Dioceses appeal for help for typhoon victims

Published September 19, 2018, 11:06 AM

by iManila Developer

By Christina Hermoso

Several dioceses in Northern Luzon that were severely affected by typhoon ‘Ompong’ have appealed for help for the thousands of calamity victims.

Flood affects the residents of Calumpit Bulacan caused by Typhoon Ompong on Sunday. Photo by Jansen Romero
(Photo by Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Fr. Manny Flores Jr., social action director of the Diocese of Baguio, said landslides have made it difficult to transport donations to the evacuation centers. “The local government and volunteers are doing their best to remove the debris and fallen trees on the road for aid to reach calamity survivors. We are in need of food, blankets, hygiene kits, and water,” Flores said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

“The diocese has, initially, provided help to 55 families or 250 individuals in an evacuation center. We have also sent our prepositioned goods to the other evacuation centers. If there are kind-hearted individuals who want to send financial aid, that will be great and we will be the one to buy the needs of the victims including those in Benguet,” Flores said.

Meanwhile, Fr. Estepen Espinosa of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan said some 5,000 individuals are under the care of the archdiocese. “The Social Action Center team continues to go around evacuation centers to check on the affected families,” he said.

Fr. Randy Salunga of the Diocese of Tarlac, for his part, continued to appeal for help in cash and in kind for all the affected families in the province.

Monsignor Noel Ian Rabago, vicar general of the Diocese of Laoag, meanwhile said, he welcomes donations such as relief goods for the calamity victims in Ilocos Norte as well as assistance to families who lost their homes and livelihood. “We are appealing for additional donations for rehabilitation of the homes of the victims and to assist those who lost their livelihood,” Rabago said.