MANILA, August 10, 2012—The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) will use its Alay Kapwa Funds to augment the emergency relief operation of the different dioceses in Luzon severely affected by the massive flooding due to the heavy southwest monsoon rains.
In its statement, the CBCP-NASSA said that they have already finished assessing the situation in different areas affected by the floods, including Marikina City in Metro Manila and the Province of Bulacan in Central Luzon region.
The CBCP-NASSA and its partner, the Catholic Relief Service, however, have identified Antipolo City, in Rizal; San Fernando, Pampanga; Iba, Zambales; San Pablo, Laguna; and Alaminos, Pangasinan as the priority dioceses that will receive the bulk of the Alay Kapwa Fund, now amounting to P2.384 million (US$56,921.21).
Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Palo (Leyte) and the Diocese of San Carlos (Negros Occidental) are the first ones to express their support on the on-going campaign of CBCP-NASSA to gather enough funds and goods to help the 454,093 families (1.953 million individuals, including children) affected by the floods. (Noel Sales Barcelona/NASSA)