Victims of last year’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol province bewailed what they felt was government neglect after public attention shifted to the relief operations following Super Typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught in Eastern Visayas.

“We feel forgotten here in Bohol,” Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

The bishop likewise appealed to the laity to support the rebuilding of churches, whose proceeds will be given to earthquake victims who are still recuperating from the tragedy.

“We are [not only] rebuilding the churches, but [also] the spirit of our people,” he added.

Medroso thanked Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who urged millions of Black Nazarene devotees to pray for the victims of calamities.

In October last year, at least 15 churches in Bohol province were destroyed or heavily damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200 people and injured close to 1,000.

The quake released energy equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs.

Several thousand Boholanos were still living in temporary shelters when Typhoon Yolanda tore across Central Visayas on November 7.

Since then the government’s relief and rebuilding efforts has shifted to the Yolanda-ravaged areas.