MANILA, Dec. 10, 2014—Caritas Manila, the social and developmental arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, has distributed over 8,000 relief packs to areas affected by the typhoon “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) recently.
Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton CT Pascual shared over Church-run Radyo Veritas that half of these items were given to Mindanao and the Visayas, particularly to the Diocese of Borongan, while the other half was given to Luzon.
Pascual expressed thanks that Ruby proved less devastating than what had been predicted.
According to him, the 40 chapels which Caritas Manila had built in Eastern Samar following “Yolanda” (Haiyan) doubled as evacuation centers.
The priest explained that the chapels were designed to withstand typhoons.
These chapels, Pascual stated, costs around a million pesos each and can brave a category-five cyclone with winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.
The priest stated that Caritas Manila and Radyo Veritas, both of which he heads, continues to accept donations in cash or in kind for Ruby survivors through the “Damay Kapanalig” program. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCPNews)