Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:01

Caritas Manila sends 5M assistance to typhoon-hit Dioceses

Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, has allocated financial aid of 1 million pesos for each diocese that was severely affected by super typhoon Rolly.

According to Veritas News, Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, they still continue accepting donations even after the recently conducted Caritas Oplan Damayan Telethon last Nov. 4, 2020, which raised eight million pesos.

The financial aid was in addition to the initial 200-thousand pesos that were allocated for the five dioceses after the initial damage assessment of the damages by the typhoon

“Maraming tumugon sa ating Typhoon Rolly Telethon, nakalikom tayo ng seven to eight million. May mga dumarating pa. Basically tag-iisang milyon sa mga dioceses na tinamaan lalung lalu na sa Bicol Region,” said Fr. Pascual.

The 5 beneficiary dioceses include the dioceses of Legazpi, Daet, Virac, Catanduanes and Gumaca.

Fr. Pascual said that aside from the financial aid, they are also distributing relief goods to the families in the affected areas.

“Tayo ay naka handang tumulong in terms of relief operations sa mga affected areas natin. Mga pagkain, gamot, damit, mga tulugan at mga tent para matuluyan ng mga mahihirap na kailangan ilikas sa mga flooded areas,” Fr. Pascual said.

Caritas Manila is also coordinating with the different parishes in the dioceses as many of them has also served as evacuation centers for the flood victims. The priest said that they are now organizing the initiatives for the rehabilitation of some of the damaged houses caused by the typhoon.

“Pinaplano ng Caritas Manila ang rehabilitation sa pamamagitan ng housing materials, meron din tayong budget na P5,000 per home. Sa Catanduanes palang sabi ng ng Gobyerno nasa 10,000 na tahanan ng mga mahihirap nating Fisher Folks ang tinamaan. Atleast makatulong tayo ng at least 1,000 to 2,000 homes ang ating ma-assist,” said Fr. Pascual.

While typhoon Ulysses continues to devastate some parts of the country especially in the Bicol Region and Calabarzon, Caritas Manila is also preparing to respond to the needs of the victims of the typhoon. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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