Caritas Manila to build ‘multipurpose chapels’ in Leyte, E. Samar

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Countless churches and chapels were destroyed by super typhoon 'Yolanda' in Leyte and Eastern Samar. (RL/CBCPNews)

MANILA, March 31, 2014— Caritas Manila wants to build “multipurpose chapels” in Leyte and Eastern Samar, one of several projects funded by agency in the typhoon-struck provinces.

Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, said that aside from church activities, the plan is for the structures to also serve as evacuation centers in times of calamities.

“What is important with these chapels is they are built in a way that it is reinforced to withstand Category 5 typhoons,” Pascual said.

“It can also be utilized as evacuation centers since it will have faucets and comfort rooms aside from foremost being a chapel,” he said.

The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is eyeing about 20 to 30 chapels, but Pascual said it still depends on the availability of funds.   So far, he said that the construction of eight chapels has already been completed, while 15 are still under construction.

According to the priest, a chapel may cost at least P500, 000 to P900, 000, depending on its size.

“For those completed, I think we may have shelled out about P6 million already, more or less,” Pascual added, as he appealed for more help for the project.

He noted the difficulty in allocating funds for the construction of chapels since many donations are specified for livelihood, education and housing projects. (CBCPNews)

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