An environmental priest and an Aeta chieftain lauded the Knights of Columbus in the country for their various humanitarian and environmental activities.
Cabanatuan Diocese Director for Ecology, Fr. Jacinto “Chito” Beltran and Aeta Chieftain Carling Baklay praised the contributions of the K of C in various human endeavors, such as promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious social welfare, war relief and welfare, and public relief work.
Father Beltran said the Central Luzon Conquerors (CLC) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) and his office are united in conducting or promoting such charitable works for their local communities.
The Aetas were the beneficiaries of the latest activity conducted by the CLC-KCFAPI.
Each KC council that participated in the recently held tree planting project in the diocese provided one sack of rice, one box of sardines, and ten packs of coffee to the local Aeta community.
Baklay said 75% of Aetas are malnourished and they acknowledged the generosity of the K of C for their donations.
The Aeta Chieftain also emphasized the importance of education to the youth, calling on the local government for improvement of education and living of the 85 Aeta families in Doña Josefa, Sitio Bacao, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
Meanwhile, the Aeta community showed their traditions, history, and culture through an interpretative dance called as lawin; langaw; tutubi; matapang; unggoy; ligawan; mangangaso; and panggagamot.
The Tree Planting Project of CLC-KCFAPI last September 10 was the biggest group organized so far by Fr. Chito in the Diocese of Cabanatuan.
More than 400 Brother Knights from 32 different councils participated in the event.
The Diocese of Cabanatuan has 28 parishes and 18 Catholic schools. (KCFAPI News)