The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) joins the wider ecumenical movement, through the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), in hailing the separate declarations of unilateral ceasefire of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, as the nation faces a common enemy in the COVID-19.
The UCCP extols the efforts of the government in forestalling the adverse impact of the pandemic as we also acclaim the sacrifices of all public servants and private practitioners who are in the frontlines of this battle. We are in solidarity with every effort towards overcoming a common unseen enemy.
The Office of the General Secretary and the Management Committee of the National Secretariat has convened and prepared this brief Pastoral Statement, Guidelines and Precautions on COVID-19 Pandemic that has outbreak in the National Capital Region (NCR) and probably in some isolated areas in the country. In issuing and sharing this material to the jurisdictions, conferences and local churches, we would like to emphasize that we should not panic, but be analytical and responsive to the needs of our people and our faith communities who may need more assistance than ourselves.