Caritas, parishes reaches out to flood victims
Nuns distribute relief goods to families displaced by flooding in Quezon City, August 13, 2018. PHOTO FROM FR. BERTO KARMELO
By CBCP News
August 13, 2018
As a weekend flooding displaced thousands of people, various parishes and church organizations are upping its efforts to help.
Caritas Philippines said that all dioceses affected by the flooding that inundated Metro Manila and surrounding provinces have been providing appropriate assistance especially to families in evacuation centers.
“Specifically, Caritas Manila, Antipolo, and Pasig have been providing food relief to at least 1,500 families since August 11, 2018 through the Alay Kapwa fund,” said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has earlier directed parishes in the archdiocese to open their doors for those that are in need of shelter.
The cardinal said that flood victims may opt to seek shelter in any of the parishes in the archdiocese.
On the other hand, he said that those willing to help those in need may also coordinate with parishes and social action centers.
He said all Church institutions are ready to accept their assistance in behalf of the affected communities.
“Those who want to send their help in any way they can, they can contact our parishes and SACs and they will be willing to accept them,” said Tagle.
Cardinal Tagle also urged the faithful to offer prayers to those adversely affected by flooding.
Torrential rains brought Metro Manila to a standstill, submerging many areas in flood waters while thousands of people fled to emergency centers.
Some already returned as the water was receding, but others stayed away despite the hard conditions in evacuation centers as state weather authorities warned of more rains this week.
In Pangasinan, parishes have pool their resources to help victims of severe flooding as the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan appeals for additional aid to assist more people.