Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, responded to the call for help of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians St. John Bosco through the Radyo Veritas program, Caritas in Action.
In an interview with Radyo Veritas, Sr. Dolor Areyes FMA, superior of the Ladies Dormitory in Pius XII Catholic Center, mentioned that some of the staff are not able to go to work due to the loss of tenants, and the staff’s dormitory is occupied.
As result, Sr. Dolor talked to Caritas Manila through Caritas in Action program in Radyo Veritas to meet the needs of their staff in the dormitory.
“Ang Pius XII kasi may Dormitory, meron maliit na Hostel para sa mga estudyante, sa mga Professional, sa mga Seafarers, wala po nag-house ngayon dahil sa COVID, dahil walang income na force tuloy kami na mag-skeletal muna hanggang nung mag ECQ hindi muna sila pinapasok kaya lang tumatagal ng tumagal, ganun sila ka apektado eh may mga pamilya sila kaya naisip namin na humingi ng tulong” said Sr. Dolor.
She also pointed out that some employees are pleading for help to sustain their everyday needs.
“Talaga namang apektado dahil sila wala naman makain na kaya yun ang nagiging problema nila kaya nagsasabi sila sa amin na hirap na hirap sila nangungutang at bumabale na para lang maka-abot sa pang araw araw na kain at gastos.” she added.
After the interview, Caritas Manila immediately distributed food packs and 1000 pesos worth of gift certificates to each unemployed in the dormitory.
Sr. Dolor expressed her gratitude for the immediate action of the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Also, the congregation is open for assistance to their religious clergy and senior citizens in their area.
For donations, you may contact Pope Pius XII Center in U.N. Avenue Manila
Aside from the dormitory or hostel, Pope Pius XII is also a venue for the biannual plenary of the Bishops in the country and serves as the command center of the PPCRV during elections. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Radio Veritas)