Church group urges quick, early gov’t response to ‘Ruby’

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QUEZON City, Dec. 4, 2014—With “Yolanda” (Haiyan) still fresh in the Filipino public’s mind, an ecumenical group has called on the national government to act speedily on the impending threat of typhoon “Ruby” a day before it strikes land.

The Diocese of Borongan recently released an Oratio Imperata prayer in anticipation of typhoon Ruby.

In a text message Wednesday, Dec. 3, Nardy Sabino, executive secretary of the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR),shared that the government must clearly inform and explicitly advise the public, especially those living in Tacloban City and nearby provinces about the looming weather condition and the urgent proper preparations preceding a possible typhoon.

“This is to avoid if not appease the fear and panic that hounds the people of Samar and Leyte. And to lessen their anxiety, DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] must distribute food packs, especially to those who are poor families,” he said.

“DSWD must distribute food packs now to Tacloban and nearby towns and not to wait [for] the coming of the looming typhoon,” he added.

According to him, this measure is the “best preparation” that the government should do to ensure that the people to be displaced by the typhoon, particularly the poor, will have food to eat in the days ahead.

In line with this, Sabino also appealed to members of the media to release only news report based on facts and not to “spin” stories to catch public attention.

“We pray that we will all hand in hand help each other in difficult times like this,” he said. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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