ILOILO, September 18, 2014—Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual, who also heads Radyo Veritas, visited Iloilo recently to personally bless the 72 fishing boats, including nets, which were distributed to fisherfolks in Iloilo who were affected by typhoon Yolanda.
Pascual shared over Radyo Veritas this project is only the first leg of the P5-million worth of projects under the banner “Rebuild Project” initiated by Caritas Manila and the Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Secretariat (JAPS) in Panay, and covers the Archdiocese of Jaro and its suffragan Dioceses of Aklan, Antique, and the Archdiocese of Capiz.
The project primarily targets poor fisherfolks who had lost their livelihood to Yolanda in November 2013.
“At the moment, we are on our first phase, donating fishing boats … Soon we will be focusing on other means of livelihood,” said Pascual.
According to the priest, Caritas Manila emphasizes the “social enterprise” component of the project which aims to teach Yolanda survivors in these communities about alternative sources of income like processing fish, squid, and other seafood.
The Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s social services arm awarded the boats to families in four barangays (villages) in the province.
Meanwhile, Pascual conferred with the Social Action Center directors of Dioceses of Antique, Aklan, and the Archdiocese of Capiz regarding the extension of Caritas Manila’s scholarship program. (Raymond A. Sebastián)