BORONGAN, E. Samar, Feb. 3, 2011â€” The Diocese of Borongan will reallocate more of its budget towards relief funds, a local church official said.
Fr. Juderick Calumpiano, director of the dioceseâ€™s Social Action Center, said they are targeting some 6,000 more families affected by recent flooding across the province.
The priest confirmed this during a recent consultation with the United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF).
â€œWe initially distributed 150 sacks of rice to six parishes that requested assistance,â€ Calumpiano said.
With donations from large corporations and some individuals, the agency also plans to include canned goods and noodles to the relief goods.
â€œWeâ€™re still in the process of gathering resources. Even the local parishes are raising funds to help,â€ Calumpiano said.
â€œ(And) because there has been an increase in the number of families affected, we might increase the target, too,â€ he said.
Eastern Samar provincial government officials said assistance has been pouring in the form of food and health kits.
Based on the initial report of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, the damage to infrastructure projects and agricultural crops in the province has now hit P440 million. (CBCPNews)