By Christina Hermoso
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has expressed his gratitude to all the sectors and people behind the success of Project Ugnayan, an initiative set up to provide assistance to poor families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, the social action arm of the Vatican said, the project exemplified the true meaning of solidarity, compassion, generosity, and nationalism at a most opportune time. Project Ugnayan, he said, is an example of a successful partnership and collaboration between the Church, the business sector, and the government.
“As our initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic called Project Ugnayan is winding down, I wish to express my gratitude to all of you. In a special way, I thank you for partnering with the Church through Caritas and its Oplan Damayan,” Tagle said.
The Filipino cardinal is now based in Rome, Italy as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, one of nine powerful congregations of the Catholic Church.
Project Ugnayan was established through the cooperation of the biggest names in business, Caritas Manila, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). It aimed to distribute P1,000-worth of grocery gift certificates on top of food packs and relief aid to more than 1 million households in poor communities affected by the lockdown. It was able to generate P1.5 billion to finance its program.
Tagle cited the willingness of the majority of Filipinos to extend help in whatever way possible.
“The resolve in our hearts to value every human life and to promote the common good is a sure sign that Jesus is truly risen and will not die again. Thank you for being bearers of Easter hope to the poor and vulnerable and for making sincere love contagious,” he added.