MANILA, Dec. 21, 2015— Caritas Philippines on Monday launched an appeal for more aid to help relief efforts in several areas hit by typhoon Nona.
More than 130, 000 were destroyed and at least 40 people have been killed by Nona through drownings, landslides and falling trees.
With Christmas just four days away, the Church’s humanitarian and social action arm said a suffering of this kind affecting at least 180, 889 people “is unbearable”.
In its initial assessment, the agency said damages to infrastructure and agriculture in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Samar provinces nearly reached P1 billion.
Since the wake of the typhoon, Caritas Philippines and Caritas Manila have been providing relief aid and financial assistance to the worst-hit dioceses of Catarman, Sorsogon, Romblon, Calapan and San Jose.
With the vastness of the devastation, however, Caritas Philippines national director Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona said they are already “running short of resources”.
“It is for this reason that we appeal for your support in terms of fund assistance to the dioceses affected by typhoon Nona,” Archbishop Tirona said.
In the spirit of Christmas, he encouraged the Christian communities “to share in this mission of love and solidarity, especially for the needy and the most vulnerable for the Lord comes and made himself present.”
He said that Caritas’ emergency and rehabilitation efforts since typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and typhoons Ruby and Seniang last year, and this October’s typhoon Lando have been largely dependent on foreign funding.
The agency has initially extended some P1.75 million to typhoon victims from its from its Alay Kapwa funds which had been its major source of relief assistance efforts for typhoons, floods, fire and other tragedies.
“We have been able to make use of the Alay Kapwa fund to assist our calamity-hit dioceses. However, the local fund raised is very significant compared to the scale of the emergency need,” Archbishop Tirona said.
President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a national state of calamity following the devastation caused by the typhoon.
Caritas said donations to typhoon Nona victims can be deposited to the Bank of the Philippine Islands in Account Name: CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Inc. NASSA; and Account Number: 4951-0071-08. (CBCPNews)