Leyte rushes to be ready for papal visit

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MANILA, August 11, 2014— With five months to go before the papal visit, Leyte is racing to get its roads and other infrastructures ready before hundreds of thousands of people descend on the province.

Palo Archbishop John Du said Tacloban City and provincial officials are working double time to make sure everything is in order for the historic event.

The repair of roads and bridges are top priority in Leyte, which is preparing for the Holy Father's visit in January 2015. (File photo)

“Even the repairs of roads (damaged by typhoon Yolanda) are ongoing, so everywhere you can hear the machineries left and right,” Du said.

The archbishop’s residence Palo town is also swarming with construction workers building the Pope Francis Center, which is composed of an orphanage, home for the aged and a clinic.

Under the current timetable, they expect to complete the project at least two weeks before the pope’s arrival in the country.

“We’re really on 100 percent preparation. The target is to finish it by December,” Du said.

Pope Francis will spend four days in the Philippines from January 15 to 19 next year.

While Vatican has yet to release the final itinerary of the papal visit, the pope is expected to visit some communities devastated by last year’s typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and Palo.

“We are not releasing it (schedule) yet because the instruction to us is not to make the areas (to be visited by the pope) public for security reason,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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