Bishops’ meet to assess Haiyan rehab

Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting would decide on additional measures to help typhoon survivors restart their lives.

Philippines
Jan 24 2014, 5:15 PM
Bishops’ meet to assess Haiyan rehab
A boy looks at the roots of a fallen acacia tree in front of Mabolo church in Cebu after typhoon Yolanda.

Catholic bishops will hold a plenary assembly in Manila this weekend, where the Church’s rehabilitation work for victims of Typhoon Haiyan would be reviewed.

Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting would decide on additional measures to help typhoon survivors restart their lives.

“We are going to consolidate on ongoing works,” Bishop Pabillo said. According to Pabillo, Caritas Internationalis is focusing on helping at least 60,000 families in Central Visayas to return to normalcy. “If we could increase the number, it will be much better but this is our target till February,” he said.

The Catholic Relief Services estimates that total rehabilitation efforts could take three to five years and 109 billion pesos.

Realising the need for financial aid, relief agencies and dioceses have changed their focus from collecting relief goods.

Sorsogon diocese will be raising 100,000 pesos to help Haiyan victims with reconstruction. Diocese Media Relation Officer Father Bong Imperial said that a part of the amount was already sent to Borongan diocese in Samar for the rehabilitation of houses in the area.

Among typhoon survivors, the poorest of the poor should be the priority of the monetary aid, especially indigent lay people, who have provided invaluable service to the church, Father Imperial said.

Source: CBCP News