Catholic Church launches Php 5.8M appeal for ‘Vinta’ survivors
Many areas in the Diocese of Tagum and the Prelature of Marawi suffered from flooding because of Tropical Storm Vinta. NASSA/CARITAS PHILIPPINES
MANILA – The Catholic Church, through NASSA/Caritas Philippines has launched Dec. 26 a rapid response appeal to the Caritas confederation in behalf of thousands of families still reeling from the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Vinta that has claimed more than a hundred lives.
“Initially, we are launching a 5.8 million pesos appeal for at least 3,000 families (15,000 individuals) severely affected by the devastation of Typhoon Vinta,” said Fr. Edwin A. Gariguez, NASSA/Caritas Philippines’ executive secretary.
The appeal will help provide food packs, hygiene kits, and training on capacity-building on emergency preparedness and response to the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte.
Online solidarity campaign
Interested parties may send their donations to NASSA/Caritas Philippines’ Alay Kapwa account:
Name of Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Holder: CBCP CARITAS FILIPINAS FOUNDATION INC.
Account No: 4951-0071-08
“We enjoin everyone to support the Church’s online solidarity campaign (https://www.facebook.com/NASSACaritasPhilippines/ and https://twitter.com/Caritas_PHL) to gather additional funds for the relief and early recovery efforts,” added the priest.
After Christmas, the Catholic Church, through Caritas Manila, already released Php 1.8 million to the churches in Butuan, Tagum City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Marawi City, and Dipolog City.
“This is very unfortunate, especially that we are still rising from the heavy damage brought about by the Marawi siege. But Filipinos are resilient and generous alike. We will be able to stand strong against these challenges,” said Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, national director of NASSA/Caritas Philippines.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines is currently organizing two humanitarian responses in Mindanao related to the Marawi crisis with a total budget allocation of Php 21.6 million.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the humanitarian, development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops/ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). CBCPNews