Pinoys in Morroco remember ‘Yolanda’

Representatives from the Moroccan Filipino community joined the members of the Philippine delegation to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) in a memorial service for those who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda three years ago, Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo: Beatrice Adeline C. Tulagan)

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Nov. 13, 2016 – Representatives from the Moroccan Filipino community joined the members of the Philippine delegation to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) in a memorial service for those who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda three years ago.

After an ecumenical service organized by the Parish of the Holy Martyrs in coordination with the Vatican Apostolic Nunciature in Morocco, represented by its secretary Msgr. Edward Karaan, a Filipino himself, Filipinos gathered at a chapel in the Franciscan church to pray for the Philippines and the outcome of the climate talks.

Speaking in behalf of the Philippine delegation, Undersecretary Gloria Mercado from the Office of the Cabinet Secretary highlighted the strong position of the country in the climate negotiatons based on climate justice.

“Super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and other forms of disasters brings out the best in us as persons, as one people of our countries and as one global community,” she said.

Leading the representatives of the Moroccan Filipino group, Mary Ann Bose expressed their solidarity and prayers for those affected by typhoons back home.

“We are hopeful that the ongoing negotiations happening here in Morocco will have fair and equitable result, especially for our country which is one of the most vulnerable to climate change,” said Bose.

According to Rodne Galicha, national manager of The Climate Reality Project Philippines, the memorial service also aimed to strengthen the resolve of Filipinos who are currently participating at COP22 “to elevate” the Philippine’s position.

“We see that the Philippines has been a conscience of the whole negotiations, our task is also to bring to the negotiating halls that climate action is both moral and spiritual obligations,” he said.

“Pagbangon: pag-alaala at pagpapaalala, Yolanda matapos ang tatlong taon”, a prayer service, candle lighting, and sharing was organized by The Climate Reality Project Philippines and Aksyon Klima Pilipinas with Pinoy In Morocco. (CBCPNews)

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