Church to assess Yolanda rehab work

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MANILA, Jan. 22, 2014— The country’s Catholic bishops will gather in Manila this week to assess the Church’s rehabilitation efforts for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said they will discuss what else needs to be done to help typhoon survivors get back to their feet.

The bishop said he doesn’t know yet about the final agenda of meeting “but Yolanda is in the other matters that will be discussed.”

“We are going to consolidate the ongoing works,” Pabillo said.

The members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will hold their plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila on Jan. 25 to 27.

According to Pabillo, Caritas Internationalis is focusing in the reconstruction and recovery of at least 60,000 families in Central Visayas devastated by the typhoon.

“If we could increase the number, it’s much better but that is our target so far until February,” he said.

The Catholic Relief Services earlier said it could take three to five years and at least P109 billion to rehabilitate areas hit by Yolanda.

This month, the agency has already shifted its efforts from emergency assistance to long-term recovery and stability programs.

“We will focus on Leyte and Samar islands, primarily in the areas of Palo, Tacloban, Ormoc and Eastern Samar. CRS has committed to raising $50 million,” it said. (CBCPNews)

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