Caritas appeals for tent materials to aid Mayon evacuees

Caritas appeals for tent materials to aid Mayon evacuees

The Diocese of Legazpi’s social action center and the Order of Malta distribute aid to hundreds of families sheltered at Tabaco National High School in Albay, Jan. 28, 2018. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAC LEGAZPI

The social action arm of the Catholic Church is appealing for donations of building materials amid fears that shelter is starting to run out as thousands more evacuees flee the erupting Mayon volcano.

Caritas Philippines said there is an urgent need for temporary shelters as more families are expected to arrive at evacuation centers set up across Albay province.

“If congestion will continue in the evacuation centers, not only will diseases spread, protection and security of women and children may also be a problem,” Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, Caritas national director.

To address the problem, Caritas will be constructing tents and provide dignified temporary shelters to at least 500 families.

Initially, said the archbishop, the agency needs at least 750 plastic sheets (4x6m), 7, 500 pieces of timber (2x2x8), and 1,000 pieces of marine plywood (#1/2).

For a duplex tent, Caritas would need at least Php13,000 to set up everything.

The archbishop also asked the local government and the Church to use available open spaces as temporary shelter for those displaced by the calamity.

“Communal water and sanitation facilities will be the counterpart of other partners while labor will be from the Department of Labor and Employment’s cash-for-work program,” he added.

As of the latest estimates, the number of evacuees has already swelled to nearly 90,000.

Caritas Philippines said donations may be deposited to the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Intramuros, Manila under account name “CBCP CARITAS FILIPINAS FOUNDATION, INC.” with account number 4951-0071-08. CBCPNews