Batanes bishop appeals for aid

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MANILA, Sept. 14, 2012— A Catholic bishop has appeal for aid for Batanes province,  which is experiencing supply shortage of some basic commodities caused by recent typhoons that hit the area.

Batanes Bishop Camilo Gregorio said that recent bad weather conditions have prevented the trips of cargo ships, which bring supplies to the area located at the northernmost tip of the country.

He said the province particularly needs more supply of basic needs like rice, sugar, and petroleum products.

“That’s why we are suffering here but we will be able to overcome this,” Gregorio said over church-run Radio Veritas. “We also thank those who are helping us here to alleviate our inconvenience.”

Responding to the appeal of the bishop, the Caritas Manila said it would immediately send aid to the province.

Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, said they would coordinate with the affected diocese to address the needs of the people of Batanes. [CBCPNews]


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