500+ houses to rise in ‘Yolanda’-hit areas

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PALO, Leyte, July 31, 2014 —The Archdiocese of Palo spearheads the construction of over 500 residential units as part of the Catholic Church’s rehabilitation program in communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda, a church official reported.

Initially, a fund of 5.6 million euros were used to fund relief operations for typhoon Yolanda survivors. (Photo: NASSA)

According to Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA), the Archdiocese’s building of typhoon-resilient houses for the disaster survivors is in full swing.

“…(W)e plan to build additional 500 houses in Palo. In the other nine dioceses CBCP-NASSA is serving, the construction of typhoon-resilient houses takes priority,” he said.

Gariguez confirmed over Radyo Veritas that these projects and programs for the nine dioceses heavily hit by Yolanda are included in CBCP-NASSA’s second urgent appeal to Caritas International.

The priest shared that CBCP-NASSA has received donations amounting to 9.7 million Euros (roughly, 600 million pesos) from Caritas International which the Church intends to use to fund various programs for Yolanda survivors for the whole year.

Caritas International had previously given to CBCP-NASSA, in its first urgent appeal to the organization, a fund of 5.6 million euros, which the Church had expended on relief operations. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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