Nuncio donates stipends to ’Tisoy’ victims in Sorsogon

Nuncio donates stipends to ’Tisoy’ victims in Sorsogon

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the outgoing Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. CBCPNEWS

By CBCP News

December 15, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Since arriving in the Philippines two years ago, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia has found himself warmly embraced by the people every time in different places.

“When I go around, people always give me something,” the papal nuncio said during the installation of Sorsogon’s new bishop, Jose Alan Dialogo, on Dec. 14.

After learning the devastation left by typhoon “Tisoy” last week, Caccia knew he wanted to get involved, helping those in need.

Initially surprising some people in his midst, the archbishop said he gave the stipends and donations he received over time for the diocese’s ongoing relief efforts for typhoon victims.

“I have a small token to the new bishop so that, especially in his first weeks, he can help those who are most in need,” Caccia said.

From Legazpi City, the nuncio traveled by car to Sorsogon wherein he saw the impact of the typhoon.

The outgoing nuncio believes that the donations he received is not for him but only coursed through him for those who need help.

“So I will give you this contribution to me that’s also the contribution of the Philippines,” he said.

On behalf of Pope Francis, Archbishop Caccia also expressed his closeness and solidarity to the affected families, especially those who lost their loved ones.

At least 17 people were killed when Tisoy swept through the country, damaging houses and affecting about half a million families.

Of the total number of affected families, data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development as of Dec, 13 showed that 10,269 households or 45,889 individuals were still in 139 evacuation centers.

Most of the affected families were from Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Caraga.