Treatment Facility

Iglesia Ni Cristo Makes Facility Available at the Philippine Arena Complex in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – As part of its mission to proclaim God’s word through action, Iglesia Ni Cristo turned over its arena, the largest indoor arena in the world, to be a place of healing for those infected with COVID-19.

The Philippine Arena complex was used as one of the Philippine government’s quarantine facilities in its program called, We Heal as One, against COVID-19. The Iglesia Ni Cristo offered the facilities, set up 3 big tents for 300 beds, and provided air-conditioning, free internet, and free meals to the healthcare providers and patients. The COVID-19 facilities in the Philippine Arena have served more than 40,000 Filipinos, including returning OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) from April 2020 until early October 2020. The patients availed of free swabbing; quarantine stay through to complete recovery.

The Iglesia ni Cristo, a Christian denomination affiliated with the Ciudad de Victoria development in Santa Maria and Bocaue, Bulacan offered the area free of charge to the government to be used as a quarantine site. The setting up of a We Heal as One Center at the Ciudad de Victoria was done by the joint efforts of the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine Arena management, and MVP Group of Companies. Three big tents near the Philippine Arena were converted to quarantine facilities. The health facility complex was turned over to the government on April 30, 2020

The Bible tells us to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation,” said leaders of the Iglesia Ni Cristo religion. “Turning over the arena for this purpose is a way of preaching that good news.”

The arena became an integral part of the Philippine government’s Bases Conversion and Development Authority’s “locate, isolate and cure” strategy. That strategy includes tracing all those who have contracted the virus, testing them, and isolating those who test positive while treating them.

The turning over of its arena is one of several ways in which Iglesia Ni Cristo responds to human needs in the name of Christ. In January, Iglesia Ni Cristo provided a district-wide counseling day for survivors of the flood in the Cagayan Valley. That November 2020 flood was the worst to hit the area in more than 50 years. It included Ilagan, the capital of Isabela and Cabagan, Delfin Albano, Divilacan, Maconacon, San Pablo, and Sta. Maria, Sto. Tomas, and Tumauini, church administration at Iglesia Ni Cristo, said. Iglesia Ni Cristo also provided 700 care packages to benefit Filipinos living in France.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo (or Church of Christ) was founded by Felix Y. Manalo and registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914. Iglesia’s first local congregation was in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila. From there, the Church spread throughout the metropolis. After that, Iglesia Ni Cristo also spread to neighboring provinces in Luzon and across Visayas and Mindanao’s Island. Iglesia Ni Cristo now has an international membership comprising 147 racial and ethnic backgrounds. Iglesia Ni Cristo maintains nearly 7,000 congregations and missions. They are grouped into more than 160 ecclesiastical districts in 158 countries and territories across six continents.