MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— At least eight Caritas Internationalis member organizations pledged more aid to help the survivors of Super Typhoon “Lawin”.
“As always, our heartfelt thanks to the Caritas family who worked side by side with us in bringing humanitarian aid to Filipinos affected by strong typhoons since the time of Yolanda up to now,” said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Caritas Philippines executive secretary.
The support will be coursed through Caritas Philippines, which is leading the local Church’s response to the typhoon’s devastation.
Partners since the 1960s
Those that already expressed support are Caritas England and Wales, Caritas Belgium, Caritas New Zealand, and Caritas Canada.
Caritas Española and Caritas Luxembourg also helped in finalizing the response plans.
Earlier, assessment teams from the Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) were also deployed to Isabela, while Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) joined the rapid assessment today, Monday.
These Caritas member organizations have been partners of Caritas Philippines since the 1960s, helping the Catholic Church in the Philippines implement various development, advocacy, and humanitarian programs.
One of the biggest programs they supported is the on-going Yolanda rehabilitation program which so far amounted to Php 4.6 billion and helped more than 1.8 million Filipinos.
Emergency funds not enough
Initially, the Caritas Philippines allocated Php 2-million from its “Alay Kapwa” emergency funds to support the on-going relief operations in Northern Luzon.
But with the increasing number of affected population and damage to properties and agriculture, Gariguez revealed that its local emergency fund may not be enough to cope with the emerging needs on the grounds.
“Caritas Philippines is now in the process of launching an emergency appeal to the global Caritas confederation,” added the priest.
Caritas Philippines, also known as the National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa), is the development, advocacy, and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. (CBCPNews)