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Cardinal Rosales thanks public for aid to Taal evacuees

Cardinal Rosales thanks public for aid to Taal evacuees

Archdiocese of Lipa’s psychological first aid providers talks to evacuees in Batangas City Jan. 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF LASAC

By Chrixy Paguirigan

January 17, 2020

Lipa City, Batangas

Retired Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales has made a video message to thank people for their help after Taal Volcano eruption

More than 162,000 people from the 14-kilometer danger zone have reached about 488 evacuation centers since the initial eruption on Sunday.

Authorities have ordered almost half a million people from the hardest-hit province of Batangas to leave the area.

“We want to thank everyone for helping the evacuees,” said Cardinal Rosales, a Batangueño and archbishop emeritus of Manila.

According to him, the “Bayanihan” spirit is very much alive as more help continues to arrive for the victims.

“It is really nice that many are visiting and helping,” he said.

Archbishop Gilbert Garcera of Lipa also noted how many people are facing the situation armed with a strong faith in God.

“Amid the problem, they are still smiling. This is the Christian life,” said Garcera in his homily during the fiesta Mass of Sto. Niño de Batangan at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Batangas City on Jan. 17.

At the start of the Mass, he asked for a minute of silence for the victims of the eruption, especially those in evacuation centers.

“We form as a community, as a people of God, not just here in Batangas but in the whole country,” he added. “We will rise again.”