• CBCP relief operations help 60,000 families


    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) intends to construct houses for a total of 60,000 families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

    Bishop Broderick Pabillo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the CBCP said that one of the things they will discuss in the 105th plenary this weekend is the relief operations in Yolanda-hit areas, where they will construct houses for the victims.

    However, he clarified that they will not discuss the performance of the government during the past year.

    “We will consolidate all our work. We have made an appeal with Caritas Internationales for the housing of 60,000 families, that’s our budget,” Pabillo said.

    He added that they are targeting to accomplish the construction of houses until February this year.

    Meanwhile, Fr. Antonio Galela, Social Action Center director of the Archdiocese of Tandag in Surigao del Sur, called for assistance for the people hit by tropical depression Agaton.

    “We’ve been providing food packs and we also coordinated with local governments to help us distribute the relief goods to evacuation centers,” Galela disclosed.

    Fr. Roland Sayman, Mati Diocesan Social Communications director, likewise requested help for thousands of their residents struck by TD Agaton.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has reported that 153,193 families or 723,517 persons were displaced by the flood that claimed at least 45 lives in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Dinagat province.


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