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Thursday, 14 May 2020 08:11

Priests' Retirement House of Diocese of Balanga opens for Children with Cancer


The provincial government of Bataan expressed its gratitude to Most Rev. Ruperto Santos, Bishop of the Diocese of Balanga, for opening the Residencia Sacerdotal Retirement Home of the priests of the diocese, to serve as a place for chemotherapy sessions for children who have cancer.

15 children with cancer were already temporarily transferred to the retirement house from Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center.

Photo Credit: Diocese of Balanga Facebook Page

The move was to secure the children from exposure to COVID-19 as patients who were identified as positive with the virus have already been admitted to the hospital.

Bishop Santos assured that the Diocese of Balanga is willing to help the local government and other sectors to give aid to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop Santos has also declared that other facilities in the Diocese such as seminaries and diocesan schools were also opened to serve as place for rest not just for frontliners but also for persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigations (PUI).

“Open ang Diocese kahit kanino basta makatulong we will collaborate and cooperate, lahat open dito lalo na yung aming diocesan schools para sa frontliners at kung may pagkakataon pa rin talagang kasi maraming mga ospital din dito kung kailangan din sa PUMs, PUIs the schools will be open for them and we will open our college seminaries, yung aming retirement home at saka yung diocesan schools” the Bishop said during an interview in Radio Veritas.

The Bishop and the priests of the Diocese has also offered their monthly allowance of March to May as fund to be to help those who are in need during this crisis.

The Diocese of Balanga, which has about  650,000 Catholic faithful is served by 55 priests. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)