MANILA – The Catholic Church donated P3 million to help the victims of Typhoon Glenda, according to the Church’s social arm on Thursday.
Caritas Manila Executive Director Father Anton Pascual said the Archdiocese of Manila also released P1.5 million for Mindanao.
The said fund is aside from the P3 million assistance and is allocated as a standby fund as the region braces for the coming storms this rainy season.
To assess the damage of typhoon Glenda in the different provinces affected, five teams were deployed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Social Justice and Peace.
Batangas, which was left with no water supply and electricity, is among the provinces extremely damaged by typhoon Glenda.
Repair of several damaged power lines in order to restore water and electricity supply in the said area will take to three weeks, according to Archdiocese of Lipa Social Action Center Director Father Jayson Siapco.
“Nasira ang mga bubong ng bahay, Mayroon pang nasa evacuation center ngayon yung iba nasa chapel ng mga barangay. This afternoon, the assessment, mga 80 percent ng buong Batangas ang gagawin. Nagmobilize ako ng staff at umiikot kami,” Father Siapco told Radyo Veritas.
(Roofs were damaged. There are still residents staying at the evacuation center up to now, while some are staying at the barangay’s chapel. The assessment this afternoon showed that 80 percent of the entire Batangas is yet to be repaired. I mobilized a staff to roam around.)
Meanwhile, Pascual also calls on the public to donate relief goods for the victims on churches near them.