MANILA, Oct. 22, 2015 – The CBCP through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines will roll out a P13.21-million relief project to aid areas hit by Typhoon Lando (Koppu).
According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Rev. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, the aid includes provision of ready-to-eat food, drinking water, hygiene kits, emergency shelters, and other non-food items like blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets to at least 5,000 families or approximately 25,000 individuals affected by the recent typhoon.
“We are aiming to help the most vulnerable people such as the elderly, disabled, single parents and those who are ill from the worst-hit and hard-to-reach areas. We are very thankful to our Caritas networks around the globe for its immediate response to our appeal,” Gariguez said.
Initial reports from the diocesan social action centers reveal that 15 provinces—Aurora, Quezon, Cagayan,Nueva Vizcaya, Qurino, Nueva Ecija, Kalinga, Benguet, Pangasinan, Zambales, Rizal, Cavite, Batanes, La Union and Abra—are the worst-hit areas during the onslaught of Typhoon Lando. At the grassroots, the 16 dioceses in Central and Southern Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos and Calabarzon are coming to the aid of the typhoon victims.
“We are still waiting for more data from our assessment teams on the ground. These areas may still change depending on the needs of the affected dioceses,” Gariguez added.
Pledges and support to the victims of Typhoon Lando from other Caritas organizations worldwide are being extended to NASSA/Caritas Philippines. So far, CORDAID (Caritas Netherlands) has pledged 40,000 EUR to the Typhon Koppu emergency response activity.
Gariguez said regular updates about the program are being provided through SMS, electronic mails and the social media sites of NASSA/Caritas Philippines. The Typhoon Koppu Monitoring Center has already been activated through the following emergency hotlines: (02) 527-4163 and 0927-610-9977.
The Global Caritas Internationalis with its 165 member countries worldwide is currently being headed by its first Asian President, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. (Myraine Joly Carluen-Policarpio)