Tuesday, 18 September 2018 03:01

Caritas Manila to build “Typhoon-proof chapel”

Caritas Manila, the Social Service Arm of the Archdiocese of Manila aims to continue its program for the construction of a “typhoon-proof chapel" in various provinces that were affected by typhoon Ompong.

In an article posted in the website of Radio Veritas, Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila said, there were 74 3-in-1 chapels built in Leyte and Samar after the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“Matibay ang ating chapels sa Visayas yung tinamaan ng Yolanda 3-and-1 ‘yan. Kahit ang tinamaan ng bagyong Sendong sa Visayas at Mindanao matibay na ang mga chapels natin na puwedeng gamitin evacuation center may mga CR yan it can withstand 250 kph, strong winds hanggang 250 kph nasubukan na ‘yan. At ‘yan ang gusto nating replicate sa mga lalawigan,”  Fr. Pascual said.

During the fury of typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut), several churches in Northern Luzon were destroyed including St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Gattaran, Cagayan.

Ompong landed in the Philippines on September 15, 2018, at 1:30 in the morning.

According to Fr. Pascual who is also the President of Radio Veritas, the said “typhoon-proof chapels” can be used as a church, training, and evacuation centers and can withstand a wind power of 240 kilometers per hour.

Fr. Pascual also added that Caritas Manila has also built a large warehouse, training center, ambulance, and 40 ft. container van in Tagum, Mindanao that can be used for rescue operations during calamities.

“It can go anywhere in Mindanao. Meron syang mobile clinic, office at rescue natin at magre-replicate din tayo sa Visayas,” Fr. Pascual added.

Earlier, Caritas Manila sent a million pesos help to the different archdiocese and dioceses that were affected by typhoon Ompong in Luzon.  (Marian Navales Pulgo/Radio Veritas and Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)




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