Religious group appeals for fair distribution of relief goods

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Villagers line up for relief aid in Maricaban, Sta. Fe, Bantayan island. (Photo: RMP)

CEBU City, Nov. 22, 2013—Despite massive aid pouring into the country from local and international donors, isolated villages in the regions devastated by typhoon Yolanda have yet to receive enough relief goods to keep them going for days. 

Villagers from Medellin and Sta. Fe, Bantayan island in Cebu complained of the slow trickle of relief goods in their areas, located in the interior part of municipalities. 

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) launched a relief campaign dubbed ABAG VISAYAS aimed to bring needed aid to far flung villages isolated by the typhoon. 

The group appealed for an equitable distribution of relief goods that fans out to far flung areas and not merely concentrated on the poblacion. 

On November 22, the RMP together with religious congregations, generous individuals and volunteers visited Kanhabagat, Medellin, Cebu and some areas in Sta Fe Bantayan island to bring needed aid to villagers.   

Carmelite priest Fr. Gilbert S. Billena and Mr. Jon Neil Perfecio an RMP Lay worker who led the group observed that despite truckloads of relief goods being delivered there are still areas not being reached especially in the interior area of Brgy. Patao, Bantayan island. 

The group delivered two thousand five hundred packs of relief goods and some tents for temporary shelters of homeless families. 

Most of the houses in the municipality of Sta Fe are totally devastated especially houses made from light materials. 

In Hilantagaan area, one of the separate islands of Bantayan, a resident said about 95% of the houses were totally destroyed by the typhoon. 

The people asked for tents, even used tarpaulins to be used as temporary roof to shelter them from the elements. 

One fisher folk  leader in Barangay Pook Sta Fe lamented the bleak future they are facing because their main source of livelihood—fishing—is now gone. 

The RMP appealed to generous donors for tents, nails and other materials needed to build temporary shelters as well as materials necessary for the repair and building of their houses. 

For those who wish to donate the said materials can contact Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm at 09467622965 or contact Mr. Jon Neil Perfecio at 09339442564 or email at rmpvisayas@gmail.com. 

Donors can also course their donation at San Alberto Carmelite Formation Center, Nasipit Talamban Cebu City with telephone no. (032) 346-27-22. (CBCPNews)

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