MANILA, April 18, 2016 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has recently set up a new ministry under the archdiocese that will tackle environmental issues and disaster preparedness and response.
“Considering the need to create a more responsive ministry that deals with disaster preparedness and response as well as the care and protection of God’s creation, we hereby create the new Ministry on Environment and Disaster Response,” said the prelate in his “Decree of Creation” signed March 28, 2016.
According to Tagle, this entity brings together the Damayan Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Management Program of Caritas Manila, Radio Veritas, and the Ministry on Ecology into one single Ministry on Ecology of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM).
The cardinal added that the ministry will be a special branch under Caritas Manila, which is in its turn under RCAM’s Commission of Social Services and Development.
In a related circular letter, RCAM Chancellor Fr. Reginald R. Malicdem said the Ministry on Environment and Disaster Response will be headed by Fr. Ricardo F. Valencia, Jr. as its first minister. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)