• CBCP appeals for funds to rehab ruined dioceses


    THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday made an urgent appeal to the Catholic community worldwide for the rehabilitation of nine dioceses destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda last November.

    CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said 9.5 million euros or P551 million is needed for the first year implementation of its project.

    “I call on the whole Caritas Internationales Confederation to give our communities a chance for recovery,” Villegas said in a statement.

    The emergency appeal was dubbed as “Recovery assistance to the vulnerable communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” (REACH-Philippines).

    Among those to be refurbished are located in Palo, Borongan, Calbayog, Cebu, Jaro, Capiz, Antique, Kalibo and the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay (Palawan) as conducted by the Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) in the 118 communities of around 25,000 households.

    The number of households will get the first-hand information on how to build back livelihood, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene better.

    Villegas assured the CI Confederation that the “aspirations and the needs of the affected communities to build a better life are embedded in this proposal, and will animate the recovery program.”

    Meanwhile, Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA) stressed that the amount will be used not only to rehabilitate the dioceses and shelters of the affected communities, but also their lives and their livelihood.

    He also clarified that the project will be prolonged and massive, noting the catastrophic effects brought about by the super typhoon.

    “Given the catastrophic scale and impact of the destruction wrought by typhoon Haiyan, impacting nine provinces in the Philippines, the needed rehabilitation program is expected to be prolonged and massive in order to rebuild not only shelters but the lives and livelihood of the devastated communities,” Gariguez said.

    Further, the CBCP-NASSA through Caritas Internationales (CI) also called the laity to assist the affected dioceses in the entire rehabilitation process, which is expected to run for three years.

    Fr. Gariguez added that emergency appeal for rehabilitation is a result of a tedious planning process, with the active participation of the communities affected by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, in partnership with nine dioceses.

    He said the next two sets of emergency appeal of the Catholic Church will be launched the following year.

    Meanwhile, disaster risk reduction, advocacy and community organization are also strengthened to sustain and empower communities for their long term development.

    During the emergency relief operations, the CI Confederation has supported the CBCP by raising more than 5.6 million euros for the basic needs of more than 250,000 individuals.


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    1. I don’t really understand! A majority of people knows that the Vatican is the richest little country in the world! Lots of money! During the Haiyan typhoon, yes, they donated, rosary beads. I guess they just wanted the people to pray the rosary and leave everything to god! And now, they are asking for help from the people to rehabilitate those diocese that were affected by haiyan. Can’t the Vatican spare its wealth to these diocese instead of asking money from the people who in the first place are struggling to make both ends meet? How many wealthy people are in these areas anyway? Maybe just enough money to survive a little better than the rest, but wealthy? I don’t know.