MANILA, Oct. 30, 2014 –To celebrate the Filipino resilient spirit, NASSA/Caritas Philippines will lead the commemoration of the first anniversary of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ with a series of activities set for the whole month of November this year.
Themed “Rising Above Yolanda: Celebrating the Resilient Filipino Spirit”, this year’s series of events aims to revive the spirit of resiliency and camaraderie amid the challenges encountered by many Filipinos during the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.
“We at NASSA/Caritas Philippines are committed to carry out developmental programs that are patterned to the actual needs of our people, especially of those who were severely affected by the super typhoon,” said NASSA/Caritas Philippines national director Archbishop Rolanda J. Tria Tirona, OCD.
Among the scheduled activities are the commemorative run at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Nov. 15, and a free concert at the RTR Plaza in Tacloban City, Leyte on Nov. 11. Performers include Gary Granada, Chikoy Pura, Bayang Barrios and Cookie Chua.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will also hold a National Day of Prayer on Nov. 8. There will be simultaneous ringing of bells in 89 dioceses and in more than 50,000 churches nationwide.
Several product development training workshops are set in Coron, Palawan and Tacloban City, Leyte to revive the handicraft industry and to boost the use of indigenous, raw materials such as bamboo slits, “tikog” (sea grass) and used/recycled cloths.
A 2nd High Level Partners’ Meeting of Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations will also take place on Nov. 16 in Intramuros, Manila.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines, CBCP’s social action arm, is committed to the rehabilitation of Yolanda survivors.
Under its #REACHPhilippines project, NASSA/Caritas Philippines has funded six major recovery programs, including the construction of 3,753 disaster resilient shelters; installation of 35,550 WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities; and implementation of 70 food security and livelihood projects for the nine dioceses severely affected by the typhoon. (SocialActionNews)