MANILA, April 28, 2014– Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez warned against aid dependency as more Typhoon Yolanda victims still struggle to pick up the pieces.
Varquez said that five months after the typhoon devastated several towns in the province, longer-term recovery should take priority over food aid.
Since dole-out would not be enough, the bishop said that sustainable ways will not only help survivors get back on their feet but will raise their dignity as well.
“It’s my hope that all the interventions done for the survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda will not create a dole out and dependency mentality,” Varquez said.
To empower the survivors of the calamity, he said that it would help a lot if their livelihood, especially the farmers and fishermen, will be restored.
“Even the poor and those in need have a right to the dignity of being God’s co-creators,” Varquez added.
“They are robbed of such dignity when they lose their sense of livelihood and become overly dependent on donations,” he also said.
In Eastern Samar, nine out of its 22 towns were hardest-hit by the country’s deadliest-ever and the world’s strongest typhoon in recent history. (CBCPNews)