Caritas Philippines appeals for more Yolanda aid

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MANILA, May 4, 2014— The Catholic Church’s social action arm said it needs €9.7 million, or roughly P600 million to sustain its rehabilitation efforts in typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas.

The Caritas Philippines reiterated its appeal for more assistance to the  dioceses in the Visayas, that have suffered much  the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda that struck in November last year.

Fr. Edu Garguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said they are set press for donors from  Caritas Internationales in order to continue their rehabilitation work.

According to him, the amount will be used for the continuing housing and livelihood projects and for its disaster risk reduction program.

“This is being done in nine affected dioceses and the community is part of the planning because the needs for livelihood and shelter varies between different affected areas,” Gariguez said.

He revealed that he and other representatives from Caritas Philippines are set to go to Europe this month to launch their appeal for aid from their Caritas international partners.

“It’s good as approved actually and that’s a very conservative estimate which we can raise and I think we can even go beyond the target,” said Gariguez.

“That’s why we also need to go personally to UK and Rome for a meeting with Caritas Internationales,” he added.

But even before they could launch their appeal, the Caritas UK, through its Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, has already pledged an additional £2 million or roughly P150 million.

“We are yet to renew our appeal but CAFOD already made a commitment,” he said referring to the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. (CBCPNews)



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