MANILA, Dec. 3, 2013—The Mission Society of the Philippines in Taiwan and the Diocese of Taichung jointly launched relief operations to help the victims of earthquake in Bohol and typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Samar provinces.
Led by Fr. Eliseo “Loloy” M. Napiere of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Changhua country, the active OFWs from Central Taiwan and other parts of the progressive island and the Catholic community of the Diocese of Taichung gathered some 68 tons of assorted relief goods for the Diocese of Borongan (Eastern Samar) with an equivalent amount of P1 million.
Napiere said a total of P3 million were raised for the rehabilitation of the affected areas in Eastern Samar.
“Taichung Bishop Martin Su Yao-wen donated US$30,000 for the Diocese of Borongan and another US$30,000 for the Sta. Cruz Parish in Maribojoc, Bohol for the rehabilitation of the local residents and the restoration of the church which was severely damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15,” Napiere told CBCP Online Radio.
The relief goods were reportedly transported by the Taiwanese Navy to Cebu. From there, a C-130 cargo plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was reported to have ferried the same goods to Borongan.
Napiere works as executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People under the aegis of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference and missionary in the Diocese of Taichung. (Melo M. Acuna)