By Leslie Aquino
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles went to North Cotabato on Monday to visit the victims of the recent earthquakes there.
According to a CBCP News post, Valles offered words of consolation to survivors in one of the hardly hit towns of Makilala.
He was accompanied by Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Kidapawan in visiting the families still living in temporary shelters, and those assisting in relief efforts.
To recall, Valles earlier issued an appeal for the public to help the earthquake victims.
“I appeal again for more help to ease the sufferings and pains of our brothers and sisters,” he said.
Caritas Philippines, the CBCP’s humanitarian arm, and its partners and other church organizations are already assisting the quake-hit communities.
Caritas Manila and Quiapo Church have also sent an initial P1-million to aid in the relief efforts of the Kidapawan diocese.
The series of tremors last month destroyed thousands of homes mostly in the towns of Makilala and Tulunan.
The earthquakes also damaged schools, health facilities and other public structures in Mindanao.