400 families get free rice on Franciscan clinic’s 48th anniv

400 families get free rice on Franciscan clinic’s 48th anniv

Fr. Edwin Peter Dionisio, OFM DOMINICAN STUDENTS’ MEDIA CENTER PHILIPPINES

QUEZON City – No less than 400 less fortunate families from different communities in a parish in this city each received 5 kilos of free milled rice on Thursday, Nov. 23, the 48th anniversary of a local clinic run by Franciscans.

To further mark the event, the Franciscans also provided free medical and dental services to the poor.

According to Fr. Edwin Peter Dionisio, OFM, parish priest of San Pedro Bautista parish in San Franciso del Monte, among the 400 families are around 165 families who lost their homes to a fire in August this year.

These people, who live along a river in sitio Calamba, barangay Talayan, San Francisco Del Monte, are informal settlers.

“Sometimes 5 families accommodate a single house,” said Dionisio.

60 families from sitio Calamba had also received a gasulette set last week, he added. Some 160 families from the same depressed community, who lost their houses in the said fire, also received monoblock chairs, which they specifically requested from the religious community.

Over 100 families from another community of informal settlers in sitio Maria Clara also received free milled rice. “They did not lose their house to the fire, but they are also poor,” said the priest.

Dionisio noted that the funds used to help the indigent families across the parish came from generous individuals who continually support the less fortunate. CBCPNews