Sunday, 17 May 2020 14:38

Caritas Manila provides Financial assistance to 21 Dioceses amidst COVID-19

Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila has provided 5.7 million pesos financial assistance to 21 dioceses and archdioceses in the country. This is to support families affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

According to Veritas News, among dioceses to which funds were given, were the Diocese of Tagum in Davao del Norte, Diocese of Antique and Diocese of Romblon. Each diocese received P500 thousand pesos and P300 thousand pesos was given to the Archdiocese of San Fernando in Pampanga, Diocese of Isabela and Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe in Mt. Province and Ifugao.

The Dioceses of Tarlac, Laoag Ilocos Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Libmanan, Daet Camarines Norte, Mati Davao Del Sur, San Jose Nueva Ecija, Virac Catanduanes, Legaspi Albay, Kalibo Aklan and Archaeologists have also received P200 thousand pesos as well as Lipa in Batangas, Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur and Caceres in Camarines Sur even the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

The data was released by Caritas Damayan, the Disaster Response Crisis Program of Caritas Manila.

“Tayo ay tumulong sa mahigit dalampung probinsya sa Luzon, Visayas at Midanao para maitulong din nila sa mga nangangailangan at sa mga mahihirap na ngayon ay lalong nahihirapan dahil sa paghinto ng kanilang mga hanap-buhay maging sila ay nasa mga probinsya,” Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director ng Caritas Manila said to Radio Veritas.

At the start of the ECQ, Caritas Manila already distributed gift certificates amounting to 1.3 billion pesos in the Mega Manila area where families were significantly affected by the pandemic. The initiative was in collaboration with the business sector.

Caritas Manila continues to distribute Ligtas Covid-19 Kits and Manna Food packs in many parts of the country. To date, there are more than 630 thousand individuals or 120 thousand families in different parishes, congregations and church organizations that have received the in-kind aid.

According to Caritas Manila data, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has already provided assistance to around 10.8 million individuals all over the country, and continues to gather resources to reach more who are in need. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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