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Franciscans call for more ‘Lawin’ aid

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Damaged infrastructures in Tuguegarao Cagayan due to Super Typhoon Lawin. (Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines/SkyEye/ UNOCHA-CoP)

MANILA, Oct. 30, 2016 – Aiming to deliver assistance to Super Typhoon Lawin survivors in Northern Luzon, the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) is now accepting donations in cash and in kind.

“After a storm, the sun rises again,” Br. Angel Ace Cortez, OFM said in Filipino. “Let’s have the sun rise for our brethren devastated by the typhoon. This is the time to show and share with others the compassion that Christ is giving to us.”

95,000 still suffering

The Franciscans are accepting donations at Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City.

Cash donations may also be donated through their BPI peso account with account name Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Phil. Province of San Pedro Bautista, Inc. and account number 0211-0253-95.

According to the religious brother, donated grocery items, cash, and other necessities will benefit some 95,000 people in communities ravaged by Super Typhoon Lawin.

In the wake of the typhoon, Franciscans delivered relief goods to about 1, 000 recipients in Santo Tomas, Isabela on Oct. 26.

Post-’Lawin’ rehabilitation

Cortez said the congregation is gathering more donations for seven other parishes in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan.

Dubbed “Lingap Fransiskano”, the relief project was launched immediately after the congregation saw the extent of the typhoon’s damage to locals’ property and livelihood.

After distributing aid, the Franciscans will help rehabilitate the affected communities, he revealed.

Super typhoon Lawin struck Northern Luzon on Oct. 20, damaging even schools and gymnasiums where evacuees sought refuge (Oliver Samson / Samson)


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