GUMACA, Quezon, August 6, 2014—Church-run Caritas Manila and the Parish of Saint John the Baptist (Quiapo Church) joined forces in giving away 2,500 packs of relief goods to people affected by typhoon Glenda in the Diocese of Gumaca, Quezon Province.
Together with Gumaca Diocese’s Social Action Center (SAC) and Radyo Veritas, these Catholic agencies distributed on Saturday, August 2, 800 relief packs inclusive of food and hygiene kits to the five parishes of the town of Calauag; 300 relief packs in Macalelon; and 1,200 relief packs in the Bondoc Peninsula, four parishes.
According to Fr. Tony Aguilar, who heads Gumaca Diocese’s SAC, his office coordinated with each parish and local government unit (LGU) officials beforehand to identify which families and communities were most in need of help, and to avoid giving relief goods to areas that had already received it. Each relief pack consisted of food and toiletries good for a family of six and can last for a week.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines- National Secretariat for Social Action(CBCP-NASSA) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provided materials for the repair of houses damaged by the typhoon.
Aguilar shared that CBCP-NASSA has pledged P500,000, and CRS another P500,000, for the reconstruction of 333 houses destroyed by Glenda. (Raymond A. Sebastián)