Philippine Bible Society responds to SARS issue

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) often reminds the public that information is the best way to prevent the spread of international health menace Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). To help the fight against SARS, PBS collaborated with DOH to print 100,000 copies of information leaflets for free distribution. Copies were formally turned over by PBS represented by Dr. Medarlo Rivera, PBS General Secretary, to DOH Undersecretary Antonio Lopez, representing Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit who was then in Geneva, Switzerland to attend an international SARS meeting spearheaded by the World Health Organization.

In a short speech during the turnover ceremony on May 19 at the DOH Compound, Dr. Lopez reminded the audience of the same reaction people had towards AIDS in the early 1980s. “Doctors who were supposed to take care of the patients refused to treat them. People panicked. And now history repeats itself with the outbreak of SARS,” he said. He added that this happens due to ignorance because of lack of information. And the Philippine Bible Society’s contribution of 100,000 copies of SARS leaflets will help the DOH in informing the public about the disease.

The leaflets contain information on SARS and its prevention, as well as selected passages from God’s Word. PBS strongly advocates that for every issue, may it be personal or national, the Scriptures provide a dependable source of comfort and assurance. In a time of fear and crises such as that caused by SARS, PBS encourages people to pray for leaders that God will give them wisdom, strength, and guidance, and for cooperation from the people to observe the necessary precaution, which is vital to effective prevention and control.

During the ceremony, PBS turned over 25,000 copies to DOH, which were distributed to the 12 regional offices of the Department of Health, while 75,000 were already distributed to the public through partner churches and organizations.

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society