Sunday, 29 March 2020 06:56

Archdiocese to Open more Parish Facilities to Provide Accommodation to COVID19 Responders

The Archdiocese of Manila is stepping up to make all available facilities to be made available for Medical personnel responding to the corona virus crisis for them to have places to rest as they take breaks from their duties.

In a message sent to priests early morning of March 29, Bp. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, instructed for all available facilities to be made into temporary accommodation places for the medical frontliners, which include not just doctors and nurses, but also the auxiliary personnel working in hospitals.

“There are now more parishes and religious houses opening their facilities. Thanks for this availability. But the need is piling. Now not only doctors and nurses are in need of lodging but also hospital maintenance people and orderlies. Either they cannot get home or there is no physical distancing in their homes. Can parishes clean up their meeting halls and other unused spaces and offer them for night lodging - with proper physical distancing?”

 Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Sra De Guia, Ermita, Manila ( Ermita Shrine) accommodates Medical Frontliners from Manila Doctors Hospital for them to rest and sleep after their duties.


Apart from the accommodation, the Bishop also requested for parishes to help transport the medical personnel and auxiliary to and from their hospital assignments.

“You can also offer your vans to shuttle the health frontliners. They are so grateful that they can find welcome and safe haven in our churches.”

Bishop Pabillo also put into the attention of the Archdiocese the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have returned from abroad and have become persons under monitoring (PUM) after possible exposure to the COVID 19 in their place of work outside the country. The Ministry for Migrants, headed by Fr. Tem Fabros was tapped to spearhead the initiative for the OFW.

In the end of his instruction, the Bishop has mentioned that he has also started tapping religious congregations within the Archdiocese to assist in the ministering the needs of those who are at risk and those who are involved in responding to the COVID19 pandemic. (Fr. Roy M. Bellen/RCAM-AOC)



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