The Archdiocese of Bohol will be constructing an estimated 15 alternative churches to provide a decent place for liturgy, five months after the onslaught of 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas.
Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said that the alternative churches can accommodate 800 to 1,000 churchgoers, which it will be finished “within the year.”
He noted that the Archdiocese of Bohol has already identified benefactors who will help in constructing the temporary place of worship.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Executive Secretary Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, Fr. Milan Ted Torralba said that alternative churches will be constructed within the parish complex.
“We can’t just construct anywhere. We need to buy the lot to do that,” he explained.
Modern materials will be used to construct the alternative churches, Torralba said.
Meanwhile, Medroso said that the government has already allocated funds to reconstruct the said churches; however, he said that construction will take some time.
In another development, Torralba said that reconstruction of ruined churches is still on the first phase—retrieval of materials and detailed studies.
He added that the Church will need P650-million for the full construction of around 30 ruined churches, including 10 heritage churches.