Caritas Manila to build ‘multipurpose chapels’ in Leyte, E. Samar
Besides church activities, the structures would serve as evacuation centres in times of calamities.
Caritas Manila has begun rebuilding churches and chapels destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte and Eastern Samar to withstand major natural calamities and double up as relief centres during such occasions.
Caritas Manila Executive Director Father Anton Pascual said that besides church activities, the structures would serve as evacuation centres in times of calamities.
“These chapels have to be reinforced to withstand Category 5 typhoons. It can also be utilized as evacuation centres since it will have faucets and comfort rooms aside from foremost being a chapel,” Father Pascual said.
The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is eyeing about 20 to 30 chapels, but Pascual said availability of funds was a factor. Construction of eight chapels has already been completed, 15 are under construction.
According to the priest, a chapel may cost at least P500,000 to P900,000, depending on its size.
“For those completed, I think we may have shelled out about P6 million already,” Pascual added, as he appealed for more help for the project.
He noted the difficulty in allocating funds for the construction of chapels since many donations are specified for livelihood, education and housing projects.