Fire incident in Davao strengthens Muslim-Christian unity

“Nagapakita kini nga adunay panagtabangay ug panaghiusa sa Muslim of Kristyano dinhi sa atua (It simply shows Muslims and Christians here help one another and are united),” said Chairman Elision Chiu of Barangay 31-D.

Chiu related that since the fire incident that left many of his constituents homeless and without belongings, help from local government units, business, youth and religious sectors, in the form of cash and relief goods has been arriving for adjacent Barangays 31-D and 76-A.

Chiu named as donors the Davao Filipino Chinese Foundation, Mindanao Taiwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Congressman Prospero Nograles, the local government units of Davao, the Davao City Police Office, Task Force Davao, University of Immaculate Conception Students Council;

He also cited Philip Morris Philippines, United Methodist Church, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth-Philippines, the United Muslim Council for Peace and Development, ShopWise and other commercial establishments.

“Daku among pasalamat sa mga mitabang, Muslim man o Kristyano (We really thank those who helped us, Muslims or Christians),” Barangay 76-A Chairman Celso B. Tizon.

The city government of Davao provided victims who lost their houses P10,000 each to enable them to buy light materials and build new homes. The two barangay chairmen noted the rice, used clothes, canned goods, packed noodles, school supplies, and kitchen utensils were delivered to them by the donors.

In a short program entitled “Tabang sa Nasunogan,” on June 9 held at the covered court of Barangay 31-D, WAMY Philippines Country Director Sheikh Salih D. Musa told the victims not to lose hope because the incident was “only a trial”.

”Every person encounters trials during his lifetime, and we must always be ready to face it when it comes,” he said.

“It also awakens they who are well-off, thus, you see their help are coming in. With that, we are building stronger unity among Muslims and Christians,” he pointed out.

He encouraged the victims to be more God-conscious.

WAMY Philippines gave the fire victims 60 sacks of rice.

Sheikh Jammal S. Munib, Madrasah Comprehensive Development and Promotion Program executive director told the victims that nothing in this world is permanent.

“Today you have money, tomorrow you don't have. Likewise, yesterday we had homes, but today we don't have.”

”Don't consider the misery you encountered as an excuse for you to commit crime. What is important is that you do good despite all this trials, for doing good is a legacy we can leave to our children," he stressed.