Why survivors need post-crisis formation

Why survivors need post-crisis formation

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, president of the Caritas Internationalis, receives a token of gratitude from 32 organizations of super typhoon Yolanda-beneficiaries in Samar during his visit in Basey, Samar on June 1. EILEEN BALLESTEROS

TACLOBAN City – Caritas Internationalis president and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle disclosed on June 1 a new phase that the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic church world-wide takes on, the formation of the survivors of calamities and why it matters.

One of the advocacies of Caritas Internationalis these days is “Sustainability, Resilience, and Formation of the person,” said the prelate before representatives of organizations of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda helped by Caritas, in Basey, Samar, one of the towns in Eastern Visayas hit hard by the category 5 super typhoon in 2013.

According to the prelate, the formation of the person is necessary, so that when another typhoon or earthquake happens the person will “stand strong in faith.”

He was accompanied by Caritas Philippines chairman and Nueva Caceres Archbishop Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona and representatives from several diocesan social action centers in the country.

Palo Archbishop John Du and Fr. Alcris Badana, the social action center head in the Archdiocese of Palo as well as the representatives of the Calbayog Diocesan Social Action Center were likewise present, along with representatives from Caritas Internationalis member organizations.

Tagle headed a concelebrated thanksiving Mass in the morning at the St. Michael de Archangel Parish Church.

It was followed by a dialogue among Caritas representatives and Yolanda beneficiaries from Calbayog, Palo, and Borongan, and later, by project site visits to the villages of Bacubac, Guirang, and Sito Rawis, all in Basey town. CBCPNews