Nearly four months after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged Eastern Visayas and destroyed at least 70 churches, the Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte is gearing-up its repair efforts with a rough budget of P500 million.
On November 8, 2013 super typhoon Yolanda made a landfall in Eastern Visayas and killed more than 6, 200 persons.
In an interview, Palo Archbishop John Du said some 10 to 15 churches in Leyte were totally destroyed by the super typhoon.
“We are starting to repair the damaged Churches slowly, and our first concern are the roofs since it has been raining in Palo, Leyte,” Du said.
He revealed that the Catholic Church will begin repairing the roofs of the partially ruined Churches with an estimated budget of P1 million and they expect to finish it in one month.
The fund for repairs will come from donations from private organizations in the Philippines and in abroad, he said.
Meanwhile, this Lent season, Du said that Yolanda survivors have truly experienced the Lenten spirit of sacrifice.
As the Lent season officially begins with the celebration of the Ash Wednesday today he challenged typhoon survivors to look at poverty as God’s way of showing his love to the people.
Du said the Church needed to provide calamity survivors not only material help but faith support.
He noted that the sacrifices of the people should be incorporated into Christ’s redemptive sufferings and to make it into an offering. Du cited that the people’s suffering and the calamities that struck the country in 2013 were God’s reminder to reflect and see how “these things are being given meaning in the context of our faith.”
Reiterating the Pope’s Lenten message for the people, he said the Catholic Church is celebrating Lent by emulating the teachings of the Lord.