MANILA, September 23, 2014— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has called for more assistance to meet the immediate needs of those affected by tropical storm “Mario”.
“This is the call to our people, that we help each other after the whiplash of the typhoon and habagat. Let’s help our brethren who were affected,” Tagle said in Filipino.
The cardinal said Caritas Manila has already been mobilized to extend assistance to the affected communities.
“To those who are affected, you are not alone. Just get in touch with our parishes and Caritas Manila,” said Tagle.
The storm hit several provinces in Luzon last Friday and has affected a total of 183,188 families or 840,368 individuals, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Of the total figure, 42, 879 families or 197,509 persons are still staying in the 379 evacuation centers in Region 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, 7, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region.
The cardinal said recovery efforts will be expedited if Filipinos will unite in helping the victims, especially those displaced by heavy rains and flooding.
Caritas Manila is also preparing food parcels and other relief goods for the affected parishes.
Among the food items accepted for donation include canned goods that have at least six month expiration dates, such as sardines, tuna, corned beef, luncheon meat, pork and beans; rice; and bottled water.
On the other hand, non-food items needed by affected families include bath soap, mosquito repellants, shampoo, combs, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine napkins, diapers, laundry soap, nail clippers, cotton buds, school supplies, new underwear, and clothes.
Parties interested to help may call Caritas Manila at (02) 563-9311, (02) 564-0205, (02) 562-0020 to 25. (CBCPNews)