Friday, 25 September 2020 16:25

Caritas Manila celebrates 67 years of providing aid to poor and needy


Caritas Manila, the Social Service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila celebrated its 67th year anniversary through an online Mass presided by Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila on September 26, 2020, at 8 in the morning.

With the theme, “Thriving In Crisis Through Faith And Charity”, Caritas Manila for the past 67 years has developed programs such as Caritas Margins, Restorative Justice Ministry, Segunda Mana, Youth Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) which educates 5,000 scholars all over the country. This year, YSLEP will extend its assistance to the children of the jeepney drivers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic to enter college and technical vocational courses.



Fr. Anton CT Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila said in his message to Radio Veritas, that the social service arm will continue to respond to the needs of the people especially during this time of crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Sa harap ng pandemyang ito huwag takot ang manaig kung hindi ang kapangyarihan ng pagkawanggawa; pag-ibig at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa ang papawi sa takot at pangamba na dulot ng krisis na ito,” Fr. Pascual told Radio Veritas.

For the past six decades of helping the poor and the needy, Fr. Pascual expressed his gratitude to all the donors and benefactors including various groups, public and private institutions and even individuals who consistently support all the programs of Caritas Manila.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga donors at benefactors throughout the years walang sawang nagtitiwala at sumusuporta sa Caritas Manila para matulungan ang poorest of the poor,” said Fr. Pascual.

When the government implemented the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Manila in March, Caritas Manila through the help of business groups have distributed one billion gift certificates to more than one million individuals in the country.

Fr. Pascual also acknowledged all the priests and lay volunteers who fearlessly went out their way to help despite the danger of acquiring the virus.

“Nagpapasalamat din tayo sa mga pari at mga lay volunteers na hindi ininda ang takot at pangamba na lumabas upang matulungan ang poor communities; walang sawang bumababa para maramdaman ng mga mahihirap na hindi sila nag-iisa sa krisis na ito,” said Fr. Pascual. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

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