Diocese appeals for support as more requests for potable water soar

Diocese appeals for support as more requests for potable water soar

A nun from the Ilagan Diocesan Social Action Center distributes relief goods to a flood victim in Ilagan City’s Alinguigan village on Nov. 14. DSAC Ilagan

By CBCP News

November 19, 2020

Ilagan, Isabela

While the flooding has subsided, a Catholic priest said they continue to receive requests to augment potable water supply in many affected communities.

Fr. Carlito Sarte, director of Ilagan Diocesan Social Action Center, said that access to drinking water remains a challenge for many areas in Isabela and Cagayan provinces.

He expressed concern over the health issue that may arise due to lack of access to clean and safe water.

“The situation is still hard. You can survive for some days without food but not without water,” Sarte said.

He said many communities were submerged for some days creating a huge water problem.

Aside from food aid, Sarte is seeking support to get potable water for the thousands of flood victims.

On Tuesday, the priest appealed to water refilling stations in his parish in Santiago City to donate bottled water.

“My friends in Tuguegarao and Cagayan are asking for potable water… they really need it,” the priest said.

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